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 UBC Archives Serial
Volume 34 Number 10, May 25,1988
Congregation at UBC wouldn't be the same without Evelyn Story Lett.
At 91, she's attended nearly every ceremony held since she herself
strode across the stage to pick up her first degree in 1917.
"I like the dignified procession, and I like to see the eager young faces
ofthe students. I see our future in them," said Lett as she prepared to attend
the 1988 Congregation.
Mrs. Lett received an M.A. in 1925 and an honorary LL.D. in 1958. This year, she is a member ofthe President's
wife's party.
She's had other proud moments.
Not many grads get a kiss from the Chancellor when they receive their degree. Mrs. Lett's daughter Mary did.
It was her late father Sherwood Lett who gave her the peck on the cheek at the 1954 Congregation. Chancellor
for 1951-57, he was also the first president ofthe Alma Mater Society — elected in 1915.
As Mrs. Lett watches this year's graduates parade by, she will wonder which ones will go on to greatness. The
names of grads who have preceded them reads like a page torn from the Canadian Who's Who.
Pierre Berton, John Turner, Earle Birney, Allan Fotheringham, Judith Forst, J.V. Clyne, John Gray, Rick
Hansen, Eric Nicol, astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason and former Olympians Harold Wright and Robert Osborne —
they are all graduates.
Honorary degrees have been presented to royalty and politicians, archbishops and supreme court judges,
statesmen and soldiers, architects and artists, as well as to scientists and scholars.
Uniting this disparate group are the traditions of UBC, traditions as evident today as they were when Mrs. Lett
was an undergrad. Their roots date back to medieval times.
The gowns, hoods and hats worn by students and faculty members have evolved from every day clothing worn
by scholars in the Middle Ages. The 13th century apparel became part of a tradition of academic dress that has
been passed down through the centuries to universities around the world.
The academic gown worn by graduating students is a modern equivalent ofthe scholar's large overcoat. The
hood, lined with a color to indicate the degree to be granted, is all that remains of a large parka-style hood that
was attached to the scholar's robe.
Another Congregation tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages is the wooden mace, which is carried into
the gymnasium by a member of the Congregation procession and placed on the stage. The mace, originally used
as a war club, is recognized as a symbol of authority. UBC's mace was designed and carved in 1959 by native
artist George Norris.
Because the Ph.D. is the highest academic degree granted by UBC, graduates of doctoral programs have their
hoods placed over their shoulders after they are presented on stage to Chancellor Leslie Peterson.
During the ceremony, the dean or nominee of each faculty presents all graduating students to the Chancellor.
When the student's name is read out, he or she crosses the stage and kneels on a padded stool in front of the
Chancellor. The Chancellor taps the student on the head with his mortarboard and says "I admit you."
At this point the student has officially been admitted to UBC's Convocation, the body of all UBC graduates
which elects the Chancellor and some Senate members every three years by mail ballot.
by Gavin Wilson and Lorie Chortyk
President Strangway
I    have had an opportunity to make a few trips this year. I have crossed the
country several times and met with UBC alumni in all walks of life. Many of
them live in major centres, many in small towns. I've also journeyed abroad
to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore, as well as to the United
States. Everywhere I have been privileged to meet many UBC alumni. A great number hold key positions in industry, business and government. Indeed, I was beginning
to wonder if being a UBC alumnus wasn't a prerequisite for a foreign service posting!
Many others hold positions that are essential to the social, economic and cultural life of their community, the province and
indeed the whole country.
I have been impressed again and again with the living proof that, as graduates, you're just embarking on a career as an ambassador for this university. When you return to your home, be it Logan Lake, or Kamloops or Prince George, you take back with you
an expertise and an accumulation of all the knowledge and skills you have acquired here. You cannot begin to know, yet, the
profound impact this will have on your community.
Our doctors, our lawyers, our teachers, our musicians, to mention only a few, will fan out now from UBC, and begin to
integrate themselves into the larger fabric of their community. Whether you realize it or not, you are representing the university.
Strangway continued on Page 2
Evelyn Story Lett (centre) was the president ofthe Ladies'
Literary and Debating Society in 1916 when this photograph
was taken. She graduated a year later. Also pictured are (left
to right) P. Rosebrugh, J. Robinson, Lett, W. Lee and E.
Muich. (Photo courtesy of UBC archives.)
David W. Strangway Degrees awarded
to two students
by Debora Sweeney
For Genice Boyd, attending UBC's
convocation ceremony to accept her son's
degree will be the proudest day of her life.
"I'll probably never
walk as tall again," said
Mrs. Boyd, whose son
Darren died in February. The 23-year-old
Faculty of Commerce
student passed away in
his sleep from complications resulting from a
congenital heart defect.
His is one of two
Boyd posthumous degrees the
university is awarding this year.
Sylvia Civatarese, a 21-year-old student
from the School of Social Work, died one
week after Darren Boyd in a head-on
collision on a highway outside her hometown, Trail.
Having two students die in their graduating year after meeting all of their faculty requirements is highly unusual, said Alan
McMillan, Acting Registrar. Because the
students have earned their degrees, it's
important that the university recognizes
their achievements, he added.
Sylvia Civatarese's fiancee Blair Stanley,
a Faculty of Science grad, will accept her
"I'm very proud
and happy to do it,"
said Stanley. "I feel I
have to complete this
thing for her."
Colleagues from the
School of Social Work
and her fiancee
described Sylvia as a
caring, compassionate
person who excelled in
her chosen field in
spite of her young age.
"She had a bubbly personality — people
loved her enthusiasm," said Stanley.
"Sylvia was someone people felt comfortable talking to. She never forgot a birthday
or a special occasion."
Friends of Darren Boyd also remember
him as a true friend who they could always
count on. This year he was president of
Navigators, a student Christian club.
Before coming to UBC in 1984, Darren
studied at Selkirk College in his hometown,
"His dad was assistant administrator at
Kootenay Lake Hospital," said Mrs. Boyd.
"Darren wanted to follow in his dad's
footsteps and go into hospital administration."
"He died so close to graduation that it was
very hard to accept. He deserved his degree
because he worked so hard for it."
You are making a statement about all that you
have gained from your years here, and all that
you are prepared to give back.
To satisfy my own curiosity, I thought it
would be interesting to get an idea of how
UBC graduates were located around the
province. I asked our alumni records to select
one British Columbia community and provide
me with a list of UBC graduates in that
community. The alumni records provided me
with information about Kamloops as a
representative example. I know a search of
our records would turn up parallel data about
other communities.
Our records showed that, in 1986, residing
in Kamloops, there were 258 Arts graduates;
134 Science; 37 Agriculture; 21 Medicine; 14
Dentistry; 13 Rehabilitation Medicine; 293
Education: 33 Pharmaceutical Sciences; 73
Engineering; 20 Nursing; 6 Architecture; 82
Law; and 64 Commerce and Business
The total came to 1,109!!
Another indication of UBC's links with
the province as a whole is to be found in its
graduation records. This time I asked for a
sampling ofthe 1987 graduating class. There
is, as would be expected from the population
pattern of the province, some concentration in
the Lower Mainland of the province. But
there is also a strong representation from the
rest of the province. The university serves
the whole community, and benefits from
these young people being among its students
and its graduates.
There was one 1987 grad in each of the
communities of: Alert Bay, Ashcroft,
Boswell, Chase, Creston, Horsefly, Lumby,
from Page One
Mill Bay, Ruskin, and Youbou. From:
Squamish 10; Duncan 15; Vernon 25; Chil-
liwack 26; Prince George 38; Kamloops
65; Victoria 75; Surrey 101; Burnaby 195;
Richmond 233; and North Vancouver 241.
Of course, statistics alone do not provide a
complete picture of the interaction between the
university and the community it serves. The
community supports the university in a variety
of ways. The university, in its teaching role,
offers to the people of the province opportunities to share in the excitement of learning.
The UBC graduate is a powerful ambassador for UBC.
This relationship with the community does
not always have to wait for graduation. Our
Rural Doctor Program sees second-year
medical students spending four to eight weeks
with experienced physicians in rural areas of
B.C. Our Law Student Legal Advice Program
helps low-income, Lower Mainland residents
through a year-round program. Graduate
students in counselling psychology already do
substantial volunteer work in the community.
I've talked about what you will give to the
community. I can also guarantee that you will
receive the biggest return you will ever make
on an investment. Nothing you do will enrich
you more, personally or professionally, as the
experience of being an active member of your
chosen community. Keeping your ties strong
with UBC will mean you can draw on the
resources of the university, even from a great
distance. You are the link between the
community and the university. Instead of
"leaving" the university, you are taking the
university with you. After all, UBC is yours
.. and it's up to you!
Governor General's
medal winners named
by Debora Sweeney
At 18, when most students are just
starting university, Russil Wvong is
graduating — with the Governor
General's Silver Medal for outstanding
academic achievement.
In the past, the Governor General's
Gold Medal went to an undergraduate
student. Beginning this year, the Gold
Medal will go to a graduate student,
Catherine French, who completed her
master's degree in chemistry with an
87.8 per cent average.
French finished her M.Sc. in November and is working on her Ph.D. at
Oxford University.
At UBC's convocation ceremony,
Russil Wvong will step up to receive a
combined honor's degree in mathematics
and computer science which he completed in only three years. His average
this year was 99.13 per cent.
His professors call him an outstanding student but Wvong is modest about
his achievements.
"People make good-natured jokes
about you being a brain," said Wvong,
who added that getting his degree was
"not too difficult."
"I'm absolutely amazed at his mathematical sophistication," said Dr. Rajiv
Gupta, Wvong's coach in this year's
Putnam competition — a North American undergraduate math competition in
which Wvong received an honorable
mention and came in 45th.
"His solutions are perfect. He knows
exactly what needs to be said and says it
very concisely," added Gupta.
Wvong's computer science professor,
Dr. Son Vuong, was astonished to leam
his age.
"I knew he was young but I didn't realize he was that young. He was among
the top three students in my courses, if not
the best."
It's not all work and no play for
Wvong whose non-academic interests
include karate and movies.
"He watches TV like everybody
else," said his father, Dr. Malcome
Wvong, assistant professor of electrical engineering at UBC.
Catherine French's interests include
rowing, hiking and sailing.
"She didn't have to study 25 hours
a day," said Dr. Christopher Brion, one
of French's professors. "She was
simply a very good student with lots of
After completing her undergraduate
degree at the University of Guelph,
French entered UBC with the 1967
NSERC Science and Engineering
Scholarship, awarded to the top student
in Canada.
"Catherine completed some ofthe
most challenging courses in our
department — most of them are taken
only by Ph.D students," said Dr.
Lawrence Weiler, head of chemistry.
"She got 90 per cent on her M.Sc.
thesis, one of the highest grades ever
given in M.Sc. in chemistry at UBC."
Graduating UBC students admire the fruits of their years of study and dedication.
2   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988 " .."Mr
8 awarded honorary degrees
by Jo Moss
UBC will confer honorary degrees on
eight individuals in 1988 who have made
outstanding and significant contributions to
Receiving honorary degrees are: John
Allan, Chairman, President and CEO of
Stelco Inc.; Ian Barclay, former Chairman of
the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of
Canada (PAPRICAN); H. Clark Bentall,
Chairman of the Bentall Group of Companies;
Jean Coulthard, well-known Canadian
composer; Dr. Leroy Hood, acclaimed
biologist; Bel Nemetz, program chairman of
the Vancouver Institute lecture series; Beryl
March, UBC professor and internationally
recognized nutritionist; and the Hon. Bertha
Wilson, Supreme Court of Canada judge.
UBC Chancellor Les Peterson will confer
the degrees at this week's ceremonies.
The honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws
will be conferred on John Allan and Doctor of
Science on Beryl March at the 9:30 a.m.
ceremony Wednesday, May 25.
John Allan joined
Stelco in 1947 after
graduating from UBC
and went on to become
Chairman, President and
CEO of Canada's largest
steel company. He has
tirelessly promoted the
interests of the industry
and its employees and
played a key role in the
formation of the
Canadian Steel Trade and Employment
Congress which he co-chairs. He also formed
the Canadian Steel Producers Association and
serves as its chairman. Currently director of
a number of Canadian corporations, he is
director of the American Iron and Steel
Institute and the International Iron and Steel
Prof. Beryl March's research has focused
on poultry nutrition and fish nutrition.
Recently retired from UBC after 35 years on
faculty, she has made landmark contributions
in areas such as protein quality, and carbohydrate and vitamin metabolism. The recipient
of a number of prestigious awards, March is a
Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada
and the Royal Society
of Canada. She
received the Queen's
Silver Jubilee Medal in
1977. March has been
appointed to many
f national and interna
tional advisory bodies,
most notably the
I     National Research
Council of Canada.
March Currently, she is
Chairman of the Agriculture and Food
Committee ofthe B.C. Science Council.
Leroy Hood will
receive an honorary
Doctor of Science
degree at the 2:30 p.m.
ceremony Wednesday,
May 25.
Chairman of the
Division of Biology at
the California Institute
of Technology, Hood
pioneered a new era in
biological science by
developing automated
procedures for determining the structure of
proteins and genes and synthesizing them
from their basic building blocks. This work
instrumentation company. These machines
are now found in biotechnology laboratories
worldwide. Hood's research has also made
fundamental contributions to our understanding of the genetics and evolution of the
proteins of the immune system.
H. Clark Bentall
will receive the
honorary degree of
Doctor of Laws at the
9:30 a.m. ceremony
Thursday, May 26.
A pillar of the
Vancouver community
for several decades,
Bentall is a prominent
B.C. businessman. He
Bentall was instrumental in the
construction of Carey Hall and many other
notable buildings in Vancouver. Educated at
UBC where he received a BASc in 1938, he is
associated with several charitable organizations.
The honorary degree
of Doctor of Letters will
be conferred on Jean
Coulthard at the 2:30
p.m. ceremony Thursday, May 26.
Coulthard's composing career has encompassed nearly six
decades. She first
attracted national
attention with premieres
of her early orchestral works Canadian
Fantasy, Ballade "A Winters Tale", and the
ballet suite Excursion in the early 1940s.
Hailed as one of Canada's most important and
mature composers, she is best known today
for her piano compositions, songs, and
chamber sonatas. Her work includes three
symphonies, two concertos, two "symphonic
odes" for soloist and orchestra, orchestral
suites and tone poems, works for choir and
orchestra, and the full-length opera The
Return of The Native. Coulthard taught
composition and music theory at UBC for
almost 30 years. In 1978, she was named
Freeman of the City of Vancouver and an
Officer of the Order of Canada.
Ian Barclay will
receive the honorary
degree of Doctor of
Laws at the 9:30 a.m.
ceremony Friday, May
From 1974 to 1983,
Barclay served in
various leadership
positions in PAPRICAN
including five years as
Barclay Chairman of the Board
of Directors. He directed the efforts to
establish two new laboratories at UBC, the
Pulp and Paper Centre for academic activities
and the Vancouver Laboratory of PAPRICAN
for applied research. A former President and
Chairman of B.C. Forest Products Ltd.,
Barclay developed an integrated sawmill and
pulp and paper complex on Lake Williston
which led to the creation of the town of
Mackenzie. As Chairman of the Canada
Harbour Place Corporation, he oversaw the
development of a major waterfront project—
Canada Harbour Place. In addition, he has
served for more than 10 years in various
executive positions of the United Community
The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
will be conferred on Bel Nemetz and Bertha
Wilson at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony Friday,
May 27.
Nemetz has almost single handedly made
the Vancouver Institute into what is probably
the most successful
public forum in North
America. Since 1972
when she first took on
the volunteer position of
Program Chairman of
the Institute, more than
300 notable and
sometimes controversial
speakers have been
presented, including the Nemetz
Dalai Lama, Paul Samuelson, and Margaret
Atwood. A sponsor of the May Foundation in
Rochester, Minn., Nemetz was a founding
member of the Women's Volunteer Assistance Group for Patients of the UBC Health
Sciences Centre, and ofthe B.C. Civil
Liberties Union. She was awarded the
Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.
A judge of the
Supreme Court of
Canada, Bertha Wilson
was first called to the
Ontario bar in 1959. She
holds an MA from the
University of Aberdeen,
Scotland, and an LLB
from Dalhousie
University and has been
awarded honorary
degrees by nine
Canadian universities. Appointed to the
Permanent Court of Arbitration in 1984, she
has served on the Board of Trustees for the
Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the
Executive Committee of the Toronto School
of Theology. She is a former member of the
Board of Governors of Carleton University
and of the Board of Directors of the Canadian
Centre for Philanthropy. Four years a
chairman of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection
Committee in Ontario, she is currently
involved with the Judicial Committee of the
United Church of Canada.
Lab skills. Essav. Physics
Winners of student contests announced
By Lorie Chortyk and Gavin Wilson
Alexandra Ross, a Grade 12 student at
Crofton House school in Vancouver, took
top honors in the sixth annual lab skills
competition sponsored by UBC's Department of Chemistry.
Ross was the best of 47 students from
17 high schools who took part in the competition, held on campus May 6.
Second place went to Doug Smith of
David Thompson high school in Invermere.
In third place was Kevin Bahng of New
Westminster. Honorable mention went to
Evan Sahmet, of Vancouver's Prince of
The students were required to do two
sets of time-limited experiments — one
qualitative, the other quantitative — and
were scored on accuracy and presentation
of the results.
The top three finishers were presented
with lab equipment designed by chemistry
department glassblowers.
Competition coordinator Sophia Nuss-
baum, lab director of the general chemistry
program, said the annual event allows high
school students interested in chemistry a
chance to see the university and visit the labs
where they may soon be studying.
Point Grey secondary school student
Geoff Berner has won the $1,500 first prize in
the province-wide essay competition
sponsored by UBC's Faculty of Arts.
Bemer was among 2,000 budding authors
who wrote the essay in their schools on Feb.
8. The topic — tradition — wasn't revealed
until they sat down to write.
David Stratkauskas of Brookswood School
in Langley receives $ 1,000 for finishing
second, and Anthony Lee of St. George's
School in Vancouver $500 for third.
Competition coordinator Andrew Parkin
said he is delighted by the jump in participation this year — about 500 students more than
in 1987. Now in its second year, the
competition is open to all Grade 12 students
in B.C.
"We choose a one-word topic to encour
age students to use their imaginations," said
Parkin. "The essays were all very creative,
and very different."
Parkin said he's also pleased with the
cooperation from schools throughout B.C.
In addition to the top three prizes, UBC
awards book prizes to 22 students and
certificates of honorable mention to 163
Winners of book prizes are: Bryan
Jaspers (Abbotsford); Paula Paziuk (Chil-
liwack); Susan McFarlane (Crofton House);
Alexandra Ross (Crofton House); Wilma
Suen (Eric Hamber); Stephanie Floucault
(Glenlyon-Norfolk); Chris Brayshaw
(Hillside); Gillian Duncan (Hillside); Spencer
Welch (Maple Ridge); Alyson Naylor
(Mennonite Educational Institute); Yvette
Ipsaralei (Nanaimo District Senior); Graham
Cook (Point Grey); Anthony Hempell (Point
Grey); Laraine Bone (Prince Charles); Andrea
Hartley (Queen Elizabeth); Juanita Hewitt
(Queen Elizabeth); Lisa Pelles (Sardis);
Elwyn Jones (Sir Winston Churchill); Gaynor
Yeung (Sir Winston Churchill); Pauline Tarn
(Steveston); Geoff Mair (St. George's
School); and Donella Dueck (Yale).
Port Moody Senior Secondary school
was the winner of the 11th annual Physics
Olympics, an event sponsored by UBC's
department of science education.
The Olympics are held each year to
boost the profile of physics in the schools
and introduce high school students to the
Handsworth Senior Secondary was a
close second, followed by David Thompson Senior Secondary, Penticton
Senior Secondary, Burnaby North Senior
Secondary and Semiahmoo Senior
Fifty-six teams from 46 schools, many
of them from outside the Lower Mainland,
competed in the seven events that make up
the Olympics.
The top three finishers in each event
were awarded medals. The best three
teams overall received plaques.
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Congregation schedule
UBC's 1988 Congregation ceremonies
begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. May 25,
26 and 27 in the War Memorial Gymnasium. Immediately following each
ceremony, refreshments are served on the
plaza adjacent to the Student Union
Building. In the event of bad weather,
receptions are held inside the Student
Union Building.
9:30 a.m. — Degrees will be conferred
in the disciplines of Agricultural Sciences,
Applied Science, Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Interdisciplinary Studies: Ph.D., M.A., M.Sc,
M.A.Sc, M.Eng., M.A.S.A., M.Arch.,
B.Sc(Agr.), B.L.A., B.A.Sc, B.Arch.
Honorary degrees will be conferred on
businessman John Allan and animal
scientist Dr. Beryl March. Congregation
speaker: John Allan. Graduating class
representative: Dennis Perlotto.
2:30 p.m. — Degrees will be conferred
in the field of Science: Ph.D., M.Sc, B.Sc.
An honorary degree will be conferred on
biologist Dr. Leroy Hood. Congregation
speaker: Dr. Leroy Hood. Graduating
class representative: Margaret Fraser.
9:30 a.m. — Degrees will be conferred
in the field of Education: Ph.D., Ed.D.,
M.A., M.Ed., M.P.E., B.Ed.-Elementary,
B.Ed.-Secondary, B.Ed.-Special Education, B.P.E., B.R.E., and diplomas in
education. An honorary degree will be
conferred on businessman Harold C.
Bentall. Congregation speaker: Bryan
Clarke, professor emeritus of education.
Graduating class representative: Ralph
2:30 p.m. — Degrees will be conferred
in the disciplines of Arts, Music, and
Library, Archival and Information Studies:
Ph.D., D.M.A, M.A., M.Sc, M.F.A.,
M.Mus., M.L.S., M.A.S., B.A., B.F.A.,
B.Mus., and diplomas in applied linguistics, art history, film/television studies,
French translation, and German translation. An honorary degree will be conferred on composer Jean Coulthard.
Congregation speaker: Jean Coulthard.
Graduating class representative: Jacinta
9:30 a.m. — Degrees will be conferred in the disciplines of Dental Science,
Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Audiology and Speech Sciences, Family
and Nutritional Sciences, Nursing,
Rehabilitation Medicine, Social Work:
Ph.D., M.A., M.Sc, M.H.Sc, M.S.N.,
M.S.W., D.M.D., M.D., B.M.L.Sc,
B.S.N., B.Sc. (Pharm.), B.Sc(O.T.),
B.Sc.(P.T.), B.H.E., B.Sc(Dietet),
B.S.W., diplomas in periodontics. An
honorary degree will be conferred on
businessman Ian Barclay. Congregation
speaker: Ian Barclay. Graduating class
representative: Edward Wilford.
2:30 p.m. — Degrees will be conferred
in the fields of Commerce and Business
Administration, Forestry and Law: Ph.D.,
M.A.Sc, M.Sc, M.Sc(Bus. Admin.),
M.B.A., M.F., LL.M., B.Comm., B.S.F.,
B.Sc(Forestry), Lic.Acct., LL.B. An
honorary degree will be conferred on
Vancouver Institute program chairperson
Bel Nemetz and the Hon. Bertha Wilson,
Supreme Court of Canada judge. Congregation speaker: The Hon. Bertha Wilson.
Graduating class representative: Don
Government funds
bring forest research
building step closer
by Jo Moss
A new $30-million forest research
building slated for construction on campus
will bring the concept of a Pacific Centre for
Forest Sciences Research one step closer, said
UBC Forestry dean Robert Kennedy.
The recent joint industry and federal/
provincial government announcement of
funding for new laboratory and office space
for Forintek Canada Corp. and the Forest
Engineering Research Institute of Canada
(FERIC) will allow the two private, nonprofit research institutes to relocate alongside
Paprican (Pulp and Paper Research Institute
of Canada) in Discovery Park.
The move puts all outside agencies
engaged in forestry research on campus in
one convenient location.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was on
campus last week to help Forintek celebrate
the funding announcement. He congratulated
the forest industry for supporting research and
development ventures like the new Forintek
and FERIC buildings and said the federal
government was committed to giving
development of forest resources a higher
"Cooperation in research and development
between the private sector, universities and
the three levels of government will guarantee
our long-term competitiveness in this area,"
Mulroney said.
Dave Parker, provincial minister of
Forests and Lands and Stan Hagen, provincial
minister of Advanced Education and Job
Training were among the guests at the
Forintek open house.
Construction of the buildings is a major
step in the development of a world-class
Forest Sciences Centre at UBC—a concept
that representatives from the federal and
provincial governments; forest industry and
agencies such as Paprican, FERIC, and
Forintek; and UBC have been involved in
since 1983.
Such a centre would provide a focus for
forestry research and education in the
province and encourage collaboration
between the public and private sectors,
Kennedy said.
The next step toward that plan is the
construction of a $40 million forest sciences
building to house the university's academic
education efforts within the Faculty of
Forestry, as well as certain expanding forest-
related research and graduate activities.
The eventual addition of government
research laboratories for some specialized
research programs of the Canadian Forestry
Service and the B.C. Forest Service would
complete the development of the Pacific
Centre for Forest Sciences Research and
Funding for the Forintek and FERIC
buildings comes from the federal Western
Diversification Fund which is providing
$13.5-million, and the B.C. provincial
government which is providing $9.5-million
and $4 million in cash or land values.
Industry is funding the remaining $3 million.
As the research arm for companies
involved in the forest industry, Forintek
enables large and small companies to
diversify products and keep up-to-date on
new technology.
FERIC specializes in research relating to
harvesting trees.
McWhirter wins top B.C. book prize
George McWhirter's novel Cage
received the top fiction prize at the 4th
annual B.C. Book Prizes held at the Hotel
Vancouver on May 13. McWhirter, who
heads UBC's Creative Writing Department, said he was happy, and a little
surprised to win.
"There were 28
nominations in the
category and a lot of
good books came out
last year." He says
people "either love or
hate my books.
There's not a lot of
middle ground."
Cage is the story
of a priest who
teaches Indians in the
McWhirter        Mexican village of
Tetelcingo how to make bird cages.
"The novel is based on an actual priest
who helped Indians start up a cottage
industry making bird cages," says
McWhirter. "When the bishop wanted to
move him to another area, the villagers
held the priest captive in the local church
because they didn't want him to go."
The $1,000 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
was presented to McWhirter by Vancouver
Mayor Gordon Campbell.
McWhirter also recently received the F.R.
Scott Award for Translation, for a translation
of selected poems by celebrated Mexican poet
Jose Emilio Pacheco. Pacheco taught in
UBC's Department of Hispanic and Italian
Studies in 1968-69.
Fine Arts professor Debra Pincus has
received a one-year research fellowship from
the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study
in Princeton, N.J. Pincus, whose research
focuses on political imagery reflected in
artistic projects in Venice in the late medieval
and Renaissance periods, will study in the
institute's School of Historical Studies.
Ten UBC film and television students are
in Kimberley May 24-29 to participate in the
B.C. Festival ofthe Arts. In addition to 15
entries in the competition, the UBC students
have been commissioned by the provincial
government to produce a 25- to 30-minute
documentary on the festival to be broadcast
later this summer. The group has also been
commissioned to produce a 15-minute
documentary on the festival which will be
screened at the closing ceremonies.
Accompanying the students is theatre
professor Ray Hall, past president of the B.C.
Motion Picture Industry Association. Hall
said the students will also film two short
dramas during the festival, which will be
screened during the closing ceremonies.
The festival spotlights amateur competitors in drama, dance, film and television'
music and graphic arts. It will be opened by
Premier Bill Vander Zalm.
Seven UBC faculty members are among
60 distinguished Canadian humanists and
scientists elected to the Royal Society of
They will be inducted into the prestigious
society at its annual meeting, June 5, in
Windsor, Ont.
Electees are: Kathleen Gough Aberle,
Anthropology, who is renowned for her
theories of developing societies. Her research
interests are in changing village and kinship
structures in South India and the political
economies of Vietnam and Campuchea;
Daniel Overmyer, Asian Studies, one of the
leading scholars in the field of Chinese
religion; Ian Ross, English, a scholar of
medieval, Renaissance and Augustan Scottish
literature; Peter Suedfeld, Graduate Studies,
a psychology professor and a major
figure in the field of personality and
social psychology; Colin Clark, Mathematics, an applied mathematician best
known for his creation of "mathematical
bio-economics" which has revolutionized the management of fisheries and
other resources; Edwin Perkins, Mathematics, who has made outstanding discoveries in modem probability theory
contributing to the understanding of diffusions and other complex processes;
and Ernest Peters,
Metals and
Materials Engineering, for his
contributions to
by his application
of the fundamentals of solution
chemistry, precipitation chemistry
and electrochemistry.
The Royal Society is a national
academy which recognizes and stimulates high achievement in the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences by
elections to fellowship, and by awarding
medals, prizes and scholarships.
4   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988 w
Education is a family
affair in these homes
where grads abound
by Debora Sweeney and Gavin Wilson
In some households, earning degrees is a
family affair.
Ask the Blinkhorns, the Lakowskis and
the Andreens. At UBC Congregation this
year, seven members of these three families
of achievers are adding degrees to an already
impressive list of academic credits.
Romuald Lakowski, a UBC psychology
professor, and his wife Isabelle have 15
children and they've helped 12 of them
through university.
Lakowski says he knows what he's talking
about when he says, "Don't ever believe in
the saying, "cheaper by the dozen.'"
This year, daughter Marissa is graduating
from fine arts and son Conrad from commerce.
"We provided atmosphere without
coercion," said Lakowski. "Once the first,
second and third went to university, it was
natural the others went."
Asked to list her children's academic
credits, Isabelle Lakowski pauses a moment,
then cites a string of names and faculties.
Romuald (Jr.) has several degrees, but
right now he's working on his Ph.D in
English. Barbara has a degree in home
economics; Leonard, engineering; Isabelle
(Jr.), English; Gregory, computer science;
Paul attended UBC and then went to Emily
Meanwhile, Bernard is in honors chemistry and Adrian is in commerce.
Three of the Lakowskis did not complete
university, and two are still in grade school.
Of those who have attended UBC, most
lived at home — paying for their education
while their parents took care of the living
"It's very difficult to describe to people
who haven't lived through this," said Dr.
Lakowski. "We were fortunate that our kids
had the intelligence to get into university, but
really, you don't have time to be proud or
angry or anything. Still, it's nice to see
they're doing well. It's worth it."
In the Blinkhorn household, university
degrees are nothing new either, but this year
four members of the family will be stepping
up to accept them.
"We're very proud," said Tom Blinkhorn,
principal of William Bridge elementary
school in Richmond. "They did it all
themselves — there was no dissension about
whether they'd go to university because they
always wanted to go."
David, 25, who already has a bachelor of
science degree with honors in physiology,
will receive a bachelor of law degree. Mark,
27, who also has a bachelor of science degree
with honors in physiology, will receive his
degree in medicine.
Mark's wife Victoria, 26, who has a
bachelor of arts degree with honors in
literature, will get a master's degree in
archival studies.
And Lisa, 21, will get a bachelor of
education degree.
"They always wanted to learn, they
always wanted to achieve," said their mother,
Beverly. "That started when they were little
and they kept on that way."
The Blinkhorns credit musical training for
their children's academic success.
"Once they made a commitment to do
something, they lived up to it. They had to
practice to become proficient," said Tom
When making his career choice, Greg
Andreen followed in his father's — and
mother's — footsteps.
Andreen, 23, is picking up a bachelor of
science degree in pharmacy. Both his parents,
Hazel and Stewart Andreen of Kelowna, are
pharmacists and his younger sister Heather is
enroled in the same program at UBC.
Andreen's parents first met over the pestle
and mortar as pharmacy students at the
University of Saskatchewan back in the
Surprisingly, however, he had no intention
of going into pharmaceutical sciences when
he entered UBC. He enroled in pre-engineer-
"It was a rather spontaneous decision," he
said of his change of heart.
Tired of his courses, and unsure about
future employment prospects, Andreen was
looking to change. A roommate at the Totem
Park residence was in pharmaceutical
sciences and sang its praises. He transferred
into the program without even telling his
"My parents were as surprised as anyone
when they found out, but they were really
radio plays
UBC series
G'Day mate, from the University of
British Columbia.
Australian listeners can now tune in to
UBC's radio mini-documentary series, UBC
Perspectives with David Suzuki.
The series, which highlights exciting
research taking place at UBC, was picked up
this spring by the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation for distribution to ABC stations
across the country.
The programs have aired in Canada since
1986 on the Broadcast News network, which
distributes programs by satellite to 256
stations from coast to coast.
UBC Perspectives is produced three times
a year by UBC's Community Relations
Office. The series has won two Gold Medals
and a Silver Medal in international competitions sponsored by the Council for the
Advancement and Support of Education, a
prestigious organization based in Washington, D.C. It also received CASE'S Grand
Medal for the best radio, film or television
series produced last year.
"The programs are an effective means of
reaching out to the community with news
about UBC research and activities, and
profiles of faculty members," said Community Relations Director Margaret Nevin. "We
receive a lot of positive feedback from station
managers and listeners."
Daily programs highlighting UBC
research also air on CKWX's Satellite Radio
News network, which distributes material to
70 B.C. radio stations. Program topics range
from robots of the future to how to reduce
stress in your marriage.
Measured by current radio advertising
rates, the broadcasts have a value of $10-
million annually in free promotion for UBC.
UBC faculty also appear frequendy on
current affairs and talk shows across the
country. In 1987, the Community Relations
Office placed more than 250 faculty members
as guests on local and national radio programs.
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A procession of graduates wends its way out ofthe Main Library in 1927. The Point Grey
catnpus, then just two years old, still resembled a construction site.
New director named
to Development Office
by Gavin Wilson
Ron Dumouchelle, the new director of
UBC's Development Office, comes to
campus just as the university's upcoming
fundraising campaign is building a powerful
groundswell of support.
He arrives on the heels of a major
announcement by Premier Bill Vander Zalm
that the provincial government will provide
$110-million over six years to match the
fundraising efforts of B.C.'s three universities.
This pledge, along
with $20-million
already raised from
private donors in the
advance phase of
UBC's campaign, has
Dumouchelle feeling
"I think we've got a
good head start on
things," he said in a
telephone interview
from Ontario.
Campaign director
of the United Way in Windsor since 1981 and
a consultant for United Ways across the
country, Dumouchelle takes up his position at
UBC early next month.
His appointment was announced recently
by Peter Ufford, consultant to the president
on external affairs, on behalf of president
David Strangway.
Dumouchelle will oversee the day-to-day
operation of the Development Office, which
is orchestrating the university's fundraising
The campaign is currently in the "quiet"
phase in which donations are solicited from
key supporters of the university.
"Most major fundraising campaigns have
a leadership or pacesetter phase," explained
Dumouchelle. "You have to demonstrate that
those close to UBC will make a commitment
to the university."
The Windsor United Way campaign has
the highest donor participation rate and
highest average donation level of any United
Way campaign in Canada. It involves 3,900
volunteers and raises $6.5-million annually.
Dumouchelle has a Bachelor of Commerce
from the University of Windsor. He worked
for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. as an
accountant before joining Transit Windsor,
the city's public transit authority, as Administrator of Special Projects. In 1977, he was
appointed Director of Administration for
Transit Windsor.
For the past three years, he has worked as
a consultant and team leader for on-site
analysis projects with United Ways across
Cancer therapy research
receives $605,500 grant
by Debora Sweeney
The Natural Science and Engineering
Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has
awarded UBC and Quadra Logic Technologies $606,500 for research into a new form of
cancer therapy.
Researchers are hoping the treatment will
be the long-awaited "magic bullet" that
selectively attacks and destroys killer cancer
cells while sparing normal ones.
Dr. David Dolphin, Associate Dean of
Science at UBC and Dr. Julia Levy, Vice-
President of Research for QLT, are working
with porphyrins, a product of blood which
reacts violendy when exposed to natural light.
In a process known as photodynamic
therapy, porphyrins are injected into patients
where they attach themselves to cancerous
tissue.   The cancer site is then exposed to
light via a fibre-optic laser. When this
happens, the porphyrins become toxic and kill
the cancer.
Clinical trials involving more than 3,000
patients in Canada, the U.S., Japan and
Europe have produced promising results,
including remissions.
QLT has purchased the world rights to the
only porphyrins being used in clinical trials.
When Canadian health protection branch and
U.S. Federal Drug Administration approval is
obtained, the firm will begin marketing the
drug compound known as Photofrin II.
The NSERC cooperative research and
development project grant is awarded through
its university-industry program.
QLT will contribute $2.12 million to the
three-year program.
5   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988 ' JF?** *&*   ■*** **""   *"* v    * **
25 prizewinners are
at head of their class
Twenty-eight students finished at the top
of their graduating classes at UBC. Listed
below are the names of the students and their
awards. (Students are from Vancouver unless
otherwise noted.)
Association of Professional Engineers
Proficiency Prize (Most outstanding record in
the graduating class of Applied Science):
Robert di Giovanni.
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Nursing): Maryann
McCallum (Trail, B.C.).
British Columbia Recreation and Parks
Association, Professional Development
Branch Prize (Head of the graduating class in
Recreation): Sharon Lai-Yen Lum
(Richmond, B.C.).
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial
Medal and Prize (Head of the graduating class
in Education, elementary teaching field):
Evelyn Vera Friederici.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial
Medal and Prize (Head of the graduating class
in Education, secondary teaching field):
Lynn Margaret Jackson (Necheka, B.C.).
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship
(Head of the graduating class in Librarian-
ship): Marjory Ellen Jardine (Victoria, B.C.).
College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal (Head of the graduating class in Dentistry): John Franklin Alan
Rook (Vemon, B.C.).
Professor C.F.A. Culling — Bachelor of
Medical Laboratory Science Prize (Greatest
overall academic excellence in the graduating
class of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory
Science degree): Rose-Marie Coschizza
(Nelson, B.C.) and John Stuart Hill (West
Vancouver, B.C.) (shared).
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational
Therapy (Head of the graduating class in
Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational
Therapy): Shelin Alicia Tkatch (North
Vancouver, B.C.).
'   Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy
(Head of the graduating class in Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiotherapy): Patricia Lynn
Bell (Victoria, B.C.).
Governor-General's Gold Medal (Head of
the graduating classes in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies, Master's Programs):
Catherine Louise French (Ontario).
Governor-General's Silver Medal (Head
of the graduating classes in the Faculties of
Arts and Science): Russil Wvong (Pitt
Meadows, B.C.) (Faculty of Science).
Hamber Medal (Head of the graduating
class in Medicine): Paula Angela Levy (New
Westminster, B.C.).
Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head of the graduating class in
Pharmaceutical Sciences): Richard Luther
Johnston (Richmond, B.C.).
Kiwanis Club Medal (Head of the
graduating class in Commerce and Business
Administration): Jeffrey Howard Clay
(Delta, B.C.).
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (Head
of the graduating class in Law): Vincent
Mark Bjorndahl (Alberta).
6   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head
of the graduating class in Forestry): Bardolf
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize
(Head of the graduating class in Landscape
Architecture): Gregory Edmond Smallenberg
(Nanaimo, B.C.).
Physical Education Faculty Prize (Head of
the graduating class in Physical Education):
Hugh MacLeod.
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Medal (Graduating student with the highest
standing in the School of Architecture):
Kelly Rachelle Head (Comox, B.C.)
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal
(Head of the graduating class in Agricultural
Sciences): Kathleen Ingraham.
Special University Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Special Education):
Susanna Scali.
Special University Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Family and Nutritional
Sciences): Susan M. Barkess (Langley, B.C.)
Special University Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Music): Karen Marie
Olinyk (Surrey, B.C.).
Special University Prize (Head of the
graduating class in Fine Arts): Matthew
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal
(Head of the graduating class in Social
Work): Greg Eldon Terpenning (Victoria,
University of B.C. Medal for Arts and
Science (Proficiency in the graduating classes
in the Faculties of Arts and Sciences): Susan
Margaret Bree (Faculty of Arts).
Exhange pupil
learns hockey,
by Jo Moss
Japanese exchange student Toshiyuki Sakai
still has difficulty with English, but he excels
at playing hockey.
That's why he's at UBC. A former
member of Japan's national hockey team, he's
honing his skills on the ice with UBC's
Varsity team while studying physical education as a graduate student.
Coach Terry O'Malley says UBC's
expertise in hockey is well known in Japan.
Many Varsity-players, including O'Malley,
have played professionally in the Japanese
league after graduation. Japanese university
and league teams often train on the UBC
campus and students like Sakai participate in
regular exchanges.
A recent Commerce graduate of Meiju
University, Sakai started playing hockey at the
age of four.
When he leaves UBC, Sakai, 23, hopes to
play in the Japanese league.
In the Japanese hockey league every team
is sponsored by a Japanese business and
players are always company employees.
When he returns to Japan, Sakai will join the
Kokudo Keikaku Co., a land development
firm, in a middle management position.
Photo by Kent Kallberg
UBC Forestry professor John Ruddick tests a tree for hardness.
Researcher seeks
to modernize
wood preservation
by Jo Moss
The traditional shake roof on a
Canadian home, even though it's treated
with wood preservatives, will last about 15
That lifetime could be doubled, or even
tripled, through more effective use of
wood preservatives, said UBC Forestry
professor John Ruddick, the only university scientist in Canada doing full-time
research in this area.
Producing more durable wood would be
a cost-saver to consumers, and increase the
marketability of Canadian wood on the
international market, he said.
Much of Canada's lumber and timber is
treated with preservatives. Railway ties
and telephones poles are often treated with
creosote, an oil-based preservative most
people are familiar with. Less well-known
are the water-based preservatives which
leave wood products such as shakes and
shingles, plywood, and construction
lumber with a cleaner appearance.
More than 60 Canadian firms are in the
business of treating wood, and wood
products are Canada's number one export.
Yet, little is known about how preservatives work on wood and why some woods
treat better than others. Canada's most
abundant softwood, spruce, is just one
species that doesn't treat well.
Ruddick hopes to change that. He's
investigating water-based preservatives to
find out exactly what chemical processes
take place during treatment and how
treating techniques can be improved.
"In order to produce new preservatives
and new preserving techniques, we need a
good detailed knowledge of exactly how
preservatives work," he explained. "The
wood preservatives we use now were
developed by the shotgun approach in the
1930s and 40s. We're long overdue for the
next generation."
Over the last 20 years, wood has lost
ground to other construction materials in
the domestic market because it is less
durable than other man-made materials.
More and more homeowners looking for
maintenance-free homes have turned to
aluminum products to replace traditional
cedar siding and wood window frames.
"That market can be regained for
industry if we can produce, for example, a
wood product that's equally low-maintenance," Ruddick said.
He figures homeowners will save
substantially if more durable wood
products are available. Canadians
currently spend about $90-million
annually replacing decayed wood in their
Saving consumers money isn't the only
reason wood preservation research is
important. Some of the other problems
Ruddick hopes to resolve are found in the
lumber industry where new products, such
as waferboard, are being developed that
are a more efficient use of wood resources. But conventional preservatives
and processes are inadequate in treating
"Waferboard composed largely of
aspen is susceptible to decay, even when
treated with the preservatives currently
available," Ruddick explained.
In addition, many scientists predict that
by 1990, Canada will not be able to
produce enough timber to meet domestic
demand. But there are some species of
trees that are underutilized by the forest
industry because little is known about how
effectively they can be treated.
"Industry has traditionally logged
durable woods such as western red cedar
and ignored the non-durable woods such
as hemlock and spruce," Ruddick said. "If
these other species were made usable
through development of preservation
techniques, they could be used in place of
the prime species."
By finding new ways to extend the life
of all woods, the shrinking forest resource
can be stretched and used more efficiently,
he said.
"We won't have to cut the forests at
such a rapid rate. And we'll help sustain
forest yield."
New wood preservatives are also
needed because the safety of some current
preservatives are being called into
question. There is fear they contribute to
environmental damage by releasing
contaminants into the environment.
"There's an increasing pressure from
the community to produce preservatives
that are as effective and as safe as
possible," Ruddick said. "It's an issue we
have to address." •""*»* u
Photo by Kent Kallberg
Mary Cooper (left) and Bob Cooper (background) teach a Creative Computing for Seniors
course at the Centre for Continuing Education. It's one ofthe many ways UBC serves seniors.
Industry supports chair
in hydrometallurgy
~*    by Jo Moss
Increasing pressure on Canadian industry
to improve metal extraction efficiency and
seek pollution-free methods of metal recovery
^    has led 10 major companies to support a
-     $250,000 research chair at UBC.
The companies are providing five-year
funding for an Industrial Research Chair in
Hydrometallurgy in the Department of Metals
and Materials Engineering. (Hydrometallurgy is a range of processing methods that
extract metals from ores and recover metals
,      from solution).
[ "Newer hydrometallurgical processes not
only have higher extraction rates, they are
less expensive than older processes, and have
the potential to be much cleaner," said Ernest
Peters, engineering professor and chairholder.
Funding for the research chair is shared
equally by industry supporters and allows
*     Peters and colleague David Dreisinger to
broaden their research towards developing
and improving hydrometallurgical techniques.
Hydrometallurgical processes are more
efficient at recovering trace metals—a
characteristic that makes them ideal for
decreasing environmental pollutants, Peters
One of the applications they are investigating promises to decrease the toxic waste
produced by furnaces that melt scrap steel.
The process recaptures minerals—lead, zinc
and cadmium—that would otherwise be
released into the environment.
Cominco Ltd., one of the chair supporters,
is collaborating with UBC to test zinc
pressure leaching at the company's plant in
Trail. Unlike the traditional zinc roasting
process, zinc pressure leaching does not
produce sulphur dioxide, an atmospheric
Peters and Dreisinger are also expanding
their program of technical seminars offered to
working engineers in the industry.
Industry supporters of the research chair
are: Cominco Ltd., Cyanamid Canada Ltd.,
Falconbridge Ltd., Hatch Associates Ltd.,
INCO Ltd., Noranda Inc., Placer-Dome Inc.,
Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd., Teck Corporation
Ltd., and Union Carbide Canada Inc.
Gardening may help cure
emotionally ill patients
by Lorie Chortyk
UBC Landscape Architecture professor
Patrick Mooney is studying the benefits of
horticultural therapy for emotionally
withdrawn hospital patients.
Mooney and Dr. Steve Milstein of Simon
Fraser University's gerontology research
centre plan to offer a 13-week plant therapy
program for wheelchair patients in intermediate care at Shaughnessey Hospital in
Vancouver and George Derby Centre in
Burnaby this summer. The researchers hope
to show measurable improvements in patients
in the program.
"I began studying horticultural therapy
last summer in a project with Ginny Fearing
of UBC's Rehabilitation Services because I
was aware that a number of horticultural
therapy programs in the province were being
cancelled because of funding cutbacks,"
Mooney said. "People involved in plant
therapy are convinced that it's highly
successful, but there hasn't been any
scientific studies that measured the benefits.
That's the goal of this project."
Horticultural therapy began in the United
States after World War I to treat disabled
soldiers, and was popular in Britain after the
second world war.
Last summer, 16 patients took part in
Mooney's program, attending gardening
sessions once a week in the Patient Park
behind the UBC hospital. Several of the
patients who were withdrawn and depressed
at the beginning of the program were joking
with the volunteers and each other by end of
the sessions, according to Mooney.
"Most people aren't aware of what it's
like to be an extended care patient," he said.
"Even in the best institutions, patients have
little privacy, other people make decisions for
them, and they have little opportunity to take
part in activities that give them a sense of
purpose. This can be very defeating psychologically.
"Having their own section of garden to
work in is good therapy because it gives them
a sense of control and ownership, and it gives
them an opportunity to offer something back
to their environment."
Seniors' writing course
is story worth telling
by Gavin Wilson
If you're elderly, Sydney Butler and Roy
Bentley believe the story of your life is worth
telling — and they will help you write it. It's
just one of the many ways UBC is involved
with B.C. seniors.
The two UBC educators teach a course
called Lifewriting, encouraging their students
to gain fresh perspectives by putting their
lives onto paper.
"They're not skilled writers as such,
they're people with stories to tell," said
Butler, who first taught the course at
Vancouver's Brock House seniors' centre
four years ago. "Sometimes you can understand where you are by discovering the
pattern that brought you here."
Some who take the Lifewriting course just
want to leave something for their children or
write a family history. Others are more
reflective, asking themselves questions such
as "Who am I?" and "Where have I been?"
And then there are those who want to
settle an old score, to come to terms with
their lives.
"It's like a blotter, soaking up old loves,
hates, terrors and tragedies," said Bentley.
The emotional content can sometimes be
startling. Out pour tales of incest, of childhoods spent in prisoner-of-war camps —
stories hidden in dark comers of the soul that
have never been told.
On a cheerier note is the work of their
oldest student, Rachel Houghton-Brown, who
lives in the extended care unit at University
Hospital. She recendy wrote a poem about
what it's like to celebrate her 101st birthday.
There are many other programs and
research for seniors at UBC. The Committee
on Gerontology, headed by Dr. Jim Thornton,
was formed in 1974 as a forum for researchers in a wide range of fields who study aging
and the aged.
As Canada's population ages — one in
four British Columbians will be over 60 by
the year 2000. — an ever-increasing amount
of attention is being paid to the needs of the
elderly at institutions such as UBC.
Recently, researchers began an 18-month
study to see how well current laws serve
B.C.'s aging population.
Law professor Donald MacDougall, a
world expert in the field of family law, said
an in-depth look at legal services for the
elderly is long overdue.
"Except for the area of guardianship law,
there really hasn't been much research done
on this topic in Canada," he said. "We hope
to gather a base of information that can be
used by educators, the legal profession and
agencies that offer legal services to the
MacDougall said the study will focus on
critical issues facing elderly Canadians,
including mandatory retirement, abuse of the
elderly, withdrawal of medical services,
protection of the institutionalized elderly,
competency and guardianship criteria and
consumer protection.
"Our goal is to determine the type of legal
services the elderly need, how well Canadian
laws protect the elderly, if older clients are
being properly served by the legal profession
and if educational institutions are preparing
law students adequately to deal with elderly
clients," he said.
Another innovative program for seniors is
the Third Age Community of Learners and
The Third Age is the French expression
for the period of life after youth and middle
age. For the vigorous minds of many people,
it's not a time to stop learning, says John
"This is not lawn bowling. We've moved
a step beyond the lecture-type program for
seniors to a more active role, a self-governing, self-directed study group. We're finding
that people taking up the challenge are people
who have been very successful in life and still
have a lot of get up and go — physically and
Edwards says that, judging by the
feedback he's been getting, he anticipates that
the class will double in size each year.
"I think we're on to something," he said.
named to
WHO board
by Debora Sweeney
When Dr. George Beagrie retires as Dean
of the Faculty of Dentistry June 30, he plans
to expand the vocation of dentistry around the
Beagrie has been appointed chairman of
an advisory board of the International Dental
Federation and the World Health Organization, which aims to establish the importance
of oral health internationally with governments, the dental profession, other health
workers and community leaders.
"This partnership opens the door to the
World Health Organization which allows
volunteers to do the work in developing
countries," said Beagrie.
Beagrie's advisory board will analyse the
manpower situation of dentists throughout the
world, with the hope of recruiting them to
countries where they are needed most.
The board also will oversee the development of equipment and materials for oral
care. Recently, Beagrie invented a plastic kit
to hold the smallest and most effective dental
instruments needed for care. The kit can be
sterilized over a wood fire inside a pressure
As well, the board will consider the
possibilities of distance education, using
televised courses to educate health care
workers who cannot go to school to upgrade
their skills.
"I think the dentist of the future will
become even more of a generalist in the area
of health promotion and act as a counsellor on
such things as nutrition and hygiene," said
Beagrie. "The dentist, through interaction
with the community, can take blood pressure,
identify risk groups and refer people to other
health care workers."
7   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988 I jb)
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Policy Division Workshop/Seminar
Game-Theoretic Perspectives on Bargaining. Professor Robert
Wilson, Stanford University. For information call 224-8483 or
224-8503. Penthouse, Henry Angus Building. 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Jazz and Blues Night
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. With DJ John
Fossum. Bring your favourite tapes and CDs. For information
call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate Student Centre. 5:30-
9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. Beginners
Welcome. For information call 228-3203. Garden Room,
Graduate Student Centre. 6:00 p.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
The Use of Botulinum Toxin in Dystonias. Dr. B. Tsui,
Neurology. For information call 228-7737. Lecture Theatre
Room G279, Acute Care Unit, HSCH.  12:00 noon.
Grand Rounds
In Vitro Fertilization - Its Place in 1988. Dr. Christo G. Zouves,
Obstetrics & Gynaecology. For information call 875-2171.
Room D308, Shaughnessy Hospital. 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Paediatric Grand Rounds
Identification of Molecular Genetic Markers for the Susceptibility to Virus-Associated Autoimmune Type 1 Diabetes in Man
Dr. Ji-Won Yoon, Virology. University of Calgary. For
information call 875-2437. Auditorium, G.F. Strong Building.
9:00 a.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Processing of Rubella Virus Structural Proteins. Mr. Tom
Hobman, Pathology. For information call 228-5311.
Parentcraft Room, Main Floor, Grace Hospital, 4490 Oak
Street, Vancouver. 1:00 p.m.
Beer Garden
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. For information
call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate Student Centre. 4:30-
7:30 p.m.
DJ Night
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. With Tim Girdler.
For information call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate
Student Centre. 7:00-12:00 midnight.
Music Videos
Ntee'n' Rough, Tina Live: Private Dancer Tour; Break Every
Rule. For information call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate
Student Centre. 6:00 p.m.
Psychiatry Academic Lecture
Update on Eating Disorders. Dr. Elliot Goldner, Psychiatry
OPD. For information call 875-2025. Room D308, Acute Care
Building, Shaughnessy Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Jazz and Blues Night
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. With DJ John
Fossum. Bring your favourite tapes and CDs. For information
call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate Student Centre. 5:30-
9:30 p.m.
Bridge Tournament
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Society. For information
call 228-3203. Garden Room, Graduate Student Centre. 6:00
Radio Drama
Sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing. Bryan
Wade, Creative Writing. Radio drama "Through the Window
Pane". Sunday Matinee on CBC AM network. For information
call 228-2712.  1:00 p.m.
Free Guided Campus Tours
Bring your friends, visitors, community, school or civic group to
UBC for a walking tour ot the campus. Drop-ins welcome every
Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 3 p.m. weekdays
and weekend times available by reservation only. Groups will
have the opportunity to see and learn about everything from the
unique Sedgewick underground library to the Rose Garden and
more. Tours commence at SUB and last approximately 2 hours
in the morning and 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon. To book, call
the Community Relations Office at 228-3131.
Language Programs
Three-week, non-credit, morning programs in French begin
June 7, July 11, and August 2. All-day immersion programs
begin July 11 and August 2. Three-week, non-credit, morning
programs in Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin
begin July 5 and July 25   Sunday May 29 all-day French
conversational program. $60 includes lunch and dinner. For
information call 222-5227
Libertarian Freedom Fair
Sponsored by the UBC Libertarian Club. All day. For
information call 438-6127 or 736-2459.
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5, Telephone 228-3131
Editor-in-chief: Don Whiteley
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Lorie Chortyk, Jo Moss,
Debora Sweeney, Gavin Wilson.
8   UBC REPORTS May 25,1988
UBC Calendar
Photo by Kent Kallberg
Luella Downing, Museum of Anthropology education volunteer associate, keeps a group
of school children enraptured with her talk on native folk lore. Volunteers often donate
more than 100 hours annually to the museum.
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period June 12 to June 25, notices must be submitted on proper Calendar
forms no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 to the Community Relations Office, 6328
Memorial Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more information, call 228-3131.
Special Issue on Africa and the French
Contemporary French Civilization is pleased to announce the
preparation for 1989 of a major special issue exclusively
devoted to Francophone Africa (North Africa and Black Africa)
and the Caribbean. Articles in English or in French, 15-20
typed pages long, must be submitted by March 1st, 1989, on
any contemporary culture-civilization topic involving a country
or a region of Africa, Madagascar or the Caribbean (including
Haiti). For other Francophone countries, please check with the
guest-editor beforehand. Contributions should be of high
quality in socio-cultural, socio-political, artistic fields, etc.,
showing an original approach to some aspect of the cultural
complex of African, Malagasy or Caribbean society of the past
20-25 years. For information call Dr. Claude Bouygues. African
Literatures, French Department at 228-2879.
Job Link
Sponsored by the Alma Mater Society. Student run service
linking UBC students with employers. We offer a prescreening
and referral service. Our goal is lo match employers with
qualified students quickly and efficiently. Research positions
welcome. For information call 228-JOBS. Room 100B. SUB.
Effective Teaching Techniques Workshop
May 29, 30, 31, June 1. Sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine.
Workshop designed for Health Care Professionals interested in
defining objectives; planning lectures, seminars, demonstrations; preparing instructional materials; and practising teaching
skills.  For information call 228-5083. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Faculty Club Art Exhibition
Now until May 28th. Stone Lithograph Prints and Watercolours
by Penny Lim. For information call 228-2708.
Short Course in Animal Cell Culture
Sponsored by the Department of Physiology and the S.P.C.A.
Eight Lectures given by invited speakers. Three practical
demonstrations. Open to all. Registration fee $55. Deadline
for registration June 1. For information call Dr. D. Mathers at
228-5684. Rooms 3009 & 3612, D.H. Copp Building. 9:00
a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Golf Lessons
Get into the swing of things this spring with Golf Lessons.
Community Sport Services is once again offering Golf Lessons
at the basic or intermediate level. The first set of lessons begin
April 25th. Tuition waivers not acceptable. For information call
Copying in the Libraries?
Save time and money with a UBC Library copy card. $5 cards
sold in most libraries; $10, $20 or higher cards in Copy Service,
Main or Woodward. Cash/Cheque/Departmental Requisition.
For information call 228-2854.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education & Recreation, through the John M.
Buchanan Fitness and Research Centre, is administering a
physical fitness assessment program to students, faculty , staff
and the general public. Approx. 1 hour. $25. students $20.
For information call 228-4356.
Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. For information call 228-4037. Forms for
appointments available in Room 210, Ponderosa Annex C.
Language Exchange Program
Exchanging Languages on a One-to-One Basis. For
information call 228-5021. International House. Office Hours
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Public speaking and leadership meeting, Wednesdays, 7:30-
9:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend, ask questions, and
participate. For information call Geoff Lowe at 261 -7065.
Room 215, SUB.
M.Y. Williams Geological Museum
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. The Collectors
Shop is open Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
For information call 228-5586.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. May ■
Free on Wednesdays.
Botanical Garden
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. May ■
Free on Wednesdays.
August. Admission $1.
August. Admission $2.
a popular
by Lorie Chortyk
Food scientist Brent Skura didn't set out
to be a television personality.
But he gamely took his turn in front of the
camera recently as host of Exploring our
Food, a two-part program televised around
the province on the Knowledge Network.
Exploring our Food, produced as an aid
for correspondence students taking Food
Science 258, attracted a large general-interest
audience as well as food science students
when it aired this spring. After viewers
watched pre-taped segments on food
preservation and food safety, Dr. Skura
played host to a live phone-in question and
answer session.
"The first one was really nerve-wracking
because I was afraid no one would call in and
I'd be left sitting in silence on live TV,"
laughs Skura.
But he needn't have worried. The
switchboard was so jammed that Skura and
his guests, UBC food scientists William
Powrie and Tim Durance, stayed to answer
calls long after the program went off the air.
The second program prompted even more
"I also gave out my office phone number
on the air in case people couldn't get through
to the switchboard and about 25 people called
me later with questions about food handling
and food safety," said Skura. "People were
interested in everything from food irradiation
safety to how to store their children's lunches
at school. It was a great opportunity to reach
people from all over B.C."
Exploring our Food will be aired again
this fall, containing additional information
prompted by phone-in questions.


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