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3  Blue flu?
Research suggests the flu
may be bringing you down
12 Taxing times
A ubc economist has a
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suggestion for Victoria THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
leaves en masse Plant Operations staff take a tractor-pulled vacuum to a small portion ofthe several tonnes of
leaves currently falling on campus. Crews and machinery collect some 200 tonnes of leaves and yard waste per year. It
is taken to the south campus for composting, then eventually used on university gardens. Janet Ansellphoto
Staff lend a helping hand to
Lower Mainland campaign
ubc's loaned United Way representatives combine
learning with service to contribute to wider community
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
speaking from "the pit" — the
open area workspace at United
Way's Burnaby headquarters —
ubc loaned representatives Pierre
Tanguay and Nancy Tiffin describe
the action as go, go, go in the push
to reach the campaign goal for the
Lower Mainland of $29.8 million.
Tanguay, who has worked at
ubc for seven years in the Dept. of
Health, Safety and Environment
and Tiffin, who has worked at the
university for 10 years, have been
supporting the campaign since
Tanguay and Tiffin saw their volunteer involvement as an opportunity for service, to represent the
university, gain skills and network.
Tiffin's supervisor, Business Relations director Linda Harmon,
says that Tiffin's enthusiasm and
success with previous on-campus
United Way campaigns made her a
good fit as a loaned rep.
Wayne Greene, director of
Health, Safety and Environment,
saw the loan as a unique professional development opportunity
for Tanguay as well as a chance to
give back to the community.
For 16 weeks, the loaned reps
support fund-raising activities in
organizations ranging from ubc
and large companies like Costco
and Molson's to small companies
planning their first campaign.
All 62 loaned reps are given a
week of training that includes time
management, presentation skills
as well as orientation to United
Way and its goals.
"You leam to think on your feet,"
says Tanguay, who makes presentations that may last five minutes or an
hour. "And time management is crucial — I've traveled 150 kilometres to
visit seven locations in one day."
Tiffin says she was initially challenged by learning and doing at the
same time but now loves what she
"I like connecting with people
and developing relationships," she
says. "I've found that is what gains
support among donors."
And although all the reps are
working hard, there are also lots of
social events and a great camaraderie, Tanguay says.
ubc's United Way campaign has
raised more than $285,000 so far,
72 per cent of the way toward the
campus goal of $395,000.
Fund-raising events continue
through November. For more information, visit the Web site at
Web tools aimed
at easing tasks
Goal to streamline
procedures so faculty can
focus on teaching, research
ubc faculty and staff will be
able to access a wide range of Web-
based administrative tools via an
e-business portal by April next year.
The initiative is a key component in an e-business plan
designed to simplify administrative procedures so that faculty can
spend more time on teaching and
research and staff can devote more
time to direct assistance and
support, says Ted Dodds, associate
vice-president. Information Technology.
The service, to be developed by
ubc's ITServices, will include tools
for tasks ranging from reconciling
travel expenses to applying for research grants.
"We're currently working on the
scope of services that are to be deployed," says Dodds.
Developing more personally-
oriented student and faculty Web
services to improve the learning
environment is among the strategies outlined in Trek 2000, the university's vision document.
A  portal  called     Mvubc  was
launched in September to provide
students with access to registration
information, academic records,
course information, schedules, and
e-mail accounts.
The portal project's technological challenges are not necessarily
the biggest ones, says Dodds.
"The single biggest issue is getting everyone involved and committed to changing the way they
do business," he says.
Development follows an extensive series of meetings and focus
groups with representatives from
across campus. The first town hall
meeting was held in June. Another
is planned for January.
To date, more than 250 faculty
and staff, including, deans, vice-presidents and department heads have
helped develop a draft vision document for administration at ubc
A working committee of the
managers of the university's key
administrative systems has
exchanged information and ideas
on how departments can work together to ensure that administrative systems and processes deliver
the best value and service.
A draft document that outlines
the guiding principles for ubc's e-
business plan is available at
See Web tools page 2
Music 101 tunes up
for Eastside audience
Initiative follows on
success of humanities and
science programs
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
breaking down the high-brow
image of classical music and bridging the gap between audiences and
performers are the key goals of a
new music appreciation class
offered by ubc's Learning Exchange to members of the Downtown Eastside community.
"There's a perception that classical music is inaccessible," says
Karen Lee Morlang, artistic director ofthe Learning Exchange's music program. "We want to help students get involved with the music
and what goes into performing it,
and not feel intimidated."
Music Appreciation 101 offers
members of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside/Strathcona community the opportunity to take a
12-week journey through the world
of music, says Learning Exchange
program development intern
Shayne Tryon.
The course, co-ordinated by the
Learning Exchange and taught by
faculty and students from the
School of Music, aims to give adult
students the chance to develop
their knowledge of music at the
level of an introductory university
course. The first six-week semester
includes lectures, listening assignments and live performances,
including concerts at the Chan
The pilot project is modeled on
Humanities 101 and Science 101,
See Music page 2 C     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     I ,     2001
Continued from page 1
two ubc non-credit programs already offered in the area.
Like those programs, Music Appreciation 101 will be free of charge,
and bus fare, child care, and meals
will be provided to students. Participants will also be issued a ubc
library card.
Tryon says organizers had no
trouble attracting participants to
study music. With 30 students
signed up, the first class is full.
People's enthusiasm for music,
Tryon says, shows that it is a universal language.
"It doesn't matter how old or
young you are, where you're from,
or how much money you have, music transcends barriers."
Music Appreciation 101's pilot
has been funded by a grant from
the ams Innovative Projects Fund,
jointly operated by the Alma
Mater Society and the university.
The Learning Exchange is part
ofthe commitment to community
outreach found in Trek 2000, the
university's vision statement.
It aims to offer ubc's resources
and expertise to the Downtown
Eastside community, to provide
educational opportunities to people who live and work in the neighbourhood, and to give ubc students first-hand volunteer experience in community organizations.
Since it opened a year ago, the
exchange's volunteer program has
more than doubled with 80 students now participating. Working
in 17 non-profit organizations in
the downtown area, student activities range from literacy tutoring
to supporting hot lunch, recreation and hospice programs.
area proposals goal
Call 604-408-5164 or visit
Web tools
Continued from page 1
Comments or questions are welcome and can be e-mailed to Emma
MacEntee at emma@exchange.
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Task force to report on
improving university's
'front door' entranceway
by the bus loop and the Aquatic
Centre's outdoor pool is the heart
of the university according to a
draft plan which calls for the area
to be re-developed into a pedestrian-oriented area.
In a tentative proposal currently under consideration, one option
suggests relocating both the bus
loop and the outdoor pool to create a better transitional space into
the university as part of the draft
University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan. The plan includes commercial, institutional and residential space for faculty, staff and students.
"It's currently a very high traffic
area and the intent is to try and relieve congestion where the roads
intersect and put the emphasis on
pedestrian use," says Fred Pritchard, planning director in Campus
Planning and Development.
At this stage all proposals are
tentative and there is no construction scheduled to begin any time
soon, says Pritchard.
As part ofthe planning process,
a task force, led by former board of
governors chair Harold Kalke, is
currently reviewing the development of the university's main entrance   at   the   intersection   of
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Wesbrook Mall and University
Boulevard. It is expected to report
its findings early next year. The
University Boulevard Neighbourhood draft plan is on hold until
Any proposed changes to the
bus loop would also be subject to
agreement with Translink, Pritchard adds. At the same time, planners are aware that the pool, in its
current location, adds a distinct
character to the area and any move
must be seriously considered.
The University Boulevard area
was one of eight identified in the
university's Official Community
Plan — a legal document adopted
by ubc in 1997 to guide the university's institutional and non-institutional land developments, following extensive community consultation.
A public meeting on the neighbourhood plans currently under
consideration, including the University Boulevard area, was held
earlier this fall.
more information
For more information on the
Official Community Plan and
Neighbourhood Plans visit
www.cpd. ubc. ca/campjplan/
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Psychiatry Asst. Prof. Cai Song's research explores the link between the
immune system and the brain. A pioneer in the field of psychoneuro-
immunology, her two-fold goal is to find drugs or natural nutrition sources
that would nourish the immune system and develop better treatments for
depression. Hilary Thomson photo
Community welcome
to attend Nov. 11 service
Researcher probes link
between flu, depression
The work of a pioneering ubc psychiatrist suggests
feeling blue might not be all in your head
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
episode of depression? ubc Psychiatry Asst. Prof. Cai Song thinks so.
She has spent the last 12 years
looking at the interactions between the brain and the immune
"These are two very complicated systems," she says. "It's very
difficult for scientists to link them
together. Psychiatrists and immu-
nologists usually don't talk."
Song, a faculty member since
1999, is particularly interested in
the relationship between immune
disorders and depression.
"Anti-depressants have been
used for half a century but they are
effective only about 60 per cent of
the time and many patients cannot be completely cured," she says.
"There must be a better way. We
need a revolution."
Her goal is to find drugs or natural nutrition sources that would
nourish the immune system without negative side effects and to
develop better treatment for depression.
Song has a medical degree in
Chinese medicine that informs her
holistic approach to health and a
PhD in Neuropharmacology with a
focus on Neuroimmunology. She
examines both the microbiological
and behavioural links between the
nervous and immune systems.
The discipline, called psychone-
uroimmunology, was not well researched until the last decade, she
says. She co-authored the first text
ever to explore the area.
Her research has shown that
depressed patients show abnormalities in their immune system
and, conversely, that alterations in
the immune system can trigger
chemical changes in the brain that
result in depression, anxiety and
impaired memory.
For example, cancer patients
who receive treatments to boost
their immune system can experience mental disturbances and develop depression. Traumatic events
and illnesses that disturb the
immune system may also have a
negative effect on the chemical balance needed to keep the brain functioning normally.
In addition, anti-depressants
may be helpful when the immune
system is hyper-activated because
of autoimmune disorders. These
include multiple sclerosis, lupus,
psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Song emphasizes that not all
psychiatric illnesses are related to
immune disorders, however, ignoring the links can be dangerous.
Many anti-depressants have severe
side effects and are toxic to the immune system—the patient's psychiatric health may improve but
their overall health may decline as
treatment continues.
Also, when patients with painful
immune diseases such as lupus report symptoms of depression, physicians often believe the depression is connected to the pain, she
says. Song argues that the depression is actually caused by chemical
changes in the brain triggered by
the distressed immune system.
Her research in Alzheimer's patients shows immune changes that
differed from normal aging.
She suspects the disease may be
related to an autoimmune disorder caused by aging ofthe thymus
gland which plays an important
role in the development of immune responsiveness. The finding
could lead to new therapy options
for Alzheimer's patients, she says.
In July, Song received a Canadian
Institutes of Health Research grant
to further her investigations of the
brain and immune systems in depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Ceremony held in gym
built 50 years ago to
commemorate war dead
for the 50TH time since it
opened in 1951, War Memorial
Gymnasium will be the setting for
ubc's annual Remembrance Day
Services on Nov. 11.
Services begin at 10:45 a-m- All
members of the community are
invited to attend the memorial
which commemorates the sacrifices of Canadians who have participated in wars over the last century.
More than 50 years ago, students and alumni collected nearly
one million dollars from colleagues, the provincial government, the Board of Governors, and
members of the community to
build the campus landmark as a
memorial to British Columbia's
war dead.
Mounted in the entranceway
are plaques with the names of ubc
students who lost their lives in the
two world wars.
"I think that recent events have
heightened people's sensitivity to
the impact of war," says Ceremonies manager Eilis Courtney, who
has been part of the organizing
team for the past 10 Remembrance
Day services.
"That sensitivity, coupled with
this being the 50th anniversary of
War Memorial Gym, could result
in a record turnout this year."
Attendance, including the numbers of students and families, has
Memorial wall, War Memorial Gym
steadily increased in past years.
This year's ceremony features an
address by Mechanical Engineering Prof. Emerita Martha Salcudean who as a child lived through
the Second World War in eastern
Europe. Other participants include: Vancouver Quadra member
of Parliament Stephen Owen; Dennis Pavlich, vice-president, External and Legal Affairs; Gabriel Mer-
anda, executive director, Hillel
House; and Erfan Kazemi, Alma
Mater Society president.
During the First World War,
when annual enrolment averaged
600, 697 ubc students saw active
military service—78 were killed. In
the Second World War, 1,680 students enlisted—169 were killed.
Sunday, Nov. n
War Memorial Gymnasium
6081 University Blvd. Enter at
Gate 1 off Wesbrook Mall.
10:45 am
Parking is available in the
North Parkade. Enter at Gate 2 off
Wesbrook Mall.
Downtown course aims to
tighten Internet security net
Students learn to target threats ranging from viruses to
theft in course moving soon to ubc at Robson Square
by Don Wells staffwriter
by Continuing Studies aims to arm
wired companies with solutions
to a growing problem—Internet
"It's surprising how many companies don't see the value of an investment in systems security," says
program director Chuck Wilmink.
"Once they've been hacked,
though, they get it."
The Certificate Program in Internet and Technology Security is
Western Canada's only comprehensive course on how to protect
electronic systems from everything from unauthorized use by
employees to virus protection and
large-scale electronic theft.
It is among the programs that
will soon be offered at ubc's new
Robson Square campus. The campus offiicially opens later this
"We need to be downtown so
that we can wake up the business
community to how serious a
problem this is," says Wilmink, a
ubc mathematics alumnus with
almost 15 years of experience in
the security industry.
In the United States alone, the
fbi estimates some 809,000 credit
cards were stolen over the Web in
the first quarter of 2000.
The first class of 17 students
began the 10-month course in February and another group of 15
started this fall.
The course requires only mid-
level computer knowledge as the
focus is on theoretical training
that teaches students what they
need to be aware of in order to
make systems secure..
Students include information
technology managers, systems administrators, auditors or corporate
security managers whose jobs now
include systems security.
Approximately a third are sponsored by their employers. Others
see it as a way of maintaining a
competitive edge in the it job market, Wilmink says, while a handful
are police officers contemplating
new careers in technology security.
The program is a joint venture
Program director Chuck Wilmink
between Continuing Studies, the
Justice Institute of B.C. and the Canadian Centre for Information
Technology Security.
more information
An information session on the
Internet and Technology Security
certificate program will be held Nov.
6 at 6:30 p.m. at ubc at Robson
Square (800 Robson St.) To reserve a
space at the session, call 604-822-
1420. For more information on ubc
at Robson Square programs, visit
UBC at Robson Square
Official Opening
Nov. 30
Open House that day and Dec. 1
features ubc speakers, exhibits
and demonstrations. UBC     REPORTS
Politics And Islam: Reflections.
Farouk Mitha, uvic. moa at 2 pm. Free
with admission. Call 604-822-5950.
Emanuel Ax And Yefim Bronfman.
Chan Centre at 3pm $36-84. Call
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Faculty And Staff Flu Vaccine, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion M-496 from
ioam-3pm. $20 cash. Call
String Chamber Ensembles. Music
Recital Hall from i2noon-ipm. Call
604-822-5574 or 604-822-0182.
Applied Mathematics Seminar
An Enskog Equation For Inelastic
Particle Dynamics: Energy Dissipation And Diffusive Equilibria. Prof.
Reinhard Illner, Mathematics and
Statistics, u of Victoria. Klinck 301
from 3-4pm. Call 604-822-4584.
Earth And Ocean Sciences Seminar
Contaminants, Effluents, dna Damage And Salmon. Michael Easton,
International EcoGen Inc. BioSciences 1465 from 3:30-4:3opm. Call
Armadillo Networks. Richard Bab-
cock, President, Armadillo Networks,
Inc. cicsr/cs 208 from 4-5pm. Refreshments. Call 604-837-2269.
Forestry Lecture
Would You Know A Socially Sustainable Forest If You Saw One? Assoc.
Prof. Stephen Sheppard, Forest Resources Management, Landscape
Architecture. ForSciences Centre 1005
from 5-6:i5pm. Call 604-822-6316.
Green College Speaker Series
Models Of Knowledge In A Disciplinary World: Research, Rhetoric, Soc-
ratism. Ian Angus, Humanities, sfu.
Green College at 5pm. Reception,
Coach House from 6-6:3opm. Call
Individual Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Program
Health Promotion: The Ultimate
Interdisciplinary Adventure. Jim
Frankish, Health Promotion Research. Green College at 5pm. Call
Douglas McK. Brown Lecture
The Role OfThe Courts In Contemporary Society. Prof. Allan McEachern. Curtis 101/102/201 from
5:30-6:3opm. Reception to follow. Call
Continuing Studies Lecture
Series Critical Thinking In Practice.
Anne Harland. Carr Hall from 7-9pm.
$60. Call 604-822-1444.
Green College Writer-ln-Residence
Poetry Reading. Ryan Knighten, poet,
editor, Capilano Review. Green College
at 8pm. Call 604-822-1878.
University Singers. Chan Centre at
i2noon. Call 604-822-5574.
Thematic Lecture
Intuition, Playfulness And The Roots
Of Musical Creativity. Jeanne Bamberger, Music and Theater Arts, mit.
Green College at 5pm. Call
Member Speaker Series
Globalization And Fairness In Labour
Markets. Charlottajull. Green College
at 7:45pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Women's Studies And
Gender Relations Lecture
tba. Centre for Research in Women's
Studies and Gender Relations from
i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-9171.
Green College Special Lecture
Writing For Children And Young
Adults — A Multi-Genre Perspective.
Various speakers. Green College at
i2noon. (No outside food or beverages
please.) Call 604-822-1878.
Enzymatic Properties Of Hepatits c
Virus NS3-NS4A . Francois Jean,
Microbiology. Wesbrook 100 from
i2:30-i:3opm. Call 604-822-3308.
McDowell Lecture In Chemistry
Development Of Molecular Surface
Science: From Platinum To Biopoly-
mers. Prof. Gabor A. Somorjai, u of
California. Chemistry B-250 from
i2:45-i:45pm. Refreshments at
12:30pm. Call 604-822-3341.
Botany Seminar
Compositional Changes Of Monoter-
pene Enantiomers In Response To
Fungal Inoculation In Scots Pine.
Jenny Faldt. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 604-822-2133.
Continuing Studies Lecture
China At War. Diana Lary, History.
Vancouver Public Library (downtown). Peter Kaye Room from 2-
3:30pm. $50. Call 604-822-1444.
Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Five Minutes - Five Slides (Sports
Arthroscopy). Various speakers, vgh,
Eye Care Centre Aud. from 7-8am.
Call 604-875-4192.
Continuing Studies Lecture
Reconstructing Machiavelli. Prof.
Stefania Ciccone. Vancouver Public-
Library (downtown), Peter Kaye
Room from io-n:30am. $50. Call 604-
Physics Colloquium
cupc Presentations. Various undergraduates. Hennings 318 at i2noon.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-3116.
Britten, Mozart, David. Beth Orson,
oboe, Karen Gerbrecht, violin, Josh
Greenlaw, viola, Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello. Music Recital Hall from i2noon-
lpm. $4. Call 604-822-5574.
Reporting On Environmental Issues
In Puget Sound/Georgia Basin. Joel
Connelly, Seattle Post Intelligencer,
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun. R.H. Anderson, moderator, Beilingham Office
for Congressman Rick Larsen. Buchanan D-233 from i2noon-ipm. Call
Plants For Fall And Winter Interest.
David Tarrant, Judy Newton. Botanical Garden from i2noon-ipm. $5. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Regulation Of Apoptosis In Unusual
And Neoplastic Cells. Dr. Qiang Feng.
bc Women's Hospital 2N35 from 2-
3pm. Call 604-875-3108.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Theory, Justice, And Private Access To
Adult Genetic Testing. Bryn Williams-
Jones, Hennings 304 from 2-4pm. Call
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
The Visible Geophysical Bathtub. Richard Pawlowicz. GeoSciences 330-A
from i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-5406.
Physics Colloquium
Steve Olsen, u of Hawaii. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Call 604-822-3853.
Comparative Literature
Search Engines: Metamedia On The
Internet. Hartmut Winkler, u Pader-
born. Green College at 5pm. Call 604-
Science And Society
Symbiosis And Microbial Evolution:
Confronting Neo-Darwinism.Jan
Sapp, u du Quebec. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Evolving Evidence And Continuing
Controversies In Carbohydrate Nutrition. Prof. Johanna Dwyer, New England Medical Center; Louise Burke,
Australian Institute of Sport. Coast
Plaza Suite Hotel at Stanley Park, 1763
Comox from 8am-5pm. Continues to
Nov. 10. $250; $75, students. To register, visit www.geocities.com/uBcin-
terprof. E-mail interprof@cehs.ubc.ca.
Call 604-822-0054.
The Gulf Of Maine Biogeographical
Information System. Vardis Tsontos,
Biological Sciences, u of Southern California. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room from
nam-i2:3opm. Call 604-822-2731.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Reducing Engine Exhaust Emissions
By Design. Prof. Robert Evans,
Mechanical Engineering. BioSciences
2321 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Conservation Biology Seminar
Ecology And Management Of Sock-
eye Salmon. Asit Mazumder, u of Victoria. ForSciences 1221 from 2-3pm.
Call 604-822-9695 or 604-822-6586.
Geography Colloquium
Towards A Feminist Geopolitics (11).
Jennifer Hyndman, sfu. Geography
212 from 3-4pm. Refreshments. Call
University Singers. Chan Centre from
8-9:30pm. Call 604-822-5574.
Chalmers Institute
Level 11 Computer Especially For Older Adults. Rev. Gordon Laird, vst.
Taylor Centre from 9am-4pm. $50
adult; $45 group; $28 senior. To register, visit www.vst.edu. Call
Sacred Music Festival
Various Artists. St. Andrew's Wesley
Church, 1012 Nelson from l-iopm. Continues Nov. 11 at Temple Sholom Synagogue, 7190 Oak St.; Nov. 12 at First
Nations Longhouse. For tickets call the
Festival Office 604-732-6632, Banyen
Books and Sound 604-737-8858, or
Highlife Records 604-251-6964.
Remembrance Day Ceremony
Prof. Emeritus Martha Salcudean;
Stephen Owen, MP; Dennis Pavlich,
vice-president, External and Legal
Affairs; Gabriel Meranda, Hillel
House; Erfan Kazemi, ams president.
War Memorial Gym at 10:45am. Call
Functional Genomic Studies Of Helicobacter Pylori: From Pathogenesis
To Therapeutics. Paul Hoffman, Dalhousie u. Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 604-822-3308.
Botany Seminar
Comparative Chloroplast Genomics:
Phylogenetics Based On Gene Order
Data. Linda Raubeson, Biological Sciences, Central Washington u. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call
Xerox Lecture In Chemistry
Structure and Dynamics Of Gadolinium (in) Complexes For mri. Randall
Lauffer, epix Medicals. Chemistry B-
250 from i2:45-i:45pm. Refreshments
at 12:30pm. Call 604-822-3341.
Programme In Intercultural
Studies In Asia Seminar
Status Of Women's Self-Employment
In Bangladesh - Socio-Economic Aspects. Rebeka Khan, Centre for India
and South Asia Research, ck Choi 120
from i-2pm. Call 604-822-4688.
Statistics Seminar
New Statistical Challenges In Multimedia Databases. Prof. Nando de Freitas,
Computer Science. Klinck 301 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments (please bring
your own mug). Call 604-822-0570.
Green College Speaker Series
Glasgow 1764: The Birth Of Modernity. Paul Wood, uvic. Green College at
5pm. Reception, Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Small Joint Arthroscopy OfThe Wrist
And Hand. Dr. Peter T. Gropper, Dr.
Bert H. Perey, Dr. Donna E. Smith.
vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. from 7-
8am. Call 604-875-4192.
Mike Allen Jazz Trio. Music Recital
Hall from i2noon-ipm. $4. Call
Forest Management In Washington/
British Columbia. Linda Coady, Weyerhaeuser Canada; Cassie Phillips,
Weyerhaeuser, Washington State.
Buchanan D-233 from i2noon-ipm.
Call 604-822-6700.
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Faculty And Staff Flu Vaccine, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion M-496 from
i2:30-3:3opm. $20 cash. Call 604-822-
Law And Society Midday Lecture
The Persistent Myth Of Conclusive
Proof. Steve Wexler. Green College at
12:30pm. (No outside food or beverage
please.) Call 604-822-1878.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Inflammation In Pregnancy. Akiko
Fuchisawa. bc Women's Hospital
2N35 from 2-3pm. Call 604-875-3108.
Asian Research Seminar
Two Faces Of Korean Nationalism
And South Korean Democracy. Yun-
shik Chang, Anthropology and Sociology, ck Choi 120 from 4:30-6pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-4688.
Physics Colloquium
Topological Censorship. Kristen Sch-
leich. Henning 318 at 5pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-3116.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 from
7-g:30pm. Call 604-822-2951.
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open Session begins at 8am. oab
Board and Senate room. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-come, first-
served basis on application to the
Board Secretary at least 24 hours before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca prior to the meeting. Call 604-822-2127.
Chinese Research Seminar
Temple Festivals In Rural North China: Baoding, Hebei: A Preliminary
Report With Photo Display. Daniel L.
Overmyer. ck Choi 120 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 604-822-4688.
Computer Science
Invited Speaker Seminar
Dynamically Detecting Relevant Program Invariants. David Notkin, u of
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
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
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-info (604-822-
4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the Nov. 15 issue of
use Reports—which covers the period Nov. 18 to Dec. 1 —is noon, Nov. 5. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     I,     2.0 00
A pungent pile of one day's garbage from sub provides the backdrop for John Martin
and Gillian Allan of ubc's Waste Management office. The awareness-raising display at
sub 's south plaza showed some ofthe 4,536 tonnes of waste generated at ubc annually
with food waste accounting for about 35 per cent. Containers account for up to 40 per
cent of waste at food outlets so using personal coffee mugs and containers earns a
discount at most campus eateries. For more information on ubc's recycling programs
Visit WWW.recyde.ubc.Ca. Hilary Thomson photo
Washington, cicsr/cs 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Physics Colloquium
Stephen Morris, u of Toronto. Hennings 201 at 4pm Call 604-822-3853.
Medieval And Renaissance
Trial By Combat: Law, Chivalry, Theology And Spectacle. Eric Jager, English, u of California. Green College at
4:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Grand Rounds
Social Status And Prescribing Of
Asthma Medications. Larry Lynd.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Call
Public Seminar
Spatial Simulations Of Hong Kong's
Marine Ecosystem. Eny Buchary,
Fisheries Centre. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
Room from nam-i2:3opm. Call
ubc Jazz Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall from i2noon-ipm. Call
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Economics And The Environment.
Prof. William Rees, Community and
Regional Planning, BioSciences 2321
from i2:30-i:30pm. Call 604-822-9861.
Geography Colloquium
The Status Of Drainage Basin Studies
In Geomorphology. Olav Slaymaker.
Geography 212 from 3-4pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-2663.
Martin Berinbaum, trumpet; West
Coast Symphony. Chan Centre from
7:309pm. Call 604-822-5574.
Instrumental Collegium Musicum.
Music Gessler Hall from 8-9pm. Call
Women's Self-Defence Training
Rape Aggression Defense (had).
Const. Trish Gagne, rcmp; Tom Clax
ton, Campus Security, sub second
floor from ioam-6pm. Continues to
Nov. 18. $20, faculty/staff; $10, students; $50, public. To register, e-mail
tclaxton@security.ubc.ca. Call
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre from 7:30-9pm. Call
STAR Breast Cancer
Prevention Study
Volunteers are needed to participate
in a breast cancer prevention trial
being conducted at ubc Hospital.
Two drugs, Raloxifene (Evista) and
tamoxifen, are being studied to see
which works better at preventing
breast cancer. Women must be postmenopausal and have an increased
risk for developing breast cancer. Interested women should call Lynn or
Janet at 604-822-7997.
ubc student wants to participate in
research projects. Is experienced in
data management and analysis. E-
mail gatench@interchange.ubc.ca.
UBC Research
Boys between seven and nine (with or
without adhd) and their mothers are
needed for a study. Mothers receive
$20 and children get a ubc t-shirt. If
interested, please call 604-822-9037.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday at the Asian Centre Tea Gallery
from i-i:5opm while classes are in
session. Call 604-822-2573.
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Conceptions: The Conceptual Document 1968-1972. From Sierra Maestra
To La Habana: The Drawings Of Cha-
go. Continues to Dec. 2. Tuesday to
Friday from ioam-5pm, Saturday
i2noon-5pm, Sunday i2noon-5pm.
(Closed Mondays; holidays). Call 604-
Sexuality Study
Researchers at the Dept. of Psychology and Division of Sexual Medicine
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women receiv
ing estrogen replacement therapy.
Both sexually healthy women, as well
as women who have recently experienced a change in their orgasmic
functioning are welcome. For further
information, please contact 604-822-
2952. Your confidentiality will be assured. All participants will receive an
honorarium for their participation.
Participants Wanted
Would you like to share your story
about your experience with health
care professionals? We are conducting a study of patient perceptions
about helpful and unhelpful communications in fibromyalgia. In order to
learn more about what makes communication effective, we are asking
individuals who have had fibromyalgia for at least five years to participate
in our study. Participation will involve
one or two interviews in a location
convenient to you, and possibly a focus group interview at a later time.
The interviews usually take about an
hour. All information will be kept
confidential. Ifyou would like more
information about the study, please e-
mail andrea_con@hotmail.com or
call Andrea Con, project coordinator
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate 604-822-4919.
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counseling
Psychology, and Special Education is
seeking female clerical workers to
participate in study on stress and
coping. If experiencing workplace
distress/frustration, we would like to
learn more about your experiences.
Call 604-822-9199.
Museum Of Anthropology
The Spirit of Islam. Continues to May
12. Dempsey Bob: The Art Goes Back
To The Stories. Continues to Dec. 31.
Continuing Traditions. Continues to
April 30. Anthropology 432 Student
Projects: What is Missing? Continues
to Dec. 31. Winter hours Wed.-Sun.
nam-spm, Tues. to 9pm (s-9pm free).
Call 604-822-5087.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) runs clinics all over the
Lower Mainland, lslap has been
working in the community for over
thirty years and is currently British
Columbia's second largest legal aid
organization. For more information
about the program, visit
www.lslap.bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
Lactose Intolerant?
Researchers at ubc are doing a questionnaire-based study to learn more
about lactose intolerance. Participation will take about 20-30 min. of
your time. Ifyou are 19 years of age or
older, experience lactose intolerance
and live in the Greater Vancouver
area, please call 604-682-3269 ext.
6377 to receive a copy of this questionnaire or more information.
Volunteer Leaders Wanted
"Living A Healthy Life with Chronic
Conditions" a series of six free workshops that help people develop the
skills to get the most out of life is
looking for volunteer leaders. This
program is an exciting new development in teaching people with chronic
conditions to help themselves. Ifyou
are interested in being part of this
program, you can sign up for a free
Leader Training Workshop August 9,
10,16 and 17 by contacting Mark Davies 604-822-0634. To view our Web
site www.ihpr.ubc.ca/healthyliving.
Volunteer Paid Participants Needed
CroMedica Prime is a Phase One research company located in Vancouver
General Hospital. Our research studies require that volunteers take one or
more doses of an investigational medication. We are currently looking for
healthy volunteers, male/female, nonsmoking aged 18 and older and not
taking any medications. Volunteers
are financially compensated upon
completion of a study. Ifyou are interested please call our Research Recruitment Coordinator, Monday to
Friday between gam-spm at 604-875-
5122 or e-mail volunteers^
Research Study
Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call 604-822-2952.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families - no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation, e-
mail habitat@vancouver.net or call
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies in the Psychology Dept.
at ubc. You and your child and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or pictures. During your visit, you will remain with your child at all times. If
you (or someone you know) mighfcbe
interested in bringing your child for a
30-minute visit to our research playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's Language Development Centre at
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type Two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program
and Diabetes Centre are recruiting
participants, who do not smoke or use
insulin, for a research project on the
effect of exercise on diabetes for women. Call Darcye Cuff at 604-806-8601
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, involves responding verbally
to computer screen displays. Ifyou
are a healthy person ofthe age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 604-822-3227.
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 604-
822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year at 604-714-4848.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call Kenna Sleigh 604-875-5555 ext.
www.rsc.ca: dec. i
www.canadacouncil.ca: dec. 1
• order of Canada: www.gg.ca/honours/order_e.html:
ongoing. Next appointments made New Year's Day.
For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe
Vice-President, Research, at 604-822-0234. UBC     REPORTS     |     NOVEMBER    I ,    2001
"When diabetes enters your
life, you need someone to
turn to. Call the Canadian
Diabetes Association."
Carol Seto, dietitian
UBC Leon and Thea Koerner Memorial Lectures and
Theatre, Film & Creative Writing Department present
Writing for Children and
Young Adults:
A Multi-Genre Perspective
Dennis Foon Canada's best young people's playwright
Sarah Ellis   Award-wining novelist and short-fiction writer
Nan Gregory Author and professional storyteller
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Green College Coach House, ubc
6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver
Alternate Route to Computing
A program offered by the Dept. of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
• Are you thinking of making a Career change?
• Are you thinking about a career in Information
• Are you looking for an education program that will equip
you with the Knowledge you need to turn this aspiration
into a reality?
ARC is a 28-month post-baccalaureate diploma program
combining 16 months of academic computer science courses
with an eight- or 12-month co-op work experience. It is designed
for people with an excellent record of academic achievement in
any field but with little or no programming experience.
Features ofthe ARC program:
• Small class size;
• No high tuition fees. The fees are the same as those paid by
other undergraduate students;
• Industry experience;
• Welcome students from a wide range of academic
backgrounds, e.g. humanities, science, education,
engineering, business.
For more information, go to our web site www.arc.cs.ubc.ca or
email undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca.
Hands-on teamwork spurs
creative student film teams
Faculty duo base model on own successful experience
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
you'll never hear Creative
Writing Assoc. Prof. Peggy Thompson and Film Asst. Prof. Sharon
McGowan spouting the old adage
"do as I say, and not as I do."
The teaching duo from the Theatre, Film and Creative Writing
Dept. have used their longtime
professional filmmaking partnership as a model for teaming up students to work on their own creative film projects.
It's an innovative, interdisciplinary teaching style that has produced some winning results.
Most recently, McGowan and
Thompson hooked up Creative
Writing graduate Geoff Inverarity
with recent Film graduate and director Byron LaMarque, and Theatre graduate and producer Kelly-
Ruth Mercier.
The trio collaborated on a short
screenplay that won the 2001 Fill
This Space Odyssey film competition co-sponsored by cbc and bc
Film. Now in production, "Still Life
with Scissors" will be broadcast on
cbc this spring.
Since meeting at an interdisciplinary film program in Edmonton
12 years ago, Thompson and
McGowan's own creative collaborations have included two highly
acclaimed feature films, "The Lo
tus Eaters" and "Better Than
Chocolate," produced by McGowan with screenplays by Thompson.
Currently, the pair is co-producing
a new feature film called "Saint
Monica" with Sienna Films.
Their academic collaboration
began after McGowan joined the
Film, Theatre and Creative Writing
Dept. three years ago. Thompson
has been teaching creative writing
at ubc since 1996.
"It was a weird coincidence for
us both to be teaching at ubc,"
Thompson says. "But it has been
great for building a vision on how
to integrate graduate students into
the film industry."
From their own experience,
McGowan and Thompson knew
teamwork was the key to successful filmmaking, but Thompson
says the two never discussed specific approaches to team building.
It seemed natural to get students
collaborating on projects while
they were still learning their craft
in school.
Their first attempt at teaming
up ubc graduate students occurred two years ago on the Life
Television network series "Weird
Homes" which McGowan was producing. She brought Thompson in
as a story editor, and a number of
students to work as researchers,
editors, and directors.
Thompson and McGowan credit Film Assoc. Prof. John Wright
with introducing interdisciplinary
team building to their department
when he brought together undergraduate acting and graduate directing students in Film 533, a
course on advanced problems in
Wright asked Thompson to add
script writing to the mix to give
students a feel for the real-life situations they might encounter on a
film set.
Both Thompson and McGowan
say there's no magic to creating
winning student film teams. Successful matching involves looking
at students' work to determine
who matches who in artistic and
work values and aesthetic, and
also making themselves available
to give teams advice.
"Unlike other areas of life, in
film, opposites usually don't attract," McGowan says.
The pair hope to expand the
number of interdisciplinary student collaborations in future because they feel the hands-on experience makes students more employable.
Forming partnerships while
they're still in school also gives
ubc's filmmakers ofthe future the
stability, momentum and artistic
edge they'll need to create original,
groundbreaking work after they
graduate, they add.
I UBC    UBC Elections
j   Call for Nominations
UBC Board of Governors
Two positions on the ubc Board of Governors will be available for representatives of full-
time faculty members. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.
UBC Senate: Faculty Representatives
Ten at-large positions on the ubc Senate will be available for representatives of full-time
faculty members. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.
UBC Senate: Alumni Representatives
Alumni ofthe University of British Columbia are encouraged to run for 11 positions on the
ubc Senate. Candidates for these Convocation senator positions may not be current ubc
faculty members. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
UBC Chancellor
Nominations are being accepted for the position of chancellor ofthe University of British
Columbia, ubc's Convocation elects the chancellor. The Convocation primarily consists of
ubc graduates and full-time faculty members. Persons applying for the position of
chancellor may not be currently employed by a university. Nominations are due at
Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Nomination forms for these positions are available at Enrolment Services, Brock Hall,
2016 -1874 East Mall, ubc.
For further information, or to download nomination forms, please visit
www.students.ubc.ca/events/elections. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     I,     2001      |      7
Student Discipline Report
Sept. i, 2000 to Aug. 312001
Under section 61 ofthe University Act, the President ofthe University has
authority to impose discipline on students for academic and non-academic offences (see page 41 ofthe 2001/2002 University Calendar). A
summary of such disciplinary cases is published on a regular basis, without disclosing the names ofthe students involved.
In the period Sept. 1, 2000 to Aug. 31, 2001,58 students appeared before
the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline and 58 were
subsequently disciplined. For each case, the events leading to the imposition ofthe discipline and the discipline imposed are summarized below.
Discipline may vary depending upon the circumstances of a particular
1. A student failed to show on an Internet application for admission to
ubc, as required by University regulations, that he/she had previously
attended a local college and, prior to that, another University.
discipline: a suspension from the University for 12 months" This discipline was upheld on an appeal to the Senate Committee on
University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
2. A student submitted the same paper in two separate courses.
discipline: a mark of zero in one course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months"
3. A student: (i) submitted five lab reports in a course that were the work
of another student and (ii) the student subsequently submitted three
additional lab reports, of which, at least one was the report of another
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 24 months" This discipline was upheld on appeal to the
Senate Committee on University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
4. A student assaulted an rcmp Officer with pepper spray while the
Officer was assisting ubc security with a student control problem.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand and a
requirement that the student seek counselling.
5. A student submitted a copy of a document from another University
that was based, in part, on forged entries that the student had made to
the original document.
discipline: rescission of transfer credits originally assigned toward
the degree program and a retroactive disciplinary notation added to
the student's transcript '
6. A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months'
7. A student was involved in a cheating incident during a midterm examination.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months"
8. A student allegedly colluded with another student in an academic
misconduct incident involving plagiarism/cheating in an assignment.
outcome: in the special circumstances, a letter of advice.
9. A student allegedly colluded with another student in an academic
misconduct incident involving plagiarism/cheating in an assignment.
outcome: in the special circumstances, a letter of advice.
10. A student gained admission to a Faculty program by using false transcripts from two institutions, neither of which the student attended.
discipline: denial on a permanent basis of eligibility to graduate
from the Faculty program, and a permanent notation on the transcript. The discipline was upheld on appeal to the Senate Committee
on University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
11. A student substantially plagiarized a paper for a course.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months "
12. A student copied/plagiarized parts of an assignment from the work of
another student.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months"
13. A student cheated on a midterm examination by viewing and using
the answers of a neighboring student's exam.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months"
14. A student forged a signature on a University loan application.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
15. A student plagiarized a substantial portion of a term paper for a
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a letter of reprimand.
16. A student submitted a plagiarized/copied assignment for a course.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months."
17. A student brought unauthorized material into a final examination.
discipline: in the circumstances, a mark of zero for the final examination and a letter of reprimand.
18. A student submitted a substantially plagiarized assignment for a
discipline: a mark of zero in the assignment and suspension from the
University for 1.5 months '
19. A student was drunk and disorderly, caused a disruption at a student
residence building, and threatened a residence advisor.
discipline: a letter of reprimand and a requirement that the student
obtain counselling.
20. A student was drunk on ubc Campus and entered a private room in a
campus building without proper cause.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
21. A student used a friend to impersonate him/her and write his/her
final examination.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months"
22. A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; (ii) jumped on a
vehicle and opened the doors of other vehicles in the enclosed area;
and (iii) attempted to evade Campus security.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
23. A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted
to evade Campus security.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
24. A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted
to evade Campus security.
DisciPLiNE:'in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
25. A student: (i) trespassed onto University property; and (ii) attempted
to evade Campus security.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand
26. A student improperly entered the ubc vehicle security compound and
attempted to remove a vehicle from that area without paying the release cost.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
27. A student submitted material for a group project that was provided by
a friend, and that was completely plagiarized from a website source
that was not acknowledged.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero on the group
project and suspension from the University for 4 months'
28. A student submitted an essay for a course that was completely plagiarized from the work submitted by another student in the same course
during a different session.
discipline: a mark of zero for the essay and a suspension from the
University for 8 months"
29. A student trespassed onto University property that was under construction and attempted to evade Campus Security.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand.
30. A student trespassed onto University property that was under construction and attempted to evade Campus Security.
discipline: in the circumstances, a letter of reprimand
31. A student copied/plagiarized an essay from another student and submitted the essay as his/her own.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course, a letter of reprimand, and a
requirement that the student undertake and complete a set of assignments dealing with the meaning of plagiarism and the methods of
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32. A student plagiarized the final term papers in three separate courses.
discipline: a mark of zero in each ofthe three courses and a suspension from the University for 12 months"
33. A student brought a crib sheet to a midterm examination and consulted this material during the exam.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 6 months'
34. A student brought crib sheets to a midterm examination and consulted this material during the exam.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months'
35. A student brought notes and cue cards into a final examination and
consulted this material during the exam.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 8 months "
36. A student: (i) submitted a quiz using a false name and id and subsequently claimed he/she was absent on the date the exam was written;
and (ii) altered an answer on a midterm when it was returned for inspection and then requested a grade re-evaluation.
discipline: a mark of zero on the quiz and, in the special circumstances, no change of mark for the midterm exam, and a suspension
from the University for 8 months"
37. A student altered answers to a quiz that had been returned to him/her,
and then submitted the paper for remarking in an attempt to improve
his/her grade.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months' On appeal to the Senate Committee on University Appeals on Student Discipline the suspension period was
reduced to 8 months.
38. A student copied the answers to three questions on a final examination from another student.
disciplined mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months"
39. A student persistently harassed and stalked another student.
discipline: a letter of severe reprimand; a restraining order involving
movement and location on campus and other places, registration and
enrollment in specified courses, and various personal contacts; and a
requirement to undertake professional counselling.
40. A student brought unauthorized material into the final examination
for a course.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 6 months'
41. A student fraudulently submitted a doctor's certificate to support a
false claim that he/she was unable to take a midterm examination because of illness.
disciplined mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months"
42. A student made improper and inappropriate use of a course webpage
during an assignment.
discipline: a letter of reprimand and a requirement that the student
undertake and complete a series of educational sessions concerned
with awareness and sensitivity issues related to the misconduct'
43. A student submitted two forged medical notes in order to obtain concessions for late or missed term work in a course.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months'
44. A student cheated during a midterm examination.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months"
45. A student was involved in a series of deceits and submitted false documentation in support of supposed medical conditions that the
student claimed prevented him/her from completing course requirements.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 18 months"
46. A student handed in a blank final examination with a fictitious name
and student number on the cover sheet in place of his/her own paper
for the course.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months'
47. A student brought unauthorized material into a final examination.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course, a suspension from the University for 12 months* and a requirement that the student undertake
professional counselling.
48. A student submitted a midterm exam for regrading that differed from
the one he/she originally wrote in class.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months" This discipline was upheld on appeal to the
Senate Committee on University Appeals on Academic Discipline.
49. A student submitted a project for a course that was plagiarized from
the work of another student who had previously completed the course.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 4 months"
50. A student copied material from another student during an exam.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 12 months"
51. A student alleged to have cheated in two separate incidents in a
course, failed to respond to repeated attempts to arrange for a Hearing
before the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline.
discipline: future registration blocked with notation to this effect on
the transcript pending appearance before the Disciplinary Committee,
and final mark in the course withheld from transcript pending outcome of Hearing.
52. A student brought unauthorized material into an examination.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a letter of reprimand.
53. A student submitted a lab assignment that was essentially identical to
the same assignment submitted by another student.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months"
54. A student submitted two lab assignments that were plagiarized/copied from the work of two other students.
discipline: in the special circumstances, a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the University for 4 months'
55. A student submitted a lab assignment that was plagiarized/copied
from the work of another student.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months *
56. A student submitted a lab assignment that was plagiarized/copied
from the work of another student.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months'
57. A student submitted a lab assignment that was essentially identical to
the same assignment submitted by another student.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 8 months'
58. A student copied the work of another student during a midterm exam.
discipline: a mark of zero in the course and a suspension from the
University for 4 months"
In all cases indicated by an asterisk a notation of disciplinary action is
entered on the student s transcript. At any time after two years have
elapsed from the date of his or her graduation the student may apply
to the President to exercise her discretion to remove the notation.
Students under disciplinary suspension from ubc may not take
courses at other institutions for transfer credit back to ubc. UBC     REPORTS
NOVEMBER     I,     2001      |     9
Nursing partnership in Punjab
focuses on health, education
Seed of idea planted by parent of alumni 20 years ago
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
for young women and improved
health-care in rural Punjab has led
to a partnership between ubc's
School of Nursing, community
nurses and a local Indo-Canadian
Since 1997, the school has
worked with the Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Dhahan-Kaler-
an, Punjab to develop an internationally recognized baccalaureate
"Working on this project has
been an absolute joy," says Nursing
Prof. Sally Thorne, chair of the advisory committee that oversees the
initiative. "This is an inspirational
group of people who see opportunities, are willing to confront issues and are absolutely dedicated
to their mission."
The project was envisioned 20
years ago by Budh Singh Dhahan,
a Vancouver resident whose children have all attended ubc. His
son Barj, a ubc Arts graduate,
heads the foundation that sponsors the project.
"It was a natural fit for us to seek
ubc's help in this," he says. "Our
family has strong ties with the university, there is support from the
large Indo-Canadian population
here and the School of Nursing has
the teaching expertise we needed."
Some of the challenges to educating nurses in Punjab include
different nursing cultures, says
Thorne, where most training is not
interactive. Nurses are expected to
take a passive role and are generally not encouraged to be independent decision-makers.
In addition to participation on
the advisory committee some faculty members, including the
school's acting director Sonia
Acorn, have travelled to Punjab
state to help develop curriculum
for the nursing program.
ubc Canada House, a residence
for visiting faculty from Canada
and the u.s., is located at the site of
the hospital that the foundation
built in 1984.
In addition to faculty visits, both
undergraduate and graduate students and School of Nursing alumni — many of whom have family
ties to the area — have traveled to
the hospital to complete directed
studies programs and help train local nurses.
Because it is a rural area, condi-
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tions are still pretty rough by Canadian standards, says Thorne. Local hotels, restaurants and transportation and telecommunications services are often unreliable.
Despite the conditions, students
and Canadian nurses are eager for
the opportunity to learn about
health challenges such as tropical
diseases as well as other models of
health-care delivery, she says.
Next spring, five to six undergraduates from the Punjab college
will come to ubc to attend classes
and experience Canadian nursing
education first-hand.
ubc faculty are currently involved in a health assessment
project in the area that will develop a database of birth and mortal
ity rates, childhood disease and
other statistics, and inform plans
for village health camps and suggest community education needs.
For example, families traditionally carried meals to hospitalized
relatives and although hospitals
now provide food for patients,
many villagers will not enter hospital unless it is within walking distance of their home.
The hospital at Dhahan-Kaleran
can accommodate 300 patients,
however only about 160 beds are
used because of inaccurate perceptions about hospital service.
"We know if we offer health education in rural areas and particularly if we educate young women,
we will not only empower them
but also create leaders who will
have a positive influence on life in
India," says Dhahan.
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Prize: $1,000
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Change of name
The Dept. of Fine Arts has changed
its name to the Dept. of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. The
change was recently approved by
The change is intended to reflect the shift in the discipline from
art history to critical inquiry into
art and visual culture.
Learning opportunities
goal of partnership
The Faculty of Education and the
Vancouver School Board will take
a collective look at the needs of
Vancouver's students and educators and work together to create
new learning opportunities for
both teachers and students.
The partnership will initially focus on five areas: learning technologies, social responsibility, First
Nations education, literacy, and research.
A steering committee, led by Education Dean Rob Tierney and
Donald Goodridge, superintendent of Vancouver's 108 schools, will
examine ways of improving teaching methods and learning in these
areas and involve community and
business leaders interested in education.
Donation increases
graduate bursaries
A $i-million donation by td Bank
Financial Group will increase the
dollar amount available for graduate student bursaries by as much
as a third this year. The gift is the
university's largest privately funded bursary fund available exclusively for graduate students.
The funds are available to students enrolled in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies over the next five
years, with $200,000 being donated each year.
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Elegant accommodation in Point
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enjoy college life. Daily rate $60
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
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right on campus. Spacious one br
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lecturers, colleagues and families.
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superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
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accommodation or meeting space
near the Chan Centre and moa.
Seventeen modestly furnished rooms
with hall bath are avail. Daily rates
starting at $36. Meals or meal plans
are avail, in the school cafeteria. For
more information call 604-822-9031
or 604-822-9490.
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area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
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exercise facilities and deluxe
amenities. Suitable for n/s adults.
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Statistics Canada analyst Lee Grenon (right) gives fellow StatsCan employees and UVic Public Administration Prof.
Lynda Gagne (left) some pointers on using StatsCan's new on-campus data research centre, located in the Koerner
Library. With io computer stations and a powerful server full of information, the highly secure centre provides social
science researchers with access to StatsCan's rich stores of electronic data to identify trends in Canadian life.
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StatsCan data bank opens
for social science research
Centre one of nine now on campuses across Canada
ubc researchers can directly
access rich stores of data on Canadian life at a highly secure local
branch of Statistics Canada now
open on campus.
The British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre
(bcirdc) gives faculty and phD
students from ubc, sfu and and
the University of Victoria, unprecedented access to StatsCan surveys on Canadian health, labour
and socio-economic activities.
The new centre, located on the
second level ofthe Koerner Library,
will go a long way to enhancing
ubc's research capabilities, says
Economics Assoc. Prof. Nicole For-
tin, bcirdc's academic director.
"This facility enables researchers in Western Canada to have the
same access to confidential data as
researchers closer to Ottawa now
do," Fortin explains.
Previously, researchers had to
travel to Ottawa or make a request
for data through a regional Statistics Canada office. Fortin says.
The bcirdc is one of nine in the
Canadian Network of Research
Data Centres now being established on campuses across the
The centres give researchers access to StatsCan't; extensive socioeconomic and health data, including longitudinal surveys. The data
spans up to 20 years in some cases.
Statistics Canada, in collaboration with the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council
(sshrc), initiated the nationwide
network to help strengthen research in the social sciences.
Funding to establish the network came from a $5.4 million
Canada Foundation for Innovation
grant, with operating costs for the
centres shared by sshrc and participating universities. The Stats
Can data is worth an estimated
$8.1 million.
A strict set of security procedures
for the centre prevents any disclosure of confidential information.
"The work done here, is done in
a culture of confidentiality," says
Lee Grenon, bcirdc's StatsCan
analyst. "Researchers are taught
how to correctly handle data to
avoid the risk of disclosure."
The centre features special concrete walls, barred windows, electronic keypad access, and a computer system with no external connections. It is staffed at all times by
a Statistics Canada employee.
To gain access, prospective researchers must submit a detailed
research proposal to sshrc for
peer review, pass a Statistics Canada security check, swear an oath to
uphold the Statistics Canada Act,
and attend a two-hour orientation
The centre is currently open
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30
For information on the bcirdc,
call Fortin at 604-822-4121, ore-
mail nifortin@interchange.ubc.ca
or Lee Grenon at 604-822-0263 or
Information on how to apply for
access to the bcirdc and the
Research Data Centres program is
available at www.sshrc.ca/rdc/
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Honour Roll
Ron Shann, manager of the Faculty of Agricultural Science's
Oyster River Research Farm, has
received an Environmental
Merit award from the Environmental Programs Group in
ubc's Health, Safety and the Environment Dept.
The award recognizes individuals who make a conscious
and consistent effort to protect
the environment, or who reduce
the environmental impact of activities at ubc.
The Vancouver Island research farm has instigated a
number of environmental and
safety initiatives such as minimizing ground water contamination, utilizing solar energy,
developing a comprehensive
safety manual and allowing the
Oyster River Enhancement Society to create a community
salmon hatchery.
Former chair and chief executive officer of Ipsos-Reid, Angus
Reid, has been named a senior
fellow at the Liu Centre for the
Study of Global Issues.
A former professor at the
University of Manitoba, Reid established the Angus Reid
Group, a market research firm
well known for its public opinion polling, in 1979.
Reid will step down from the
company to join the Liu Centre
in January.
Lloyd Axworthy has been
named this year's recipient of
the Thakore Visiting Scholar
Award honouring the peace
work of Mahatma Gandhi.
The award recognizes individuals who display creativity,
commitment and a concern for
truth, justice and non-violence
in their public life.
Axworthy, the director and
chief executive officer ofthe Liu
Centre for the Study of Global
Issues, was honoured in part for
Award-winner Ron Shann
his work on promoting an international land mines removal treaty.
The treaty has now been signed by
139 countries.
The award is co-sponsored by
the Thakore Foundation, the India
Club of Vancouver, and sfu s Institute for the Humanities.
Science Dean Maria Klawe has received the Science Council of British Columbia's Science and Technology Champion of the Year
The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in promoting or
fostering b.c. science and technology-
Klawe holds the Natural Science and Engineering Research
Council-IBM Chair for Women in
Science and Engineering. In this
capacity, she directs the Supporting Women in Information Technology program, a five-year
project to increases the participation of women in information
She is also the founder and director of Electronic Games for Education in Math and Science, a collaborative project that does research on the design and use of
computer games to enhance
mathematics education for children in grades 4-9.
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A ubc economist suggests taxing more efficiently is more vital
to economic performance than taxing less.
A way out of B.C.'s fiscal quandary
by Prof. Jon Kesselman
An earlier version of the following
appeared in the Vancouver Sun.
of the economics of taxation, the
British Columbia government is
about to embark on sharp cuts to
public spending and public
The B.C. Liberals gave personal
tax cuts a key role in their election
campaign and they assured voters
that these tax cuts would "pay for
themselves" through faster economic growth.
They argued that revenues
would be maintained through this
growth, so that major public services, especially health care and education, could be sustained.
The b.c. government now concedes that its tax rate cuts will not
be self-financing.
As a result of the lost revenues,
provincial public services aside
from health care and education
will be slashed by almost half in
real per capita terms over the next
three years.
Even health-care and education
services will be significantly reduced, as the government will
maintain only nominal rather than
real spending levels; high inflation
of health-care costs will quickly
devour dollars so that real service
levels must decline.
These severe consequences for
public services in b.c. result in part
from a slowing economy. However,
the government also failed to heed
the warnings of economists that
broadly based tax cuts cannot finance themselves except perhaps in
a very depressed economy or when
beginning with very high tax rates.
Upbeat references to Alberta's
and Ontario's tax-cutting experi
ences were unfounded, as they ignored the economic booms those
provinces enjoyed in recent years
due to external demand for their
The personal tax cuts promised
for individuals with incomes below
$60,000 were extended to all higher earners, for a total cost of $1.5
billion per year.
Major business tax cuts have
also been put into play, which will
cost an additional $0.8 billion per
year when fully implemented.
The extension of tax cuts to
higher earners and businesses will
aid the longer-run growth and
competitiveness ofthe B.C. economy, but over the next few years
they will cut deeply into provincial
Given the government's commitment to return the b.c. budget
to balance by 2004/05, the large
revenue loss will tightly constrain
almost all areas of spending.
Spending cuts of this magnitude
will be very difficult and painful to
For example, social services and
income support for our most disadvantaged citizens, the third largest area of provincial spending, will
be significantly affected.
It is unfortunate that the groups
who derived the least benefits
from the b.c. tax cuts—low and
moderate income households—
are also the ones most at risk from
large spending cuts.
Some budgetary pressure to
contain public costs and find more
effective ways of delivering public
services is undoubtedly salutary.
But the order of magnitude dictated by b.c.'s new fiscal program
goes well beyond what voters
could have imagined at election
time—much more than just avoiding expenses like the fast ferries,
the Skeena Cellulose bailout, the
Forest Renewal program, and the
"fair wages" policy.
A way out of b.c.'s fiscal quandary can be found if the government
will now heed another lesson from
the economics of taxation. Namely, taxing more efficiently is more
vital to economic performance
than taxing less.
It is well established in economic research that taxes on consumption and labour income or payrolls
are much less harmful to economic efficiency and growth than taxes on savings, capital income, and
European countries have exploited these insights to achieve
better long-run economic performance than Canada or the
United States, even with much
higher overall tax burdens, by relying heavily on sales and payroll
British Columbia, too, could
benefit by instituting efficient tax
changes to recoup a substantial
portion of the revenues lost
through the already announced
personal and business tax cuts.
Although b.c. could restore part
of its lost revenues in an efficient
manner by raising the sales tax
rate, this is not the best remedy.
Sales taxes are regressive, imposing a disproportionate burden
on lower income persons and
younger families, b.c.'s total federal plus provincial sales tax rate of
14 per cent is well above that in adjoining Alberta and Washington,
thus raising issues of enforcement
and public acceptance.
And, despite recent initiatives
by the b.c. government, the sales
tax imposes a burden not only on
consumers but also on business
competitiveness and investment.
The best candidate for recoup
ing a substantial portion of b.c.'s
lost revenues is an employer payroll tax.
By instituting such a tax, b.c.
would follow in the footsteps of
four other Canadian provinces,
which have had employer payroll
taxes for many years to help
finance health care and post-secondary education.
And these are large taxes elsewhere; in 2001/02 they are forecast
to raise $3.6 billion for Ontario and
$4.4 billion for Quebec.
A two per cent tax on all B.C.
employers with annual payrolls exceeding $400,000 would generate
about $1.1 billion per year, almost
half of the $2.3 billion revenues lost
to tax cuts.
The tax would exempt nearly 90
per cent of all private businesses,
and it would obtain revenues from
the federal government as employer of workers in B.C.
A two per cent rate is just above
the 1.95 per cent rate for Ontario's
Employer Health Tax.
Applying a payroll tax at four
per cent in B.C. (the rate of Quebec's payroll tax for the Health
Services Fund) would generate
$2.2 billion per year, enough to
offset more than half of b.c.'s lost
revenues plus abolish the $900
million of b.c.'s medicare premiums.
Such premiums are a highly regressive head tax, serve no useful
rationing purpose for medicare
usage, and have been abandoned
by all other provinces except Alberta.
A general payroll tax applied to
all wages, salaries, and fringe benefits is one of the most neutral
forms of taxation.
While this tax is applied nominally to employers, over several
years its burden is shifted to labour
through slower growth of wages
and salaries.
If restricted to larger employers,
this is the simplest form of tax for
both public administration and
business compliance.
Based on Newfoundland's experience, such a tax could be put into
operation in b.c. within just a few
months of legislative approval.
An employer payroll tax could
relieve the insuperable strains on
b.c.'s public services.
It could do so in a way that retains the efficiency gains from the
other tax cuts, the budget-balancing target, and effective pressures
for restructuring public programs.
Levies of this kind are popular
in other provinces.
They appear to be a tax on business rather than workers, they
raise large revenues at low rates of
tax, and their linkage to spending
on education and health care further enhances public support.
Still early in its mandate, the
b.c. government is at a crossroads
in its tax and spending policies.
It could forge ahead with the
current course, which involves
sharp cuts to public services that
threaten the well-being of citizens,
tear at the social fabric, and may
eventually sap voter support.
Or it could escape this fiscal
quandary by drawing a lesson from
the economics of taxation—that
the mix of taxes matters more for
an economy's performance than
the level of its taxes.
Economics Prof. Jonathan Kesselman is the director of the ubc
Centre for Research on Economic
and Social Policy and its Equality/
Security/Community project, and
author ofthe award-winning monograph, General Payroll Taxes. His
study of b.c. tax policy is online at


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