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THE    UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA        VOLUME   56    NO   08        AUGUST   5,    2010 WWW.UBC.CA
a place of mind
Dentistry adds
three specialties
Putting in a full day:
kindergarten hours extend
Climate change:
seeing is believing
New Science courses
An iPhone app for doctors
your brain
Young learners struggle
to make the transition
from high school to
university life with its
larger workload and
reduced supervision.
Catherine Rawn is
teaching them the
fundamentals of
academic success.
Five years of growth
for Okanagan campus
Since opening its doors in the summer
of 2005, UBC's Okanagan campus
has grown from 3,500 students to
well over 6,000, including more than
500 graduate students.
UBC is tripling the original 500,000 sq.
ft. of building space to 1.5 million sq. ft.
through a $400-million construction
program, and this summer the campus
literally doubled in size with the
acquisition of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) from
the City of Kelowna.
The $8.78-million purchase
of land adjacent to the Okanagan
campus in Kelowna's North Glenmore
neighbourhood increases the total area
of UBC's endowment lands at both the
Vancouver and Okanagan campuses to
more than 1,500 acres.
"This is an unprecedented and
extremely important event in the
history of UBC," said Brad Bennett,
whose announcement of the purchase
was one of his final official acts after
serving as Chair ofthe Board of
Governors for the past five years. "This
ensures that UBC's Okanagan campus
can respond to the future needs of our
region, our province and the country.
The possibilities are limited only by
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Dr. Julio Montaner presented a study on HAART therapy for HIV-positive aboriginal Canadians.
UBC professors are pointing out the
flawed scientific practices of many
psychology researchers, as was
described in the Globe and Mail,
Science, the Chronicle of Higher
Education and the Vancouver Sun.
Most psychology studies are based
on a small sample of university students
— people from western, educated,
industrialized, rich, and democratic
(WEIRD) societies — and does not
necessarily represent the bulk of
"While students from Western
nations are a convenient, low cost
data pool, our findings suggest
that they are also among the least
representative populations one could
find for generalizing about humans," said
Joseph Henrich, a UBC professor of
psychology and economics, who worked
on the study with colleagues Steven
Heine and Ara Norenzayan.
Ten UBC students and their professor
Peter Klein have been nominated for two
Emmy Awards for their documentary,
Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground.
The Globe and Mail, the Canadian
Press, CBC, CTV, the Vancouver Sun and
others have reported on the nominations
for the film that traced the path of
electronic waste around the globe.
"The nominations themselves are
great, but the idea that the students
are recognized for this kind of work
is amazing," said Klein, a former 60
Minutes producer who has previously
won two Emmys.
"It was great as a learning
experience. We never expected to make
something that would be nominated
for an Emmy," said Dan Haves, one
ofthe students who worked on the
Compared with immigrant or Canadian-
born Asian students, UBC researchers
have found that homestay students in
B.C. are more sexually active, likely to
skip school, take cocaine and binge-
drink. Nearly a quarter of homestay
girls also reported being sexually
abused, versus nine per cent of their
Canadian peers.
Agence France Presse, The Korea
Times, the Globe and Mail, CTV,
Postmedia News and others reported on
the study which called for government
oversight of homestays.
"There's no policies, there's no
regulation, there's no standards, there's
no reporting," said lead author assoc.
Prof. Sabrina Wong.
The San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg
Businessweek, the Vancouver Sun and
others reported on research by UBC
psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn
that suggests spending money on others
makes us happier.
Dunn and her team gave subjects
$10 and asked them to decide how much
to keep for themselves and how much to
give away.
"The more they give away, the more
positive emotions they feel," she said
ofthe subjects. "Conversely, the more
money they keep for themselves, the
more shame they feel."
A new study, presented by UBC's Julio
Montaner at the 18th International
AIDS Society Conference in Vienna,
suggests that increasing the number of
HIV patients who receive highly active
antiretroviral therapy (HAART) leads to
a decline in the spread ofthe virus that
causes AIDS.
"Our results should serve to
re-energize the G8's universal access
pledge as a means to curb the effect
of AIDS and thegrowth ofthe HIV
pandemic," said Montaner, the chair
in AIDS Research at UBC's Faculty of
Medicine, and president ofthe IAS.
Science, the Atlanta Journal-
Constitution, the Globe and Mail, the
National Post, the Toronto Star and
others picked up on the study results
and Montaner's talk at the conference. ■
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Dentistry adds
Nancy Vertel uses a lot of show and tell with young patients.
moment she decided to specialize as a
pediatric dentist. It was last year when
her son, then nine months old, began
wheezing and had difficulty breathing.
As a first-time mom, Vertel felt
completely overwhelmed and helpless
immigrating to Canada in 2003, had
established a thriving dental practice in
her hometown of Medellin, Colombia.
"I realized how much I would love
being able to make going to the dentist
a positive experience for kids and at the
same time guide their parents toward
better oral health."
Vertel takes her first steps toward
fulfilling that dream next month at UBC.
We envision that complex patient
cases could be referred from across
the province or western Canada."
until she arrived at a medical clinic.
Calm and competent pediatricians
quickly diagnosed and treated her son
for a respiratory infection.
"That's when the light came on
for me," says Vertel who prior to
The Faculty of Dentistry is launching
a new specialty training program in
pediatric dentistry in combination with
an MSc or PhD in craniofacial science
— which is the study of the normal
and abnormal development and health
of the complex head and neck region.
The normal length of study for the PhD
option is six years, while the MSc option
is three years.
Previously, B.C. dentists wishing to
gain skills and credentials in pediatric
dentistry could only do so in Toronto or
in the U.S.
"We recognized the need to keep
dentists within B.C.," says Edward
Putnins, professor and associate dean of
research and graduate and postgraduate
studies in the Faculty of Dentistry.
As well, the Faculty has added two
other graduate programs in orthodontics
and prosthodontics, to complement the
existing periodontics and endodontics
postgraduate programs.
Putnins says the extensive portfolio
of recognized specialty degree programs
will enable UBC faculty to provide more
integrated management for their
patients with complex oral and
craniofacial disorders.
"We envision that complex patient
cases could be referred from across
the province or western Canada," says
Putnins, adding that the Faculty's
mandate includes community
involvement and support while
providing service and resources to
practicing dentists.
UBC's full suite of graduate
programs will also help to address
worldwide shortage of dental
academics due to the aging of current
faculty, the expanded number of North
American dental schools and the lure
of private practice.
"There is a strong demand for new
generations of clinical specialists who
are ready to teach and also conduct
outstanding research," says Putnins. ■
Nancy Vertel starts her formal studies in pediatric
dentistry next month, but as a practicing dentist she
knows a thing or two about soothing frightened children
The first rule is to do a lot of show and tell, advises Vertel.
For example, before placing the suction in their mouths, she
demonstrates what it does and how it sounds. "You have to
proceed slowly and be honest with them. Explain the procedures in
words they can understand.
Train your brain
Teaching the fundamentals of academic success
They are the four horsemen of
academic apocalypse, and Jeremy Butt
learned about them all too well in his
freshman year.
Grades-wise, the UBC Arts student
survived his first year at university
with mostly B's and C's. But he knew
something had to change fast if he had
any hope of getting into law school.
"I knew I could do better, but I
didn't know how to manage it all," Butt
says, recalling a vicious cycle of last-
minute study sessions, all-nighters and
rushed assignments.
Butt is one of thousands of young
learners who struggle every year to
make the transition from high school to
university life with its larger workload,
reduced supervision and frequent
"Looking back, high school didn't
really prepare me for university," says
the psychology major from Toronto.
"For example, living in residence is
great, but it can be hard to stay focused
and get work done."
Thankfully, Butt's dream of law
school is back on track after
participating in a pilot version of a new
UBC class that teaches students how to
excel at university and as lifelong
The three-month course,
Psychology In Your Life: How Social
Psychology Can Help You Succeed,
employs collected wisdom from
educational and psychology research
and theory. It was such a success that
it is being offered again to all UBC
students this academic year. Butt
credits it with boosting his GPA by
nine points in just one year.
"Surprisingly, very few people are
actually taught the basics of learning,"
says Catherine Rawn, Dept. of
Psychology, who designed the course.
"Teachers often assume someone else
has taught their students how to study,
but the truth is many people never get
taught the tools to succeed."
Rawn is an Instructor 1, one of the
fastest growing faculty positions at
large research-intensive universities
worldwide. Unlike professors who
both teach and research, she teaches
exclusively. Full-time and tenure-
eligible, the position is part of a
university-wide effort to continually
improve teaching and learning at
UBC. Related projects include the
Carl Weiman Science Education
Initiative, the new Centre for Teaching,
Learning, and Technology (CTLT) and
the Lasting Education Achieved and
Demonstrated (LEAD) initiative.
The road to success begins with
some hardcore goal-setting, says
Rawn, who joined UBC's faculty after
completing her PhD at the university in
2009. "Students need to be honest about
what they want in a semester. What
grades do they want? What sort of social
life? Only then can you work backward
on a plan to reach these goals."
Next up is removing all distractions.
Set a regular study schedule. Find
a place where you can concentrate.
Turn off anything that shakes your
concentration: mobile phones,
Facebook, Twitter and MSN.
The best defence against the myriad
temptations of university life? A good
study schedule, says Rawn, who also
trains new UBC student teaching
assistants. "Having a regular schedule
is crucial, because it becomes habit.
When friends invite you out, you need
to be able to say, 'Well, I study from
four to six today, but I can meet you
after that.' You can't do that ifyou don't
have a schedule."
Finally, is the business of actual
learning. Not surprisingly, Rawn
discourages trying to cram in a month's
worth of reading all night before
exams. "Memory research on levels
of processing teaches us that to really
retain something, we need to work with
concepts and ideas repeatedly, in as
many ways as possible."
To this end, in every lesson students
respond to quizzes with infrared clickers
and break into small discussion groups.
At home, she encourages students to
make up their own study questions, and
pay special attention to understanding
key terms and textbook headers.
As happy as he is with his improved
grades, Butt says the course has
produced other pleasant side-effects:
reduced exam anxiety and more free
time. The avid snowboarder says
he spent more days at Whistler last
winter than ever before thanks to his
newfound time-management chops.
"Catherine's class helped me to be
much better with my time, so I get
more work done in less time," Butt says.
"There was always this anxiety hanging
over me when I used to put things off,
but that's gone now. I know I'm on top
of things and can excel at university. It's
a good feeling."
Learn more about Rawn and her
class at www.psych.ubc.ca/~cdrawn. m
Set goals, academic and extra-curricular, every semester
Create a regular study schedule
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New office welcomes
recruits to UBC
AT A TIME when relationships are built
online and email correspondence is
fast and informal, there's one office
on campus that insists on welcoming
newcomers face-to-face.
The Work-Life and Relocation
Services Centre was established in
October 2009 to help new faculty,
postdoctoral fellows and UBC's
Vancouver campus.
"What we offer is a unique service
that addresses the individual's needs,"
says Jayne Booth, manager of the
Booth and her colleague Debbie
McLoughlin, the client services
coordinator, will sit down with
candidates who have accepted or are
considering a job offer from UBC. They
chat over a cup of coffee about some of
the concerns the individual has about
moving to Vancouver.
"It's a recruiting and retention tool,"
says Booth. "We need to make sure
people feel valued. If they're unhappy
outside ofthe workplace, they'll move
Establishing a faculty and staff
relocation office was part of UBC's
new strategic plan, Place and Promise.
Since the centre opened in October,
Booth and McLoughlin have helped
more than 200 people. The service is
confidential and includes all members
of the family.
About 42 per cent of UBC's new
faculty members come from across
Canada, 46 per cent are from the
United States and 12 per cent are from
other parts ofthe world. UBC also has
about 250 new postdoctoral fellows
arriving each year.
Newcomers are primarily
concerned about housing. Vancouver
is one of the most expensive cities
in the world, and it can be difficult
to find a home. As strangers to the
city, they need information about
neighbourhoods, schools, religious
centres and the community.
"I talk to the spouses too," says
Booth. "You need to take care of the
entire family."
A spouse might need to find a new
job, learn English, or do conversion
courses for qualification.
Dr. Ricardo Jimenez-Mendez, a
postdoctoral fellow from Mexico City,
moved to Vancouver with his family in
June, so that he could work with Bruce
Carleton, a professor of pediatrics and
pharmaceutical sciences.
"Postdocs have some additional
challenges," says Booth. "They're here
temporarily, on a limited salary, and
often from countries where English is
not the first language."
The centre helped Jimenez-Mendez
find an apartment at UBC, a church,
and to register his son for school and
his daughter for daycare.
"When we packed up our lives
In 2010, UBC has recruited 399 faculty members to its
Vancouver campus, and 39 to its Okanagan campus.
About 46 per cent come from the United States and
12 per cent from other parts of the world.
Visit to read profiles of
faculty members coming from India, Australia, Brazil and
the U.S. — including one incoming Canada Excellence in
Research Chair who was born in an English pub.
in Mexico City, we had 20 big boxes.
We'd found a service that would ship
the boxes to Canada but they were
unsure how to deal with customs. Jayne
was kind enough to provide me with
the information so I could get my
belongings here myself."
Booth's help made the move less
stressful for Jimenez-Mendez, and
allowed him to get straight to work:
learning and researching. But, it can be
hard to break into a community.
Jimenez-Mendez thinks his five
year-old son Santiago is doing the best
at embracing their new life. Within
two days of moving to Vancouver, he'd
joined a Tae Kwon Do class, a sport he'd
practiced in Mexico.
"He shows us that we have to reach
out," says Jimenez-Mendez.
The Work-Life and Relocations
Services Centre is organizing more
informal meet and greet opportunities
for newcomers. They are about to host
their first welcome barbecue and will
hold activities for parents and tots.
"It can be very isolating moving to a
new city, very lonely," says Booth, who
immigrated to Vancouver from the
U.K. in 2008.
In September, Booth will begin
courses in UBC's Certificate in
Immigration program so she can help
newcomers navigate the work permit
and permanent residency process. The
centre also plans to extend the service
to the Okanagan campus in 2011. ■
Jayne Booth helps newcomers relocating to Vancouver.
1. Housing: neighbourhood profiles, affordability, availability, relocation queries
2. Family: schools, religious centres, childcare, eldercare, medical specialists,
wheelchair accessibility, employment for spouses
3. Pets: customs, shipping, pet-friendly rentals
4. Work: benefits, pensions, insurance, orientation
5. Living: credit cards, driver's license, banking, taxes, learning English
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vision and imagination."
"We have seen an extraordinary
evolution in our campus over the
past five years — rapid growth and
expansion, but also remarkable
achievements by students and
faculty," says Doug Owram, Deputy
Vice Chancellor and Principal at the
Okanagan campus. "This campus has
become an important contributor to
the social, cultural, and economic
fabric of the region and a vital part of
the UBC system."
The Okanagan campus was
envisioned as a place where students
and faculty know each other and learn
from each other.
"That vision is the reality as the
campus in Kelowna marks its fifth
anniversary," says Owram. "With a
growing source of innovation and a
source of expertise, our campus is an
amazing place where students can
learn, discover, and contribute in an
intimate educational setting while
earning the internationally respected
UBC degree."
Those attributes have attracted
students from throughout B.C., across
Canada and around the world. In 2005,
international students represented 21
countries. Now, the Okanagan campus
is home to students from 66 countries.
A rapidly rising number of
graduate students are choosing to
study at the Okanagan campus — in
2005 just 41 students were enrolled in
the College of Graduate Studies; today
more than 500 students are pursuing
master's and doctoral degrees at the
Okanagan campus.
Other examples of major growth
abound, such as the flourishing
programs in Management and
Engineering. The Faculty of
Management has grown dramatically
since it opened in 2005. In that first
year, 27 students began the Bachelor of
Management program. Four years later,
in June 2009, the first graduating class
of 72 students received their BMgmt
degrees. This year, 603 students were
enrolled in the undergraduate degree
Undergraduate Engineering student
numbers have exploded since the
School of Engineering's inception in
2005, increasing from 76 students in
the first year to 482 students studying
toward their Bachelor of Applied
Science degrees in Civil, Electrical or
Mechanical Engineering. Today, the
School has 36 master's students and
34 PhD students, and the graduate
program has received hundreds of
applications from all over the world
this year alone. In June, the School
received full accreditation from the
Canadian Engineering Accreditation
Board, and its first class of 56 BASc
graduates received their degrees.
For students visiting campus
each day from the surrounding
communities, the university has
developed one of Canada's first collegia
programs, starting with four spaces
designed to serve as a home away from
home for commuting students. These
serve as places to hang out, eat lunch,
spend time with classmates, and do
school work. Each collegium has a
relaxing lounge-style atmosphere and
is outfitted with comfortable furniture,
individual and group work spaces, and
kitchen facilities.
With more than 1,300 students in
residence, there's an active on-campus
community, and construction is now
underway for another residence, which
will bring the number of on-campus
student beds to more than 1,600 — far
beyond the university's original goal of
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to put
in a
full day
UBC prof
designs longer
kindergarten day
program guide
PLAYING AND INQUIRY are on the agenda
for kindergarteners this September.
As full-day school is implemented
in kindergarten classes across B.C. this
fall, there won't be anything new in
the already jam-packed curriculum,
but there will be more time to learn
through play and to build on children's
curiosity about the world around them.
"Children learn to cooperate, to
be nice, and to think of someone else's
point of view through playing," says
Marilyn Chapman hopes full-day kindergarten will be more playful and stimulating.
in kindergarten, the extra time will
leave room for more physical, social,
emotional, creative, language and
cognitive development. The new guide
explains to educators how to use the
extra time to achieve the development
goals. It suggests how to plan a school
day and how to incorporate the arts,
physical activity, relationship building,
language and nature into planning
programs and activities.
Having more time to address the
is already available to certain groups —
children with low incidence special needs,
those whose first language is not English
and Aboriginal students.
Across Canada, Nova Scotia and
New Brunswick already offer all-day
kindergarten and other provinces, like
Alberta and Quebec, offer some full-day
programs. Up to half of B.C. children will
start full-day kindergarten in September,
and by 2011 all boards of education in the
province will be required to offer it.
The research shows full day programs help develop
social-emotional skills, positive self-esteem and
language and literacy skills.
Marilyn Chapman, the lead researcher
and author of the new guide for full-
day kindergarten, and the director of
earlychildhood.educ.ubc.ca in UBC's
Faculty of Education.
"With only a half-day of school,
educators had a hard time fitting in
everything that they know is important
for kindergarten children's learning.
The new guide is designed to address
both the prescribed curriculum and
other important aspects, such as social-
emotional learning and self-regulation."
Instead of adding more things to
the list of what children should learn
prescribed curriculum will also give
teachers more time to explore other
subjects the students are interested in.
For example, if children hear about a
volcano erupting, teachers will have the
time and opportunity to build on the
students' curiosity, even if it is not part
of the official science curriculum.
"I hope school is more playful,
more fun, and more stimulating and
interesting," says Chapman.
The provincial government made
the decision to implement full-day
kindergarten for all children in 2009.
In parts of B.C., all-day kindergarten
Research indicates that having
children in full-day developmentally
appropriate early learning programs,
before Grade 1, is beneficial for children,
parents and society.
The research shows full-day programs
help develop social-emotional skills,
positive self-esteem and language and
literacy skills. Students also get individual
attention and do better in later grades.
Parents benefit because childcare
expenses are reduced, and they have
more time to pursue their own goals,
allowing for a better work-life balance.
Chapman says children who get enriched
educational experiences early in life
also become better citizens, providing a
huge economic benefit.
"There are lasting effects. These
children are less likely to bully, abuse
drugs or be put in jail, which are all
very expensive for society."
Putting together the new
kindergarten program involved
consulting a wide range of research
on how children learn and brain
"The research supports providing
opportunities for children to learn
through their senses, by learning how
to manipulate things, and extended
dialogue" says Chapman "We're giving
them time to play so they learn real-life
uses of literacy and numeracy."
The idea is that teachers will be
guiding the learning during playtime
too. If a student is pretending to read a
map, a teacher might point out that a
blue area means there is a lake or ocean.
Playing is also important because it
teaches children about self-regulation
and about proper conduct, says
In today's society, children have
less time to play; everything is more
organized and regulated. Chapman says
in the past children would play together
to entertain themselves, and younger
children would learn a lot from older
children. But now, with more children
growing up without siblings and with
nannies and organized programs, they
have fewer opportunities to learn how
to initiate play and play on their own.
For more information about B.C.'s
kindergarten program and the new
program guide, please visit: www.bced.
gov.bc.ca/'early•_learning/fdk. m
Watch a video of Chapman discussing full day
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Helping teachers prepare for
full-day kindergarten
This year, the Faculty of Education
at UBC's Okanagan campus introduces
two new post-degree professional
programs to help B.C. teachers acquire
new skills for the classroom and keep
up with changes in education in British
"The new programs expand
professional development opportunities
for educators and respond to the needs
of schools and districts for education
specialists," says Robert Campbell,
Dean of the Faculty of Education.
The Early Learning certificate
and diploma program will help
teachers prepare for the new full-day
kindergarten initiative, which begins
for five-year-olds starting in September
The program is also designed to
help teachers align their skills with a
number of other province-wide early
learning initiatives such as Strong Start
B.C. for preschool-age children and
Ready, Set, Learn for three-year-olds
and their families.
"The Early Learning certificate
and diploma is an important new
program, particularly for Kindergarten
teachers in B.C.," says Campbell. "The
courses will provide effective strategies
to get the most from extended time
with young learners in the classroom.
It is also a way for teachers to gain
additional expertise and be qualified to
teach kindergarten."
The second new program
offers a Language and Literacy
Education certificate and diploma. It is
designed for teachers and educational
leaders who wish to deepen and
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Understanding food security
Students search for causes of malnutrition in Rwanda
IT'S ONE THING for a UBC student
to sit in a lecture hall and take notes
on food security. It's quite another to
accompany a 22-year-old Rwandan
mother who is HIV positive, and her
hungry baby, to the hospital.
These were the types of real-life
situations in Rwanda that her students
tackled earlier this year, says Judy
McLean, an adjunct professor in the
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
With UBC's Go Global office,
Mclean has launched a new
International Food and Nutrition
Security Initiative that sees
undergraduates engaged in community-
based research and development work.
Partnering with UBC is the Faculty
of Rural Development of Rwanda's
Institute of Agriculture and Technology
at Kibungo (INATEK).
For their field assignment, six UBC
students were paired with 12 INATEK
students to conduct a household
survey on the prevalence and causes
of malnutrition in 40 rural villages in
Ngoma District, several hours from the
capital city of Kigali.
"Their work was endorsed by
the Rwandan government, which has
limited capacity to carry out needs
assessments in rural villages,"
says Mclean.
In Ngoma, the child mortality
rate is one in five, with malnutrition
believed to be the cause of more than
half of these deaths. The research will
help provide the basis for an integrated
nutrition intervention program targeted
at reducing the unacceptable child as
well as maternal mortality rates.
"We lived next door to an
orphanage where babies were regularly
brought in after their mothers died
in childbirth," says Judy McLean. "It
was an intensely human and personal
experience for all of us."
"The hardest thing to see is children
not having enough food," says Roberta
Wozniak, who graduated from LFS
this spring with a degree in nutritional
science and then spent two months
working in Rwanda.
Early on in the trip, Wozniak met a
young mother named Pascasie and her
seven-month-old son, Chelsea. "They
had no family, no money and no job
and had been abandoned by the father
of the baby."
Seeing how thin Chelsea was,
Wozniak and Mclean conducted a
quick test they use in the field to assess
"We measure the circumference of
the child's mid-upper left arm," explains
She says while the cutoff point
opportunities, especially for
undergraduates keen to support the
UN's Millennium Development Goal
which is to end poverty by 2015.
"On a daily basis I receive requests
from past and present students asking
about global placements," says McLean,
who frequently travels to Cambodia,
Rwanda and other developing countries
in her work for organizations such as
the World Health Organization and
Each year, she sees enrolment of
more than 400 students in her "World
Problems in Nutrition" course in
the LFS Food, Nutrition and Health
program. The class attracts UBC
This fall, a second team of UBC and
INATEK students are picking up
where the spring cohort left off.
is 11 centimeters for severe acute
malnutrition, Chelsea's arm was 10 and
a half centimeters — "the diameter of
a loonie."
Wozniak and Mclean helped
Pascasie gain admittance at a nearby
hospital where the baby was fed
fortified formula and tested negative
for HIV. Over eight days they bonded
despite language barriers.
"It was very hard to say goodbye,"
says Wozniak.
This fall, a second team of UBC and
INATEK students are picking up where
the spring cohort left off. They will
compare seasonal findings to inform
the next steps of their action plan.
The students will conduct further
assessments and interviews with
Ngoma District villagers about
nutrition and food security, and
analyze the data. As well, they will have
the opportunity to teach an applied
nutrition course at INATEK and work
with UNICEF on a "micronutrient"
project that looks at the population's
vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Mclean aims to create more
international hands-on learning
undergraduates from disciplines as
varied as African studies, psychology,
political science and international
relations as well as nutrition and
"Our ultimate goal is to develop
an undergraduate program stream in
the LFS Food and Nutrition program
that is unique in North America with a
focus on international nutrition," says
Mclean, adding that UBC students
currently lack the field experience to
design and implement operational
research or community-based food and
nutrition security interventions.
Students can earn credits for the
International Food and Nutrition
Security Initiative, which to date
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Climate change
One of several new academic
offerings on sustainability will help
students visualize our future
UBC Prof. Stephen Sheppard knows that
pictures speak much louder than words.
For the past five years, UBC's
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape
Planning (CALP) has been employing a
pioneering mix of computer-generated
visualizations to help communities
understand climate change and live
more sustainably
The 3D images, based on best
available scientific data and modeling,
are powerful: streets flooded by rising
sea levels, houses surrounded by
forest fires from rising temperatures
and water reservoirs emptying as
snowpacks dwindle.
Having helped to turn local
residents into low-carbon converts in
communities around B.C. — North
Vancouver, West Vancouver, Delta,
Kimberley — Sheppard now plans
to engage a new community this
September: UBC undergraduate
He has developed a new pilot
course, Visualizing Climate Change
(CONS 449C-101) that will explore the
latest climate change research through
CALP visualizations, plus other media
that can enhance learning, including
Hollywood movie special effects, video
games, Google Earth, Geographic
Information Systems (GIS), real-time
surveys and scientific charts.
Aimed at second- and third-year
students, the three-credit course
without pre-requisites is one of five new
major sustainability-themed classes and
programs being offered this academic
year on UBC's Vancouver campus.
These include a Bachelor of
Arts in Geography (Environment
and Sustainability) that explores
our complex relationship with the
environment; an Arts minor in
Environment and Society that explores
sustainability via the humanities and
social sciences; Applied Sustainability
(APSC 364), a course that will use the
university as a "living laboratory" for
teaching and researching sustainability;
and a class where interdisciplinary
groups of students conduct
Environmental Science Research
Projects (ENVR 400), such as waste
management or food security.
These new green academic
options support UBC's Sustainability
Initiative, which is integrating UBC's
sustainability efforts in teaching,
research and campus operations. The
initiative, which includes investments
in new clean energy technologies,
is designed to help UBC reach its
bold climate reduction targets: zero
institutional carbon emissions by 2050.
Sheppard says the primary goal
of Visualizing Climate Change
is to advance students' broader
understanding of climate change and to
develop creative responses to it. He will
collaborate with scientists and experts
from multiple disciplines, exposing
students to cutting edge research in
various aspects of climate change.
The class will focus on solutions and
emphasize interactive learning and
exploration, he says.
Another crucial course objective is
to connect current climate conditions
to future consequences over the
students' lifetimes. "One of the things
I hope students can get out of courses
like this is a sense of urgency about
getting to the solutions," says Sheppard,
who will be moving his CALP lab to
the hi-tech BC Hydro Decision Theatre
in UBC's new Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability (CIRS),
expected to be North American's
greenest building when it opens in 2011.
"We have to start moving very
quickly as a society, in the next 10 years
or so, to cut our carbon footprints if
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A new course will help students understand how the climate may change in their lifetimes.
we want to stabilize global warming at
a 'safe' level. Students have to grapple
with a real mix of timeframes and
options, that's why the course uses
different future scenarios."
The third objective of the course
— which is supported by the Pacific
Institute for Climate Solutions, Metro
Vancouver and various academic units
at UBC — is to prepare students for
leadership roles in professions related
to environment and sustainability, he
says. Examples include conservation,
community and environmental
planning, the energy sectors, media and
Making the course open to
both arts and science students was
important, Sheppard says. "We
need an interdisciplinary approach
to understand the social and
environmental impacts of climate
change and to create real-world
solutions," he says. "It will take not only
a strong scientific and technical basis,
but also big imaginations."
Sheppard says the class will reveal
the pros and cons of different types of
visualization media. This will include
exploring the power of pop culture's
visions of the future in Hollywood
disaster films such as The Day After
Tomorrow, AI Gore's Inconvenient
Truth, and even footage of the recent
British Petroleum oil spill.
"Visualizations can motivate people,
but too much doom and gloom can
have a paralyzing effect," says Sheppard.
"Showing people ways to help mitigate
and adapt to climate change in their
own lives and communities — electric
vehicles, local food production,
windpower and bioenergy, home
retrofits and low-carbon vacations —
can really get people thinking about
solutions and the choices they can take.
That's when the light bulbs turn on."
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Undergraduate students can explore humans' complex relationship with the environment
in this new program, which brings together a curriculum of new and existing arts and
science courses.
With this minor, Arts students can complement their major program by choosing from
more than 50 environment and sustainability related courses.
This three-credit course will integrate sustainability theory and practice by engaging
students in campus operations as UBC works towards its bold target of zero carbon
emissions by 2050.
In a pilot version of this three-credit class, interdisciplinary groups of environmental
science undergraduate students researched new sustainable waste solutions with
Metro Vancouver.
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Ting Pu had never seen a real forest before coming to UBC on an exchange.
at UBC sealed in a lab, working with the
temperamental DNA of fungus. But Pu
couldn't be happier. When she started
her undergraduate degree four years
ago at Nanjing Forestry University, she
never thought she'd get the chance to
work in a biology lab.
Pu is one of the first students to
take part in the Faculty of Forestry's
UBC and Nanjing Forestry University
Unlike other exchange programs,
the Faculty of Forestry connects with
the students before they arrive at UBC.
Faculty members fly to China to teach
courses, hold lectures remotely using
live video conferencing, and provide
a dedicated staff member to help the
cohort of students adjust to Canadian
life when they reach British Columbia.
Arriving in British Columbia and
jumping into a degree midway can be
challenging. All third-year students,
domestic and international, start
Pu started a degree in Geography
Information Systems but was more
interested in biology and chemistry.
When she saw a poster for the
exchange, she thought she'd apply.
"I like forestry because it's the
perfect mix of arts and science," says
Pu, who is among the top students in
the class.
"I was blown away by the ability of
the Chinese students to adapt to the
teaching style at a Canadian university,"
says John Innes, dean ofthe Faculty
of Forestry, who worked to get the
program started.
Guangyu Wang, director of the Asia
Program, says the education systems
in Canada and China are very different
and it takes two to three months for
most students to adjust.
"They struggle with the culture,
the language, the environment and
what's expected of them at school," says
Wang. "But the students are strong
academically and most end up near the
top of their class."
To make things easier, students
come to Vancouver at the end of July to
have some time to adjust. The Faculty
provides a two-week academic training
program and the students participate
in UBC's Jump-Start Program, which
offers lectures, classes, workshops
and social activities to help prepare
international students for university life.
Innes believes the exchange
program has been a success. "I wanted
the faculty to expand internationally,
and I wanted to increase recruitment of
undergraduate students."
"I have a personal interest in
making a contribution to how forestry
develops in China," says Innes, who
has conducted research on sustainable
forest management in China for the
last 11 years. The program means that
the skills and expertise at UBC are now
available to more people and cover
more of the globe.
So far fewer than 20 students have
participated in the program, but 19
are expected to start in 2011, and 35 in
2012. Universities in China are eager
to send more students, but Wang says
the faculty will limit the program so
that all students get a unique learning
experience. ■
Universities in China are eager to
send more students, but Wang says
the faculty will limit the program
so that all students get a unique
learning experience.
Undergraduate Exchange Program,
launched in 2008. Students spend two
years in their home country of China,
where they begin a forestry degree, and
then finish it at UBC.
September with a field camp.
"Before coming to British Columbia,
I hadn't seen what a real forest looked
like," said Pu. "But I was excited; I'm the
kind of person who wants to see things
The forestry industry in China is changing rapidly as it privatizes, says Guangyu Wang,
director of the Asia Program in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.
"There is a lot of investment going into developing the industry and all the top forest
companies now have offices in China," he says.
Wang advises Chinese exchange students to specialize in conservation and wood product
manufacturing. He says their skills are in high demand because they speak English and
Mandarin, and have expertise that is not available in China's forestry schools.
Most students on exchange plan to return to China after pursuing graduate degrees and
working in the Canadian forest industry.
/"The idea is that they will return to China with contacts and experience doing business in
Canada," says Wang. "They will use these to develop relationships and build bridges between
the two countries in the future."
Admissions begin for Southern
Medical Program
THE DOORS TO UBC's new Southern
Medical Program (SMP) are opening.
The 2011 MD Undergraduate Program
admissions cycle opened June 1,
and will admit the first class of SMP
students in May 2011.
The Southern Medical Program is
the fourth site in the UBC Faculty of
Medicine's Undergraduate program,
which has more than doubled the
number of students and distributed
their training throughout the province
to produce the next generation of
physicians for B.C.
"The program offers 32 seats to
incoming students, who will complete
their first four months of training in
Vancouver before moving to their
new home in the Interior," says Dr.
Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean,
Southern Medical Program.
Two new buildings in Kelowna will
be ready to greet them. Construction
of the Health Sciences Centre, a
$28-million, 4,266-square-metre
building at UBC's Okanagan campus
is on schedule, and will serve as the
home of the program with high-tech
classrooms, research and teaching
laboratories, problem-based learning
rooms and faculty and administrative
The clinical teaching facility at
Kelowna General Hospital officially
opened in January. Part of the
$37.6-million expansion of KGH, the
building boasts a 180-seat lecture
theatre, library, clinical skills rooms,
administrative offices, and innovative
video conferencing technology linking
the program with other UBC Faculty
of Medicine students in the North, on
Vancouver Island, and in the Vancouver-
Fraser region.
Students will spend their first two
years at UBC's Okanagan campus and
the clinical academic campus at KGH.
In their third and fourth years, students
will receive clinical education throughout
the B.C. Interior, including Kamloops,
Vernon, Penticton, Trail, Cranbrook.
The B.C. Medical Association and the
B.C. Medical Foundation have created
the first endowed student award for
the Southern Medical Program. The
award, $1,000 per year, will be available
to a student enrolled in the Southern
Medical Program during any academic
year of study, with preference given
to those with a record of community
service in health care.
The first scholarship will be available
for the 2011/2012 winter session. The Dr.
Gary Randhawa Memorial Scholarship
in Medicine is established in honour of
Dr. Gurmeet Singh "Gary" Randhawa,
who was a past member of the BCMA
Board of Directors and president of the
Kelowna Medical Society.
"UBC's Southern Medical Program
will emerge as a major player in both
the education of health professionals
and also in the pursuit of health
research in the province," says Jones.
"The establishment of this first
scholarship will contribute to our goals
of ensuring highly qualified candidates
will continue to have access to medical
education, and consequently contribute
to the advancement of quality care
within our communities — local and
global." ■
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