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 THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
T TBC REPORTS
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Bud Break
Stephen Forgacs photo
Second-year Soil Science master's student Jesse Pratt takes a quick
mid-winter break to smell the roses in one of UBC's greenhouses. Pratt
enjoys tropical conditions while undertaking research into the effect
that soil fauna, such as mites and springtails, have on nutrient cycles.
Her research does not involve roses.
Cutting-edge chemistry
funded by Wall Institute
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
An interdisciplinary and international
research team led by one of Canada's top
chemists is set to break new ground in
the study of electron motion thanks to a
$500,000 grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS).
Chemistry Prof. Chris Brion's research
team won the annual competition for the
institute's Major Thematic Grant to use
technology developed at UBC to study the
motion of electrons in atoms, molecules
and condensed matter. Many have never
been studied before.
The objects of study are "orbitals" —
the complex patterns created by electrons as they move in and out around
their nuclei at speeds of about 16 million
kilometres per hour.
"It's a lot trickier than a photo radar
speed trap on University Boulevard," says
Brion.
By studying orbitals, the team of 14
leading researchers in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science hopes to
gain an understanding of the relation
between chemical behavior and electron
motion at a fundamental level.
The experiments will focus on the electrons which occupy the outermost, or
valence, orbitals. Brion says figuring out
how valence orbitals behave is the holy
grail of chemistry.
"We now believe that when one molecule meets another, it is the outside, low
momentum regions of valence orbitals
that initially direct and determine chemical reactivity, chemical bonding, and certain physical behaviors," he explains.
Breakthroughs in computer-aided
molecular design, screening and design
of drugs, and the development of new
materials are some of the possible applications of the research, according to
Yenyou Zheng, a member of the research
team and a senior research associate in
the Chemistry Dept.
Experiments of this kind began with
atomic physicists in Italy and Australia
in 1973.
Brion and his UBC colleagues began
their studies in 1974 and have remained
at the forefront of electron motion research ever since.
The key to observing the orbitals is
Electron Momentum Spectroscopy (EMS),
a technology applied using custom-made
machines called multi -channel electron
momentum spectrometers.
Inside the spectrometer, atomic or
molecular targets are bombarded with an
electron beam fired from an electron gun.
When struck by an electron from the gun,
an electron moving in an atom or mol-
See ELECTRONS Page 2
Author Shields lectures
at Vancouver Institute
Governor General and Pulitzer Prize -
winning author Carol Shields, ThelnteM
gence of Dogs author
UBC Psychology Prof.
Stanley Coren, and
Nobel Prize-winning
physicist Martin Perl are
among the speakers participating in The Vancouver Institute spring
lecture series at UBC.
This season marks the
institute's 82nd year.
The free series begins
Jan. 31 and continues
to April 4. Lectures take
place at 8:15 p.m. in
Lecture Hall 2 of the
Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
Recent books written by series speakers will be available at the door or at the
Shields
UBC Bookstore.
Lectures in the series include:
Jan. 31: David
Baines, "Lambs to the
Slaughter: the VSE and
the Exploitation of
Speculation."
Feb. 7: Wayson Choy,
"The Importance of
Story: the Hunger for
Personal Narrative."
Feb. 14: Richard
White, "History as the
Enemy of Memory: an
Anatomy of Remembering."
Feb. 28: Michael
Church, "A River in
Time: the Natural History of the Fraser River."
See LECTURES Page 2
Design key to safety,
says new coordinator
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
UBC's new personal  security co
ordinator Paul Wong is a
criminologist with a flair for
design.
Whether it's a parkade
or a university residence,
Wong can tell you if the
design of the environment
reduces the opportunity for
crime.
"Understanding how the
building or space is used is
the first step," says Wong who
works for the Dept. of Health,
Safety and the Environment.
Key to improving security, says Wong, is exterior
design, such as the position of stairwells and windows, lighting, landscaping and controlling growth of bushes
and trees to improve sightlines.
Wong has conducted safety audits
and evaluated the design of several edu-
Wong
catlonal institutions, including
Kwantlen and Douglas colleges, the
Justice Institute and Simon Fraser
University.
But physical design is
just one of the tools to determine risk, he says.
Wong also uses monthly
security and RCMP incident reports, safety surveys and audits. In the
most recent audit, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) had
student volunteers assess
nighttime security at various campus locations.
Increasing the involvement of the campus community in diagnosing problems is one ofWong's goals.
As co-ordinator,  he works closely
with the Personal Security Advisory
Committee (PSAC), whose representatives include the Women Students' Office, the Equity Office and Parking and
See SAFETY Page 2
Inside
Buzz Words
Offbeat: Insects help get Morgan Burke published
Wired World 11_
Campus works: Getting UBC all hooked up is one big project
Bone Show 12^
The video blockbuster of the year on campus is anatomically amazing
"writing from the oldest
continuous civilization
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UBC RESEARCH 2 UBC Reports January 22, 1998
Electrons
Continued from Page 1
ecule is knocked out of its orbital, and both "scattered" electrons ricochet away at the same
time. Two sensors pick up the
simultaneous strikes, and record
the momenta of the two scattered electrons. Knowing the
momentum of the electron from
the gun, and the momenta of the
scattered electrons, the researchers can obtain the momentum of
the moving electron before it was
knocked out of its orbital.
By repeating this process many
times, the characteristic movement, or density distribution, of
electrons in particular orbitals
can be determined with high accuracy. Once obtained, they can
be used to calculate and predict
chemical behavior. The bigger the
molecule, the more difficult the
process becomes.
UBC's first EMS machine,
built in 1974, was so slow Brion
says that observations for even
the simplest molecules required
many weeks of electron bombardment night and day. A second generation machine currently in use is 20 times faster —
better, but still slow.
A new machine under construction at UBC is expected to
be up to 40,000 times faster
than the first machine. Funded
by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
and UBC, the machine should
be ready this spring.
"We'll be able to study a wider
range of atoms, molecules, solids and surfaces," says Zheng.
Lectures
Continued from Page 1
March 7: Kal Holsti, "War in
the 20th Century: Can We Do
Better in the 21st?"
March 14: Martin Perl, "What
Einstein Couldn't Have Known:
Very Small Particles at Very High
Densities."
March 21: Angeliki E. Laiou,
"Two Versions of Christian Warfare: the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire."
March 28: Stanley Coren,
"Dogs and People: the History
and Psychology of a Relationship."
April 4: Carol Shields, "Making Words/Finding Stories."
Safety
Continued from Page 1
Transportation/Campus Security. Wong also talks with Campus Planning and Development,
students, the AMS, staff and the
RCMP.
"It's a question of pooling information and staying in touch
with concerns," he says. "I need
input from the people that use
the facility."
Wong also resolves individual
complaints and concerns.
"Sometimes there is fear of
crime even though incident reports for the area show a low
risk," Wong says. "I follow up on
those concerns because the perception of safety is as important
as the actual risk. Helping people feel secure is our goal."
Wong encourages individuals
to become familiar with personal
security resources such as the
AMS Safewalk program, the security bus and the blue-light
emergency phones.
Specific concerns or questions
can be directed to him by e-mail
to wong@safety.ubc.ca.
The new spectrometer has no
rival anywhere in the world adds
Brion.
"It's designed from scratch
and constructed in-house," he
says. "We buy components, we
scrounge from rubbish heaps
and we beg and borrow."
If everything works out, Brion
believes further technical refinements could eventually produce
a multi-channel spectrometer
that would be 400,000 times
faster than UBC's first machine.
Along with cutting-edge technology, the experience of the research team impressed the adjudicators who awarded the
grant, according to PW1AS Director Kenneth MacCrimmon.
"Considering the range of disciplines and talents represented,
the spirit of collaboration of this
research team is impressive," he
says.
Brion and Zheng are joined
by UBC Chemistry professors
Delano Chong, Keith Mitchell
and Donald Douglas, Chemistry
and Biochemistry Prof. Stephen
Withers, Physics and Electrical
Engineering Prof. Tom Tiedje,
and Chemistry senior research
associates Glyn Cooper and
Bruce Todd. The research team
also includes three other scientists based in Canada, and one
each from the U.S., Australia,
and Germany.
The Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies works to bring
together UBC researchers and
distinguished scholars from
around the world, to conduct
fundamental research that
draws upon and contributes to a
variety of disciplines.
MacCrimmon says the electron motion study won unanimous recommendations from an
adjudication committee composed of distinguished researchers from every faculty at UBC.
The application also received positive appraisals from external experts in five countries.
The deadline for applications
for the next major thematic grant
the Peter Wall Institute will award
is March 2. For more information call the institute at (604)
822-4782.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Information
Meeting
on the
Technology Development
Facility (Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 2)
Thursday, Jan. 29,1998
12:30-1:30pm, Maples Room,
Ponderosa Bldg., 2071 West Mall
To present and review the site plan for the Technology
Development Facility (Multi-Tenant Facility, Phase 2) to be
constructed on the south-east corner of Parking Lot C, east
of the existing Gerald McGavin Building.
The proposed 4,286 square metre building is a four-storey
laboratory and office multi-tenant facility.
A stage 1 Development Permit Application has been
submitted and construction is anticipated to begin Spring
1998 with occupancy Winter 1998/99.
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Study:
Kids' play may assist
adult bone strength
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
More than 200 Richmond school children are participating in a UBC study to
determine how growing bones can benefit
from increased levels of physical activity.
The study, led by Human Kinetics
Asst. Prof. Heather McKay, involves 210
Grade 3 and 4 children aged eight or nine
and will determine to what extent an
active lifestyle can contribute to bone
density—an important factor in preventing osteoporosis and brittle bones later in
life.
While a control group of children is
continuing with the normal school physical education program, a larger group is
participating in a curriculum which incorporates higher impact exercises specially designed for the study by Human
Kinetics student Lindsay Waddell.
"Much of the research money in this
fascinating area has been directed at
treatment of osteoporosis," says McKay.
"My thinking is that it's time to take a
good look at prevention. Historically,
projects that address prevention are overlooked by medical research granting agencies. They don't always have the foresight
within our health-care system to invest
that way."
While McKay's principal focus is the
effect of loading, weight-bearing or impact exercises on bone density, she is
also looking at differences in diet, and
cultural and genetic factors in the Caucasian and Asian children in the study
group.
Some of these factors include a higher
incidence of lactose intolerance in the
Asian population, as well as a possible
genetic predisposition to osteoporosis.
Despite these factors, McKay says fractures among Asians with osteoporosis
appear to be less common than in the
Caucasian population, possibly because
of a different physical geometry or bone
dimensions.
McKay, whose earlier research at the
University of Saskatchewan looked at
genetic factors in bone density and osteoporosis risk in consecutive generations
of Saskatchewan grandmothers, mothers and daughters, believes present generations of children are growing up at risk
for osteoporosis later la life because of
their sedentary lifestyles, often dominated
by television and video games.
The diminished importance of physical education in elemer tary schools and
the gradual elimination of mandatory
physical education programs in high
schools are factors McKay cites as possibly contributing to the threat of osteoporosis-prone generations.
"Children by nature are extremely active, yet for some reason we seem to be
socializing our children away from movement," says McKay.
McKay and Human Kinetics doctoral
student Moira Petit launched the Richmond study in October and found it
considerably easier to sei up than McKay's
University of Saskatchewan study. While
the Saskatchewan study required a year
to recruit and set up, McKay was able to
recruit the children, with parental permission, within six weeks thanks to the
" ...it's time to take a good
look at prevention."
—Asst. Prof, Heather McKay
co-operation of the Richmond School
Board. School board members, principals and teachers are helping administer
the program.
The children are also .surveyed on their
diet, particularly calcium intake, and their
normal activities. As we'.l, vertical jumps
and calf circumference are measured to
gauge changes in muscle strength. Bone
density is measured using a standard
diagnostic tool for osteoporosis called
bone densitometry.
McKay says teachers, involved in the
study are already commenting on what
Offbeat
Morgan Burke, part-time computer programmer at the Tri-
University Meson Facility (TRIUMF) and aspiring ficti jn
writer, is a day-dreamer by his own admission.
One of Burke's dreams recently came true when his short story, A Prayer
for the Insect Gods, won the 1996 L. Ron Hubbard Gold Award for science
fiction writing. Given annually to an amateur writer who has rever been
published, the win comes with a purse of $4,000 US.
Burke's story is about mechanical insects living in a city's junkyards
and sewers that steal parts from cars and appliances to rebuild themselves.
"I can't remember where I got the idea," says Burke. "But having a
Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy and physics, and a job at TRIUMF,
means that a lot of the ideas I come up with are science-fiction related."
Burke was flown to the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
for the award ceremony, which was attended by some of the biggest names
in science fiction and fantasy writing, including contest judges Jerry
Pournelle, Greggory Benford, Frederick Pohl and Tim Powers.
Burke's story, and those of the other finalists, will be published in the L.
Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol XIII anthology, sold at
major book shops.
Burke has since completed the manuscript for a novel, which concerns a
sacred sword and the secret cults which continue to battle over it at the
turn of the millennium.
And he's busy working on his second novel, a satire he says is about
someone who aspires to be a terrorist suicide bomber.
Stephen Forgacs photo
More than 200 Richmond school children are assisting Human Kinetics Asst.
Prof. Heather McKay and colleagues in their study of the links between
physical childhood activity and osteoporosis prevention in later life.
they perceive to be an increase in strength
and co-ordination among children participating. And, after visiting some participating groups, McKay noticed that a
few students have enthusiastically embraced their new activities such as skipping rope, one of the exercises introduced
as part of the study.
Initial results of the study, which involves UBC researchers from a number of
departments on campus, should be compiled by June this year.
Although this is the first study in which
schools have been randomly assigned as
control or experimental groups, previous
research suggests that the activities of
early prepubescent childhood have the
greatest influence on adult bone status.
"One of the strengths of this project is
that it is multi-disciplinary. We're working with people in nutrition, education,
medicine, radiology, and leisure and sport
management," says McKay.
McKay and colleagues' earlier research
into bone growth of children has shown
that childhood and teenage years are very
important for the development of bones
that will remain healthy. Although much
of the way a body's skeleton develops is
determined by genetics, her research group
found that during a three-year period
around the time of greatest height gain, or
the so-called growth spurt, the greatest
percentage of bone mass is accrued. In
fact, both boys and girls accrue 30 per cent
of their total bone mineral during this
time. This amount roughly represents the
amount of bone mineral that women will
lose over time after menopause.
The year following the greatest growth
spurt, which occurs later in boys, is
viewed as a period of "relative fragility,"
because bone density lags behind the
rapid linear growth of bones. A higher
incidence of wrist fractures have been
reported in both boys and girls during
this period.
"It's very important that children, and
particularly girls, have diets and lifestyles that support the development of
healthy bones if they are to have strong
bones and avoid problems later in life,"
says McKay, adding that it doesn't take
much in terms of weight-bearing activity
to build and maintain bone density in
children and adults alike.
Creative alumni return
to talk about write stuff
Morris Panych, Wayson Choy and Ian
Weir are among the distinguished Creative Writing alumni returning to campus
next month to discuss their writing careers in a series of noon-hour seminars.
The first seminar, on fiction writing,
features Choy, author of The Jade Peony,
Genni Gunn and Murray Logan. Held Feb.
6 at the Green College Coach House, it will
be moderated by Linda Svendsen, an assistant professor of Creative Writing.
Drama is the focus of the Feb. 13
seminar, also at the Coach House. Panych
and Joan McLeod, both Governor Gener
al's Award winners, join moderator Assoc.
Prof. Bryan Wade.
The last in the series, on
screenwriting, takes place Feb. 27 at
the Royal Bank Cinema in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts. Weir
and Dennis Foon will join moderator
Asst. Prof. Peggy Thompson.
Students, writers and the public are
invited to attend the seminars, which
all begin at 12:30 p.m.
The series is sponsored by the Koerner
Foundation and the President's Advisory Committee on Lectures. 4 UBC Reports January 22, 1998
News Digest
Senate has approved the merger of two language departments in
the Faculty of Arts.
The French and Hispanic and Italian Studies departments will
merge in April to form the Dept. of French, Hispanic and Italian
Studies. It will be headed by the present head of French, Richard
Hodgson.
The current majors of the two departments will be retained, but
both departments have been asked to develop some shared courses
and programs. The merger will have no impact on students'
abilities to complete their programs.
Arts Dean Shirley Neuman said the merger will make for
administrative efficiencies that will allow the department to concentrate its resources more effectively on teaching.
PRISM international, a literary quarterly published at UBC, has
launched the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry. The first winner is Bruce
Taylor, a Quebec poet.
The $500 award will be given each year to the best poem
appearing in the magazine.
The prize is named for Earle Birney, who was twice awarded the
Governor General's Award for poetry. Birney helped found the
university's Creative Writing program and was a former editor of
PRISM international
PRISM international has published contemporary writing and
translation from Canada and around the world since 1959. It is
already known for its annual short fiction contest.
• • • • •
A new academic chair at the university will focus on issues in
contemporary India.
The Asa and Kashmir Johal Chair of Indian Research will
enhance teaching and research on India in the social sciences, law
and humanities.
It is named for Asa Johal, a former member of UBC's Board of
Governors, and his wife, who funded the chair along with a
matching grant from the university.
The holder of the chair will also be responsible for increasing
outreach activities in B.C. and throughout Canada. The growth of
this country's Indo-Canadian community was one of the rationales
for the creation of the chair, as was India's increasing importance
in Asia.
The chair will be based in the Centre for India and South Asia
Research in the Institute of Asian Research. The naming of the chair
was recently approved by Senate and the Board of Governors.
In Memoriam
Gerald Straley
Brilliant teacher and plantsman
Gerald Straley, a leading authority on native B.C. and Canadian plants, died on Dec. 11 after
a lengthy illness. He was 52.
Straley was curator of collections and a research scientist at
the UBC Botanical Garden and
was renowned as one of North
America's most distinguished
taxonomists. He also served as
honorary director of the Herbarium in the Dept. of Botany.
During his career, Straley
wrote many articles and papers
for journals, as well as Vascular
Plants of B.C. and Flora of the
UBC Endowment Lands. He also
served as a major editor and
author on the multi-volume publication. The Flora of North
America,
Probably the publication he
enjoyed writing most was his
award-winning book, The Trees
ofVancouver. During his illness,
he was compiling notes for a
second volume.
Straley was born in Virginia
and completed his BSc degree in
Ornamental Horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He
later went to Ohio University to
study for his MSc in Botany.
He came to Vancouver as education co-ordinator at the
VanDusen Botanical Garden.
During this time he completed
his PhD at UBC under the guidance of Roy Taylor. He joined
UBC in 1982.
Mmmt»m
Straley
Straley was a brilliant and
respected teacher and had a special way of relating to academics, students and the gardening
and nursery communities.
A memorial fund has been set
up in his memory. Donations
can be made to the UBC Botani
cal Garden, c/o Bruce
Macdonald, Director, UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 Southwest
Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C.,
V6T 1Z4.
A celebration of his life will be
held at the UBC Botanical Garden from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 31.
The Creative Writing Program
at the University of British Columbia
presents
THE MASTERS SERIES 1998
FICTION
Friday, February 6th
The Coach House, Green College
12:30 p.m.
Wayson Choy, The Jade Peony
Genni Gunn, Thrice Upon A Time
Murray Logan, The King of Siam
Moderator: Linda Svendsen, Marine Life
Distinguished alumni return to campus
to discuss their writing careers. All UBC
and Creative Writing students, writers,
and the general public are invited to
attend these free noon-hour seminars.
DRAMA
Friday, February 13th
The Coach House, Green College
12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the
Leon & Thea
Koerner Foundation
Joan McLeod, 2001, Governor-General's Award
Morris Panych, The Ends of the Earth,
Governor-General's Award
Moderator: Bryan Wade, The Swamp Angel
SCREEN
Friday, February 27
The Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre
12:30 p.m.
Dennis Foon, Little Criminals,
Chalmers Award,
Gemini Award - Best Screenplay
Ian Weir, Senior Story Editor, Cold Squad
Moderator: Peggy Thompson,
The Lotus Eaters,
Genie Award - Best Screenplay
For Further Information:
Creative Writing - 822-0699 Calendar
UBC Reports • January 22, 1998 5
January 25 through February 7
Monday, Jan. 26
Reading And Talk
Mendel's Children. Sherrie Smith,
author. Buchanan E-470 at
12:30pm. Bring your lunch. Call
822-0699.
Mechanical Engineering
Seminar
The Production Of Oriented
Strand Board: Challenges And
Research Opportunities. Pat
Crammond, Mechanical Engineering. CEME 1204 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Light refreshments. Call
822-3770.
Biochemistry And Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
Seminar
Bacterial Transferrin And
Lactoferrin Receptors. Anthony
Schryvers, U of Calgary. IRC #5
at 3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call Dr. Strynadka 822-
0789.
Astronomy Seminar
The Mass Distribution In Spiral
Galaxies. Stephane Courteau,
Herzberg Institute of
Astrophysics, Dominion
Astrophysical Observatory.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refresh-
mentsat3:30pm. Call822-4134.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Deconstructing APEC - A Community Panel. David Lertzman,
Chair, Community and Regional
Planning. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.	
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar Series
Microbial Diversity In Deep Subsurface Environments. Jim
Fredrickson Battelle PNNL.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3308.
UBC Humanists' Society
Lecture
The Science Of The Soul: A Naturalistic Account Of Life. Don
Brown, Philosophy. Scarfe 206
at 12:30pm. Free donuts. Call
739-9822.
Botany Seminar
Sixth Extinction: How Large, How
Soon, And Where? Stuart Pimm,
U of Kentucky. BioSciences 2000
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
2133.
Lectures in Modern
Chemistry
Enzymes In Organic Synthesis -
Whither Next? Bryan Jones, Prof.,
Chemistry, U of Toronto. Chemistry B-250 (south wing) at lpm.
Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call
822-3266.
Metals And Materials
Engineering Seminar
Combustion Of Particles Of Copper Concentrate In A Stagnant
Furnace. Anabel Thomas. Frank
Forward 317 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
1918.
Oceanography Seminar
New And Regenerated Primary
Production In The Northeastern
Subarctic Pacific Ocean. Diana
Varela, Oceanography, Earth and
Ocean Sciences. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Centre For Applied Ethics
Colloquium
The Commercialization Of Human Genetics: Imperialism of
Disease And Inadequate Regulatory Options. Tim Caulfield.
Health Law Institute, U of Alberta. Angus 413 from 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Assisted Reproductive Technology:
AChristian Perspective. Edwin Hui,
Prof.; Director, Chinese Studies
Programme, Regent College.
Buchanan penthouse at 4:15pm.
Coffee at 4pm. Call 822-4351.
Green College Speaker Series
Gender And Performance In The
SouthAsianTradition. Mandakranta
Bose. Green College at 5:30pm. Reception Graham House from 4:45-
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Film Screening And
Discussion
Evening With First Nations Women
Filmmakers. Arlene Bowman,
Navajo filmmaker. MOA Theatre
Gallery from 7-9pm. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy. Dr.
R. Hawkins; Dr. R. Orfaly; Dr. P.
Kokan, Orthopaedics. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Institute Of Asian Research
Festival
Lunar New Year Festival. CK Choi
lobby from 9am-6pm. Call 822-
2746.
Centre For Japanese
Research Seminar
The Ainu And The New I: Rethinking Tsugaru. Sherry Tanaka,
Graduate Studies. CK Choi 12C
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
Financial Planning: Tuning Out The
Noise. John Caspar, columnist anc
broadcaster. Chemistry 250 frorr
12:30-1:20pm. Call 822-1433.
Concert
Wednesday Noon Hours. Camilk
Churchfield, flute; Eugent
Osadchy, cello; Christopher
Millard, basson; Rena Sharon, pi
ano. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm
$3 at the door. Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminars
Gene Regulation In Prostate Can
cer. Dr. Colleen Nelson, Cancer
Endocrinology, BC Cancer Agency
BC Women's Hosp 2N35 at 2pm
Call 875-3108.
Evolution, Ecology And
Biodiversity Seminars
Demographic Patterns Of Herbivo
rous Insects And Community
Structure Of Coral Reefs: Wha":
Can We Learn From Literature:
Syntheses. Buck Cornell, U of
Delaware. Family and Nutritional
Sciences 60 at 4:30pm. Cookies
Hut B-8 at 4pm. Call 822-3957.
Health And Medicine Lecture
Series
Barriers To Access, Barriers To
Learning: Can Access To Medical
Care For Rural And Remote BC.
Communities Ever Be Improved'*
Morris Barer, Health Care and
Epidemiology. Green College at
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
19th Century Studies
The Construction Of National Ver -
naculars. Joshua Mostow, moderator, Asian Studies. Green Col-
lege at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Jan. 29
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Colloquia
The Climate Of The Younger Dryas
And The Last Glacial Maximurr.
Andrew Weaver, Earth and Ocea: l
Sciences, U of Victoria.
GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pn .
Call 822-3287.
Science First! Lecture Series
Visual Development And Plasticity:
How Using Your Brain Changes It.
Dr. Max Cynader, Ophthalmology.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-1:30pm.
www.science.ubc.ca/seminars/
seminarseries.html or call 822-5552.
Cross-Cultural Literary
Studies In Asia Group
Seminar
Gender, Performance And The
Family Dynamic In Postwar Japanese Fiction. Sharalyn Orbaugh,
Asian Studies. CK Choi 120 from
l:30-3pm. Call 822-2629.
Biostatistics Seminar
The Role Of A Consulting Statistician: My Experience. Vera Sit,
Ministry of Forests. CSCI 301 from
4-5:30pm. Call 822-0570.
Physics Colloquium
D(X2-Y2) Pairing And The Mechanism For High Time Superconductivity. DougScalapino, Prof. U
of California. Hennings 318 at 4pm.
Refreshments at3:45pm. Call 822-
3631.
Law And Society Seminar
APEC At UBC And The Rule Of Law
In Canada: Roundtable Discussion. Various speakers. Green College from 8-9:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Friday, Jan. 30
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
A Proposal For Colo-Rectal Screening Program. Dr. Andrew Coldman,
Cancer Control Research. Mather
253 from 9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
National Perinatal/Neonatal Initiatives. Margaret Pendray, BC's
Children's Hospital. GF Strong
Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Conference
Law In Fragmented Societies Current Directions In Canadian Socio-
legal Studies. Socio-legal scholars
from across Canada. No registration fee. Green College from 9am-
5pm. Call Wes Pue 822-6525 or
822-1878.
Fish500 Seminar
Spatial And Temporal Patterns Of
Covariation In Survival Rates,
Growth Rates, And Age At Maturity Of Sockeye Salmon. Randall
Peterman, SFU. Hut B-8 Ralf
Yorque Room at 11:30am. Refreshments at 1 lam. Call 822-2731.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Glucose-Dependent Insulinotropic
Polypeptide: Functional Aspects
And Therapeutic Potential. Prof.
Chris Mcintosh, Physiology.
Cunningham 160 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-7795.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Developing Issues On Building
Material And Mould. Brad Prezant,
Industrial Hygienist, Prezant Associates. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
UBC, Koerner G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9302.
Curriculum Studies Seminar
Mistaking Maturity For Ability: The
Relative Age Effect. Roger Bamsley,
St. Thomas U. Scarfe 310 aat
12:30pm. Call 822-5826.
Soil Science Seminar
Natural And Anthropogenic Reasons And Results Of Soil Acidification. Tadeusz Filipek, Agriculture,
U of Lublin. MacMillan 154 at
3:30pm. Call 822-6534.
Mathematics Colloquium
Our Sun Site. Bill Casselman, Prof.
Mathematics. Math 100at3:30pm.
Refreshments Math Annex 1115
at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Biofiltration Control Of Reduced
Sulfur Pulping Odours. AltafWani,
Chemical Engineering. ChemEng
206 at 3:30pm. Coffee ChemEng
204 at 3:15pm. Call 822-3238.
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Dynamical Modelling Of Biological
Development. Lionel Harrison, Prof.
Chemistry. Chemistry D-225 (center
block) at 4pm. Call 822-3266.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Centre for Japanese
Research Forum
Deregulation OfElectric Power- North
America And Japan. Takahide
Niimura; Post-Currency Crisis In
Asia, Bernard Yeung, U of Michigan.
CK Choi 120 from 9:30am-12pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-8434 or e-
mail nakamura@unixg.ubc.ca.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Lambs To The Slaughter: The VSE
And The Exploitation Of Speculation. David Baines, journalist.
IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Concert
Distinguished Artists. Gilbert
Kalish, piano. Chan Centre at 3pm.
Tickets available through
Ticketmaster. Call 822-5574.
Monday, Feb. 2
Asian Food Festival
Various Asian Cuisine. Asian Centre Aud. from 1 lam-3pm. Continues to Feb. 4. Call 1 -888-208-5557.
Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology /Virology Discussion
Group
The Regulation Of Sendai Virus
RNA Synthesis. Dr. Sue A. Moyer,
Medical Genetics and Microbiology, U of Florida. IRC #3 at
12:30pm. Refreshments at
12:20pm. Call Dr. Astell 822-2142.
Concert
Percussion Ensemble Recital. Sal
Ferreras, director. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Mechanical Engineering
Seminar
Vibration Control In Industrial
Aerodynamics. Sandeep Munshi,
Mechanical Engineering. CEME
1204 from 3:30-4:30pm. Light refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Biochemistry And Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
Compartmentalized Signalling In
Hematopoietic Cells. Dr. Stephen
Robbins, Oncology and Medical
Biochemistry, U of Calgary. IRC
#5 at 3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call Dr. Gold 822-4070.
Astronomy Seminar
The Emergence Of Structure In
The Universe And The Formation Of The First Galaxies. Len
Cowie, U of Hawaii. Hennings
318 at 4pm. Coffee, tea at
3:30pm. Call 822-4134.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
How Johnny Depp Goes Back In
Time, Or Approaching The Continuum Of First Nations Imagery
From The Northwest Coast. Todd
Tubutis, Anthropology and Sociology. Green College at 5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.	
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
Series
SRC-Family Tyrosine Kinases
And Their Role In Cell Signalling. Stephen Robbins, Oncology and Medical Biochemistry,
U of Calgary. Wesbrook 100 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-3308.
Botany Seminar
Novel Light-harvesting Genes
And Proteins In Algae. Roger
Hiller, Biological Sciences,
Macquarrie University.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Metals And Materials
Engineering Seminar
Leaching Of Cupriferrous Gold
Ore By Cyanidation. Francois
Coderre. Frank Forward 317 at
3:30pm. Call 822-1918.
Oceanography Seminar
Internal Tides In Dixon Entrance.
Ana Carrasco, Oceanography,
Earth and Ocean Sciences.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Green College Speaker
Series
Social Justice And Citizenship -
What's Going On? Ed Broadbent,
JS Woodsworth Chair in Humanities, SFU. Green College at
5:30pm. Reception Graham
House from 4:45-5:30pm. Call
822-1878.
Film Screening And
Discussion
Evening With First Nations
Women Filmmakers - A Series
Of Three Evenings. Barb
Cranmer. MOA Theatre Gallery
from 7-9pm. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Complications In Spine Surgery.
Dr. M. Dvorak, Orthopedics.
Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-
4192.
UBC REPORTS
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 B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available
on the UBC Reports Web page at http://www.ubc.ca under
'News.' Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the
Calendar's Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the February 5 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period February 8 to February 21 — is
noon, January 27. 6 UBC Reports January 22, 1998
Calendar
January 25 through February 7
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
Faculty Pension Plan: Thinking
Strategically. Stan Hamilton,
Faculty Pension Plan. Chemistry 250 from 12:30-l:20pm. Call
822-1433.
Conceit
Wednesday Noon Hours.
Wolfgang Basch, trumpet; Martin Berinbaum, trumpet; Edward
Norman, organ. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $3 at the door.
Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminars
The Multiple Roles Of P13-Ki-
nase In Regulation Of
Hemopoietic Cell Functions. Dr.
Vincent Duronio, Medicine. BC
Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm.
Call 875-3108.
Lecture
Exploration Of Femininity In New
Caledonia. Louise Johnson, Anthropology and Sociology,
Monash University. Centre for
Research in Women's Studies
and Gender Relations lounge
from 3:30-5:30pm. Call Kristin
822-9171.
Evolution, Ecology And
Biodiversity Seminars
The Influence Of Fish Predation
On Invertebrate Community
Structure In A Fishless Stream.
Jordan Rosenthal. Family and
Nutritional Sciences 60 at
4:30pm. Cookies Hut B-8 at 4pm.
Call 822-3957.
The Interdisciplinary
Seminar
Whose Ethical Issues In Genetics? Michael Burgess, Chair Biomedical Ethics, Centre for Applied Ethics. Green College at
5pm. Call 822-0549.
Theatre At UBC
AMouthful Of Birds. Joyce Miller,
director. BC Tel Studio Theatre
at 7:30pm. Continues to Feb. 14.
Call 822-2678.
Cultural And Media Studies
Interdisciplinary Group
The Press And The Public: A Relationship In Trouble. Donna
Logan, Director, Journalism.
Green College at 7:30pm. Call
822-1878.
Thursday, Feb. 5
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Colloquia
Black Holes And Thermodynamics. Bill Unruh, Physics and Astronomy. GeoSciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-1814.
Science First! Lecture
Series
Imaging: Watching The Working
Brain. Elana Brief, Physics; Kent
Kiehl, Pyschology; Alex MacKay,
Physics. Wesbrook 100 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-5552 or
www.science.ubc.ca/seminars/
seminarseries.html.
UBC ArtsFest '98 Concert
Basically Brass. UBC Brass Ensemble; Ed Norman, organ; Martin Berinbaum, conductor. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call
822-5574.
CICSR's Distinguished
Lecture Series
Colour Image Processing And
Applications. Anastasios
Venetsanopoulos, U of Toronto.
CICSR/CS 208 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments. Call at 822-6894.
Physics Colloquium
TBA. Shuaji Sondhl, Princeton
U. Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call 822-
3631 or www.physics.ubc.ca.
Policy Issues In Post-
Secondary Education In BC
The University In The 21st Century. Michael L. Skolnik, OISE, U
of Toronto. Green College at
4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
UBC ArtsFest '98 Concert
Basically Brass. UBC Symphonic
Wind Ensemble; Vancouver Symphony Brass Ensemble; U of
Calgary Wind Ensemble; Martin
Berinbaum, director. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Friday, Feb. 6
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
The Canadian Heart Health Initiative Ontario Project: Predisposition, Capacity And Implementation In Ontario Public Health Departments. S. Martin Taylor, Prof..
Chair, Geography, McMaster University. Mather 253 from 9- 10am.
Paid parking avail, in Lot B. Call
822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
From Banting To The Analogues:
Past, Present And Future Of Insulin. Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine. GF
Strong Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Third Annual Graduate
Symposium
Instant Asia - Constructing New
Identities In An Era Of Globalization. Dr. Aihwa Ong, U of California. Continues to Feb. 8. $20 registration fee includes banquet. Call
Amab Guha 221-1506.
Fish500 Seminar
Prince William Sound Ecosystem
Modelling: Discussion Of The
Project. Hut B-8 RalfYorque Room
at 11:30am. Refreshments at
11am. Call 822-2731.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Hypertension And Diabetes Differentially Regulate Cardiac Endothelial Lipoprotein Lipase. Nanda
Sambandam, Pharmaceutical Sciences. Cunningham 160 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-7795.
UBC ArtsFest '98 Concert
Basically Brass. U ofVictoria Brass
Ensemble; Louis Ranger, director.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Animals As Sentinels Of Human
Health Risk. Dr. Craig Stephen.
Vancouver Hosp/HSC. UBC,
Koerner G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9302.
Creative Writing Master
Series Seminar
Fiction Writing. Wayson Choy,
author and novelist. Green College Coach House at 12:30pm. Call
822-0699.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Hypertension And Diabetes Differentially Regulate Cardiac Endothelial Lipoprotein Lipase. Nanda
Sambandam, Pharmacology and
Toxicology. Cunningham 160 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Science And Society
Making The History Of The Earth:
Interactions Of The Human And
The Natural Sciences. MJS
Rudwick, History and Sciences
Studies U of California. Green
College at 3pm. Call 822-1878.
Linguistics
Colloquium Series
A-Chains: Voice And Aspect. Karen
Zagona, Linguistics, U of Washington. Buchanan penthouse at
3:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
4256.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Transmembrane Protein Transport
In Hollow-Fibre Reactors. Marek
Labecki, Chemical Engineering.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Coffee
at 3:15pm ChemEng 204. Call 822-
3238.
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Theory And Application Of High
Resolution Quadrupole Mass. Don
Douglas. Prof. Chemistry. Chemistry D-225 (center block) at 4pm.
Call 822 3266.
UBC ArtsFest '98 Concert
Basically Brass. UBC Jazz Ensemble; Bill Watrous, trombone;
Fred Stride, director. Chan Centre
at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Symposium
The Third Annual Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Graduate Student Symposium. No keynote speaker. Green College from
1 1 am-4:30pm.   Reception   at
4:30pm. Call Charity Mewbum
736-0316or Jonathan Wisenthal
822-4225.
Concert
Simon Fraser University Pipe
Band. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
822-9197.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Importance Of Story: The
Hunger For Personal Narrative.
Wayson Choy. author and novelist. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call 822-
3131.
Notices
UBC Zen Society
Each Monday during term (except
holidays) meditation session. Asian
Centre  Tea  Gallery  from   1:30-
2:20pm. All welcome.  Call 228
8955.
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? Help us find out!
We are looking for parents with
babies between four to 15 months
of age to participate in language
development studies. If you are
interested in bringing your baby
for a one hour visit, please call Dr.
Janet Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for
Monika).
UBC Medical School
Needs male and female volunteer
patients of any age, either healthy
or ill to help students learn how to
interview and complete a physical
examination (external only). The
total time for each teaching session is between two-four hours,
Tues-Thurs. pm. Travel expenses
will be paid. Call Vancouver Hos-
pital/HSC 875-5943.
Museum of Anthropology
Current Exhibits. From Under The
Delta: Wet-Site Archaeology InThe
Lower Fraser Region Of BC. Continues to April 1/98. 6393 N.W.
Marine Drive. Hours of operation
are Wed.-Sun. llam-5pm. Tuesday 1 lam-9pm. Free 5-9pm. Call
822-5087.
Art Exhibition
Recalling The Past: A Selection Of
Early Chinese Art From the Victor
Shaw Collection. MOA Continues
to Aug 31/98, Wed-Sat 11am-
5pm; Tues llam-9pm. Call 822-
5950.
Studies in Hearing and
Communication
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.
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words! We are looking for children (two-fouryears old)
and their parent(s) to participate in
language studies. If you are interested in bringing your child for a
forty five minute visit please call
Dr. Geoffrey Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology at
UBC, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
Parents With Adolescents
Are you interested in learning how
family conversation and activities
are integral to the career development of your adolescent? We are
inviting mothers and fathers with
their 14/15 year old(s) to come to
UBC to participate in parent adolescent conversations about career.
Follow-up for6months. $100 honorarium. Please call Dr. Richard
Young's project team, Counselling
Psychology Dept. 822-3985.
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Last two weekend of regular season play:
January 23 & 24
vs University of Saskatchewan
February 13 & 14
vs University of Regina
Check out the action at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
Game times 7:30 pm
Art Exhibition
Roy Arden, a selection of works
from 1991-97. Arden's subject is
the landscape of the economy, as
it appears through the everyday
surface of his local surroundings. Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm;
Sat-Sun 12-5pm. Continues to
Jan. 25/98. UBC students, staff,
faculty free with valid ID. Call
822-2759.
Children's Art Program
The UBC Department of Curriculum Studies — Art Education invites children 7-10 to participate in a unique visual art
program at the UBC Child Care
Services Bldg. Mondays 5-
6:15pm. Feb 2-Mar 22/98. $20
per child. Call 822-5321.
Research Study
Relationship Study. Hetero men
(25 years of age and older), in
relationships of greater than six
months needed for a UBC study
of relationships. Complete questionnaire at home, receive $10.
Call 822-2151.
UBC Campus Tours
The School and College Liaison
Officer offers guided walking
tours of the UBC campus most
Friday mornings. The tours begin at 9:30am and run for 90
minutes. Interested students
must pre-register for the tours at
least one week in advance. Call
822-4319.
Testosterone Study
Volunteers Needed
Men aged 55-70 with low free
testosterone are needed to test
the effects of an approved form of
oral testosterone (Andriol) on
bone mass, body composition and
sexual function. Dr. Richard Bebb
is the Principal Investigator. For
more information or to sign up
for this study please contact
Mary-Jo Lavery, RN (Study Coordinator) at 682-2344 ext. 2455.
Classroom Hearing
Accessibility Conference
The Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research is sponsoring a
conference, "Interdisciplinary
Views of Classroom Hearing Accessibility: The Sum of the Parts".
Feb. 21-22 at GF Strong. For
more information, please call
822-9474 or 822-4716.
September 1998
Kindergarten/Child
Care & Preschool
Open House
Wednesday, March 4,1998
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Contact: 822-5343
UBC Child Care Services
2881 Acadia Road, Van. UBC Reports • January 22, 1998 7
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC TRANSPORTATION PLAN -
DISCUSSION PAPER #1: JANUARY 1998
The next trek begins - Transportation issues & opportunities that
UBC students, staff & faculty must consider - Synopsis
The following is a synopsis of Discussion Paper #1. The full text of this paper is
available for viewing and downloading from the World Wide Web at http://
www.trek.ubc.ca. Hard copies will be faxed on request to the UBC TFLEK OFFICE at
822-1304.
Where we are
The UBC Strategic Transportation Plan arises from and must support the UBC
Official Community Plan, UBC Campus Plan, and the UBC president's "A Vision For
UBC?" academic and land use planning processes. In a broader context, it must
support regional objectives to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion caused by
rampant historic growth in use of the private automobile. Pollution and traffic
accidents are major public health and safety issues, not to mention their adverse
economic ramifications, with far reaching environmental impacts for future generations. As a member of the GVRD, UBC has pledged to do its part by enc ouraging staff,
students, faculty and visitors to reduce reliance on single occupant passenger
vehicles (SOVs), through incentives to use more transit, car/van pools, and bicycles,
and fewer, better coordinated truck deliveries.
Every morning between 7 and 10 a.m., roughly 22,000 people travel to UBC on foot,
by bike, in buses, in cars, in vans and in trucks to study, work, teacti, deliver, pick
up and/or visit. Nearly 13,000 of us arrive in some form of vehicle, nearly 9,000
driving alone in SOVs. Next to UBC, only Downtown Vancouver has more commuters
in the entire Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). This Strang commuter
demand focus to/from UBC is straining the transportation system Concerns are
being raised by UBC commuters over traffic jams on approaches, lack of space on
buses, non-existent bicycle facilities, and availability and price of park ng on campus.
Neighbouring residents are faced with congestion related traffic accidents, speeding
shortcutting vehicles, noise pollution, and air pollution — the loss o" their sense of
place — by more and more commuters and trucks rumbling through their communities to UBC. As the campus grows, dealing with longer cross :ampus travel
distances between classes is also becoming a challenge. What is the solution?
Where we are going
Over the next three months, a process to involve all stakeholders — students, staff,
faculty, visitors, neighbours, outside agencies—will result in a DRAFl UBC Strategic
Transportation Plan to address these issues and challenges. The consultation
process will begin with the creation of the UBC TREK Program Centre, a web site, a
public transportation forum, this discussion paper on Issues, a monthly trip
reduction contest, and a campus-wide travel survey in January. A second public
forum in February will be held to discuss the issues raised, and a second discussion
paper will be released on Options. Go Green Coordinators will be solicited from all
sites to be trained and work with the UBC TREK Program Centre to provide ongoing
input to implement the Strategic Transportation Plan. In March, a DRAFT Plan will
be released based on input received, for discussion at a third public forum. As this
made in UBC solution is created, various pieces will be implemented — bike racks on
buses, improved bike facilities, expanded car/van pools — leading ap to the UBC
TREK Card Program launch this Fall.
How we're going to get there
The TREK Program will deal with transportation issues related to commuting
to/from UBC, getting around UBC and
trucking to/from UBC. As most of the
problems facing UBC occur (or at least
begin) off campus, it will rely heavily on
partnerships between BC Transit, the
City of Vancouver, the Ministry of Highways, the GVRD, the Jack Bell Foundation Car/Van Pools, UBC departments,
and UBC students, staff and faculty, and
others. A campus-wide travel survey will
help assess where people are coming
from, what their travel needs are, and the
potential for TREK Card use and participation. Ongoing consultation through on-
campus Go Green Coordinators will ensure a program tailored and responsive to
UBC students, staff and faculty, while we
move pro-actively to reduce SOV trips.
Although the concept still needs fleshing
out based on the transportation survey
responses, the TREK Card would operate
similar to a discounted unlimited (weekdays and weekends) transit pass, but in
addition provide the card holder with cost
savings on the use of, and facilities related, to other non-SOV commute (and
cross campus travel) options — bike,
walk, car/van pools. The TREK Card
could also replace parking permits, providing preferential car/van pool parking/
credits, and/or credits for days not used.
Merchant discounts and monthly ran-
Bicycle storage lockers outside the
War Memorial Gym provide a secure,
dry option for campus bicylists.
" Every morning between 7
and 10 a.m., roughly
22,000 people travel to
UBC..."
Many faculty and staff take advantage of the Jack Bell Foundation Car /Van
Pools to commute to work on campus.
dom draws for loyal TREK Card holders will provide added incentive for broad
participation to keep program (and TREK Card) costs low. We expect the TREK Card
will cost in the range of $40 per month, depending on participation rates and the
services offered, based on a review of other programs and preliminary projections.
Sound too good to be true? Similar programs have been in place at other campuses
for several years with dramatic success — the University of Washington U-Pass
Program is the nearest most notable for example. Others exist at major US campuses,
including Stanford and UCLA.
Challenges
While the potential benefits and results are tremendous, the challenges are many. The
TREK Card Program is new. It's untested in the GVRD. There are major organizations
involved that must be pulled together and co-ordinated into a cost effective program
that properly controls trucking and that costs less for UBC commuters than the
alternatives. What is it going to really cost? Nothing is for free — right! The more people
that participate, the lower the costs will be, and the less the program will need to be
supplemented by increased parking rates. Will it be a strong enough inducement to
change commuter attitudes and, ultimately, behaviour at UBC? If it is successful, will
we have the car/van pools and buses to support the mass exodus from SOVs? The
UBC TREK Program Centre has received numerous comments to immediately raise
parking prices in B-lot by 50 per cent, to a minimum $3 per day to be equitable with
the cost of two bus passes. How do we balance the need to reduce SOV trips with the
reality that many people must take their vehicle to UBC and thereby pay the increased
parking costs? It will take thorough, open and frank discussions before we can reach
conclusions on what is the most equitable, sustainable UBC transportation strategy.
What do you think?
You've read some of what we're trying to accomplish and why, and the issues — now
it's your turn. Your opinion is critical to making a successful made-in-UBC solution.
There are many opportunities to participate via our web site, public forums, travel
survey, e-mail, phone, fax, letter, Go Green Coordinators. All personal information
will be kept strictly confidential. Over the next three months, Think About It!
We have looked back at comments and issues raised since the 1992 Campus Plan was
created. The GVRD Livable Region Plan and Transport 2021 Plans, BC Transit Plans
have been reviewed for UBC comments raised. We have reviewed public submissions
to the 1995 UBC Official Community Plan public hearings. We have scanned the 1996
Vancouver Task Force Report on Access to UEL/UBC. There has also been a bit of
information collected on previous student, staff and faculty on-campus surveys
regarding transportation issues. We hope we're aware of all the issues, but we know
there's likely some we've missed. Over the next three months, tell us what you think!
For more information contact:
Gord Lovegrove, P.Eng., M.Eng., M.B.A.
Director of Transportation Planning
University of British Columbia
UBC TREK PROGRAM CENTRE
#1014-2329 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
E-mail: lovegrove@exchange.ubc.ca
TREK e-mail: trek@ubc.ca
TREK web site: www.trek.ubc.ca
Off: 822-1304 / Cell: 802-2169/ Fax: 822-3250
'Your opinion is critical...' 8 UBC Reports January 22,1998
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION PLAN - DISCUSSION PAPER #1: JANUARY 1998
Trip reduction suggestions received to date and responses
Idea
Outside Agency Response
UBC Trek Centre - Position / Next Steps
Perhaps a more feasible way is to have an inverse parking fee. The
more people who are in the car when it arrives at the parking
lot, the less it costs for the day.
HOV lane on WB 41st, w/West Blvd
Also UBC should completely discourage on street parking within
the campus road system unless the owner lives on campus.
The UBC TransportationDepartment could start a parking permit
program
As a cyclist I have always been shocked at the dramatically low
amount of bicycle racks near the entrance of each building.
Night lighting on 10th
Night lighting on Chancellor (2)
Implement a Yellow Bike Program fashioned after Portland
Implement a trip reduction volunteer program fashioned after
those in California (In California they're called Employee
Transportation Administrators)
For cyclists continuing straight on 16th approaching Wesbrook/
16th,or straight on East Mall approaching East Mall/16th there
should be dashed paint lines across the turning lanes to warn
motorists that they are potentially crossing a bicyclist's path
Koerner Library - more, closer bike racks
SW Marine near 41st/horse crossing - uneven pavement
eastbound between shoulder and driving lanes- several
cyclists have taken spills
Remove 10th (University Boulevard) bike path, put in bike lanes
on roadway - narrowness, bumpiness, high traffic volume,
pedestrian traffic and golf crossings, not to mention the darkness and
slippery leaves, south s/w is unsuitable for high speed commuting.
Remove parking on 16th through park - aesthetically displeasing
(can't I get away from cars anywhere??) and dangerous (door
openings),
Increase parking on campus to $5 per day min'm; as it is now,
B-lot is 50% less than taking transit
Bike lanes on 16th, beside parked cars - they should stay off the
bike lanes, to give cyclists a safe place to cycle. I don't enjoy
having to swoop in and out of traffic that is going at least 70km/h
- it's dangerous, especially at night
BC Transit and City of Vancouver support, but may be up to 7
years away
BC Transit own these lights; matter has been referred to them
Province controls this highway and has no funds to improve; have
okayed UBC doing
BC Transit and the GVRD have agreed to sponsor a UBC Go
Green Coordinator training program, which would see volunteers
at each work site/student area helping to promote non-SOV travel
MoTH: Agreed, and have given UBC permission to paint dashed
lines when weather permits
MoTH Response - Will inspect and get back to us.
MoTH Response - They support the idea, but feel the abutting UEL
residents should be consulted prior to implementing
MoTH aren't convinced it's a big enough problem, especially in view
of the request from GVRD Parks staff for more parking
MoTH - 16th Avenue consists of two moving traffic lanes in each
direction plus a wide shoulder which may be used by bicycles and
disabled or parked cars unless prohibited by regulatory signs.
More covered bike parking.
Cyclist-activated traffic lights
Roundabouts (as opposed to traffic circles, a similar but less
effective traffic control device)
Rational/safe bikeway system on campus
UBC Bus Loop - Give buses priority over peds/cars
UBC Bus Loop - Get people to line up properly vs scrum
Use electric train from PNE for on-campus shuttle
White Bike Idea! I've actually heard people talking about this one,
which is an amazing feat at a widely dispersed campus like UBC's.
Graded parking', depending on where you live - how close/far,
single parents, mobile jobs, etc..
Cheaper bus passes, esp. for students - It currently costs more to
take the bus to and from the Uni than it does to park in B-Lot!
Aggressive PR -I would make it very clear that UBC's policy is to
DISCOURAGE SOVs at all fronts. If you drive by yourself, you
should feel guilty and will not be receiving the standard, "god-given
right" to cheap parking and readily available road space.
BC Transit response: We would be generally supportive of measures
that give priority to buses arriving and leaving the campus via
University Blvd.
Would need some way of "counting" the people in the car; may
require toll booths at parking lot entrances again. Great idea in
theory; open to suggestions on making it work.will consider in
Strategic Transportation Plan (STP)
Support, but why 7 years away? Should consider westbound HoV
lane in AM.
Agreed, but why allow residents to park on streets? Aren't we
trying to get everyone to cut down on using vehicles?
Agreed. Funding for bike racks was cut a few years back. We're
hoping to get it re-instituted. Also a bit of an aesthetic concern.
Agreed that the lighting needs to be improved; who should pay?
Agreed that lighting needs to be improved, but should UBC
pay (estimated cost would be close to a $1 million!)
Portland's program went under; we're pursuing a contact in Denmark with the Copenhagen Public Bike Program, which is still
running strong after several years (and has Coca Cola as a
sponsor!)
Agreed and pursuing: This is a cornerstone of any successful
program - Committed volunteers that help get the word
out and organize their communities!!
It's a winner! Will be done as soon as possible
Agreed. Will pursue with University Architect
Pending MoTH response, will pursue.
We've applied for a Provincial Grant under the Cycling Network
Program to do this work. Letters of support have been received
from the MoTH (local office), BEST, and UBC Sustainabiliry office.
Will pursue public consultation issue with MoTH and UBC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to try and expedite.
Checking accident history with the RCMP; We need your feedback
on this one - had any near misses? Please document them and
e-mail us so we can quantify how bad the problem is. We're
working on a possible compromise to install signs that say "No
Parking 7am to 7 pm Weekdays" when most commuters/cyclists
would be in conflict with parked cars. Comments?
Parking is a critical element in an overall Transportation Strategic
Plan, but we must also ensure that transit, car/van pool, bicycle
alternatives are improved. There will likely need to be a parking
increase, but it needs to be done with due process and
consideration of the issues.
Obviously, the MoTH feel the situation as it is is safe enough.
We'll ask RCMP for accident stats over the last few years. The
MoTH are caught between the Pacific Spirit Park users, who want
to park there, and us who want the parking removed. We'll see if
we can get the MoTH to put a compromise in place with "No
Parking - Weekdays" regulatory signs.
Agreed. Will pursue as part of new buildings, and retro-fits to
existing.
Most signals on campus have detector loops in the pavement that
would pick up a metal bicycle frame and trigger the signal. You
just need to stop your bike over them. If you are having a problem
with a particular signal, let us know and we'll have a look at it.
Agreed - a very sustainable traffic control device. A roundabout is
a form of unsignalized traffic control at intersections that has been
around the UK for years, but only recently been gaining popularity
in NA. Will be considered as part of future road and development
planning. May be applicable at existing locations, but not yet cost
effective to implement
Agreed. Will be done as part of Strategic Transportation Plan
process - we'll need volunteers to sit on a Bicycle Advisory
Committee (our local bicycle users/experts) - Interested? Let me
know.
We've discussed a concept with BC Transit that they're looking
into. It involves making all traffic on University Blvd yield to buses
leaving the loop, via "Yield" or "Stop" signs on either side of the
loop exit driveway.
This is a common courtesy issue.
Might work! But may have insurance problems to license for road
use. We'll check into and report back.
As above, we're reviewing the Denmark program. Also, a pilot
project is being explored with Agricultural Sciences students.
Will be considered in STP process.
Agreed. Pursuing as part of Trek Program with BC Transit
Agreed. Will be discussed as part of STP process UBC Reports • January 22, 1998 9
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION PLAN - DISCUSSION PAPER #1: JANUARY 1998
Suggestions (cont.)
Idea
Outside Agency Response
UBC Trek Centre - Position / Next Steps
Use Student labour and ideas - there are many people up there
with a lot of energy that you could mobilize for your cause. If
students are on your side as well, this will help the cause immensely.
Ask the AMS to create a committee and get funding to work with
you. I did this with a recycling committee that I helped form 3 years
ago, we ended up getting $5K and good support for the SUB's
recycling plan.
Pave the bike path along University Blvd. Why not follow the path
of the rest of society and get corporate sponsors to cover some of
the costs? "The Norco Bikeway" or the "Rocky Mountain Way"
come to mind.
I always wondered why the route just below University Blvd. is never
promoted as a BikeWay. It is MUCH nicer that the university path,
has wide paved bikeways already, starts and ends just 2 blocks
north of Uni, and I never see anyone on it!!!
Have a "Bike to School" day or week, sanctioned by the University
(or not, if they are too slow).
Work mostly on positive, progressive, friendly ideas, ensuring that
there were also a few hardcore programs with some teeth in the
background.
End of trip facilities - showers, change rooms in new bldgs
Safe bike storage - cheap bike lockers, dispersed
Change the Route 44 frequency in the afternoon to 15 min.
between 4:00 and 5:30 PM to compare with the morning. This
would compare with the schedules of other North Van buses
Make it safer. One aspect of increasing safety is cyclist education.
Cycling BC (the BC sport provincial cycling body runs a 2 day, 2
evening cycling in traffic course called CanBike II). UBC should
adverstise the course, coordinate a course at UBC, and/or
subsidize the costs ($100).
See if you can improve the signage to the motorcycle shed near
the north parkade so riders can access it from both directions.
The B-Line 99 is a great improvement, but for me, it tends to end
its express routes too early in the evening. I have often thought a
useful substitute would be to have some way to "advertise" the
need for a ride or the opportunity to offer a ride by car. My
suggestion for your web site is to set up what might be called a
car-pool-booking-agency.
I think we should be looking very hard at Telecommuting as a way
of reducing vehicle traffic to and from UBC. With current
technology many could work/study at home one or more days per
week. Obviously there are many who couldn't do this, but if those
of us who presently commute to the campus every day could, on
average, work/study at home one day per week, this would have
a significant impact on traffic.
Freeway-style intersections at 16th: the suggestion to indicate to
left-turning drivers that they are crossing a bike lane is good,
but also needed is a sign for drivers turning "right* on the exit at
Wesbrook that they are crossing a bike lane (many cyclists
continue straight here to East Mall). In Europe and North America,
I've seen flashing caution signs indicating to drivers that cyclists
are crossing their paths at the off-ramp style exit.
In consultation with cyclists, establish patterns of bike use on
campus and through campus, and designate several north-south
and east-west routes. These should be signed and well marked,
and follow natural patterns of bike traffic. In many cases this may
just mean painting lanes on the roads. In other cases, parts of the
boulevard/sidewalk, etc. could be used. When there is new
construction/road revision - plan whenever possible/appropriate
inclusion of bike lanes (!!)
Work with GVRD/Ministry of Highways/City of Vancouver to
establish formal bike lanes/ways on approaches to UBC (16th,
SW Marine Dr., NW Marine Dr., improve University BLVD. lane).
Make sure these are designed for commuters, who are generally
interested in getting to and from work as quickly and easily as
possible, and aren't so interested in aesthetics (e.g. a lane next to
traffic, as along the margin of 16th, would be best).
16th between Dunbar and UBC gets heavy bike traffic. If the city is
not considering this as a bike route, they should be made aware of
the fact that as one of the most direct bicycle routes to UBC,
this route is heavily used by bicylists and should be a prime
candidate for a bike route.
Would it be possible to have some kind of online petition or just an
info site for commuter rail to UBC? The more students that know
that a rail line is even remotely possible, the better the chances for
grassroots support.
Encourage bike riders to have front lights when riding at night.
Many of them speed on the wrong side of the path; it's resulted in
at least one accident and broken ribs already. Suggestion: Warn
them through the student newspaper, and then have the RCMP
set up an information post at the St. Anselm's Church and stop
and educate negligent cyclists. Sell bike lights at UBC Bookstore
give away as prizes. Need wider path next to golf course too.
#44 went in at introductory service levels in 1997. We plan to
improve servce incrementally over the next few years as ridership
grows and as we get sufficient resources. One important difference
between #44 and other services to campus is that we plan to
continue running it through the summer months, albeit at reduced
AM peak frequencies.
UBC Parking Office
B-Line evening service is proposed in the 1998/99 Annual Service
Plan.
These intersections are under MoTH control. Changes will be
discussed w th them
Every route requested is a designated bike commuter route by City
of Vancouver, except for 16th Avenue (future route potential).
MoTH response: Generally all roadways under the jurisdiction of
the Ministry of Transportation and Highways are open to all classes
of vehicles including bicycles. Bicycles are prohibited on freeways
and some dasignated bridges.
Vancouver is currently developing the Ridgeway West Greenway/
Bikeway Extension in the DunbarAVest Point Grey Area. It
connects the existing Ridgeway Greenway from Granville and
37th to the Off-Broadway Bikeway at about 8th and Discovery.
Although 16th is not being considered at the moment, 18th Avenue
from Dunbar to Camosun is being reviewed. After this project is
completed, a connection from Camosun to UBC via 14th or 16th
is a strong possibility. Cannot promise anything at the moment.
Doug Louie P.Eng, M.Eng., Bicycle Coordinator, City of Vancouver.
RCMP agree with the concern and will be conducting information
posts to educate cyclists on the University Blvd. path to use
lights at nignt
Agreed. Pursuing with the AMS and GSS as part of our Transportation Advisory Committee in the STP process
See above. Also, we are pursuing several grants from the AMS as
part of their Innovative Project Fund program, including funds for
more bike racks on campus, bike racks on the 99 B-line, public
bikes, smart card technology, cargo bikes.
University Boulevard outside the campus is a UEL/MoTH responsibility and control. We are pursuing improvements with them.
Again, this is through an area not controlled by UBC. The
established path, by the MoTH and UEL is University Boulevard.
We'll pass on for their comments.
Why just bike? Why not Trek to UBC Day including bus, bike,
walk, telecommute and pool? Suggested date: March 4th (i.e.
forth) Get it?!
Excellent point. Agreed.
Agreed. Will be a policy in the new STP
Agreed, as above
Agreed.
Will make contact with Cycling BC and BEST to discuss a UBC
course rate. Will incorporate if possible into TREK Card.
Parking office staff will review existing signage and
implement improved signage as needed.
Support BC Transit service improvement plan.
The bulletin board is a good idea and will be part of the TREK Card
system
Agreed, this has potential and will recommend as part of STP
action plan that ways to promote be explore via the UBC transportation advisory committee
We've received approval from MoTH to paint dashed lines
across each of the turning lanes (see above). If concerns persist,
will re-visit this suggestion.
Will be done as part of STP, especially in consultatation with
cyclists!
Agree with need to provide for commuter bike facilities.
Support 16th Avenue route development; will work with City of
Vancouver on its implementation.
Agreed. Will add to our Web Site, which is at www.trek.ubc.ca
Agreed. Have asked RCMP to conduct information sessions when
possible over the next week or so to remind everyone, cyclists
included, that they are responsible for bike path safety. Will also
pursue possible night light sales/prize ideas. On-road bike paths
would alleviate the concern over path width.
Respond to the 1998 UBC Transportation Survey: and win!
For more information, see p. 11 this issue. 10 UBC Reports January 22, 1998
Leaders of Tomorrow
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and strive to inspire others to similar service. These awards
recognize youth 17 years of age and under, and separately,
youth aged 18 to 25.
We know there are many students at the University doing
volunteer work in their community. This is your opportunity to help us recognize these students.
Nomination forms are available from Volunteer Vancouver at 875-9144.
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264 -9918 donald@portal.ca UBC Reports ■ January 22, 1998 11
Mass Moving
Stephen Forgacs photo
Main Mall becomes a busy thoroughfare between classes as a good portion of UBC's
32,593 students walk or cycle from building to building.
Campus works
Campus Connectivity Project
Connecting campus at
high speed project goal
by Stephen Forgacs 	
Staff writer
What do public school teachers, UBC graduate and undergraduate students, professors,
special needs children, farmers and university administrative si aff have in common? They
represent just a few of the groups on and off campus that stand to benefit as UBC moves
toward becoming a technologically "connected" campus.
Prof. Perry Leslie, head of Educational Psychology and Special Education, says the Campus
Connectivity Project (CCP) — a major initiative to provide high-speed connectivity linking every
desktop in UBC offices, classrooms, residences and labs to each other as well as to the outside
world and the Internet — will benefit groups and individuals on and off campus.
Connectivity across campus will allow faculty in his department to offer special programs
and courses, such as one for public school teachers on the inclusion of special needs students
in regular classroom situations.
"With direct access to information technology, we'll be able to build courses and make them
available throughout the province and beyond," says Leslie.
"Many faculty members in my department are really enthuse d about multimedia work and
the opportunity to use technology to support teaching and research. The ability to access this
technology from our workplace will be a tremendous asset."
The Campus Connectivity Project was initiated in 1996 to at ;end to the clear need to provide
complete high-speed network connectivity throughout the campus. A new, technologically
superior network will enhance teaching and research capabilities, allow greater use of technologies such as video conferencing and multimedia, and greatly improve high-speed, paperless
communication within faculty and administrative domains and across campus.
Elaine Borthwick, admissions adviser in the Faculty of Law, says the project will allow her to
greatly improve efficiency in her area and, in so doing, provide oetter service to the students,
faculty and staff who rely on quick and convenient access to information.
"Connectivity is crucial for the Faculty of Law," she says. "For example, all of the admissions
information we collect in the faculty has to be re-entered into the Registrar's files. Our inability
to connect directly with some administrative systems leads to an unnecessary duplication of
work and creates hassles for students.
"With connectivity we will be able to download admissions ir formation directly to the Registrar's system and retrieve information with much greater ease.'
"The scope of the project is immense," says Prof. Richard Tecs, chair of the CCP Steering
Committee. "For one thing, there are 450 buildings spread over the 400-hectare campus. Of
these buildings only 100 are currently interconnected with optical fibre cable to the existing
UBC network. Off-campus, UBC-related sites, particularly in our teaching hospitals, don't have
appropriate connectivity to campus."
By the time the new high-speed network is completed, an additional 20,000 ports will have
been installed and the legacy of copper wire in many currently 'connected" buildings replaced,
Tees says. A 1995 survey revealed that fewer than 46 per cent of UBC's faculty and 65 per cent
of its desk staff had connections to the current network.
"If UBC is to remain a major teaching and research universiiy and we are to improve our
teaching, research and administrative functionality, we need to put this network infrastructure
in place," Tees says. "UBC's most important resource is its people. We have to provide the
infrastructure, the tools, to allow the members of the campus community to make effective use
of their energy and talent."
As part of the first phase, work to connect the Curtis law complex to the network is already
underway and the design and planning for Buchanan, Chemistry, the Forward building, Hebb,
Hennings and Wesbrook are at an advanced stage.
The project is guided by a management team, headed by Ted Dodds, associate vice-president,
Information Technology, and the steering committee composed of student, staff and faculty
representatives selected based on their special concerns and expertise in areas such as classroom, student and library access, network security, and local area network operations. A network
of project partners from each faculty and vice-presidency has been created so that as each
building, and each space is connected, its users will have helped plan and sign-off on the work.
Questions or comments on the project can be addressed to Susan Mair at 822-3938 (e-mail:
susan.mair@ubc.ca) and to Steering Committee Chair Richard Tees at
rtees@cortex.psych.ubc.ca. Complete information is available on the project's Web page at
http://www.ccp.acit.ubc.ca/
People
by staff writers
David Measday has been appointed dean pro tern
of the Faculty of Science effective Jan. 1, 1998.
Measday, a physics professor and associate dean
in the faculty, will serve as dean until Aug. 31, 1998, or
until a new dean is appointed. He takes over from Barry
McBride who resigned as dean following his appointment
to the position of vice-president, Academic and Provost.
Before coming to UBC Measday spent six years as a
research fellow at Harvard and Switzerland's Geneva
University, followed by two years as staff physicist in
Geneva. He became a professor at UBC in 1975 and was
appointed associate dean in 1990.
• • • •
Joanne Emerman has been named associate dean.
Research, in the Faculty of Medicine. She will coordinate research operations as well as the 16 graduate student programs in the faculty.
Emerman, a professor of Anatomy, has been a faculty
member since 1980, and was elected by faculty to UBC's
Board of Governors in 1996. She has served as acting head
of the Dept. of Anatomy and chaired the Faculty of Medicine
Curriculum Evaluation Committee.
Chris Brown, a former career diplomat with extensive
experience in foreign affairs in the Asia Pacific
region, is UBC's new director of International
Relations.
Reporting to the vice-president, External Affairs, Brown will
be responsible for supporting and representing the university on
a wide range of international programs and initiatives.
Brown, who starts March 1, has been working on
campus since 1996 in the capacity of Foreign Service
Executive Interchange Office — Visiting Scholar.
All UBC students, staff & faculty
Read your e-mail
starting Wednesday, Jan. 21
&Win!
1998 UBC Transportation Survey
A "made-in-UBC" Strategic Transportation Plan requires your
input — Tuum est!
A letter and questionnaire has been sent by the UBC Trek Program
Centre to all UBC e-mail addresses regarding the future of transportation to, from and on the UBC campus.
Students, staff and faculty are urged to respond on this very
important issue to be eligible to win one of over $4,000 worth of
prizes, including:
• 1 of 2 "Trek" mountain bikes (total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 12 monthly transit passes to anywhere BC Transit serves
(total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 12 monthly van pool vouchers from the Jack Bell
Foundation (total value over $1,200)
• 1 of 5 $20 gift certificates for local merchants
• 1 of 4 $50 gift certificates for the UBC Bookstore
While telling us valuable information on how to make a "made in
UBC" Transportation Plan that works best for everyone, you'll be
eligible to win one of the 35 randomly drawn prizes above, to be
awarded at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the SUB Conversation Pit.
Be there!
All responses will be kept strictly confidential and used only for
transportation planning purposes, in accordance with UBC and
Provincial Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy
Regulations.
Blank questionnaires will also be faxed to UBC students, staff and
faculty on request.
To find out more about the UBC 1998 Transportation Survey, the
UBC Strategic Transportation Plan and/or the UBC TREK Card
Program, feel welcome to contact Gord Lovegrove at the UBC
TREK Program Centre via:
e-mail: lovegrove@exchange.ubc.ca
web site: www.trek.ubc.ca
phone: 822-1304 12 UBC Reports January 22, 1998
Bones seen on big screen
bring student study to life
by Hilary Thomson
Stqffwriter
Students just can't take their
eyes off a new video in the Faculty of Medicine's Anatomy Dept.
It's not a movie or a game,
however. It's the Ultrascope, a
new video instruction system
specifically designed for teaching anatomy.
The first such unit in Canada,
the sophisticated magnification
device allows instructors to demonstrate anatomical structures
and transmit the images to 180
students in two anatomy laboratories.
The system incorporates a high
resolution colour video camera
and zoom lens attached to a suspended portable swing arm. The
camera, positioned over a display
table, is manipulated by hand or
by foot pedals to show the specimen from various angles.
The resulting colour image can
be magnified up to 28 times and
displayed on the six 29-inch
monitors in each lab. A cordless
microphone broadcasts commentary to both labs. The entire
unit is mobile and can be used in
either lab.
"This system is a quantum
leap forward in our teaching capability," says Wayne Vogl, the
Anatomy professor who suggested buying the unit. "The magnification and resolution is incredible — it's been a joy to work
with this piece of equipment."
A brochure advertising the
Ultrascope came across Vogl's
desk just when the new medical/dental undergraduate curriculum was being designed. He
saw its potential for meeting the
challenges presented by the new
curriculum.
The old curriculum called for
250 hours of gross anatomy instruction per year. Students
spent a lot of time in labs with
faculty demonstrating major
anatomical points to one small
group at a time.
"This system is a
quantum leap
forward in our
teaching
capability."
— Prof. Wayne Vogl
The new curriculum balances
anatomy with other disciplines
and clinical skills, focusing on
problem-based learning tutorials.
The number of hours available
for lab work is greatly reduced.
And because Dentistry and
Rehabilitation Sciences students
share the gross anatomy laboratories with medical students for
the first two years of the new
curriculum, greater numbers of
students were moving into already crowded labs.
Both laboratories had to be
redesigned to accommodate
these changes. The Ultrascope,
which arrived from New Zealand
the night before classes started
last fall, became an essential
element of the plan.
'The Ultrascope allows us to
demonstrate dissection to large
groups of students quickly and
in detail," says Vogl. "It has really expanded what we can do
with anatomy labs.
"It allows faculty and students
to examine specimens simultaneously, working and discovering together," says Dr. Andrew
Chalmers, associate dean. Undergraduate Education, Curriculum, in the Faculty of Medicine.
The system has a huge potential, according to Vogl.
The anatomy labs can be electronically linked to the teaching
hospitals and IRC lecture halls,
allowing for live broadcasts of
surgery and dissection. Entire
presentations or single images
can be recorded for use in distance medical education.
"There are only two other
Ultrascopes in North America —
one in Virginia and one in Wisconsin — so this one's getting a
lot of attention," says Vogl.
Purchase of the Ultrascope
was made possible by a grant
from the Mr. and Mrs. P. A.
Woodward's Foundation.
Biomedical Communications
Phone 822-5769 for more information

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