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 VOLUME 46  I  NUMBER 6  |  MARCH  23, 2000
7 On track
A team of engineering
students is off to the races
8 Well stocked
Prof. Robert Heinkel's
stock-in-trade is students
ubc reports
sun spot  School of Community and Regional Planning student Joanna Plecke, who is working toward a Master of
Arts in Planning, grabs some sunshine with her studies as the academic year nears its end. Today is the last day for
submission of master's degree theses for most departments. More than 700 master's degree students have applied to
graduate this spring. Final examinations are right around the corner with the exam period for most faculties running
from April 10-28. Hilary Thomson photo
Students honour unsung
campus heroes for service
Faculty, staff, students
recognized for commitment
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
in a high-calorie celebration,
members of the campus community with a big appetite for helping
students recently received Just
Desserts Awards that recognize
outstanding service at ubc.
"These are people who are dedicated to enriching students' experience," says Alma Mater Society
President Maryann Adamec. "They
are the helpers, the listeners, the organizers—the unsung heroes."
Eighteen awardees were nominated by various student societies
on campus in a tradition that
started in 1985.
Outgoing, approachable, friendly and committed to students is
how members of the Science Undergraduate Society describe Sho-
na Ellis.
A ubc alumna, Ellis joined the
faculty in 1992 as a sessional lecturer in the Dept. of Botany and
says helping students find their
way and seeing their enthusiasm
gives her a lot of satisfaction.
One of this year's Science Week
co-ordinators, she also organized
Historian to study
treaty court cases
Shona Ellis
Beyond First Year and Beyond the
BSc, two events attended by hundreds of students planning their
academic and professional careers.
Ellis also organized the faculty's
involvement in last September's
Imagine ubc orientation day and
is now getting faculty participation in the new Ambassadors of
Science program that sees students heading out to the community to talk about science.
In addition, Ellis co-ordinates
plant biology labs, teaches a variety of courses and is an academic
"I can relate to students' experience here because of my own time
at ubc," says Ellis. "Some students
are being taught by profs who
see Heroes page 2
Rob Breton
Professor is one of 16
scholars across Canada to
earn prestigious fellowship
ubc history prof. Arthur Ray
will provide an important global
perspective for Canada's complex
and contentious aboriginal and
treaty rights.
One of 16 outstanding Canadian
researchers who have been awarded Killam Research Fellowships for
2000, he will conduct the first comprehensive and comparative study
of aboriginal and treaty rights court
cases in Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and the United States.
"By asserting their aboriginal
and treaty rights, indigenous people have recently revolutionized
their cultural, economic and political standing in many former European colonies," says Ray who has
served as an expert witness in
many of Canada's landmark treaty
rights and comprehensive claims
court cases.
"A massive interdisciplinary,
cross-cultural and transnational
historical research effort has been
an essential component of this ongoing global rights struggle," he
The two-year investigation involves the fields of anthropology,
historical geography, native history and legal history.
Ray says it is essential to reflect
on the interactive historical research relationships that have developed between the aboriginal, legal and scholarly communities
within and among the four countries which have intertwined colonial, intellectual and legal histories.
He will also study how aborigi-
History Prof. Arthur Ray
nal people have influenced research agendas and historical
scholarship and the impact of this
growing body of research on
claims-related cases.
Archival records of native research offices, claims commissions
and courts will be examined extensively, along with published scholarship and unpublished documents. Ray plans to consult aboriginal and non-aboriginal players
in substantial claims cases.
Ray joined ubc's faculty from
York University in 1981 as a historical geographer and expert in Hudson's Bay Company archives. As
Canada's First Nations turned to
litigation to assert their rights, he
has become increasingly interested and immersed in court cases.
"Like four days of torture," is how
he describes the intense cross-examination of his testimony in the
historic Delgamuukw trial on aboriginal title in B.C. This and other
experiences with the adversarial
nature of courts helped motivate
him to undertake the study.
Killam Research Fellowships
see Historian page 2
Maestro stages masterpiece
"Students can do more than you thought possible" says
conductor as he prepares choir for Bach's Mass in B minor
Music Prof. James Fankhauser
has perfected a touch over 35 years
which has been described as "a
kind of alchemy."
A pinnacle of the mentor and
elite conductor's career will be a
performance of Bach's challenging
choral masterpiece, the Mass in B
minor, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and
March 26 at 3 p.m. in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts.
In the 70-voice choir will be 33
ubc students who sing with the
University Singers. It's a rare opportunity for them to perform with
professionals in a taped concert
which will be broadcast nationally
on cbc Radio Easter Sunday.
"I'm fully aware that, despite
careful training, this could be beyond student singers," says Fankhauser, who was the first in North
America to return to Bach's original manuscript. "But I've learned
that students can do more than
you ever thought possible.
"One approaches this glorious
work with awe—it is the pinnacle
of Bach's creative genius," he adds.
A master teacher whose students
have included opera stars Ben Hep-
ner and Karen Ydenberg, Fankhauser was awarded ubc's Outstanding
Teacher Award in 1990.
Those who would cut school
see Masterpiece page 2 UBC     REPORTS
MARCH     23,     2000
A house of one's own
needed, says reader
I read in a recent article (ubc Reports, Feb. 24) about ubc's plans to
try to provide housing options for
faculty and staff.
While it is most gratifying to see
that ubc has acknowledged the problems Vancouver housing creates
when attempting to attract faculty,
the response is a bit underwhelming.
I do not feel that it is an unreasonable
expectation for a professional with a
PhD to think they can own their own
completely detached home.
There is an implicit suggestion
that this is not an option for ubc
faculty. If that is the case, ubc can
expect to be turned down by an increasing number of prospective
faculty, with commensurate negative effects upon the university.
John Aveline
PhD candidate, Classics
College recycling model
Today, with funding support from
the ubc Alma Mater Society's Innovative Projects fund, St. John's
College is proud to have ubc's first
fully operational, medium-scale
compost facility.
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Invitation *> Staff
Breakfast with
the President
If you would like to have breakfast with President
Martha Piper on Tuesday,  April   4 from
7*30 to 9 3-»rn» please contact the Ceremonies
Office (by e-mail to mpicher@exchange.
ubc.ca or phone 822-0949) and leave your name,
department, position, contact phone number and
e-mail address. Ceremonies will then contact the first
25 names received to confirm attendance. Only those
individuals selected will be contacted.
Preliminary research, including
a waste audit was undertaken to
determine the most suitable method of organic waste recovery for
the college. After some deliberation, vermicomposting units manufactured by Dean Lamont from
the Vancouver-based Food For All
Foundation were installed.
Green College, led by Maggie Julian, recently commenced a vermi-
compost program based on the St.
John's model. It is hoped that other
ubc residences and commercial food
services will adopt similar facilities.
In addition to producing a valuable gardening fertiliser, the facilities
collectively reduce over 50 tonnes of
organic "waste" from the college
waste streams per annum. This significantly eases the burden on Van
couver's rapidly diminishing landfills.
With collection facilities placed
around the colleges, residents and
guests gain a greater awareness of
the waste they produce and positive
steps that can be taken to reduce
their environmental impact. The facilities are models for sustainable organic recycling for other institutions
to emulate. The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the Student Environment Centre and external gardening
organisations have shown much interest in the project.
St. John's College has already
used the first batch of humus to
grow a small vegetable and herb
garden adjacent to the compost facility. Plans are afoot to expand this
into a larger community-run vege
table garden in spring, thanks to
the efforts of Nathalie Gaudreault
and other college residents. In doing so we will have truly come "full
circle" with organic recycling. Our
sous chef has even used the homegrown herbs for cooking in the college's commercial kitchen.
Careful research and planning, a
little fund raising, and dogged
commitment were all the elements
needed to ensure the long-term
success of these projects. It's testament to the kinds of positive
change a few individuals can
make, and the proactive, community-minded spirit that exists in
our graduate colleges at ubc
Tim Blanche
Third-year PhD, Neuroscience
St. John's College
Heroes ease students' way campus-wide
Continued from page 1
taught me and are my heroes to
this day."
A self-described pseudo-perfectionist, Ellis de-stresses with hikes
in the woods where she can indulge her passion for plants.
Rob Breton, a PhD student in the
Dept. of English, was recognized by
the Graduate Student Society (gss)
for his involvement in both the gss
council and for producing the society's monthly publication, The
Graduate Magazine.
"It's the ultimate interdisciplinary project," says Breton of the
magazine which has six regular
contributors and volunteer staff
from faculties across campus. "I've
gotten to know people I probably
wouldn't have met otherwise and
developed a feeling for issues on
gss council meetings provide a
key source of information for Breton who came to ubc in 1996 and is
serving his second year as a department representative on council.
Administrative and political issues, concerns such as the perceived separation of arts and science on campus, opinion pieces,
event information and movie reviews are all covered in the maga
zine which has a circulation of
Even with the support of volunteers, Breton produces much ofthe
paper himself. He designed a new
format for the magazine, sells ads,
edits copy, does the layout and delivers copies across campus.
Still a bit surprised at the popularity of the magazine, Breton says
"It feels great when someone says
my baby looks good."
He expects to complete his thesis next year on the changing attitudes on work as expressed in English literature from 1840 to 1940.
Among the faculty, staff and
students to win Just Desserts
Awards are:
Alma Mater Society: Roy Harding, Michael Kingsmill; Agriculture
Undergraduate Society: Cathleen
Nichols; Arts Undergraduate Society: Peter Babiak, Rick Gooding, Elizabeth Howarth, Bozena Karwowz-
ka, Don Maclnnis; Commerce Undergraduate Society: Stanley Hamilton, Cheyenne Stensgaard; Dental
Undergraduate Society: Ian Matthew; Law Students Association:
Robert Reid; Pharmacy Undergraduate Society: Helen Burt; Science Undergraduate Society: Bree Baxter,
Ben Clifford, Mike Pungente.
The Office ofthe Coordinator of Health Services
Societal values and definitions of
disability: their impact on the lives
of people with disabilities
Tuesday, March 28
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Woodward IRC #5
Refreshments will be provided.
The Women's Faculty Club provided desserts for the recent celebration.
Continued from page 1
support outstanding research
projects in the humanities, social
sciences, natural sciences, health
sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these
Chemical Engineering Prof.
John Grace's Killam Research Fellowship was one of eight across
Canada which was renewed for a
second year.
Continued from page 1
music and choral programs aren't
listening, he says.
"Music isn't a frill—it's a superb
brain-building activity. And like
athletes, singers learn technique
such as ear training in an enjoyable
group activity, rather than in a dry
The performances of Bach's
Mass in B minor will feature two
choirs Fankhauser has directed to
international acclaim and awards
over a 26-year period, the Vancouver Cantata Singers and the University Singers. The choir will be
joined by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, which will in turn be augmented by musicians from across
the continent.
"Fankhauser and his choir are
national treasures," said The Vancouver Sun, after the Vancouver
Cantata Singers 20th anniversary
concert. "His version of Mass in B
minor soars above every other performance or recording."
It will be Fankhauser's farewell after a lifetime of conducting people
through great and difficult music.
Tickets are available through
Ticketmaster at (604) 280-3311, at
www.ticketmaster.ca or in person
at the Chan Centre box office.
Group rates are available by calling
(604)921-8588. UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH     23,     2000
Facilities focus on
heart disease care
Education and support help
patients live healthy lives
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
the beat goes on for patients using two new heart disease facilities
at St. Paul's Hospital.
The Heart Function Clinic and
the Patient and Family Resource
Centre aim to educate and support
patients with heart disease so that
individuals can stay healthier at
home and costly hospital stays are
"The good news is that surgical
and technological advances mean
keep them out of hospital.
Symptoms include leg or ankle
swelling, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite or weight
gain of more than two kilograms.
Patients are discouraged from
excess salt intake—which builds
up fluid in the body and taxes the
heart's pumping capacity—heavy
drinking, drug use and smoking.
The clinic, which opened in November, has seen 75 patients from
all over B.C. About two-thirds are
men. About 350,000 Canadians
suffer from heart failure.
Just down the hall, the Patient
and Family Resource Centre—the
only such centre in B.C.—has four
more people are surviving heart at-     computer terminals to provide in-
tacks," says Cardiology Clinical
Asst. Prof. Andrew Ignaszewski,
the clinic's medical director. "The
challenging part is helping them
live better and longer lives with
damaged hearts."
Heart failure results from changes in the heart's function as a pump
leading to circulatory congestion.
Patient educator Catherine
Clark interviews patients that have
been referred to the clinic by their
general practitioner or specialist.
Ignaszewski grades patients according to their heart function and
sees them at intervals ranging from
weekly to once every six months.
He orders additional tests and adjusts medications as needed.
Monitoring fluid intake, diet
changes—such as salt reduction
—specialized exercise and medications are topics covered in follow-up visits. Clark teaches people
about heart function and trouble
signs, which if treated early can
teractive on-line information on
cardiac rehabilitation programs and
services in the patient's community.
Intended to supplement patient teaching programs, the centre has videos available for in-hos-
pital viewing, brochures and a reference library. Patients can also
buy heart-smart cookbooks at the
facility which is set to open at the
end of this month.
Trained Heart and Stroke Foundation volunteers will staff the
centre eight hours a day, seven
days a week initially. Hours of operation may be increased according to demand.
The centre is a collaboration of
the Heart Centre of B.C. and the
Heart and Stroke Foundation of
B.C. and Yukon.
For more information on heart
failure check the Web at
The Keyboard Wizard created by Education Asst. Prof. Marv Westrom and one of his collaborators visiting lecturer
Adriana Zylmans is designed to demystify touch typing for eight-year-olds. Bruce Mason photo
Keyboard Wizard links
kids with computers
A best education-business partnership award goes to the
Faculty of Education and VTechfor teaching tool
by Bruce Mason staff writer
he hasn't built a better mouse,
or trap, but the world will beat a
path to Marv Westrom's door.
The ubc assistant professor in
Education has created a device to
teach what every eight-year-old is
keen to learn—keyboard skills to
access computers.
The Keyboard Wizard 2.0,
which has just earned the Learn-
Composer inspired generation
Life was intertwined with
Vancouver and ubc
one of Canada's most prolific
and honoured composers, Jean
Coulthard, died recently at age 92.
A member of ubc's School of
Music from 1947-73, she was the
first composer from Canada's West
Coast to achieve national stature
and international recognition.
"To tell her story is to tell the
history of ubc and Vancouver,"
says Educational Studies Assoc.
Prof. William Bruneau who is writing two biographies of her.
During his many conversations
with her, Bruneau says Coulthard
recognized and valued her long association with ubc, which provided her with financial, artistic and
intellectual support.
"This Splendid University"
was the title of her address to
Congregation in 1988 when she
was presented with an honorary
She was the second person to be
hired in ubc's School of Music after founder Harry Adaskin.
Jean Coulthard
Coulthard studied at London's
Royal College of Music with Ralph
Vaughan Williams.
She took compositions for criticism to many 20th-century giants
including Schoenberg, Bartok and
Aaron Copland.
In 1988, on her 90th birthday,
ubc celebrated her donation of
manuscripts, recordings and other
material to the Library.
"She took special care to make
music for her community," says
Bruneau. "There's scarcely a Canadian music student who has not
met her work."
Coulthard composed in every
genre: a full-length opera, four symphonies, concertos and numerous
shorter works for soloists and orchestra, sonatas for virtually all instruments, and hundreds of keyboard, choral, and vocal works. She
completed her latest sonata a few
months before her death.
"She was very grateful to ubc for
providing her with an opportunity
to educate and influence an entire
generation of composers," says
Among those who studied with
her are Chan Ka Nin, Michael Conway Baker, David Duke and Sylvia
"Above all, she was a person of
precision, balance and grace—
traits that also came through in
her music," he adds.
Coulthard is survived by her artist daughter, Jane Adams, and her
granddaughter, Alexa.
ing Partnership of B.C. award for
best education-business partnership, resembles a downsized laptop with a small liquid crystal display screen and a child-sized keyboard (90 per cent of the regular
size). It's packed with innovations
but priced under $100 to keep it
affordable for schools and parents.
"Mastering the keyboard is a
psycho-motor skill subject to
learned errors," says Westrom.
"The Wizard spots repeated mistakes and designs specific drills to
correct the problems."
It contains two games and can
be hooked up to a printer or used
as a word processor. And although
it, can be powered by an adapter, it
will run for a school term on batteries.
Richmond-based VTech Electronics Canada—which has a large
collaborative project with the facul
ty to conceptualize educationally
sound tools for the classroom—approached Westrom. He designed the
Wizard with a team in Hong Kong.
Another team of experts, including teachers who designed
B.C.'s typing curriculum, developed a teaching manual that accompanies each machine.
After three hours of drill every
week for two months on the Wizard, children will be able to enter
text much more quickly than they
can print or write.
It's short-sighted to think key-
boarding skills will become obsolete with voice-activated computers, says Westrom.
"Recognizing a word or phrase
is trivial compared to understanding instructions," he explains.
"Writing essays and other activities will require keyboards for
many years to come."
What next? Westrom is hoping
to create a calculator for VTech,
which will help children understand fractions.
cupe agreements
ratified by Board
ubc's board of governors has
ratified three-year collective agreements with three Canadian Union
of Public Employees (cupe) locals
on campus that allow for general
wage increases of zero per cent in
the first two years and a two per
cent increase in the final year.
"We are very pleased to have
reached these agreements with our
employees and we look forward to
working together to achieve the
goals for ubc set out in Trek 2000,"
says ubc President Martha Piper.
The  agreements  cover  about
4,500 support staff in cupe locals
116, 2950 and 2278. Local n6 comprises tradespeople, food service,
bookstore, service workers and
many technicians. Secretarial and
clerical staff belong to Local 2950
and teaching assistants and esl
instructors are part of local 2278.
The agreements had been previously ratified by the three locals
with more than 80 per cent of
those voting in favour of accepting
the collective agreement.
The agreement with Local 2278
is retroactive to Sept. 1, 1999 with
the two other agreements retroactive to April 1,1999. 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH     23,     2000
Storm the Wall
ubc Intramural Sports, sub plaza from
nam-2pm. Continues to March 31. ubc
student, $50 team, $10 ironperson; blue
and gold, $50 team, $12 ironperson;
community, $60 team, $15 ironperson;
youth, $25 team. Web site:
www.intramurals.ubc.ca; e-mail:
gill@intramurals.ubc.ca; call 822-6000.
Theatre At UBC
Casanova. Chan Centre, Telus Studio
Theatre at 7:30pm. Continues to April
1. $16; $10 students/seniors. Call
Mechanical Engineering
The Physics Of Animals. Boye Ahl-
born, professor emeritus, ceme 1204
at 3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm.
Call 822-3770.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Exploring The Spiritual And Psychological Issues At The End Of Life. Dr.
David Kuhl, Palliative Care Program,
St. Paul's Hosp. Buchanan B Penthouse at 4:15pm. Refreshments at
4pm. Call 822-3219.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Panel Discussion
Can Psychology/Psychiatry Be Critical? Various speakers. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Chalmers Institute Lecture
The Spirituality Of Christian Song.
Gerald Hobbs. St. David's United
Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver from 7:30-g:30pm. $10. To register call 922-3461.
Media Forum
Media's Role In A Democratic Society.
Donna Logan, director, Sing Tao
Masks. James Johnson, History, Boston u. Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Green College Special Lecture
How To Get Published. Ken Carty,
chair, publications board, ubc Press;
panel speakers. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Harmful Algal Blooms. F.J.R. Max
Taylor. GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Exam Preparation
Test-Taking Strategies And How To
Beat Test Anxiety. Brock Counselling
Services 200 from i2:30-2pm. $5 nonrefundable. To register, call Melissa
MARCH     26    THROUGH     APRIL    8
Member Speaker Series
Where Is Macau? What is Macau?:
An Introduction To China's Most Recently Returned Prodigal. Malania
Cannon, History. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Thematic Lecture Series:
Myths Of Nations
Russia's Babel: Myth Production And
No Purpose? Andreas Heinemann-
Gruder, Humboldt u. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Health Association Of B.C.
Award Lecture
Values And Definitions Of Disability:
Their Impact On The Lives Of People
With Disabilities. Assoc. Prof. Lyn
Jongbloed. irc#5 from i2:30-i:ispm.
Refreshments. Web site: www.health-
sciences.ubc.ca. Call 822-3737;
Stormin' Melvin
sub Concourse from i2:30-2pm. Web
site: www.intramurals.ubc.ca. E-mail:
gill@intramurals.ubc.ca. Call 822-6000.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Generation And Control Of Radical
Reactions In Crystals: Reaction
Mechanisms And Solvent-Free Synthesis. Prof. Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay,
ucla. Chemistry B-250 at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-3057.
Civil Engineering Public Lecture
The Public Infrastructure Workplace
—A World Of Opportunity For Civil
Engineers In The New Millennium.
Paul Giannelia, ceo, sc Infrastructure
Inc. ceme 1202 from i:30-2:3opm.
Reception ceme 2202 from 2:30
3:30pm. Call 822-2637.
Oceanography Seminar
Internal Waves And The Changing
Tide In Haro Strait. Richard Pawlow-
icz. BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Parametric Modeling Of Point Process Data Arising From A Reaction
Time Experiment. John Braun, Math
and Statistics, u of Winnipeg. Klinck
301 from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments.
Bring your own mug. Call 822-0570.
School of Journalism, moderator. Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West
4istAve. at 7:30pm. $10; $8 students/
seniors. Call 257-5111.
Poetic Persuasions
Reading: The Exalted Company Of
Roadside Martyrs. Warren Cariou,
author. Green College at 8pm. Call
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Papers From The aaos. Chief residents, vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Linguistics Research Seminar
The Phonology-Syntax Interface In
Yoruba. Oladiipo Ajiboye; Rose Marie
Dechaine; Doug Pulleyblank. Angus
312 from n:3oam-i:30pm. Call
Asian Studies Lecture Series
Functions And Acquisition Of N-
Desu. Sachiko Renovich. Asian Centre
604 at 12:30pm. Call 822-9266.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies Colloquium
The Vexed Archive: Staging Marjorie
Pickthall's The Wood-Carver's Wife.
Panel speakers. Women's Studies
lounge from i2:30-i:3opm. Refreshments. Call 822-9173.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Asian Music. Chinese Ensemble.
Music Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm.
Web site: www.music.ubc.ca. Call
Centre For India And
South Asia Research Seminar
India's Water Resource Development
Crisis: What Lessons Have Been
Learned From Narmada, Cauvery
And Other Projects? Y.T. Alagh, vice-
chancellor, Jawahar Lai Nehru u. ck
Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Geography Colloquium
The New South Africa: From Rainbow
Nation To African Power. William
Beinart, Oxford u. Geography 201 at
3:30pm. Call 822-5904.
19th Century Studies
Carnival, Crime And Balzac's Novel Of
Institute For European Studies
eu 2000: Another Crossroad: Another
Challenge. John Beck, former EC ambassador to Canada. Buchanan B
Penthouse at 12:30pm. Light lunch at
i2noon. Call 822-1452.
School of Human Kinetics
Millennium Seminar
Making Sense Of Sport In Global
Culture(s). Brian Stoddart, Armidale
u. War Memorial Gym 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call David Sanderson
School Of Music Concert
Bruchner: Mass In E Flat Major, ubc
Choral Union, ubc Symphonic Wind
Ensemble. Chan Centre from 12:30-
1:30pm. March 31 and April 1 from
8-iopm. Web site: www.music.ubc.
Call 822-5574.
Genetics Graduate Seminar
Modulation Of RNase F.-Medicated
Decay Of itirna by Cis-Acting Sequence/Structural Elements And
Translation. Kristian E. Baker.
Wesbrook 201 at 3:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-8764.
Thematic Lecture Series:
Nature, Culture And Colonialism
Animal Stories: Settlers, Pastoral
Farming And The Environment In
South Africa. William Beinart,
Rhodes professor, Race Relations,
Oxford u. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Seminar
Understanding Exposures During
Gypsy Moth Eradication: Challenges
In Science And Communication. Prof.
Kay Teschke. Mather 253 from 9-
10am. Paid parking available in Lot B.
Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
The New Millennium Gene Doctor.
Paul Goldberg, Medical Genetics,
B.C.'s Children's and Women's Hosp.
gf Strong Aud. from 9-ioam. Call
Fish 500 Seminar
Effects OfThe Three Gorges Project
On Fish And Fisheries Resources.
Guohua Zhang, Institute of Hydrobi-
ology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room at
11:30am. Refreshments at nam. Call
School Of Music Concert
ubc Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. Web
site: www.music.ubc. Call 822-5574.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Industrial Hygiene Activities In Korea. Assoc. Prof. Dong-Uk Park, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
i2:30-i:3opm. Call Kathryn Lewis 822-
9861; Dr. Murray Hodgson 822-3073.
Green College Special Lecture
Quantum Leap Into A Sustainable
New Millennium. Jim Merkel; Erica
Sherwood; Mathis Wackernagel, author. Green College at 12:30pm. Call
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Transport Of Fluid And Solutes In The
Body: The Effect Of Hyperosmotic
Infusions. Cristina Cyenge. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Centre For Korean Research Seminar
The Celestial Warriors: A Drama Of
Military Aid And Corruption In The
Korean War, 1592-98. Nam-lin Hur,
Asian Studies, ck Choi 120 from 3:30-
5pm. Call 822-2629.
Farewell Dance
International House from 8pm-i2mid-
night. $3 at the door. Call 822-5021.
Continuing Studies Workshop
Vocational Testing. Women's Resource Centre (1-1144 Robson St.)
from 9:3oam-i2noon. Continues to
May 6. $225. For more information Web site: www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
wrc. To register, call 482-8585.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Will Theatre Survive? Sharon Pollock,
Canadian playwright. irc#2 at
8:15pm. Web site: www.psg.com/
~ted/vaninst. Call 822-4636.
Continuing Studies Workshop
Budget Planning For Men And Women. Women's Resource Centre (1-1144
Robson St.) from 9am-4pm. $25. For
more information Web site: www.
cstudies.ubc.ca/wrc. To'register, call
School Of Music Concert
ubc student composers. Music Recital Hall from i2:30-i:30pm. Web site:
www.music.ubc.ca. Call 822-5574.
Live At Lunch
sub South Plaza from i2:30-i:30pm.
Continues to April 5. Web site:
www.ams.ubc.ca. E-mail:
feedback@ams.ubc.ca. Call 822-6273.
Member Speaker Series
Copyright In Chinese Civilization.
Longmei Song, Law. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Reconciliation For Lent
St. Mark's Chapel from 7:30-gpm. Web
site: www.geocities.com/~stmarks. E-
mail: frjimo@compuserve.com. Call
Father Jim O'Neill 822-4463.
Thematic Lecture Series:
Myths Of Nations
Canada 2000: Community of Communities/Real Or Imagined? Ramsay
Cook, historian, u of Toronto. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Botany Seminar
The Evolution Of X- And Y-Chromo-
somal Gene Sequences In A Plant Sex
Chromosome System. Deborah Char-
lesworth, u of Edinburgh. BioSciences
2000 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2133.
Faculty Women's Club
Annual General Meeting
John Bishop. Cecil Green Park House
at lpm. Refreshments. Call 264-9022.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Molecular Biology Of Light Transduction In The Visual Photoreceptor, Rho-
dospin. Prof. H.G. Khorana, Biochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chemistry B-250 at lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-3057.
Oceanography Seminar
What Is argo? (And Why Should We
Care?) Howard Freeland, Institute of
Ocean Sciences, Dept. of Fisheries
and Oceans. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Statistics Seminar
Transient Improvement Over Bayes
Prediction Under Model Uncertainty.
Hubert Wong. Klinck 301 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Bring your
own mug. Call 822-0570.
Los Angeles Unified School
District Info Session
Scarfe 1005 from 5-7pm. E-mail:
career.services@ubc.ca. Call 822-4011.
Chalmers Institute Lecture
The Spirituality Of Christian Song.
Gerald Hobbs. St. David's United
Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver from 7:30-9:30pm. $10. To register call 922-3461.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Insufficiency Fractures In The Elderly
And A Primer On Bone Densitometry.
Dr. Peter Munk. vgh, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Asian Studies Lecture Series
The Grace That Comes By Violence:
The Dilemma Of Revenge In Late
Imperial Chinese Fiction. Alison
Bailey. Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-9266.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Concert And Special Workshops.
Trichy Sankaran, Indian drummer.
Music Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm.
$3 at the door. Web site: www.music.
ubc.ca. Call 822-5574.
Centre Forjapanese
Research Seminar
Ritual Value Of Y2K In North America
And New Year's In Japan. Millie
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on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
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Creighton, Anthropology and Sociology, ck Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
School Of Nursing Rounds
Nurturing OfThe Dying: The Experience Of Shift Care Nursing In The
Vancouver Home Hospice Program.
Carolyn Knill. ubc Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion T-206 from 34pm. Call
Asian Studies/Geography Lecture
Relationship Between Japan And
Canada. Yuichi Kusumoto, Vancouver
Japanese consul-general. First Nations Longhouse Great Hall from
3:30-4:30pm. Call 822-9519.
Individual Interdisciplinary
Studies Lecture
tba. John Willinsky, Language Education. Green College at 5pm. Call
Continuing Studies Workshop
Assertiveness Training: The Art Of
Positive Communication. Women's
Resources Centre (1-1144 Robson St.)
from 7-iopm. Continues to April 26.
$95. For more information Web site:
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/wrc. To register
call 482-8585.
Cultural And Media Studies
Panel Discussion: Writing The Body.
Hanneline Rogeberg; Angela Grossman; Elspeth Coop. Green College at
8pm. Reception at 7:15pm. Call
Christian Music Festival
Revival on Campus 2000. War Memorial Gym from loam-iopm. $10. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311. Web site:
www.revivaloncampus.tripod.com. E-
mail: jackie@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
School Of Music Workshop
Workshop in South Indian Rhythm.
Trichy Sankaran, artist. Music Recital
Hall from n:3oam-i2:45pm. $5. Web
site: www.music.ubc.ca. Call 822-5574.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Symphony Orchestra. Jesse Read,
conductor. Chan Centre from 12:30-
1:30pm. Continues April 7 from 8-
10pm. Web site: www.music.ubc.ca.
Call 822-5574.
Advanced Therapeutics Seminar
A Pharmacological Profile Of A Novel
Fluorinated Epipodophylloid, F 11782,
With An Original Mechanism Of Action And Potential Preclinical Antitumor Activity. Bridget Hill, director,
Experimental Cancer Research, Centre de Recherche Pierre Fabre. B.C.
Cancer Research Centre lecture theatre from 12:301:30pm. Call Dr. Karen
Gelmon 877-6000 local 2045.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Comparison Of Lithospheric Structures Across The Alaskan And Canadian Cordillera. Ron Clowes.
GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm. Call
Nursing Alumni Showcase
Presentations, Displays And Reception. Cecil Green Park House from
6:30-9:3opm. $5 (ubc Nursing alumni/associates/students free). Call
Fine Arts Lecture
Horror's Special Effects: Representing
Genocidal Civil War In Guatemala.
Asst. Prof. Diane Nelson, Anthropology and Sociology, Lewis and Clark
College. Lasserre 102 from 7-gpm. Call
St. John's College Speaker Series
Like Anybody Else; A History OfThe
Idea OfThe Scientist's Moral Equivalence. Steve Shapin, Sociology, ucsd.
St. John's College Fairmont Social
Lounge at 7:30pm. Call 822-8781.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Seminar
Public Health Directions For B.C. In
The New Decade. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer, Ministry of
Health. Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid
parking available in Lot B. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease And Necrotizing Fasciitis: The
bcch Experience. David Scheifele;
Navid Dehghani;James Murphy, gf
Strong Aud. from 9-ioam. Call
School Of Music Concert
ubc Asian Music. Gamelan Ensemble.
Music Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm.
Web site: www.music.ubc.ca. Call
Centre For India And
South Asia Research Seminar
Krishna And The Gender Of Longing.
John Straton Hawley, Religion, Barnard College, Columbia u. ck Choi
120 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Centre For Korean Research Seminar
Canada And The Korean War: The
Decision To Intervene 1950. Steven
Lee, History, ck Choi 120 from 3:30-
5pm. Call 822-2629.
Chan Centre Concert
Sibling Revelry And Oliver Button Is
A Sissy. Vancouver Men's Chorus;
Vancouver Women's Chorus. Chan
Centre from 8-npm. Call Ticketmaster 280-3311.
School Of Music Concert
Opera Excerpts, ubc Opera Ensemble. Old Auditorium from 8-npm.
Continues April 9 from 3-6pm. By
donation. Web site: www.music.
ubc.ca. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Panel Discussion: The Human Genome Project: Where Do We Go From
Here? Michael Hayden; various speakers. irc#2 at 8:15pm. Web site:
www.psg.com/~ted/vaninst. Call
Cognition And Emotion Study
Seeking participants to explore the
cognitive effects of emotion. Earn $5
by completing a questionnaire. Some
participants will be invited to earn
$25 more in two 60-90 minute sessions. Call 822-2022.
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Tone: Lessons of Solitude. Morris and
Helen Belkin Art Gallery. ioam-5pm.
Continues to June 4. Open from Tuesday-Friday ioam-5pm; Saturday-Sunday from i2noon-5pm. Admission: $3
adults; $2 seniors; free for students,
ubc faculty and staff with valid id.
Visit the Web site at www.belkin-
gallery.ubc.ca or call 822-2759.
Gardens' Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open from March 11 to
October from ioam-6pm daily (including weekends). Inquiries for the
gardens should call 822-9666 and for
the Shop in the Garden 822-4529.
Bike Repair Course
Bike Care Drop-In Clinics. Free for coop members. A great introduction to
bike maintenance. A different topic is
covered each week. Bike Hub every
Wednesday from 6:30-7:3opm. Call
822-BiKF. (2453).
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
Sara Ross, a fourth-year Geography student, puts the finishing touches on her team's
dumpster during the third annual Dumpsters in Bloom event held as part of Spring
Fest 2000 earlier this month. Her team, Refuse to Refuse, submitted one of the four
winning designs chosen to adorn campus dumpsters in a display of environmental
stewardship and campus beautification. Traditionally held in March, the dumpster-
painting event will be shifted to September in 2001 to avoid foul weather. John chongphoto
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought...Sage is open Monday through Friday from nam-2pm.
Tapas will be served on the patio from
May 15 to Oct. 15 2000 from the hours
of 3:30-8pm. Our luncheon menu
changes weekly and features a wide
selection of wines by the quarter litre
and glass. For reservations please call
Research Study
Volunteer subjects needed for study on
aging and speech understanding. Must
be native English speakers 18-30 or 60-
80 years old with good hearing in both
ears. Involves one two-hour session on
ubc campus. $15 honorarium. Contact
Wendy Lam e-mail: wendylam@
audiospeech.ubc.ca or call 263-0677.
Dance Enlightenment
The ams Women's Centre presents
dance enlightenment body awareness
through movement and sound. Learn
to release negative energy, ground
body and essence. Enhance creativity
attuning to your own rhythm. Weekly
classes from 3:30-5:30pm. Drop in or
register for the whole semester. To
register or for more info call 822-2163.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study
on estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
45 years of age, non-smokers, and
not taking birth control pills. Honorarium and free peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking for
the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research. This
research is aimed at understanding
how Parkinson's may affect complex
activities such as managing multiple
tasks. Participation involves performing fairly simple tasks, some of which
involve responding verbally to computer screen displays. The general goal of
this work is to develop effective methods of coping with Parkinson's. If you
are a healthy person ofthe age 50 years
or older, we are also in need of several
people to participate in this study as
part of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. If you would like to participate
or require more information, please
contact Todd Woodward, Psychology
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Attributed To Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist; Three Case
Studies Northwest Coast Art. Continues to Aug. 31. Raven's Reprise: Contemporary Works by First Nations
Artists. Continues to Jan. 31 2001.
Philippine Pottery From The Tecson '
Collection. Continues to April. Echoes 2000. Mid-April to May.
www.moa.ubc.ca or call 822-5087 or
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging child
behaviours? We are asking parents of
7-14 year olds to tell us by completing
an anonymous, 30-minute questionnaire. You can receive the results.
Please call Assoc. Prof. Johnston's lab,
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity, to participate in a research project. If you have
ever had sex with someone when you
didn't want to, because the other person continued the event when you said
no, forced or threatened to force you,
or because you were given alcohol or
drugs, and you would be interested in
helping us with our research, please
call 822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
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Green College is pleased to announce three newThematic
Lecture Series for 2000-2001:
Multiple Lenses, Multiple Images: Perspectives of
the Child Across Time, Space and Disciplines
Convenors: Hillel Goelman, Educational and Counselling
Psychology and Special Education and Sheila Marshall, Family
Studies and Social Work
Globalization and Local Social Cohesion in Asia
Convenor: Pitman Potter, Director; Institute of Asian Research
Love, Hate and Fear in Canada's Cold War
Convenor: Richard Cavell, Chair, Program in Canadian Studies
These series will begin in September 2000 and run
throughout the academic year. Speakers and schedules will
be announced in late summer.
For further information: cmtander@interchange.ubc.ca or 822-1878 6     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH     23,     2000
Divot up the greens
This year's Faculty and Staff Golf
Tournament will take place at the
University Golf Club on Monday,
May 8 at 1 p.m.
The package includes green
fees, pull carts, lockers and towels,
a halfway beer and sandwich or
hotdog, dinner, taxes and gratuities for $115.
The entry deadline is Friday,
April 14 at 4 p.m. There will be an
early bird draw for those who have
entered and paid by Friday, March
31 at 4 p.m.
To sign up please contact David
Williams at 822-4219 or e-mail
williams@physics. ubc.ca
Hennings, Library tops
in commuter challenge
The recent Trek to ubc: Commuter Challenge Day saw more than
800 participants finding alternative means of getting to campus.
Forty groups of staff, faculty and
students took the challenge with
the group from the Hennings Build-
If everyone took transit to work once a week,
there would be 20 per cent fewer cars on the
road during rush hour.
ing taking first place in the participation challenge for large groups
and the Library's Information Services group winning for small groups
of fewer than 50 people.
Prizes included gift certificates
from ubc Food Services and ubc
Bookstore and ubc trek program
The next commuter challenge
takes place June 7.
Career e-zine targets
junior researchers
The Medical Research Council of
Canada is encouraging junior researchers at ubc and other Canadian universities, research centres
and government agencies who are
looking for career and training information to access a free on-line
weekly publication.
Called Science's Next Wave, the
publication has recently increased
its Canadian content and features
news items in areas such as job
market trends, career transitions,
science policy and post-doc and
faculty issues.
The on-line magazine is located
at nextwave-ca.sciencemag.org/
Let's cfear the air
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Phone 822-5769 for more information.
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reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of ubc. 4103
W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, v6r
2H2. Call or fax 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Min. to ubc. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites available for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $56
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, tv and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
2855 W. 6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass. 10 min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with TV and private bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-
smokers only please. Call 341-4975.
Breakfast. Best accommodation on
main bus routes. Includes TV, private
phone and bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available forvisitors
attending ubc on academic business.
Private bath, double beds, telephone,
tv, fridge, and meals five days per
week. Competitive rates. Call for
information and availability 822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable TV and Internet-linked PC. Beautiful view of sea and mountains. For
rates and reservations call 822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
available. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are available in
the school cafeteria. For more
information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
SABBATICAL On Mayne Island (Gulf
Islands) unique chalet, furnished, all
appliances, three br, two bath, w/w
carpet, satellite, tv, f/p, rumpus
room. Lease, ref. $65o/mo. View by
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Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes CST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
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shopping. Sunny, south exposure.
Separate kitchen, four-piece bath,
u/c parking, generous closet space.
Phone/answ. TV-video-stereo. Oct.
2000-June 2001. $99o/mo. (all incl.)
e-mail: cpfb@interchange.ubc.ca;
call 732-9016.
character home two blocks from
beach, close to ubc. Stunning views
of water, mountains, city. Three BR
(main ensuite) with one br apt. n/s.
June 23-August 1. $3500. Call
822-5236; 222-4435.
FOR RENT Main floor of
comfortable character home in
Dunbar area. Fullly furnished. Avail.
May 1. Term May i-Aug. 31 (flex.).
$i350/mo. all inclusive. Responsible
tenants only. Call Richard 228-9207.
SUBLET WANTED ubc emerita
(n/p) seeks west side two br
furnished condo or house May 15-
Sept. 15/30. No basements. Terms
neg. Call 228-0329.
For Sale
Kerrisdale, Balsam St., one block
from ubc bus. Concrete bldg., Fifth
floor, one br, 780 sq. ft., west view,
h/w floors, outdoor pool. $135,000.
Call 261-7370.
House Sitter
woman attending university for the
summer interested in housesitting
beginning May to end of August. Also
avail, for shorter period. Exc. ref. Call
Michelle collect 403-678-2067.
5 day/40 hr. (March 22-26, June 21-25,
Oct. 25-29). tesol teacher
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available now. free information
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(780) 438-5704.
RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide
you with free retirement projections.
Call for a complimentary meeting at
my office oryours! Don Proteau,
bcomm, CFP, rfp. E-mail: dproteau@
hlp.fpc.ca or call 687-7526.
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rejuvenation, hedge pruning, garden
clean-up, and maintenance. ISA
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Students combine dedication, design, marketing and
project management to fine tune their race car entry
for A dedicated group of engineering students, the hours that
they spend tinkering on a race car
are not only fun but may also help
them gain invaluable hands-on
skills and experience that potential employers covet.
Every year since 1992, about 30
to 35 ubc engineering undergraduates—members of the Formula
ubc Team—devote countless
hours each week outside of the
classroom to work on an entry vehicle for the Formula sae (Society
of Automotive Engineers) Collegiate Design Competition.
The annual international competition lets teams of student engineers from more than 100 universities and engineering schools
worldwide showcase their ability
to design, construct and test an
open-wheeled racing car.
With strict restrictions on design, weight and other specifications for each entry vehicle, the
competition not only tests the students' engineering skills and
knowledge but also their ability to
create a budget and timeline, solicit sponsorship for the project,
make travel arrangements and deliver the completed car on time. It
is this combination of first-hand
experience in marketing, project
management, economics and engineering design that makes the
participants highly attractive to
future employers.
"Involvement with the Formula
sae team gives students the opportunity to develop practical, hands-
on engineering skills, as well as
business skills," says Matei Ghele-
sel, a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student. "We operate the
team much like a small business by
ensuring that our customers (sponsors) are kept up to date, and that
our product (the car) is delivered on
time and up to spec. Employers
look favourably on this experience."
Indeed, several past members of
the Formula ubc Team have gone
on to jobs with well-known automotive and racing organizations
such as Ferrari Formula One, Har-
ley Davidson Motorcycles, and
Ford/Cosworth racing in the cart
(Championship Auto Racing
Teams) series.
"Meeting deadlines is one ofthe
most important skills in business,"
says team member Brian Ward.
"The competition won't wait for
us. If the car isn't done, we don't go.
"So the skills that I am using
here will be the skills that I will be
using when I am actually out working," adds the fourth-year Mechan-
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analysis, ubc teams have fared
well in the past winning several
top prizes such as "Best Rookie
Car" (1992), "Best Intake Manifold"
(1995), and top Canadian finisher
This year's team is sponsored by
various companies that include Kawasaki, Creo Products Inc., West-
port Innovations Inc., Aeco Design,
and Chevron. The team also receives annual support from the
Faculty of Applied Science and the
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
For more information about
Formula sae or sponsorship
opportunities, contact the team at
(604) 822-2970 orfsae@mech.
ubc.ca, or visit www.mech.ubc.ca/
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites
applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean,
Equity. This is a part-time position expected to be filled by an
internal candidates and is available July 1, 2000.
The incumbent will report to the Dean of Medicine and through
the Dean is accountable to the Faculty Executive Committee, the
Committee of Department Heads and School Directors, and the
Faculty. The successful candidate will give advice and present
educational programs in an objective, impartial, empathetic and
confidential manner to undergraduate students, postgraduate
trainees as well as to faculty in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Issues which are dealt with include discrimination, harassment, intimidation and other gender and equity issues. This person will
serve in an advisory, policy making, educational and problem
solving capacity regarding gender and equity issues.
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit
and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and
names of three references, should be directed by April 23, 2000
to: Dr. J.A. Cairns, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre, 2194
Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3. 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH     23,     2000
A dedication to teaching makes
Finance Prof. Robert Heinkel tick
Taking stock for students
by Andy Poon staff writer
for a California native, Robert Heinkel is perfectly happy in
rain-drenched Vancouver.
Maybe that's because the 53-
year-old Finance professor is too
busy to notice that the weather
isn't quite the balmy stuff that he
was accustomed to as a youngster.
Heinkel not only carries a full
teaching load and conducts research in the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration, but
he spends close to 25 hours a week
as the faculty supervisor of the
ubc Portfolio Management Foundation (pmf) program.
The extra-curricular program
sees a selected group of ubc Commerce undergraduates manage an
endowment fund and learn the
ethics and workings of capital
markets for a period of two years.
Heinkel also serves as the vice-
chairman ofthe board of trustees of
the university's faculty pension plan.
"I had no idea where Vancouver
was. Canada was just up there on
the weather map where bad
weather comes from," laughs Heinkel as he recounts his interview
with ubc's Finance faculty recruiting team 22 years ago.
But he did know about the fine
reputation of the university's Finance division. And he had long
admired the research of Alan
Kraus and Eduardo Schwartz—
members ofthe recruiting team he
met as a fresh-faced PhD student
during his 20-minute interview for
a position at ubc.
Traditionally, North American
finance schools recruit new faculty during an annual winter meeting ofthe American Finance Association. In 1978, the meeting was
held in New York City.
Heinkel relates how he, tired and
befuddled with a cold, finally met
with the ubc professors after he
had already schlepped through a
slew of interviews with leading us
organized person," says Wayne
Deans, a director of Deans Knight
Capital Management Ltd., a Vancouver-based investment management firm. Deans was one of the
early organizers of the pmf program and continues to be actively
involved as a program mentor and
on the selection committee.
While his father was also a navy
man, Heinkel enlisted because it was
a "great adventure." Overall he enjoyed his time in service and says he
could have easily stayed on in the
navy for 20 years had it not been his
experience with naval brass.
"I had two xos (executive commanding officers). One was good
and one was bad, so I asked myself,
'Did I really want to run the risk
that 50 per cent ofthe time I would
be lucky?'"
so he enrolled in an mba program at California State University
with every intention that upon
graduating in 1974 he would head
off into the workplace.
Instead, during his studies
there, a business professor, Glen
Strasborg, encouraged the young
Heinkel to apply to graduate
school. At the same time, he fell in
love with teaching, discovered during his work instructing undergraduate students as part of his
mba assistantship.
He applied for and was accepted into the PhD program in Finance at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with his
doctorate in 1979.
Prof Robert Heinkel takes the fundamentals of finance
and makes them applicable in the real world. Andy Poon photo
universities scattered throughout
three Manhattan hotels.
"The big difference with them
was that these guys were actually
listening to what I was saying," says
With that in mind, he readily accepted the offer of an assistant
professorship at ubc and found
himself on the wet shores of Vancouver in 1979.
teaching and research with the
same vigour and discipline that he
had applied during his three-year
stint as a naval supply officer during the end ofthe Vietnam War.
"It was while I was in the navy
that I really learned how to run my
life," admits Heinkel.
"He is an extraordinarily well-
Members of the finance academic community and his ubc
colleagues tout Heinkel's research
in corporate finance as top-notch.
In fact, he has a reputation that
in co-authored research he is the
one willing to slog through the
heavy number-crunching at hand.
(Hence his nickname, "The Duke
of Algebra"—a moniker he keeps
as part of his office computer
screen saver.)
But it is his commitment to
teaching that stands out. Besides
the classroom, nowhere is this
more apparent than in his involvement in the pmf program—a program that will likely be his main
legacy at ubc.
"He is the pmf—it's Rob. He is
so dedicated to it," says Maureen
Howe, vice-president of Equity Re
search at rbc Dominion Securities
Inc. in Vancouver.
She has known Heinkel for over
17 years—first as a student and
then as a colleague and member of
the ubc pmf client committee.
Over the years, the student
managers of the portfolio have
done well. Since its inception in
1986. the $300,000 actively managed fund has grown to a value in
excess of $2 million.
"He has got to be one of the
most dedicated professors anywhere," says Howe. "He puts so
much of himself in everything—in
every course and for every student.
I can say that as a student he always had time for me."
served as her faculty adviser during her PhD program, with a large
part of her success at ubc.
"I got my PhD because of Rob,"
she says. "The most important
thing in your grad studies is choosing a good PhD adviser. You need
someone who is willing to spend a
lot of time with you and to advise
you or you are in trouble."
Howe also praises Heinkel for
his ability to make financial theory
relevant to his students.
"Rob has really done an incredible job at taking theory and providing a bridge into the business community. He takes the fundamentals
of finance and manages to make it
not only understandable but applicable in the real world and that's
not easy to do," says Howe.
Deans agrees, "Rob is a great
communicator with the business
For Heinkel, the joy in teaching
is in seeing "a little light that goes
on in students' eyes when they
really get it."
"I am not sure that Rob has a life
outside of ubc," laughs Howe. "He
is unbelievably dedicated. He is always available for students—he's
in late at night, early in the day and
on the weekend."
That dedication was recently
recognized by the mba Class of
2000 which bestowed a Commerce
Graduate Society Teaching Excellence Award upon Heinkel last fall.
He also received the Arne Olsen
Master Teacher Award for 1991-92.
Throughout the years, attempts
to entice him away from ubc have
surfaced, but for the former sun-
state resident who has learned to
enjoy cycling and running in the
rain, Vancouver is home.
"I am not leaving. I am happy


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