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 1,400 students celebrate first ever Fall
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procession are symbols of tradition that have been embraced by the more than 1,400
students eligible to receive
their degrees during today's
special Fall Congregation
ceremony, celebrating UBC's
75th anniversary.
To Dr. Charles Slonecker,
director of UBC's ceremonies
office, the desire by students
and their families to regale in
the pomp and pageantry of
Congregation may be reflective of a change in attitudes in
today's world.
"I denote a real sense of
pride here," said Slonecker. "I
see pride in the accomplishments of these fine students
and pride in this university.
"The costs associated with
earning a university degree are
tremendous, both financially
and scholastically," he added.
"People are recognizing that.
Congregation is for the students
who have worked long and hard
to obtain their degrees, as well as
for their families and friends."
It's the first time since 1964
that UBC has conferred degrees
in a Fall Congregation, with those
students who have completed
their degrees over the summer
months taking part in the ceremony. For Slonecker and his assistant, Joan King, Congregation
is viewed with mixed emotions.
It represents the pinnacle of the
university's 75th anniversary
celebrations and they're both
happy to see it happen, but sorry
to see the 75th celebrations
"The administrative leadership
of UBC is pleased that this 75th
anniversary campaign has helped
the university reach out to the
public," said Slonecker.
Three honorary degrees are
also being conferred, bringing the
number of honorary degrees
UBC has bestowed since 1925 to
451. The degrees are being conferred on Helen Belkin, who has
long been associated with UBC
The Class of 1927 parading out
as a student, staff member,
alumna and supporter; William
White, who is a former UBC
vice-president and bursar who retired from the university in 1983;
and W. Maurice Young, a longr
time supporter of UBC who has
made outstanding contributions
Photo courtesy of UBC Archives
ofthe Main Library during Congregation ceremonies.
to business, education and athletics in B.C.
The ceremony will also include the presentation of 75th anniversary medals to 75 members
of the UBC community for extraordinary service and commitment to the university.  Follow
ing the Congregation, UBC
Chancellor Leslie Peterson and
President David Strangway will
preside over the ceremonial
lighting of the giant sequoiadendron tree in front of the
Main Library, to mark the beginning of the holiday season.
UBC researchers receive $90 million
Research grants increase
More than $90 million in grants and contracts
were awarded to UBC researchers in the 1989-90
academic year, according to figures released by
the Office of Research Services and Industry Liaison.
The total is an increase of $10 million, or 13
per cent, over the previous year, and caps three
years of dramatic growth in grants awarded to
university researchers. The 1986/87 total was $65
"I am delighted to see the steady growth in
participating in $240-trtilllon federal
Centres of Excellence Program for
scientific research. Page 4
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research funding at UBC, " said Robert Miller,
vice-president, Research. "It demonstrates the continuing excellence of research here."
Although federal government agencies contribute the greatest share of funding, the single
largest increase in the past year was from provincial government sources. Funding from all provincial sources was $12.8 million, up from $7.7
million the year before.
"There has been a big increase in provincial
government support," said Richard Spratley, director of Research Services. "It is part of their
overall science and technology strategy for the
The Department of Medicine received more
funding than any other department in 1989/90,
with grants and contracts totalling more than $8.5
Six other departments — Chemistry, Pathology, Physics, Biochemistry, Microbiology and
Health Care and Epidemiology — exceeded $3.5
million in research grants and contracts.
Faculties receiving the greatest amount of funding were: Medicine, $34.2 million; Science, $24.1
million; Applied Science, $11.4 million; and Arts,
$5.1 million.
UBC researchers applying for Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council grants have
had the highest rate of success among the major
research universities over the past four years, said
"UBC is very good, in general, in attracting
See MEDICINE on Page 2
Montreal students remembered
UBC faculty, staff and students will join
thousands of other Canadians Dec. 6 in observing the anniversary of the deaths of 14 women
Engineering students murdered at L'Ecole Pol-
ytechnique in Montreal.
To commemorate the tragic event, members
of the Office for Women Students will place
wreaths in their office, the main library, Student
Union Building and Faculty Club.
The Ladner clock tower carillon will ring at
11:55 a.m., just prior to the beginning of afternoon exams. During this time, one minute of silence will be observed.
The university will also lower to half-staff
the flag at the north end of Main Mall.
Exhibit marks preview
of new ceramics gallery
One of Canada's finest collections of European ceramics goes on display at UBC when the
Koerner Ceramics Gallery opens for a public preview beginning Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The gallery in the new wing ofthe Museum of
Anthropology will provide a permanent home for
the collection, donated to the museum in 1988 by
longtime UBC benefactor Walter C. Koerner as
part of the university's fundraising campaign, A
World of Opportunity. The gallery's official opening is scheduled for Feb. 1991.
The collection adds a significant European
dimension to the museum, which is known primarily for its Northwest Coast Indian and Asian
The new west wing was designed by Vancou
ver architect Arthur Erickson, who won numerous awards for his design of the main museum
building, which opened in 1976. The wing contains the 4,200-square-foot Koerner Ceramics
Gallery as well as a teaching laboratory, library
and curator's office.
Construction of the wing was made possible
by a gift from the estate of the late Maj.-Gen. and
Mrs. Victor W. Odium.
The Koerner collection dates from the 15th to
19th centuries and includes examples of Italian
Renaissance ceramics, Anabaptist ceramics made
by the ancestors of today's Hutterites, and Renaissance and baroque ornamental tiles created for
decorated ovens and stoves. The stove tiles began
as simple ornamentation of a practical household
See CERAMICS on Page 2 2    UBC REPORTS Nov. 29.1990
UBC researcher discovers link between
irregularities in ovulation and osteoperosis
A study by a UBC physician has revealed that
young women who experience disturbances in
ovulation may be at increased risk for osteoperosis after menopause.
The study by Dr. Jerilynn Prior, a professor of
Medicine, disputes previous medical assumptions that normal menstrual cycles have
normal hormonal characteristics and that
strenuous exercise resulted in thinned bone
"This study casts doubt on three well-established medical beliefs," said Dr. Prior. "First,
that regular cycles are hormonally normal, sec
ond that estrogen is the only important female
hormone for preserving bone, and thirdly, that
training for a marathon causes loss of menstrual
Dr. Prior's study, recently published in the
New England Journal of Medicine, found that the
failure to ovulate (which meant low production of
progesterone) was associated with the loss of bone
The study involved charting the menstrual
cycles of 66 pre-menopausal women, who ranged
in age from 21 to 42, over a one-year period. The
womens' exercise and dietary habits were also
monitored and the density of the their backbones
was measured.
One-third of the women were training for a
marathon run, one-third were recreational runners and one-third did less than an hour per week
of aerobic exercise. All of the participants had
normal ovulatory cycles at the beginning of the
Dr. Prior and her research associates found
that those women in the study group who experienced as few as one non-ovulatory cycle during
the study period, lost an average of four per cent
of bone from their spinal column in that year.
Bone loss and ovulatory cycles were not more
common in the women who were training for a
Dr. Prior hopes to continue her research to
determine why certain women occasionally fail
to ovulate.
"Women can learn to observe their own bodies," said Dr. Prior. "If the flow begins and they
realize they have not experienced lateral breast
tenderness, it is likely they did not ovulate that
cycle. If the periods are not preceded by normal
premenstrual cycles, then seeking advice from
your physician is a good idea."
Funding for the study was provided by Health
and Welfare Canada and the Dairy Bureau of
Commerce tops
grant competition
UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration has tied for first place in the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council's 1990 grant competition for business schools.
The faculty garnered 14 grants totalling $276,049.
The University of Waterloo also received 14 grants from
NSERC, totalling $377,950.
Dean of Commerce Peter Lusztig said the Commerce
Faculty at UBC is a young one and the average size of
the NSERC grants is a reflection ofthe maturity of UBC
business scholars.
"In addition," added Lusztig, "Waterloo isn't really a
traditional business school. This is not to take anything
away from Waterloo, but it's more of a management
science school and is more targeted to NSERC as a
Lusztig believes that among the traditional business
schools on NSERC's list of 18 that received grants in
1990, UBC is number one.
The University of Toronto, McGill, McMaster and
Carleton universities were next with six NSERC grants.
Among them, U of T received the most funds, totalling
NSERC grants are awarded to business schools across
the country for research in areas including statistics,
management information systems, transportation and
operations research.
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research funding, and does very, very well at getting SSHRC grants,"
he said.
Research grants to the Commerce and Education faculties have
nearly doubled in the last two years, while funding for research in
the Arts faculty has increased nearly 35 per cent during the same
Spratley added that the 1989/90 research grant totals do not
include any of the funding received from the federal government's
Networks of Centres of Excellence program.
UBC's total research funding should top $100 million in the
1990/91 academic year when Centres of Excellence funding and
anticipated increases in other research grants are added to the tally,
Spratley said.
UBC researchers head three ofthe 15 national Centres of Excellence networks and are involved in nine others. Under the program,
B.C. universities and research companies, with UBC leading the
way, will receive $44 million over the next four years. The provincial government has provided an additional $20 million to support
the networks.
The top contributors to research funding at UBC in 1989/90 were
federal granting agencies, at $46 million, followed by B.C. provincial granting agencies, at $9.1 million, Canadian health sciences
foundations and non-profit agencies, at $9 million and federal departments and agencies, at $7.5 million.
More than $5.6 million was contributed by the Canadian private
sector. Funding from the United States and other countries totalled
$5.8 million.
Ceramics collected over lifetime
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item but gradually became elaborate
works of art in their own right.
Koerner acquired the 600-piece
collection over the span of 80 years,
beginning when he was an 8-year-old
schoolboy living in what was then part
of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now
Encouraged by his mother, he began collecting decorative ceramic objects, usually plates and jars, created
by peasant potters and sold on local
market days..
Fleeing the expansion of Nazi Germany, Koerner emigrated to Canada in
1939 where he and other family members became major figures in the B.C.
forest industry.
A leading philanthropist, he previously donated a private collection of
Northwest Coast masterpieces to the
museum, a gift that was instrumental
in getting a federal grant leading to
construction of the current museum
building. He has also made significant
contributions over the years to University Hospital and the UBC library.
UBC President David Strangway
Herb Watson displays tile stove and vase from Koerner ceramics collection.
will join Koerner and other dignitaries
for an invitation-only preview and ribbon cutting at the museum on Monday, Dec. 10.
The public is invited to view the
collection beginning Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Admission to the museum is free on
Tuesdays, when hours are from 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m.
A ceremony to unveil a plaque
honoring the Odium donation was held
Nov. 27.
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UBC Media Services Photography 228-4775 UBC REPORTS Nov. 29.1990
75th Anniversary bash a hit
Organizers of UBC's 75th anniversary celebrations were hoping for big
things during 1990, including attracting
members of the community to campus
in record numbers — and they got what
they wanted. Discover Summer and
Homecoming were two of the year's
great successes, drawing thousands of
visitors and alumni to campus.
David Vogt, chair ofthe Discover
Summer Committee, wanted to let the
word out about summer activities on
"I've always enjoyed summer at
UBC, and I hoped Discover Summer
would help expose both on- and off-
campus people to all the good things
here during that season."
Summer started early at UBC this
year, when more than 3,000 visitors at-
ers. A company of 22 students performed three evening productions —
Cole, Filthy Rich and The Strange Case
of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — on a
repertory schedule in the Dorothy Somerset Studio and Frederic Wood Theatre. In total, the company gave 65 evening performances to an audience of
3,500 and garnered enthusiastic reviews.
Bob Eberle, production manager
of the Frederic Wood Theatre, termed
the program a complete success. "The
student company produced some very
good shows, the response from the public was good and the participants had a
tremendous learning experience," he
The Summer Players also performed theatre for children outside SUB
three times per week.
Outdoor theatre performances
were scheduled to coincide with the completion ofthe morning
campus tours. Building on its traditional
popularity, the campus
tour program doubled
its complement of
guides, to four, and expanded its promotion
to include the whole
UBC Summer Players perform beside sVHi.
tended a May exhibition at the Asian
Centre. The display showcased works
by six Vancouver Asian artists, specializing in Asian themes and techniques.
The Centre for Continuing
Education's Summer Program for Retired People was a big hit. More than
500 students, some coming from as far
away as Calgary, participated in lectures
and discussions on topics ranging from
politics to Picasso.
Music filled the campus during
the summer as never before. The first
weekend of May brought more than
3,500 of B.C.'s top high school musicians to campus for the Pacific Coast
Music Festival. The two-day event featured competitions in concert band, concert choir, vocal jazz and jazz combo
categories. UBC was so popular as a
venue that festival organizers are considering it as a permanent site.
The UBC Summer Strings, a
chamber orchestra composed of 15 string
players, was a special program for the
75th anniversary. The group gave six
performances in May, drawing small but
appreciative audiences.
Two traditional summer music
programs were enhanced for 1990.
Summer Sounds offered free, noon-hour
concerts of pop-rock, classical, country
and jazz outside SUB and Main Library
during July and August. Music for a
Summer's Evening drew standing-room-
only crowds, totalling 3,600, to 13 chamber music concerts in the School of
Music Recital Hall.
Another enhanced program was
the Theatre Department's Summer Play-
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Summer also offered
a number of new programs. In June, the
Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple
Ridge opened its gates
for the first open house
at the 5,157-hectare
site. About 1,100 people took advantage ofthe opportunity to tour the forest's
12 display sites, each highlighting a different area of research.
Food Services got into the act with
Picnics on the Point. Poor weather gave
the service a slow start, but by July,
people were enjoying a variety of prepared picnics at the campus location of
their choice.
If one day provided a focal point
for Discover Summer, it was the UBC
S.U.P.E.R. Sale in July. S.U.P.E.R.
stood for Special University Project to
Encourage Recycling, and recycle the
campus did, as departments, student
groups and alumni set up booths full of
donated items and educational material
on Maclnnes Field. An estimated 5,000
people attended the sale, browsing for
bargains and learning about campus recycling programs. The sale raised
$39,000, which went to the departments
and to cover expenses.
Co-organizer Norm Watt, director of Extra-Sessional Studies, said
the sale was a winner. "We received
tremendous support from the campus
and the community," he said. "I think
the sale should continue — maybe
once every three years, like Open
The last Discover Summer event
was the opening of a photo exhibit at the
Museum of Anthropology in August.
Our Chiefs and Elders: Photographs by
David Neel, Kwagiutl, features formal
portraits of Native leaders from across
B.C. A special preview, which included
a potlatch, was held in early August at
the Capilano Indian Reserve in North
Vancouver. About 20 of UBC's own
chiefs and elders attended, along with
Native leaders. The photographs are on
display at the museum until January,
Homecoming Week followed on
the heels of Discover Summer.
"The 75th anniversary gave us an
opportunity to develop a first-class
Homecoming celebration," said Deborah Apps, executive director of the
Alumni Association and chair of the
Homecoming Week committee. "I think
we did that with great success, thanks to
the support we received from the administration and the Alumni
Association's volunteers and staff."
To draw alumni back to campus,
organizers put together 21 class reunions, as well as general alumni events,
such as receptions and mini-open houses,
in 18 faculties and schools. More than
1,700 alumni attended the reunions and
over 2,000 participated in the general
Homecoming was the most traditional ofthe major 75th anniversary celebrations. In fact, the university's official 75th birthday fell within the week,
on Sun., Sept. 30. The celebrations were
further steeped in history by the return
of some of the participants in UBC's
most important student event, the Great
Trek of 1922.
Organized as a protest against
government delays in completing the
Point Grey campus, the Great Trek fostered an enduring spirit among the student population. Thousands of students
marched or rode in vehicles from the
temporary classrooms at Vancouver
General Hospital to the Point Grey campus, which was still under construction.
That spirit was celebrated on Thu., Sept.
27, as 27 enthusiastic trekkers boarded a
bus to retrace their journey of 75 years
ago. Later, they were honored in a special ceremony in the Old Auditorium.
Joan King, assistant to the director of
ceremonies and one of the event's organizers, was touched by the scene of
old and new students together.       MM $k
the Great
Trekkers came
marching in to
the sound of
'Hail, UBC,' it
made your spine
tingle," she said.
"To see the students of 1915
being so well
received by the
students of 1990
was a special
That evening, the high-
profile event of
the Gala Great
Trekker Dinner, took place at the Hotel
Vancouver. Each year, the Alma Mater
Society bestows the Great Trekker
Award upon a UBC graduate for service
to the university and the community and
for achieving eminence in his or her
field. This year's recipient was author
and broadcaster Pierre Berton, class of
More than 600 alumni, students,
faculty and staff attended the gala, which
featured a slide show of UBC memories and a dance following
the dinner.
The following Sat., Sept. 29, the
AMS put on a pre-game barbecue at the
Blue and Gold Classic football game at
Thunderbird Stadium. Only 500 fans
attended the game, but the T-Bird grid-
ders sent them home happy with a win
over the University of Manitoba Bisons.
The morning of UBC's 75th birthday saw over 1,600 participants relive
the Great Trek in their own way, on foot,
in the Arts '20 relay race from VGH to
UBC. The annual event was moved to
Sun., Sept. 30 in honor of the university' s
birthday. Following the race, an estimated crowd of 2,000 people enjoyed
some or all of the offerings on Main
Mall, including a pancake breakfast,
birthday cake, live entertainment and a
barbecue. Just down the hill, about 300
people attended the Alumi Association's
75th anniversary tea and awards ceremony.
Traditional events Just Desserts,
recognizing outstanding faculty and staff,
and Meet the Brass, an informal get-
together for students and members of
the administration, rounded out the
UBC S.U.P.E.R. Sale attracted 5,000 people in July.
Photo by Media Services
Homecoming schedule.
This year's Homecoming organizers hope they leave a legacy and a
benchmark for subsequent celebrations.
"A team effort" is Deborah Apps' description of their efforts. "That's the
only way to achieve this kind of success." 4    UBC REPORTS Nov. 29,1990
National study on genetic diseases launched
The Canadian Genetic Diseases
Network, headed by Dr. Michael Hayden, professor of Medical Genetics,
has begun a nationwide collaborative
research program in human genetically  transmitted diseases.
Supported by $17.5 million in federal funds, the network is part of the
$240-million Centres of Excellence
Program for scientific research,
launched by Ottawa in 1988.
In addition, the network will also
share in a commitment of $20 million
from the Government of British Columbia.
Twenty-two scientists from eight
universities, working with several industrial partners, will conduct leading-
edge research on genes that directly
cause or predispose people to disease.
Dr. Hayden said approximately 60
per cent of Canadians will develop or
die from a disease with a genetic com
ponent including cystic fibrosis, muscular
dystrophy and
certain forms of
cancer and heart
attacks, which
are among the
focal areas of
study for the
"Genetic diseases can require extensive
and long-term
care, repeated
corrective surgery, institutional training and
physical therapy," said Dr. Hayden.
"We are at the beginning of a revolution in understanding and being able
to prevent serious genetic diseases.
The research    carried  out  by    this
Dr. Michael Hayden, Dean Martin Hollenberg and Mary Collins at news conference.
sible for the
status of
women, said
on behalf of
Science Minister William
Winegard that
the Centres of
represent a re-
m a r k a b 1 e
range of initiatives and a
unique opportunity for scientists to work
together in a
network will have a significant impact on the human and economic
burdens current ly being borne by
the public."
Mary Collins, associate minister of
national defence and minister respon-
Disability Resource Centre
to open in January, 1991
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Rick Hansen, Special Consultant to the President on Disabilities, at his UBC office.
Rick Hansen plans to put UBC
under a microscope when the Disability Resource Centre swings into
full operation in January.
"UBC is probably as good as
most universities right now but
rated from where we could be,
there's a long way to go," said
Hansen, chair of the centre's advisory committee. "Once UBC is
brought up to speed, then we can
begin to work on a plan to move
outside this campus and start interacting with other universities and
Top priority for the 16-member
staff will be an evaluation of UBC
to examine how the university deals
with physical and functional accessibility, employment equity,
curriculum, research and a variety
of other disability-related issues.
The objective is to eventually
make post-secondary education
across Canada more accessible to
students, faculty, staff and visitors.
But first, the partially staffed
centre must find a director and six
co-ordinators to oversee areas of
barrier-free access, advocacy,
employment, information, service
and research.
"We will essentially be a commando unit," Hansen said from the
centre's temporary headquarters
beside Brock Hall. "Traditionally,
universities have reacted to disability issues by providing the basic
services, but they neglect to look at
the big picture. That's what we're
Databases of national and international contacts are being established to help locate information
on a variety of issues dealing with
disability and post-secondary education. In addition, information
packages about the centre have
been sent to 170 universities and
colleges across Canada asking for
their input.
Hansen hopes that within in a
few years UBC will be hosting
regular conferences on disability
related issues. An International
Conference on Post-Secondary
Education is already planned for
1994-95 and is part of a series of
initiatives of the Rick Hansen National Fellowship.
Although  the  two  programs
work in conjuction, the fellowship
is separate from the Disability
Resource Centre with its own
mandate and funding.
As first incumbent of the fellowship, Hansen will continue to
work as an advocate on behalf of
the disabled on a national and
international basis. A priority
for Hansen is to see the integration of disabled athletes at
multi-sport competitions like the
Commonwealth and Olympic
Another fellowship initiative is
Independence '92, an international
congress on disability scheduled
for Vancouver in April, 1992. The
event is expected to draw close to
8,000 participants from around the
Hansen stressed that the centre
is a resource, not a service-based
organization, and is designed to
promote better networking, staffing and financial support for matters relating to disability.
Financed through a S6.4 million
endowment fund, the centre will
move to a permanent location in
the new Student Services Building
in 1992.
"The cohesive, interdisciplinary approach of the centres is significant,"
Collins said. "Our pods of research
excellence are scattered. We must find
ways to work together to ensure a
world-class system of health care for
all Canadians."
Dr. Martin Hollenberg, dean of
UBC's Faculty of Medicine, said advancement of the network was a tremendous step forward.
"It is the key to our success in developing strategies to deal with genetic diseases. We are determined to
succeed," said Dr. Hollenberg.
Dr. David Shindler, managing director of the network, added that in
providing funding for the network, the
federal government has given a tremendous boost to genetic research.
"Canadian scientists are recognized
as leaders in the field of genetic research," Shindler said. "The clear challenge is to cooperate and pool resources
in order to maintain an expand world-
class research."
The Canadian Genetic Diseases
Network was officially launched at
UBC Nov. 13.
New title Human Resources
UBC restructures
Personnel Services
UBC has restructured Personnel
Services to make the department more
responsive to the human resource
needs of the university, said Bruce
Gellatly, vice president, Administration and Finance.
To reflect the department's
broader scope, its name has been
changed to Human Resources. The
name change reflects the more strategic role of the department in the rapidly changing human resource management environment, said Gellatly.
Wayne Greene, acting director of
Human Resources, said the main
thrust of the new design will be the
creation of service teams which will
work closely with a number of departments to provide "one-stop" shopping for human resource services.
"Instead of having to contact several individuals to resolve basic human resource needs, UBC departments and individual faculty and staff
will need only to contact their service
team," said Greene. "Each service
team will coordinate any human resource services required, such as recruiting, employee relations and benefit queries."
An advisory committee of department representatives will also be established to provide ongoing advice
to Human Resources.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with a
Traditional Christmas Dinner
at the
Subway Cafeteria
FRIDAY, November 30 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
TUESDAY, December 18  11:30 am lo 1:30 pm
4:30 pm lo 6:30 pm
WEDNESDAY, December 19 11:30 am lo 1:30 pm
at the
Ponderosa Snack Bar
and the
Barn Coffee Shop
WEDNESDAY,December 19 11:30am tol:30pm
ii^m^^K^m^tzm^mcwit UBC REPORTS Nov. 29,1990
Letters to the Editor
Wither the Social Sciences?
Every so often one encounters distressing information concerning the
lack of support for social science research. Dr. Paule Leduc, President,
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, in an address in Quebec City at a recent Social Science
Federation of Canada Conference on
Scholarly Publishing, provided the
following information:
Since the Council's creation in
1978, the volume of demand for research grants has increased by more
than 150 per cent. Last year, under
our Strategic Grants program alone,
we received over 600 applications.
the latest competition under our Research Grants program, we had to
turn down 40 percent of applicants
whose projects had been approved
by the adjudication committees and
recommended to Council for funding. As a result of the dramatically
increased rates of demand under this
program and the lack of commensurate increase in the Council's budget,
the dollar success rate has gone from
62 percent in 1980-81 to 31 per cent
in 1990-91. Similarly, the applicant
success rate has fallen from 77 per
cent to 37 percent. During the same
period, the dollar success rate under
the Strategic Grants program has
gone from 42 per cent to 30 percent,
and the applicant success rate has
dropped from 64 to 43 per cent. The
doctoral fellowships success rate has
likewise fallen from 31 per cent to 22
per cent.
These figures are discouraging indeed. Surely it is time to take action
for scholars in the Social Sciences
and Humanities, the majority of
U.B.C. faculty and graduate students.
U.B.C. has made commitments in this
direction, with the University's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan,
approved by the Senate in 1989, stating "A special effort will be made to
campaign for federal and provincial
government support for reasearch in
the humanities and social sciences."
I note with pleasure that the
university's budget for 1990-91
provides for the appointment of an
associated vice-president for social
sciences and humanities.
However, decisions are being
made in the next few weeks by the
Prime Minister's Cabinet 'Priorities
and Planning Committee' on long-
term funding of SSHRC. I would
encourage all concerned people, faculty, graduate students, and others to
write to the appropriate Ministers now
concerning the importance of increased funding for the Council. The
Social Science Federation of Canada,
along with many others, has been
requesting that the budget of the
SSHRC be doubled and that the funds
from the Matching Grants Programme
be integrated into the base budget of
the Council. That would be a start.
Kenneth D. Craig
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
Assistance unveiled
for postsecondary
Native education
The provincial government
has announced a strategy to
improve post-secondary education access for Native people in
The strategy is based on recommendations made by the
Provincial Advisory Committee
on Native Post-Secondary Education, under the Access for All
"It is commendable that the
provincial government is prepared to support the post-secondary initiatives of First Nations peoples," said Vema Kirkness, director of UBC's First
Nations House of Learning.
"We have never been short
of ideas of how to improve our
situation, but we have been short
of financial resources. So if this
means dollars, I believe we will
see a dramatic shift towards parity in a few years," she said.
Advanced Education Minister Bruce Strachan said his ministry would "act quickly" on the
recommendations contained in
the report, which was produced
a year earlier than anticipated.
Included in the strategy:
- Financial support for Native
post-secondary institutions.
- Counselling and support
services for Native students attending public post-secondary
- Programs based on priorities identified by First Nations
throughout B.C., such as literacy, adult basic education,
cross-cultural awareness, native languages and transitional
- Native language teachers at
B.C. universities, including
- Curriculum materials for
Native learners to be developed
and coordinated by the Centre
for Curriculum and Professional
- The designation of the First
Nations Congress Education
Secretariat to become the official   advisory   body to   the
- A special ministry advisor
on native programs who will
work with post-secondary and
Native institutions to develop
and revise programs.
The 19-member committee
was co-chaired by Chief Gordon Antoine, of the Coldwater
Indian Band, and Peter Jones,
president of Fraser Valley College.
UBC conducts campus-wide review
of employment equity practices
UBC has completed an employment systems review to ensure that
all existing policies and procedures
are job-related and do not discriminate against women, aboriginal
people, persons with disabilities and
visible minorities.
The four designated groups were
identified by the federal government
in the Canada Employment Equity
Act of 1986.
"We know that certain groups of
people are disadvantaged when they
apply for jobs or seek advancement,
but it is sometimes difficult to see
how bias enters into hiring and promotion practices," explained Sharon
Kahn, Director of Employment
"This review is a necessary step
in UBC's efforts to improve working conditions for all faculty and
staff. An important next step will
be for individual departments and
units to examine how they can
eliminate bias in their own practi-
cies," Kahn added.
Employment procedures for both
academic and non-academic positions were analyzed by three subcommittees of the President's Advisory Committee on Employment
The review was based on an examination of employment documents produced by Human Resources, bargaining units and academic departments on campus.
In addition, information was
gathered on current hiring practices
in Human Resources.
A review of materials related to
academic, library, continuing education and management and professional appointments concluded that
the designated employment equity
groups could be disadvantaged in
several ways, including recruitment
and hiring practices and perform
ance evaluations for both faculty
and staff.
Documents concerning union
and non-union positions indicated
that the lack of benefits for part-
time and short-term work, differing
policies on professional and educational development, and the setting
of minimum qualifications, may discriminate against the four target
Materials used in hiring clerical
and secretarial staff showed a potential disadvantage to employment
equity group members in recruitment practices and the use of skills
Information gathered by Human
Resources on its current employment practices for non-academic
staff positions revealed four areas
of concern:
-Active recruitment of members
of the designated employment equity groups.
-Review of selection tests.
-Provision of benefits to part-
time and short-term employees.
-Development of policies and
procedures for research technicians
who are not in a bargaining unit.
In all, 16 recommendations were
made to the President's Advisory
Committee on Employment Equity.
"UBC needs to operationalize
these recommendations by detailing what will be done, by whom
and when," said Kahn.
She will be analyzing the em
ployment equity census data over
the next few months to determine
how UBC's workforce compares
with the number of qualified women
and minority group persons in appropriate labor pools.
"These efforts are part of UBC's
commitment to employment equity
— fair and objective employment
procedures," said Kahn. "Such procedures enable all to achieve their
full potential."
Employment systems review
guidelines were provided by Employment and Immigration Canada. 6    UBCREPORTS Nov.29.1990
wer to
Ethics Workshop/Lecture
Moral Dilemma and Decision Making-A
Christian Perspective. Rev. Dr. Terry
Anderson. Sponsored by University Hill
United and VST. Epithany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology from 9-
10:15am. Call 224-1311.
MONDAY, DEC. 3    j
Paediatrics Research Seminar
Nutritional Support And Visual Development Of Premature Infants. RicardoUauy-
Dagach. Research Centre 171A at 12pm.
Call Dr. Josef Skala at 875-2492.
Cancer Research Seminar
V-Ras Oncogene: Relationships Between Transformation And Differentiation. Dr. N. Auersperg,
Anatomy, UBC. BC Cancer   Foundation   Lecture
Theatre, 601 W 10th Ave. from 12-1pm.
Call 877-6010.
Biochemistry Seminar
Immediate Early Gene Expression In
Baculovirus. Dr. David Theilmann, Agriculture Canada. IRC #4 at 3:45pm. Call
Economics Departmental Seminar
Macroeconomics Of The Green House
Effect. Peter Sinclair, Oxford U. Host:
Angela Redish. Brock Hall 351 from 4-
5:36pm. Call 228-2876.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4    |
Medical Genetics Seminar
Position Effect Variegation In Drosophila.
Dr. Arthur Chovnick, Genetics/Cell Biology, U. of Connecticut, Storrs. Hennings
202 at 8:30am. Coffee at 8:15am. Call
Christmas Wonderworld
University Chamber Singers sponsored by the UBC
Faculty Women's Club.
Boutique, Luncheon, $7.,
Life Memberships. Reservations required.   Cecil
Green Park House at 9:30am. Call 222-
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Xerox Lecture. Chemical Process Technology In The Manufacture Of Microelec-
trqnic Devices. Prof. Dennis Hess, Chemical Engineering, U. of California, Berkeley.
Chemistry B250 at 1pm. Refreshments
from 12:40pm. Call 228-3266.
IBC Reports is the faculty and
staff newspaper of the University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
the UBC Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1W5.
Telephone 228-3131.
Adverting inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Contributors: Ron Burke, Connie
FHfettL Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
PatdftMartin and Gavin Wilson.
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Now we need your help to solve a
"The Mystery of the Missing Donors"
We know
you're out there!!
You've given in
the past
so please
hand in your
pledge cards!
United Way
UBC's United Way campaign volunteers are still searching for donors to help the campus reach this year's goal of
$240,000. At press time, just over $217,000 in donations had been raised through the generous support of almost 1,400
staff and faculty. Pledges and contributions may be sent to Financial Services. If you need a pledge form, call Edith Luck
at 228-8905 or Cecelia Knowles at 228-8763.
For events in the period Dec. 16 to Dec. 29 notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on proper Calendar forms no later
than noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4 to the Community Relations Office. 6328 Memorial Rd.,Room 207, Old Administration Building.
For more information call 228-3131. The next edition of UBC Reports wil be published Dec. 13. Notices exceeding 35 words
may be edited.
Economics Departmental Seminar
Topic to be announced.
Shelagh Heffernan, City
University, London. Host:
Angela Redish. Brock
Hall 351 from 4-5:30pm.
Call 228-2876.
Neuroscience Discussion Group
Functional Studies Of Lateral Superior
Olivary Neurons In Rodents. Dr. Paul
Finlayson, Opthamology Research Group.
University Hospital, UBC Site G279 at
4pm. Call 228-2330.
Psychiatry Academic Lecture
Bisexuality, Divorce And
Aids. Dr. Michael Myers,
Clinical Prof., Psychiatry,
UBC. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy Site D308
from 8-9am. Call 228-
Microbiology Seminar Series
Molecular Genetics With Trees: Of Primers, Probes And The Primeval. Dr. John
Carlson, Forest Sciences, UBC. Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Proximal Femoral Non-
Unions. Chariman: Dr.
R.N. Meek. Eye Care
Centre Auditorium at
7:30am. Call 875-4646.
Economics Departmental Seminar
Social Welfare Functionals With Priorities:
General Forms And Some Duality and
Socially Optimal Proportions Of Population And Welfare: Dual Characterizations.
Leonid Polishchuck, UBC/Novosibirsk
State U., USSR Academy of Sciences.
Brock 351 from 4-5:30pm. Call 228-2876.
Y-iURSf;.' i\ 0,;Y\ •"   ■■
Pharmacology Seminar
Differential Effects Of Cimetidine On Rat
Hepatic Cytochromes P-450. Dr. Thomas K. Chang, Pharmaceutical Sciences,
UBC. Friedman Lecture Hall B from
11:30am-12:30pm. Call 228-2575.
Microbiology Seminar
Adenovirus Proteins That
Prevent CTL And TNF Cy-
tolysis And That Stimulate
The EGF Receptor-Role In
Adenovirus Pathogenesis?
Dr. William S.M. Wold, Molecular Virology, St. Louis U. Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri. Wesbrook 201 at
12:30pm. Call 228-3308.
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Paediatrics Research Seminar
Ritodrine Effects In The
Fetal Lamb. Marlene Van
de Weyde, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, UBC. Research Centre 171A at
12pm. Call 875-2492.
Cancer Research Seminar
The Role Of Radiation Therapy In Bone
Marrow Transplants. Dr. C.J.H. Fryer,
Radiation Oncology, BCCA. BC Cancer
Lecture Theatre from 12-1pm. Call 877-
Astronomy Seminar
Cepheids In Magellanic Cloud Star Clusters. Dr. Mario Mateo, Observatories of
the Carnegie Institute of Washington,
Pasadena. Geophysics/Astronomy 260
at 4pm. Coffee from 3:30pm. Call H.
Richer 228-4134/2267.
I AY, DEC, 11
Physics Colloquium
Rare Kaon Decays. Doug
Bryman, TRIUMF/U. of
Victoria. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Call 228-3853.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Confined Placental Mosaicism And
Genomic Imprinting. Dagmar Kalousek,
Ass. Prof. Pathology, UBC. Hennings 202
at 8:30am. Coffee from 8:15am. Call
FRIDAY, DEC. 7      I
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Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Nephrotic Syndrome: New Concepts,
Newer Treatments. James Carter, Assoc. Prof. BCCH. G.F. Strong Rehab.
Centre Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-2118.
Microbiology Seminar Series
|s9^.»stai*3s| Topictobeannounced. Dr.
If*' i Jack Saddler, Forest Sciences, UBC. Wesbrook
201  from  12:30-1:30pm.
n^^nrtK  Call 228-2376.
Geophysics Seminar
Solutions Of Fluid And
Mass Transport Problems
By Reduced Basis Methods. Dr. Allan D. Woodbury, Geological Engineering, U. of Manitoba.
Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee from 3:45 pm. Call 228-3100/2267.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
To Break Or Not To Break-That Is The
Discussion. Chairman: Dr. R.W. McGraw.
Guest: Dr. R.D. Beauchamp. Eye Care
Centre Auditorium at 7:30am. Call 875-
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Forward Error-Control As A Central Design Concept For Digital Communications
Systems. Andrew Viterbi, Prof. Electrical
Engineering, UCSD; Vice Chairman/Chief
Technical Officer, Qualcomm Inc.. Scarfe
100 from 1-2:30pm. Refreshments from
12:30pm. Call 228-6894.
Philosophy 1990 Fall Colloquium
Analyses Of Ethical Environmental Responsibility
Theories/Advocacy Of A
Love-Based Ethics. Cliff
Hooker, U. of Newcastle.
Buchanan Penthouse at
2pm. Call 228-3292.
Biochemistry Seminar
Structural Studies Of The Anion Transport Protein From Human Erythrocyte
Membranes. Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier,
Medicine, U. of Toronto. IRC #4 at 4pm.
Call 228-6173.
Physics Colloquium
Exotic Quantum Effects In
One-Dimensional Antifer-
romagnets. Ian Affleck,
Physics, UBC. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Call 228-
"FRIDAY, DEC. 14     \
Philosophy 1990 Fall Colloquium
The Naturalization Of Reason. Cliff
Hooker, U. of Newcastle. Buchanan Penthouse at 2pm. Call 228-3292.
UBC/SFU Public Forum
South Africa In The 1990s. A joint UBC/
SFU forum featuring Fatima Meer, biographer of Nelson Mandela. SFU Harbour
Centre Rm. 1900, Nov. 30 at 7:30pm.
Call 228-4315.
Shop-ln-The-Garden Christmas
New from the UBC Botanical Garden: table centres
and wreaths (dried or
green) made by Friends of
the Garden; seeds from its
plants, dried flower bouquets, books, baskets, pots, tools and
some gifts for children. Open 11am-5pm
at 6804 SW Marine Drive. Parking adjacent. Call 228-4529. UBCREPORTS Nov.29.1990       7
Carpool Matching
Send both your home and
work addresses and both
ii fiMM telephone numbers; your
-^"^ working hours; whether
you have a car and if you
smoke while driving, to
Karen Pope, Dean's Office, Applied Science. When a carpool match is found, the
information will be sent to you. Call 228-
Executive Programmes
One/two day business seminars. Dec. 3-
5: Logistics Management, $895. Dec. 4-
5: Employment Law, $450. Dec. 5-6:
Executive's Computer, $550. Dec. 10-11:
Time Management, $450. Call 224-8400.
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know more about
topics ranging from Voice Disorders to
Acid Rain? More than 500 topics to
choose from; most speakers are available
free of charge. Call 228-6167, Mon., Wed.,
Fri., 8:30am-12pm.
Our Chiefs And Elders
Portraits of BC Native leaders, chiefs, chief counsellors and elders by Kwaguitl
photographer David Neel.
Continues at the Museum
of Anthropology. Call 228-
Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition
Strange Ways Here We
Come. Works by New
York artists Donald Moffet
and Felix Gonzalez-Torres
continues until Dec 22/90.
-Tues-Fri from 10am-5pm/
Sat from 12-5pm at UBC Fine Arts Gallery. Call 228-2759.
Sports Medicine Study
Volunteers, female, age 18-35 needed to
participate in study on Exercise and the
Menstrual Cycle. Fit, healthy, having normal menstrual cycles and not currently on
oral contraceptives. Physiological testing
provided. Allan McGavin Sports Med.
Centre, John Owen Pavilion, UBC. Call
Dr. Connie Lebrun 228-4045 or 980-6355.
School of Nursing Study
Volunteers needed for study of couples/
family adjustment to a breast cancer diagnosis. Women and partners. Involves
interviews/response to questionnaire. Call
Dr. Ann Hilton at 228-7498.
School of Nursing Study
Couples are needed who are both in paid
employment (over 20 hrs/wk) and have at
least one child under eighteen months of
age. Involves filling out a questionnaire
twice (10 minutes each time). Call Wendy
Hall at 228-7447.
Psychiatry Depression Study
Participants needed for research study using new antidepressant medication.
Depression sufferers, 18-
65 years. Call Doug Keller
at 228-7318.
Psychiatry Personality Questionnaire Study
Volunteers needed to complete two 90-
minute sessions. Stipend, $20. Call Janice at 228-7895/7057.
School of Family/Nutritional Sciences Nutrition Study
Energy Metabolism. Female volunteers
needed, age 27-38 with no history of dieting. Must be able to attend UBC clinic
monthly for a short follow-up visit, for 1
year. Call Sara Pare 228-2502.
Counselling Psychology Retirement Preparation
Volunteers interested in
planning their retirement
needed for research project. Discussion on retirement-related issues included. Call Sara Cornish
-jr  i
Diabetic Clinical Study
Diabetics who have painful neuropathy affecting the
legs needed to volunteer
for 14-week trial of an investigational new drug.
Call Dr. Donald Studney,
Medicine, University Hospital, UBC Site at
Daily Rhythms Study
Volunteers needed to keep a daily journal
(average 5 min. daily) for 4 months, noting
patterns in physical/social experiences.
Call Jessica McFarlane at 228-5121.
Psychiatry PMS Study
University Hospital, Shaughnessy site.
Volunteers needed for a study of an investigational medication to treat Pre Menstrual Syndrome. Call Dr. D. Carter at
Sleep Disorders Study
Volunteers 18-45 years
suffering from Chronic Insomnia needed for a study
on sleep-promoting medication (hypnotics). Must
be available to sleep overnight at a lab for five nights. Call Carmen
Ramirez at 228-7927.
Hypertension in Pregnancy
Pregnant women, concerned about their
blood pressure, are invited to participate.
The study compares relaxation training
with standard medical treatment (own
physician). Call Dr. Wolfgang Linden at
Post Polio Study
Persons with polio needed for functional
assessment and possible training programs. Call Elizabeth Dean, Ph.D., School
of Rehabilitation Medicine, 228-7392.
Multiple Sclerosis Study
Persons with mild to moderately severe
MS needed for study on exercise responses. Call Elizabeth Dean, Ph.D.,
School of Rehab. Medicine, 228-7392.
Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. Forms for appointments available in Room 210. Ponderosa
AnnexC. Call 228-4037.
Equipment Recycling
All surplus items. Every
Wednesday, 12-3pm.
Task Force Bldg., 2352
Health Sciences Mall. Call
Sexual Harassment Office
Two advisors are available to discuss
questions and concerns on the subject.
They are prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being sexually
harassed to find a satisfactory resolution.
Call Margaretha Hoek or Jon Shapiro at
Submissions On Race Relations
Have you had special experiences which
will help identify areas to promote sound
race relations? Are there any special recommendations that you or your department, unit or group may have devised
which will serve as effective models for
reference? Submission deadline is Dec.
15/90. Call Kogila Adam-Moodley, Chairperson, Race Relations Committee at 228-
To find an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get in touch with Volunteer
Connections, Student Counselling and
Resources Centre, Brock 200. Call 228-
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Every Tuesday (including
holidays) from 12:30-2pm,
University Hospital, UBC
Site, Room 311 (through
Lab Medicine from Main
Entrance). Call 873-1018
(24-hour Help Line).
Badminton Club For Faculty/
Thursdays from 8:30-
10:30pm and Fridays from
6:30-8:30pm in Gym A of
the Robert Osborne
Centre. Club dues, $15
plus library card. Call Bernard 228-6809 or 731-9966.
Duplicate Bridge
Every Wednesday except Dec 19/26. Informal game open to all. Admission of $2
per person includes coffee/snacks. Faculty Club at 7pm. Call 228-4865.
Late afternoon curling.
New plus experienced curlers welcome. Thunderbird,
Tuesday evenings, 5:15 or
7:15pm. Call Alex Fin-
layson at 738-7698 or Paul
Willing at 228-5468.
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and Recreation
through the John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre, administers a physical fitness assessment program. Students
$25, others $30. Call 228-4356.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Located west of the Education Building. Free admission. Open year round.
Families interested in planting, weeding or watering
the garden, call Gary Pennington at 228-6386 or Jo-Anne Naslund
at 434-1081.
Botanical Garden
Open every day from
10am-3pm until Mar. 15/91.
Free admission. Call 228-
Nitobe Garden
Open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm until
Mar. 15/91. Freeadmission. Call 228-
Perry recognized for contributions to world peace
U.S. Army Captain Thomas Perry
couldn't believe his luck back in 1945
in Germany when he first heard that
America dropped the nuclear bomb on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He knew it
meant the end of World War II and his
return home to his wife and a comfortable medical practice in Los Angeles.
But that thought quickly turned to
one of what could he do to prevent
nuclear war from ever happening again.
"I realized very quickly how selfish
my initial response was to the devastation and loss of life in Hiroshima and
Nagasaka," said Dr. Perry. "I knew I
had to do something about it."
Forty-five years later, Dr. Thomas
Perry Sr., professor of Pharmacology
and Therapeutics, has been awarded
the first Vancouver Citizens Peace
Award in recognition of his contributions to world peace at a community
"I felt very good and pleased about
receiving the award, but I was also
surprised because there are literally
dozens of people in the community
who have done at least as much if not
more than I have", he said.
Dr. Perry immediately became a
vigorous opponent of nuclear weapons
testing upon his return to California,
speaking to groups across the state. He
has also been active in several peace
groups throughout the years, including
Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Veterans
Against Nuclear Arms. In addition, he
has been an appointed member of
Vancouver's Special Council Committee on Peace since it was formed in
1985 by city council.
Trained as a pediatrician but interested in neuroscience, Dr. Perry was
eventually recruited by fellow peace
activist Linus Pauling (who won the
Noble Peace Prize for his anti-nuclear
war efforts in 1962) to work with him
at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Perry was able to pursue his
professional interest in scientific research at the Institute from 1954 to
Ironically, his own anti-nuclear
arms activities brought Dr. Perry under the close scrutiny of the FBI and
"Pauling told me not to count on
my job lasting at Cal Tech," Dr. Perry
explained. "He said they would eventually get rid of him and as soon as
they did, I'd be next. He told me to
keep looking for another job.
Dr. Perry followed Pauling's advice and received offers from the Albert Einstein Medical School in New
York and from Stanford University in
California. Both offers were rescinded
when he refused to abandon his peace
Unable to further his scientific research work in the United States because of his stance on nuclear weapons, Dr. Perry emigrated to Canada
with his family the same year Pauling
received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Perry joined UBC's Faculty of
Medicine in the Pharmacology and
Therapeutics Department in 1962. He
officially retired twenty years later but
has been working in his lab on a full-
time basis without salary for the past
eight years, researching the biochemical basis of neurological diseases.
He remained a strong and vocal
adversary of nuclear arms testing after
his arrival in B.C.. He also became an
opponent of the Vietnam War and
embarked on efforts to reduce hostilities between Canada and the Soviet
As a member of Vancouver's Special Council Committee on Peace, Dr.
Perry has opposed nuclear arms warships being invited into the Port of
Vancouver and won a motion presented
to city council in 1989 to have them
banned. Although the Port of Vancouver is federal jurisdiction and is not
legally bound by the ban, no warships
have entered the Port of Vancouver so
far this year.
Dr. Perry was also invited to tour
the Soviet Union in 1986 and take part
in discussions with Soviet officials
about their unilateral moratorium on
nuclear weapons testing.
In 1987, he was invited to an international forum on the prevention of
nuclear war and the preservation of
humankind conveyned by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Kremlin. Dr. Perry was one of six Canadians
- along with former Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau - to participate out of
one thousand delegates representing 87
The crowning achievement for Dr.
Perry and his peace efforts since coming to B.C. was organizing the Vancouver Centennial Peace and Disarmament Symposium in 1986. He was
able to attract celebrated peace activists from around the world, including
John Kenneth Galbraith and Helen
Caldicott, to take part in the four-day
symposium held at Vancouver's Or
pheum theatre.
"Even though you are forced to
leave your own country, I feel you
have to try you have to do the same
socially useful things in your adoptive
country," Dr. Perry said.
The Vancouver Citizens Peace
Award was presented to Dr. Perry by
Vancouver Mayor Gordon Campbell
in a civic commemoration ofthe UN's
International Day of Peace, Sept. 18.
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Deadline for paid
advertisements for
Dec. 13 issue is 4
p.m. Dec. 3
For information,
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Prepared by the Office of Employment Equity, Sharon E. Kahn,
The Federal Contractors Program
(FCP) requires UBC to ensure that all policies and procedures are job related and to
determine if any existing policies or procedures might have an adverse effect on the
employment opportunities of women, aboriginal people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. To achieve these
goals, the FCP requires UBC to complete
an employment systems review, comprising:
training and development
upward mobility
job evaluation
conditions of employment
lay-off, recall, disciplinary action, and
A. J. McClean, Associate Vice-
President, Academic; Eileen Stewart, Director of Personnel Services, and I agreed
that the first phase of UBC's employment
systems review, which includes employment procedures for both academic and
non-academic positions, should be an
examination conducted by the President's
Advisory Committee on Employment Equity of employment procedures identified
by Personnel Services and the Office of
the Vice-President, Academic. In order to
examine central administration policies and
practices, we established three directives:
A. Review Documents: review language
usage in selected employment documents
produced by Personnel Services, bargaining units, and academic departments; identify potential effects of policies and practices in these documents on designated
B. Gather Information from Personnel
Services: gather information on current
practice in Personnel Services.
C. Formulate Recommendations for
UBC's Employment Equity Program:
compare the review information with guidelines prepared by Employment and Immigration Canada for employment systems
reviews; recommend actions to enhance
UBC's employment equity initiatives.
A. Review Documents
Studying documents to determine
UBC's employment systems procedures
was the work of three subcommittees of
the President's Advisory Committee on
Employment Equity.
The first subcommittee (A. Piternick, M. Russell, J. Thiele, J. Weinberg)
reviewed the following materials, all of
which relate to academic, library, continuing education, and management and professional appointments:
Conditions of Appointment for Faculty
Conditions of Appointment for Librarians
Conditions of Appointment for Program Directors in the Centre for
Continuing Education
Handbook for Management and Professional Staff
Memorandum from A. J. McClean on
Academic Appointments (February 6,
November 29,1990
Dear Colleague:
The following report, prepared for me by Sharon E.
Kahn, Director of Employment Equity, describes the employment systems review, a major step in UBC's employment equity program. The purpose of the review is to
ensure that UBC's employment policies and practices do
not disadvantage members of four groups designated by
the Federal Contractors Program—women, aboriginal
people, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. The
result of this review will be improved working conditions for
all UBC faculty and staff.
I urge you to discuss the report with your colleagues
and explore ways your department or unit can participate in
this important University initiative.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
Report of the Faculty Association
Steering Committee on Employment
Equity (March 17, 1988)
Reviewing these documents, the
subcommittee addressed their potential to
disadvantage designated employment-
equity groups in four ways:
recruitment and hiring practices
performance evaluations for both
faculty and staff
the composition of personnel committees
the conditions on leaves of absence
In the area of performance evaluations, the subcommittee noted the progress of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Their internal document acknowledges unconventional career
progress with the statement: "neither
chronological age, nor length of service at
UBC, nor time in rank, nor time since the
receipt of degrees will be considered relevant to [personnel] decisions." Such statements may facilitate the accommodation
of different career paths, which reflect the
experiences of many female and minority
persons. For example, women may return
to graduate school after childbearing or
immigrants may do so following a move to
Another subcommittee (A. Anderson, B. Kadey, G. McLaughlin, L. Nicol)
reviewed the following documents relating
to union and non-union positions:
Collective Agreement for CUPE 116
Collective Agreement for CUPE 2950
Collective Agreement for CUPE 2278
plus Amendment for Non-credit Sessional Instructors
Collective Agreement for IUOE
Guidelines for Personnel Administration
Non-union Technicians' Handbook
In reviewing these documents, the
subcommittee concluded that the designated employment-equity groups may
experience discrimination from three
differing policies on professional or
educational development
lack of benefits for part-time and
short-term work
setting of minimum qualifications
The subcommittee noted positively
that the CUPE 2950 collective agreement
uses terminology that is inclusive of sex
and race, includes sexual orientation in its
section on discrimination, and allows leave
for adoptive parents. The Amendment to
the CUPE 2278 collective agreement also
includes adoptive parents in its section on
maternity leave.
A third subcommittee (A. Anderson, W. Hunter, V. Kirkness, L. Nicol) reviewed the following documents relating
to clerical and secretarial positions:
Application for Employment and Internal Application Form
Clerical Skills Inventory
Guidelines for Personnel Administration
Office Skills Tests for clerks and secretaries
Office Skills Tests Administrator's
Wonderlic Personnel Test for clerks
and secretaries
Wonderlic Personnel Test Manual
This subcommittee noted the potential disadvantage to employment-equity group members of recruitment practices and the use of skills tests for clerical
and secretarial selection. On a positive
note, the subcommittee recognized the
Job Evaluation and Classification Project
currently undertaken by Personnel Serv
ices as an important step in ensuring that
job postings match job descriptions and
are based on actual job duties. As well,
this project will create structures to ensure
a match between salaries and actual job
In addition to the documents reviewed by the subcommittees, I reviewed
three other sets of materials. The first set
of these documents was drawn together
by Associate Vice-President for Faculty
Relations, J. C. Dybikowski, who requested
that all deans, heads, and directors of faculties, departments, and schools send him
copies of written procedures relating to
appointment, reappointment, tenure, and
promotion. Of eighty-three responses,
sixty-eight departments replied that they
had no written procedures. Fifteen departments submitted internal personnel
documents. In addition to the documents
provided me by Dr. Dybikowski, I also reviewed documents produced by Personnel Services concerning employee benefits, as well as documents produced by
Occupational Health and Safety concerning hazardous materials. A Challenge '90
student, Jeevan Singh Deol, assisted in
this review.
B. Gather Information from
Personnel Services
The Director of Personnel Services
assigned a personnel officer, Peter God-
man, to assist in gathering information on
current employment practices for non-
academic staff positions. Using employment systems review guidelines provided
by Employment and Immigration Canada,
Godman and the Director of Employment
Equity developed a semi-structured interview format, and subsequently, Godman
conducted interviews with the following
senior officers and managers in Personnel
E. Stewart, Director
W. Greene, Director, Occupational
Health and Safety
C. Bucar, Manager, Organizational
Development and Staff Planning, and
M. Sprecher, Manager, Compensation and Benefits
P. Lee, S. Gorham, B. Milne, and W.
Wong, Senior Personnel Officers
L. Laturnus, Personnel Officer
The interviews demonstrated that,
through several current projects—Job
Evaluation and Classification, Benefits
Communication, and Training and Development—UBC is revising its employment
practices. These projects, as well as the
internal restructuring of Personnel Services, are being carried out with specific
awareness of the requirements of UBC's
policy on employment equity.
Many of the same concerns expressed by the subcommittees of the
President's Advisory Committee on Employment Equity were reiterated by members of Personnel Services and are covered in the recommendations in this report. Specifically, the interviewed staff of
Personnel Services agreed to four concerns:
active recruitment of members of the
designated employment-equity
review of selection tests
provision of benefits to part-time and
short-term employees REPORT ON EMPLOYMENT
development of policies and procedures for research technicians, who
are not in a bargaining unit
In addition, those interviewed suggested five improvements:
standardization of the recruitment
process, to include reference checking procedures and applicant tracking
increased training in human rights
and employment equity for all UBC
faculty and staff engaged in recruitment, selection, and hiring
standardization of career progress information and the distribution of merit
options for flextime to accommodate
care-giving responsibilities
improved accessibility for persons
with disabilities.
C. Formulate Recommendations for UBC's Employment
Equity Program
The information gathered through
the review of written materials and interviews was compared with Employment and
Immigration Canada guidelines for employment systems reviews. These guidelines ask the question: Does this policy or
practice promote or hinder equality? Specifically, we reviewed documents and current practices according to the following
1. Does the policy or practice conform to
human rights and employment laws?
2. Is the policy or practice applied in a
consistent manner?
3. Does the policy or practice have a negative impact
on any designated group?
4. Does the policy or practice accomplish its predictive
or evaluative function?
5. Is the policy or practice
based on bona fide occupational requirements?
6. Is the policy or practice
necessary for safe and/or
efficient operation of UBC?
To redress the effects
of systemic discrimination
identified in our review, the
President's Advisory Committee on Employment Equity recommends the following:
Recommendation 1.
Employment practices
should conform to British
Columbia's human rights
legislation and UBC's employment equity policy. UBC
should provide faculty and
staff involved in hiring with
more training in human rights
practice and gender, cultural,
and disability issues.
Recommendation 2.
Both academic and non-academic departments should
review their own employment
policies and procedures to
ensure consistency with the
University's objectives and
policies. The results of these
reviews should be submitted
to the vice-president responsible for the department. A
brief guide to facilitate individual departments in their
employment systems reviews is attached to this report. The review of written
materials should include revision of sexist terminology.
Currently, the Faculty Association and the
University administration are engaged in a
joint effort to remove sexist terminology
from the Framework Agreement and Conditions of Appointment for Faculty; When
revised, these documents will serve as
positive examples of gender-inclusive language.
The revision of written materials
also should include the removal of dominant-culture bias. An example of dominant-culture bias can be found in the CUPE
116 collective agreement that establishes
a paid "special holiday" before Christmas,
but makes no specific provisions for non-
majority religious holidays. Other examples of this dominant-culture bias can
be found in the use of terms "family" and
"immediate relatives" in collective agreement sections on compassionate leave,
bereavement, or access to fitness facilities. For some groups, these terms may
include a different set of kin than that provided in the documents. Terms such as
"funeral" and "pall-bearer" in a multicultural environment are restrictive: "memorial
service" and "mourner" may be more appropriate.
Recommendation 3. Every document on conditions of appointment and
collective agreements should make explicit reference to UBC's employment
equity policy in a conspicuous place, preferably near the beginning.
Recommendation 4. All personnel committees, including those for recruitment, search, and evaluation, should seek
to include representatives from designated
employment-equity groups.
Recommendation 5. Recruitment
for all academic and non-academic positions should include active measures directed toward the four designated groups.
Recommendation 6. To monitor
recruitment of applicants from the four designated employment-equity groups, UBC
should track, to the extent feasible, the
number of individuals in the designated
groups who apply for faculty and staff
Recommendation 7. UBC should
review the qualifications for every position
at the time of recruitment to ensure that
they reflect bona fide job requirements. In
addition, the assessment of applicants'
abilities should reflect actual job requirements. Personnel Services should review
the use of the Office Skills and Wonderlic
tests for clerical and secretarial positions.
Such tests may unfairly and inaccurately
screen out minority applicants. The Wonderlic is culturally biased. For example,
items require individuals to use imperial
measures and to know that Elks is a service organization. In addition, in the manuals accompanying the Office Skills Tests
and the Wonderlic, normative data is provided for Blacks and Hispanics, but not for
other ethnic groups that make up the pool
from which UBC selects employees.
Whatever tests are used in selection, Personnel Services should collect
normative and validity data on UBC employees. And UBC should be able to
administer these tests to applicants who
are hearing- or sight-impaired.
Recommendation 8. UBC should
continue to improve access for persons
with disabilities to the UBC campus, to
Personnel Services, and to job postings.
In addition, UBC should consider reason-
Departmental Checklist
The President's Advisory Committee on Employment
Equity recommends that each department review its
employment policies and procedures to identify potential negative effects on designated employment-
equity groups. This checklist covers relevant points.
/. What are the steps in an employment
systems review?
A. Review documents, departmental policies, and
practices for discriminatory language or intent, including sexist terminology and dominant-culture bias.
B. Identify systemic discrimination (institutionalized,
often unconscious discrimination against women,
aboriginal people, visible minorities, and persons with
C. Remove barriers to equitable employment.
//. What are the criteria?
A. Is the practice legal?
B. Is the practice applied to all employees consistently?
C. Does the practice impact adversely on any group?
D. Is the practice truly valid?
E. Does the practice deal with job-related requirements?
F. Is the practice necessary for the operation of the
///. What are some employment systems
A. Recruitment and Selection
1. Are position descriptions and advertisements unbiased?
2. Does recruitment go beyond "word of mouth" or
other informal processes?
3. Do short-lists include candidates from groups
other than those of present employees?
4. Are applications from designated-group members encouraged?
5. Do selection committees have an employment
equity perspective?
6. Are selection criteria and pre-screening fair and
consistent for all applicants?
B. Training and Development
1. Is information about training and development
programs disseminated to all employees?
2. Do all employees have access to developmental
or advancement training?
3. Are training sites accessible?
C. Upward Mobility
1. Are opportunities for promotion communicated
to all employees?
2. Do all employees have equal access to internal
promotion routes?
D. Performance Evaluation
1. Are rankings and evaluations fair?
2. Is pay equity a consideration in evaluations?
E. Work Environment
1. Are rules, such as dress/appearance codes, applied to all employees?
2. Are minority group religious holidays respected?
3. Is the workplace accessible to employees with
4. Are health and safety issues (e.g., VDT's, emergency evacuation routes for the disabled) considered?
5. Are child-care and parenting issues (e.g., flexible
work schedules) considered?
6. Is overtime distributed fairly?
able accommodation for faculty and staff
with disabilities. In particular, UBC should
consider acknowledging willingness to
make reasonable accommodation on the
application for employment form. Otherwise, the application question—"Do you
have any disability or health condition
which may interfere with your ability to
perform the job applied for?"—may discourage persons with disabilities from
applying for work at UBC.
Recommendation 9. The length
of leaves for maternity should be consistent across employment groups, and the
tenure clock should be stopped for one
year for faculty who take maternity
Recommendation 10. The process by which supervisors determine that
management and professional staff have
remained "current" during maternity or
other leave should be clarified.
Recommendation 11. In recognition of family care-giving responsibilities,
UBC should investigate steps toward providing faculty and staff options such as
part-time work, reduced workload, job
sharing, day care, and paternity leave.
Recommendation 12. All employee groups should have access to written information concerning policies and
procedures related to their employment.
Recommendation   13.       UBC
should offer its employees more information on career paths so that individuals
can establish employment goals within
UBC and identify the skills they
must acquire to achieve these
Recommendation 14.    In
faculty personnel decisions,
departments and faculties
should be reminded that where
there is a lack of department
or faculty expertise in newly
developing, collaborative, and
interdisciplinary fields committees should be supplemented.
Recommendation 15. Policies on professional-development leave should provide
more opportunities for UBC
faculty and staff to pursue degree requirements at UBC and
other post-secondary institutions. In recognition that some
faculty and staff are not geographically mobile, UBC
should investigate measures
it can take to enhance opportunities for professional development leave. In addition,
UBC should consider greater
flexibility in allowing leave for
the improvement of basic
As well, UBC should consider curricular implications for
employees' educational benefits. For example, at the present time, an employee who receives personal study benefits is not able to pursue graduate studies for two reasons:
the benefits do not extend to
graduate coursework, and
graduate programs require
some full-time study.
Recommendation 16. Because many part-time and
short-term employees are
members of the designated
employment-equity groups,
UBC should consider offering
benefits to these employees. 10    UBCREPORTS Nov.29,1990
World-renowned opera singer, and UBC graduate, Ben Heppner was named
UBC's Outstanding Young Alumnus for 1990. Heppner received the award
from the Alumni Association during a ceremony earlier this month at Cecil
Green Park.
Missing mural subject of one-
person sleuthing mission
The mystery of the missing mural
has puzzled June Binkert for the past
A huge, 10-by-20 foot painting by
artist Rolf Blakstad once hung prominently in the
main concourse
of Brock Hall,
back when the
original student
centre was the
hub of campus
life. But it
dropped out of
sight after being
put into storage
in the 1970s.
Now, the secretary to the
Committee on
University Art is
making a last-
ditch effort to
locate it.
"I'm retiring
at    the end of
June and before I leave, I'd really
like to close my file on this painting,"
said Binkert, who also serves as the
secretary of the Fine Arts department.
The whereabouts of the mural has
been on her mind since an inventory of
campus art failed to locate it in 1980.
Binkert knows the Alma Mater
Society owned canvas was rolled up
and stored when the student group
moved to the new Student Union Building in 1972. She also discovered rec-
Archive photo showing missing mural on Brock House wall.
ords that show it was in storage in
Physical Plant in 1979.
There has been no trace of the mural since, but in the course of her sleuthing, Binkert has heard rumors that it
has been seen hanging in a UBC facility off-campus, perhaps in one of the
teaching hospitals.
"I have a feeling somebody may
know where it is," she said. "It may
well be hanging somewhere and being
admired by people. I can't think it
would be thrown away."
Another clue
came to her attention during
last spring's
Open House,
when the Student Resources
Centre used the
UBC Archives
photo, reproduced here, as
part of its display.
Binkert obtained a copy of
the photo and is
now using it to
help her search.
It shows a stylized forest scene,
painted in shades
of pink, red, blue
and green, with a pair of lovebirds in
the top left comer.
Binkert asks anyone who has any
information on the mural, or knows of
its whereabouts, to contact her at Room
401 A, Lasserre Building, or call 228-
Photo courtesy of
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The guide is 669 pages, chock-full of
information for home gardeners. But as
the book's technical coordinator and education assistant with the Botanical Garden points out, this is more than just a
"how-to' book. Judy Newton says it's a
gardening guide that has been tailor-
made to meet the demands and specifications of B.C.'s climate and soil conditions.
"The UBC guide contains lots of practical information for the home gardener,
as well as in-depth technical material,"
said Newton. "It's a very readable gardening guide that includes a self-test quiz
after each chapter, as well as a list of
resource materials."
The guide is broken down into 17
chapters, with each chapter preceded by
a striking, full-page color photo to go
along with the charts and diagrams which
complement the text. The book also
contains the Gardener's Guide to Pest
Prevention, a provincial publication that
fits neatly with the theme of the book.
The guide is a joint effort of the Botanical Garden and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. It's available through
the faculty or Botanical Garden Shop
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Former Dean appointed to Royal Commission
Former Dean of Medicine, Dr. William
Webber, has been appointed to the provincial
Royal Commission on
Health Care Costs.
The commission was
established in February of
this year, and is holding a
series of meetings with
public and professional
groups throughout the province to examine the
structure, organization and effectiveness of the
British Columbia health care system.
Dr. Webber received his medical degree from
UBC in 1958, followed by post-doctoral work at
Cornell University. His first appointment to
UBC's Faculty of Medicine was in 1961.
He was Dean of Medicine from 1977 to 1990,
and was recently appointed Associate Vice-President, Academic.
Dr. Webber is the only medical doctor on the
commission which also includes UBC health
economist Robert Evans.
Martha Salcudean, head of UBC's Mechanical Engineering Department, has been appointed to a 14-member National Panel on
Advanced Industrial Materials.
The newly-formed panel was created to advise the federal government on materials science and technology issues. Its mandate is to
help create a business strategy promoting pri
vate and public sector investment in materials technology.
Salcudean, who has been
department head for the last
five years, joins other distinguished business leaders,
academic administrators and
financial and legal experts
on the panel.
William Rees, a professor in the School of
Community and Regional Planning, has been
named to the National Advisory Committee on
State of the Environment Reporting.
The committee
advises federal ministers on the scientific
content and public
policy relevance of
the National State of
the Environment Report published last
year by Environment
Canada. The report,
and   a   companion
volume of environmental data published
by Statistics Canada, outlines the current
state of Canadian resources.
Committee members also advise on periodic reports by Environment Canada on
specific environmental issues.
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A $340,000 donation from
the Real Estate Foundation of
British Columbia is funding the
first academic programs in
Canada focusing on real property development and planning.
"The programs will develop
a broad, comprehensive perspective on land development
issues," said Alan Artibise, director of the School of Community and Regional Planning.
The Master's level programs,
which will be offered through
the planning school and the
Urban Land Economics division of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, will begin next fall.
"If you're a planner, you
can't be unaware of finances,"
Artibise said. "If you're a financial planner, you have to be
aware of the politics and the
planning process. Students will
gain a comprehensive understanding through this innovative initiative."
Real property development
is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., which creates housing, commercial and industrial
centres, and recreational and
cultural facilities, said Stan
Hamilton, chair of the Urban
Land Economics division.
"It has very significant consequences because it's the process by which you alter the landscape of the community,"
Hamilton said. "You only have
to look at the results of the most
recent elections to sense the im
pact that development has on
local citizens."
In addition to the teaching
programs, the funds will be used
for research and professional
development programs.
Artibise hopes that environmental issues, will also be tackled.
"We want to play a role in
moving the development industry into developing environmentally sensitive projects," he
The foundation's donation
includes a $40,000 one-time,
start-up grant. The $300,000
endowment will be matched
through UBC's fundraising
campaign, A World of Opportunity.
UBC Geological Museum Collector Shop
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Favorite for location filming
UBC campus discovered* by Hollywood
Lights! Camera! Action!
MGM? Nope. UBC.
Thanks to UBC's lush, natural
beauty, along with the university's Ivy
League look that many film makers
appear to be seeking, UBC has been in
demand by silver-screen types in both
Canada and the U.S.in recent years.
And the campus has been the setting of
several feature films, television series,
and made-for-TV movies.
The university's link to the celluloid world is Arlene Chan, office supervisor in UBC's Community Relations
Office. Any shooting requests that
call for a UBC setting must go through
her, along with the countless film and
television scripts that Chan must peruse to make sure the university can
meet the demands of location managers.
She has seen the likes of Robert
DeNiro and Ted Danson pass through
the UBC gates m two separate Paramount Pictures productions. DeNiro
shot a scene on campus, at the Empire
Pool, in May of 1989 for the film We~re
No Angels.
One scene in We're No Angels
called for DeNiro to save a young girl
from drowning in a lake. Vancouver
resident Kirk Johns, who acted as the
location manager for the film, said
Empire Pool was decorated to resemble
the face of a hydro dam.
"It took about a week to construct
the set and another day or so to shoot
the scene," Johns said.
Danson, Isabella Rosellini and
screen-veteran Lloyd Bridges were part
of a wedding scene filmed at Cecil
Green Park in Dec, 1988. The scene
took six days to set up all the bells and
whistles that go along with a wedding
ceremony, and another seven days to
shoot, said Johns.
"About 30 Vancouver residents
were recruited for the scene to portray family members. It was a huge
The UBC campus has also been
used as a setting for a number of television series, including 21 Jump Street,
MacGyver and Danger Bay.
One script that has been on Chan's
desk is The Euphio Question, by Kurt
Vonnegut Jr., one of the more than
half-dozen shooting requests the university has received since October.
Chan, however, is quick to point
out that this movie-star stuff isn't as
glamorous as it sounds.
"There are a lot of variables that
have to be considered before any shooting can actually take place," said Chan.
One episode of The Kids are All
Right called for the the water to be
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
UBC's Empire Pool is turned into the face of a hydro dam for the filming of a sequence from the movie We're No Angels.
turned off in the men's washroom of
the chemistry building, along with
the removal of the paper towel dispenser.
Chan said shooting requests sometimes call for more than just the removal of a paper towel dispenser. One
espisode of MacGyver called for a car
to plunge over a cliff, with the cliff
behind the Museum of Anthropology
selected as the location for the
shoot. However, the Greater Vancouver Regional District stepped in and
decided the stunt was too dangerous.
Chan said one location manager
wanted to dress up a telescope at the
observatory, but wouldn't divulge specific details.
"It turned out the scene was for a
movie called Flesh Gordon and the
Cosmic Cheerleaders, a pornographic
film." she said. "Needless to say, the
request was turned down."
Across the Nation
Engineer shortfall predicted
Canada faces a possible shortfall of
30,000 engineers by the year 2000, a
conference in Ottawa on the future of
the profession was warned.
A study by the Canadian Council
of Professional Engineers said that
unless a trend to lower enrolments in
Canadian engineering programs is reversed, there will be over 15,500 unfilled student places during the next
Half the students who currently
complete engineering programs do not
actually work as engineers after they
graduate, often because they are offered better pay in non-engineering
Meanwhile, a $50,000 scholarship
fund has been created at the University
of Windsor to encourage women to
study engineering.
General enrolment
up across Canada
For the eleventh consecutive year,
full-time undergraduate enrolment at
Canadian universities has increased.
Student numbers are up 3.1 per cent
across the country, according to a survey early this autumn by the Association of Universities and Colleges.
Maritimes universities showed the
most growth, with prairie institutions
reporting the least. Enrolment rose by
3.3 per cent in B.C., 3.9 per cent in
Ontario, 2.2 per cent in Quebec and
1.8 per cent in Alberta.
Enrolment jumped 8.5 per cent in
Prince Edward Island, 8.2 per cent in
Newfoundland, 4.2 per cent in New
Brunswick and 3.4 per cent in Nova
Scotia, but increased just one per cent
in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Women earn more
Women received more than half of
the bachelor's degrees awarded by
Ontario universities in 1988.
Statistics released by the Council
of Ontario Universities show that
women were granted 55 per cent of
bachelor's degrees, 45 per cent of
master's degrees and almost 33 per
cent of doctorates. Twenty years earlier, women earned only 18 per cent of
master's degrees and six per cent of
MBA fee hike
The University of Toronto Faculty
of Management has proposed that
about half of its MBA students pay the
full cost of their studies as part of a
long-term strategy to privatize education.
The proposal would introduce to-
full-time MBA programs practices
currently found in executive MBA
programs at other universities throughout the country.
In executive MBA programs, students are full-time employees who at
tend class one or two days a week and
have their tuition paid by employers.
Business programs are a logical
place to implement privatization because of their links to the business
community, said faculty dean Roger
Fulbrights now in
The Fulbright Awards are finally
coming to Canada.
The Canadian and U.S. governments will spend $227,000 a year, for
the next two years, to fund the Canada-
U.S. Educational Exchange Foundation. The foundation is part of the
Fulbright program, a U.S. government
teaching and research exchange program operating in 130 countries.
The Fulbright program awards
about 4,700 new grants each year
around the world. More than 167,000
scholars have participated in the program since it began in 1946.
Delicious Gift Ideas
From theUBC Bakeshop
To test a new birth control
method Female Condom Study
Must be on the pill or IUD.
Four week trial.
Planned Parenthood
All bakeshop items available individually
or by the dozen.
Items from the Christmas Bakeshop can be ordered from
November 28lh to December 14th. Last pick up day is
December 20lh.
To order by telephone call 228-5717. Orders are taken
Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last
date to order by telephone is December 14th. Orders may
be picked up from the Subway Cafeteria Bakeshop Counter
between noon and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and
between noon and 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Personal shopping can be done at LICKETY SPLIT in
SUBWAY from December 6,1990.


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