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 VOLUME    46     I     NUMBER    15     |     OCTOBER    5,     2000
3 Judgingjughead
Comics in the classroom?
Maybe, says educator
8 Affirmative asker
Prof. Mary Ensom's the one
with the questions
ubc rep or t s
Professor named
dean of Forestry
this suds' for you   Polishing their technique for the upcoming Continuing Studies car wash Thursday, Oct. 19 are
(left) Gillian Heninger, program assistant and Margaret Landstrom, director of Advanced Studies. The fundraiser is
one of many fun-filled events which will be staged by faculty, staff and students during ubc's United Way Campaign,
Oct. 16-27. "We wanted everyone in Continuing Studies to have an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get actively
involved," say Landstrom, one ofthe campus United Way co-ordinators. To volunteer for the campaign, or for more
information, call (604) 822-8929. Bruce Mason photo
United—the only way to go
The United Way campaign
is all about helping others
by Bruce Mason staff writer
part in the United Way, say organizers of ubc's campus campaign.
And it's never been easier to get involved.
"The main campaign will run
from Oct. 16-27," says Bill McMichael, program co-ordinator
with the UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program and ubc
campaign chair. "But there will be
a number of related events occurring before and after, including car
washes, contests and competitions, pancake breakfasts and
bake sales. And many more events
like these are in the works."
Organizers are hoping to raise
more than $300,000 at ubc. They
also hope to contribute to building
a stronger sense of community at
the university during the campaign.
Pledge cards will be mailed out
next week.
"It's vital that all parts of the
community work together to help
those in need," says ubc President
Martha Piper, who is serving as
chair this year ofthe education di
vision ofthe provincial United Way
"Whatever our job or profession, we need to accept the responsibility of helping others less fortunate than ourselves, and through
our contributions to United Way
we can make a huge difference in
people's lives," says Piper, who has
volunteered to chair the Lower
Mainland campaign next year.
One in three people in the Lower Mainland have used the services of a United Way member agency or service. All of the money
raised in the Lower Mainland remains within the area.
ubc has the largest employee
campaign in the Lower Mainland.
ubc faculty and staff have the
option of supporting individual
ubc faculty or department initiatives as well as any ofthe areas outlined in the Trek 2000 vision document through the United Way.
Initiatives include student
scholarships and innovative learning opportunities. One hundred
per cent ofthe contribution will go
to the area specified on the form.
The winner of this year's raffle
will win airfare to anywhere in
North America. Tickets can be
purchased for two dollars from
any ubc United Way representative.
To volunteer for the campus
campaign or for more information
visit the Web site at www.
unitedway.ubc.ca or call (604)
Former head of Wood
Science Dept. plans to
build community links
prof, jack saddler, head of the
Dept. of Wood Science, has been
appointed dean of the Faculty of
Forestry effective Dec. 1.
"I think ubc's Faculty of Forestry is one of the strongest in the
world," says Saddler. "We have to
build on the university's commitment to enriching the already high
quality of our research and scholarly activity.
"The faculty will continue to
build on both disciplinary and
interdisciplinary activity within
the university while forging new
relationships with industry and
the community," he says.
"Jack will provide outstanding
leadership to a faculty that must
continue to play a critical role in
the evolution of forest practices
and in increasing society's appreciation for the multiple uses and demands on our forests," says Barry
McBride, ubc vice-president, Academic. "He brings an international
research reputation and excellent
administrative skills."
Saddler has served as head of
Wood Science since 1998. He also
holds the Natural Sciences and En-
New Forestry Dean Jack Saddler
gineering Research Council
(NSERc)-Industry Chair of Forest
Products Biotechnology.
He has held positions in the
public sector, academia and private industry where he has been
involved in science, natural resources, industry and trade, policy
and foreign affairs, developing major strategic initiatives at the regional, national and international
levels. He joined ubc as a professor
of Forestry in 1990.
As a researcher, Saddler has
gained recognition for his work in
the application of micro-organisms and enzymes in the forest
products sector. His main interest
is the conversion of wood and for-
see Forestry page 2
Biologists earn top U.S. awards
Innovative research zeros
in on deadly diseases
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
major epidemics like bubonic
plague may be wiped out, but have
we really won the war on deadly
bacterial diseases?
Brett Finlay and Natalie Strynadka don't think so.
The two ubc molecular biologists were recently granted prestigious Howard Hughes Medical
Institute (hhmi) International Research Scholar awards for their
work in the area of infectious and
parasitic diseases.
"This funding gives us significant freedom and flexibility to follow exciting leads in our research,"
says Finlay, a professor of Biotechnology and a previous recipient of
Asst. Prof. Natalie Strynadka
the hhmi International Research
Scholar award.
"It also allows us to hire outstanding trainees on short notice
while they apply for funding at traditional agencies."
Prof. Brett Finlay
The awards, which total $15 million us, were given to 45 scientists in
20 countries outside the United
States to develop new approaches to
overcome malaria, tuberculosis and
see Hughes page 2 2     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      OCTOBER     5,     2000
Hughes awards
Continued from page 1
other infectious and parasitic diseases.
Both Finlay and Strynadka will
receive $450,000 us over five years.
awards on the basis of their accomplishments, potential and research
Strynadka is an assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular
They have been selected for the     Biology who investigates the mech-
John F. McCreary Lecture
Bonnie Sherr Klein
"The Art of Disability"
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000
12:30-1:20 p.m.
Woodward IRC#i
Canadian documentary filmmaker, Bonnie Sherr Klein, was at the
top of her profession in 1987 when she suffered two catastrophic
strokes. Her prize-winning book, Slow Dance, chronicles her long
and agonizing fight to get back to 'normal' and the adjustments
she and her family have made for her disability. This candid and
deeply moving book is a testament of a courageous woman and
her loving family.
Ms. Klein is an outspoken advocate and educator for disability
rights. She is actively involved in providing client feedback to the
health professions in order to promote better health care and
interprofessional understanding.
For further information please call the Office ofthe Coordinator
of Health Sciences at 822-5571.
anisms of antibiotic resistance and
the design of new antibiotic drugs.
Using three-dimensional computer modelling and other techniques, Strynadka designs inhibitors which interact with and disable essential proteins within the
bacterial membrane. The knowledge could lead to new classes of
"This award allows me to undertake more challenging research
that characterizes the molecular
structures of bacterial membrane
proteins as potential new targets
for antibiotics," says Strynadka, a
faculty member since 1997 and an
associate member in ubc's Biotechnology Laboratory where Finlay also does his research.
Finlay looks at the mechanism of
bacterial diseases such as salmonella and dysentery and E. coli which
results from eating undercooked
ground beef products or drinking
unpasteurized juice and milk.
Finlay and his research team
discovered that E. coli bacteria insert a soluble bacterial protein into
the host cell membrane that allows
them to adhere to the intestine.
"We want to block the bacterium's ability to operate in the body,"
says Finlay, who hopes to alter or
mutate the protein molecule so
that the infection process is
Infectious diseases are the third
leading cause of death in Canada
and the leading cause of death
worldwide, adds Finlay, who is also
a professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Immunology.
Additional collaboration between the two researchers has recently determined the three-dimensional structures of the surface proteins that allow the E. coli
bacterium to bind to the receptor
on host cells. This information
may contribute to the development of drugs designed to block
bacteria adhering to cells.
Bacterial resistance to standard
antibiotic therapies is a growing
health concern around the globe,
Strynadka says, and doctors have
identified certain infections that
are essentially untreatable.
The hhmi international program, launched in 1991, supports
international research scholars
who have contributed significantly to the understanding of basic biological processes or disease
mechanisms and who are still in
the early stages of their careers.
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Forestry dean
Continued from page 1
estry residues into ethanol to serve
as an alternative fuel source to
gasoline. He has conducted extensive research on alternative methods of bleaching pulp, modifying
and enhancing paper and fibre
products and treatment of wastewater streams and holds a number
of patents in these areas.
Saddler has garnered numerous
awards, among them the Interna
tional Union of Forestry Research
Organizations' Scientific Achievement Award in 1996 and the
Charles D. Scott Award for Scientific-Technical Contributions to
Biotechnology in 1998.
He will take over from acting
dean John McLean.
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apple time  HorticulturalistTbny Maniezzo, in charge of ubc's Food Garden, does a little pruning in anticipation of
one ofthe university's most popular events—the Friends ofthe Garden Apple Festival. The festival, which takes place
Oct. 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Botanical Garden, will feature more than 35 varieties of apples for buying, 50 for
tasting and 40 varieties of trees. The varieties offered are normally not available commercially. Admission to the
garden is free for the family event. A children's corner, live music and grafting and pressing demonstrations are
featured. Pay parking is available in B/-lot, across from the garden, for $3 all day. Call (604) 822-3928 for more
information. Bruce Mason photo
Scholar scans the comic side
Assoc. Prof. Bonny Norton
finds there's more to Archie
than meets the eye
by Bruce Mason staff writer
"you're wasting your time
with that trash," every kid with a
comic book has been told. So almost everyone is intrigued by Bonny Norton's research, including national media such as cbc's As It
Happens and Newsworld, major
newspapers and radio stations
from Edmonton to Montreal.
The associate professor in the
Dept. of Language and Literacy Education is studying why kids read
comics and why parents and teachers should care. Not just any comic,
but Archie comics. One million
copies are sold every month, 30 per
cent in Canada—the highest per
capita readership internationally.
"Media ask how and why I got
involved and what my colleagues
at the university think," she says. "I
reply that Archie comics open a
window on contemporary pre-
teen identity, gender, literacy practices and popular culture."
Norton conducted a 1998/99
study among 55 Grade 5, 6 and 7
students in a Vancouver elementary school. The group comprised 27
females and 28 males; 34 were Archie readers and 25 had a first language other than English.
"They remarked that adults seldom show such interest in their
reading and they were consistently excited about sharing ideas and
responses," she says.
Perhaps the most important
finding was that diverse responses
tended to cross gender lines. Girls
and boys applauded strong female
characters, but there was an overriding sense from both sexes that
female strength can compromise
the pursuit of romance and happiness.
Another interesting finding—
Archie comics help children who
have difficulty with English to become more involved.
"Kids are passionate about comics. They read them for fun, for the
humour and safety of the Archie
world and out of curiosity about
their future," Norton reports.
"Many parents and teachers are
ambivalent, but children quickly
learn the differences between
good' and 'less worthy' texts."
She questions if adults are too
dismissive and quick to equate fun
with trivia. Because children engage with Archie creatively and
distinguish between fantasy and
reality, the comics may actually encourage critical thinking.
"Increasingly, young people
need to be taught to assess, understand, interpret, synthesize and
critique information and evaluate
popular culture that is so central
to their lives," says Norton.
"There is an urgent need to research the possibilities and limitations of incorporating popular culture in the classroom," she adds.
"Our concern is to create a critical
literacy curriculum with opportunities to explore popular culture in
ways that respect boys' and girls'
opinions and pleasures, while simultaneously challenging them to
deconstruct their multiple and
sometimes conflicting investments in it."
Norton continues her research
while fielding calls from media and
other groups.
In the meantime, she says, after
four generations, the appeal of Ar-
Assoc. Prof. Bonny Norton
chie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and
all the Riverdale High School gang
is undiminished.
The Archie Web site has 13 million hits a month. Betty remains
most popular among girls, who
see her as a role model who values
friendship. Jughead is still tops
among boys, who identify with
the fact "he eats too much but
doesn't get fat and he does weird
Health research
seeks B.C. boost
Medical investigators have
to "scrap for every penny,"
says researcher
B.C.   RANKS   SECOND   TO   LAST   in
Canada when it comes to providing funds to build and maintain
health research capacity, say local
organizers of Health Research
Awareness Week (hraw).
The group aims to improve that
ranking with an awareness-raising
campaign that takes place Oct. 10-
13 and is part of a nationwide effort
to build support for health research.
B.C. hraw activities include a
survey of B.C. residents' opinions
about investing in provincial
health research. Results will be revealed Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the b.c.
hraw kickoff event which includes a press conference and
summit where participants will get
an update on b.c.'s health research
capacity and hear from two prominent health journalists about
health research news coverage.
The b.c. campaign supports the
efforts of the Coalition for Health
Research in British Columbia. Aubrey Tingle, assistant dean of Research in the Faculty of Medicine,
chairs the coalition that comprises
research groups and voluntary organizations committed to increasing b.c.'s health research capacity.
ubc's vice-president. Research, Indira Samarasekera is a member of
the coalition's steering committee.
"Recent increases in federal
funding for health research offer
unprecedented opportunity," says
Tingle. "However, to compete successfully for these grants, applicants must have trained people
and infrastructure in place to do
the research. The coalition is working hard to create that base but in
the meantime lack of provincial
support means our researchers
and health system are losing out
on some federal support."
The province's health research
support organization, the b.c.
Health     Research     Foundation
(bchrf), received only $3 million
in funding last year from the provincial government. Alberta health
researchers received more than
$36 million from provincial sources while Quebec committed more
than $50 million.
"bchrf funding and provincial
support from other sources such
as the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund are very helpful for preliminary work before a request is
made to a national agency and for
building experience in clinical research," says Ric Spratley. acting
associate vice-president. Research.
"It helps us become more competitive at the national level, but more
work needs to be done."
Dr. Stephanie Ensworth, a clinical assistant professor of Rheumatology, says that B.C. health researchers have to "scrap for every
single penny."
Ensworth does clinical research
on systemic auto-immune disorders such as lupus, a disease that
affects one in 1,000 people and
nine times more women than men.
She is especially interested in how
the disease affects young women
and reproductivity.
"The health research environment
here can be frustrating and while
there are a few successes, overall it
seems to be going downhill." savs the
ubc alumna who directs the lupus
program at Vancouver's Mary Pack
Arthritis Centre. "My clinical work
supports my research which 1 try to
fit into my spare time—on week-
nights and weekends."
Although she has received some
support from bchrf, Ensworth
says provincial funding can be inconsistent and she relies heavily on
support from non-profit organizations such as the b.c. Lupus Society. Even financing basic research
tools, such as a database program,
is difficult.
For more information on hraw
activities, call (604) ubc-info
(822-4636). For information on the
Coalition for Health Research in
British Columbia, visit the Web
site at www.bchrf.org/coalition.
Students share jubilee program
ubc medical and dental undergraduates will be taking notes
alongside faculty members when
the Faculty of Medicine Jubilee scientific conference gets underway
Friday, Nov. 3 and continues Nov. 4.
"Regularly scheduled teaching
sessions will not meet on Friday to
allow students to attend the scientific conference," says Assoc. Dean,
Undergraduate Medical Education, Wes Schreiber. "We've made
special arrangements so that students have a chance to hear these
outstanding speakers who come
from virtually every department in
the faculty."
A recent donation will allow the
students to attend the two-day sci
entific conference for a reduced fee
of $30. In addition, some individual departments are sponsoring
students and residents.
"We've designed the scientific
program to introduce students to
the myriad options available in
contemporary medicine," says Orthopedics Prof. Stephen Tredwell
who is conference program chair.
"As well, residents can meet the
leaders in their respective specialties."
Nobel Prize-winner and director
of Vancouver's Genome Sequence
Centre, Michael Smith, will open
the scientific conference. There are
233 faculty members involved as
speakers and session chairs in the
conference and more than 200 research posters will be presented.
Four plenary sessions provide a
topical focus on the brain, imaging, molecular biology and minimal access surgery. Discussions in
concurrent sessions span virtually
every medical specialty.
In addition, alumni, faculty
members, students and staff will
be recognized at an Awards of Excellence celebration scheduled for
Friday, Nov. 3.
For more information on the
Golden Jubilee, which runs Nov. 2-
4, call the conference secretariat at
(604) 669-7175, or visit the Golden
Jubilee 2000 Web site at
www.ubcmedicalschool.com. 4  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  OCTOBER 5,  2000
Art Exhibition
Exhibition Of Art. Kim Young-Jin.
Asian Centre from i2noon-5pm. Continues to Oct. 14. Call Y. Chang
Chan Centre Concert
Evangelization. Rev. Giovanni Gi-
ampietro. Chan Centre at 7pm. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for more
information 822-9197.
Thanksgiving Day Public Swims
ubc Aquatic Centre from i-5pm. Continues from 6-10 pm. ubc Aquatic
Centre. Call 822-4521.
Computer Science Colloquium
Meaning By Mathematics: Simulating
Human Understanding Of Words And
Passages With Machine Learning.
Thomas K. Landauer. cicsr/cs 208
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call
from 2-3:30pm. Continues to Nov. 14.
$74.90; $69.55 seniors. Call 822-1450.
Community Colloquium
The Alliance Party Flat Tax Plan:
Equity For Whom? Jon Kesselman,
Economics. Green College at 4pm.
Call 822-1878.
Green College Speaker Series
Visions Of Modernity And The
Collapse OfThe Northwest Atlantic
Cod: Historical Reflections On An
Ecological Disaster. Miriam Wright,
History. Green College at 5pm.
Reception Green College Coach
House from 6-6:3opm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Solo Recital Of Works By Ewazen,
Schubert And Blazevitsch. Gordon
Cherry, principal trombonist, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; cbc
Vancouver Orchestra. Music Recital
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
The Victorian Novel In Its Time. Prof.
Herbert Rosengarten. Lasserre 105
from 7:30-9pm. Continues to Nov. 15.
$74.90; $69.55 seniors. To register call
Continuing Studies
Writing Workshop
Creative Writing: Square One. Paul
Belserene, author, poet, scriptwriter.
ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-185/186
from 7:30-iopm. Continues to Nov. 29.
$203.30. To register call 822-1420.
Green College Writer-ln-Residence
Poetry Reading. Robert Bringhurst,
poet. Green College at 8pm. Call
Career Services Information Session
Nortel Networks - Target Audience:
Computer Science, Computer
Engineering And Electrical
Engineering. Wesbrook 100 from 5:30-
7pm. Call 822-4011.
OCTOBER     8    THROUGH     OCTOBER    21
Teaching And Academic
Growth Seminar
Diversity And Inclusivity In The
Classroom. Natasha Aruliah; Maura
Da Cruz, Equity Office, tag seminar
room from 9:3oam-i2:3opm. To register www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/ or
call 822-9149.
Campus Awareness Week
Golden Key International Honour
Society Campus Awareness Week.
Brock Hall main concourse from
ioam-4pm. Call 222-9402.
International Student
Services Workshop
Connecting With Canadians. International House, Upper Lounge from
i2noon-2pm. To pre-register e-mail:
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call
Botany Seminar
Inorganic Nitrogen Absorption by
Plant Roots: Physiology and Molecular Biology. Tony Glass. BioSciences
2000 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Towards A First Principles Quantum
Mechanical Description Of Atomic
Based Phenomena In Natural Sciences. Prof. Tom Ziegler, u of Calgary.
Chemistry B-250 at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call 822-2996.
Gender And
Development In Asia Lecture
Continuous Journey: South Asian
Women's Issues In Canada. Sunera
Thobani, assistant professor, Women's
Studies, ck Choi 120 from i-2:3opm.
Call 822-4688.
Continuing Studies
Writing Workshop
Life Into Fiction. Lillian Boraks-
Nemetz, author, instructor. Carr Hall
from 1-3 pm. Continues to Nov. 28.
$171.20. Call 822-1450.
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Intellectual Harvest: Lectures Emer-
itii. Various ubc professors emeritii.
vpl, Library Square, Peter Kaye Room
Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. $4 at the door.
Call 822-5574; 822-0182.
Laffs At Lunch And MUGs
Imagine ubc/mugs. SUB/Norm Theatre from i2:30-i:3opm. Call Tlell Elviss
Law and Society Midday Lectures
The Dance OfThe Corporate Veil:
Holding Decision Makers Accountable For The Wrongful Acts Of Corporations. Janis Sarra, Law. No food/
beverages allowed. Green College at
12:30pm. Call 822-1878.
John F. McCreary Lecture
The Art Of Disability. Bonnie Sherr
Klein, documentary filmmaker; prize-
winning author, irc #1 from 12:30-
1:20pm. Call 822-2611.
Comparative Literature/
English Panel Discussion
Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor In
Context. M. Burgess, English; A. Bus-
za, English; F. St. Clair, French; J.
Wright, Vancouver Opera. Buchanan
Tower Penthouse from i2:30-i:2opm.
Call 822-4060.
Centre for Women's
Studies Colloquium
Child Labour. Monica Das, u. of Delhi.
Women's Studies Lounge from 12:30-
1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-9173.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Cell Cycle Control And Anti-Tumour
Drug Targets. Michel Roberge, associate professor, Biochemistry. B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call
Oceanography Seminar
Resonant Diurnal Internal Tides In
The Western North Atlantic. Brian
Dushaw, Applied Physics Lab, u of
Washington. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Institute Of Asian Research Seminar
Globalization And The Transformation Of Asian Societies - Australian
Trade Policy: After The Asian Crises.
David Edgington, Geography, ck Choi
120 from 4:30-6pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-4688.
Health Science Students
Research Poster Forum
irc from 9am-4pm. Call 822-3737.
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
The 20th Century Through Costume:
From Bustles To Hot Pants And How
We Got There. Ivan Sayers, former
curator, history, Vancouver Museum.
University Women's Club, 1489 McRae
Ave. from io-n:3oam. Continues to
Nov. 9. $64.20; $58.85 seniors. To register call 822-1420.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Role Of Methane Hydrates In Late
Quaternary Climate. James Kennett,
u of California. GeoSciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Centre For Feminist Legal Studies
Women And Poverty: What's New In
The Supreme Court Of Canada. Gwen
Brodsky, lawyer; author. Curtis 157
from l2:30-l:3opm. Call 822-6523.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Amidst Innovative Science Teaching,
How Do We Assess Student Learning? Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments, Hennings 325 at 3:45pm. Call
Applied Ethics Colloquium
The Governance Of Health Research
Involving Human Subjects. Michael
McDonald, director. Angus 415 from
4-6pm. Call 822-8625.
International Student
Services Workshop
Getting To Know Canada! International House from 4:30-5:3opm. To
pre-register e-mail: ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call 822-5021.
Career Services Workshop
Interviewing For Success. Buchanan
B-330 from i2:30-2:3opm. To register
Web site: www.students.ubc.ca/work-
shops. E-mail: career.services
©ubc.ca. Call 822-4011.
University Women's Club Workshop
Women In The 21st Century - Health
And Healing Choices: The Good, The
Bad And The Confusing - Talking
About Midlife Health Issues. Lenore
Riddell, clinical nurse specialist, B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. Hycroft, 1489 McRae
Ave from 7-gpm. $15. Call 731-4661.
Science And Society
Constructing The Science Journalist:
What Should We Teach Journalism
Students? Stephen Ward, associate
professor, Sing Tao School of Journalism. Green College at 7:30pm. Call
822-1878; 822-6863.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Meningocotcal Disease In The New
Millennium. Andrew Pollard, gf
Strong Aud. at 8:30am. Call 875-3257.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid parking available in B Lot. Call 822-2772.
School Of Music Concert
ubc Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
822-5574; 822-0182.
Peter Wall Institute Colloquium
Fictive Families: Family And Household In Apuleius' Metamorphoses.
Prof. Keith Bradley, Greek and Roman
Studies, u of Victoria. University Centre 307 at 12:30pm. Call 822-4962.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Chinese vms Deposits. Tom Daniel-
son. GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Electrical And Computer
Engineering Seminar 2000
After The Measurements Are Taken,
How Do We Stop The Chaos? Dennis
Erickson, Quantum Controls.
MacLeod 418 from i:30-2:3opm. Call
Peter Wall Institute
Workshop Series
Truth, Justice, Accountability And
Reconciliation In Societies Emerging
From Crimes Against Humanity. Various speakers. University Centre 307
from 2:30-6pm. Continues to Oct. 14
from 8:3oam-6pm. Call 822-0203.
Centre Forjapanese
Research Seminar
Winning Isn't Everything: Corruption
In Sumo Wrestling. Mark Duggan,
Economics, u of Chicago. Angus penthouse from 3-4:3opm. Call 822-4688.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Determining The Mixing Of Sensitivity Of Polysulfide Generation. Heather
Dobson. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
A Survey Of Recent Progress In General Relativity. Prof. Richard Schoen,
Stanford u. Math 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments Math Annex 1115 at
3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Thunderbird Football Vs. Manitoba.
Thunderbird Stadium from 7-iopm.
$7 adults; $5 youth/seniors; $3 students; under 12 free. E-mail:
daweber@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
822-BIRD (9115).
Ice Hockey
Thunderbirds Vs. Brandon. Winter
Sports Center from 7:30-iopm. Continues to Oct. 14. $7 adults; $5 youth/
seniors; $3 students; under 12 free. E-
mail: daweber@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-BiRD (9115).
Murder Mystery Night
Murder Unlimited Presents Murder
At Hodgepodge Lodge, ubc Young
Alumni Club, cgp at 7:30pm. $20 includes dessert buffet. Call 822-3313.
Chan Centre Concert
Dichter Plays Mozart Concert #20.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Mi-
sha Dichter, pianist; Peter Oundjian,
conductor. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for more
info 822-9197.
Longboat Clinics
Training For The Day Of Longboat.
Jericho Sailing Center from 8am-5pm.
Continues to Oct. 15. Call Sports
Event Manager 822-1688.
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
Thinking Straight: Introduction To
Critical Thinking. Anne Harland, philosophy instructor. Lasserre 107 from
9:30am-i 2:30pm. Continues to Nov. 4.
$96.30; $90.95 seniors. To register call
Women's Self-Defence Training
Rape Aggression Defence Training.
Cst. Tricia Gagne, rcmp; Tom Claxton, security officer, ubc Security, sub
212a from gam-4pm. Continues to
Oct. 15 at 9am-7pm. $20; $10 students.
Call 328-8093
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
Drawing The Garden. Tony O'Regan,
artist, instructor, designer. University
Women's Club, 1489 McRae Ave. from
ioam-4:3opm. Continues to Oct. 15.
$165.85. To register call 822-1420.
Apple Festival
A Family Festival, ubc Botanical Garden from nam-4pm. Continues to
Oct. 15. Call 822-3928
Thunderbird Women's Soccer Vs. Saskatchewan. Thunderbird Stadium
from i2noon-2pm. $7 adults; $5
youth/seniors; $3 students; under 12
free. E-mail: daweber@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-BIRD (9115).
Thunderbird Men's Soccer Vs. Saskatchewan. Thunderbird Stadium
from 2-4pm. $7 adults; $5 youth/seniors; $3 students; under 12 free. E-
Call 822-BIRD (9115).
Chan Centre Concert
Dichter Plays Mozart/Schuberts Symphony #3. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Misha Dichter, pianist. Chan
Centre at 8pm. Call Ticketmaster
280-3311 or for more info 822-9197.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Bio/Graphics: The Role Of Technology In The Art Of Storytelling. Alice
Mansell, vice-president, academic,
Technical u of bc irc #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the Oct. 19 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period Oct. 22 to Nov. 4—is noon, Oct. 10 UBC     REPORTS      |      OCTOBER     5,     200O      |     5
Thunderbirds Vs. Alberta. Thunderbird Stadium from i2noon-2pm. $7
adults; $5 youth/seniors; $3 students;
under 12 free. E-mail: daweber@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-bird
Thunderbirds Vs. Alberta. Thunderbird Stadium from 2-4pm. $7 adults;
$5 youth/seniors; $3 students; under
12 free. E-mail: daweber@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-BIRD (9115).
Pacific Spirit Concerts
Violin Works By Luciano Berio.
Francesco D'Orazio, violin. Music
Recital Hall from 2-4pm. Tickets
available at the door: $20 adults; $10
students/seniors. Call 822-5574;
Chan Centre Concert
Rivals: The Music Of Salieri, Mozart,
Rossini And Beethoven, cbc Radio
Orchestra, Mario Bernardi, conductor.
Chan Centre at 2pm. Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for more info 822-9197.
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
World Food Day. Panel: Graham Riches, School of Social Work and Family
Studies. Roundhouse Community
Centre, room B, from i2noon-i:3opm.
For reservations call 822-1462.
Southeast Asia
Research/ IAR Seminar
Cambodia 2000: Shadowed By The
Past. David P. Chandler, professor
emeritus, History, Monash u. ck Choi
120 from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Astronomy Seminar
The Great Copernican Cliche. Dennis
Danielson. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call 822-2267.
Career Services Information Session
Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong And
Japan), moa from 6-8pm. E-mail:
career.services@ubc.ca. Call 822-4011.
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
Visions Of Human Possibility. Leonard George, psychologist, writer,
broadcaster. Carr Hall from 7-gpm.
Continues to Dec. 4. $144.45. To register call 822-1420.
Member Speaker Series
Visual Culture And Everyday Life.
Don Krug, Curriculum Studies. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Understanding Islam: Part One. Emile
Nucho, instructor, Classical, Near-
Eastern and Religious Studies. University Women's Club, 1489 McRae
Ave. from 7:30-g:3opm. Continues to
Nov. 27. $101.65; $96.30 seniors. To
register call 822-1420.
Cecil/Ida Green Visiting
Professorships Seminar
The Rheumatic Diseases Of Childhood: A Practical Approach For Pediatricians. Jane Green Schaller,
pediatrics. Tufts u. B.C.'s Children's
Hosp. 3D16 at nam. Call 822-5675.
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Quebec In Canada: The Heritage Of
The Trudeau-Levesque Years, vpl
Library Square, Peter Kaye Room
from io-n:3oam. Continues to Nov. 14.
$64.20; $58.85 seniors. To register call
Health Services And
Policy Research Seminar
Social Capital, Wealth, Income Inequality, Regional Health Governance,
And Population Health: Empirical
Insights From Saskatchewan. Gerry
Veenstra. irc 414 from i2noon-ipm.
Call 822-4969.
Botany Seminar
Jurgen Ehlting. BioSciences 2000
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-2133.
Moffatt Lecture In
Organic Chemistry
Supramolecular Dendrimer Chemistry. Prof. Steven Zimmerman, u of
Illinois. Chemistry B-250 at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call 822-2996.
Green College Speaker Series
The Collection Albums Of Annette
Messager: Exhibiting The Everyday
Life Of Women. Rebecca DeRoo, Fine
Arts. Green College at 5pm. Reception
Green College Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Career Services Information Session
Alcatel Network - Target Audience:
Computer Science And Electrical
Engineering. Wesbrook 100 from 5:30-
7pm. E-mail: career.services@ubc.ca.
Call 822-4011.
Continuing Studies Lecture Series
Apprentice Class For New Poets. Leslie Timmins, poet, editor. Continuing
Studies 215 from 7:30-g:3opm. Continues to Nov. 21. $128.40. To register
call 822-1420.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Theology And Poverty: A Downtown
Eastside Perspective. Rev. Ruth
Wright, executive director, First United Church Mission, vst Epiphany
Chapel at 7:30pm. To register e-mail:
ci@vst.edu; call 822-g8i5.
Green College Writer-ln-Residence
Reading: A Pair Of Scissors. Sharon
Thesen, poet. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Cecil/Ida Green Visiting
Professorships Seminar
Monitoring Therapy: How Much
Therapy Is Enough To Ensure Good
Outcomes For Children With Rheumatic Disease? Jane Green Schaller,
Tufts u. Children's and Women's
Health Centre of B.C. ZN35A-B at
12pm. Call 822-5675.
Australian Studies Seminar
Interpreting The Dreaming. Steve
Webb, Bond u. ck Choi 129 from
i2noon-i:3opm. Call 822-4688.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Birth OfThe Cool. The Alan Mathe-
son Nonet. Music Recital Hall from
i2:30-i:3opm. $4 at the door, Call
822-5574; 822-0182.
Centre For Women's
Studies Colloquium
Flexible Work Practices. Alison
Sheridan, u of New England. Women's
Studies lounge from i2:30-i:30pm.
Call 822-9173.
Centre For Southeast Asian
Research Seminar
Writing Is A Struggle: The Indonesian
Experience. Putu Oka Sukanta. ck
Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Dr. B. Ho
Yuen, b.c.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35 at
2pm. Call 875-3108.
St. John's College Speaker Series
Gender-Based Differences And Menstrual Cycle-Related Changes In Specific Diseases. Prof. Mary Ensom,
Pharmaceutical Sciences. St. John's
College Lecture Hall 1080 at 5pm. Call
Comparative Literature Colloquium
Polish Art Exhibition At Vancouver
Art Gallery: Literary And Artistic
Background With Canadian Analogues. Various speakers. Green College from 5-6:3opm. Call 822-4060;
Career Services Information Session
Cypress Semi-Conductor - Target
Audience: Electrical Engineering.
Wesbrook 100 from 5:30-7pm. E-mail:
career.services@ubc.ca. Call 822-4011.
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
The vso Companion. Rodney Shar-
man, composer-in-residence, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; David
Phillips, music teacher. Music 113
from 7:30-gpm. Continues to Nov. 15.
$42.80; $37.45 seniors. To register call
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
Garden History: Elements Of Style.
Ron Rule, garden historian. Lasserre
107 from 7:30-gpm. Continues to Nov.
22. $74.go; $69.55 seniors. To register
call 822-1420.
Green College Special Lecture
A Guided Tour Of Disordered Systems. Antal Jarai, Pacific Institute for
the Mathematical Sciences. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Innertube Water Polo
ubc Aquatic Center from gam-
i2noon. $54/team; $40 mug team.
Call Sports Event Manager 822-1688.
Institute For European Studies
From The Danube To The Sea: Reflections On Middle Europe. Claudio Ma-
gris, author. Buchanan Tower
Penthouse from i2noon-2pm. Light
lunch at i2noon. Call 822-1452.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Iceberg And The Tip: What
Doesn't Get Reported About Government. Vaughn Palmer, public affairs
columnist, The Vancouver Sun; host,
Voice of B.C., Rogers Television. Sing
Tao 104 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Cecil/Ida Green Visiting
Professorships Seminar
International Child Health; Why
Should We Care. Jane Green Schaller,
pediatrics, Tufts u. irc #6 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5675.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
Reactive Metabolites And Evidence
For Involvement In Idiosyncratic
Drug Reactions. Dr. Uetrecht, Pharmacy, u of Toronto. FamSciences 60
at 12:30. Call 822-2052.
Centre For Feminist Legal Studies
Evolution Of Equal Pay And Equal
Treatment Legislation In European
Union. Lisa Waddington. Curtis 157
from i2:3o-2pm. Call 822-6523.
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Can Neural Network Models Benefit
Environmental Sciences? William
Hsieh. GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Physics And Astronomy Seminar
nmb Approaches To Quantum Information Processing, d.g. Cory, associate professor, Nuclear Engineering.
mit. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments Hennings 325 at 3:45pm. Call
Computer Science Colloquium
Motion Planning: A Journey Of Robots And Other Artifacts. Jean-
Claude Latombe, Stanford u. cicsr/
cs 208 from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments.
Call 822-0557.
Medieval And Renaissance
Don't You Know That Yet? Reflections
On Two Decades Of Research On
Women And The Reformation. Merry
Wiesner Hanks, history, u of Wisconsin. Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Career Services Information Session
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (csis) - Target Audience: All Faculties With Interest In Political
Science And International Studies
Students. Wesbrook 100 from 5:30-
7:30pm. E-mail: career.services@
ubc.ca. Call 822-4011.
Thunderball xv. War Memorial Gym
from 5:30-9:3opm. Continues to Oct.
21. E-mail: daweber@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-bird (gns).
Marion Woodward Lecture
Personal Meanings Of Breast Cancer
And Health Outcomes: A Three-Year
Follow-Up. Lesley Degner, u of Manitoba, ibc #2 at 7pm. Call 822-7453.
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
The Avant-Garde For Beginners. Laura Lamb, instructor, artist. Lasserre
107 from 7:30-gpm. Continues to Nov.
16. $64.20; $58.85 seniors. To register
call 822-1420.
Cecil/Ida Green Visiting
Professorships Seminar
International Child Health: Why
Should We Care? Jane Green Schaller,
pediatrics, Tufts u. b.c.'s Children's
Hosp. at 8:30am. Call 822-5675;
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Behaviourial Research In Cancer Control: Cornerstones, Controversies And
Communities. Dr. Allan Best, senior
scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Mather 253
from g-ioam. Paid parking available
in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Germanic Studies
Readings From A Recent Work By G.
Koepf And Discussion Of Problematics Of Translation. Gerhard Koepf,
writer; A. Leslie Willson, translator.
Buchanan D-224 from i2:30-2pm. Call
822-6403; 822-4042.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar
What Is The Basis For The Idiosyncratic Nature Of Idiosynratic Drug
Reactions. Dr. Uetrecht, u of Toronto.
Cunningham 160 at 12:30pm. Call
School of Nursing Rounds
Building On A Program Of Research
To Strengthen Research Capacity And
Uptake: Development Of A Plan For A
Nursing Chair. Lesley Dregner, associate professor, Medicine, u of Manitoba, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavillion
T-206 from 2-3pm. Call 822-7453.
Mathematics Colloquium
Expanders, Eigenvalues And Related
Topics. Prof. Joel Friedman. Math 100
at 3:30pm. Refreshments, Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
ff.mlab In Chemical Engineering. Ed
Fontes; David Kan, comsol, Inc.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Band Festival
West Coast Symphony, Clyde Mitchell, conductor; Martin Berinbaum,
trumpet soloist. Chan Centre from
7:30-9:30pm. Call 822-5574 or
Band Festival
ubc Jazz Ensemble; Fred Stride, director. Music Recital Hall from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-5574; 822-0182.
ubc Jazz Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall from i2:30-i:3opm. E-mail:
imagine@interchg.ubc.ca. Call Tlell
Elviss 822.8698.
Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Christina Feldman, Westcoast Dhar-
ma Society. Asian Centre from 7:15-
9pm. Continues to Oct. 21. E-mail:
wdharma@unixg.ubc.ca. Call
Ice Hockey
Thunderbirds Vs. Calgary. Continues
to Oct. 21. Winter Sports Center from
7-gpm. E-mail: daweber@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call 822-BIRD (9115).
Field Hockey
Canada West #3. tbc from ioam-6pm.
Continues to Oct. 22. E-mail: daweber
@interchange.ubc.ca. Call 822-bird
Continuing Studies Art Workshop
Painting The Garden In Watercolour.
Tony O'Regan, artist; instructor; designer. University Women's Club, 1489
McRae Ave. from ioam-4:3opm. Continues to Oct. 28. $165.85. To register
call 822-1420.
Band Festival
Finale From Shostakovich Symphony
#5. ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble,
Martin Berinbaum. conductor; 15th
Field Artillery Band. Chan Centre
from 7:30-g:30pm. Call 822-5574; 822-
Day Of Longboat
Jericho Sailing Center from 8am-5pm.
Continues to Oct. 22. $2is/university;
$27o/commuity; $i40/youth; $160/
mugs. Call Sports Event Manager
Vancouver Institute Lecture
World Hazards For Children: War
And Civil Unrest. Jane Green Schaller,
pediatrics. Tufts u. irc #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-5675.
Volunteers Wanted
Habitat For Humanity ubc is looking
for volunteers! Come help out on the
construction site and build homes for
low-income families - no skills required. For more information and to
register for an orientation, e-mail:
h4h@email.c0m or call 827-0316.
Religion And Spirituality Drop-Ins
Every Wednesday you can join the
chaplains in a relaxed environment to
explore a variety of topics related to
religion and spirituality. Drop in or
contact International House for more
information e-mail: ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a variety of topics designed to help you succeed at ubc. Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or contact International House for more
information e-mail: ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic-
Conditions - A Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board-sponsored program for
people with chronic health conditions. We are looking for leaders to
give the program out in the community. Free training includes info about
the program, leader skills, and helping
people cope with these serious conditions so that they can get the most
out of life. Come out and learn how
you can do something positive about
the way that chronic conditions affect
people. Bring a friend and meet others who are concerned about getting
the most out of life! Next session November 2000. To register or for more
information call Barbara Henn-Pander 822-0634.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each
Tuesday from i:30-2:30pm. while
classes are in session. Asian Centre
Tea Gallery. All are welcome. Call
822-2573. UBC    REPORTS     |     OCTOBER    5,    2000
Nominate for Killams
The Canada Council for the Arts is
seeking nominations for the 2001
Killam Prizes and the 2000 Canada Council for the Arts Molson
Killam Prizes recognize distinguished research careers and exceptional contributions in the
fields of science, engineering and
health sciences. Prizes, worth
$100,000, will be awarded in each
ofthe three fields. The deadline for
nominations is Nov. 1.
Past ubc recipients of the Killam Prize include Mechanical Engineering Prof. Emerita Martha
Salcudean and Physics Prof. William Unruh.
The Canada Council for the Arts
Molson Prizes are awarded to individuals in the arts and the social
sciences and humanities for outstanding and continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Two prizes,
each worth $50,000, will be awarded. The deadline for nominations
is Dec. 1.
Application forms are available
at www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes.
Scrum for the Shrum
ubc's football Thunderbirds will
have a chance to even the score
with cross-town rivals, the sfu
Clan, in the annual Shrum Bowl
Oct. 6. Kickoff for the game at
Thunderbird Stadium is 7 p.m.
General admission is $15, $12 for
youth and seniors.
For information on other upcoming T-Birds events, check
www.athletics.ubc.ca or call the
24-hour sports information line
822-BIRD (2473).
Stop that bullying
In response to the growing
number of reports and tragic consequences associated with bullying, the Faculty of Education's Psy-
choeducational Research and
Training Centre is presenting a
one-day workshop, Oct. 20.
"Building Safe Schools: Responding to Bullies' Victims and Onlookers" will be held at the Metrotown
Hilton at 6083 Mackay Ave. in
Burnaby from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Conference chair Shelley Hymel,
associate dean of graduate programs and research in the faculty,
will provide an overview of recent
research on the nature, incidence
and causes of bullying.
Other speakers include Canada's
foremost experts on bullying-vic-
tim issues, Deborah Pepler from
York University and Wendy Craig
from Queen's University. Breakout
and planning sessions will showcase local and grassroots efforts
and programs to combat bullying.
For more information visit
www.educ.ubc.ca/prtc or call
(604) 822-5384.
The couse will deal with the
basics of setting up
presentations for slides and
posters, graphic design to
increase the readability and
aesthetics of your
presentation and dealing with
graphic images.
Powerpoint Course
Dates October 20,2000 or
November 3,2000
Time 9:00 -12:00 am
Where        Room B8, Basement
Woodward IRC Building
Cost $50.00
Register      slides@interchange.ubc.ca
or 822-5769
H O U S E A perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the
year. Close to ubc and other Vancouver attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of
ubc 4103 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, V6R 2H2. Call or fax
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Min. to ubc. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes tv, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call
222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, tv and telephone. Centrally located near
SUB, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
W. 6th Ave. Heritage house, antiques, wood floors, original stained
glass. 10 min. to ubc and downtown.
Two blocks from restaurants, buses.
Scrumptious full breakfasts. Entertaining cats. Views. Phones in rooms.
E-mail: farthing@uniserve.com or
call 739-9002.
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighborhood.  Near buses
and restaurants.  Comfortable
rooms with tv and private bath.  Full
breakfast.  Reasonable rates.  Non-
smokers only please.  Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, avail, for visitors attending
ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, TV,
fridge, and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked PC
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations call
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are avail, in the
school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
Newly opened
International Test Prep Centre
#119 2040 w. 12th Ave.       By appt. 1-800-470-2608
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
Deadline: for the Oct. 19 issue: 12 noon, Oct. 10.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) ■ Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes CST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 737-2687.
ONE (OR TWO) br garden level
suite, large kitchen, gas f/p, high
ceilings, separate entry. Shared laundry. Excellent neighborhood, Dunbar
area. $950/1110. all incl. (except cable, phone). Some furniture and
kitchen appliances possible. Avail,
immediately, n/p, n/s, quiet, mature
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OCTOBER     5,     2000      |      J
New procedure a cut above
Technique makes kidney
donors' lives easier, say
transplant surgeons
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
the surgical invasion associated with kidney donation will be
sharply reduced thanks to a new
procedure being launched in B.C.
by two ubc transplant surgeons.
"We hope to attract more donors with this less invasive technique," says Dr. Mark Meloche, an
associate professor of Surgery.
"It should be easier for people to
donate because the whole process
is less taxing on the body and allows people to get back to their activities sooner," adds Meloche, who
is head of Surgery for the British
Columbia Transplant Society
When he and clinical associate
professor of Surgery Dr. Mark Nigra bring the procedure to the ubc
site of Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre (vhhsc)
next year, it will be one ofthe first
facilities in Canada to use the new
transplant method.
Called minimally invasive surgery, the procedure uses a laparoscope—a tube attached to a 10-
millimetre-wide camera—and tiny
instruments inserted into small
incisions to extract the kidney.
Most donors are able to return to
activities in about two weeks—
Dr. Mark Meloche
one-third to one-quarter the previous recovery time.
Nigro, a director of renal transplant surgery at vhhsc and head
of Retrieval Services for bcts reports that his first minimal access patient was able to leave
hospital to play in a championship pool game 36 hours after
The standard procedure for kidney removal, or nephrectomy, requires a 15-20 centimetre lateral incision in the flank that cuts
through muscle. It requires about
four to six days recovery in hospital and six to eight weeks at home.
In the new procedure, the surgeon makes several vertical incisions about 10 millimetres in
length above the navel without
cutting into muscle.
Dr. Mark Nigro
The laparascope with its tiny
camera is inserted and an image of
the interior of the surgical site is
shown on a high-resolution screen.
Small instruments and stapling
devices are inserted into the incisions and are operated remotely
from outside the body.
The kidney is drawn out in an
operation that takes about three to
3-1/2 hours, about one hour longer
than the standard procedure.
The project will yield clinical, research and teaching benefits, says
Nigro. He credits vhhsc for its
support in providing equipment
for the program.
Within the next six months, he
and Meloche will be training residents in the technique which was
developed in a Baltimore, Md. hospital about three years ago.
Honour Roll
Fred Fotis has been named the
director of Housing and Conferences effective Jan. 3 next year.
Fotis is currently director of
Housing at Pennsylvania State
University where he is responsible
for the daily operations of a system housing 12,500 students with
an extensive conference business
and child-care programs.
He will take over from acting
director Darcelle Cottons.
ubc has the largest residence
system in Canada, with more
than 5.500 students housed on
campus. Housing and Conferences also operates licensed childcare and conference facilities.
David Vogt, founder of an innovative on-line educational publishing company, has been appointed to the David F. Robitaille
Professorship in Mathematics
and Science Education in the
Curriculum Studies Dept.
A founding executive of
Brainium.com—which pioneers
new media learning products for
the K-12 market—he is the first
person to be appointed to the
newly created three-year term.
A ubc graduate in Physics and
Astronomy and English Literature, Vogt was director of observatories at ubc for 12 years.
He was founding director of
the B.C. Shad Valley Program and
a leading force in the National
Scientist and Innovators in the
Schools Programs.
David Vogt
An international group of renowned scholars will gather at
ubc Oct. 23-24 to honour Psychology Prof. Emeritus Bob Hare.
During three decades of research focused on the study of
psychopathy, his work has
formed the foundation of current
knowledge and the relationship
between psychopathy and crime.
The conference will bring together experts who have helped
expand understanding of psychopathy, and provide a forum to
recognize the achievements of
Hare and define new research directions and issues.
Registration for the conference, which is limited to 300 people, is $25 per day, free for students. For more information and
to register, e-mail teresah@
Engineers aim to
build data bridges
thk building industry contributes about 12 per cent to Canada's
national economy and employs
more than 850,000 workers, but it
is fragmented by the use of diverse,
incompatible data standards and
protocols, ubc researchers are doing something about it.
Current industry practice has
designers, architects, engineers
and building contractors employing computer-based tools that require information to be translated
by humans before it can be used in
each of the different computer
For example, after a building designer uses computer-assisted design (cad) software to render a
structure for construction, engineers then use that information to
test the building's structural
soundness. But before they can use
the cad information in their computers, they must re-enter the data
in a format that their applications
understand. This data re-entry can
lead to errors and delays.
To combat this, Civil Engineering Assoc. Prof. Thomas Froese has
received a three-year $618,750 grant
from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for an international research
project aimed at reducing the
amount of human intervention required in sharing building information. The results could lead to improvements in building efficiency
and more accurate estimates in
tendering for work by those in a relatively low-margin business.
"When you build a building, a
lot ofthe process happens before a
shovel goes into the ground," says
Froese. "The bulk of that has to do
with information handling. Problems in a building project often
have to do with information breakdowns—wrong information, late
Froese says a common data
standard would help speed up the
adoption of new information technology.
He and Civil Engineering Dept.
Head Alan Russell are collaborating with researchers from the National Research Council, the University of New Brunswick, Concordia University, Ryerson Polytechnic University, and Public Works
and Government Services Canada
on the project. Stanford University,
the United States Corps of Engineers and the International Alliance for Interoperability will also
be involved.
Public Meeting
You are invited to attend
a public meeting on:
October 16,2000
Asian Centre Auditorium
1871 West Mall, UBC
Open House:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Presentations and
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
For more information about this
meeting, please contact:
Eva Mendel
GVRD - UBC Memorandum
of Understanding and UBC
Comprehensive Community
ubc and the gvrd have jointly drafted a
new Memorandum of Understanding to
help guide the planning and development of the ubc campus, within the
context of the Official Community Plan
which the gvrd adopted in 1997.
In addition, ubc has prepared a Comprehensive Community Plan to give more
detailed expression to the Official Community Plan and to guide the preparation of neighbourhood plans.
The gvrd invites you to come to this
meeting, learn about these important
documents, and offer your comments
before they are brought forward to the
gvrd Board of Directors for consideration.
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Pills of wisdom
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prof. Mary Ensom loves learning
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
ask a ubc Pharmaceutical Sciences student about Prof. Mary En-
som's trademark teaching technique and they'll tell you in two
words: The Question.
Ensom starts most classes with
a clinical question and then guides
students though a complicated
maze of equations and formulae to
find the answer.
It's a simple device that links
pharmaceutical science and practice and is a key part of a teaching
repertoire that earned Ensom a
ubc Killam Teaching Prize this
year. She also captured all four
teaching awards then available to
clinical faculty at the University of
Kentucky (uk), her alma mater
and employer before she joined
ubc 's Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences in 1997.
"I try to put myself in students'
shoes," says the advocate of student-
centred learning. "They want to
know why they need to learn the material. I give them a clinical context."
Ensom says she is amazed that
she gets paid for doing what she
loves to do.
"Students' eyes light up when
they get it," she says. "It's incredibly
rewarding when they come in uninterested or intimidated and leave
totally engaged in the subject."
In addition to The Question, Ensom encourages active learning by
involving students in debate on
controversial issues and challenges them to solve problems their
own way.
"I let students know that in real
life, there's more than one right answer," she says. "My job is to teach
them how to approach a problem—how to learn, not just what
to learn."
She teaches clinical pharmacokinetics—the study of how the body
handles drugs—to both graduate
and undergraduate classes.
The discipline combines mathematical and scientific principles
with clinical situations to evaluate
how drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and excreted. It
calls for precise calculations in
working out dosages and an understanding of the many variables
that affect drug action in the body.
Born in Taiwan, Ensom was seven years old when her family
moved to the United States. They
originally settled in Virginia where
her father earned his doctorate,
and later moved to Kentucky when
he joined the faculty at uk.
Ensom loved school and explored virtually every subject. She
also excelled at music and her violin virtuosity earned her a scholarship to university.
women's hormonal fluctuations
influence drug action and disposition.
"Women have been under-represented in clinical research studies
on drug effects," she says. "Much of
my research program addresses
this data gap and aims to improve
drug therapies for women."
one project looks at the effects
of estrogen on asthma symptoms,
lung function and airway inflammation, using various urine and
blood tests. Previous observations
indicated that 30 to 40 per cent of
asthmatic women had a noticeable
increase in symptoms just before
and during menstruation when estrogen levels are low.
Ensom explored these findings
in a pilot study she conducted
while at uk. Research participants
were given estrogen to see if it
could improve their premenstrual
asthma; blood samples were tested
in addition to lung function. Results indicated that all 14 subjects
had premenstrual worsening of
symptoms and most showed significant improvement after estrogen was given.
Working with ubc Respiratory
Medicine Prof. Tony Bai and others, she is now conducting a dou-
Researcher and award-winning teacher Prof. Mary
Ensom lets her students know there's more than one right
answer. Hilary Thomson photo
After a brief stint as an engineering student, she settled on
pharmacy because it combined
science and working with people.
It also promised a financially secure job that could be undertaken
part-time while raising a family.
She earned both her Bachelor of
Science in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy from uk.
Her love of learning is evident in
a remarkable record of achievement that featured annual inclusion on the uk Dean's List with a
perfect grade point average and
twice being named in Who's Who
in Students in American Universities and Colleges.
After 13 years of academic life
and 23 years as a pharmacist, Ensom says it's the versatility of her
work that keeps her interested.
"I have a unique job because I
learn about patient problems as a
clinician, research those questions
and pass along the learning to my
students. It's an integrated cycle."
Ensom's own research, conducted at Children's & Women's Health
Centre of b.c. (c&w), looks at how
ble-blind, random, placebo-controlled study to validate those findings.
Another project, done in collaboration with ubc Obstetrics and
Gynecology Asst. Prof. Mary
Stephenson, is the first study to
systematically evaluate the disposition and action of two types of
heparin—a blood-thinning agent
—before and during pregnancy in
women who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss.
Every year, physicians at b.c.
Women's Hospital and Health
Centre—part of c&w—see more
than 400 patients who need blood
thinner throughout pregnancy.
Many are treated because of a history of clotting—the most common cause of maternal death in
pregnancy. Other mothers need
the drug because of an auto-immune problem that causes miscarriage.
Heparin has been used for some
time to treat these problems, however, there is little data on how to
judge the optimal dose per patient.
The study will be useful to maxi
mize the therapeutic effect and
minimize drug side effects.
Ensom and Stephenson are also
conducting the first study to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig)
in patients with recurrent pregnancy losses.
Although ivig has been used to
prevent miscarriage, detailed information on how the drug is handled by the body is not available.
The study aims to gather the data
necessary to help doctors prescribe optimal amount ofthe drug
before and during pregnancies.
In addition to her teaching and
research, Ensom also serves as a
clinical pharmacy specialist with
c&w. She supervises students on
clinical and research rotations,
acts as resource for the hospital
Pharmacy Dept. and is involved
with staff education and development.
when asked about significant
changes in the profession, Ensom
points to the field of pharmacogenetics. The emerging area uses a
patient's genetic makeup to customize drug therapies, eliminating
trial and error or approximate dosages.
Ensom is working with ubc
Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Ron
Reid and others to bring this discipline into the faculty's research
program and curriculum.
Ensom credits her achievements to her parents' encouragement to excel and to her strong
Christian faith.
Self-described as a driven person, Ensom's broad range of activities is supported by her organizational skills.
She can, without hesitation, pull
out a needed document from the
many stacks of paper piled on
desk, tables and floor in her office.
She also claims a photographic
memory for colour and has a reputation in the faculty for her co-ordinated and vibrant outfits.
Mother of 14-year old-Hannah,
whose pictures crowd her office,
Ensom tries to keep her life in balance with music, drawing, painting
and annual Kentucky Derby parties. She also enjoys riding a tandem bicycle with husband, Robin,
head of Pharmacy at St. Paul's Hospital.
Described by her colleagues as
creative and dedicated with a contagious enthusiasm, Ensom encourages aspiring pharmacists to
find a mentor, seek out collaborations and persevere.
And, adds the teacher known
for The Question, don't hesitate to


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