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Ghana Site
of Planning
UBC and the bureau of
technical assistance operations of the United Nations
have signed agreements with
the African state of Ghana
for establishment of an Institute of Community Planning.
UBC's president, Dr. N. A. M.
MacKenzie, in announcing the
signing of the agreements, said
the Institute would be located
near Accra, the capital of Ghana.
He also announced the appointment as director of the Institute
of Alan H. Armstrong, who has
been granted leave of absence
from Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Ottawa, where
he has been senior advisor on
community planning for ten
Mr. Armstrong has been appointed professor in planning in
UBC's school of architecture
which offers courses in community and regional planning.
Mr. Armstrong has already left
for Ghana where he will spend a
month in Accra making arrangements for the establishment of
the Institute which hopes to admit the first class of students in
September of this year.
Accompanying Mr. Armstrong
is Dr. Peter Oberlander, professor in community and regional
planning, who went to Ghana 18
months ago as a United Nations
technical assistance specialist to
advise on the training of community planners.
On Dr. Oberlander's recommendation Ghana and the UN
agreed to establish a training
centre in the form of an Institute
of Community Planning.
The Institute will train local
planning assistants to carry out
projects under the Ghana government's new five year development plan. In due course the Institute may become a regional
training centre for junior planning staff from other West African countries.
UBC will supervise the operation of the Institute for an initial period of three years and
Mr. Armstrong will act as director for a year. Dr. Oberlander
will act as a consultant to the
Mr. Armstrong, the Institute's
director, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and New York
University, and has participated
in many ways in the development
of community planning in Canada.
Volume 7, No. 1
January-February, 1961
CONSTRUCTION of the first phase of the new fine arts centre has begun on the parking lot at the north end of the main mall. The four-storey building will provide facilities for the school of architecture, and the departments of theatre and fine arts. Later
phases of the centre will include an art gallery, a theatre, and a museum of man for
anthropology displays. The Canada Council has granted UBC $567,500 for construction
of the building, which will be completed in March, 1962.
One Third of Students
Receive Financial Aid
About a third of all students
attending the University of British Columbia last year received
some measure of financial assistance according to figures released today by UBC's board of
During the 1959-60 session 5786
awards totalling $1,337,738.09 were
made as compared to 3381 awards
for a total of $867,399.70 during
the previous year.
Dean Walter Gage, chairman
of the UBC awards committee,
said the number of awards made
does   not   represent   the   number
W. L Holland Named
to Head Asian Studies
Dr. N. A. M. Mackenzie has announced the appointment
of William L. Holland, secretary-general of the Institute of
Pacific Relations in New York, as head of UBC's department of Asian studies.
The   president  also  announced*'
that   the   quarterly  journal   "Pa-
Seattle Chapter
Gives Scholarships
Two American girls are attending UBC on scholarships awarded by the Seattle branch of the
Alumni Association.
The students are Jennifer Car-
rick of Spokane, and Helen Hill
of Seattle, both of whom received
$100 awards. Miss Carrick, a
languages student, hopes to enter
the foreign service after graduation, while Miss Hill, a marine
biology student, plans to teach or
work in a government research
A committee of Seattle graduates made the awards.
cific Affairs," which Mr. Holland
edits, would be published at UBC
beginning January 1, the date
Mr. Holland's appointment became effective.
President MacKenzie described
UBC's program of Asian studies
as "one of our most important
post-war developments," He said
the growing importance of the
far east in world affairs and
B.C.'s strategic location made the
strengthening of Asian studies a
logical   development.
UBC first offered courses in
Asian studies in 1949. Courses
in the Japanese and Chinese
languages as well as -courses in
the history and culture of those
two  countries   are   offered.
Mr. Holland is a New Zea-
lander by birth and a graduate
of the University of New Zealand,
where he obtained the degrees
of bachelor and master of arts.
Mr. Holland's association with
the Institute of Pacific Relations
began in 1929 following graduate
work at the University of Cambridge and in Germany.
The Institute, formed in 1925,
has as its objective the study of
the economic, social, and political
relations of the peoples of the
Pacific area through conferences,
research, study groups, and publications.
Mr. Holland served the Institute as research secretary in
Shanghai, Peiping, Tokyo, and
New York, and was in charge of
the Institute's Tokyo office in
1934  and   1935.
He was acting director and
later director of the U.S. Office
of War Information in Chungking, China, during World War II.
In 1946 he was appointed secretary-general and in 1947 research director for the Institute
in New York. From 1949 to 1958
he visited almost every country
in the far east.
Mr. Holland is the author of
numerous articles on far eastern
affairs and has co-authored a
number of books on Pacific and
Asian problems. j
of individuals assisted since some
students receive more than one
award. About half of the 1959-60
total was in loans which will be
During the 1959-60 session
students received awards from
six principal sources.
1. University special bursaries
and named bursaries — 1052
awards for a total  of $159,122.50.
2. Fellowships, scholarships,
and prizes — 834 awards for a
total of $251,419.59. Awards in
this category were made to
students with outstanding records and high academic standing.
3. Loan funds—901 awards for
a total of $266,338. Students are
required to repay these loans
either at the end of the term or
following graduation.
4. Money from the student aid
loan fund was distributed to 841
students for a total of $396,420.
The University was authorized
by the provincial government to
borrow up to $2 million to provide for student aid under this
5. Government of B.C. scholarships for first and second class
students were awarded to 1540
persons for a total of $202,788.
6. Government of B.C. bursaries to deserving students
were awarded to 528 individuals
for a total of $61,650.
A second set of figures released by the board shows that
endowment funds for scholarships, bursaries, prizes, and
loans have more than doubled
during the period from 1955 to
In 1955 the total amount invested for awards was $700,372.18.
In 1960 the amount invested was
$1,508,310.17 — an increase of
UBC's Alumni Association
will prepare two pictorial displays and sponsor a series of
lectures during Open House
on March 3 and 4.
A committee of four graduates under Alec Rome, BASc
'44, has been formed to arrange the displays and organize the lectures.
Planned are:
• A picture history of the physical development of the University from its beginnings up to
the present day.
Panels of pictures depicting
phases of the University's development will be on display in
the art gallery linking Brock Hall
with the new annex to the building.
Mr. Rome appealed to graduates who have old photographs
of UBC buildings to lend them
to the committee for this occasion. Graduates wishing to lend
photos should call the Alumni
Association's offices at CAstle
• A picture quiz of prominent
graduates of the University.
Pictures of graduates who have
distinguished themselves in public life or through community
service will be mounted on a
panel in a room in the Buchanan
Visitors will be handed information sheets giving details of
the individual's career. They
will be asked to identify the
graduate by name. Prizes will be
awarded for the most correct
• A series of lectures by leading members of the faculty will
be held in the Buchanan building
Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening. About 15 lectures will be staged at 5, 7 and 9
p.m. Friday and 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9
p.m. on  Saturday.
UBC professors will lecture for
about half an hour on a subject
of their choosing.
Almost every faculty, school
and department of the University
is planning a display for the two-
day event which is expected to
attract more than 100,000 people.
Visitors will also see the non-
academic side of life at the University as reflected in the activities of student clubs, most of
which  are  planning  displays.
UBC to Purchase
Judaica with
Gift of $3500
A gift of $3500 has been made
to the UBC library for the purchase of a special collection of
Funds were raised by the Canadian Jewish Congress to commemorate the bicentenary of Jewish settlement in Canada. Mr. Hy
Altman presented the gift to
President N. A. M. MacKenzie at
a dinner in the UBC faculty club.
UBC's librarian Neal Harlow
expressed appreciation for the
gift and said it was his hope that
the Judaica Library would be the
beginning of a collection which
would be the best of its kind west
of Toronto.
The book collection will deal
with Judaism as well as the historical and cultural life of the
Jewish people. The Canadian
Jewish Congress hopes to augment the collection in the future. U.B.C. REPORTS
January-February, 1961
JAMES A. BANHAM, editor LAREE   SPRAY   HElDE,  assistant
Authorized as second class mail, Post Office Department, Ottawa. Published by the University of
British Columbia and distributed free of charge to friends and graduates of the University. Permission   is   granted   for   the   material   appearing herein to be reprinted freely.
Report to the Province
(On December !\ I960. President i\. A. Al.
MacKenzie gave hi' annual report to the province over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
What follows is the text, of the report.)
The University of British Columbia
continues to be one of the most vital, exciting and rapidly developing institutions
anywhere in the country. This is probably
because the University is concerned with
the young, intelligent and optimistic section of the community, and because for
all of us throughout the country, and particularly for our young people, education
will and does provide not only the possibilities of a better life for individuals but
the answer to many of our problems, including the economic and financial ones.
Last year our maximum enrolment
was 10,600; this year on a comparable
basis it is 11,800. This means that this
year we have more than 1,200 over and
above our last year's total. In addition,
4^250 attended our summer school (for
credit in academic courses) and 400 our
summer schools of public affairs and the
fine arts. This year we have enrolled or
expect to enroll 15,000 in our night classes
and other offerings, some of which are
given in outlying parts of the province,
for example Prince George (English literature) and Winfield in the Okanagan
This increase in enrolment is, as most
of you know, due to the very rapid increase in the number of young people
resident in British Columbia, and, happily
for all of us, this increase will continue
indefinitely over the years ahead. This
means that, each year, the government of
the province—and other governments too,
I hope — must provide more money for
more buildings, for more teaching staff,
and for more supplies and equipment. If
we are to meet the proper and legitimate
demands and needs of all of our people,
and particularly that most important
group, our young men and women, there
is no escape from this.
In Victoria, our sister institution, Victoria College, has an enrolment of over
1,400 students in its regular courses for
credit in the faculties of arts and science
and education, and it too had a most successful summer school with 700 students,
and conducts an active evening class program.
We at UBC are all happy to learn that
Victoria College has received or has been
promised more than $2,000,000 in its campaign for funds, and expects before long
to reach its objective of $2,500,000. This,
together with the matching monies which
the provincial government has promised,
will enable it to expand its facilities and
to provide a thoroughly good education
for an increasing number of our young
The University itself is within a few
thousand dollars of its $10,000,000 objective, and gifts and bequests continue to
come in from time to time, so that I hope
and expect that when I talk to you again
next year, I will be able to report that we
have gone well over the ten millions that
we set as our objective in our own campaign for funds. With this money and
grants from the Canada Council and the
provincial government we have been constructing a number of permanent and fire-
resistant buildings on the campus. Any of
you who have had occasion to visit the
University will realize the extent of activity in this construction field.
We are particularly happy that so
much of this construction is going on at
a> time when we can provide badly needed
employment to a substantial number of
wage earnere in this community, and we
hope that further funds will be forthcom
ing from the provincial and federal governments to enable us to continue this
program for, despite many new buildings,
we have a substantial backlog of unmet
needs. We continue to use — and use to
capacity — the more than 300 army huts
we brought to the campus for the veterans, and use too all of the original frame
and stucco buildings in which the University began its operations at Point Grey,
though these, like the huts, were thought
to have and should have a limited use
But more important than these deficiencies is the continuing growth in our
student body, which means that each year
we must provide classrooms, laboratories
and other facilities for over 1,200 new
students and the fact is that we are barely
keeping up with this increasing student
Our students, as all of you will agree,
I am sure, are a most attractive and interesting group of young men and women
from all parts of this province, from all
across Canada and from practically every
country throughout the world. The proportions are somewhat as follows: from
the Greater Vancouver area about 54^ ,
from the rest of British Columbia about
32'/', from other provinces of Canada 7%,
and 5f/< from 65 countries throughout the
Some may ask why we in British
Columbia should be providing higher education for students from other parts of
the country and the world. The answer is
that this has always been part of the function and the glory of universities and is
permanently interwoven with the title
"university." The bringing together of
young people of different and varied backgrounds, cultures and traditions is part of
the exciting business of higher education,
and no institution that does not experience it is really a university in the best
and accepted senses of that term.
As to the costs involved, they are more
than balanced by the numbers of students
from British Columbia who, ever since
this province was settled, have gone off
and still go off to other great universities
across the world. And in this change and
interchange we feel and hope will be found
part of the answer to the problems that
must be solved if we are to live together
in some measure of peace and security in
a modern and highly complex world.
In this area of costs, I would like to
emphasize that higher education is as
much the right and privilege of our young
people, provided they have the ability and
the desire and the willingness to do hard
work, which are all essential in university
education, as is education at the primary
and secondary levels. Higher education is,
and must be, thought of as the third stage
in our program of public education, and
the taxpayers and our governments must
be prepared to accept responsibility for it
in the same way that they now do for our
elementary and secondary schools.
Athletics and extra-curricular activities play an important part in the life and
the education of students. We at UBC believe that our students should get enjoyment and relaxation out of athletics and
should be more concerned with the maximum participation by everyone than with
the concentration on the experience, skill
and competence of a few highly trained and
athletically gifted individuals. However,
we have shown over the past ten years
that, when our young men are prepared
to give the time and make the sacrifices,
with dedicated and highly qualified leadership, they can prove to the world that
See Common Authority
Medical Professor
Gives Boston Lecture
DR. WILLIAM C. GIBSON, professor of the history of medicine
and science in the faculty of medicine, addressed the Benjamin
Waterhouse Medical History Society in Boston, Massachusetts, last
Dr. Gibson was chosen to give the first John B. Rhoads Memorial Lecture, in honour of a young Boston University medical
student who died last year.
• * •
DR. H. PETER OBERLANDER, associate professor of planning
in the school of architecture, has been chosen one of four judges
of an international competition in connection with the 1952 "Century
21 Exposition" to be held in Seattle, Washington.
To focus attention on the event a large structure symbolic of
the worlds fair is to be built in the center of the exhibition site
and an international competition for its design is being sponsored
by the Seattle Art Commission.
Some 800 submisssions are expected for the competition which
will be judged by an architect, a landscape architect, a planner and
a sculptor. ^ ^ ^
DR. SAMUEL R. LAYCOCK, a special lecturer in the faculty of
education, and former dean of the college of education at the
University of Saskatchewan, was awarded an honorary degree by
that University last year.
• * •
PROFESSOR MALCOLM F. McGREGOR, head of the classics
department, is on leave of absence until the opening of the next
session. He -is visiting England by invitation to lecture at Cambridge
and Oxford and in April will travel to Athens to visit the American
School of Classical Studies.
• * •
PROFESSOR J. E. BIER, of the department of biology and
botany, has accepted an invitation from the International Union of
Forest Research Organizations to act as a corresponding member
on an intersectional working group to investigate forest research
problems in relation to tree physiology.
• • *
PROFESSOR L. W. SHEMILT has resigned from the department of chemical engineering to go to the University of New
Brunswick, where he took up duties a's head of the chemical engineering department in that University at the first of the year.
• • •
DR. JOHN FRIESEN, director of the extension department, was
in Toronto during January to attend a meeting of the 1962 education
year committee of the Canadian Conference on Education. Dr.
Friesen is associate chairman of the Canadian Conference.
• • •
DR. R. D. RUSSELL, associate professor in the physics department, has received word from Russia that a book which he co-
authoured with R. M. Farquhar, of the University of Toronto's
department of physics, is to be published in the USSR. The book
is entitled "Lead Isotopes in Geology" and is published by Inter-
science Publishers Inc., of New York and London.
• *      • •
Three members of the department of mathematics attended
meetings of the American Mathematical Society in Washington, D.C,
during January.
PROF. RALPH JAMES, head of the department and editor of
the American Mathematical Monthly, discussed problems concerning
the magazine. DR. NATHAN DIVINSKY presented a paper on
Kurosh radicals while AFTON CAYFORD discussed a special type
of entire functions.
Following the meetings in Washington Dr. Divinsky visited New
York to discuss with officials of the U.S. Chess Federation a possible
match between Canada and the U.S. Prof. Divinsky is the editor
of Canadian Chess Chat, Canada's only chess magazine.
• • •
STANLEY PECH, assistant professor in the department of
Slavonic studies, will visit universities and institutes in Germany
specializing in the study of German-Slav relations this summer for
four weeks at the invitation of the German Research Association,
the central coordinating body for all reseaich done in Germany.
He will visit 10 or more institutions in the course of his tour.
• • •
Three members of the faculty of pharmacy have been appointed
to the four-man B.C. Board of Examiners in Pharmacy for the current year. They are DR. GORDON GROVES,DR. J. E. HALLIDAY
and TERRENCE BROWN. The board examines applicants for
registration as students of pharmacy and outside graduate pharmacists who wish to work in B.C.
• • •
PROFESSOR H. B. HAWTHORN, head of the department of
anthropology and sociology, has been awarded the Percy Smith
Medal in Anthropology by the council of the University of Otago in
New Zealand. The medal is awarded once every five years to a
graduate of a New Zealand university and is named for a pioneer
of anthropology in the Pacific. First awarded in 1920 the medal is
given in recognition of published work in the field of anthropology.
• • •
Among full time members of the faculty of medicine attending
the October conference sponsored by the Canadian Arthritis and
Rheumatism Association in Toronto were DR. DENYS FORD and
• • •
LORNE E. BROWN, associate professor, college of education,
attended the recent national convention in San Francisco of the
American Public Health Association and the American School
Health   Association.
• • •
GRANT VINCENT, school of physical education and recreation*
has been appointed chairman of the ballroom examination committee of the Dance Educators of America, Inc., Long Island, New York; January-February, 1961
PLANS are now being prepared by the provincial government's department of public
works for a new science building at Victoria College. The building, shown in an architect's model above, has a six-room lecture wing and a three-storey classroom and laboratory wing for physics, chemistry and biology. Construction of the building is expected to
start this spring.
College Names Buildings
for  Pioneer  Educators
Two buildings at Victoria College will bear the names of three
distinguished pioneers of the College,  it was  announced  recently.
The normal school, now part of
the campus, is to be named the
Henry Esson Young building in
memory of Dr. Young, a former
B.C. minister of education and
his wife, Rosalind, who taught at
Victoria  College  in 1903.
The new classroom-office building, which was opened January
18, has been named for Dr. E.
B. Paul, the first principal of
Victoria College. I
The new building, which contains   11   lecture   rooms   and   30
faculty offices, was opened by the
Honourable W. A. C. Bennett, the
premier of the province. Also in
attendance at the ceremony was
His Honour Lieutenant-Governor
George R. Pearkes and President
N.  A.  M. MacKenzie. |
Dr. Henry Esson Young was
MLA for Atlin and minister of
education from 1907 to 1915. He
was also a pioneer in the field of
public   health.. He   died   in   1939.
Mrs. Young taught the first
class of seven registered at the
Normal School in 1903 and still
lives in Victoria.
Dr. E. B. Paul was first principal of the College in the period
of its affiliation with McGill Uni
versity. He became principal
when the College was re-established in 1920 and remained in
that position until his retirement
in 1927.
• • •
Victoria College has made a
preliminary application to the
federal government to borrow
funds through Central Mortgage
and Housing for construction of
student residences.
UBC has already made arrangements to borrow funds for residence construction under the new
legislation announced in the
speech from the throne late in
1960.  (See story this page).
Common Authority Urged for B.C.
Canadians are among the world's
best and greatest in the fields of
athletics. I have in mind the fact
that our crews have won gold
and silver medals at the British
Empire Games, at Henley and at
the Olympics at Melbourne and
Rome, and in winning these
proved themselves to be better
oarsmen and athletes than those
from Britain, from Russia and
from  the  United  States.
Because of the increase in our
enrolment, questions are frequently asked about whether we
should limit our numbers and
whether we should engage in a
general program of decentralization of higher education in the
province. These are difficult matters to deal with in a few sentences, but I personally believe
that until there are better ways
of determining the suitability of
men and women for higher education, the policy we now follow
of admitting all of those who
qualify in the matriculation examinations and who have the desire and the necessary finances,
to our first year and of giving
them the opportunity, on the
basis of trial and error, to demonstrate that they have the motivation, the willingness to do hard
work and the particular kind of
intellectual ability which are all
essential to success in a university, should be continued. It is
true that a number do fail to
measure up to our standards but
if our kind of education is good,
and I believe it is, then even for
these who drop out, the year
spent at the University is a useful and worthwhile experience,
and as long as we can provide
the accommodation and pay the
costs, we should carry on with
our present policy.
As for decentralization: in theory there is a great deal to be
said in its favour, though I claim
that no institution can be a really
great university without great
library collections, expensive and
complicated scientific equipment
and laboratories and distinguished and outstanding members of
staff, and these one rarely if ever
finds in a small centre. Furthermore, the distribution of population in British Columbia has determined and will continue to determine in very large measure the
organization of higher education
within the province, this because,
to justify the capital and overhead expenditures, there must be
at least a minimum population
of both citizens and students in
any one centre. The fact is that
the bulk of the population of
British Columbia is concentrated
in the greater Vancouver, lower
mainland and greater Victoria
areas, and there are no large
concentrations of population in
any other parts of the province
at  present.
The other matter is of course
the ability and willingness of the
people in the province and their
governments and legislatures to
provide money for higher education. If we wish this to be excellent and also wish some measure
of decentralization, then it is absolutely essential that substantially more money than is now being
made available for higher education be provided in the future.
No sensible person would agree
that the downgrading of our present institutions and facilities in
order to provide other second
rate training would be wise or
Personally I favour a substantial measure of decentralization
provided it is carried out intelligently and at the proper time.
To ensure that we develop in
British Columbia the best system
of higher education that we can
devise, two things are essential:
first, a thorough study of our circumstances, problems and needs
should be made by a small committee or commission of informed
men and women. This committee
should, in my opinion, be appointed by the government in consultation with the University, Victoria
College, and some of the interested groups throughout the province. Its opinions and recommendations should be of value
and assistance to the people of
the province and to the government and legislature in respect
of decisions that they will be
called upon to make in the near
The second essential is to ensure that there is a general supervision of the development and
financing of all higher education
in the province that is supported
by our general tax revenues.
While I believe that the various
institutions operating in this
field should have the maximum
autonomy in respect of their own
affairs, I am convinced that a
common or single authority must
be set up which will consider
requests for public funds, present
these requests to the government
and legislature, agree upon the
division of the funds voted by the
legislature, and also have control
of any major expansion of services or offerings, e.g. the establishment of new and possibly
competing faculties and professional schools.
If these two suggestions are
accepted, then there will be much
less likelihood of a wasteful
duplication of services and facilities and of political pressures
which might result in unwise
competition based on local prestige and prejudice rather than
the over-all good of the province.
UBC's Librarian Goes
to Rutgers University
Neal Harlow, UBC's librarian, has resigned to become
dean of the graduate school of library service at Rutgers
University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, President N.
A. M. MacKenzie has announced.
President  MacKenzie   said  Mr.*~~ ~ ~
Harlow   had   made   an   outstand-   P /^tl KA/I
ing contribution to the growth
and development of UBC library
during the ten years he was a
member of the faculty.
"The fact that UBC possesses
one of the best libraries in Canada is, in large part, due to his
efforts,"   the   president   added.
Mr. Harlow was responsible for
the formation in 1956 of the organization known as The Friends
of the University Library. The
group was instrumental in obtaining notable collections of Canadian and Chinese literature which
have placed UBC in the forefront
of studies in these fields.
UBC's senate has conferred the
title of professor emeritus on
two retired faculty members,
President N. A. M. MacKenzie
has  announced.
The two honoured were Professor A. C. Cooke, a member of
the history department since 1920,
and Professor F. S. Nowlan, who
was a member of mathematics
department from 1926 to 1947.
Professor Cooke, a graduate of
He also planned the recent re-   the  University  of  Manitoba and
organization of the UBC library
which included construction of
the new library wing named for
Walter C. Koerner, a member
of the UBC board of governors,
who was one of the most generous of the Friends of the University Library.
In his new post Mr. Harlow
will head one of the leading
schools on the continent for the
training of librarians. Rutgers is
known as "The State University
of New Jersey" and was given
its charter by George III as
Queens College in 1766.
Contract Awarded
for   Four   New
Women's Dorms
The University of British Columbia has announced plans to
construct four new residences for
women at a cost of $1,660,000.
President N. A. M. MacKenzie
said UBC would borrow funds
through Central Mortgage and
Housing which has been authorized to lend money to universities for residence construction.
Prior to the federal legislation
enabling Central Mortgage and
Housing to lend money to universities for residences the provincial government had authorized the UBC board of governors
to borrow money for construction
of two residences, the president
As a result of the later federal
legislation, the board had decided
to extend the contract for two
residences to four, the president
The construction contract for
$1,293,332 has been awarded to
Dawson and Hall Ltd. The residences, which will be ready on
September 1 of this year, will
accommodate 336 women students.
Oxford, is still teaching in the
history department as a special
He is an authority on colonial
history and administration with
special interest in the Commonwealth. In 1956 and 1957 he was
on a year's leave of absence in
Africa where he was engaged in
research on British colonial history and adminstration.
Professor Nowlan was a member of the mathematics department of the University of Illinois
from 1947 until 1954. Since his
retirement he has been a visiting
professor at the College of
William and Mary, Williamsburg,
Virginia, and the University of
Houston, in Houston, Texas.
In the 1930s Professor Nowlan
initiated and carried out negotiation with the Carnegie Corporation in New York which resulted
in two grants of $75,000 to establish fellowships for Canadian students to carry out postgraduate
The fellowships, which were
administered by the Royal Society of Canada, were for $1,500
each. Ten were available each
year for ten years.
As a result of Professor Now-
lan's efforts, Mr. Cyrus Eaton,
the industrialist, established two
$1,000 fellowships in mathematics
for Canadian students to do postgraduate work in mathematics at
the University of Chicago.
The two students who held the
fellowships were Professor
Ralph James, now head of UBC's
mathematics department, and Dr.
Ralph Hull, former head of the
mathematics department at Purdue University.
While at UBC Professor Nowlan wrote a textbook on analytical geometry which was at one
time used in more than 50 Canadian  and  American  universities.
Group Formed to Aid
UBC's Music School
A new organization to encourage support of the school of
music at UBC has been formed
through the Community Arts
Organizing the new group is
Professor Leonard Marsh, director of research in UBC's school
of social work and chairman of
the Community Arts Council's
music  division.
About 50 persons in all parts
of the province have already
signified their interest in such an
organization, Prof. Marsh said.
"We   are   particularly   hopeful
that graduates of the University
will give their support to this
new development," Prof. Marsh
Purpose of the new organization, which will operate on a
province-wide basis, will be to
encourage support of the music
school, now in its second year of
operation, through scholarships,
donations of musical instruments,
books and manuscripts and other
An organizational meeting will
be held in February to decide
on a name for the organization
and to discuss future plans. U.B.C. REPORTS
January-February, 1961
Biochemists Probe for
Nucleic Acid Secrets
Two scientists in the department of biochemistry at UBC
have begun a long-term research
project supported by a grant of
$74,461 from the public health
service of the Department of
Health, Education, and Welfare
of the United States government.
They are Dr. Gordon Tener
and John Vizsolyi, who are both
members of the world famous
group at the B.C. Research Council headed by Dr. Har Gobind
Khorana, who revealed in 1959
that Coenzyme A had been produced synthetically in the Council's laboratories at UBC.
Dr. Khorana left the Council
in September, 1960, to become a
director of the Institute for
Enzyme Research at the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Tener, who joined the UBC
biochemistry department in
April, 1960. plans to add a third
person, a post-doctoral research
student, to his current team,
which will study the biochemistry
of nucleic acids, the basic genetic
.material  for  all  living  things.
Every living cell contains a
fixed amount of nucleic acid, Dr.
Tener explains. The nucleic acid
is made up of nucleotides which
are strung out like beads on a
The sequence of nucleotides is
actually a code which determines
the form of life which will result
from the lowest to the highest.
In man, an additional function of
the nucleotide sequence is the
determination of such things as
the color of hair and eyes.
Certain nucleotide sequences
are common to all individuals.
Dr. Tener says, but the lack of
specific sequences is thought to
produce various diseases such as
certain types of anemia and mental deficiencies. Another sequence
undoubtedly endows an individual with the qualities of genius.-
Dr. Tener and his associates
will attempt to discover exactly
what sequences are necessary to
produce various individual char
"Our first project," he says,
"will be to develop techniques
for removing the nucleotides,
one by one, from the nucleic
acid chain." Then will begin the
process of identifying and analysing them and finally attempts will
be made to correlate the
sequences of nucleotides with
genetic  observations.
Since there are known to be
about 20,000 nucleotides in any
one nucleic acid chain, Dr. Tener
expects that even the initial
phases of the project will occupy
him for some years to come.
The work being carried out by
the research team falls into the
category of basic research which
means that no immediate practical results are expected aside
from the expansion of knowledge.
However, geneticists and cancer researchers will be watching
the experiments closely since the
results may give clues to work
being done in their fields.
Extension Continues
Provincial Workshops
UBC's extension department is continuing the series of
painting, music and drama workshops which were held in
numerous provincial centers during the fall of 1960.
Painting workshops, under B.C.*'
artist Cliff Robinson, will be held
WILLIAM L. Holland became
head of the department of
Asian studies at UBC on
January 1. He will also continue to edit the learned journal "Pacific Affairs" at UBC.
See story on page 1.
supervisor of the UBC extension
department in the absence of Mr.
Sidney Risk, conducted a five-
week drama course at Ladysmith
from January 7 to February 11,
and at Terrace from February 17
to March 25.
Holiday Theatre is currently
making arrangements to conduct
workshops in children's theatre
at three centres in the province
in either April or May.
*        *        *
Four UBC  lecturers are visit-
Foundation Gets
$20,000 for
UBC  Scholarships
Three separate bequests totalling $20,000 have been made to
the^Vancouver Foundation to provide UBC students with scholarships.
A scholarship and bursary fund
will be established for deserving
students through an $8500 bequest from the estate of the late
Archibald P. Glen.
Grants to science students will
be made as the result of a bequest of $5600 from the late
Edward J. Meilicke and social
work students may apply for
grants from a $6000 bequest by
the late C. T. McHattie.
The funds will be invested by
the Vancouver Foundation and
the interest turned over to UBC
for award to students.
in Kelowna, Vernon, and Kamloops in February, and at Lytton,
Lac La Hache, and Powell River
in March.
Music workshops devoted to
theory and to specialized choral
and instrumental instruction were
held at Prince Rupert in January. Additional workshops will
be held in Victoria in February;
Kitimat in April, and Penticton
in March.
B.C. actor, director and adjudicator   Sam   Payne,   field   drama   inS  Ave  interior  centres  during
 I January and February to lecture
on   the   United   Nations,   music,
German affairs, and literature.
Lectures are being given in
Armstrong, Revelstoke, Salmon
Ann, Kamloops, and Merritt from
January 16 to February 10. The
four speakers will visit each of
the interior points to give one
Guest speaker for the first
week of lectures was Gordon
Selman, associate director of the
UBC extension department and
president of the Vancouver
branch of the United Nations Association. Mr. Selman's topic
was "The UN: the record and the
Dr. G. Welton Marquis, head of
the UBC music school, delivered
the second week of lectures. His
topic was "Music in Canadian
"Germany: key to European
security" is the topic to be discussed by Dr. John Conway, an
assistant professor in UBC's his-
Second UBC Crew
May Go to Henley
UBC may send another rowing
team to the Royal Henley Regatla
which will take place in July.
The last time a UBC crew went
to the international meet they
electrified the world by defeating the highly-touted Russian
rowing crew in the semifinals.
They ran a close second to the
American crew in the finals.
Since then the crew has won
gold and silver medals at the
British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1960 Olympics.
During May the crew will take
part in three meets against west
coast universities. On May 13
they will row against Oregon
State at Corvallis. On May 20
they will take part in the west
coast   regatta   at   Seattle   and   a
week later the crew will take on | tory   department,   in   the   third
the    University   of   Washington,  yveek of lectures
UBC Professor
Heads Uranium
Research Program
Professor Frank Forward, head
of the department of mining and
metallurgy at UBC, has been
named director of a $1,250,000 research program to develop new
uses for the element uranium.
The new "Canadian Uranium
Research Foundation" will be
supported by five major uranium-
producing companies in Canada.
The foundation expects to spend
about $250,000 per year.
Prof. Forward said the foundation would make grants to individuals and organizations best
qualified to take on projects
which would discover new uses
for  the  element.
Because of over-production of
uranium and the fact that the
nuclear-power industry takes limited amounts of the metal the
remaining Canadian mines face
the prospect of closing by 1965
unless new markets are found.
Last year Professor Forward
was the recipient of a John Scott
award from the city of Philadelphia in recognition of his development of the ammonia leach
process for recovering nickel
which is now in use at Sherritt
Gordon Mines.
In 1959 Prof. Forward was honoured by the American magazine
Mining World for the most outstanding technical achievement of
that year. The invention was a
leaching process for the extraction  of zinc.
also   at  Seattle.
About 50 students are turning
out for training sessions. A few
members of past award-winning
crews are taking part in the
training program together with
a  new  and  enthusiastic  group.
Training sessions are still being
held on Coal Harbour. Trials
were held on the lower Fraser
near the University recently to
determine the possibility of using
this site as a training area.
It was found to be unsuitable
owing to the strong current, driftwood and river traffic.
Final speaker will be Gordon
Elliot of UBC's English department who will speak on "British
Columbia—some   writers'  views."
*        *        *
A total of 5882 persons are enrolled for extension department
and commerce faculty night
Liberal arts courses administered by the extension department have enrolled approximately 3700 persons while various
certificate and diploma courses
in commerce have registered
University Gets
IDA Certificate
UBC has been awarded the Investment Dealers' Association of
Canada certificate for "outstanding public service in investment
The certificate was presented
to President N- A. M. MacKenzie
by Eric D. Morse, IDA president,
at a luncheon in Vancouver.
In making the presentation Mr
Morse said UBC "has made a
profound contribution to one of
our principal objectives — instructing the public about the investment process and the opportunities that are available to Canadians."
Search for
to Continue
UBC Reports has now published the names of all those graduates who have failed to inform
the Alumni Association of changes
of address.
Since other names have been
added to the list since we began
this project we are starting again
at the beginning of the alphabet.
If you know the whereabouts of
any of the graduates listed below
fill in the coupon at the bottom
of this page and mail it to the
Information Office, UBC, Vancouver 8, B.C.
Harry Sidney Weiner, BASc
'43; Elvira Weins, BA '44; Elizabeth Weir, BA '30; Richard Donald Wells, BASc '49; Robert Albert Wener, BA '45; Edgar B.
Whelan, BA '40; Wm. B. Whid-
dington, BA '49; Judith F. M.
Whitaker, MA '51.
Alice M. G. White, BA '29;
Douglas Allen White, BA '48;
Mary Jacqueline White, BSA, 47,
MSA '49; Mrs. Ronald Whitely,
BA '39 (Isabel M. Sullivan); Mrs.
Hazel Mary Wigdor (Dunbar) BA
'39; Gertrude Louise Wilbur, BA
Margaret C. Wilkins, BA '51
Roderick John Wilks, BCom '48
Dorothy E. D. Williams, BA '47
Francis J. D. Williams, BA '51
Ruth Enid Williams, BA '40; Alan
Joseph Wilson, BCom '48.
Atholl Wilson, BA '45; David E.
Wilson, BA '51; Emma Wilson, BA
'33; Mrs. E. Donald Wilson (Lu-
ella Mannix) BA '43; Garnet R.
Wilson, BCom '49; George Wilson,
BA '41.
Mrs. Heward Wilson, BA '33,
MA '35 (Margaret Maciver);
Idele Louise Wilson, BA '31; Lucy
Roberta Wilson, BA '41; Robert
Morris Wilson, BA '34; Ronald S.
Wilson, BA '50; Mae Belle Wilson,
BASc '48; Wm. George Wilson,
BA '33; Walter Ernest Winter,
BA '47.
Mrs. Nicholas F. Wishlow, BA
'43 (Mary Isobel Hyslop); Charles
Wong, BASc '31; Mrs. Charles
Wong (Rose Dorothy Chu) BA
'34; Elsie Wong, BA '48.
David George Wood, BASc '42;
Walter John Wood, BASc '50;
Cyril Gordon Woodbridge, BA
'35; Mrs. Alan H. Woodcock (Marion Eleanor G. Rosa) BA '34;
Helen Dorothea Woodcroft, BA
'42; Ha Rae Woodman, BA '50;
Donald Sidney Wright, BA '50;
Irene May Wright, BA '40.
John Charles Wright, BCom
'50; Stewart Wylie, BA '40; George
S. Yamashita, BCom '42; Mary A.
Yeardye, BA '48; Haruo Yone-
moto, BA '23; David L. G. Yule,
BA '48; Victor A. Zanadvoroff,
BASc '36; Ruth Estelle Abbott,
BA '33.
James H. Adamson, BA '50;
John Lester Adshead, BA '48;
Wm. Noel Agnew, BA '37, MA '38;
Athena Alexander, BA '42; Lloyd
George Algar, BCom '48; Albert
Gerald Anderson, BA '49; Arthur
Lloyd Anderson, BA '34; Frances
Maud Anderson, BA '33; Mrs. J.
W. Anderson, BA '25 (Marion G.
Sutherland); Margaret D. Anderson, BA '36; Stanley Henry Anderson, BA '34; Tetauo Aoki,
BCom  '41.
Please correct your address below if necessary.
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