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Array Volume 30, Number 9
April 25, 1984
Education, Commerce suspend programs
New mastermind of ceremonies and other public events at UBC come July 1 will
be Dr. John Stager, left, who also plans to continue duties as associate dean of
arts and professor of geography. He succeeds Prof. Ben Moyls, former head of
the Department of Mathematics, a UBC faculty member for 37 years and
director of ceremonies since 1977, who retires on June 30.
Stager new Ceremonies head
Prof. John K. Stager, a 27-year member
of the UBC faculty, has been appointed
director of ceremonies, effective July 1.
Prof. Stager, who plans to continue
duties as associate dean of the Faculty of
Arts and as a professor of geography, will
succeed Prof. Ben Moyls, who retires on
June 30 after 37 years at UBC as a
mathematics teacher and seven years as
director of ceremonies.
A native of Ontario, Prof. Stager is
widely known for his teaching and research
on the Canadian Arctic. He was the
founding president of the Association of
Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
from 1977 to 1981 and has served on a
number of federal government bodies
concerned with northern research and
environmental assessment.
At UBC, in addition to teaching and
research duties, Prof. Stager has served on
numerous Senate, presidential and faculty
committees. He was assistant dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies from 1969 to
1975 and was appointed associate dean of
Arts in 1975.
He is a graduate of McMaster University,
where he received his honors BA degree in
geography in 1951, and of the University of
Edinburgh, where he was awarded the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1962.
Prof. Moyls, the retiring ceremonies
director, is a UBC graduate who was
awarded the Governor-General's gold
medal when he graduated with the degree
of Bachelor of Arts in 1940. He joined the
UBC faculty in 1947, the same year he was
awarded the degree of Doctor of
Philosophy from Harvard University.
He is considered one of UBC's
outstanding teachers and in 1974 was the
recipient of a Master Teacher Award. He
has also held a variety of administrative
posts at UBC and in 1983 completed a
five-year term as head of the Department
of Mathematics.
UBC's Senate got a foretaste last week of
the impact that a five-percent reduction in
the 1984-85 operating budget will have on
academic programs in two faculties and
the University Library.
The impact of the budget reduction
involves the suspension or termination of
enrolment in four programs in the Faculty
of Education, the suspension and reduction
of enrolment in two programs in the
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration and the loss of up to 14
positions and curtailment of hours of
service in the UBC Library system.
UBC's academic vice-president, Dr.
Robert Smith, who is responsible for the
1984-85 budget-planning process,
emphasized at Senate's April 18 meeting
that the enrolment suspensions in
Education and Commerce programs
applied to the 1984-85 winter session,
"given the extreme fiscal uncertainty and
budget realities with which these two
faculties have to contend."
In the Faculty of Education, the
cutbacks will involve suspension of
enrolment in the following programs:
• The Bachelor of Education degree in
Special Education, a five-year program
that prepares teachers to educate mildly
handicapped children, which enrolled 105
students in 1983-84.
Students who complete the fourth year
of the program this year will be allowed to
register for year five in September. All
others will be expected to transfer to the
four-year B.Ed. (Elementary) program,
where a special education concentration is
available.
• The Diploma Program in the
Education of the Mentally Retarded, one
of three diploma programs in Special
Education open to students who hold a
university degree and have experience in
dealing with'handicapped students. Other
special education diploma programs in
education of the deaf and the visually
impaired will not be affected. Enrolment
in the mentally retarded diploma program
is normally 10 to 12 students a year.
• The Community Education optional
professional program, one of 12 offered in
the education faculty, which enrols about
30 students each year.
The Faculty of Education also plans to
discontinue Library Education as a field of
concentration in the B.Ed, program in
1984-85.
The dean of Education, Dr. Daniel
Birch, told UBC Reports that the basic
reason for the termination and
discontinuance of programs was attrition of
faculty positions, "which has left us spread
too thin to maintain all our commitments."
Dean Birch said the faculty particularly
regretted suspending enrolment for the
B.Ed. (Special Education), which he
termed "a flagship program which draws
students from across the nation and whose
graduates tend to receive preference in
hiring."
Cutbacks in the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration will involve
suspension of enrolment in the program
leading to the Licentiate in Accounting
and the elimination of one of five sections
of the program leading to the degree of
Master of Business Administration.
The Licentiate in Accounting, a post-
baccalaureate program, enrolled 59
students in each of its two years in
1983-84. Students who have completed the
first year of the program will be allowed to
complete it in 1984-85.
Elimination of one section of students
enrolled in the M.B.A. program and an
increase to 45 in the number of students in
the remaining sections will mean the
admission of 25 fewer students in 1984-85,
when three daytime and one night section
will be offered.
Commerce dean Dr. Peter Lusztig told
UBC Reports a far more severe problem
facing his faculty is the loss of top faculty
members who are being lured away by
higher salary offers from other universities
and business and government. UBC's
current salary freeze plus budget cuts make
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25 new
scholarships
approved
The University of B.C. has established
25, new scholarships, with a potential value
of $10,000 each, for students entering UBC
for the first time.
At least 20 of the new awards will go to
students entering from Grade 12 this
September, and a maximum of five will go
to students transferring to the University
from a regional college.
The awards will be based primarily on
scholarly achievement.
The scholarships are for an initial $2,500
and are renewable for a further three
years, or until the recipient obtains an
undergraduate degree, whichever is the
shorter period.
The scholarships are part of an increased
student aid program announced by UBC in
January, when tuition fees were raised for
1984-85.
Application deadline for the new
scholarships is June 1.
The awards were approved by the UBC
Senate April 18.
Senate also ruled that to be eligible for
University undergraduate scholarships, a
student must be registered for 90 per cent
or more of a full program load or be
registered for 154 units less than a full
program load, whichever is greater. In the
case of a 'standard' 15-unit load, either
criterion would mean a student would have
to be registered for at least 13.5 units.
Pre-registration
motions deferred
The University Senate has referred two
motions on pre-registration to the
President's Committee on Registration, and
has deferred debate on the Christmas
examination period until the registration
committee reports back to Senate.
Before Senate April 18 were the
following two motions from the Faculty of
Applied Science:
"That the Faculty of Applied Science
recommend that the Registrar be requested
to make arrangements for the two
examination periods to be of equal length,
so alleviating the problem of too short a
period at Christmas" and
"That in order to effect the above
change (lengthening the Christmas
examination schedule) the University carry
out pre-registration during the summer,
and start lectures immediately following
Labor Day."
From Arts came the following motion:
"That the Faculty of Arts recommend
that the University adopt a system of pre-
registration." UBC Reports April 25, 1984
Many problems confront Library
In his annual report to UBC's Senate
Wednesday (April 18), campus librarian
Douglas Mclnnes reviewed some of the
problems, old and new, that confront the
UBC Library system. What follows are
excerpts from the introduction to his
report.
The introductory paragraphs of this
report touch on questions, old and new,
which will demand attention from everyone
concerned with the future of the library
services at the University of British
Columbia.
The first of these, affecting all aspects of
the Library's operation, is the question of
physical facilities. When the President's
Committee on Library Space Requirements
made its report in 1980, it was expected
that existing space for library collections
would be full beyond working capacity by
1988. That prediction, which assumed
further transfer of collections to non-public
storage areas, remains valid. Within the
present facilities of the Main Library, the
only means of extending the deadline for
collections space is to create a limited
amount of additional closed storage on the
seventh floor. Most of the smaller branch
libraries are already out of space for
collections; others will be by 1988.
The quality of library space is important
as well, for function and aesthetic reasons.
Except for the most recently constructed
campus branch libraries, most of UBC's
library space is functionally inadequate,
almost incapable of reorganization, and in
certain instances unsafe by current
building and fire codes. The Library
Development Proposal submitted in 1981 to
the Universities Council would have
provided, over the long term, for extensive
reorganization of services in new space.
Under the present economic conditions, a
major redevelopment of the Library's
central facilities appears to be out of the
question. Instead, the task will be to
develop less costly alternatives which
provide badly needed space soon enough
without compromising future opportunities
for consolidating and reorganizing services.
At a time when an extended period of
reduced operating budgets and
technological change demand flexibility in
the organization of library service, the
Library faces a series of ad hoc
adjustments to cope with a space problem
which will increase operating costs and
service deficiencies.
A second major issue is, of course, the
effect of reductions in operating budgets in
recent years. Retrenchment in 1982-83 saw
the closure of one small branch library and
the virtual elimination of the Library's
support to reading rooms. To meet its
retrenchment target the Library was also
obliged to give up several budgeted
positions and to sacrifice savings from the
operating budget that were previously used
to offset increases in the cost of supplies
and outside services. The overall result of
retrenchment and contractual changes has
been a reduction of 13 per cent (excluding
grant-funded health science positions) since
1970 in the total staff hours available to
operate the Library. During the same
period, the demands for library service,
both traditional and innovative, have
increased and the responsibilities of the
Library have been expanded.
Throughout periods of restraint the
Library has protected the collection by
giving it the highest possible
priority That objective is no less
important today. As the major research
library in the province, the UBC Library's
obligation to maintain strong collections
grows in the face of reductions to other
academic library collections in B.C. It is
expected, quite appropriately, that
materials no longer available elsewhere in
the province will continue to be
represented in UBC's collection. The
collections constitute a capital investment
of unique importance to the province.
Failure to acquire books and periodicals as
they are published would mean that many
important titles could not be purchased
later — most go out of print within a very
short time. As we learned in the 1960's,
subsequent attempts to fill in gaps and to
acquire large retrospective collections are
costly, difficult, and only moderately
successful.
In view of the magnitude and possible
duration of the present financial crisis, the
maintenance of the Library's unique
collections must be considered a University,
not merely a Library, priority. The last
collections budget increase was in 1981-82
and, although inflation has moderated, it
is still a significant factor. Reduction in
duplicate subscriptions funded by the
Library budget, some restriction of book
purchases, and favorable European
exchange rates have all helped us to live
within a static budget. Duplicate
subscriptions are again being examined,
and all but the most essential will be
considered for elimination. However, if a
modest increase in the collections budget is
not possible within the next year or two
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it non-competitive in terms of salaries
being offered elsewhere, he said.
University Librarian Douglas Mclnnes,
in presenting his annual report to Senate
last week, said that despite the growth in
scope and use of book and other
collections, the UBC system will lose 13 or
14 positions in the coming year as well as a
good many additional hours of student and
professional help.
He told UBC Reports that the staff
reductions would be achieved through
attrition, retirements and positions which
are vacant as a result of the hiring freeze
imposed last year. As a result, the Library
hopes to avoid layoffs of personnel, he
said.
However, the Library's reduced budget
means the system will be open fewer hours
in 1984-85, with late evening and weekend
hours being affected.
The Main, Woodward and Law
Libraries will close at 10 p.m. (instead of
11 p.m.) Monday through Thursday and at
5 p.m. on Fridays. They will open at noon
on Saturdays instead of 9 a.m. and close at
8 p.m. on Sundays instead of 11 p.m.
Other campus libraries will follow this
pattern with the exception of the
Sedgewick Library, which will maintain its
current hours (open every evening until 11
p.m. and open at 9 a.m. on Saturdays) in
order to provide students with one study
area in the late evenings and on Saturday
mornings.
Mr. Mclnnes told Senate the "less
visible" effects of budget cutbacks would
include the weakening of processing,
reference and circulation services as a
result of losses in staffing.
Turning to the continuing and growing
problem of Library space shortages, Mr.
Mclnnes said that up to 70,000 additional
volumes will be moved from the main
stacks into closed storage in the summer of
1984. (Most of the introductory section of
the Librarian's annual report to Senate
appears on Page 2 of this edition of UBC
Reports.)
Law student wins
essay competition
Second-year Law student David
Chesman was the winner of an essay
competition held on campus on Jan. 21 for
the $1,250 William G. Black Memorial
Prize.
The prize is awarded annually for the
best essay on a topic related to some aspect
of Canadian society. The topic is given to
participants at the time of the competition.
Professor emeritus
dies at 72
Dr. H.E. Ronimois, Professor Emeritus
of Slavonic Studies at UBC, died suddenly
on April 15 at the age of 72.
An expert on Soviet politics and
economics, Dr. Ronimois was a member of
the UBC faculty for 28 years from 1949
until his retirement in 1977.
Born in Leningrad in 1912, Prof.
Ronimois was educated at the University of
Tartu in Estonia and at the University of
London, here he was awarded the Ph.D.
degree in 1949, the same year he joined
UBC.
cancellation of some unique titles will be
inevitable. Any actual reduction in the
budget will, of course, require that this
step be taken earlier. A significant
worsening in exchange rates would have a
similar impact.
Reductions to the operating budget can
come only from cutting staff or collections,
and as already noted the staff time
available to the Library has been
substantially reduced in recent years.
Further reductions in the staff will
probably be required and will have a
visible impact on the Library's ability to
process books and journals and to provide
services. Most possibilities for minor
adjustments have been exhausted, and the
potential for major reorganization of
services for more economical operation is
limited by the Library's physical plant. A
substantial reduction in operating funds in
1984-85, followed by static or shrinking
budgets in subsequent years, would make it
impossible to avoid serious cuts in the
Library collection, to the detriment of
research and teaching at UBC and to the
great disadvantage of academic work in the
province as a whole. There are no
inexpensive solutions to the problem. The
cost of maintaining this provincial resource
increases inexorably with inflation, while
no provision exists for offsetting increases
to the collections budget.
The past five to ten years have seen
important improvements in the provision of
information about collections. The
continued development of automated
systems required for easier access to such
information constitutes a third major issue
for the Library in 1984. Prior to 1978 the
only public catalogue of the entire
University Library collection was the one in
the concourse of the Main Library. Since
then, a union catalogue representing all
materials acquired since 1978 and a
substantial proportion of the older
collections has been maintained by
computer and made available on
computer-output-microfiche (COM) in all
branch libaries and in many locations
outside the University	
Efforts to continue the development of
improved access systems appear to be at a
standstill, at least in British Columbia. The
exciting potential of mounting a local
system to provide cataloguing and other
forms of support to the university and
college libraries (the B.C. Library
Network) has been abandoned for lack of
funding	
In our concern for the more obvious
problems arising from reduced budgets we
must also remain aware of the extent to
which the quality of future collections and
information services depends on the
effective use of present funding. Earlier
reports have noted the high standing
achieved by the UBC Library among North
American research libraries. For its
collections, staff and services the UBC
Library has, over a period of many years,
earned a reputation for excellence which
must be preserved.
The immediate problems are clear
enough. Without increased funds to at
least maintain buying power for collections,
there will inevitably be a reduction in the
purchase of books and journals that are
not held elsewhere in British Columbia;
further reductions in staffing will limit
services over the system as a whole and will
lead to larger processing backlogs. If the
level of collecting remains high, there must
also be staff to order, receive and process
the materials purchased or they are of little
immediate use to patrons. Without
effective and constantly improving systems,
neither the acquisition of collections nor
the process of making them available for
use can proceed efficiently. Even the task
of selecting the best from the vast array of
publications available requires adequate
staff support. And while our branch system
is an effective way of providing access to
the Library's resources, it can function only
with a substantial commitment of staff
resources.
It is particularly unfortunate that
reductions in operating budgets should
occur at a time when our library, like
others, is faced with the need both to
maintain traditional collections and services
and to prepare for the multitude of
changes arising from developments in
communications and information
technology.
CAMPUS
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Heesok Chang and Corinna
Sundararajan, students in UBC's
Department of English, are among the 117
winners of 1984 Mellon Fellowships in the
Humanities. The UBC students were
among 1,106 candidates from colleges and
universities across Canada and the United
States who applied for the fellowships,
which are given to students entering their
first year of graduate studies in the
humanistic disciplines.
The awards, worth up to $18,000,
include a $7,500 cash stipend and cover
tuition and other fees. The fellowships
were initiated last year to encourage
"highly talented college graduates" in their
preparation for careers as scholars and
teachers in the humanities.
Prof. V.J. Modi of UBC's mechanical
engineering department has been
appointed to the astrodynamics committee
of the International Astronautical
Federation. About 60 countries have
memberships in the federation, which is
based in Paris.
Dr. Jill W. Graham has written a
bellwether Ph.D. thesis that has won first
prize in two international competitions —
from the Society for Industrial and
Organizational Psychology and from the
Academy of Management.
The subject was "principled
organizational dissent" — what happens
when an organization reacts positively to a
legitimate moral complaint of mistakes or
wrong-doing at work.
Dr. Graham, assistant professor in UBC's
Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration, completed her thesis last
year at Northwestern University.
Dr. Peter A. Murtha of UBC's Faculty
of Forestry has received a presidential
citation from the American Society of
Photogrammetry for outstanding service to
the society. Dr. Murtha is an expert on the
application of remote sensing — the use of
imagery taken from satellites and high
altitude aircraft — to resource
management.
Graham Argyle, director of UBC's
facilities planning department, has been
elected for a two-year term to the council
of the Architectural Institute of B.C.
Elmer Ogryzlo heads
Faculty Association
Elmer Ogryzlo (Chemistry) has succeeded
Dennis Pavlich (Law) as president of the
UBC Faculty Association.
Vice-president is Sidney Mindess (Civil
Engineering), treasurer is Richard Beames
(Animal Science), secretary is Melvin
Comisarow (Chemistry) and the delegate to
the Canadian Association of University
Teachers is David Haley (Forestry).
Elected to the executive 'at large' were
David Balzarini (Physics), Robert De
Wreede (Botany), Suzanne Dodson
(Library), Arthur Ray (History), Herbert
Rosengarten (English) and Sharon Kahn
(Counselling Psychology).
The new executive took office April 5.
5 from UBC elected
to Royal Society
Five UBC faculty members have been
elected fellows of the Royal Society of
Canada, this country's most distinguished
learned society.
They are David Jones (Zoology), Frank
Clarke (Mathematics), Christopher Brion
(Chemistry), William Unruh (Physics) and
Basil Stuart-Stubbs (Librarianship).
The induction ceremony will be held at
the University of Guelph on May 27.
The Royal Society of Canada was
founded in 1882 by the Marquess of Lome,
who was then governor-general. It is a
national academy which endeavors to
recognize high distinction and to stimulate
achievement in the humanities, the social
sciences and the sciences. UBC Reports April 25, 1984
Six UBC medical students were recently named the 1984 winners of the Drennan
Memorial Scholarship, established in honor offennie Gillespie Drennan, a 1895
graduate of medicine from Queen's University. A portrait offennie Drennan
(shown in photo) was donated to UBC's Biomedical Library. Scholarship winners
are, from left to right, Deborah Prior, Alice Ho, Deirdre Smith, Kirsty
Mcllwaine and Patty Whittle. The sixth winner, unavailable for photo, was
Katherine Perry.
Building named for Kenny
The Board of Governors has approved a
recommendation naming the recently
opened Psychology Building for former
president Douglas T. Kenny, who stepped
down as UBC's chief executive officer on
June 30, 1983.
The occupation of the Douglas T. Kenny
Building in February by members of the
psychology department marked the end of
10 years of planning and brought together
under one roof 43 faculty members who
had been functioning in five separate
campus locations.
Dr. Kenny, when he stepped down as
UBC's seventh president, had completed 39
years of association with UBC as student,
teacher, researcher and administrator.
He joined the UBC faculty in 1950 and
was named head of the psychology
department in 1965. He became associate
dean of the Faculty of Arts in 1969 and
dean of the faculty the following year. He
was dean of Arts until his appointment as
president of UBC in 1975.
The Board also approved a
recommendation naming a playing field in
the Thunderbird Park complex "The
Evelyn Lett Alumni Field." The field is
located immediately east of the John Owen
Pavilion/ which houses the B.C. Sports
Medicine Clinic.
Mrs. Lett, who received her Bachelor
and Master of Arts degrees from UBC in
1917 ani 1925, respectively, assisted in the
drafting of the original constitutions of
both the Alma Mater Society and the UBC
Alumni Association. She continues to take
an active interest in UBC affairs.
HAZARDOUS AREA
DO NOT ENTER
WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM'
Name:
Room
Room
Phone
or
Phone
description of hazard:
Professor's sign effective
The Hazardous Area' sign shown here
was the idea of Prof. James Farmer of the
UBC chemistry department, and is being
distributed by the Workers' Compensation
Board of B.C.
In a letter to Dr. Farmer, the executive
director of the WCB industrial health and
safety division, C.W. Calhoun, says:
"On behalf of the Workers'
Compensation Board I would like to
acknowledge your effort in designing the
original 'Hazardous Area' sign.
"As our staff thought it may have
widespread use, we decided to have it
reprinted for free distribution to industry
throughout British Columbia.
who
those
had an
health
The
red and
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of the
Safety
many
member
years.
'I wo aid also like to thank you for the
initiative you have shown toward the
prevention of injury and disease among
work at UBC. Your efforts have
extremely positive effect upon the
safety program."
hazardous Area' sign is printed in
black.
Farmer has been an active member
President's Advisory Committee on
security and Fire Prevention for
He has also served as a
of the University's Technical
Advisorv Panel, providing expert advice
concerning the safe use of hazardous
chemicals on campus.
Grants given for daycare,
pre-school research
Two researchers in UBC's Faculty of
Education have received grants from the
federal government for three separate
studies related to the daycare and preschool needs of Canadian children.
Dr. Hillel Goelman, an assistant
professor of language education, is involved
in the first nationally coordinated survey of
Canadian daycare needs as well as a
detailed study of daycare in Victoria.
Education faculty colleague Dr. Glen
Dixon, coordinator of UBC's Child Study
Centre, has received funds to establish and
evaluate a model pre-school program for
children who come from homes where
English is a second language.
Dr. Goelman is a member of the
National Day Care Research Group, a
consortium of university professors of early
childhood education, psychology and child
care in Canada which met earlier this
month in Montreal.
"In December, the group met at UBC
for a conference jointly funded by the
Faculty of Education and the federal
Ministry of Health and Welfare," explains
Dr. Goelman. "At the meeting the group
established three main goals. It plans to
conduct a national survey of daycare needs
across the country, to organize a research
symposium on daycare and to publish a
comprehensive handbook on daycare
research in Canada."
The Ministry of Health and Welfare's
national welfare grants directorate
provided an additional $10,000 grant to
assist in carrying out these goals and for
the follow-up conference in Montreal,
which Dr. Goelman was active in
organizing.
"The national survey the group is
planning is intended to document the
daycare needs in Canada in a precise
manner and to provide information on the
type of part-time and full-time
arrangements parents need, prefer and are
actually making for their children," says
Dr. Goelman.
"The number of Canadian mothers
entering the work force is increasing
rapidly and subsequently there is a greater     '
need for daycare services. However, it is j
difficult for the government to formulate i
policy about these services because there is |
very little information about daycare .
needs, and the information that has been
gathered is probably not very accurate.
"For example, given the limited number
of spaces in licensed daycare and preschool facilities, it is very difficult to
ascertain precisely what percentage of the
children in need of daycare are serviced by
these facilities," says Dr. Goelman.
"Conflicting estimates about this matter
made by different government agencies
range from 15 to more than 40 per cent.
"Another problem is that research on
daycare until now has been fragmented
and has not been coordinated across the
provinces.
"The research symposium and handbook
will provide a vehicle for researchers in this
field to present their findings and to
coordinate the gathering of information
which can be of use in the development of
daycare policies at the local, provincial and
federal levels."
Dr. Goelman is in the second year of a
detailed study of daycare in Victoria,
funded by a $135,000 grant from the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council. Dr. Alan Pence of the University
of Victoria is the co-investigator on the
project.
"We've been interviewing parents and
daycare supervisors as well as observing
daycare environments and measuring the
children's social, cognitive and language
development," says Dr. Goelman. "We
want to find out as much as possible about
where children are being placed, the type
of activities taking place in the facilities,
the age groups in various daycare settings
and how effective these environments are
in terms of a child's development.
"We are also interested in the effect of
the daycare experience on the entire family
in terms of maternal employment and
other related issues."
Dr. Goelman and Dr. Pence have
focused their study on 110 families. About
half of the children in the study are
enrolled in pre-school or daycare centres.
The remainder are divided equally between
those placed in licensed and unlicensed
daycare homes.
"We are in the process of analyzing the
data we've collected in Victoria and there
has been some interest in doing a similar
study in the Vancouver area," says Dr.
Goelman. "We've received a lot of support
from the federal government and from our
own faculty, and we're hopeful that this
type of study will be carried out in other
areas across the country."
The study being conducted by Dr. Glen
Dixon on preschool programs for children
whose first language is not English is being
funded by a $17,000 grant from the
Secretary of State for Multiculturalism.
"In Vancouver about 46 per cent of the
children entering Grade 1 come from non-
English speaking homes," says Dr. Dixon.
"The incongruity between home and school
in terms of language, culture and values
can make the transition to the public
school system quite difficult.
"We're looking at how the problems
faced by children whose first language is
not English can be dealt with before they
enter the public school system."
Dr. Dixon, along with Prof. Patricia
Wakefield of the education faculty,
established a pre-school program which has
been in existence in pilot form for the past
year at Sexsmith Community School in
Vancouver.
"The program involved three- and four-
year-old children, half of whom came from
homes where English was the first
language, and half who came from homes
where English was either not spoken or was
the second language.
"We're beginning to make evaluations
about the program, based on video-tapes
of the children's social play and language
interactions, and their performances on
standardized measures of language
development."
The Secretary of State grant will enable
the researchers to continue their work and
to develop curriculum materials to aid preschool and kindergarten teachers of
children who come from homes where
English is not the first language.
"Some children in the preschool centres
have no facility in English, others know
only a few phrases," says Dr. Dixon. "In
order to effectively prepare children for
public school education, pre-schools must
take into consideration this need for
language acquisition and development and
other needs stemming from the range of
cultural backgrounds."
He adds that the Vancouver School
Board has been very helpful and supportive
of the work done in this area.
Both Dr. Dixon and Dr. Goelman are
pleased with the emphasis which is being
placed on early childhood education in the
education faculty at UBC.
"In the past, the emphasis in most
education faculties in Canadian universities
has been on education beginning at the
kindergarten level," says Dr. Goelman. "In
recent years education faculties have
demonstrated an increasing awareness and
sensitivity to the fact that education and
development at the preschool level has a
significant effect on a child's performance
in later years."
Contract let
for low-rise
Wilson Industries Inc. of Burnaby, the
low bidder, has been awarded the contract
for construction of the low-rise addition to
the Walter Gage Residence.
There were 11 bids, ranging from $4.8
million to $5.5 million.
Work will not start until May 1, so as
not to disturb students studying for exams,
and the estimated construction period is 56
weeks.
The four-storey building will
accommodate 234 students in 165 rental
units. There will be five two-bedroom
suites, 64 one-bedroom suites and 96 studio
suites. Eight of the units will be designed
for disabled persons.
The three towers and one low-rise block
in the Walter Gage Residence now
accommodate 1,288 students.
The new building will be located on the
northeastern corner of the Gage site. A
construction vehicle road will run from
Wesbrook Mall. UBC Reports April 25, 1984
UDC
CalcndaR
Calendar Deadlines
Because of a three-week gap in publishing
between our next issue of UBC Reports on May
9 and the following issue on May 30, the
Calendar section of the May 9 issue will cover
events in the three week period between May 13
and June 2. The May 30 issue will cover the
period June 3 through 16.
Send notices to Information Services, 6328
Memorial Road (Old Administration Building).
For more information, call 228 3131.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
Musical Presentation.
Last in a series of Sunday performances co-
sponsored by the music department and the
Museum of Anthropology. Today's program:
The Vancouver Harp Ensemble performs From
Baroque to the 20th Century: A Concert for
Four Harps   Free with museum admission.
Museum of Anthropology. 2:30 p.m.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
Cancer Research Seminar.
Dr. Ted Krontiris, Cancer Research Center,
Boston, Mass. Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer
Research Centre, 601 W. 10th Ave. 12 noon.
Cancer Research Seminar.
Methods of Removing Malignant Cells from
Bone Marrow. Dr. Fred Appelbaum, Oncology,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,
Seattle. Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research
Centre, 601 W. 10th Ave. 1 p.m.
Biochemical Discussion Group
Seminar.
Role of Mevalonate in the Synthesis of
Macromolecules in Mammalian Cells. Dr.
Michael Sinewsky, Roosevelt Institute for Cancer
Research, Denver, Colorado. Lecture Hall 5,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
4 p.m.
Preventive Medicine Seminar.
Toward an Epidemiology of Health. Dr.
Malcolm Weinstein, director of Health
Planning, Vancouver Health Department. Room
253, Mather Building. 4 p.m.
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TUESDAY, MAY 1
Landscape Colloquium.
The second meeting of the Landscape
Colloquium for those interested in landscapes in
various disciplines such as landscape
architecture, geography, planning, architecture,
forestry, psychology and English. Salon C,
Faculty Club. 12 to 2:30 p.m.
Biochemical Discussion Group
Seminar.
Spectroscopic and Hydrodynamic Approaches in
Studying Structure-Function Relationships in
Calcium Binding Proteins. Dr. Cyril Kay,
Biochemistry, University of Alberta. Lecture
Hall 4, Woodward Instructional Resources
Centre. 4 p.m.
Student Recital.
Works by Schubert, Chopin, Prokoviev and
Liszt. Midori Koga, piano. Recital Hall, Music
Building. 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 3
Canadians for Health Research
Lecture.
Advances in Huntington's Research. Dr. Michael
Hayden, Medical Genetics, UBC, and Clinical
Genetics Unit, Grace Hospital. Part of a lecture
series entitled Frontiers in Medicine. Arts,
Science and Technology Centre, 600 Granville
St. 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital.
Music by Berlinsky, L. Moyse, Kuhlau, Duparc,
Ravel and Douglas. Eric Wilson, cello; Paul
Douglas, flute; Robert Rogers, piano; and guest
Valerie Galvin, soprano. Recital Hall, Music
Building. 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Medical Genetics Seminar.
Immunology and Genetics. Dr. A. Junker.
Parentcraft Room, Grace Hospital.  1 p.m.
Zoology Physiology Seminar.
Neurophysiology of Breathing in Mammals: An
Abridged Account. Dr. J.L. Feldman,
Physiology and Anesthesia, Northwestern
University, Chicago. Room 2449. Biological
Sciences Building. 3:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Student Recital.
Works by Brahms, Bach, Stravinsky and Villa
Lobos. Elizabeth Bohm, flute; Yvonne Roberts,
clarinet; Barry Barrington and Ellen Embleton,
piano. Recital Hall, Music Building. 8 p.m.
MONDAY, MAY 7
Cancer Research Seminar.
Role of Phosphatidyl Serine in Macrophage
Recognition. Dr. Alan Schroit, Anderson
Hospital and Tumor Institute. Lecture Theatre,
B.C. Cancer Research Centre, 601 W. 10th Ave.
12 noon.
Biomembranes Discussion Group.
Mechanism and Regulation of Sugar Transport
by Bacterial Phosphotransferase. Dr. Milton
Saier, University of California, San Diego.
Lecture Hall 4, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre. 4 p.m.
Zoology Physiology Seminar.
Adaptations in Fish Locomotory Muscle. Dr.
Stuart Egginton, Zoology, University of Maine.
Room 2449, Biological Sciences Building.
4:30 p.m.
Student Recital.
Works by Brahms, Faure, Britten and Vaughn-
Williams. Elaine Smookler, soprano, and Maura
Chatman, piano. Recital Hall, Music Building.
8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Science, Technology and Society
Studies Lecture.
In Defense of Risk Benefit Analysis in Public
Policy-Making. K.S. Shrader-Frechette,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building. 2:30 p.m.
Biomembranes Discussion Group
Seminar.
Molecular Structure of Communicating
Channels between Cells. Dr. Nigel Unwin,
Structural Biology, Stanford Medical School.
Lecture Hall 4, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre. 4 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Canadians for Health Research
Lecture.
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Neil
Yorkston, Psychiatry, UBC. Part of a lecture
series entitled Frontiers in Medicine, Co-
sponsored by the Alzheimer Support Association
of B.C. Arts, Science and Technology Centre,
600 Granville St. 7:30 p.m.
Student Recital.
Works by Debussy, Stravinsky and Brahms.
Mark Enns, clarinet and Bernie Duerksen,
piano. Recital Hall, Music Building. 8 p.m.
Notices...
Asian exhibit
An exhibition of exlibris Japan (bookplates of
Japan), rarely seen in North America, is on
display in the Asian Centre.   The Asian Centre is
open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For
more information, call the Institute of Asian
Research at 228-2746.
GRANT'
DCADLINCS
Faculty members wishing more
information about the following research
grants should consult the Research
Administration Grant Deadlines circular
which is available in departmental and
faculty offices. If further information is
required, call 228-3652 (external grants) or
228-5583 (internal grants).
June
• Agriculture Canada
New Crop Development Fund (1)
• Canadian Diabetes Association
Charles H. Best Fund (30)
• Cattlemen's Association (B.C.)
Brig. Bostock Memorial Research Grant
(30)
• Educational Research Inst, of B.C. (ERIBC)
ERIBC Major Research Grant (1)
• International Union Against Cancer
Yamagiwa-Yoshida Int'l Cancer Study
Grants (30)
• National Multiple Sclerosis Soc. (U.S.)
Research (1)
• SSHRC: Research Communic. Div.
Aid to Occasional Conferences (30)
• SSHRC: Strategic Grants Division
Family & Socialization of Children (1)
- Aging (1)
- Human Context Science & Technology (1)
- Women and Work (1)
Managing the Organization in Canada (I)
- Development of Management Research (1)
• Woodward's Foundation
- Foundation Grants (1)
July
• Association of Commonwealth Universities
- Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (31)
• B.C. Cancer Foundation
- Travel Grant for Post-doctoral Fellows
(15)
• Brewers Association of Canada
- Research (1)
• Canada Council: Writing/Publit
- Translation Grant (15)
• Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp.
- Research Grants Type A (to $3,500) (27)
• Deafness Research Foundation
- Research (15)
• Deutscher Akadem. Austauschdienst (DAAD)
- Study Visits of Foreign Academics (1)
• Health & Welfare Canada: NHRDP Awards
- National Health Research Scholars (31)
- National Health Scientists (31)
- Postdoctoral Fellowships (31)
- Visiting National Health Scientist Awards
(31)
• March of Dimes Birth Defects Fdn. (U.S.)
- Clinical Research - Human Birth Defects
(1)
Food Service hours
During the months of April, May and June
UBC's food services outlets will be open the
following hours:
Yum Yum's - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Arts 200 —
closed; Barn Coffee Shop -    7:30 a.m. to 3:30
p.m.; Bus Stop Coffee Shop       7:45 a.m. to 7
p.m. April 25 and 26, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. April
27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28. May be
closed for renovations after this date; Edibles —
closed; IRC Snack Bar — 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
in April, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:^0 p.m. in May
and June; Ponderosa —  9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.;
SUBWay Cafeteria       7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
until May 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 7 until
September.
French and Spanish classes
Six-week, non credit conversational French and
Spanish classes begin the week of May 1. Special
French class for UBC faculty and staff on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. For
more information, contact Language Programs
and Services, Centre for Continuing Education,
at 222-5227.
• Merck Company Foundation
Fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology (1)
• MRC: Special Programs
Symposia & Workshops (1)
• Rhodes University
Hugh Kelly Fellowship (31)
Hugh Le May Fellowship (31)
• SSHRC: Intl. Relations Division
International Congresses Held in Canada
(i)
Travel   to   Int'l   Scholarly   Conferences   (1)
• SSHRC: Research Grants Division
-    Major Research Grants (1)
• U.S. Dept. of Health, Educ. & Welfare
NIH Grants to Foreign Institution* LI)
• Yon Humboldt Fdn. (W. Germany)
Research Fellowship (1)
NSERC MOVES TO NEW LOCATION
As of May 1, 1984, the new address of the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council will be: 200 Kent Street, Ottawa,
Ontario K1A   1H5.
SCIENCE COUNCIL OF B.C. - The May
deadline is the last opportunity to apply for a
grant for 12 months: the Agency's next deadline
of November 2 is for renewals only.
Note: All external agency grant
applications must be signed by the Head,
Dean, and Dr. RD. Spratley. Applicant is
responsible for sending application to
agency.
Women's club
donates $600
The Faculty Women's Club, in its ongoing commitment to provide scholarships,
bursaries and other funding for women
students at UBC, presented a $600 cheque
to June Lythgoe of the Women Student's
Office at its April 3 meeting.
The cheque, which will be used for an
emergency loan program for women
students, is more than double the amount
donated by the club for the same purpose
last year.
In addition to emergency funding, the
Faculty Women's Club supports the Anne
Wesbrook Graduate Scholarship for women
entering the Faculties of Medicine,
Dentistry or Law, and the Jubilee Bursary
for mature women students.

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