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 OBC Archives Serial
Volume 33 Number 20, November 5,1987
Advanced Education Minister Stan Hagen, centre, was all smiles at an MLA Day
demonstration of nuclear magnetic resonance with Chemistry researcher Paul Phillips,
left, and President David Strangway.  (See story page 2).
Sikh group withholds
funding for Chair
by Debora Sweeney
The Federation of Sikh Societies has
decided to withhold a cheque for $50,000
toward UBC's new chair in Punjab and Sikh
studies because the University invited an
Indian government official to a dinner
celebrating the opening of the chair.
Mohinder Gosal, president of the Sikh
Federation, said UBC "showed no respect" by
inviting Consul-General Jagdish Sharma to the
October 19 dinner.
A delegation from the Federation of Sikhs,
representing the Sikh community, decided at
the last minute not to attend the dinner
because the Consul-General was going to be
But, UBC President David Strangway said
he has "no regrets" about the University's
guest list, and refuses to compromise the
principles the University stands for.
"I regret very much the Sikh delegation
chose not to come," said Strangway, "but we
really believe in academic freedom here. As a
university, we can't be seen to be politically
With that in mind, the University invited the
delegation of 15 members of the Sikh
community, the Consul-General, university
officials, members of the Department of Asian
Studies, and Canada's Minister of State for
Multiculturalism, David Crombie.
Earlier this year, Crombie announced
$350,000 in federal funding for the chair.
"The dinner was the Sikhs' idea in the first
place," said Dr. Daniel Overmeyer, head ofthe
Asian Studies Department. "For a year, they
wanted to meet with Crombie."
Overmeyer said inviting the Consul-
General did not become an issue until the
morning of the dinner. That is when he got a
phone call from Gosal.
"Gosal said he understood the situation,
but said it made it impossible for the Sikhs to
come," said Overmeyer. "We agreed it was
tragic, but we both had to do what we had to
Gosal said it was never his intention to tell
the University who to invite. But, at the same
time, he claims the Consul-General should
have been left off the guest list because he
lobbied the federal government not to establish
a Sikh chair.
'The Sikh community contributed $300,000
(to establish the chair)," said Gosal. "Sharma
has not even contributed five bucks."
Genetics clinic
closure imminent
by Debora Sweeney
British Columbia's only comprehensive
medical genetics clinic will be forced to shut
down, unless program administrators come up
with $154,000 by next week.
More than 20 jobs are at stake, including
clerical staff and genetic assistants.
Dr. Patricia Baird, head of Medical Genetics
at UBC, believes the provincial government's
riew $20 million hospital funding program is
her last hope to save the UBC/Grace Hospital
"Over the next few years, there'll be many
more genetic disorders that we'll be able to
detect and that something then can be done
about," said Baird. "In the face of that
momentum, it seems absolutely
incomprehensible the program could be
According to Baird, doctors and genetic
assistants saw more than 4,000 families and
made nearly 2,000 written and telephone
consultations last year. The clinic's services
include diagnosing children with physical and
mental abnormalities, advising people who
have accidentally come in contact with toxic
chemicals, providing prenatal testing for
couples concerned about having abnormal
babies, and managing adults who have had
early heart attacks. The clinic also provides
referrals for tests which are unique in North
America, such aa tests which can predict the
presence of Huntington's Disease before its
symptoms appear.
Last week, Baird received a letter from
Major Gerald Mclnness, Administrator of Grace
Hospital, saying the hospital was going to cap
her budget as of December 1, three-quarters
of the way through the fiscal year. It means
the clinic's funding will be cut off until the new
fiscal year begins in March. That is when the
program is slated to expand into Shaughnessy
"I am told that in the budgets of
Shaughnessy and Grace for the next fiscal
year, there is enough money to run the
program," said Baird. "So, we are destroying
a carefully built-up, cost effective, high profile
medical service in this province for a shortfall
of $150,000 to $160,000."
Baird finds it hard to believe Grace Hospital
administrators and the provincial government
understand the consequences of the budget
"They may think the service will be
retrievable, and when the new budget starts in
March, we'll all just go back and start again."
That is not possible, Baird said. If she does
not come up with the money, Baird will be
forced to lay-off more than 20 employees.
Among them, as many as 10 specially-trained
genetic assistants, recruited from around the
world. Without their expertise, the clinic could
not re-open.
"It's a small world and if word of mouth
gets out that we have fired people with such
short notice, there is no way we would ever get
them back again, or indeed, any other genetic
assistants." Baird said.
Baird has stated her case to Grace Hospital
administrators and to hospital program
administrators from the Ministry of Health. She
said they appear to be sympathetic to her
But, time is running out. Unless they can
guarantee her a piece of the provincial
government's $20 million emergency hospital
fund, Baird must hand her employees their
notices by next Friday.
Hagen to pull
The provincial government will drop a
recent University Act amendment which could
compromise the autonomy of B.C. universities.
"I expect we'll drop the amendment within
the next two sessions (of the legislature)," said
Advanced Education Minister Stan Hagen.
But, Hagen added "we have more
important issues to tackle right now."
Dr. Daniel Birch, vice-president academic
at UBC, said he is delighted by the news.
The amendment, drafted in July states:
The minister shall not interfere in the exercise
of powers conferred on a university with
respect to academic policies and standards,
standards for admission and graduation and
the selection and appointment of staff.
But, it goes on to say a university shall not
establish a new degree program without the
approval of a minister. That is what had two of
UBC's top administrators, Drs. Birch and Albert
McClean, worried.
Birch called the amendment "a real zinger"
and added, "it allows the government to hold
the hammer over us and it tends to make all of
the previous statements of autonomy fairly
Hagen referred to those concerns as "a
non-issue," and said he has no intention of
taking advantage of the amendment.
Drinking spree sparks hazing survey
by Lorie Chortyk
"You are not a true Engineer until you have
been swung into one of UBC's many ponds,
built especially for this purpose..." reads a
section of the official Engineer's Handbook.
The handbook goes on to describe the
proper method of Tanking ~ "Remove all
valuables ...Get a good arc for distance ...", —
a ritual known all too well to any first-year
UBC's orientation traditions date back to
the late 1920s, but concern is growing on
campus that initiations are getting out of hand.
In September, 13 students were rushed to
hospital after they became seriously ill from
levels of alcohol consumed during a frosh
night party at Totem Park Residence. Five of
the students were unconscious upon arrival at
the campus emergency unit and two were kept
in hospital for observation. Although the
traditional frosh dance is non-alcoholic,
drinking occurred in rooms and other areas
before and during the event.
RCMP Sgt. Don Schlecker said that since
September, 10 students from campus
fraternities have been picked up for being
intoxicated and causing a disturbance in a
public place.
'The fraternity parties tend to get out of
hand when new students come in," he said.
"For a lot of them, its their first time away from
home and they don't know how to drink
socially." He said students are usually kept
overnight and released without prosecution.
Alarmed by the Totem Park incident, the
Student Housing Department circulated a
questionnaire to 2,100 students in Totem Park,
Place Vanier and Gage residences this month
asking them how they felt about initiation
activities. Housing director Mary Flores said
the questionnaire asks students to state,
anonymously, if they've taken part in initiations,
how often, whether or not it was a pleasant
experience and whether or not they suffered
injuries during the activities.
"I don't want to give the impression that
problems like the Totem Park incident are
widespread because I don't think they are,"
said Flores. "What I hope the questionnaire
will do is give us a clearer picture of what's
really happening in orientation and how
students feel about it."
Flores said it's difficult to get hard facts
about whether or not new students are being
intimidated because they're reluctant to make
complaints, even though standards
committees are set up in each residence to
deal with such problems.
"Students feel a lotof peer pressure and they
don't want to be singled out in the crowd," she
Health officials on campus agree that
incidents of alcohol abuse and alcohol-related
injuries increase during the first few months of
the academic year. But Dr. Robin Percival-
Smith, director of the Student Health Service,
said it's difficult to give definite numbers
because students are sometimes vague about
the circumstances surrounding an injury.
"It's hard to pin down numbers because a
student's not going to come in and tell us he
broke his arm falling out of a window at a frosh
party. But there's no doubt that these kinds of
injuries are more common during orientation,"
he said.
K.D. Srivastava, vice-president for student
and academic services, said the President's
Office will take action if incidents of students
being intimidated or harassed during initiation
are reported.
"When new students come to the campus,
there's bound to be the usual pranks, that's
just part of university life," he said. "But it
should never get to the stage where students
are being harassed. If these incidents lead
either to emotional damage or physical injury,
then obviously we're going to take a strong
position on it."
He said incidents would be reviewed on
case by case basis.
Cam Webster, first vice-president of UBC's
Interfraternity Council, said although rush
parties are common, activities in fraternities are
regulated by a policy which bans hazing of
new students.
"We follow a by-law passed a few years
ago by the National Interfraternity Council that
sets out specific activities which are banned,"
he said. "A fraternity suspected of violating the
code can be investigated by the advisor or
chief of their district."
Peter Gawlick, a member of the
Engineering Undergraduate Society executive,
claims that engineers also have their own code
of honour.
"About the only thing we do to initiate our
first-years is tanking and water bombing. We
don't harass our own kind. We just harass
everyone else." ? '
"Hollywood North" invades UBC campus
by Jo Moss
Irl despair after losing an important
competition, and strung out on drugs, a
student barricades himself in the physics lab
and threatens to blow the place apart.
That sounds like a scene from a TV thriller—
-and indeed it is. An episode from the hit TV
series "MacGyver", "Hell Week" was filmed last
month right here on campus.
It was one of six major movies or TV shows
filmed on campus this year, and represents the
university's share of Vancouver's growing
status as "Hollywood North".
Show biz brought more than $30,000 into
UBC in the last two years as the university's
panoramic location gained acceptance and
And as Vancouver increasingly becomes
the Hollywood producer's choice of location,
UBC stands to gain in more ways than one.
"It raises the profile of the university as well
as generating revenue," said UBC Community
Relations Business Manager Sharon Rowse,
the initial contact for any film company
considering a campus shoot.
Gangsters converged on Cecil Green Park
for a gun battle earlier this year in an episode
of the TV series "Wiseguy". And students
gave up several hours of their favorite past
time so the production crew of "Beans Baxter"
could use the video games room in the
Student Union Building.
Forestry, Botany, Social Work, and Music
are some of the departments which have
accommodated the disruptions of film crews
and cameras for other productions.
According to Rowse, a film company
wanting to use a campus site often doesn't
give the university much advance notice.
'The production shooting schedule for
most companies is so tight that locations may
be decided on only days before filming
begins," Rowse said. "We now ask for at least
three days notice so that approval can be
obtained from the departments involved before
filming goes ahead."
With the growing number of filming
requests, the Community Relations Office has
implemented strict controls on the film
company's use of the campus, and increased
the location fee to $2,500 a day to cover
incurred costs.
"This new policy has proven very effective
in allowing requests for commercial filming to
be handled smoothly and efficiently," Rowse
The Community Relations office vets the
script before approving any filming. Media
Services liaises with the film company on-site
and handles any problems.
That can mean long days for UBC staff
"The film company's trucks parked at 7
a.m. to begin the production of "Wiseguy",
Bob Jemison, Media Services Photography
and Graphics manager recalled. "They
worked right through, without a break, until 3
a.m. the next day."
When all the shooting is completed, Media
Services makes a final check to ensure the
company has restored the location to its
original condition. In the case of "Hell Week",
the lab was put back together.
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A film crew prepares to begin shooting an episode of the TV series "MacGyver" outside
of the Main Library.
Politicians tour campus
Women's athletic group
challenges task force
The Women's Athletic Committee charges
recent task force recommendations don't
ensure adequate student input in the running
of university athletic and sports programs.
The WAC is submitting a proposal to the
University Athletic Committee outlining what
has to be done to maintain full student
"It's a proposal for a structure that will
make student input work," said Linda Diano,
WAC member and Big Block president.
Diano said some students fear the UAC will
disband the WAC and its counterpart the
Men's Athletic Committee. She said those
groups ensure fair student representation.
Task force chairman and Vice-president
Student and Academic Services K.D.
Srivastava said student fears are unfounded.
"It was student concern that precipitated
the review in the first place," he said. "There's
no question of abolishing student input."
Srivastava said it's up to the UAC to decide
how it will be accomplished, but said the MAC
and WAC may continue to exist as subcommittees.
Head of the MAC and UAC member,
Charles Slonecker, said he doesn't see student
representation as a major problem.
'The people on the men's side aren't so
worried about what's going to happen," he
The task force review of athletic and sports
services recommends five student
representatives be nominated by the AMS to
sit on the revitalized UAC.
Diano said AMS nominated representatives
aren't always close to the interests of students
involved in athletic and sports programs.
"That kind of rankles," said Jody
Woodland, AMS Vice-president and UAC
member. "I've rowed for two years, played
rugby for three, and had massive participation
in intramurals. I feel I know what students
Woodland said most students probably
aren't even aware of the proposed changes.
UBC gave a two-day exhibition of some of
its best research to MLAs from both the Social
Credit and New Democratic Parties.
"It was a great PR job," said Stan Hagen,
Minister of Advanced Education and Job
NDP leader Mike Harcourt described the
show as "exciting" and "a great learning
Seventeen members of the Socred caucus,
including John Savage, Minister of Agriculture
and Fisheries, Bruce Strachan, Minister of
Environment and Parks, and Clifford Michael,
Minister of Transportation and Highways,
arrived on campus October 22. Their day
included individual faculty presentations
featuring: superconductivity, materials
research, nuclear magnetic resonance,
telerobotics, prominent arts publications, and
computers in law.
Coordinated by UBC's Community
Relations Office, the program was repeated on
November 2 for members of the NDP caucus.
Darlene Marzari (Vancouver-Point Grey) and
Gordon Hanson (Victoria) were two of nine
MLAs who came out to the campus.
MLAs were greeted at the start of the day
by UBC president David Strangway and Vice-
president of Research Peter Larkin. Their
mini-tour included stops at the Physics
building, Electrical Engineering building,
Museum of Anthropology, and Law building.
A final reception featured an a cappello
group from the School of Music.
Hagen said he was impressed that the
university included arts research as part of the
day's program and didn't restrict the focus to
science and technology.
'The arts are extremely important and we
can't lose sight of that," he said.
Hagen also said it was important that MLAs
have the opportunity to see what kind of
research goes on at a university the size of
"Not all of them.had a university
experience," he said,
"I was very impressed by the enthusiasm
shown by all faculty members," said Mike
Harcourt. A former UBC law student, he said
he was especially interested to see new
developments in that faculty.
Socred MLA Kim Campbell, (Vancouver-
Point Grey) described the day as "excellent"
and said she knew many MLAs would return to
further investigate areas of personal interest.
Overall, the two-day event seemed to be
warmly received by the faculty involved as well
as the MLAs. Dean of Applied Science Axel
Meisen said he was very pleased at the
interest shown by the visitors.
'They were very responsive and showed a
strong interest in our presentation. I think it
went extremely well," said Associate Dean of
Arts Jonathan Wisenthal.
Chemical-free sewage treatment developed at UBC
by Jo Moss
Two UBC scientists have developed North
America's first chemical-free advanced
wastewater treatment process for municipal
Using techniques pioneered in South
Africa, Civil Engineering Head Bill Oldham and
research associate Fred Koch have
successfully adapted the process to Canada's
colder climate.
After ten years of research, a pilot plant on
the UBC campus is now using natural bacteria
to remove more than 90 percent of nitrogen
and phosphorus found in sewage.
The process could be the new line of
defence against pollution in B.C.'s lakes if
communities adopt the system.
With conventional sewage treatment
processes, phosphorus and nitrogen escape
into lakes and rivers to feed burgeoning algae
populations. The algae are consumed by
bacteria in a cycle that eventually uses up
oxygen in the lake killing the natural lifeforms.
"If that ever happens to Okanagan Lake it
would take about 60 years to restore the
balance," Oldham said.
Nitrogen and phosphorus levels in the
Okanagan lakes system was identified as a
potential problem as early as 1969. Since then
the provincial government has encouraged
surrounding communities to clean up their act.
But the only treatment process available uses
chemical additives.
Oldham says that process has a major
drawback. Although it produces a "clean"
liquid end product that can be disposed of
safely, the left-over sludge requires special,
and expensive, disposal methods.
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He has worked out the bugs—or worked in
the bugs—in a treatment process that is
entirely bacteria-based. It can service any
community from a few hundred to a few million
Oldham's research started ten years ago
when a consulting firm asked him to find out
whether a biological system used in South
Africa could be used in a colder North
American climate.
His preliminary work proved that it was
feasible. In 1979, Kelowna collaborated with
Bill Oldham's sewage treatment pilot plant is housed in a 50-foot trailer behind B.C.
Oldham to design and build a new treatment     *|
plant for the yet-untested process.
'They dared to take a chance," Oldham
said. The plant has run continuously since
1982, and the operation is upgraded as more
information comes to light.
"In the last eight months we've been getting
a 90 per cent removal rate," Oldham said.
One of the major problems Oldham initially   *■
encountered was the concentration of B.C.
"We're great water users in B.C. and our
sewage is very diluted. So it comes to the
treatment plant containing a lot of oxygen," he
The first stage of biological treatment must
be oxygen-free—it's the critical factor that ""
causes the right kind of bacteria to multiply.
Oldham and Koch recently developed a
fermentation process that solved the problem.
On the basis of this work, two more
Okanagan communities, Westbank and
Penticton, are designing plants to use the
bacteria-based process. ,
In Kelowna, the sludge that used to *
required special handling is now carted off to a
sanitary landfill site. Ifs mixed with waste
sawdust from a local mill and composts for
eighteen months.
The initial capital cost of a biologically-
based plant is about a third higher than a
chemically-based one. But the operating
costs are much lower—about half.
The proposed Penticton plant will cost
about $10 million as opposed to $8 million it
would have cost for a chemical treatment
plant. Oldham said the extra costs can be
recouped in three to seven years. 1
Hormone deficiency
tied to bone disease
by Debora Sweeney
A UBC endocrinologist believes she has
found the key to preventing osteoporosis, a
degenerative bone disease.
Dr. Jerilynn Prior has studied the effects of
exercise on women's fertility and bone strength
for nearly a decade. She said her research
indicates the absence of the hormone,
progesterone, which is produced only during
ovulation, causes the disease that causes
bones to become brittle, porous and easily
Post-menopausal women are the most
frequent sufferers of osteoporosis, which
affects one in four women over the age of 65.
But Prior's research also shows that young
women also suffer losses of bone density. In a
recent clinical trial, Prior reported that 14 postmenopausal and 3 pre-menopausal women
had significant gains in bone density on
progesterone therapy alone.
She is looking for 100 women between the
ages of 20 and 40 to put her progesterone
theory further to the test. The candidates must
be in condition, running 15 or more-miles a
week, and not taking oral contraceptives.
First, the participants will be screened for
one to two months to document menstrual
cycle change.
Then, the women will be assigned to one of
four therapy groups to use a combination of
calcium or calcium placebo and Provera (a
synthetic oral progesterone) or Provera
Before and after the study, each participant
will have a bone density scan of her spine and
shin, have her percentage of body fat
measured, her blood sampled to determine
hormone levels and provide urine samples to
test bone metabolites.
She said her most recent research, which
focussed on normally active women through to
United Way
More than 10 per cent of all UBC faculty
and staff have pledged donations to UBC's
United Way campaign.
"It's fantastic," said campaign chairman Cy
Finnegan. "We're half way through the
campaign and it means we're well on our way
to meeting this year's goal of 15 per cent
Donations to date amount to almost
marathon runners, has revealed startling
preliminary results — results which contradict
the popular theory that only extremely active
women have problems with their menstrual
"I would estimate, based on the population
of intelligent, active, interested in their health,
hard working women we studied in Vancouver,
that the percentage is 15 percent," she said.
"The studies that have been done before have
not accurately indicated what's happening."
Prior said statistics available before her
study indicate only five per cent of the women
tested had short luteal phases - that is, the
premenstrual time between the release of the
egg and the start of menstrual bleeding, which
is normally about 10 to 16 days. Prior calls the
statistics poor.
"I think it's important for women to know
that a fight with a partner or worry about a job
or the job at home may be affecting their
menstrual cycle," she said. "Not only that, but
a lot of women feel that if they're menstruating,
they're ovulating — and you definitely can't
make that assumption."
Drance, Helliwell get
Order of Canada
Dr. Stephen Drance
Honest image can sell goods
by Jo Moss
Canadians could profit handsomely in
overseas markets if they capitalized on their
"nice-guy" image, says Commerce professor
David Tse.
He said Canadians are perceived worldwide as being friendly, honest people. And
that could open a lot of doors to prospective
buyers of Canadian products.
With an aggressive marketing program,
products carrying a 'Made in Canada' tag
could even beat out other countries' products
in consumer preference, Tse said.
"We can definitely capitalize on our positive
image which makes us well-received in Asian
countries. We haven't yet begun to explore
the possibilities," he added.
Tse recently completed a study of
consumer behavior in Southeast Asia. The
results showed a country's image is as
important in marketing its products as the
quality of the product sold.
"People in other countries perceive Canada
as part of North America, the place where new
ideas generate. But they don't see us as
carrying any political bags, like the U.S.," he
Tse said Canadians have been slow to
develop their positive trading image for several
reasons. One is that many export products are
derived from natural resources.
"Products like oil or logs don't have to carry
'Made in Canada' tags," he said.
As well, an easy market south of the border
has meant Canada hasn't had to be
aggressive in finding alternate buyers. But this
situation is changing as U.S. embargoes and
tariffs are forcing businesses to look
More importantly, said Tse, Canadians
think too humbly of themselves. They don't
blow their own horn.
"When you ask people what particular
product symbolizes Canada, they don't know,"
Tse said. "They don't think that we're at the
forefront of research in technology, in areas
like telecommunications. Maybe we think it's
ungentlemanly to market our image, but the
fact is—it exists."
Tse said Asia offers a potentially enormous
market for not only Canadian technology, but
also for Canadian expertise.
'The sky's the limit," Tse said.
Two UBC faculty members have joined the
illustrious list of Officers appointed to the Order
of Canada.
Dr. Stephen Drance and John Helliwell
were honored for their contributions to
Canadian society at a ceremony last week in
Drance, who is head of the Department of
Ophthalmology at UBC and VGH, has spent
most of his career researching glaucoma, a
common eye disease which can lead to
blindness. He gained an international
reputation for his discovery of some of the
causes of low-tension glaucoma.
Helliwell, an economics professor at UBC,
has held a wide variety of academic and
professional appointments.
Prof. Gail Bellward, assistant dean of the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been
elected president of the Pharmacological
Society of Canada. She is the first woman to
be named to the position in the society's 30-
year history. Dr. Bellward, a UBC faculty
member since 1964, served as secretary and
vice-president of the society before becoming
The Canadian Economics Association has
awarded UBC financial economist Espen
Eckbo the Harry G. Johnson prize for the best
paper published in the Canadian Journal of
Economics, the association's quarterly
Eckbo's paper, titled "Mergers and the
Market for Corporate Control: the Canadian
Evidence", describes how mergers and
takeovers affect the market value of Canadian
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Commerce professor Shoshana Anlly has
won top prize in the annual dissertation
competition sponsored by the Transportation
Science Section of the Operations Research
Society of America.
Anily's paper investigated the methods of
shipping goods from storage to retailers. Titled
"Integrating Inventory Control and
Transportation Planning", it looked at the
optimal strategy for goods transportation
including when they should travel, how they
should travel, and the costs involved.
UBC Calendar from page 4
UBC Film Society - Classic Subfilms Film
Dr. Strangelove. Tickets: $2 each. Hotline: 228-3697.
SUB Theatre, Student Union Bldg.  7 and 9:30 p.m.
Botany Seminar
Natural Insecticides and Antifeedants from Desert
Sunflowers. Murray Isman, Plant Sciences, UBC. Room
2000, Biological Sciences Building. 12:30 p.m.
Chemistry Seminar
Completely Controlled Ring Opening Polymerization of
Cyclic Olefins Using Well Characterized Alkylidene
Complexes. Prof. Richard R. Schrock, Chemistry,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Room 250,
Chemistry Building. 1 p.m.
Oceanography Seminar
NOGAPB.6-The Oceanography of Arctic Shelf. Dr.
R.W. MacDonald, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney,
B.C. For information call 228-5210. Room 1465,
Biological Sciences Building. 3:30 p.m.
Environmental Interest Group Lecture
The Role of Global Events in Local Environmental
Change. Dr. C.S. Holling, Resource Ecology Group,
UBC. First of a series of lectures on the Brundtland
Report, For information call 228-0960. Lecture Hall #1,
IRC. 7:30 p.m.
Pharmacology & Therapeutics Seminar
Bay K 8644-induced S-T Segment Alterations and Their
Reversal by Anti-anginal drugs. Dr. S. Abraham,
Pharmacology & Therapeutics, UBC. Room 317, Basic
Medical Sciences Building, Block "C". 12 noon.
Forestry Seminar
Forests Forever. Ms. Linda Coady, Senior Manager,
Public Affairs, COFI, Vancouver. Free. For more
information call 228-2507. Room 166, MacMillan
Building. 12:30 p.m.
History Seminar
The Intellectual Sources of Robert Boyle's Philosophy
of Nature. Professor Margaret J. Osier, History,
Universityof Calgary. Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
3:30 p.m.
Human Nutrition Seminar
Brown Fat, Energy Balance and Obesity. Dr. Josef
Skala, Paediatrics, The Research Centre, UBC. For
information call 228-6253. Room 120, Family &
Nutritional Sciences Bldg. 4 p.m.
1987 Ecology-Resource Ecology Seminar
Cascading Trophic Interactions and Lake Productivity.
Dr. Stephen Carpenter, Biology, Universityof Notre
Dame. Room 2000, Biological Sciences Building. 4:30
1987 Hoffmann Lecture
Vitamin A Absorption, Metabolism and Function:
Involvement of Specific Carrier Proteins. Dr. David Ong,
Assoc. Professor, Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University.
For more information call Dr. Sheila Innis, 875-2492.
Lecture Hall #4, IRC. 11:30 a.m.
Botany Seminar
Demography and Conservation of a Rare Orchid-
OphrysSphegodes- in Chalk Grassland. Dr. Mike
Hutchings, University of Sussex. Room 2000, Biological
Sciences Building. 12:30 p.m.
Visual & Performing Arts Lecture
Technology and Its Effect on Teacher Education in the
21st Century. Dr. John Burley, Member af the
Commission on Community Music, International Society
for Music Education. For information call 228-5367.
Room 1317, Scarfe Building. 12:30 p.m.
English Dept Live Debate
Capitalism versus Socialism: Which Is The Moral
System? Dr. F. Stockholder, English Dept., UBC, Dr. J.
Ridpath, Economics, York University. Free. For
information call 224-4285. Ballroom, SUB. 12:30-2
English Colloquium
Rasselas and The Anatomy of Melancholy: A Continuity
of Menippean Satire. Mr. Alex Forbes. Penthouse,
Buchanan Building. 3:30 p.m.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Lecture
Pharmacology of New Selective Reversible Type A
M.A.O. Inhibitors. Dr. Larry Gontovnick, Assoc. Clinical
Sponsor(CIBA- Geigy Canada Ltd.) Room 3, IRC.
12:30 p.m.
Committee on Lectures
Reading from his Work. Mr. Michael Ohdaatje,
Canadian Writer. Talking about the Theatre and
accepting questions. Freddie Wood Theatre. 12:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Lecture
Encounters with Nature: Prints and Drawings. Prof.
Lyndal Osborne, Art and Design, Universityof Alberta.
Room 107, Lasserre Building. 12:30 p.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Differential Parental Disomy. Dr. Jan Friedman,
Medical Genetics, UBC. For information call 228-5311.
Parentcraft Room, Main Floor, Grace Hospital, 4490 Oak
St., Vancouver. I p.m.
Fine Arts Seminar
Image Development in the Prints of Lyndal Osborne.
Prof-. Lyndal Osborne, Art and Design, Universityof
Alberta. Printmaking Studio, Hut M-22. 2:15p.m.
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Simultaneous Electrosynthesis of Alkaline Peroxide and
Sodium Chlorate-A New Method of Generating
Bleaching Chemicals. Mr. Eric Kalu, Graduate Student.
Coffee at 3:15 p.m. Room 206, Chemical Engineering
Building. 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Frank Scott: The Politics of
The Imagination". Dr.
Sandra Djwa, Chairman,
Department of English,
Simon Fraser University.
Saturday, Nov. 28
The Kaon Factory. Dr.
Erich Vogt, Director,
TRIUMF, Universityof B.C.
Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources
Centre. Free. 8:15 p.m.
Annual Workshop for Medieval Studies
Dynasty in the Middle Ages. Sponsored by The
Committee for Medieval Studies. Nov. 13-14. For
information and registration call J.M. Bak, Dept. of
History at 228-5181.
Mature Students Support Group
Sponsored by Office for Women Students. For
information call 228-2415. Tuesdays, Nov. 10- Dec. 15.
Room 223, Brock Hall. 12:30 p.m.
Frederic Wood Theatre
The Collected Works of Billy The Kid by Michael
Ondaatje under the direction of Arne Zaslove. For
information and reservations call 228-2678. Nov. 18-28
(except Sunday). 8 p.m.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open Mondayto Friday 10a.m. - 3 p.m. No charge.
Closed weekends.
Botanical Garden
Open daily 10a.m.-3p.m. Nocharge.
Language Exchange Program
This program is for those interested in learning foreign
languages or in exchanging a foreign language for
English. Call International House between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. Monday- Friday at 228-5021.
Thea Koerner House Graduate Student
Fireside Lounge lunch service 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (M-F);
Lounge open 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (M-Th), Friday'til 1
a.m.; Monday: Video Nights - 8 p.m.; Wednesday: Music
Nights - 8 p.m.; Friday: Dance Parties - 8 p.m. Everyone
Badminton Club
Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Badminton Club
meets Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 p.m. and Fridays 7:30-9:30
p.m. (except Nov. 13) in Gym A of the Robert Osborne
Sports Centre. For information call Bernie 228-4025 or
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-
Informants Needed
Visiting students and faculty invited as speakers (French
or English) to African literature class about their
countries (arts, literature, culture, socio-political issues,
etc.). Please contact Dr. Claude Bouygues at 228-4039.
Statistical Consulting and Research
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 appointment
available at Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
Student Counselling and Resources Centre
'Students Helping Students' is a service that provides
disabled students with assistance in disability-related
tasks affecting school. For information call 228-4840.
UBC REPORTS November 5,1987     3 I
UBC Calendar
Counselling Psychology Presentation
Research in Contemporary Approaches to the Study of
Motivation and Learning, Including an Adlerian
Perspective. Dr. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson, Southern
Illinois University. Room 202, Scarfe Building. 9 a.m.
UBC Chaplains' Association
Aids Forum: The Meaning. Presented by UBC
chaplains. SUB 207. 12 Noon.
Plant Science Seminar
Gene Expression in Transgenic Plants. Dr. Joan
McPherson, Plant Science, UBC, For information call
228-2329. Room 342, MacMillan Building. 12:30 p.m.
Cy Keyes Lecture-Seminar
Micro-Bubble Flotation. Dr. Roe Hoan Yoon, Mining &
Minerals Engineering-Virginia Tech,, Blacks burg,
Virginia, USA. Sponsored by Mining & Mineral Process
Engineering. For information call 228-2540. Room 317,
Frank Forward Building. 12:30 p.m.
Science for Peace Lectures
Understanding Strategic Doctrine. Prof. Michael
Wallace, Political Science, UBC. Sponsored by Science,
Technology* Society Studies. Room 218, Hennings
Building. 12:30 p.m.
Institute of Asian Research Film Showing
The people of Asia and Asian Immigrants to Canada. Sri
Lanka: 1S77-24 mins; Thailand: 1975-28 mins. For
information call 228-2746. Auditorium, Asian Centre.
UBC Chaplains' Association
Aids Forum:The Meaning. Presented by UBC
chaplains. SUB 209. 3 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Numerical Calculations for Film Cooling of Turbine
Blades. D. Sinitsin, Graduate Student. For information
call 228-2781. Room 1215, Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Building. 3:30 p.m.
Astronomy Seminar
Active Galactic Nuclei. Martin Ward, Universityof
Washington, Seattle. Coffee at 3:45 p.m. Room 260,
Geophysics & Astronomy Building. 4p.m.
Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor
Translating Japanese. Prof. Edward G. Seidensticker,
Japanese Studies, Columbia & Universityof Hawaii.
Room D-225, Buchanan Building. 4 p.m.
UBC Film Society-Classic Subfilms Film
Some Like It Hot. Tickets: $2 each. Hotline: 228-3697.
SUB Theatre, Student Union Bldg. 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Faculty Development Seminar
Questions Without Answers. Ms. Jocelyn Foster, Head,
Social Sciences & Humanities Div., Main Library; Ms.
Joan Sandilands, Head, Sedgewick Undergraduate
Library, UBC. For information call 222-5272. Room
2449, Biological Sciences Building. 12:30 p.m.
Botany Seminar
Organization, Structure and Information Properties of
DNA in Chloroplastsandin General. Peter Sibbald,
Botany, UBC. Room 2000, Biological Sciences Building.
12:30 p.m.
UBC Film Society-Classic Subfilms Film
The Great Gatsby (1949 version). Tickets: $2 each.
Hotline: 228-3697. SUB Theatre, Student Union Bldg.
12:40,7 and 9:30 p.m.
Chemistry Seminar
Characterization of Transient Intermediates in the
Photochemistry of Cyclic Enones. Prof. David I.
Schuster, Chemistry, NewYork University. Room 250,
Chemistry Building. 1 p.m.
Cecil H. & Ida Green Visiting Professor
Differing Concepts of Fiction in Japan and the West.
Prof. Edward G. Seidensticker, Japanese Studies,
Columbia & University of Hawaii. Asian Centre
Auditorium. 3 p.m.
Oceanography Seminar
Recent Paleomagnetic Studies of Sediment Diagenesis.
Dr. Robert Karlin, School of Oceanography, University
of Washington, Seattle. For information call 228-5210.
Room 146S, Biological Sciences Building. 3:30 p.m.
Research Centre Seminar
Monoclonal Antibodies Against Rubella Virus Proteins.
Mr. Brad Brush, Pathology, UBC. Refreshments at 3:45
p.m. Room 202, Research Centre, 950 W. 28th Avenue,
Vancouver. 4 p.m.
Statistics Seminar
Two Unrelated Problems in Biostatistics. Dr. Martin L.
Puterman, Faculty of Commerce and Children's
Biostatistical Consulting Service, UBC. Refreshments
at3:45p.m. For information cal!228-3410. Room 102,
Ponderosa AnnexC. 4 p.m.
Psychology Colloquium
A Distributed Memory Model (or Serial Order
Information. Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky, Universityof
Western Australia. For information call 228-6771. Room
2510, Kenny Building. 4 p.m.
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5, Telephone 228-3131.
EdItor-ln-Chlef: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Don Whiteley
Layout: Jo Moss and Linda Coe
Contributors'. Jo Moss, Lorie Chortyk,
Debora Sweeney.
Engineering/physics students Malcolm Smith and Andrew Brown fill their computer
screen with images of individual atoms, after building Canada's second scanning-
tunneling microscope from a design by UBC Physics professors Tom Tiedge and
Richard Cline.   The microscope has been described as an instrument that goes 'beyond
Einstein's wildest dreams'- examining the internal structure of a surface at the atomic
level.  The development of the scanning-tunneling microscope won two Swiss physicists
the Nobel Prize for Physics last year.
Canadian Assoc, for Information Science
CD-ROM: The Arrival of a Storage Medium. Peter
Simmons and Jim Henderson, S.L.A.I.S. Discussion and
demonstration. Room 835, Main Library. 4:30 p.m.
School of Rehabilitation Medicine
Orientation Evening. Admissions, Q & A Period & Career
Presentations (PABC & BCSOT). For information call
228-7771. Lecture Hall #6, IRC. 7 p.m.
Remembrance Day Service
Rev. Raymond Schultz, Campus Pastor, will conduct the
Service, Address by Dr. May Brown, Scripture read by
Chancellor Leslie R. Peterson. All are welcome. For
information call 228-2484. Room 210, Old
Administration Building. Inspection of Troops 9:50 a.m.;
Ceremony 10:45 a.m.
Psychiatry Academic Lecture
Informed Consent: The Psychiatric Patient. Dr. Roy
O'Shaughnessy, Head, Div. of Forensic Psychiatry,
Psychiatry, HSCH. For information call 228-7341.
Room 2NA/B, Psychiatric Pavilion, HSCH. 9 a.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
No Code Blue. Dr. Tweedale, Director, ICU, VG H; Mr.
Johnston, Chaplain, CCABC. Room G-279, Lecture
Theatre, Acute Care Unit, Health Sciences Centre
Hospital. 12 noon.
Arts One Lecture
Did Homer Have a Map? New Observations on The
Geography of The Odyssey. Prof. Armin Wolf. For
information call 228-3430. Blue Room, Arts One
Building. 6358 University Blvd. 12:30 p.m.
Information Meeting for Engineering
For 1st year Engineering or 2nd year Electrical
Engineering students interested in Co-operative
Education. Janet Land, Acting Director, Co-operative
Education Programs. For information call 228-3022.
Room 200, Computer Science Building. 12:30 p.m.
Asian Studies Lectures
Sexual Metaphors in the Songs of the Bauls of Bengal.
Dr. Rahul Peter Das, Universityof Hamburg, Seminar
fur Kultur und Geschichte Indiens. Free, all are
welcome. Room 604, Asian Centre. 12:30 p.m.
Meeting of Women's Groups
Sexual Harassment and Women's Athletics: Proposed
Policies. Sponsored by Status of Women. For
information call 228-5165. Penthouse, Buchanan
Building. 12:30 p.m.
Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar
Defective Myocardial Energy Metabolism and Its Role in
Heart Dysfunction During Experimental Diabetes
Mellitus. Mr. Brian Rodrigues, Graduate Student,
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Room 1, IRC. 12:30 p.m.
Classics Lecture
Characterization in Plautus' Comedies of Love Intrigue.
Peter Smith, Professor, Classics, University of Victoria.
For information call 228-2889. Room A204, Buchanan
Building. 12:30 p.m.
Cecil H. & Ida Green Visiting Professor
Japanese Literature in World Literature. Prof. Edward
G. Seidensticker, Japanese Studies, Columbia &
Universityof Hawaii. Room A104, Buchanan Building.
12:30 p.m.
Gerontology Lecture
Aging Patterns in Family and Close Friendship Ties. Dr.
Leroy O. Stone. Population Studies Div., Statistics
Canada; and Centre on Aging, University of Manito ba.
For information call 228-5881. Lecture Hall #4, IRC.
12:30 p.m.
Asian Studies Lecture
The Science of Tree Care in Traditional India. Dr. Rahul
Peter Das, Universityof Hamburg, Seminar fur Kultur
und Geschichte Indiens. Free, all are welcome. Room
604, Asian Centre. 3:30 p.m.
Psychology Colloquium
Forms of Memory: Findings from Patients with Amnesia
and Patients with Frontal Lobe Damage. Dr. Art
Shimamura, Universityof California, San Diego, for
information call 228-6771. Room 2510, Kenny Building.
4 p.m.
Gerontology Research Colloquium
Aging Related Research Opportunities in the 1985
General Social Survey Data Base. Dr. Leroy O. Stone,
Population Studies Div., Statistics Canada; and Centre
on Aging, University of Manitoba. For information call
228-5881. Room 40, Family & Nutritional Sciences Bldg.
4 p.m.
Classics/The Archaeological Institute of
America, Vancouver Society Lecture
The Classical Tradition in Canadian Public Architecture.
Peter Smith, Professor, Classics, University of Victoria.
For more information call 228-2889. Lecture Theatre,
Museum of Anthropology. 8 p.m.
Adult Education Seminar
Curriculum and Marginalized Women: The Abbottsfield
Project (Edmonton, Alberta). Virgina Sauve, Assist.
Professor, Dept. of Curriculum: Humanities & Social
Sciences, University of Manitoba. For information call
228-5881. Room #1, Adult Education Research Centre,
5760Toronto Rd. 10:30a.m.
Early Childhood Education Research
The Emergent Literacy Kindergarten Program. P.
Wakefield, M. Palmer, N. Pelland, UBC Child Study
Centre. For information call 228-5232. Room 201,
Ponderosa F. 11 a.m.
Cecil H. & Ida Green Visiting Professor
The Forty Years War: Japan and I. Prof. Edward G.
Seidensticker, Japanese Studies, Columbia & University
of Hawaii. Room A106, Buchanan Building. 12:30 p.m.
Leon and Thea Koerner Lecture
The Family of Dynasties in Medieval Europe. Prof.
Armin Wolf, University of Frankfurt & Max-Planck
Institute for European Legal History. Medieval
Workshop. Room A100, Buchanan Building. 12:30 p.m.
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period November 22 to December 5, notices must be submitted on
proper Calendar forms no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 to the
Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial Road, Room 207, Old Administration
Building.   For more information, call 228-3131.
Medical Genetics Seminar
The RC Gene - A Useful Model for Research for Retinal
Abnormalities. Dr. K.M. Cheng, Animal Science, UBC.
Forjnformation call 228-5311. Parentcraft Room, Main
Floor, Grace Hospital, 4490 Oak St., Vancouver. 1p.m.
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Pitch Controlat Prince George Pulp and Paper. Mr. J.B.
Ball, Graduate Student. Coffee at 3:15. Room 206,
Chemical Engineering Building. 3:30 p.m.
Science and Education Dance
Lip sync contest with 900 dollars in prizes. Band:
'Wired', plays after contest. $5. Profits to Children's
Hospital. SUB Ballroom. 7:30 p.m.
Economic Workshop
Ex Ante Regulation and Ex Post Liability: Substitutes or
Complements? Charles Kolstad, Illinois. Room 351,
Brock Hall. 4 p.m.
B.C. Skeptics Annual General Meeting
Election of Officers. Cotd Reading. BobFarrell, #
Magician and Metalist. New members and public
welcome. For more information call 228-4658.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building. 7:30 p.m.
Continuing Education Lecture Evening
Reflections on Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.
Alberto Manguel, writer, translator and critic. $8,
students $5. For information call 222-5261. Room 60,
School of Family and Nutritional Sciences. 8 p.m.
Continuing Education Seminar
Beginning a Business and Beyond — Women
Entrepreneurs. Pam Williams, owner, Au Chocolat. To
pre-register call 222-5272. Room 50, School of Family
& Nutritional Sciences Building. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Continuing Education Seminar
Stock Market Self-Confidence for Women. Nicole
Faucher, Account Executive, Wood Gundy Inc. to preregister call 222-5272. Room 30, School of Family &
Nutritional Sciences. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Continuing Education Lecture/Presentation
The People of the Buffalo. Ray McKeown, Plains
Indians Interpreter. A re-creation of history through
stories, songs and dance. To pre-register call 222-5237.
Upper Lounge, Museum of Anthropology. 9:30 a.m. -
2:30 p.m.
Continuing Education/Museum of
Anthropology Lecture
People of the Buffalo: The Plains Indians of Canada,
Ray McKeown, Sioux Ancestry, Plains Indian Interpreter.
$30, MOA members $25. Bring lunch, coffee supplied.
For information call 222-5237. Upper Lounge, Museum
of Anthropology. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Continuing Education Workshop
Ibsen and Strindberg: A Rediscovery. Errol Durbach,
Claire Brown, Catherine Cainesand Juliane Gaitanakis.
$60, students $35. For information call 222-5254.
Psychiatric Pavilion Theatre, 2255 Wesbrook Mali. 10
a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Critics' Choice
A day devoted to the personal delights of fiction with
Dr. Ira Nadel, Professor, English Dept, UBC; Alberto
Manguel, writer and Eleanor Wachtel,
writer/broadcaster. $38, students $25 (includes lunch).
Sponsored by Continued Education. For information
call 222-5261. Dining Room, Graduate Student Centre.
SUN, NOV. 15
Continuing Education Workshop
Ibsen and Strindberg: A Rediscovery. Errol Durbach,
Claire Brown, Catherine Caines and Juliane Gaitanakis.
$60, students $35. For information call 222-5254.
Psychiatric Pavilion Theatre, 2255 Wesbrook Mall. 10
a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Plant Science Seminar
Selling Your Soul For Biological Control. Dr. Judy
Myers, Plant Science, UBC. For information call 228-
2329. Room 342, MacMillan Building. 12:30 p.m.
Institute of Asian Research Film Showing
The People of Asia and Immigrants to Canada. Bamboo
Lions and Dragons: 1979-29 mins; Bridges: 1982-24
mins. For information call 228-2746. Auditorium, Asian
Centre. 12:30 p.m.
Statistics Seminar
Statistical Inference for Spacial Moving Average
Processes. Prof. Marc Moore, Ecole Polytechnique,
Montreal, Quebec. Refreshments at 3:15. For
information call 228-3410. Room 102, Ponderosa Annex
C. 3:30 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Cyclic Variations in Spark Ignition Engines. A. Kapil,
Graduate Student. For information call 228-2781.
Room 1215, Civiland Mechanical Engineering Building.
3:30 p.m.
Biochemical Discussion Group/Biochemistry
Hydrocarbon-induced Toxicity in Steroidogenic Organs.
Dr. Jan Rydstrom, Biochemistry, Universityof
Stockholm, Sweden. Lecture Hall #4, IRC. 3:45 p.m.
Preventive Medicine & Health Promotion
Facilitating the Development of Workplace Health
Promotion Programs. Mr. John Kirby, Manager,
Workplace Programs, Ministry of Health. Free. For
information call 228-2258. Room 253, James Mather
Building, 5804 Fairview Crescent. 4 p.m.
Astronomy Seminar
Active Galactic Nuclei. Martin Ward, University of
Washington, Seattle. Coffee at 3:45 p.m. Room 260,
Geophysics & Astronomy Building. 4 p.m.
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