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Vol. 22, No. 4, Jan. 28, 19715/Vancouver
V '
New programs
approved by
UBC Senate
New programs and curriculum
revisions approved last week by UBC's
Senate were recommended "with considerable enthusiasm" as innovations
that should benefit students and the
province in general.
Prof. Ronald Shearer, Senate curriculum committee chairman, said a new
rangeland resources program in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and a
diploma in translation to be offered in
the German department were examples of programs that could have an
impact on government and business.
He said the rangeland resources program was a response to growing student and government interest in range
management. The German-in-
translation program will train students
for careers in government and business, he said.
Prof. Shearer said a similar diploma
in translation in the French department was approved by Senate in
Senate also approved major and
honors options in applied mathematics
which will allow students to concentrate in the areas of applied analysis,
statistics and operations research.
In its submission to Senate, the
mathematics department said the new
options reflect changes in employment
opportunities for graduates and
changes in student interests.
Other diploma programs approved
by Senate were in film and television
studies in the theatre department and
in elementary English education in the
Faculty of Education.
The English education program is
designed to help elementary English
teachers in curriculum construction
and to improve their classroom teaching.
Prof. Shearer said it would be a useful innovation in the light of the cur-
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LORE HOFFMANN celebrates success with champagne. When she heard last week
that her boss. Prof. R.R. Haering, the head of UBC's physics department, had been
named a Companion of the Order of Canada, she brought a bottle of champagne to
the office. Prof. Haering joins a select group honored for outstanding service to
Canada.   Picture by Jim Banham.
Funds to be sought for
diagnostic test in 1977
Senate's plan for students to be
given a diagnostic English examination
before they graduate from high school
arose too late for it to be funded for
the coming fiscal year, senators were
told last week.
However, Vice-President Michael
Shaw assured Senate that funds for the
program will be sought for the year
beginning April 1, 1977.
The program was approved by
Senate last Nov. 12. This was too late
for it to be included in the University's
1976-77 budget submissions to the
Universities Council, Vice-President
Shaw said; these submissions are
compiled during the summer.
Senate wants an essay test to be
given to B.C. high-school students who
hope to enter UBC, but who have been
identified by their teachers as being
weak in English.
The Senate Committee on
Standards in English, which proposed
the test, stressed that its aim was not
to bar students from UBC but to
identify, before they reach the
campus, those who would need
remedial English classes.
Cost of the program for the first
year was estimated at $25,000.
Prof. Cyril Belshaw (Anthropology
and Sociology) said at Wednesday's
Senate meeting that it was "being
spoken about (that) one of the
possible reasons" for delay in
implementing the program was that it
might cost the University more than
merely the amount involved in
administering the test.
He suggested that the diagnostic
test might deter some students from
enrolling at UBC and that this might
have "financial consequences" —
presumably that the University might
lose some potential revenue from these
students' fees and the government's
contributions on their behalf.
On the other hand, he said, if the
students were allowed to enrol at UBC
and "if they are failed ... at an
appropriate time, the funding and the
fees that are attributable to them may
be retained by the University."
President    Kenny    said    this
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See TEST f UBC admission policy clarified 1
A clarification of UBC's policy on
admission of B.C. high-school
graduates to the University was
presented to Senate last week.
The policy calls for all applicants
with an overall secondary-school
average of C or better to be admitted.
For those with overall standings in
the range between C and C+, the
policy calls for their standing in
academic subjects to be examined.
Those with an academic average of C+
or better would be admitted; those
with lower standings would be
The policy was presented to Senate
by Prof. Cy Finnegan, chairman of the
Senate   Admissions   Committee.   The
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rent debate concerning literacy in the
Senate also approved major revisions in the third- and fourth-year programs in metallurgical engineering as a
result of a two-year re-examination of
Metallurgy's entire program.
It also approved 32 new English
courses at the 200, 300 and 400 levels
and changes in the description and
unit value of many others, as well as
the deletion of 12 courses from the
English department curriculum.
Prof. Shearer said there were few
financial implications involved in the
innovations and he could see no reason
why most of the programs could not
be offered in the coming year.
The changes must still be approved
by UBC's Board of Governors.
President Kenny said earlier during
the Senate meeting that all new programs and degrees must be approved
by Senate and be included in the budget estimates before the Universities
Council will consider them.
He said he had asked the Senate
budget committee, which advises him
on the preparation of estimates, to
maintain a watching brief on all submissions coming before Senate "so
that they can give me advice on priorities."
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possibility had never intruded into
discussions on implementing the test:
"It has not been a consideration at
President Kenny said the $25,000
estimated for the test was a sizeable
sum that might not be easy to find
with the University perhaps entering a
"steady state" in its finances.
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committee has recommended that the
registrar implement the new procedure
next September.
Prof. John Dennison (Education)
said he was concerned about the
reaction of the schools to "this sudden
Both Prof. Finnegan and President
Douglas Kenny insisted the policy
statement did not represent a sudden
Prof. Finnegan said the present
calendar statement on admissions
policy says that students in the
C-to-C+ range "will be considered for
admission in order of their academic
importance." This policy would now
be enforced, he said.
Registrar Jack Parnall said the
Senate Admissions Committee had
been concerned about a decline last
year in the number of freshmen who
passed their year with clear standing
and an increase in the number of
"Obviously, then, we were bringing
students in who were too weak," Mr.
Parnall said. "We did, last September,
look at (records of) students in the
C to-C+ range and many students with
C were not admitted ... so we expect
to have a slightly stronger crop this
"We're being more strict within the
C-to-C+ range, but there's no basic
change in requirements," he said.
New calendar statement
A revised calendar statement on
admission to the Faculty of Medicine,
including a new section on the selection
of candidates, was circulated for the
information of Senate last Wednesday
Dr. William Webber, associate dean
of Medicine, said the calendar
statement hadn't been revised for a
number of years.
"In some sections of the statement
there was inadequate information, and
we felt it was difficult for students to
find specific items," he said.
The new statement reiterates that
only 80 candidates can be admitted
each year and that there shall be no
discrimination with respect to sex, race,
religion, marital status or economic
status. Well-qualified B.C. residents,
however, are given preference over
out-of-province candidates.
Dr. Webber said there were 873
candidates last year, including 415 from
British Columbia.
The new statement lists seven
prerequisite courses, or equivalents, and
says the minimum academic standing
for admission to the Faculty of
Medicine is an overall average of 70 per
cent in all university-level courses, up
from the 65-per-cent minimum listed in
previous calendars.
"Achievement of this minimum
academic requirement, however,
provides no assurance of admission,"
the statement emphasizes.
The calendar statement also lists five
criteria to be used by the faculty's
admissions committee:
— Total academic record since
secondary-school graduation;
— Scores on the Medical College
Admission Test;
— Evaluation    by   at    least   three
referees selected by the candidate;
— Evaluation, by individual
members of the admissions committee,
of non-academic autobiographical
material supplied by the candidate;
— Evaluations assigned on the basis
of interviews by members of the
admissions committee.
The statement says non-academic
qualities such as motivation, integrity,
emotional stability, social concern,
reliability, concern for human welfare,
maturity and a number of others will be
paid special attention.
It also states that qualified
candidates who are not admitted may
reapply in a subsequent year without
prejudice, with the qualification that
"candidates who have already applied
unsuccessfully on three previous
occasions are not normally accepted." SPORTS 4HENII
WRESTLING - A bio week for
grunt-and-groan buffs. Coach
Bob Laycoe's team will meet
Pacific Lutheran University on
Friday, and next Wednesday
(Feb. 4) Washington State
University will be here. Both
meets in the War Memorial
Gymnasium at 2 p.m.
ICE    HOCKEY    -    The    UBC
Thunderbirds will be in action
against the University of Calgary
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
On Sunday the Jayvees meet
Selkirk at 3:15 p.m. All games in
the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Help sought
UBC's Open House committee
needs you.
Organizers have appealed to
students to get involved in helping
with the triennial event, which will be
held on Friday and Saturday, March 5
and 6.
All faculties, schools and
departments have been asked to
provide an outline of their Open
House plans to the committee this
week. Hundreds of letters are about to
go out to B.C. secondary schools
inviting prospective university students
to attend.
Open House hours on March 5 will
be 12:30 to 9:00 p.m. Most afternoon
lectures and labs will be cancelled to
free students involved ir the event and
to free space for setting up displays.
Open House hours on March 6 will
be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Students who want to help with the
overall organization of Open House are
asked to register in Room 125 of the
Student Union Building. The
committee's telephone number is
Rec UBC in action
Recreation UBC activities have
started again. The faculty and staff
exercise class for men and women
meets weekdays at 12:30 p.m. in Unit
II, Physical Education Centre. Ladies'
keep-fit class meets at the same time in
Unit I.
Through Recreation UBC,
instruction is offered in many
activities, from golf and tennis to yoga
and karate. For information call at
Room 203, War Memorial
Gymnasium, or phone 228-3996.
During the summer of '68, one
UBC psychologist spent a lot of
his time at the race track. But he
wasn't watching the races. He was
talking with betters before and
after they'd placed their bets and
studying the behavior of gamblers
in groups.
"I'm really not into gambling,"
says Robert Knox, an associate
professor in the psychology department. "But gamblers just
revealed a lot of very spooky
things about their behavior." Dr.
Knox was testing two socio-
psychological theories, cognitive
dissonance and shift-to-risk, in
real-life situations. What had been
the pattern in the laboratory
didn't seem to be the pattern at
Exhibition Park.
The shift-to-risk theory, for
example, says that people in
groups take larger risks than they
would as individuals. Yet in Dr.
Knox's test group at the race
track, the group decision was
always much more cautious than
the individual decisions.
It wasn't until he gave a paper
in Nevada last summer related to
gambling, though, that he really
became interested in gambling as a
phenomenon. "Gambling has been
around since primitive times,
through the rolling of bones.
Horseracing, lotteries, the stock-
market, our whole insurance system is based on gambling. I find
this really a rich area of study."
Dr. Knox is offering a course
on gambling through the Centre
for Continuing Education beginning Monday, Feb. 2. It won't
really give inside secrets on how to
break the bank at Reno, but it will
provide the opportunity to discuss
why we think we can.
His guests will include a former
casino pit boss now running tours
between Vancouver and Reno, a
Nevada dealer school graduate and
anthropologist, a member of
Gamblers Anonymous, a self-help
group for uncontrollable gambling, and a member of the B.C.
Jockey Club who will explain pari-
mutuels and handicapping.
"We aren't trying to promote
gambling; we aren't trying to communicate that it's necessarily
evil," says Dr. Knox. The course
will simply explore various aspects
of the gambling scene — from explaining the odds, the games, and
how to place bets, through what
makes a compulsive gambler and
why gambling has always been
part of our society.
Gambling isn't always a bad
thing, Dr. Knox feels. "For elderly
people, it can provide hope, excitement and a chance to make
real-life decisions which they
don't normally get a chance to
But Robert Knox is mostly
concerned about why those socio-
psychological theories don't hold
for the gambler. He intends to
continue research in the field.
"There's not a large body of literature on gambling. But all these
things are very curious phenomena
and to a psychologist it's almost
For information about the
"Perspectives on Gambling"
course and other non-credit UBC
programs, call the Centre for Continuing Education, 228-2181.
UBC Reports/Jan. 28, 1976/3 CAMPUS "v
Prof.    Cyril    Belshaw,    of    the
Department of Anthropology and
Sociology, was elected a vice-president
of the International Social Science
Council at meetings in Paris in
The ISSC is a federation of
international associations in the social
sciences, including the International
Political Science Association, which is
headed by Prof. Jean Laponce, of
UBC's political science department,
and the World Federation of Mental
Health, which is headed by Dr.
Tsung-Yi Lin, of the UBC psychiatry
Prof. Belshaw recently convened
the first meeting of the ISSC
Committee of World Social Science
Development in Rio de Janeiro. Three
major projects for international
co-operation directed toward the
resolution of problems of poverty in
the Third World were developed by
the committee.
• • •
Prof. W.H. McCrea, currently a
visiting professor in UBC's Department
of Geophysics and Astronomy, has
been awarded the gold medal of the
Royal Astronomical Society of
London for his pioneering
contributions to several branches of
theoretical astrophysics, including
stellar atmospheres, cosmogony, star
formation and the physics of the
interstellar medium.
• • •
N.G. Eley, associate professor of
mechanical engineering, was the
recipient of the Appreciation Award
of the American Society of Metals in
recognition of his years of
contributions to his chapter and the
• • •
Dean John Andrews, of UBC's
Faculty of Education, was elected
recently to a two-year term on the
board of the Canadian Bureau for
International Education. Dean
Andrews is also currently serving as
chairman of the Joint Board on
Teacher Education for B.C.
• • •
Dean David Bates, of the Faculty of
Medicine, will head a Science Council
of Canada study on the effects of five
man-made hazards on industrial
workers and the general public.
A council committee will examine
hazards from lead, asbestos, radiation,
organic chemicals and oxides of
nitrogen, or gas fumes.
Roy Kiyooka, associate professor
of fine arts at UBC, is one of 28
prominent Canadian artists who have
been awarded Senior Arts Grants by
the Canada Council. The awards,
worth a maximum of $15,000, are
made to professional artists who have
made a significant contribution to
their field over a number of years.
•        •        •
Dr. William L. Tetlow, director of
UBC's Office of Institutional Analysis
and Planning, has been elected secretary of the Association for Institutional Research, an 1,100-member organization representing more than six
hundred colleges, universities and
governmental organizations in 19
countries. He will serve on AIR's
executive committee until 1978.
Dr. Tetlow
Prof. Suzuki
Prof.   David   Suzuki,   of  the   UBC
zoology department, has been
appointed to the White Owl
Conservation Awards committee. The
White Owl Awards are given to
individuals and groups actively
involved in conservation projects.
Prof. Suzuki is a participant in an
eight-day Science and Life Festival at
the University of Ottawa. He will
speak on "Genetics and Human
Prof. Suzuki has also been involved
in the production of a series of
videotaped programs with the general
title "Interface: Science and Society"
for the provincial Educational Media
Centre. Each program consists of a
brief documentary describing the work
of a scientist, followed by a 20-minute
conversation between Prof. Suzuki and
the guest. The series will be shown on
the public media in February and
tapes made available to any group in
the province.
Prof.    B.   Paul   Wisnicki,   of   the
School of Architecture, was the
winner of a $1,000 prize for a paper
entitled "Buildings and Energy:
Problems and Perspectives," delivered
at the third international conference
of the Design Methods Group in
Berkeley, Calif.
Dr.    John    H.    Andrews,    a
post-doctoral fellow in UBC's
Department of Botany, has won a
$900 research award from Sigma Xi, a
North American scientific research
society with a membership of 110,000
scientists. Dr. Andrews, who holds
degrees from McGill University and
the University of California, is doing
advanced research on the ecology of
marine algae.
UBC currently has "club" status in
Sigma Xi, which is not to be confused
with Sigma Chi, the student social
fraternity. UBC will be eligible for full
chapter status in Sigma Xi in the
Dr. George Gorelik, of the Faculty
of Commerce and Business
Administration, has been elected
president of the Certified General
Accountants' Association of B.C.
Dr. Carl Chiko of Education, has
been appointed to the B.C. Career
Education Resources Committee
commissioned by the minister of
• • •
Dr.    Alan    McCormack,   of   the
Faculty of Education, winner of a
number of international awards for
innovations in the teaching of science,
will be a contributing author to the
Human Science Project, a
curriculum-development effort of the
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.
Versatile Press has recently
published Dr. McCormack's book
Through    the   Oval    Window A
Practical Guide to Creative Teaching,
and he was recently the recipient of a
grant from the Leon and Thea Korner
Foundation in support of his "Project
Challenge — Implementing Creative
Thinking   Experiences  for   Children."
Dr. Allen E. Clingman, professor of
music education, was recently elected
chairman of the B.C. committee of the
Canadian Music Centre.
Mr. Sol Kort, director of humanities and sciences programs for UBC's
Centre for Continuing Education, has
been awarded a $5,600 travel-study
grant by the Canada Council.
The grant will enable Mr. Kort to
visit new learning centres in the United
States, Scotland, India, Switzerland
and Denmark in the period October,
1975, to April, 1976, to establish contacts for future centre programming as
part of the series entitled "Explorations in the Human Potential."
4/UBC Reports/Jan. 28. 1976 Prof. William C. Gibson, head of
the Department of the History of
Medicine and Science, recently ended
20 years of service to the Muscular
Dystrophy Association.
For the past two years Dr. Gibson
has served as chairman of the MDA's
scientific advisory committee. The
main business of the committee when
it met recently at UBC was tie alloca
tion of $19,000,000 raised by the
annual Jerry Lewis Telethon, held in
Las Vegas on Labor Day, 1975.
The MDA's board of directors has
honored Dr. Gibson through the establishment of an annual research fellowship tenable in the United Kingdom
for research in neuromuscular problems.
Dr. Gibson
Prof. Scott
Prof. Tony Scott, of UBC's
Department of Economics, was one of
17 prominent Canadian economists
and academics who recently signed a
petition calling on the government for
radical reforms to defeat inflation,
including measures to curb the power
of big business, labor and government.
The petition calls for stringent
reductions in spending and borrowing
by federal and provincial governments
over the next few years.
• • •
Dr. Stanley E. Perkins, chairman of
the Department of Special Education
in the UBC education faculty, was the
recipient of a $1,500 grant from the
federal Department of External Affairs
which enabled him to visit eight New
Zealand universities in 1975.
• • •
Dr. Denis Milburn, chairman of the
social studies department of the
Faculty of Education, has been asked
by the United Nations Development
Program to evaluate a UN curriculum
development scheme in Malaysia in
• • •
Mr. Michael Foster, of the Faculty
of Education, has begun the fourth
consecutive year of writing and
narrating scripts for the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation's monthly
radio program for schools called
"Pictures in the Air."
UBC official confident
about summer programs
The UBC official responsible for
administering the summer-job program
"Professions for Tomorrow" says he is
personally confident tnat the program
will go ahead again in 1976.
Dr. Richard Spratley, UBC's
research administrator, said that while
the Social Credit government has
temporarily suspended planning for
the summer of 1976, there is every
reason to hope that funds will be made
Bus operating
The campus shuttlebus service
between the Bookstore and Parking
Lot B has resumed full operation with
the start of the new term.
The free service operates from 7:30
to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday,
and from 3:30 to 11:40 p.m. Monday
through Thursday. On Fridays, when
the UBC Library closes early, the
service operates from 3:30 to 6:30
Afternoon service from 3:30 to
6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
will be provided by a former B.C.
Hydro bus. Service from 6:00 to
11:40 p.m. will be provided by a
10-seat Physical Plant van driven by a
UBC patrolman.
The shuttlebus does not operate on
Saturdays, Sundays and statutory
Free course offered
The University Women's Club is
sponsoring a free course for women
who want to increase their confidence
and improve their ability to take part
in community affairs.
The course, which will deal with
correct procedures for conducting or
participating in meetings, will be given
by Charlotte Hess of the American
Institute of Parliamentarians. It will be
held on four consecutive Wednesdays
beginning Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at
Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave. For more
information, call 731-4661.
available for both the Professions for
Tomorrow (PFT) and Work in
Government (WIG) programs.
Both PFT and WIG were included
in the broad "Careers '75" program
operated by the provincial Department
of Labour.
Last year, about one thousand UBC
students were paid more than $1.2
million under the PFT program for
summer projects related to their career
goals. Among other things, UBC
students aided several Indian bands in
the management of their financial
affairs, provided free legal aid in
Vancouver and other B.C. centres, and
mounted a food-information service in
the  Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Employment in the PFT program is
limited to students who have
completed at least three years of
Applications for the WIG program
are handled through the UBC Office of
Student Services, which has been
instructed to stop issuing application
forms until the provincial-government
review is completed.
However, any student who has
obtained a WIG application form
should fill it out and return it to
Student Services, UBC placement
officer Cam Craik said.
He added that recruiting is
continuing for other provincial
government summer-job programs
outside the PFT and WIG schemes.
Club honors three
Three famous names in UBC
history will be honored at a black tie
dinner sponsored by the Men's
Canadian Club of Vancouver at 7 p.m.
in the Hotel Vancouver on Feb. 5.
The affair will honor former UBC
presidents Norman MacKenzie and
Walter Gage and Dean Emeritus
Gordon Shrum.
The UBC Alumni Association —
228-3313 — will take your ticket
8:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
FACULTY  RECITAL.   John  Loban,  violin; Frances Adaskin, piano;
witi special guest Jack Mendelssohn, cello, play Music of Ravel, Debussy,
Stravinsky, Sarasate and Szymanowski.
ELIZABETHAN TRIO.    Laurette Goldberg, harpsichord; Judith Nelson,
soprano; and Rella Lossy, speaker, in co-operation with the CBC, perform
A Program of EI izabethan Music and Poetry.
FACULTY RECITAL.    Hans-Karl Piltz, viola; Robert Rogers, piano; and
Milan Hurt, string bass, play Musicof Brahms and Wilson.
GRADUATION RECITAL.   Althea Holdcroft, flute, plays Music of J.S.
Bach, H. Somers, W. McCauley, H. Villa-Lobosand J. Rivier.
All performances held in Recital Hall, Music Building.
UBC Reports/Jan. 28, 1976/5 UBC popular
as site for
With atop room price of $10.50 a
day, free parking, inexpensive meals,
a swimming pool, golf course, and a
quiet atmosphere for business sessions, it's easy to see why the
campus is becoming increasingly
popular as a convention site.
Totem Park Convention Centre,
with more than 3,000 rooms in the
Gage, Totem and Vanier residences,
is Vancouver's largest convention
centre, and manager Mike Bowes
says the objective is to have every
residence filled to capacity from
May through August.
The centre, entering its sixth year
of operation, operates with a permanent staff of seven and provides
summer jobs for 150 students. All
profits go toward subsidizing the
cost of room and board for students
living in residence during the academic year.
Groups using UBC's convention
facilities are provincial, national and
international, ranging from academic societies to hockey schools, and
they involve anywhere from a handful of guests to as many as 3,000.
Busiest period this year will be
late May and early June, when the
UN Habitat conference is held in
Vancouver. As many as 2,800 rooms
will be taken on variousdays, including 1,000 by the Environmental
Design Research Association from
May 24 to 28.
In late June, 2,000 women will
take over most of the Gage and
Totem accommodation for the
RCAF Ex-Servicewomen's Reunion, and from late July to mid-
August the campus will be "home"
for upwards of 2,500 young Japanese in the 10 — 14 age bracket who
will be here on conducted tours.
The Japanese are annual visitors,
as are such divergent groups as the
Girl Guides, B.C. Safety Council and
the Science Fiction Association.
Finding others to fill all those beds
for the four months is the job of sales
representatives Linda Abercrombie
and Sheilah Bain, and the bookings
are co-ordinated by accommodations manager Antony Parras.
Occupancy charts are updated
almost daily as new groups confirm
bookings and dates — not just for
1976 but far into the future. So far
ahead, in fact, that the centre already has a confirmed booking for
1,500 rooms in June, 1984.
With spring hard upon us, elections
for the UBC Alumni Association's
1976-77 Board of Management will
soon be in progress and the call is out
for nominations.
The Board of Management, which
governs the affairs of the association,
is composed of elected members and
appointed representatives of groups
such as the Alma Mater Society, the
Faculty Association and men's and
women's athletics.
Positions open include the offices
of president, vice-president and
treasurer (one-year terms) and 10
members-at-large (two-year terms).
For further information call the
Alumni office, 228-3313.
No application, no degree in 1976.
That's the word this week from the
registrar's office, which reminds
graduating students that they must
make application for academic degrees
they expect to receive at Spring
Congregation in May.
Students expecting to graduate are
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asked to submit two "Application for
Graduation" cards to Mrs. Rosina
Kent, in the registrar's office, as soon
as possible. This includes students
registered in a year not normally
considered to be a graduating year, but
who expect to complete a degree
program this spring.
Application cards are used to
compile the lists of candidates for
graduation to be presented to faculties
and Senate for approval.	
The Red Cross hopes to collect
more than 4,000 pints of blood during
its two-week blood donor clinic on the
UBC campus.
The clinic, which opened Monday
and    continues   until    Feb.   6,   will
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operate in Rooms 207, 209 and 211 of
the Student Union Building. A second
clinic will operate in the lounge of the
Education building Feb. 2 — 6. Hours
are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Self-help housing, the brainchild of
a group of UBC graduates, is not dead.
It's flourishing under the aegis of the
UBC Centre for Continuing Education.
Architecture graduate Charles
Haynes and community planning
graduate Bruce Fairbairn will teach
two courses on self help housing under
the sponsorship of the centre from
Feb. 3 to 24 and from March 2 to 30
at Vancouver Historical Insights, 18
Water St., Gastown.
Self-help housing, a concept
developed by Mr. Haynes, Mr.
Fairbairn and Robbie Smith, an
engineering graduate, is a system using
existing manufactured components
which enables people to build their
own cheap, flexible, ecologically
sensitive housing.
Details of the courses are available
from the UBC Centre for Continuing
Education, 228-2181. Bright future seen for medicine
Dr. John H. Dirks, new head of
UBC's Department of Medicine, sees a
bright future for the department.
Dr. Dirks, who assumes full time
duties April 1, outlined his objectives
in an interview during a recent visit to
the campus.
He said the Department of
Medicine has the potential to be
among the best in Canada, even to be a
world leader. But right now, he said,
the department lacks money, staff and
Dr. Dirks, 42, said there should be a
minimum of 50 full-time physicians
within the department (there are only
20 now) but first there would have to
be adequate facilities and space.
"I cannot stress enough how critical
space is," he said. "The UBC clinical
departments now have the lowest
academic space in the country."
Dr. David Bates, dean of the
Faculty of Medicine, said he feels the
government will give high priority to
the need for teaching and research
space for the UBC medical school at
Vancouver General Hospital.
Dean Bates said a VGH plan to
recondition a former residence for
doctors at 12th Avenue and Heather
Street would provide 55,000 square
feet of space, and more should become
available in the Health Centre for
Children and the Willow Pavilion with
the completion of a new child- and
maternal-care hospital.
Dr. Dirks said there is no question
that the Department of Medicine can
attract top people once the problem of
space and facilities is oi/ercome.
He said there was a big job ahead
for his department in research, "on the
low side now by Canadian standards."
(In 1974-75, grants to the UBC
Department of Medicine from the
federal Medical Research Council
totalled only $58,870. University of
Toronto's Department of Medicine
received $946,582, the McGill
Department of Medicine $889,060.
Total MRC grants to UBC were only
$1,863,529. Toronto got $5,728,922,
McGill $5,122,593.)
Despite the current state of
Canada's economy, he feels the public
at large is sympathetic to the need for
medical research. "The climate is
good," he said. Dr. Dirks said the sum
spent on medical research in Canada
amounts to only about 1.6 per cent of
total health costs.
Dr. Dirks, a graduate of the
University of Manitoba, is a professor
of medicine and of physiology at
McGill and a Senior Physician and
director of a kidney research unit at
Royal   Victoria  Hospital   in Montreal.
He became secretary-treasurer of
the Canadian Society for Clinical
Investigation in 1972, and in
November was elected president of the
society for 1976.
Dr. Dirks is married to a physician,
and they have four children aged 5, 7,
10 and 11. His family will join him in
Vancouver at the end of the school
Research to be affected
University research efforts may be
severely curtailed by the recently
announced freeze on federal research
grants, says UBC Research
Administrator R.D. Spratley.
The freeze was announced last
month by Prime Minister Trudeau as
part of the government's anti-inflation
"Over the past several years, grants
have not come close to keeping pace
with inflation," Dr. Spratley told UBC
Reports. "In addition, an increasing
fraction of research spending is going
towards salaries and other personnel
support, with less and less money
being available for the purchase of
supplies and equipment.
"As laboratories equipped during
the expansive '60s gradually become
burdened with obsolete and worn-out
equipment, this problem may become
very serious indeed."
Dr. Spratley pointed out that a
research grant to a UBC faculty
member doesn't go to that member
personally, but is used for the
purchase of equipment, outfitting of
labs, etc., and the wing of necessary
research support staff. The faculty
member continues to receive only his
or her regular salary.
"On the applied research side,
support from mission-oriented federal
agencies may virtually disappear as
funds formerly usee for the support of
university research are channelled into
internal programs within government
departments," Dr. Spratley said.
"This will increase the difficulties
in producing needed research and
trained personnel h practical areas of
great national  importance — fisheries,
resource management, agriculture,
forestry, etc."
Dr. Spratley emphasized, however,
that full details of the federal
government's freeze on research funds
have not been released.
"I would hope, at least, that any
freeze will allow for inflation," he
According to a federal government
publication just released, federal
research grants to all Canadian
universities for the fiscal year 1974-75
totalled $113,468,174, of which UBC
received $9,459,882.
Here are totals for some other
Canadian universities:
Toronto $15,336,597, McGill
$10,077,538, Alberta $7,400,967,
Montreal $6,971,512, McMaster
$6,214,514, Manitoba $6,171,274,
Laval $4,750,300, Saskatchewan
$4,435,963, Waterloo $4,187,930,
Western Ontario $4,088,256, Ottawa
$3,020,882, Simon Fraser $1,024,673,
Victoria $565,018.
Within UBC, the Department of
Chemistry and the Department of
Physics received the most, $1,016,690
going to Chemistry and $827,015 to
Physics, excluding grants to the
TRIUMF project. Zoology was third at
Here are the totals for other UBC
departments receiving more than
Botany $352,695, Psychology
$296,173, Metallurgy $290,912,
Physiology $257,717, Psychiatry
$251,649, Electrical Engineering
$245,920, Geophysics $242,959,
Mechanical Engineering $237,700,
Civil Engineering $229,005,
Microbiology $216,430, Mathematics
UBC Reports/Jan. 28, 1976/7 THIS WEEK
Dr. M. Dongier, psychiatry department head, McGill
University, Montreal, speaks on Event-Related Slow
Potentials in Psychiatry. Lecture theatre, Health Sciences Centre Hospital.
12:30 p.m. CLASSICS LECTURE. James Heath, associate professor of classics, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, on
New Light on Archilochus, M.L. West's Edition, Lexicographic Sources, The Cologne Papyrus. Room 3201,
Buchanan Building.
DeLuca, chairman, biochemistry department. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., on Vitamin D and Its
Metabolites: A New Chapter in Endocrinology. Lecture
Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
J. Wright discusses The Planning Price of Copper. Room
203, Mineral Engineering Building.
Prof. Roderick Wong, mathematics department. University of Manitoba, on Generalized Asymptotic Expansions. Room 1100, Mathematics Building Annex.
4:00 p.m. PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. M.H.L. Pryce, of UBC's
physics department, discusses Magnetism and Color.
Room 201, Hennings Building.
7:30p.m. SOCIAL WORK COLLOQUIUM. Jack MacDonald, of
UBC's social work school, talks on New Perspectives on
Juvenile Delinquency and the Law. Lecture Hall A,
Schoolof Social Work.
WOMEN IN ART, presented by Theese Turner through
UBC's Wo men's Off ice, is a three-part lecture series. The
first lecture is Ancient Images Based on Power Units.
Room230.SUB.S5for series or S2 each lecture.
Danner, assistant dean of Science, on A Geologist Visits
the USSR. Room 100, Geography Building.
WESTWATER PUBLIC LECTURE. Ken Hall, associate director, Westwater Research Centre, on The Quality of Water in the Lower Fraser and Sources of Pollution. MacMillan Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut Street.
10:00p.m. UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS. Dr. John Collins, of UBC's
institutional analysis and research department; and
Prof. Bill Nicholls, Social Work, UBC, discuss Human
Settlements: A Problem of People. Host: Mr. Gerald
Savory, Centre for Continuing Education, UBC. Channel 10, Vancouver Cablevision.
12:30p.m. AMS SPEAKERS COMMITTEE. A representative of
the Zimbabwe African National Union will speak in the
Ballroom, Student Union Building.
HISTORY LECTURE. Prof. J.M.S. Careless, Universi
ty of Toronto, former president, Canadian Historical
Association, on Victorian Toronto and How It Got That
Way. Room 102, Buchanan Building.
3:00p.m. HISTORY LECTURE. Prof. S.F. Wise, Carleton University, Ottawa, former chief historian. Department of
National Defence, discusses The Official Historian and
His Dilemmas. Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
8:15p.m. THE VANCOUVER INSTITUTE. Prof. Vladimir
Krajina, of UBC's botany department, speaks on Ecological Reserves in British Columbia. Lecture Hall 2,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Edwards, UBC Mechanical Engineering graduate student, talks on Drying of Wood Particles in Furnace
Atmosphere. Room A106, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. J.P. Kutney, of UBC's chemistry department, on
Vinca Alkaloids— Chemistry and Therapeutic Implications. Conference room, second floor, 2656 Heather St,
Cotsen, advisor, I nstitute of Archaeology, University of
California at Los Angeles, talks on Understanding
Ancient Architecture Through Contemporary Rural
Architecture. Room 102, Lasserre Building.
Judy Martinez, Pharmacology graduate student, on
Arene Oxides: Toxic Metabolites? I. Lecture Hall 3,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Dirilten, Electrical Engineering, UBC, on Optimization
of Computer Communication Networks: State of the
Art and Recent Developments. Room 214, MacLeod
3:30p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR. David Stone, oceanography institute, UBC, on Knight Inlet, B.C.: A Hydro-
graphic Trap for Nutrients, Plankton and Particulates.
Room 1465, west wing, Biological Sciences Building.
Scarfe, dean emeritus of Education, gives an illustrated
talk on China and the New Morality. Room 100, Scarfe
12:35p.m. FREE FILM SERIES presented by thedean of women s
office, features The Ascent of Man, Part II: Knowledge
or Certainty. Auditorium, Student Union Building.
3:30 p.m. STATISTICS WORKSHOP. Dr. J. Claxton, of UBC's
commerce and business administration faculty, will
speak in Room 321, Angus Building.
4:00p.m. HISTORY COLLOQUIUM. Prof. John Norris, History, UBC, on East or West? The Geographical Origin of
the Black Death. Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
Richard Rosenberg, Computer Science, UBC, on Computational Model for Natural Languages. Penthouse,
W.G. Milne, Victoria Geophysical Observatory, on
Earthquake Prediction in the People's Republic of
China. Room 260, Geophysics Building.
Schwartz, Harvard University, and visiting professor in
UBC's psychology department, discusses Biofeedback
and Meditation: The Meeting of Science and Mind. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
Admission S3; students S2. Call 228-2181, local 261.
staff and graduate students. $1.25 a person includes
refreshments. Ballroom, Faculty Club. For information,
call 228-4865.
12:30p.m. LOCAL TALENT READING SERIES, sponsored by
the Library, features UBC English department student
Carolyn Borsman reading from her works. Orientation
room, lower level, Sedgewick Library.
PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. J.P. Wolfe, University of
California at Berkeley, on Electron Hole Liquid in Pure
Germanium: A Novel Plasma. Room 201, Hennings
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
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