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VOLUME  48      NUMBER   13      NOVEMBER  7,2002
2 UBC in the News      Goldberg Interview       UBC Around the World     6 Kudos     7 Cuban Health Care Surprises        Time Piece Puzzle Solved
Freddie Wood Turns 50, Again
The Frederic Wood Theatre's sea
son of 50th Anniversary activities
kicks off Nov. 18 with the opening of Stages of Success: Theatre
at UBC since 1916, an exhibit
featuring more than half a century's worth of memorabilia from
the theatre including old programs, photos and reviews. It will
be on display from Nov. 18 to
Dec. 5 at UBC's Robson Square
campus, open Monday-Friday
from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Ever wondered what it would
be like to trod the boards for a living, or work behind the scenes? In
conjunction with the exhibit,
alumni now working in the theatre and film industries will talk
about life in the business in a
series of free public presentations.
The seminar series begins Nov. 22
with a talk given by two of the
three "lone gunmen" from the X-
Files TV series. Tom Braidwood
and Bruce Harwood will talk
about acting in TV and film.
Other alumni scheduled to talk
include   Morris   Panych,   John
MacLachlan Gray, Bill Millerd
and Chan Centre architect Bing
Thorn. All seminars begin at 7:30
p.m. at UBC Robson Square. For
more information and a complete
seminar schedule visit www.the-
atre.ubc.ca or call 604-822-0050.
Freddie Wood anniversary activities will culminate in a grand
homecoming party for alumni the
afternoon of Dec. 7, followed by a
Fundraising Gala in the evening.
Both events will be held at the
Frederic Wood Theatre on campus. The homecoming runs from
1 - 6 p.m. and admission is free but
let organizers know if you plan to
attend by emailing them at
fwt50@interchange.ubc.ca or calling 604-822-2678. Tickets for the
Fundraising Gala, being held to
support the Frederic Wood
Foundation and student scholarships, are $125. The event includes
a variety show with well-known
theatre alumni Nicola Cavendish,
Joy Coghill, Jane Mortifee,
Richard Ouzounian and others. To
purchase tickets call 604-822-
2678. □
Freddie Wood Productions over the years have included Sempre Fidelis, 1991-92 (above, left) with Tom Scholte and Taara Sadiq and Tysistra, 2001-02 (above, right) with Jessica Clements.
Teaching the Teachers in Kenya
New Master's Degree in education makes it possible, by cate korinth
Stepping into a classroom in Kenya
feels like stepping back in time. An
authoritarian teaching style focuses
on memorization and discipline, a
legacy of the days of British rule in
Africa. Add physical surroundings
that are drab and bare - nothing
more than rows of desks and a
blackboard - and it is almost surprising to see these classrooms
packed with up to 80 students.
Despite these primitive conditions,
many Kenyan kids are so keen to
improve their lives that they literally run miles to get to school every
Paul Beckingham, along with his
wife and five children used to live in
Kenya where he worked as a missionary for two and a half years.
He is currently a theology professor
at Carey Theological College on the
UBC campus.
Student Recruiter page 4
Afghan Student solutions page 5
UBC's Global Presence page 5
"I have been so touched by the
Kenyan people I've met that I am
dying to return and make a difference for teachers and students," he
Beckingham believes that teacher
enrichment is the answer to the
Kenyans' outdated teaching style.
To replace their current tools of discipline and punishment, teachers
need the basic communication skills
to help their students to learn.
Through teacher development
workshops, Beckingham intends to
demonstrate counseling and listening skills.
But  first,   he   realized   that  he
would need to acquire some new
skills himself in order to help effectively. To teach adults - they learn
differently from children and teens -
he had to know more about adult
learning styles. Furthermore, if he
were to teach teachers in a developing country, it was crucial he properly understood the global forces
that so strongly impact these communities - economics, politics, culture and history. The Faculty of
Education's new Masters of
Education in Adult Learning and
Global Change was a perfect match.
The progressive two-year program, nicknamed the
Intercontinental Masters, creates a
global classroom on line. Through
courses and interactive discussion
groups, students learn about globalization and how it impacts the contexts in which adults learn.
Paul Beckingham is surrounded by some of the Masai children he hopes to
help in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.
Forty students from four universities living in South Africa,
Australia, Sweden and Canada -
come together to learn not only
about their common interest, but
also to learn from each other.
"I have classmates that are educated   black   students   in   South
Africa - just like the people I'm trying to help develop in Kenya - and
they are very insightful," says
He hopes to return to Kenya in
two years, once he graduates and
his teaching appointment at Carey
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Once again the University of British Columbia is recognizing excellence
in teaching through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5)
prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2003.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years
of teaching at UBC. The three years include 2002 - 2003.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels:
introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head ofthe Department, the Director ofthe School, or
Chair ofthe Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions
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and they should include a very brief statement ofthe basis for the
nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from
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Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 20,2003.
Submit nominations to the Department,
School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as
well during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program office, or Dr. J. Evan Kreider,
Associate Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
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Barber Donation
B.C. businessman and entrepreneur  Irving  K.   (Ike)   Barber  has
given $20 million to UBC to build
a high-tech library that will be the
first of its kind in Canada.
"I have created some disposable
income and I wanted to find a
responsible way to inject this
income back into the roots of
British Columbia," Barber told the
National Post. Barber's donation
was the largest capital gift UBC has
ever received.
"This kind of takes my breath
away," UBC President Martha
Piper said. "I can think of no adequate way to say thank you, Ike."
Value of International
In a letter to the editor, director of
UBC's International Student
Initiative Don Wehrung emphasizes the value and contribution of
international students.
"It is not true that [international] students are a 'cash cow,'"
Wehrung told the Vancouver Sun.
"We believe that UBC, its students,
faculty and the province all benefit
from having additional international students on our campus, but
mostly from their presence and
participation in campus life rather
than economically."
International students add value to
campus says ISI director Don
High Tech Trash
UBC toxicologist Chris Van Netten
is worried about the health risks
posed when developed countries
send their e-waste to third world
It is estimated that 100,000 people in the Guiu region in southeastern China toil to recover valuable
materials from computers like copper and gold.
"If these people stay in that environment and they will be exposed,
the incidence of cancer will be very
high among that type and number
of people," Van Netten told CBC
C.H.I.LD. Chair
The Children with Intestinal and
Liver Disorders Foundation has
named UBC researcher Bruce
Vallance as its first endowed chair.
Vallance has been focused on the
role of bacteria and parasitic infections in causing inflammatory
bowel disorder, which affects about
one out of every 5,000 individuals.
"It's an interesting research area
because it hasn't been heavily studied, " Vallance told the Vancouver
Sun. "So basically whatever finding
or observation you make is new."
Nobel Prize winner worked
at UBC
Nobel Prize winner Daniel
Kahneman left UBC 16 years ago
because of provincial funding cuts
to post-secondary education, UBC's
Psychology Dept. head Richard
Tees told the National Post.
"Canadian universities will be
raided over the next while," Tees
said. "U.S. universities have lots of
retirements coming up and this is a
natural place to hunt for good people. If the universities don't have
enough money, they will lose their
best people."
Tees, who is a friend of
Kahneman, played a role in luring
the psychology professor and his
future wife, also a professor, to
UBC in 1978. □
UBC Remembers with Nov. 11 Services
As global events continue to heighten our sensitivity to
war and its impact, UBC will hold its annual
Remembrance Day Services on Nov. 11.
Services begin at 10:45 a.m. in the foyer ofthe War
Memorial Gym. All members of the community are
invited to attend the memorial, which commemorates
the sacrifices of Canadians who have participated in
wars over the last century.
About 350 faculty, staff, students and members of
the off-campus community are expected to attend the
services, held at the campus landmark built as a memorial to British Columbia's war dead.
During the First World War, 697 UBC students saw
active military service - 78 were killed. In the Second
World War, 1,680 students enlisted - 169 lost their
lives. □
UBC Gains $46 Million for High-Tech Facilities
Funds aimed at doubling the number of grads. by Hilary Thomson
UBC will receive $46 million in provin
cial funding for facilities to support
students in high-tech programs.
"This is a strong endorsement of
UBC's leadership in high-tech education," says UBC President Martha
Piper. "The expansion builds our
capacity for learning and research
and allows us to make an even
greater contribution to B.C.'s economy."
The funding is part of a $95-mil-
lion capital expansion program at
B.C.'s four public universities to support the provincial government's
commitment to double the number
of B.C. graduates from high-tech
The funds will support the construction of the Chemical and
Biological Engineering Bldg., a six-
storey, 10,000 sq. metre-structure
that will be located between East
Mall and Health Sciences Mall
immediately south of the Health
Sciences Parkade. Construction will
start in December 2003.
In addition, two facilities will be
expanded with construction starting
April 2003.
"Through this outstanding commitment, UBC will be able to dramatically improve and expand its
programs in electrical and computer
engineering and computer science -
which are essential in fueling the
high-tech industry," says Michael
Isaacson, dean of the Faculty of
Applied Science. □
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Seven Questions for
Michael Goldberg
One of UBC's overall goals is to
participate as an active member of
the 21st century by educating
future citizens to think globally
and by advancing international
scholarship and research.
Tangible results of this initiative
include the opening of the Liu
Institute for Global Issues, the
Centre for International Health
and the Institute for European
Studies. In addition, UBC and the
University of Washington have
established a joint Canadian-
American Studies Program and
UBC's office in Hong Kong has
opened. An even more recent tangible result was the Global
Citizenship Conference held on
campus Sept. 4 to a standing-room
audience of 876 people.
Michael Goldberg, associate
vice-president, has been guiding
UBC's International program since
January of this year.
One of your department's
strategies is to "internationalize"
the campus by increasing the numbers of international students and
by encouraging more Canadian
students to enroll in study-abroad
programs. In 1999, international
undergraduate enrollment
increased to 1,192. By 2000, it
reached 1,343. What is it current-
We're at 1,958 or 6.1 percent of
the student body. So, while we're
not where we want to be, we can
take a certain amount of pride that
we are continuing to move the
Are international exchanges still
on the increase?
This year we sent 426 students
to 150 partner universities in more
than 40 countries. That's an
increase of 37 percent over last
UBC has concentrated its international, academic and research
initiatives in three major areas:
Asia Pacific, the Americas and
Europe. Has the Hong Kong
office been as effective as you
The Hong Kong Office has been
a very important symbol of our
activity internationally. It has also
helped us sustain the strong international relationships developed
by UBC students, faculty, staff and
external partners to strengthen
long-term support for UBC.
Besides Hong Kong, do we have
Michael Goldberg, associate vice-
president guides UBC's international
a physical presence in any other
Not at the moment but we are
looking to open offices in other
locations in Asia and possibly even
somewhere in Europe.
Another international goal has
been developing international initiatives by promoting the contributions of research universities.
What progress has been made?
What I have discovered since
taking on this position is that we
can't possibly do everything we
want to do. So, we've focused on
two major organizations
Universitas 21 (U2I) and the
Association of Pacific Rim
Universities (APRU). With U21, we
have made considerable progress
on several projects including student exchanges, a teaching and
learning resources catalogue
(UNSW) and a commitment that
our deans will meet jointly on an
annual basis. Moving forward, we
are looking at several new opportunities including an international
comparative policy/research consortium, international co-ops,
internships and placements, staff
and faculty exchange programs
and best practices benchmarking,
and information exchanges.
What else are we doing to reach
the goals outlined in Trek 2000
Since taking over responsibility
for the international area, I have
established a campus-wide forum
for discussing international issues.
Struck this past spring, the 20-per-
son committee, called the Campus
UBC United Way Volunteers
Clean Up
Fund-raising passes the halfway mark, by katejobling
A team of 15 dedicated volunteers
from various UBC departments
spent Sept. 27 cleaning and painting the Coast Foundation's clubhouse at 11th and Main. It took
hours to complete but the effort
was appreciated.
"It was a great jump-start to getting our clubhouse back in shape
and making it a more inviting place
for our members," says Jack
Beatty, manager of the Coast
Foundation, an organization which
supports adults with mental illness
in the Lower Mainland. "It also
gave us an opportunity to speak
with the volunteers one-on-one
and break down some stigmas they
have about mental illness.
"Everyone who comes into the
newly-spruced clubhouse is
inspired by the changes," says
The clubhouse clean-up was just
one of the activities put on by the
United Way during its Days of
Caring, a week-long event designed
to promote awareness for the agencies supported by donations.
"One of our campaign goals at
UBC this year was to participate in
a Days of Caring event. We easily
achieved this and the planning
committee is really pleased," says
Deborah Austin, this year's
Campaign Chair. "We really have
to thank all the volunteers - especially members of CUPE Local 116,
CUPE Local 2950 and AAPS - who
gave of their time."
This year's United Way campaign
at UBC is more than halfway
towards its goal of $400,000. The
campaign continues to accept
donations and pledges until the end
of December. For more information, call 604-822-8929 or e-mail
unitedway@ubc.ca □
Advisory on International
Activities (CAIA), is made up of a
variety of people from various faculties and departments and meets
once a month to share updates and
information from an international
perspective. It's a great mechanism
because so many of us are on the
road a lot and it allows us to identify synergies and share experiences.
What sets us apart from other
universities doing this?
We are not alone. A number of
universities are expanding their
international component. But
UBC is definitely at the forefront.
We are unique in several ways.
First, as a university, we are committed to the program of internationalization. It is one of our five
vision areas. Second, we have a
strongly international faculty and
staff. And finally, given the diverse
social, cultural and economic interests of our British Columbia community, UBC will continue to cooperate with other educational
institutions, industry, governments, agencies and our communities to advance internationalization
and share the benefits. □
Michael A. Goldberg is the H.R.
Fullerton Professor of Urban Land
Policy in the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration at
UBC. He is a native of Brooklyn,
N. Y. He graduated from Brooklyn
College with a BA (cum Laude) in
Economics. He did his MA and
PhD in Economics at the
University of California at
Berkeley. He came to UBC
Commerce in 1968 and was Dean
of the Commerce faculty from
1991 to 1997.
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The International Perils of Ada
Christopher, Student Recruiter
Glamour job is gruelling work, by Michelle cook
None of Ada Christopher's colleagues wants to travel with her.
It's not that Christopher and the
other members of UBC's
International Student Initiative (ISI)
don't make a great team. It's just
that wherever Christopher goes,
unusual things seem to happen.
"They call me the leading indicator of natural disasters,"
Christopher laughs as she lists the
calamities she's experienced while
crisscrossing the globe to talk about
UBC with potential students. These
include a hurricane in Puerto Rico,
earthquakes in Mexico and India
and, on a recent trip to Japan, the
biggest typhoon to hit Tokyo since
the Second World War.
As the university's coordinator
of International Student
Recruitment and Advising, handling unexpected occurrences - natural or otherwise - are all in a day's
work for Christopher and the rest
of UBC's international recruiting
On the road, Christopher visits
up to five schools a day and often
attends education fairs in the
evenings and weekends.
"You can see thousands of students and talk non-stop for nine
hours a day and you're exhausted,
and then you have to get up and do
it all again the next day,"
Christopher says.
Christopher is a counselling psychologist by training (she has an
MA from UBC), but it was her
interests in travel, different cultures
and intercultural communications
that led her into the field of student
recruiting. She joined ISI as UBC's
first international student recruiter
in 1999.
From September to November of
this year, the ISI team, along with
others from faculties and
Enrolment Services, will spend the
equivalent of 410 days on the road
on 46 separate recruitment trips to
other parts of Canada, 20 U.S.
states, and 26 countries.
Advising students is also an integral part of Christopher's job. She
answers many of the hundreds of e-
mail inquiries that pour into the ISI
office ranging from how to fill out
application forms to how to get
involved in campus activities. □
International Student Initiative
Attracts More Students
Every Year
Recruitment efforts account for major increases
Lionel E. McLeod
Health Research
Scholarship Winner
The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) is
pleased to announce that Brett Abrahams is the recipient of the 2002
Lionel E. McLeod Health Research Scholarship. The award honours Dr.
Lionel McLeod, the founding President of AHFMR.
Mr. Abrahams is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, under Dr.
Elizabeth M. Simpson at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and
Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. He has received
numerous awards and scholarships during his academic career, including
a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research
Award, and the Children's and Women's Health Centre of British
Columbia Outstanding Achievement by a Doctoral Student Award. Mr.
Abrahams' research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying
brain development and behaviour. He is interested in the effects of a particular nuclear receptor in
the developing brain and eye, as well as evaluating its effects on aggressive behaviour. More knowledge in this area could lead to better understanding of human developmental diseases associated
with abnormal behaviour and/or brain pathology.
The Lionel E. McLeod Health Research Scholarship is given annually to an outstanding student at
the University of Alberta, Calgary, or British Columbia for research related to human health.
Dr. McLeod was the Head of Endocrinology at the University of Alberta, Dean of Medicine at the
University of Calgary, President of AHFMR from 1981-1990, and President and Chief Executive
Officer ofthe University Hospital, Vancouver.
AHFMR provides up to $100,000 in matching donations to the Lionel E. McLeod Health Research
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Listen to any conversation   on
campus and you're likely to hear
Spanish, Arabic or Chinese being
spoken, not to mention an
increasing number of American
Students from around the
world are showing an overwhelming interest in UBC,
thanks to the International
Student Initiative (ISI). Launched
in 1996 as part of the university's
Trek 2000 vision, ISI is responsible for promoting UBC to potential applicants overseas and
recruiting a broad range of international students.
The ISI's efforts to diversify the
student body are changing the
face of UBC. This past
September, 572 new fee-paying
international undergraduates
arrived on campus, bringing the
total number of international students to 1,514 (or five per cent of
undergraduates) for the 2002/03
academic year. In addition, the
number of applications from
international students spiked 47
per cent over last year's figure.
"There's really been a metamorphosis," says Don Wehrung,
the Initiative's director. "Prior to
Sharing Cultures
with Korea, Japan
and Mexico
Joint Academic Programs
popular with students
UBC continues to strengthen   its
place in the world community
thanks to Joint Academic Programs
with Korea, Japan and Mexico.
These programs include both academic and housing elements, allowing students from these countries to
share and understand their distinct
cultures with those of Canadians.
UBC President Martha Piper and
Dr. Sung-Joo Han, president of
Korea University officially opened
Korea University-UBC House, on
Oct. 30. Since September, students
from Korea University in Seoul
have been living in this integrated
residential environment with 100
UBC students.
The program mirrors an existing
program with Kyoto's Ritsumeikan
University. "Rits House" opened in
1996, we did not actively recruit
undergraduate students from outside of Canada, but since the initiative started, our intake of international undergraduates has
increased by 27 percent every
Wehrung adds that, during the
same period, the university's
international exchange programs
and professional graduate programs also experienced significant growth.
While the recent increased
interest in UBC from overseas has
been linked to the events of Sept.
11, Wehrung says the principal
reason for growth is that UBC
has actively gone out to seek
qualified undergraduates.
To help attract foreign students, ISI introduced
International Student Awards in
fall 2001. The financial aid initiative offers 10 to 12 awards annually that require nominees to
demonstrate both high financial
need and high academic merit.
Worth $14,000 to $30,000 annually, the renewable awards are
open to qualified international
students who otherwise couldn't
afford to come to UBC. □
March 1992 for 100 Japanese students and 100 UBC students. In
addition to apartments with four
private bedrooms, two bathrooms
and a shared kitchen, dining and
living areas, Rits House features a
Japanese-style tatami room and the
Ritslab Multimedia Facility with
computers, a language lab and a
comprehensive resource library.
Construction on a third residence in co-operation with
Mexico's prestigious university Tec
de Monterrey has begun at Place
Vanier, with completion scheduled
for September 2003. Each year,
approximately 100 students from
Tec de Monterrey are accepted into
the joint academic program with
three program length options -
term, academic year or summer.
Students can also take courses
toward an accredited and internationally recognized certificate in 20
specialty areas.
"We have had a great response,"
said Silvia Martinez, director ofthe
Tec de Monterrey-UBC Joint
Academic Program. "Initially, the
students didn't know much about
UBC and Canada. But now that
they know, they love UBC, they
love it in Vancouver and the program is continuing to grow." □ REPORTS       |      NOVEMBER     /,      2002      |      5
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UBC Computer Science Prof. Wolfgang                Since 2001
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UBC Civil Engineering Assoc. Prof.
Eastern and Religious Studies Prof.
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Loretta Li is supervising graduate
Anthony Barrett led a team of UBC
with McGill University and the Max-                   Prof. Lisa Cooper and graduate
students at Kyushu University in
students to the village of Baginton
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on a project that investi-
in central England to carry out the
remote robotic technology developed                  researchers from a number of
the performance of various
annual excavation of the Lunt Fort,
at UBC. The project will enable medical               Canadian universities and muse-
natural soils as municipal waste
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students to practice surgical techniques               urns on the
archaeological expedi-
landfill liners. The work examines
dating to the age of the emperor
and simulate actual operations without               tion of Tell 'Acharneh in Western
retention of toxic leachate that is
requiring a cadaver.                                          Syria. The site occupies several mil-
generated by the action of water
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UBC researchers are using the robot-               lennia in antiquity and was recent-
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Parliament as a site of national
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data so realistic that surgical simulations can be developed.
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UBC became the first Canadian
university to offer an MBA pro
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a five-year $10-million project to
help reduce poverty in Vietnam.
Under the agreement, Commerce
will work with FDC on joint execu
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tive training programs and host an
EMBA module on our campus in
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reduce poverty by building latrines
and wells, rearing hardier breeds
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UBC School of Nursing Director
Philip Evans, director of the UBC
School of Architecture Assoc.
Sally Thorne took part in the first
Centre for Advanced Wood Processing,
Director Jerzy Wojtowicz
graduation ceremony at the Guru
recently completed the first descrip
received Honourable Mention in
Nanak College of Nursing in
tion of the wood anatomy of a new
the International Competition for
Punjab, India, where UBC faculty
conifer tree species discovered five
years ago growing in an isolated
sandstone gorge near Sydney.
the Development of the
and students have been helping to
provide better education for young
women and improve health care
Integrated Art, Cultural and
Entertainment District at the West
Kowloon Reclamation Waterfront.
since 1997. "You would not
The species, called Wollemia
The award was given for
believe the pride that this rural
nobilis, was known only from the
gant and well-balanced
region of the Punjab takes in
fossil record and was previously
and the appropriate distinctions it
UBC," says Thorne, "and how high
thought to be extinct. The new discov
draws between cultural and com
profile our university is here."
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mercial uses," noted the
Lower Mainland Students Seek
Solutions for Students in Afghanistan
Understanding children's rights, by erica smishek
Think globally, act locally.
That's what students at two
Lower Mainland schools will do as
they take part in a worldwide challenge to improve education for
youth in Afghanistan. In October,
the Youth Millennium Project
launched pilot projects at Princess
Margaret and Britannia Elementary
Schools as a prelude to "Challenge
2003: Afghani Children and
Education," which begins in
January 2003.
Different teacher packages will
be tested at these schools to ensure
students understand material
designed to bring attention to what
life    is    like    for    children    in
Afghanistan. The students will
then design their own projects for
Challenge 2003.
Lisa Thomas-Tench, executive
director of the Youth Millennium
Project, says the goal of Challenge
2003 is to encourage youth around
the world to get involved and to
help the children of Afghanistan
participate in education and secure
a more promising future for themselves and their country.
The Youth Millennium Project is
a joint initiative of UNICEF and
the Faculty of Education at UBC. It
was founded in 1999 by UBC
grads Justine Wiltshire and
Rebecca Slate, who invited youth
around the world to discuss issues
important to them and carry out a
local plan of action. Today the project has more than 10,000 participants in 80 countries.
UNICEF and the Afghanistan
Ministry of Education report a massive return of children to the classroom. Nearly 1.25 million children
are now attending school in 20
provinces, with the enrollment of
girls more than 90 per cent higher
than last year.
"We don't want to focus on causes," Thomas-Tench says. "We want
kids to understand children's rights
and get ideas for what is necessary
to create positive change." □
Penticton hosts UBC international students
Student ambassadors for UBC's International House take a break during
a tour of the Tinhorn Creek Winery in the Okanagan Valley in late
September. Each year, 25 international student ambassadors spend a
weekend with a Canadian family in Penticton. The students, selected on
the basis of diversity of country, gender and program, share their culture
with their hosts while experiencing Canadian customs and values. More
than 1,000 students have participated in the hospitality program started 47
years ago by International House in conjunction with the Vancouver
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Illuminating Achievement
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November 14, 2002
Fairmont, Waterfront Hotel
Call 604-822-3313 for details
The mischievous Raven tricked a powerful chief out of the stars, sun and moon
and threw them into the heavens. The subsequent light brought illumination to
the people of the world, and the beginning of knowledge. Lyle Wilson's "Raven
Steals the Light" is an apt symbol for this year's Alumni Achievement Award
Each year, the UBC Alumni Association recognizes select men and women
from the UBC community who bring knowledge and understanding to our
world. Previous award recipients incuded Evelyn Lett, Arthur Erickson, Nathan
Nemetz, Patricia Baird, Bill Millerd, Edith McGeer, Norman Young and Michael
The awards are presented at a gala dinner in the fall. This year the dinner will
be held on Nov. 14, 2002 at the Fairmont Waterfront. Call the Alumni
Association offices for information.
SPOTLIGHT > Roy MacLaren,
Alumni Award of Distinction
The Honourable Roy MacLaren has distinguished
himself as a politician, diplomat, writer, publisher,
corporate director and entrepreneur.
He spent 12 years with the Canadian Foreign
Service in Hanoi, Saigon, Prague and the United
Nations in New York and Geneva. From 1996 to
2000 he was High Commissioner for Canada in the UK and Northern Ireland.
His professional writings draws from his experiences as a diplomat, much
of it concentrating on Canada's historical role in international affairs.
MacLaren was first elected as an MP in 1979. He served as Parliamentary
Secretary for Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of State (Finance) and
Minister of National Revenue. As Minister of International Trade he negotiated the final stages of NAFTA and the Uruguay Round of GATT, which created
the World Trade Organization.
He is a strong proponent of multilateral free trade. When in 1998 he stood
as Canada's candidate for the directorship of the WTO, he stressed the disadvantages faced by developing countries in the global system and the need for
fairness. He is presently Canadian Chair of the Canada-Europe Round Table,
the Canada-India Business Council and the Canadian Institute for
International Affairs.
MacLaren gives back to his alma mater by sitting on the advisory council
for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
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Ag Sci wins
international award
The Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences' Global Resource
Systems (GRS) Program has
won the Scotiabank-
Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada
(AUCC) Award for Excellence
in Internationalization for
The program, headed by
Prof. George Kennedy, won in
the category of Broadening
the Student Experience.
Members ofthe selection jury
were impressed with the
undergraduate program's
unique integration of science,
language and regional studies.
Launched in 1996, the program gives students a sense of
how science operates in the
real world through a combination of language training,
cultural studies and international experience. There were
50 students in the GRS program in 2000-01.
Kennedy accepted the
award at a special ceremony
held in Ottawa in late
Film Awards
Faculty and students of UBC's
film program are celebrating
several awards this month.
UBC Film Prof. Sharon
McGowan's film Society's
Child has been nominated for
a Gemini Award for Best TV
Movie or Dramatic Mini-
series. The movie chronicles
the life and death of Nikki, a
nine-year-old girl with Rett
Syndrome, a genetically triggered disability that only
affects females.
McGowan and three other
partners produced the CBC
film, which was broadcast in
The awards, presented by
the Academy of Canadian
Cinema & Television, recognize outstanding achievements
in the Canadian film and television industries and will be
aired on CBC Television on
Nov. 4 from Toronto. This is
McGowan's first Gemini
nomination in this category.
A film produced by a team
of UBC students won the
Telefilm Canada Award for
Best Emerging Western
Canadian Director for a Short
or Mid-Length Film at the
recent 2002 Vancouver
International Film Festival
closing ceremony. Big Shoes
to Fill was directed by
Michelle Porter and produced
and edited by Sidney Chiu.
The cinematographer was
Shannon Kohli. The award
comes with a $4,000 prize.
Woollard receives
McWhinney award
Robert Woollard, Royal
Canadian Legion Professor
and Head of the Dept. of
Family Practice, has received
the Ian McWhinney Family
Medicine Education Award
for 2002.
Awarded by the College of
Family Physicians of Canada
(CFPC), the honour recognizes individuals who have
made an outstanding contribution to family medicine
education in Canada.
Woollard, a full-time faculty member since 1989, is recognized for his influence on
the development of the discipline of family medicine at the
undergraduate and postgraduate level and also in the area
of continuing medical education and role modeling. He
chaired the Implementation
Task Force for UBC's new
medical school curriculum. □
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UBC Med Students Impressed with Cuban
Health-Care System
High quality of care stems from high quality of caring, by Hilary Thomson
Few North Americans would sus
pect   a   model  public   health-care
system could be found in a developing country.
Yet for four UBC first-year medical students that's exactly what
they found in Cuba during an
eight-week elective this summer.
"We wanted to expose students
early in their career to innovations
in the Cuban medical system," says
Jerry Spiegel, director of Global
Health at the Liu Institute for
Global Issues. "The elective gave
students a better appreciation of
the range of population health
issues and showed them how much
is possible with limited resources."
The long-term goal of such
exchanges is to equip and motivate
Canadian physicians and
researchers   to   promote   global
health involvement, he adds.
The trip was made possible
through UBC's collaboration with
the medical school in Santa Clara
in central Cuba. Based in student
residences, students shadowed
family doctors at community practice clinics, took field trips to learn
about issues such as emergency,
rural and occupational health and
studied Spanish.
"I came back with a deeper sense
of the social aspects of medicine,"
says student Erin Adams. "The
extreme sacrifices made by Cuban
doctors reinforced for me the basic
elements of choosing medicine as a
profession, namely, a genuine care
for people's health and a passion
for the art and science of medicine. "
Student Arlene MacDougall
"I learned how impressive the
Cuban medical system was both in
organization and delivery. I realized that a high quality of care
could be given in the absence of
technology and resources."
Elizabeth Kenward appreciated
learning about the role of doctors
in international politics and health
policy as well as ideas for patient
care that integrate natural, physical
and medical treatments in one clinic.
Cuba's system emphasizes preventive medicine and neighbourhood-based family medicine with
clinics located every three or four
blocks in a community. Regional
systems of health-care services and
continuing professional training
also enrich the country's delivery of
health services, says Spiegel.
When students weren't doing
academic work, they took in
beaches,    opera,    museums    and
Spiegel to Direct CIH
UBC's Centre for International Health (CIH), initially established as
part of the College of Health Disciplines, will now also be affiliated
with the Global Health Research Centre at the Liu Institute for
Global Issues.
Global Health Director Jerry Spiegel will direct CIH and says the
new relationship will provide greater opportunities to expand
involvement in international health at UBC. Initiatives include linking
policy and research with training and other professional activities for
faculty and for students through the Global Outreach Student
Association. □
For more information about CIH, contact Jerry Spiegel at
open-air concerts and played soccer in the streets with children in
Santa Clara. Despite language barriers, all students were impressed
with the warmth and helpfulness
of their medical school hosts and
other community members.
The exchange is an offshoot of a
five-year research project that
Spiegel is leading to help Cuban
institutions strengthen their teaching of environmental health risks
assessments and management.
Establishing continuing relationships with Cuban health professionals and researchers is a key element in his efforts to foster internationalization among Canadian
academics and students.
"Public health is a national priority in Cuba and funding is maintained at all costs," he says. "We
Canadians have a lot to learn from
this model." Spiegel also co-chairs
a national group called Coalition
for Global Health Research
(Canada) that seeks to develop
Canada's role in international
health research.
Following a September 2001
conference he chaired at the Liu
Institute for Global Issues, global
health experts agreed to form a
coalition to seek and co-ordinate
funding and research opportunities
to address health needs of developing countries through a coalition.
Spiegel and coalition member
Arun Chockalingam, assistant
director of the Institute of
Circulatory and Respiratory
Health based at St. Paul's Hospital,
will travel to Tanzania this month.
They will participate in a joint
meeting with the African Forum
for Health Research and the
Global Forum for Health Research
to explore opportunities for collaborative research on African health
issues. □
More information on the coalition
may be found at www.cghrc.ca.
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Fall Congregation Ceremonies
Include Installation of New Chancellor
Honorary degrees for Ike Barber and Shirley Tilghman. by Hilary Thomson
UBC's new chancellor will be
installed during Fall Congregation
ceremonies to be held at the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts
Nov. 27 to 29.
Chancellor Allan McEachern
will officially join the UBC community on Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.,
after which he will preside over
nine ceremonies where more than
2,600 students will receive their
degrees. All ceremonies will be
broadcast live on the Internet.
The chancellor will present honorary degrees to UBC alumnus and
benefactor Irving K. (Ike) Barber
and Princeton University president
Shirley Tilghman.
Born   and   raised   in   Canada,
Tilghman is a leader in the field of
molecular biology. Her research has
focused on mammalian genetics and
the role that genes play in the development of mammal embryos. Her
research accomplishments have
earned her membership in the
National Academy of Sciences and
the Royal Society of London.
Tilghman's teaching has been recognized with the 1996 Princeton
President Award for Distinguished
Teaching. She is also well known for
her national leadership in promoting
women in science and enriching the
early careers of young scientists.
She receives her honorary degree
at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Barber graduated with a Bachelor
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Princeton University President Shirley
Tilghman will receive an honorary
degree at Fall Congregation
of Science degree in Forestry in
1950. He founded Slocan Forest
Products Ltd. in 1978 and built it
into one of the leading lumber producers in North America.
Barber's community endeavours
include construction of a forestry
laboratory at the University of
Northern B.C.; establishing the
Irving K. Barber Diabetes Research
Endowment Fund at UBC; and the
Ike Barber Human Islet Transplant
Laboratory at Vancouver Hospital
in partnership with UBC. Last
month Barber donated $20 million
to create the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre that will transform Main Library into a high-tech
information centre that will serve
both the campus and the international community.
Barber receives his degree on Nov.
27 at 10 a.m.
A schedule of ceremonies, web
broadcast and ticket reservations is
at www.graduation.ubc.ca. □
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From: UBC Library <survey@pointsofview.ca>
To: <UmbertoCharles@interchange.ubc.ca>
Date: Monday, October, 21,2002
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Have you received the Official UBC Library Survey in
your email? If you were one of the randomly selected
recipients, please take a moment to complete the on-line
form by November 22nd.
Surveys in before November 8th will be entered in an early
bird prize draw for a $50 lunch for two at Sage Bistro.
Surveys returned by November 22nd will be entered in
a draw to win a $50 UBC bookstore gift certificate.
UBC Women' s Soccer Team to Nationals
UBC's leading goal scorer Sarah Regan fights her way past a UVic
defender in Canada West action earlier this season. The Thunderbirds (14-
1-1) captured their first Canada West title since 1995 and earned a trip to
Edmonton for this weekend's CIS national championship tournament.
In the August edition of UBC Reports we ran this 1957 photo,
which was taken to promote the campus bowling alley. We asked
if any one knew what ever happened to this young pinsetter. One
of our readers directed us to Gerry Foran and he told us what
he's been up to since 1957.
"You have found the little pinsetter. I'm sorry that I don't
know what happened to Jan. I met her the day the picture was
taken. She chose me to be in the picture, but never explained how
I was chosen over the other pinsetters. I attended University Hill
High School and graduated in 1961. My father was Chief of the
University Fire Department and we lived at the second alarm Fire
Hall at 1550 Acadia Road.
My dad was the Chief until he passed away in 1963. I went on
to take my CGA diploma and 22 years later became a Trustee in
Bankruptcy. Thank you for the information and the reminder
that there was a time when I was a 'little guy' Gerry Foran."
Above: Gerry Foran as a 14
year old UBC pincetter in
1957. Right: Gerry Foran
today as a CGA.
Now that we've solved
that mystery, we have
another Time Piece puzzle
for you. The headline tells
us that Gail and Keith
Sandercock were surveying fish in East Pakistan in
1964. Whatever happened
to these UBC fisheries
experts? □


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