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Kent Kallberg photo
In the 12 years since David Strangway became president of UBC in 1985,
the university has developed impressive new facilities for research and
teaching, an international reputation, closer ties with the Asia Pacific,
and one of the healthiest endowments among Canadian universities.
Vision, hard work leave
legacy to learning
When David Strangway steps down
as UBC's 10th president at the end of
this month, he leaves a university greatly
shaped by his vision and dedication.
Since arriving at UBC in 1985,
Strangway has been the driving force
behind changes that have seen UBC
reach out to local and international communities while creating academic initiatives, international ties and new facilities
which have secured UBC's position
among North America's top universities.
The university has gained an international reputation for research and teaching, drawing students, academics and
researchers from across the country and
around the world to share in and contribute to UBC's wealth of expertise.
UBC's World of Opportunity Campaign raised $262 million for new programs, chairs, endowments and facilities. The campaign, which was the most
successful in Canadian university history, reflects Strangway's success in
moving UBC from being a cash-strapped
institution in the mid-1980s to a university whose growth in areas of endowments, academic programs and new
facilities is unrivaled in Canada. The
university has built a $525-million endowment aimed at ensuring it remains
a leader in education and research.
The introduction of new academic
initiatives such as the Disability Resource Centre, the Jack Bell Chair in
Schizophrenia, the Chair in Spinal Cord
Research, Brenda McLean Endowment
in the Creative and Performing Arts,
Ronald L. Cliff Professorship in Accountancy, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Dorothy Lam
Chair in Special Education, to name a
few, illustrate the extent to which
Strangway's vision touches the university and the community beyond.
New facilities such as the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Forest
Sciences Centre, Walter C. Koerner Library, First Nations Longhouse, Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, David
Lam Management Research Centre and
the Chemistry-Physics Building, have
changed the physical shape of the campus and improved opportunities for
teaching, research, and public educa-
See LEGACY Page 5
European Studies
new centre's focus
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
UBC is joining with European partners in business and government to establish a permanent Institute for European Studies within the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The institute will be devoted
to interdisciplinary research and to graduate education leading to MA and PhD
degrees in European Studies.
The institute will be funded jointly by
the German government through the
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch-
Dienst (DAAD), other European governments, the European private sector and
UBC for eight years after which funding
will be provided through an endowment.
Prof. Peter Stenberg, head ofthe Dept.
of Germanic Studies and chair of the
institute's steering committee, said the
institute will make UBC and Vancouver a
national centre for activity related to
Europe and a key meeting point in North
America for European scholars.
Similar institutes exist in the U.S. at
Berkeley, Harvard and Georgetown universities. Another, also funded in part by
DAAD, was recently established in Birmingham, England.
Stenberg said the creation ofthe institute will serve to enhance UBC's ties to
Europe and, because of the university's
strong relationship with Asia, help bring
Asian and European students and academics together.
"We are very Asian and Pacific Rim
oriented here," said Stenberg. "The institute will remind us that we also have
strong European interests. And it will be
interesting to see if the institute becomes a meeting place of sorts for Europe and Asia."
See CENTRE Page 2
Refugees pursue studies
thanks to campus help
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
In his native Rwanda, Willy Rangira
lived in fear for four
years. It was dangerous to venture out after dark in case he encountered soldiers or
bands of Hutu men
looking for a Tutsi such
as himself.
"I managed to survive the 1994 genocide," he says now, "but
when it was over I had
to leave my friends and
family behind in search
of a better future."
He fled to Kenya,
where he eked out an
existence tutoring
French and grew increasingly despondent
about his life as a refugee.
Now, thanks to a World University
Service Canada (WUSC) program for refugee students, Rangira is studying first-
year Arts at UBC. He is one of three
students who have recently arrived at
UBC under the program. The others are
Milada Tanovic of Bosnia and Joseph
Bartel of Sudan.
"The challenge of adjusting to life in a
new country is difficult for anyone." said
Glen Peterson, assistant professor of History and the WUSC-UBC faculty adviser,
"but it is often especially difficult for refugee students who have
been forced to flee their
home countries."
"Most of the refugee students who have
come to UBC have
completed their degrees and gone on to
meaningful careers.
Some have earned
master's degrees and
PhDs," he added.
This year UBC will
welcome three new
WUSC-sponsored students: Pascaline
Nsekerabanyanka and
Valery Kiyogama from
Burundi and Huang
Junfeng from China.
WUSC is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization dedicated to involving Canadians in international development in Canada and overseas.
The UBC branch dates back to 1947
and has been sponsoring refugee students since 1981. In the past 16 years, 23
refugee students have studied at UBC.
The student refugee sponsorship pro-
See REFUGEE Page 2
Vocal Chords
Canada's Year of Asia Pacific: Students take part, for and against
Era Endnotes 4-5
Members of the community pay tribute to President David Strangway
Orcas Online 8
The next voice John Ford hears on his cell phone may well be a whale 2 UBC Reports ■ July 10, 1997
Gap not filled
says reader
The "Free dental clinic fills
gap for needy kids" article
[UBC Reports, May 1), is an
example of where the use of
language fails to tell the whole
Continued from Page 1
Initial activities, including the
development of degree programs, a
seminar series and visiting scholars, will commence in the fall.
The first graduate students will
join the institute in September
1998. Stenberg estimated that as
many as ,30 students will eventually study at the institute, working with members of numerous
faculties including Arts, Commerce and Business Administration, Law, Graduate Studies and
The institute's program will be
enriched by a steady flow of visitors including visiting professors
and writers from Germany and
other European nations.
Stenberg also sees the institute as providing an opportunity
for Europeans to learn from
Canada's experiences with
"Canada, and Vancouver in
particular, have a lot of experience in dealing with challenges
related to multiculturalism and
immigration. Our experience
with these challenges and the
solutions we have arrived at are
certainly of interest to what is
becoming an increasingly
multicultural Europe," he said.
UBC Reports welcomes letters to the editor on topics relevant to the
university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
before publication date. Submit letters in person or by mail to the UBC
Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C.,
V6T 1Z1, by fax to 822-2684 or by e-mail to janet.ansell@ubc.ca.
Continued from Page 1
gram is run entirely by UBC
student volunteers who make
up the local WUSC committee on
campus. They arrange admission, housing and course registration for students before their
arrival, and provide personal
support throughout the year.
Sponsored students automatically become members of the
local committee.
WUSC's national executive
director Marc Dolgin was recently
on campus to sign a revised refugee student support agreement.
The agreement includes increased funding from the Alma
Mater Society and the Office of
Awards and Financial Aid.
Awards and Financial Aid provides a bursary for refugee students that this year was raised
to include tuition fees and a book
allowance for up to three students per year for the duration of
their academic program.
"This makes UBC the leading
university in Canada for providing bursary support for refugee
students," Peterson said.
Last year, UBC students voted
in a referendum to commit one
dollar per student to the refugee
program, doubling their earlier
As well, the UBC Faculty Association provides an annual
donation of $10,000 to support
refugee student sponsorship and
other WUSC activities on campus including book drives for
needy universities abroad and
overseas study opportunities for
UBC students.
The word "gap" has many
meanings, including that of"...
make up deficiency; (Oxford)",
but the UBC dental,clinic via
the Ministry of Health is not
doing it: 2,000 needy teenagers
from all over the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley are to
get one month's free dental
care. How does this fill the gap
of these kids' needs? It doesn't
even make a dent to address
their needs.
First consider the number of
teenagers. In one day anyone
could find more than 2,000
teens in need of dental care in
the neighbourhood of
Grandview Woodlands. To find
them is like spitting on the
sidewalk. Now consider what
one month's dental care would
include for all 2,000. Would
they get one maybe two teeth
filled and a cleaning?
Whoopee. After 14 to 16 years
of having insufficient dental
care this offer is the equivalent
of giving a homeless person a
blanket during a winter storm.
It's high time the Ministry of
Health and all the professions
under its auspices started
walking their talk. When they
do we won't have articles such
as this one touting accolades to
people who are merely slapping
other people in the face.
Alison Cameron
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Department of Anatomy
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
invites applications and nominations for the position of
Head of the Department of Anatomy.
We seek an academic leader, internal to UBC, who will
direct and develop the teaching and research programs of
the department. The department has 15 full-time faculty
members and four part-time/clinical faculty members and
attracts research support of approximately $1,000,000
annually. Candidates should have a proven record of
scholarly achievement, a strong research background, a
commitment to undergraduate and graduate medical
education and the ability to encourage and develop interdisciplinary initiatives. Starting date will be Sept. 1,1997.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This appointment is subject to final budgetary approval.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements,
this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and
permanent residents.
Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae
and the names of three referees, should be directed by July
31,1997 to:
Dr. John A. Cairns,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Room 317, Instructional Resources Centre
University of British Columbia
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3
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Crash Test
[_! .en Forgacs photo
Paramedics work on an accident "victim" while others await treatment
curbside following a staged collision between a passenger van and pickup
truck on Health Sciences Mall recently. Co-ordinated by UBC Health,
Safety and Environment, the scenario allowed staff from the Fire Dept.,
B.C. Ambulance Service, RCMP, UBC Parking and Transportation and
Campus Security, Health, Safety and Environment, the Vancouver Hospital
and Health Sciences Centre - UBC Site, and the UBC Public Affairs Office
to test response and co-operation in emergency situations.
1 007 L'ANNtE
Canada's Year
of Asia Pacific
Canada 1997
Students set to voice
diverse opinions
Some UBC students will greet this fall's APEC Economic Leaders'
Meeting with picket signs, others with open arms.
News that the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Economic Leaders'
Meeting will be held Nov. 25 at UBC has garnered reactions among
students that run the gamut from opposition to active support.
A group called APEC Alert is holding rallies, panel discussions and
other events to outline their opposition to the APEC leaders' meeting.
They strongly believe the campus should not be the venue for the
meeting due to human rights violations in some member economies.
The Alma Mater and Graduate Student societies have adopted more
moderate policies, but are also concerned about human rights issues.
The AMS is planning to sponsor a major conference on APEC issues in
the fall, with the hope of presenting a final conference document to APEC
leaders or senior officials.
AIESEC (a French acronym for International Association for Students
in Economics and Commerce) is an international student group supported by business and industry that organizes international student
Its UBC members are planning an APEC Young Business Ambassadors program to bring in students for work-study tours throughout the
summer. As well, they are attempting to arrange temporary work placements in APEC economies for Canadian university students.
They also plan an APEC-related conference, the Youth APEC '97
Forum Oct. 2-3, which will bring the Young Business Ambassadors and
other representatives of the Asia Pacific region together with Canadian
students, academics, business leaders, non-governmental organizations
and government representatives.
The APEC-University Forum is another group of UBC students that
plans to provide information and discussion on APEC issues through a
series of meetings, panels and cultural events throughout the summer
and fall terms.
These events are intended to provide an opportunity for students to
voice both their interests and concerns on APEC issues ranging from
trade liberalization to human rights to create a better understanding of
the benefits APEC can bring.
UBC students are also taking part as individuals in a whole range of
APEC and CYAP (Canada's Year of Asia Pacific) academic and youth
These include an electronic conference associated with the APEC
Trade Ministers' meeting in Montreal, an APEC study centre symposium
in Banff and the CYAP Youth Conference planned for Winnipeg in October.
Increasing numbers of students — especially from the Faculty of
Commerce and various international programs — have come forward to
act as volunteers for APEC. Screening and placement is being handled by
the APEC Canadian Co-ordination Office in Vancouver.
More information about APEC and UBC's involvement can be found on
the World Wide Web at www.ubc.ca under "News, Events and Attractions."
Top students tackle
Shad summer projects
Fifty-two top math and science students from Canadian high schools will
gain some insight into the lives of people
with visual impairments this summer as
they participate in the Shad Valley Program at UBC.
Students will develop a product or
service to help people with visual impairments as one of two major projects they
will undertake.
A second project involves the creation
of a product or service that will promote
appreciation or awareness of the natural
The program's theme this year is Ways
of Seeing.
The Shad Valley Program immerses
some of Canada's brightest young minds
in the world of science, technology and
entrepreneurship. Students are selected
for the program on the basis of their
academic achievements and leadership
Shad Valley Director Alice Cassidy said
the program is supported by the public
and private sectors in Canada and other
countries who place students in jobs for
the month of August upon completion of
the Shad program.
"One of the best things about the program is that it shows students that they
can do a variety of things with the skills
they have. Many enter the program with
the idea that they will become a doctor or
engineer. We show them ways to use their
skills to the best of their abilities and to
do a variety of things," said Cassidy.
"They learn that they can be an architect
and a writer, or a doctor and a researcher."
While at UBC, the students participate
in a variety of workshops and lectures
touching on subjects ranging from the
Internet to earthquakes to biomechanics.
Workshop titles include: Evolution of a
Technology Business; Cooperation, Competition and Group Processes; Music Metamorphosis; DNA Detective; and Wildlife
Biology among others.
Committee considers
faculty club options
The Advisory Committee on the Faculty Club continues to examine the feasibility of re-opening the former Faculty
Club building as a financially viable gathering place.
Over the past six months, the committee has spent many hours discussing and
investigating different options for a university gathering place, said committee
chair Jacqueline Rice, director of UBC's
Financial Services.
A survey was developed and administered to a broad constituency of the university community in April of this year.
The committee designed the survey to
gather input on the needs and wants of all
university members regarding a social
"Overall, survey respondents indicated
strong support for a university gathering
place and emphasized the importance of
such a facility to individuals and to the
university as a whole," Rice said.
The survey results also showed that
the majority of respondents would only
use the facility during the daytime hours,
with lunch being the most desirable service. Due to the changing demographics
and lifestyles of the university community, evening and weekend use would be
minimal, survey results showed.
'The lack of business for food facilities
during off-peak hours would require
membership dues to be charged to ensure financial viability," she said. "Respondents to the survey clearly indicated
their support of a gathering place would
diminish as membership fees increased.
Many respondents felt that a university
social centre should be a non-elitist, non-
membership oriented entity."
After lengthy discussions with Campus Planning and Development, the committee also concluded that a significant
initial capital investment would be required to upgrade and renovate the existing building. This capital could only be
obtained through a major fund-raising
"The committee realized that these
barriers to a stand-alone social centre
may be overcome by combining efforts
with other entities on campus. To this
end, the committee is now actively pursuing a partnership with the proposed
Liu Centre for International Studies, and
with the Housing and Conferences Dept.,"
Rice added.
The concept that appears the most
financially viable will be presented to the
Board of Governors at its July 24 meeting. This concept consists ofthe following
general plans:
•   The bottom floor of the Faculty Club
building be used as a centre for international studies (the Liu Centre), consisting of 31 offices, meeting and seminar space. The Erickson wing will be
available for catered functions such as
• The main floor of the building be used
to house a university gathering place,
consisting of a dining room, kitchen,
lounge and bar facilities, as well as a
lobby/reception area and possibly
reading or conference rooms. These
facilities would be available to everyone, including the general public.
• In addition, the third floor has the
potential to provide space for a university gathering place and additional
meeting and social areas. In order for
the facility to be financially viable, one
half of the third floor must generate
rental revenue. Space allocations between the second and third floors ofthe
building are flexible, and the committee
is investigating different design options.
• All meeting rooms, conference, and
social space would be available for
rental by any member ofthe university
community or the public.
• A new residential complex would be
built to the southwest of the former
Faculty Club building, and would provide approximately  110 rooms and
suites to be rented to university visitors
and Liu Centre delegates. The development of this residence would allow the
present Gage Court rooms to be redesigned as additional student housing.
Housing and Conferences Dept. staff
would also be relocated to this new
building. The committee does not support a commercial hotel at this location.
'The Advisory Committee on the Faculty Club is optimistic that the synergies
created by this joint project will provide
advantages for the entire university community," Rice said.
"The committee believes that a social
gathering place is important to this community and recognizes that in times of
fiscal restraint and cutbacks compromises need to be made. The majority of
the committee supports incorporating the
gathering place with an international
study centre and a residential complex
and believes a partnership would serve
the best interests of the university and
the surrounding community."
Comments and questions on the committee's report are welcome. Ifyou would
like further information, please contact
Jacqueline Rice, Chair, Advisory Committee on the Faculty Club, 822-4800 or
Lyn Manning at 822-2455. e-mail
lyn@flnance. ubc. ca. 4 UBC Reports ■ July 10,1997
David Strangway, president, 1985-1997
During the 12 years that David
Strangway has served as UBC's president, the university community has grown
to include a great number of friends and
partners in British Columbia, across
Canada and around the world.
As president of UBC, Strangway has
worked closely with a vast number of
individuals on campus, and in the public
and private sectors in Canada and abroad.
The relationships he has built with hundreds of people during his term allow
UBC to benefit from an extended network
of friends and partners.
People who have met or worked with
Strangway in past years are quick to acknowledge the impact he has had on UBC.
They are also bound to mention the respect he has earned for his dedication and
commitment to excellence in education.
The UBC Board ofGovernors is pleased
to acknowledge the vision, leadership
and accomplishments of David Strangway
during his 12 years as president.
Dr. Strangway has been instrumental
in the building of UBC's national and
international reputation as an academic
institution of excellence in teaching and
research. He has built lasting relationships and partnerships with other post-
secondary institutions and with businesses and individuals throughout Asia
and the Pacific.
Dr. Strangway has left UBC outstanding legacies of new buildings like the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and
the Koerner Library; and the third largest
endowment of any Canadian university.
His fundraising successes are legendary
with the "World of Opportunity" capital
campaign exceeding Its goal. The benefits
that flow from the development of university lands for housing will be enjoyed by
future generations of students. The Outstanding Student Initiative continues to
attract and keep excellent students while
also improving access.
With David Strangway, UBC has entered a new era of cooperation with the
Greater Vancouver Regional District. The
Official Community Planning process and
the Municipal Governance Study will yield
unprecedented change and opportunities for the university.
Thank you to David and Alice
Strangway for their tireless service and
dedication to UBC.
Shirley Chan
Chair, UBC Board of Governors
David Strangway proved to be the right
person at the right time. Through his
leadership and vision, the university
strengthened both its community and
international ties and recognition as a
centre of excellence, while successfully
running the biggest capital campaign in
its history. David didn't run a popularity
contest but he earned everyone's respect,
and that's what it's all about.
Peter J. G. Bentley
Chairman, Canfor Corporation
Kent Kallberg photo
The relationship between the Alumni
Association and the university has
evolved during David Strangway's presidency and continues to evolve.
I was fortunate to be president of the
Alumni Association in 1996/97 when
these two independent but complementary entities enjoyed an atmosphere of
communication and support.
It was always a pleasure to meet with
the president. He is a man of vision, of
great intellect, of tremendous energy but
also someone who is down to earth,
practical, who listens, who contributes
to ideas presented by others and who is
open to creating new solutions.
We will miss David at UBC but should
be extremely excited about his future
visions — yet more contributions from
an individual who has already contributed more to our society than most could
ever dream about. I wish David and Alice
the very best.
Tricia Smith
UBC Alumni Association, 1996-97
During his 12-year term as president
of UBC, David Strangway's vision and
expertise have taken the university to a
new level by stimulating incredible corporate, government and community partnerships which will benefit the university
for decades to come.
It was because of Dr. Strangway that I
came to UBC and have been able to
continue the legacy of the Man in Motion
World Tour through the creation of the
Disability Resource Centre and most recently the Rick Hansen Institute.
Through his support the university
has been transformed into one of the
most accessible in Canada. It has been a
great pleasure for me to work with David
Strangway, and a privilege to have the
opportunity to get to know this exceptional person.
Rick Hansen
Executive Director
Rick Hansen Institute
With Sweden's visiting King Carl Gustaf XVI on campus.
Warren Schmidt photo
Walking around our beautiful campus
one is very much aware of the impact
David Strangway has had on UBC.
Crowned by the spectacular Chan Centre, the face of UBC is changed forever.
More importantly, David Strangway has
challenged us to seek excellence in every
aspect of university life. As our graduates
who have lived at Green College, played
on the stage of the Chan Centre, created
high-tech companies in the Gerald
McGavin building, or lifted weights in the
new sports facility, emerge as leaders in
their chosen fields, we will honour his
vision and leadership.
Haig Farris
President, UBC Alumni Association
I have been very fortunate to have
worked with Dr. Strangway for the last 12
Under David Strangway's leadership,
the University of British Columbia has
grown in size and stature. Its finances are
in better shape now than they have ever
been In the institution's history (from a
$50-million endowment to over $500 million today) and it enjoys a reputation as
one of the premier universities on the
Pacific Rim.
Thank you David, for carving a path
for the future of our university with your
great wisdom and foresight.
Robert H. Lee
UBC Chancellor, 1993-96
David Strangway proved to be the right person at the
right time."
—Peter J. G. Bentley UBC Reports ■ July 10,1997 5
Tributes from the community
History should record David Strangway
as one of the most successful university
presidents in Canada. Those of us who
served on the search committee to find
the best person to serve as president of
UBC had no difficulty in concluding that
Dr. Strangway was that person. In retrospect I believe he has exceeded our expectations both in fundraising, developing
the campus and establishing an international reputation for our university. Based
on my experience as a member of the
Board of Governors and Senate, Chancellor and Chair ofthe UBC Foundation,
I always found him open to consultation
and discussion and his integrity and
dedication to the university and the students has never been open to question.
We have been extremely fortunate to have
had David Strangway as the president of
our university.
Leslie R. Peterson, QC
UBC Chancellor, 1987-93
Chair, UBC Board of Governors
Universities draw their strength from
their communities. Great universities
embrace this relationship as a way to
define scholarship and education, as a
way to sharpen intellectual debate, and
as a way to improve the world. The particular situation in a Faculty of Forestry
differs little, except that our success depends critically on the success of the
university in making these connections.
David's focus on external relations
has opened the door for Forestry to become more firmly connected with its
external constituents — alumni, government agencies, environmental organizations and the forest products industry.
Without these linkages, it would be impossible to maintain high quality by striving for excellence.
And, without excellence the University
of British Columbia will serve it community only poorly. David blazed the trail for
us all.
Clark S. Binkley
Dean, Faculty of Forestry
" It would be hard to find a
university president in
Canada who has done
more for his university."
—Martin Hollenberg
When David Strangway arrived at the
University of British Columbia in November 1984 there was considerable
unrest on campus in the 18 months
preceding his arrival. Two presidents
had come and gone.
Much of this occurred as a result of a
severe government restraint program
necessitating the downsizing of faculties
and the termination of a number of programs. In addition, the university was
very short of capital dollars, with the
result that the physical plant was in
disrepair, research capital was limited
and no new buildings had been constructed for many years.
Within a short period of time, David
addressed these problems and initiated
a program to reverse the financial problem.
I view the fundraising program as
the most significant development under David's term as president. Coinci-
dentally, this program was so broadly
and geographically based that it developed many new friends for the university.
The construction program that was
initiated in the late 1980s resulted in the
unfinished university becoming not only
finished, but a very modern institution
in all respects.
The real contribution of David
Strangway to the university, the people
ofthe Province of British Columbia and
to Canada will not be fully understood
until several years after his presidency.
At that time his greatness and his
contribution will be recognized and his
place as UBC's number one president
W.R. Wyman
UBC Chancellor, 1984-87
Chair, World of Opportunity
Campaign, 1989-93
It would be hard to find a university
president in Canada who has done more
for his university than David Strangway.
A man of great vision and enormous
energy and persistence, David has worked
hard to prepare UBC not just for the near
future, but for the challenges it will meet
10 to 20 years from now.
He has left an enormous legacy that
will continue to grow with time.
Martin Hollenberg
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
David and Alice Strangway have met with countless friends and supporters
ofthe university in the past 12 years.
Speaking to students at Stride Avenue Elementary School in Burnaby for
Science in the Schools program.
It is difficult for me to write these words
on the occasion of David Strangway's retirement. No one over these many years
has done more for UBC than David, and
we will miss him in the President's Office.
Over the 12 years that I have come to know
him, he has recreated this institution as a
modern university ready for the challenges
of the next century. His work to create a
dedicated constituency for UBC not only
in North America, but also in the Far East,
has been outstanding, as have been the
many other extraordinary endeavors he
has undertaken on our behalf. We send
him and Alice our very best wishes for the
The Hon. Nathan T. Nemetz
UBC Chancellor, 1972-75
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tion and entertainment.
The university's Official Community
Plan is being developed to ensure development at UBC addresses the needs and
concerns of the immediate community
and the region.
Student life has been enhanced by the
creation of many new scholarships as
well as the construction of Green College
and St. John's College, which bring together in residence graduate students
from a range of disciplines. Wired in
advance for new technology, the
Thunderbird Student Residences were
built with the needs of present and future
students in mind. New scholarships ensure students have an opportunity to
pursue excellence in graduate and undergraduate education at UBC. Thousands of present students and recent
graduates have reaped the benefits of
Strangway's efforts. Of all UBC alumni,
42 per cent received their degrees during
his two six-year terms as president.
Under Strangway's leadership, UBC
has built on its international relationships. Today UBC has more than 150
academic agreements with institutions
in Asia, North America, Central America,
South America, Europe, Africa and Australia. UBC's exchange program allows
students to spend a portion of their studies in another country, gaining insight
into other cultures and new ideas while
serving as ambassadors for UBC and
Canada. UBC has achieved a goal set in
1989 of having five per cent of undergraduate students spend a year or term
studying abroad and is the most active
university in Canada in this area.
After he leaves UBC, Strangway intends to provide further opportunities
for advanced education to students from
around the world through his plan to
establish a small, private undergraduate university in B.C. UBC students—
past, present and future—will continue
to realize the benefits of a UBC education, and of his vision and dedication, for
many years to come. 6 UBC Reports ■ July 10, 1997
July 13 through August 16
Monday, July 14
Vancouver School of
Theology Summer School
Who Is This Jesus? Dr. Michael
Bourgeois. St. Andrew's College,
Saskatoon. VST Iona Bldg. ,8:30-
10:30am. Continues to July 18.
$225. Retired $113. Call 822-
Vancouver School of
Theology Summer School
All The Trees Shall Dance For
Joy: Sacred Acts. Sally Armour
Wotton, Alexandra Caverly
Lowery, Kelly Walker. VST Iona
Bldg., 9am-4pm. Continues to
July 18. $200. Call 822-9815.
Vancouver School of
Theology Summer School
Christianity and Enculturation.
Fr. Vincent Donovan, co-sponsored with the Native Ministry
Consortium. VST Iona Bldg.,
9am-12noon. Continues to July
18. $225; retired, $113. Call 822-
Science Summer Camps
Summer Science Camp For Kids
Ages 6-14. Offered by the
Outreach Program in the Dept. of
Physics and Astronomy. Continues to Aug. 8. Hennings 208,
9:30am-3:30 or 4:30pm. $160 to
$225 depending on session. Call
Vancouver School of
Theology Summer School
Keeping Faith: Theology And Living With Spirit In The World. Dr.
Marilyn J. Legge, St. Andrew's
College, Saskatoon. VST Iona
Bldg., l:30-3:30pm. Continues
to July 25. $280; retired, $140.
Call 822-9815.
Vancouver School of
Leaving A Legacy: Wisdom Of Our
Seniors. Roy Bonisteel, journalist and former host of CBC's "Man
Alive." VST Iona Bldg., 1:30-
3:30pm. Continues to July 18.
$225; retired, $113. Call 822-
Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
Linear Bacterial Chromosomes:
How They Reproduce And How
They Mate. Prof. Carton W. Chen,
Genetics, National Yang-Ming
University. Copp 2002, 3:45pm.
Refreshments 3:30pm. Call 822-
Resident Speaker Series
The Quest For Distinction: Reflections On The Labour Process
In Rural India. Vinay Gidwani,
Economics. Green College
5:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Regent College Public
Eastern Orthodox And Evangelical Spirituality: The Core Of A
Common Agenda. Bradley Nassif,
Ji Packer. Regent College Chapel,
8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Tuesday, July 15
Calligraphy Exhibition
On The Edge Of Language: An
Exhibition And Exploration Of
The Chinese Visual Art Of Shu
Fa. Works by Yukman Lai and
students. Continues to July 30.
Choi Lounge, 10am-4pm (Mon-
Fri); 10am-5pm (Sat.). Demonstration July 19 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-2629.
Vancouver School of
Theology Public Lecture
Fade To Black: The Rise And Fall
Of Journalism. Roy Bonisteel,
Journalist and former host of
CBC's "Man Alive." VST Chapel
of the Epiphany, 7:30-9pm. Call
Wednesday, July 16
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival Opening
Jeremy Begbie, Carol and Stewart
Henderson (a whimsy); Loren
Wilkinson, Luci Shaw (poetry); Lisa
Calverly (dance); Rags to Glory
gospel choir. Regent College
Chapel, 8-10pm. Call 224-3245.
Thursday, July 17
Vancouver School of
Theology Public Lecture
Speaker from the Native Ministry
Consortium Faculty. VST Chapel
of the Epiphany, 7:30-9pm. Call
Regent College Public
Architecture: Crossover From
Heaven To Earth... And Back
Again. Stefan Brunhoff. Regent
College Chapel, 8-9:30pm. Call
Friday, July 18
Regent College Public
Weather Forecast: A Poetry Reading. Luci Shaw. Regent College
Chapel, 8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Saturday, July 19
Regent College Bus Tour to
Mission, Westminster Abbey
The Work Of Father Dunstan
Massey. Hosted by Prof. Loren
Wilkinson, Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy. Regent College parking lot, 12:30-7:30pm.
$30 includes bag supper. Call 224-
Calligraphy Workshop
On The Edge Of Language: An
Exhibition And Exploration OfThe
Chinese Visual Art Of Shu Fa.
Demonstration, Workshop. Choi
Lounge, 2:30-4:30pm. Call 822-
Regent College Concert
Michael Card. Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts, 8-10pm. $20 and
$17.50atTicketmaster, 280-4444.
For information, call 224-3245.
Sunday, July 20
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival
The Top Ten Thousand Of All Time.
Ron Reed. Regent College Chapel,
8-10pm. $12. Tickets at Regent
College Bookstore, 228-1820. For
information, call 224-3245.
Monday, July 21
Vancouver School of
Theology Summer School
The Questing Generations: Baby
Boomers And Generation Xers. Dr.
Wade Clark Roof, U of California,
Santa Barbara. VST Iona Bldg.,
l:30-3:30pm. Continues to July
25. $225; retired, $113. Call 822-
Regent College Public
Crossover: God And The Senses
In The Old Testament. Gordon
McConville. Regent College Chapel,
8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Tuesday, July 22
Vancouver School of
Theology Public Lecture
Seeking God: The Modern Spiritual Quest. Wade Clark Roof, U of
California, Santa Barbara. VST
Chapel ofthe Epiphany, 7:30-9pm.
Call 822-9815.
Wednesday, July 23
Regent College Public
The Dancing Fool. Rikk Watts.
Regent College Chapel, 8-9:30pm.
Call 224-3245.
Thursday, July 24
Board of Governors Meeting
The Open Session Begins at 8am.
Fifteen tickets are available on a
first-come, first-served basis on
application to the board secretary
at least 24 hours before each meeting. OAB, Board and Senate room,
6328 Memorial Road. Call 822-
Vancouver School of
Theology Public Lecture
Inside Community, Outside Convention: What Is At Stake In Doing
Theology? Marilyn J. Legge, St.
Andrew's College, Saskatoon. VST
Chapel ofthe Epiphany, 7:30-9pm.
Call 822-9815.
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival
Organ Concert. Edward Norman.
St. John's Shaughnessy, 8pm.
Tickets $8 and $10 at Regent College Bookstore, 228-1820. For information call 224-3245.
Friday, July 25
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
A Baroque Extravaganza. Ellen
Hargis, soprano; Marc Destrube
and David Douglass, violins;
Margriet Tindemans, viola da
gamba; Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord; and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. Music Recital Hall, 8pm.
Pre-concert introduction 7:15pm.
Adults, $20. Students/seniors,
$16. Call 732-1610.
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival
Searching For Our Homeland: An
Evening Of Poetry, Performance,
Humour And Observation. Carol
and Stewart Henderson. Regent
College Chapel, 8pm. Call 224-
Saturday, July 26
Internet Workshop For Building
And Design Professionals (PC Platform). Joost Houwen. David Lam
Microcomputer Lab. 9am-5pm.
$230 (sharing terminal), $270
(dedicated terminal). Call 822-
Calligraphy Workshop
On The Edge Of Language: An
Exhibition And Exploration OfThe
Chinese Visual Art Of Shu Fa.
Demonstration, Workshop. Choi
Lounge. 2:30-4:30pm. Call 822-
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival
Classical Concert. Voices Of The
Spirit. Carl Strygg, John Friesen,
Jeremy Begbie, Eric Hannan and
the Pacific Vocal Ensemble. Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts, 8-
10pm. $17.50 and $20 at
Ticketmaster, 280-4444. For information call 224-3245.
Sunday, July 27
Regent College Crossover
Arts Festival
Finale. Choir Numbers, Hymn
Sing, Dance. Hendersons, Jeremy
Begbie. Regent College Chapel,
7:30-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Wednesday, July 30
Skin Cancer Screening Clinic
For UBC students, staff and faculty. Screening done by a dermatologist. Bring sunglasses to check
UV protection. Student Health
Service, Vancouver Hospital/HSC,
Koerner Pavilion, 9-1 lam. Call
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
From Venice To Versailles. Ellen
Hargis, soprano; IMarc Destrube and
David Douglass, violins; Margriet
Tindemans, viola da gamba; and
Elisabeth Wright, harpischord. Music Recital Hall, 8pm. Pre-concert
introduction, 7:15pm. Adults, $20;
students/seniors,$16. Call 732-
Regent College Public
The 20th Century Is Now: An Introduction To The Internet.
Quentin Schultze. Regent College
Chapel, 8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Sunday, Aug. 3
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
Music From The German Renaissance. The Whole Noyse. David
Fallis, tenor. Music Recital Hall,
8pm. Pre-concert introduction
7:15pm. Adults, $20; students/
seniors, $16 . Call 732-1610.
Tuesday, Aug. 5
School of Nursing First
Summer Institute
Critical And Interpretive Approaches In Research. Dr. D. Allen,
U ofWashington; Dr. J. Anderson,
Dr. B. Paterson, UBC; Dr. M.E.
Purkis, Dr. P. Rodney, UVic. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Koerner Pavilion, 3rd floor, RoomT182. Continues to Aug. 7. Aug 5-6, 9:30am-
7:30pm incl. lunch, dinner and
reading material. Aug 7, 9:30am-
5pm. Registration $325 by July
15, $375 after. Students $190 by
July 15, $245 after. Call 822-
Wednesday, Aug. 6
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
La Fontegara. An Evening Of Renaissance Recorder Consort Music.
Peter Hannan, Alison Melville.
Nathalie Michaud and Colin Savage, recorders; and Nan Mackie.
viola da gamba. Music Recital Hall.
8pm. Pre-concert introduction
7:15pm. $20 adults. $ 16 students/
seniors. Call 732-1610.
Friday, Aug. 8
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
Midsummer Madrigals. Vancouver's award-inning Musica In-
tima vocal ensemble in a delightful programme of Mostly Madrigals from the late English Renaissance. Music Recital Hall,
8pm. Pre-concert introduction
7:15pm. Adults, $20. Students/
seniors, $16. Call 732-1610.
Wednesday, Aug. 13
Vancouver Early Music
Festival 1997
In Celebration Of Schubert.
Sanford Sylvan, baritone and
David Breitman, fortepiano. Music Recital Hall, 8pm. Pre-concert introduction 7:15pm. $20
adults. $16 students/seniors.
Call 732-1610.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery Exhibition
Laughter Ten Years After.
Curated by JoAnne Isaak. Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery,
Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun.,
noon-5pm. Continues to July 19.
Adults $2, seniors $1, students
free with valid ID. Call 822-2759.
Study for Psoriatic Arthritis
The Division of Dermatology is
looking for persons 18 years and
older, must have psoriasis as well
as psoriatic arthritis. Honorarium
paid upon completion. Call 875-
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) volunteers needed. If your first language is English and your hearing is relatively good, we need
your participation in studies examining hearing and communication abilities. All studies take
place at UBC. Hearing screened.
Honorarium paid. Please call The
Hearing Lab. 822-9474.
Severe PMS?
Vancouver Hospital Sleep Disorders Program is seeking volunteers
for PMS study. Must be 18-35 yrs.,
with marked PMS, in good health,
non-shift worker, non-smoker and
not taking medications (no Pill).
Involves two overnight sleep studies in your home. Honorarium $100.
Call Carolyn 822-7927.
Next deadline:
noon, Tues. Aug. 5
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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 B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone:
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on tiie UBC Reports Web page at http://www.ubc.ca under
'News.' Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the
Calendar's Notices section maybe limited due to space.
Deadline for the August 14 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period August 17 to September 6 — is
noon, August 5. UBC Reports- July 10, 1997 7
The classified advertising rate is $16.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the August 14, 1997 issue of UBC Reports is noon, August 5.
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver. BC. V6R 2H2. Call or
fax (604)222-4104.	
accom. in Pt. Grey area. Minutes
to UBC. On main bus routes. Close
to shops and restaurants. Inc. TV,
tea and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates
available. Call 222-3461. Fax:222-
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate S52,
plus $14/day for meals Sun.-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BROWN'S      BY      UBC      B&B.
Comfortable and relaxing
accommodation close to UBC in
quiet area. Quality breakfasts,
queen-sized beds, private bath
available. Satisfaction is assured
for your friends or professional
guests. Reasonable rates. Call
BAMBURY   LANE.    Bed    and
breakfast. View home. Two BRs,
single $65, double $85. Ten
minutes to UBC, 15 minutes
downtown. Twin beds. Shared
bathroom. Call or fax (604) 224-
spacious comfortable condo on
Blueberry. Two BRs, hide-a-bed,
two bath, mountain views. Close
to valley trails and Alta lake for
hiking, biking etc. Five mins. to
Blackcomb village. Excellent
summer rates of $120 per night,
$700 per week. NS/NP. Call 263-
waterfront accommodation.
Nextto marine park. Skywatching
from hammocks. Meals included.
Kayaking, hiking and
birdwatching. Boats and
equipment by arrangement.
Whalewatching available. Dock
and moorage buoy on site.
BATHROOM Gulf Islands (Pender
Island) cottage for rent.
Secluded, treed acreage,
spacious, comfortable.
Furnished, all modern amen., fully
winterized. September (three
months) or longer, $760/month
(plus utilities). Call 263-0110, e-
mail: prasad@cce.ubc.ca.
street level in private home. Over
600 sq.ft. in Dunbar (Marine Dr).
Fireplace, private entrance.
$ 1,300.00/mo. inc. utilities, cable,
laundry. Prefer mature person or
couple. Call 263-5101.
Next ad deadline:
noon, Aug. 5
RENOVATED, furnished house in
Dunbar. Near UBC, park,
community centre. NS, NP,
references required. Available
Aug. 8/97 - one year lease.
$2,000/mo. plus utilities. Call 222-
VANCOUVER. Large Kitsilano
townhouse (2200 sq.ft.) with view
of English Bay, close to UBC,
hospitals and downtown.
Beautifully furnished,fireplace, all
appliances, built-in stereo,
enclosed garden, large roof
deck, underground parking.
Available after Sept. 15 through
June 15 (dates flexible). $1950/
month plus utilities. References
required. Contact Harold or
Shirley Logan 732-8411.	
bathroom suite in Whistler
character home. Walk to pool/
rink, park, trails to village. Large
garden, view, all appliances,
cable, sauna. Sleeps eight. $250/
night, 10% reduction for stays over
fivenights. Children under six free.
Extra person $15. Call 451-7079
(message) (604) 938-9606.
Furnished, clean. Has full private
bath. Suit N/S N/D reliable
student, with references. $390/
month, inclusive light, heat. SW
Marine/West 49th. Call 261-6069.
MODERN, BRIGHT three/four4 BR,
2 1 /2 baths. Double garage. UBC
five minutes, one block from
schools, bus. Near shops. NS, NP.
Sept/97 - June/July/98. $2250/
mo. Call 822-8395/224-0109,
NURSERY, study, two fireplaces, 1
1/2 bathrooms, large garden.
Minutes from UBC. Close to buses,
shops, schools, parks. $1800/
month. Available September 1.
Call 261-7577 or 261-8538. Fax
Near UBC gates. N/S N/P, $800/
month, utilities included.
Available now. Call 224-2464.
SUITE. Quiet, large, cosy, knotty
cedar living room. Private
entrance. South Granville
location near buses or parking
available. $750/month includes
utilities. No smokers or pets
please. Call 261-7153.	
BEDROOM chalet/apartment
overlooking garden. Prime
location. Parking or near buses.
Available August 1. $775/month.
Utilities included. No smokers or
pets please. Call 261-7153.
Two BR townhouse near UBC and
Jericho beach. Child-friendly
community. Fully furnished. N/S
preferred. $1 lOO^Call 228-1812.
HOUSE for rent. Wonderful view
of water. All amenities. Short
summer rental or long-term. Call
and/or suites for rent at the
beach in Kitsilano. Wonderful
location. Close to UBC and
downtown. Daily, weekly or
monthly. Reasonable rates. Call
condominium at the Bristol on
UBC campus. Amenities include
spa, party room and guest suites
in a secured building. Six-month
lease from Sept/97-March/98.
$1560/month including utilities.
Call (604)228-0920.
Housing Wanted
entering UBC professional
program wishes to rent/share
bright, clean, affordable
apartment/house. Starting: end
Aug/Sept. 1. Prefer BC Children's
Hospital area. Quiet, NS, with
family pet. Fax: description
(250)472-4075. Phone 472-3133
PROFESSIONAL woman seeks a
house sitting arrangement, short
or long term, with pets/plants.
Very clean. Trustworthy. Excellent
references. Attending UBC as a
mature age student in the fall.
Call Michele 321-1097.
looking to optimize their RRSP,
Faculty pension and retirement
options call Don Proteau, RFP or
Doug Hodgins, RFP of the HLP
Financial Group for a
complimentary consultation.
Investments available on a no-
load basis. Call for our free
newsletter. Servingfacutty members
since 1982. Call 687-7526. E-mail:
dhodgins@hlp.fpc .ca.
For Sale
HOUSE for sale by owner. Deluxe,
renovated to code, sprinkler
system throughout. Two legal
units. Two storey upper 2000 sq.ft.
Two bedrooms and 2.5 baths,
laundry. Lower garden
apartment, 1155 sq.ft. Two car
garage with storage. $639,000.
Call 876-6446.
Wants You!!!!
UBC International House is
looking for volunteers to provide vital services for international students during its annual August Reception/Orientation Program
Several positions are available.
Call Wendy Ma at 822-6519
by July 31, 1997.
by staff writers
Janet Mee has been appointed Director of the Disability
Resource Centre (DRC).
Mee, a UBC Education graduate, has been involved
with DRC since its inception. She served on the original
advisory committee before being hired as an adviser in 1993.
She has been acting director
since April 1996.
As an adviser she developed programs to encourage
high school students with
disabilities to consider
science education as well as
a national career mentoring
program that matches
students entering university
with third or fourth year
students who have similar
disabilities and similar
academic interests.
DRC works to support and
facilitate the full participation
of persons with disabilities in
the university community.
Mee T°e centre also under
takes projects in partnership
with the Rick Hansen Institute that are broader in scope.
Prof. Ian Affleck in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
has won the 1997 Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists
and the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques.
Affleck's current research is carried out at the interface
between elementary particle theory and condensed matter
The prize was initiated three years ago and was awarded to
UBC Prof. Bill Unruh in 1996.
UBC School of Nursing Assoc. Prof. Ann Hilton is the
recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society/Pharmacia
and Upjohn Inc. Quality of Life Award. The award
was presented recently at the society's 22nd Annual Congress in New Orleans.
The award is designed to recognize and support nursing
excellence in the area of quality of life issues for patients and
families. Hilton was recognized for her paper entided, "Getting Back to Normal: The Family Experience During Early
Stage Breast Cancer."
Prof. Sid Katz has been
appointed director
general and chief
executive officer of the
Ontario Science Centre in
Katz takes up the position after six years as
executive director of Science
World in Vancouver. Katz, a
faculty member in UBC's
Faculty of Pharmaceudcal
Sciences, will continue as a
researcher in the faculty.
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264 -9918 donald@portal.ca 8 UBC Reports ■ July 10,1997
Researchers ready to
take whale of a call
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
John Ford is probably the only person
in the world who might realistically expect to answer his cellular phone and
hear killer whales on the line — live from
somewhere along B.C.'s coastline.
Ford, an adjunct professor in UBC's
Zoology Dept. and Fisheries Centre, and
director of Research and Conservation at
the Vancouver Aquarium, is realizing a
decade-old plan to link the killer whale
pods that cruise the B.C. coast through
the summer months to researchers at the
Vancouver Aquarium.
Ford's plan, developed while he was
doing doctoral work at UBC, has evolved
into a multi-phase project called
WhaleLink. The project involves the establishment of numerous underwater
acoustic monitoring stations along the
B.C. coastline, from the southern tip of
Vancouver Island to remote locations near
the Alaskan border.
The stations consist of hydrophones
connected by armoured underwater cable to detection and communication devices housed in a weatherproof casing
and powered by batteries and a solar
Whale sounds detected by the
hydrophone travel through filters to microprocessors which activate a cellular
phone that in turn calls researchers at
the Vancouver Aquarium. Only sounds
that meet the amplitude and duration of
whale calls are relayed through the phone.
The first station has been set up in a
Coast Guard navigational beacon near
Robson Bight in Johnstone Strait where
pods of killer whales are found almost
daily from early July through September.
"It's all set up and ready to go," Ford
said. "We're just waiting for the whales to
The project is aimed at adding to knowledge of local killer whale activity and
solving the mystery of where the whales
go when they leave the southern B.C.
coastline for the winter and spring
months, Ford said. It also enhances opportunities for further research into killer
whale language.
Johnstone Strait, the 50 km passage
between northeastern Vancouver Island
and the mainland, is the site of frequent
killer whale activity. As many as 16 pods,
with some 300 resident whales spend
much of the year in the area.
"The whales come in from the central
and north coast near Alaska with the
salmon. They typically arrive in Robson
Bight in early July and are there till the
last run of chum salmon comes through
In November or December," Ford said.
The ability to detect and listen to whale
sounds by phone from remote locations
builds on the research Ford undertook at
UBC in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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That research led him to the discovery
that killer whale pods use distinctive
dialects to communicate but may share
sounds or calls with other pods.
In addition to producing underwater
sounds for communication, killer whales
use intense clicking sounds for echoloca-
tion. A type of biological sonar, echoloca-
tion is used by the whales to navigate and
locate food in the often murky waters of
the coast.
Ford and fellow researchers, many of
whom are past or present UBC graduate
students, have determined that the 16
pods of resident killer whales on the B. C.
coast can be split into four sub-groups or
clans based on their vocalizations. Each
pod within a clan has a distinct dialect
but shares expressions with other whales
within the clan. Yet, despite the fact that
whales from the various clans often mingle, there are no shared expressions
across clans.
Ford estimates that, as well as the
resident whales which feed primarily on
salmon, there are about 250 transient
whales in the area which tend to travel in
smaller groups and feed only on mammals and seabirds.
The transients can also be identified
by their calls, although they vocalize far
less than resident whales. As stealth
hunters, transients emit infrequent clicking sounds for echolocation, but rarely
emit the longer calls common to resident
whales. Ford said they may actually listen for prey passively. Transients will
vocalize to communicate with other transients on occasion, but they speak in
"transient tongue," Ford said, adding the
transient language is common to whales
from California to Alaska.
"The transients will sometimes vocalize after they have found their prey and
the element of surprise is not necessary,"
Ford said. "And the dialect they use is
quite distinct from the residents."
A third group of whales identified by
the researchers comprises "offshore"
mammals in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Three of Ford's UBC graduate students, Zoology master's students Volker
Deecke and Harald Jurk, and PhD student Lance Barrett-Lennard, are involved
in killer whale research.
Barrett-Lennard is looking at population genetics in whales and has collected
DNA samples from 160 of B.C.'s resident
and transient killer whales.
Jurk is studying the language of the
Alaska killer whale population, while
Deecke is working on sub-dialects and
the evolution of dialects within pods.
Deecke also played a major role in
developing the computer software used by
researchers to distinguish between whale
calls in each pod and clan. Researchers at
the aquarium are now also able to use a
computer to test their ability to distin-
The Tributes Committee is seeking nominations of outstanding candidates for
honorary degrees to be awarded in 1998. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 29.
Nominations or requests for nomination forms should be mailed to: Secretary,
Tributes Committee, c/o Ceremonies and Events Office, 6323 Cecil Green Park Road,
Campus Zone 1.
Flower fans can get an eyeful of colour during the All-America Selections (AAS)
Field Days 1997 at UBC Botanical Garden and Totem Park, July 18-20.
AAS is an international program that evaluates bedding plants grown from seeds.
Plants are judged each year in trial grounds across North America and those with
significant horticultural value may be declared winners. UBC is one of five trial
grounds across Canada.
The Field Days provide an excellent opportunity for home gardeners, garden clubs,
commercial bedding plant growers, and retail and landscape trades to see new plants.
Plants on display will Include seed-grown perennials, field-grown cut flowers and
flowers in new colours, such as coral portulaca.
The garden is located on Marine Drive at West Mall (Gate 8). Field Days run from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 18 to 20. Call (604) 822-3928 for further information.
John Ford photo
Phoning the Vancouver Aquarium is likely the farthest thing from this
Orca's mind, but researcher John Ford and UBC graduate students working
on the Whalelink project eagerly await the first call. High-tech equipment
installed at the first listening station, located in Johnstone Strait connects
the whales via cell phone with aquarium staff.
guish one clan's call from another's.
The WhaleLink project will gradually
expand to include more sites as the technology is proven effective and arrangements are made to provide cellular, radio
or even satellite phone service in areas not
covered by BC Tel Mobility's cellular network. Ford said. BC Tel is currently picking up the phone bill for the Robson Bight
location. Two former BCIT students are
continuing to work on the design of the
detection and communications device.
Ford plans to have two more sites
operational by early next summer in the
San Juan Islands and the Prince Rupert
area. He is also seeking approval from the
Canadian Radio and Television Commission to use a low power FM radio frequency to broadcast the underwater
acoustic signal from Robson Bight. That
signal will then be picked up in nearby
Telegraph Cove, digitized and sent to the
Vancouver Aquarium via land line. This
will both serve research purposes and
allow the aquarium to play the whale
calls live as part of a new exhibit.
Burnaby target for
architects' challenge
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
UBC Architecture and Landscape Architecture students and top local and
international architects and landscape
architects will join forces on an urban
design task that will provide a legacy of
ideas and inspiration for urban planners
across North America.
Spurred on by the success of its first
design workshop in 1995, which focused
on Surrey, the UBC School of Landscape
Architecture has selected Burnaby's
Brentwood Town Centre as the subject of
the second International Design Charrette
for Sustainable Urban Landscapes, Aug.
"Burnaby will gain tens of thousands
of dollars worth of design expertise at no
cost to the taxpayer through this
charrette," said Patrick Condon, an associate professor in UBC's Landscape Architecture program.
The 160-hectare area surrounding the
intersection of Lougheed Highway and
Willingdon Ave. includes Brentwood Mall,
several strip commercial activities and a
huge tract of low density industrial land.
There are some apartment buildings but
very few single-family homes in the area.
A large, single-family residential community is located uphill from the site.
"It's an area that is already intensely
developed," said Condon. "Teams will have
to deal with challenges such as site
remediation and think about how a community will gradually evolve from one use
to another, and about how principles of
sustainability should and can apply to
higher density areas."
Design teams will spend a week developing urban design alternatives with an
eye to sustainable development.
The charrette is a project of the UBC
James Taylor Chair for Landscape and
Liveable Environments—an endowed research chair of the UBC Landscape Architecture program, established to explore practical ways to make urban landscapes more sustainable.
The Charrette Advisory Committee
selected Burnaby from a number of can
didate sites because it "fit to a T" a
number of important criteria, Condon
First, a future vision for the area was
recently developed in the Brentwood Town
Centre plan, which supports the regional
sustainability principles in the Greater
Vancouver Regional District's Livable Region Strategy. Second, a new light rail
line is proposed for the site. Third, a
number of environmental issues exist in
the study area, including relatively high
pollution levels in Still Creek.
"Finally," said Condon, "the area is
similar to many others in the region, and
thousands of others in North America;
consequently, design concepts generated
for the Brentwood area may also be
adapted to many other North American
Condon said Burnaby Mayor Doug
Drummond has welcomed the charrette
as a timely opportunity to explore ways to
transform the area from a car-oriented
place to a redeveloped core with facilities
for pedestrians, cyclists and connections
to greenspaces.
Teams will look to creating a "green
infrastructure" in which streets and public spaces are designed to reduce public
expenditure, improve water quality, clean
the air and add biological diversity to the
urban landscape.
Designers will also propose ways to
integrate light rail transit into the community. Integration of transit is a key
issue for residents of Brentwood, and is
also a concern for thousands of people in
many parts of Vancouver, Surrey,
Burnaby and Richmond where light rail
is proposed, Condon said. Designers will
also explore ways to increase the options
for affordable ground-oriented housing.
The finished designs will be presented
publicly on the last day of the charrette
and later published.
Results of the previous charrette were
published as Sustainable Urban Landscapes: The Surrey Design Charrette, available from UBC Press. Many ofthe design
features explored in the Surrey charrette
are being incorporated in development in
the area, Condon said.


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