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 VOLUME 47  |  NUMBER 9  |  MAY IO, 2001
3 Quo quills?
A technological swan song
is written in ink
12 Leaving a legacy
Medicine's class of 2001
invest in future classmates
ubc reports
Agricultural Sciences' innovative Global Resource Systems program attracted Erin Sawyer to a future building links
between urban and rural life. Sawyer is among the more than 5,000 students who will graduate during Spring
Congregation which will be held May 23-30 in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Martin Dee photo
Graduate seeks vital link
Agent of change sets sights on land, food and community
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
living in the Lower Mainland,
Erin Sawyer has seen strip malls
and subdivisions spring from soil
where crops were once cultivated
and animals grazed.
"We've lost a vital link — our
awareness of where food comes
from," says the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences student who has
earned a Bachelor of Science in
Global Resource Systems. "It
doesn't suddenly appear on the
table or in supermarkets."
Sawyer is among the more than
5,000 students who will graduate
during the 22 Spring Congregation
ceremonies spanning May 23-30.
Twelve honorary degrees will also
be conferred.
She isn't surprised that sensational headlines on foot and
mouth disease, E. coli and contaminated water are raising concern
and awareness.
"We need to get back in touch
with food, back in tune with the
environment," she says.
The   Faculty   of   Agricultural
Sciences has refocused on land,
food and community. It's attracting more urban and international
students who want to be agents for
change, says Agricultural Sciences
Dean Moura Quayle.
Sawyer, who intended to
become a veterinarian, became
more interested in conservation
and finding connections between
urban and rural life.
"One new program, Global Resource Systems, appealed to me
because real contact with people
and cultures made resource economics much more interesting."
See Link page 2
ubc attracts top
research funding
Injection means brains
gained, talent retained
ubc has secured top spot among
Canadian universities for the
number of research positions
funded in the latest round of Canada Research Chairs (crc) Program appointments, valued at
$10.8 million.
ubc gained nine chairs in disciplines ranging from mathematical
physics to public health and forest
ecology out of the total 76 chairs
distributed across the country in
the federal government program
that seeks to build Canada's research strength.
"This level of research excellence will intensify our innovation
capacity," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research.
"We are pleased to have scored
a couple of brain gains in these
appointments that allow us to
welcome researchers from the u.s.
Also, these chairs will help us to
retain talented ubc faculty," says
Barry McBride, vice-president, Academic and Provost.
crc appointments provide
research and salary support. Renewable Tier 1 chairs have seven-year
terms; Tier 11 chairs are for a five-
year period and can be renewed
once. The federal government has
invested $900 million to create
2,000 research chairs by 2005.
ubc ranked in the top three universities in Canada in the inaugural appointments of the crc program, gaining 20 of the first 199
chairs offered in December.
Recruited to ubc are:
• Senior research scientist Fabio
Rossi from California's Stanford
University explores how stem cells
in blood signal their transformation into other types of cells. Understanding these signals could
help provide new therapies for
medical challenges such as treating damaged tissue in the brain.
• Mathematics Prof. David
Brydges from the University of
Virginia studies probability and
statistical mechanics and their implications for sophisticated computer systems.
ubc researchers now holding
crc appointments are:
• Assoc. Prof. Charles Haynes
studies biomolecular interactions
to aid in the design of instruments
used in processing and analysing
• Health Care and Epidemiology
Prof. Clyde Hertzman studies the
biological, social and psychological factors influencing children's
development. He will initiate a
large study that examines child
development in relation to the
work history of parents.
• Forest ecologist Prof. Hamish
Kimmins has been refining biophysical models of forest ecosystems for 23 years. His simulations
include factors such as soil types
and landscape patterns. The
improved forecasts of regional
responses to different types of forestry practices will aid in better
stewardship of Canada's forests.
• Prof. Gregory Lawrence is a
leading environmental engineer
who studies the impact ofthe fluid
mechanics of inland and coastal
See Chairs page 2
Latest Web site revamp
improves navigation
Graduates think and act globally, pages 5-8 • Congregation schedule, page 9
Redesign result of feedback
from visitors to site
ubc's top-level internet presence at www.ubc.ca has been redesigned.
The revamped site features improved navigation and search functions that will allow the university
to more effectively showcase faculty, staff, students, intellectual and
community spirit, as well as its setting.
The redesign is the latest in a
series of steps intended to improve
the university's presence on the
Web, says Rob Wilson, the university's Web strategist.
The improvements are the result of extensive feedback received
from visitors to the site over a 12-
month period. In addition, input
was solicited from faculties and
"There's a tremendous wealth of
information that exists on several
See Web page 2 I      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001
Say no' to
faculty members urge
The undersigned members of the
Educational Studies Dept. are
most disturbed by the Senate decision on April 18 to support what
we regard as a dramatic move
along the path of commercializing
Mike Goldberg (Universitas 21
Contact Officer) presented a 10-
page plan which outlined how ubc
would participate in a new corporate venture that would bring together Universitas 21 (U21) and
Thomson Corp. as partners in selling courses, programmes and degrees to an international audience.
Senators were charged with
considering a plan that many had
received the day ofthe meeting.
No prior consultation was undertaken with the wider university
Founded in 1997, U21 is a relatively loose consortium of 17 universities in 10 countries that until
now has been relatively benign.
Collaboration and exchange
have been the watchwords of
what seemed to be an admirable
endeavour: universities in different countries attempting to share
their expertise and resources in
order to increase international
understanding and improve
The new policy objective creates
a very different relationship between the U21 universities and
substitutes profit as the most important outcome.
Knowledge and instruction become commodities that Thomson
Learning (a subsidiary of Thomson Corp.) will market.
The ubc Senate passed a motion giving approval in principle to
the plan for ubc to become part of
the proposed corporation.
This came just days after the
University of Toronto withdrew
completely from U21.
U21 Pedagogica, a separate
entity, will be responsible for all
facets of quality assurance and
thus take care of the "academic"
side of U21.
Each member institution can
choose to evaluate its own courses
and programs and also to evaluate
the programs of applicants and
transfer students from other
schools using U21 Pedagogica
methods and tools. The notion
here is that this would be a free
Students get degrees from the
U21 consortium. The parchment
shows U21 and the list of participating universities. By joining U21
Global, ubc will agree to "license"
our university name and crest to
Rather than take the stance of
the   Massachusetts   Institute   of
Technology which recently decided
to allow open access to all their
learning materials through their
Web site, ubc is further adopting a
corporate model.
Global capitalism and the market become the driving forces behind policy as we commit more of
our energy to producing "products" for sale.
We contend that ubc from its
inception was meant to serve the
"public good." We are concerned
about the corporatization of the
university and the exclusive decision-making process.
In the strongest possible terms
we urge the Senate and the Board
of Governors of ubc to reconsider
the plan to join U21 Global.
Jean Barman, Roger Boshier,
William Bruneau, Shauna
Butterwick, David Coulter,
Donald Fisher, Mona Gleason,
Deirdre Kelly, Dan Pratt, Leslie
Roman, Kjell Rubenson,
Veronica Strong-Boag
Educational Studies Dept.
Continued from page 1
water on water quality, chemistry
and biology. He develops techniques to minimize the effect of
waste discharges and restore water
systems affected by pollution.
• Biochemistry Prof. Grant Mauk
is a specialist in blood and transfusion medicine whose work will
contribute to new strategies for
treating bacterial infection and
improve understanding of how our
blood functions.
• Asst. Prof. AndrewSandford investigates the genetics of lung disease such as asthma and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease
and aims to manipulate genes to
modify asthma severity.
• Prof. Martin Schechter is a senior urban health investigator who
researches the incidence and risk
factors for hiv and Hepatitis c
among injection drug users in
downtown   Vancouver.   He   also
studies access to care for economically disadvantaged people.
For more information on the
program and full chairholder profiles, visit the Web site at
Continued from page 1
hundred UBC-related sites, but
there has historically been very little co-ordination or support provided to ubc Web site maintain-
ers," says Wilson, who is a member
of ubc's Public Affairs Office.
"We hope to develop a comprehensive strategy that enables us to
continue to improve the main ubc
site in addition to assisting other
ubc units to more effectively use the
Web as a communications tool."
Feedback on the new site is welcome. A feedback form and more
information on the site can be
found at www.ubc.ca/site.
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The program requires a resource
specialization such as sustainable
agriculture or international development and a regional specialization in Africa, the Asia Pacific, Europe or the Americas.
Sawyer, who specialized in resource economics, studied for a
term in New Zealand.
There she saw a much different
agricultural system, she says.
Now she's landed a dream job —
volunteer co-ordinator for an Agri
cultural Sciences initiative to integrate existing south and mid-campus farm areas into a centre for
sustainable urban agriculture.
"It's me," says Sawyer. "I want
everyone to help prune the vineyard and trees, to get their hands in
soil and grow food and awareness."
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Rock-hound Asst. Prof. Lori Kennedy is among this year's 23 recipients ofthe
Killam Teaching Prizes, ubc's top teachers will receive the awards during
Spring Congregation. Hilary Thomson photo
Downtown campus
edges toward reality
Robston Square plans
include library, bookstore,
and computer labs
with program and space planning now complete, ubc has
moved a step closer to realizing its
vision of a downtown campus at
Robson Square.
The university plans to develop
20,400 square metres on two levels
of Robson Square located in the
800-block of Robson Street between Hornby and Howe Streets.
The proposal contains plans for
classrooms, computer labs, board
and seminar rooms, and theatre,
office and meeting space.
The Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration and ubc
Continuing Studies, two core program providers, are working with
colleagues from all units at ubc to
develop innovative educational
programs designed for the thousands of people who live or work in
the downtown core.
"The increasing emphasis on
knowledge has created immense
demand for a wide range of lifelong
learning and career upgrading opportunities," says ubc President
Martha Piper.
"ubc is well-positioned to meet
this demand, and at the same time
provide an urban gateway for more
people to access ubc's rich cultural and intellectual resources."
In addition to specialized
programs, ubc at Robson Square
will offer a variety of services,
including the ubc Bookstore and
ubc Library, life and career planning, fine arts exhibits and performances, as well as a wide
range of public lecture series
reflecting community and cultural themes.
The establishment of a strong
downtown presence is one of the
principal strategies articulated in
Trek 2000, ubc's vision document
for the 21st century.
"We have successfully completed a very critical process in one of
the most important and exciting
developments in the history of
ubc," says Commerce Prof. Stanley
Hamilton, chair of the Robson
Square Transition Team.
"Not only have we completed
the first phase of our planning for
this landmark project, but the support and encouragement we have
received from various campus and
community groups has been very
The university is now working
together with the landlord, bc
Building Corp. and the City of Vancouver on the development permit
process, with an eye to beginning
renovations in late spring.
For more information visit
www.robsonsquare.ubc.ca or call
604-UBC-4YOU (604-822-4968).
Dynamic teaching earns
faculty Killam awards
Recipients recommended by students and colleagues
rock-hound is how students describe structural geologist Lori
Kennedy, an assistant professor of
Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Kennedy is one of 23 faculty
members who will receive University Killam Teaching Prizes during
Spring Congregation.
Since joining the faculties of Graduate Studies and Science five years
ago, Kennedy has emphasized process-based learning in which she
combines experiments and field-
work to further understand the process ofthe shaping ofthe earth's crust.
"Geology is not just naming
rocks," says the 35-year-old New
Brunswick native. "It's understanding how the earth works."
After obtaining undergraduate
and master's degrees in Geology
from the University of New Brunswick, Kennedy earned a PhD at
Texas a & m University.
"Coming to ubc has been great
because it allowed me to return to
Canada to continue working in
one ofthe best natural laboratories
— the Canadian cordillera."
She teaches basic and advanced
structural geology to undergraduate
students from various geology disciplines. She also co-teaches, with Assoc. Prof. Greg Dipple, a graduate
course in her specialty area — the
role of fluids in the mechanics of
natural rock deformation.
Kennedy co-leads a graduate
field trip where students are introduced to the tectonics, or large-
scale structural features caused by
deformation, of southwestern b.c
The outings satisfy her love of the
outdoors and allow her to work
one-on-one with students.
"I think it's important that students learn the geology of their
own backyard," she says. "There's
also a camaraderie that develops
that comes back to the classroom."
Kennedy says her students keep
her honest and up-to-date scientifically with their rigorous questioning.
"Structural geologists need to
think in 3-D and that can be difficult for some students," she says. "I
love to see students understand
the concept and then push it one
step further with their questions."
Killam Teaching Prize winners
are selected by their faculties on
the basis of recommendations
from students and colleagues.
Each winner receives $5,000 from
university endowment sources.
Recipients are distinguished by
their creativity, commitment and
dynamic approach to learning.
Other Killam Teaching Prize recipients for 2001 include:
Faculty of Applied Science: Ray
Meadowcroft, Metals and Materials Engineering • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: Mahesh Upad-
hyaya, Agroecology • Faculty of
Arts: Sian Echard, English; Harry
Edinger, Classical, Near Eastern
and Religious Studies; Alan Richardson, Philosophy; Maureen
Ryan,   Fine   Arts;   Anne   Scott,
French. Hispanic and Italian Studies ■ Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration: Mari-Ann
Linde • Faculty of Dentistryjoanne
Walton, Oral Health Sciences • Faculty of Education: Ann Anderson.
Curriculum Studies: William
McKee, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education ■ Faculty of Forestry: Robert
Kozak, Wood Science • Faculty of
Graduate Studies: Leonora
Angeles. School of Community and
Regional Planning • Faculty of Law:
Stephan Salzberg, Centre for
Asian Legal Studies • Faculty of
Medicine: Harvey Lui, Dermatology; Gordon Page, Educational
Support and Development; Anthony Pearson, Physiology • School of
Nursing: Sally Thorne • Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences: Lynda
Eccott, Pharmacy Practice • Faculty of Science: Shona Ellis, Botany;
Kurt Grimm, Earth and Ocean Sciences; Thomas Carefoot, Zoology
Board to decide on
Olympic village invite
decide at its May 17 meeting
whether to accept the invitation
that ubc serve as the site of the
athletes' village for the 2010 Whistler Winter Olympics bid.
The proposal would see some
2,400 athletes, coaches and officials
housed at ubc from Feb. 5 to 21, requiring games organizers to build
approximately 1,200 new residential units to accommodate them.
"We have been very clear in our
insistence that ubc students living
in residences not be displaced,"
says ubc vice-president, Students,
Brian Sullivan.
In order to accommodate a one-
week extension of the reading
break, the proposal calls for adjustments to the beginning and end
dates ofthe spring term.
According to a survey conducted by the Whistler Bid Corp., 67
per cent of neighbourhood resi
dents support the idea that ubc
host the athletes. Ten per cent of
those surveyed were neutral. Seventy per cent support Whistler
and Vancouver hosting the games.
In addition, the ubc Olympic
Village Work Group, chaired by
Sullivan, has consulted more than
60 campus and community groups
over the past few months.
An open house held earlier this
month provided the community
with an opportunity to obtain information and provide input about
the proposal.
Concerns include potential disruption for student residents, as
well as the impact of increased
traffic coming to and from ubc.
For more information on the
proposal, or to provide feedback
prior to the Board meeting, contact the Office of the Vice-president, Students, at vpstudentsCu)
Is there a lesson in ceremony's fine-feathered past?
The royal swans once had a role to play at Congregation     OFFBEAT
wristwatch-sized fax machines are
scientific advances we could do
Well, the war between technologies was waging long before the
computer chip reared its tiny tech-
no-head. The outrage at ubc in
1939 was pens.
"Modern fountain pens" were
being used to sign honorary degree
documents during Congregation,
much to the horror ofthe late Prof.
G.J. Spencer ofthe Zoology Dept.
In a letter to then ubc president
Leonard Klinck, Spencer expressed his "distress" at the use of
such a pen "hastily produced from
the Registrar's pocket."
He felt the procedure lacked the
dignity and tradition associated
with the ceremony.
To produce the proper pomp,
Spencer wrote to the King of England's royal swan-keeper asking for
some suitable quills to be sent to
Upon their arrival, he chose and
sharpened several to be used in the
signing ceremonies.
He also arranged for a container
to be made of local red cedar. His
wife made a lining for the box so
the quills could rest quietly in
mothproof comfort.
A man of foresight, Spencer created special bald eagle quills for
left-handed honorary degree recipients, although it is unclear why
swan feathers were considered unsuitable for southpaws.
Lord Tweedsmuir was the first
person to use one of the quills
when he received his honorary degree from ubc in 1939.
The fine feathers were used
until 1991 at which time they
were retired to ubc Archives, box
and all.
And what do honorary degree recipients now use as they sign their
name to the
official record? /V/
A    fountain "^
pen produced
from the Registrar's pocket. 4     I      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10.,     2001
Mother's Day Tea
Opera Excerpts, ubc Opera Ensemble. Sage Bistro at 3pm. $20; $15
group. For tickets call Cindy at
Music Classic Concerts
Classic Concerts With The Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra. Will Kesling,
conductor. Chan Centre from
8-iopm. $20; $15. Call 604-822-2697.
Molecular Biophysics
Inaugural Symposium
Various topics. Various speakers.
Chemistry B-250 from 8:30am-
12:40pm. Call 604-822-3266.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Case Presentation - Hand And Upper
Extremity. Various speakers. VGH/Eye
Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call
Social Activities
International House Summer Events/
Activites. International House Volunteer Room from loam-iopm. Call
Yeast. Dr. Brenda Andrews, Medical
Genetics and Microbiology, u of Toronto, irc #3 from 12:301:30pm. Refreshments. Call 604-875-3832.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Deltoid Ligament Problems Post Reconstruction And Arthroplasty. Dr.
Alastair Younger. VGH/Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 604-875-4272.
Peter Wall Institute Seminar
Winged Keels And Millennium Rigs:
The State Of Science In The Modern
America's Cup. Tom Schnackenberg,
America's Cup winner, leader, Team
New Zealand. University Centre conference room at 10am. Call
Peter Wall Institute Seminar
Learning For Extraordinary Projects:
How Team New Zealand Wins And
Defends The America's Cup. Tom
Schnackenberg, America's Cup winner, leader, Team New Zealand. University Centre conference room at
2pm. Call 604-822-5822.
Music Baccalaureate
Various artists; Opera Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Green College Conference
Insurance. Green College from 2:30-
5:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Green College Conference
Politics And Justice. Green College
from g:30am-i2:3opm. Call
Green College Conference
Healthcare. Green College from
2-5pm. Call 604-822-1878.
German History, Politics
And Culture Reception
At The Turn OfThe Millenium: Continuity And Change In German Politics
And Culture Welcoming Reception.
Gage Towers Residence at 6pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-2561 or
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
Looking Back On The Seven German-
ys OfThe 20th Century: Continuities
And Discontinuities In German History. Prof. Hartmut Lehmann, Gottin-
MAY     13    THROUGH    JUNE     I 6
Mental Health Education
Stigma, Early Psychosis, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Therapeutic Approach. Various speakers, gf Strong
lecture theatre from 6:30-9pm. Continues tojune 13. Call Grace at
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at
8pm. Call 604-822-2951.
Distinguished Lecture Series
The Freezing Of Biological Systems:
Theory And Practice. Prof. Locksley
McGann, Laboratory Medicine and
Pathology; u of Alberta, bc Cancer
Agency Jambor Aud. from 8-9am.
Refreshments. Call 604-875-2490.
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open Session begins at 8am. oab
Board and Senate room. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-come, first-
served basis on application to the
Board Secretary at least 24 hours before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca prior to the meeting. Call 604-822-2127.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Grand Rounds
New Directions For First Nations
Health In The 21st Century. Dr. J. David Martin; Dr.Jay Wortman, Medical
Services Branch. Mather 253 from 9-
10:00am. Call 604-822-2772.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
Genetic And Functional Genomic
Approaches To Explore Cyclin-De-
pendent Kinase Roles In Budding
Leader Training Workshop
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions Program: Teaching People
With Chronic Conditions To Help
Themselves. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 W 43rd Ave.
from ioam-4pm. Call Mark Davies
Health Care And
Epidemiology Grand Rounds
Mental Health Reforms - An Update.
Marilyn Suski, Riverview Hospital.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Call
Leader Training Workshop
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions Program: Teaching People
With Chronic Conditions To Help
Themselves. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 W 43rd Ave.
from ioam-4pm. Call Mark Davies
Green College Conference
Risk And Morality. Ian Hacking, Philosophy, College de France; u of Toronto. Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Public Forum
Remaining Human: In The Face Of
Our Growing Dependency On Technology. Frederic Wood Theatre from
8-iopm. Continues May 26. Call
Green College Conference
Theorizing Risk And Morality. Green
College from 9:3oam-ipm. Call
gen u. Ponderosa Cedars Room from
9-io:3oam. Call 604-822-2561 or 604-
Leader Training Workshop
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions Program: Teaching People
With Chronic Conditions To Help
Themselves. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 W. 43rd Ave.
from ioam-4pm. Call Mark Davies
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
Enough Problems Without A Woman
Like You. Women And Gender In German Historiography. Doris Bergen,
Notre Dame u. Ponderosa Cedars
Room from nam-i2:3opm. Call 604-
822-2561 or 604-822-6403.
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
Artists And The State. Patterns Of
Control In The 20th Century. Kurt,
Gladys Lang, u of Washington. Ponderosa Cedars Room from i:45-3pm.
Call 604-822-2561 or 604-822-6403.
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
Max Weber's Legacy For The 21st
Century. Tom Kemple. Ponderosa
Cedars Room from g-io:3oam. Call
604-822-2561 or 604-822-6403.
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
Have The Germans Really Changed?
The Evidence From The 1968 Generation. Steven Taubeneck; Masochism
And The German Colonial Imagination. Sabine Wilke, u of Washington.
Ponderosa Cedars Room from
9-io:3oam. Call 604-822-2561 or
Leader Training Workshop
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions Program: Teaching People
With Chronic Conditions To Help
Themselves. Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre, 2110 W 43rd Ave.
from ioam-4pm. Call Mark Davies
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Peanut Shells: An Archive Of Performance. Fluxus, Etc. Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery at 10am. Call
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
The Liberal Tradition In German And
Austrian Political Culture. Harry Rit-
ter, Western Washington u; Confronting Reality In Post-Unification East
Germany. Cecilia Chessa, Lewis and
Clark College. Ponderosa Cedars
Room from nam-i2:3opm. Call
604-822-2561 or 604-822-6403.
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
In The Wake Of Auschwitz. Jewish
Literature And Collective Memory In
German Since 1989. Steven Schroeder;
Jus Sanguinis. Various speakers. Ponderosa Cedars Room from i:30-3pm.
Call 604-822-2561 or 604-822-6403.
German History, Politics
And Culture Colloquium
On Being A Good German: The Case
Of Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze. John
Conway. Ponderosa Cedars Room
from 3:30-5pm. Call 604-822-2561 or
Peter Wall Institute
Exploratory Workshop
The Social And Moral Dimensions Of
Hereditary Risk and Genetic Testing.
Various speakers. University Centre
307 at 9am. Continues tojune 7. Call
Chalmers Institute
Disciple Bible Study Leaders' Training, vst at nam. To register visit
www.vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Chalmers Institute
Taize Workshop. Brother Emile. vst
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Taize Retreat. Brother Emile. vst at
7pm. Continues tojune 10. To register
visit www.vst.edu. E-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 604-822-9815.
Chalmers Institute
Disciple Bible Study Leaders' Training, vst at 11:30am. To register visit
www.vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Next deadline: noon, june 5
Volunteer Opportunity
The "Living A Healthy Life with
Chronic Conditions" program (funded by the Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board) is an exciting new development in teaching people with
chronic conditions to help themselves. Ifyou are interested in being
part of this program, you can take the
free Leader Training Workshop May
24, 25,31 and June 1. Call Mark Davies
Volunteer Paid Participants Needed
CroMedica Prime is a Phase One research company located in Vancouver
General Hospital. Our research studies require that volunteers take one or
more doses of an investigational medication. We are currently looking for
healthy volunteers, male/female, nonsmoking aged 18 and older and not
taking any medications. Volunteers
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addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate 604-822-4919.
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ioam-6pm daily including weekends.
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Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
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Is looking for volunteers. Come help
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Reports—which covers the period June 17 tojuly 14—is noon,June 5. UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001      |     5
Graduates think, act locally and globally
Scholarly excellence combined with a desire to make a difference defines ubc graduates.
Martin Dee photos
Athlete proves high-
scorer on all courts
Team player gets set to
tackle the ivy league
by Don Wells staffwriter
melanie griswold describes her
lsat result as if it were just another routine win for her top-ranked
Thunderbird women's volleyball
"I had a good test," says the
modest six-foot middle blocker
from Kelowna.
Her score placed in the top one
per cent in North America.
"My friends couldn't believe I
was thinking about Harvard law
school because I have a reputation
for always losing things, like keys
and mittens," she laughs. "I began
to think it was possible when I got
my lsat scores back."
A Commerce and Business
Administration graduate who majored in Industrial Relations Management, Griswold applied to nine
of the top u.s. schools including
Yale, Stanford and Berkeley.
She was accepted at seven and
narrowed her decision down to
Harvard and the offer of a dean's
scholarship at New York University.
"I loved Harvard with its old
buildings, and I'm looking forward
to the experience and exposure to
world leaders and Nobel Prize winners — people who are shaping the
world around us."
Griswold arrived at ubc in 1995
and cracked the roster of a team
described as one ofthe best in ubc
history in any sport.
They went to the national finals
every year she played, but could
not overcome the five-time champion Alberta Pandas in their quest
for the national crown.
After two years travelling in Asia
and Australia, she returned last fall
to finish her degree and play one
last season with the T-Birds.
"Being a varsity athlete was like
having a family that immediately
adopted me," she says. "I wasn't the
star of the team, so for me it was
the friendships that mattered
rather than the achievements athletically. I was very lucky to have
played with so many great people."
Besides volleyball, Griswold
credits her professors in Industrial
Relations Management for making
ubc a meaningful experience and
for sparking her enthusiasm to
pursue a career in civil law.
"It's going to be difficult to say
goodbye," she says whimsically.
"Overall, it has been pretty comfortable."
Working out how best to communicate the risks of such proposals as including nuclear reactors in nasa's Cassini
mission to Saturn leads to better project decisions, says PhD graduatejoe Arvai. Martin Dee photo
Interdisciplinary scholar
weighs risks and benefits
Graduate finds resources to create unique degree
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
the reach OFjoe Arvai's research
extends from the depths of the
oceans to outer space. His mission
is to grasp how to make better
One of 6,500 students in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, he has
completed an interdisciplinary
PhD in the relatively new field of
risk communication.
"The goal is to improve peoples'
ability to make informed decisions
in light of technological risks and
their associated benefits," explains
"Making a high quality decision
in the context of a complex problem
requires detailed information and a
decision structure that helps people
make a difficult choice," he adds.
A paper resulting from his
research — conducted in the Institute for Resources and Knviron-
ment and the Centre for Human
Settlements' F.co-Risk Research
Unit — was named outstanding
student paper twice by the International Society for Risk Analysis.
One of his experiments involved
water-flow management in B.C.
and risks to salmon habitat from
the generation of hydroelectricity.
"It's a classic case of multiple
conflicts," he says.
"Demands for electricity, which
is essential domestically and a
lucrative export, have to be
balanced with recreational use of
rivers and ecological concerns."
In another experiment he found
a higher support for decisions
about space exploration — such as
including a nuclear reactor in the
nasa Cassini mission to Saturn —
when they were the products of a
participatory process.
Looking back, there was no obvious path to his PhD, he says.
"It wasn't laid out in a page or
two in ubc's calendar," says Arvai.
a native of Vernon.
"The resources were here but I
had to put them together, for example, learning social planning
and how to design surveys, ubc
faculty put me in touch with experts elsewhere," he says.
Arvai will continue his work as
a post doctoral fellow at Decision
Research in Eugene, Ore.
Melanie Griswold, Commerce and Business Administration
And then there were thousands
ubc's first Congregation ceremony took place on May 4,1916 in the Hotel Vancouver ballroom. There were
41 graduates. 6     |     UBC    REPORTS
MAY    10,    2001
Rosalyn Ing's PhD thesis on the after-effects of residential schools has been cited for its potential to contribute to
public policy. Martin Dee photo
Scholar helps heal
schools' heavy toll
An educator focuses on the long-lasting lessons to be
learned from Canada's residential school history
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
rosalyn ing endured Canada's
shameful residential schools and
has shed light on their disturbing
legacy as part of her doctoral
thesis in the Faculty of Education.
"I thought it important and necessary to tell another side of the
story," says the soft-spoken member ofthe Cree Nation and lifelong
Anglican, who was moved four
times from residential schools and
taken from one in the night, away
from her siblings.
"For those who tried to run
away the punishment was often
brutal," she says. "An example was
being made to watch a dog viciously attack a little boy. Children were
unable to take any action to help.
This created mortification of the
self in addition to the shame and
denial of being First Nations."
Tracing the evolution of racism
from 1867-1920 broadened the
context and provided comparisons of the impact of the Indian
Policy and Immigration Policy for
European immigrants.
Her qualitative case study of
children of those who endured residential schools involved 10 participants who are pursuing or have
completed one to three university
Consequences shared by study
participants included poor self-
esteem, family silence about the
past and abuse.
"One participant's mother
found it hard to hug her own children," says Ing.
Most participants didn't learn of
their parent's experiences until
university from doing research
papers, she adds.
"Residential schools took a
heavy toll. Participants and parents
had to undergo some form of therapy, but most turned to First Nations spirituality and elders' teachings," she says.
"They're rebuilding their lives in
their own culture which was attacked and nearly destroyed by residential schools."
Jean Barman, a noted historian
and professor of Educational Studies describes Ing's work as brilliant
and innovative.
"Among many discoveries she
has given us is the intergenera-
tional impact, even among those
who have succeeded in the white
world," Barman says.
Ing's thesis earned a Canadian
Policy Research Award for "demonstrating the potential to make a
contribution to public policy."
The award is sponsored by the
Government of Canada in partnership with the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council, the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council.
She completed it while co-ordinating the highly successful First
Nations Health Careers program
aimed at recruiting First Nations
students into the health sciences
at ubc
"The scars will always be there,"
advises Ing. "But you can learn to
soften them. Begin your own healing journey."
Publican finds new
career next door
A former engineer learns
to rely on rubber dams
instead of pints
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
not too many people are eager
to visit a dentist's office in their
spare time.
But Dentistry graduate Walter
Payne did exactly that while he
was a pub owner in Prince George.
What he witnessed inspired him to
change his career.
The 37-year-old originally
earned a bachelor's degree in Civil
Engineering from the University of
Alberta in 1986. After working as
an engineer for two years, however, the constant absences from
home prompted him to buy a pub
and beer and wine store.
It was the dentist next door who
got Payne interested in his future
career. He began visiting as an
observer during dental procedures
and quickly got hooked on
"The constantly evolving technology and techniques fascinated
me," says Payne who adds that he
loves interacting with people and
being his own boss.
After five years of pub ownership and a year of travelling, Payne
made inquiries at ubc's dental
school. He was advised to get an
additional degree to improve his
chance of selection and earned his
mba from the University of Victoria in 1997.
He describes student life as "all-
encompassing" — similar to his
experience running the business.
His wife, Brenda, knows exactly
what the stresses are. A former
nurse, she will graduate with a
master's degree in English Literature from ubc this month.
While the couple have been
busy cracking the books, they have
also been busy changing diapers
since the arrival of their daughter,
Colby, in December.
After he receives his Bachelor of
Dental Science, Payne and family
will return to Prince George where
Brenda will seek a teaching position.
He will be returning to familiar
territory, going back to the dentist's
office that he first visited years ago.
This time, however, not as an observer; his name will be on the door
as a partner in the practice.
Walter Payne, Dentistry
Social concerns transport engineering grad
Engineer heads out to study the rules ofthe road
by Andy Poon staffwriter
civil engineering student Brian
Lee has paid close attention to the
Vancouver transit strike.
That's because he will be heading to Chicago's Northwestern University, the University of Toronto
or the University of California at
Berkeley for graduate work in
transportation planning after he
graduates with a Bachelor of
Applied Science this month.
"I have mixed feelings about the
strike," says Lee.
While he can see both sides of
the argument, he believes that a
city's transportation system is one
ofthe most important elements in
Brian Lee, Applied Science
building a great urban centre.
"I think there is great potential
right now if we continue to concentrate growth in the town centres that surround Vancouver and
halt the urban sprawl," says Lee.
But along with this strategy, attention must be paid to the transportation planning necessary to
move people between these cores,
he says.
Lee was born in Edmonton but
spent only one month there before
his parents moved the family back
to Hong Kong where he spent the
next 10 years.
He became interested in transportation issues because it is an
area in engineering that appealed
to his concern about social issues.
Lee was a community consult
ant with ubc's Downtown Eastside
Initiative in 1999 during the program's earliest days.
He worked with non-profit
groups, residents and community
leaders to help determine how ubc
could best contribute and work
within the community.
"Actually engineering is very
public," says Lee, who maintained
an average above 80 per cent
throughout his years of study.
"The public must understand
the advantages and disadvantages
of the choices that they are
"We can empower them to
make the right choice at the start
by helping them to understand the
cause and effect of what is being
proposed." UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001      |      7
The opportunity to combine creativity and science attracted Lap Nguyen to community pharmacy. Janis Franklin photo
Voyage teaches community
pharmacist to seize the day
After finding his way to a new life, graduate now helps
others find their way to better health
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
lap Nguyen's educational journey was launched in 1988 as he lay
huddled in an open boat with 30
others escaping from Vietnam to
Nguyen, who will receive his
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
this month, was 13 years old when
he and his uncle left Vietnam as
boat people. After spending a year
in a Malaysian refugee camp, he
arrived in Ottawa faced with learn-
Activism in the cards
"I didn't want my degree to be
just a piece of paper," she says. "I
love to learn but I want to impact
and be of value to society. It's essential, however, to be certain that
my ethics are sound."
Arriving with a Canadian Merit
Foundation and ubc Outstanding
Student Initiative scholarship, she
already embodied ubc's commitment to internationalization.
While at her Francophone high
school she volunteered in Zimbabwe and picked up Spanish while
studying in Costa Rica.
"Languages helped me as a research assistant and translator at
the Centre of Excellence at B.C.'s
Women's and Children's hospitals,"
says Martin, who also rolled up her
sleeves at The Ubyssey, ubc's student newspaper.
"The Ubyssey was my kind of
community — active, intelligent
and opinionated," she says.
She has had articles published
in ubc's Journal of Political Science
on gender issues in Canadian
peacekeeping in Bosnia and on
Supreme Court rulings for the Canadian Research Institute for the
Advancement of Women.
She will continue to write, but
not work as a journalist.
"I've enrolled in law at the University of Toronto," says Martin. "I
intend to travel a lot, but live, work
and remain a political and social
activist right here in Canada."
Nyranne Martin, Arts
When you grow up with
campaigns in the kitchen,
wanting to make a
difference comes naturally
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
nyranne martin is immersed in
the worldwide wave of activism. An
excellent student with international experience, she dove into university life while earning a Bachelor of
Arts in Political Science.
"Political campaigns were run
out of our kitchen back home in
Toronto," she recalls. "I grew up
with scrutineering, polling and
current events."
ing a new language and a new way
of life.
After fast tracking through esl
classes, Nguyen was awarded for
his above-90 per cent average in
his final year of high school. A trip
to b.c. to visit his sister convinced
him to enrol at ubc.
Originally aspiring to be an architect, Nguyen opted for Pharmaceutical Sciences because he could
combine creativity and science.
"I like community pharmacy
and patient counselling," he says.
"There is an instant reward in
helping people understand more
about their health."
Nguyen and other Vietnamese-
speaking pharmacy students
recently volunteered to translate
health-care information for
patients in the community in an
original directed studies project
called "Seeking Health."
The group worked with local
pharmacies and doctors and surveyed Vietnamese-speaking patients to identify their health information needs and create translated pamphlets.
The project will be presented
at this year's American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
"It has been a challenge to find
the time to work in the community while I am going to school," says
Nguyen who is also interested in
skiing, photography and ancient
Despite the challenges, his motivation to succeed has not
changed since that boat trip more
than a decade ago.
"I spent three days on the open
sea praying to get to land," he says.
"That experience has stayed with
me and guided me.
"I came here for an education
and to fulfil a passion to explore
the world and its opportunities.
My goal is always to gain as much
as I can from my experiences — to
seize the day."
Nguyen plans to work as a community pharmacist in the Lower
Mainland after graduation.
Law worth losing
sleep over, says grad
The finer points of law are
no longer moot to
Monique Pongracic-Speier
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
when it's 4:30 a.m.. you haven't
slept for 36 hours and you have a
legal argument due first thing, you
make tight friendships and learn
to work as a team, says Monique
It's one of the many things she
has learned while earning a Bachelor of Law degree.
Pongracic-Speier was a member
of ubc's "Jessup mooters" which
placed among the top five at a recent international moot competition. The competitions pit law students against one another in mock
trials. She has twice been named
top oralist in Canada.
"It's a real honour to be chosen for
a competitive moot team at ubc,"
she says. "It's very intense over a period of several months and you learn
your area of law very well."
Pongracic-Speier was drawn to a
career in law after graduating with
a Bachelor of Arts from si u and
starting her own communications
"I wanted something more academic, but to keep one foot in the
real world." she says. With a longstanding interest in international
affairs, she saw Law as a perfect fit.
"The United Nations system is
only about 60 years old." she says.
"Most of our international dispute
resolution institutions are even
younger. We're in a time of incredible change."
Now articling with Schroeder
and Co., she is working on a lawsuit
launched by 49 decendants of the
Sons of Freedom Doukhobors.
The suit against the b.c. government claims the children were forcibly removed from their homes
and confined to a former tuberculosis sanatorium in New Denver in
the 1950s.
"I've got a challenging year
ahead," she says. "But I feel that the
moot experience has definitely given me valuable skills."
Monique Pongracic-Speier, Law
And the best dressed is...
Members of the Congregation processions wear colourful academic
regalia from around the world signifying their university of graduation
and highest degree awarded.
No wrinkles in time
To see images of ubc's first Congregation ceremonies, search ubc Archives historic photo collection at www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/ubc_arch/
photos.html 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2O0I
ubc adoption' fosters forester
Jeff Arsenault will graduate from the Faculty of Forestry's innovative Wood
Products Processing program. Martin Dee photo
All this and science too
From student politics to
studying E. coli, science
scholar has bases covered
by Don Wells staffwriter
adam mott is living proof that the
best way to get something done is
to assign it to a busy person.
The Science student's dizzying
array of activities would exhaust
most others, yet his marks have averaged above 80 per cent and
earned him a spot on the Dean's
Honour List each year.
"I enjoy keeping my life as active
and varied as possible," says Mott.
"My interests range from ballroom
dancing to graphic design and
from music to sports."
Even with that, he understates
the extent of his extracurricular
The native of Burlington, Ont.
has been an assistant director in
the Intramural Sports Program, dj
for the program's social events, and
a contributor and production assistant for The Point newspaper.
He has served as elections commissioner for the Alma Mater Society (ams) and an ams director, as
well as the public relations officer
for the Science Undergraduate Society.
He also served as chair for the
2000 Class Act campaign, helping
to run a graduating gift campaign
in each of the faculties and
As the service director for the
ubc chapter ofthe Golden Key International Honour Society, he was
responsible for organizing a range
of community activities including
blood donor clinics.
The recipient ofthe Amy E. Sauder and Jean Craig Smith Scholarships, Mott graduates this year
with an Bachelor of Science (honours) in Microbiology, specializing
in Immunology.
As part of his course work, he
conducted research on plasma
membrane calcium channels, and
spent last summer working as a
student researcher on studies
involving E. Coli bacteria at the
University of Guelph.
He recently turned down
recruiters from Yale to accept a full
PhD scholarship to Harvard University's School of Public Health
for Immunology and Infectious
Disease. For the time being, however, he is still reflecting on a rewarding experience on Point Grey.
"I have truly enjoyed each and
every aspect of life at ubc," he says.
"I feel exceedingly well prepared
for any circumstance in my academic field or life that I encounter
in the future."
Meeting Forestry alumni pivotal moment, says graduate
by Don Wells staffwriter
jeff arsenault's decision to enrol in the Faculty of Forestry was
strangely rooted in the 1956 Soviet
invasion of Hungary.
That was the year 200 forestry
students and a handful of faculty
from Hungary's Sopron University
fled the country. Adopted by ubc,
they made an indelible imprint on
both the Faculty of Forestry and
the provincial forest industry.
Some 35 years later, Arsenault
was hired by two ofthe Hungarian-
born ubc graduates to work on a
reforestation project in the Chilco-
tin region.
"We all seem to have these pivotal moments in our lives, and for
me this was it," says the native of
Truro, n.s. "I was amazed by their
knowledge of forestry and I was almost instantly drawn to the profession."
After five years working as a
silviculture surveyor, Arsenault
began to contemplate how he could
take his career to a new level.
The answer turned out to be a
new program at ubc, one that emphasizes engineering concepts,
business, communication and
problem-solving skills to produce
graduates capable of managing a
wood products manufacturing
This month, he graduates with a
Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing, a program which
includes comprehensive co-operative education.
With numerous job offers from
companies in b.c.'s emerging wood
products manufacturing industry,
he has accepted a position with Hal-
co Software. He is applying computer modeling and simulation techniques to optimize utilization of
resources in product development.
"You need to have a problem-
solving attitude," he says.
"Advanced wood processing has a
scientific component, a business
component and an engineering
component, so there isn't just one
solution, but many."
Unlike Europe, he explains,
Canada's forest industry has been
limited almost exclusively to harvesting and exporting raw lumber.
"Our history is intimately connected with wood, but in order to
have a sustainable forest industry,
we have to move our products up
the value chain."
Doctor flies through school
with the greatest of ease
Questions of balance come naturally to acrobatic doctor
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
Adam Mott, Science
kristin wingfield always wanted to be a doctor but first she had
to run away and join the circus.
Wingfield, who graduates with a
doctor of medicine degree, is also
an aerial acrobat who performed
full-time with the Cirque de Soleil
gymnast troupe before entering
ubc's medical school.
No sooner had she decided to
defer her medical edcuation in
favour of life as an acrobat when
she tore a knee ligament and was
almost fired.
She recovered, however, and
spent two years with the troupe in
Las Vegas and continues to work
as a contract performer.
"I get to fly," says Wingfield, who
performs with a bungee trapeze
and also choreographs routines. "I
love performing, to convey the joy
and freedom I experience."
The diversity of the performers
she meets is one of the best parts
of being in the circus, she adds.
A gymnast since the age of seven, Wingfield was on Canada's
gymnastics team in high school
and was also a national-level
springboard diver throughout university. But being a sports medicine doctor was never far from her
After obtaining her undergraduate degree in honours Kinesiology
from the University of Western
Ontario, Wingfield returned home
to Vancouver to enter ubc's medical school because she understood
the sports doctors here are some of
the best in the world.
A one-month elective at the
Sydney 2000 Olympics working
with the Canadian medical team
in the Olympic village was "a
dream come true."
Wingfield continues to perform
and is challenged to combine
school and training schedules.
The bilingual student recently
completed an emergency medicine elective in Montreal while
rehearsing for a performance in
Quebec City.
She will complete a family practice residency at Vancouver's St.
Paul's Hospital after graduation
and pursue a fellowship in sports
As an athlete, performer and
doctor, Kristin Wingfield continues to fly high.
Kristin Wingfield, Medicine. Kristin Wingfield photo
Among the rich and famous
Among ubc's many eminent alumni are: Nobel laureate, economist Robert Mundell; former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt; author and historian
Pierre Berton; biotechnology entrepreneur Dr. Julia Levy; Alzheimer's researcher Pat McGeer; opera singers Ben Heppner and Judith Forst; educator Rick Hansen; astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason; senator Pat Carney; and
former Canadian prime ministers Kim Campbell and John Turner. UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001
language studies in the Psychology
Dept. at ubc You and your child, and
a trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or
pictures. As you might imagine,
children find these word games a lot
of fun. During your visit, you will
remain with your child at all times. If
you (or someone you know) might be
interested in bringing your child for a
30-minute visit to our research
playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's
Language Development Centre at
Born Between 1930 And 1976?
The Adult Development And Psycho-
metrics Lab at ubc is looking for men
and women born between 1930 and
1976 to participate in a series of focus
groups looking at what it means to be
your age today. Call Rick
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type Two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants, who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes for
women. Call Darcye Cuff
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Stephen Andrews: Likeness. Featuring
drawings, bookworks and recent portrait works, by Toronto artist Stephen
Andrews. Included is the well-known,
"Facsimile" (1991-93), comprised of 147
portraits etched in graphite on wax, of
people lost to HIV-related illnesses.
Continues to May 13. Tuesday to Friday from ioam-5pm, Saturday i2noon-
5pm, Sunday i2noon-5pm (Closed
Mondays and statutory holidays). Call
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people with binoculars
and bird books (and bring your own,
ifyou have them). Call 604-822-9149.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBC/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call 604-875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which involves responding verbally
to computer screen displays. Ifyou
are a healthy person of the age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 604-822-3227.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 604-822-8040.
• Michael Smith Award for Excellence, www.cihr.ca:
• Synergy Award, www.nserc.ca/programs/synerg/:
• e.w.r. Steacie Prize in Natural Sciences, www.nrc.ca/
steacie: june 30
• nserc e.w.r. Steacie Memorial Fellowships,
www.nserc.ca/programs/steacie/cfn_e.htm: july i
For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe
Vice-President, Research, at (604) 822-0234.
«/ Honorary degree nominations
The Tributes Committee is seeking nominations of outstanding
candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded in 2002.
Nomination forms are available at www.external-affairs.ubc.ca/
ceremonies/honours/. Nominations or requests for nomination
forms can also be mailed to: Chair, Tributes Committee, c/o Ceremonies and Events Office, 2029 West Mall, Campus Zone 2.
deadline for nominations is Friday, June 29. 2001.
Aboriginal Self-determination Explored
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Aboriginal Autonomy
and Development in
Northern Quebec-
Colin Scott, ed.
This new book of essays explores
the process of indigenous autonomy
and development in northern
Quebec-Lanrador. It examines the
interconnected territorial, socioeconomic, institutional, and
cultural dimensions of Aboriginal
self-determination in northern
A key dimension of this project was
the involvement ofthe northern
First Nations leadership.
Colin H. Scott is an associate professor in the Department of
Anthropology, McGill University.
Buy your copy at the UBC Bookstore
or contact Raincoa.vt Book.v at
Tel:   1 -800 561-8583   /   lax: 1-800 565 i770
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Spring Congregation Ceremonies 2001
All ceremonies take place in the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
8:30 am
Arts (Psychology): phD, ma, ba
Arts (Asian Area Studies, Chinese,
Canadian Studies, Classical Studies,
Classics, Economics, Family Studies,
Japanese, Religion and Literature,
Religious Studies, South Asian Languages, Women's Studies), Social
Work- PhD, ma, msw, ba, bsw
1:30 pm
Arts (Anthropology, Archaeology,
Drama, Film, Fine Arts, French, Italian, Italian Studies, Latin American
Studies, Romance Languages Studies, Russian and Slavic Languages
and Literature, Sociology, Spanish,
Theatre), Fine Arts (Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Theatre): phD, dma,
ma, mfa, mj, ba, bfa, Diplomas -
Applied Creative Non-Fiction, Film
Studies and Art History, French
honorary degree: Gordon Smith
4 pm
Arts (English, Music,): phD, dma,
honorary degree: Joy Kogawa
8 pm
8:30 am 8:30 am
Arts (General ba Program, Envi-   Science (Biology Options: Cell Bi-
ronmental    Studies,    Geography,   ology, Cell and Genetics Biology,
German, History): phD, ma, ba
Arts (First Nations Languages, International Relations, Linguistics,
Mathematics, Medieval Studies,
Modern European Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Speech Sciences), Library, Archival & Information Studies: phD, ma, mas,
mlis, ba, Diploma in Applied Linguistics
1:30 pm
Science [Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Physiology, Pharmacology
(bsc only), Biopsychology, Microbiology & Immunology, Integrated
Sciences]: phD, msc, bsc
honorary degree: Julia Levy
president's service award:
Charles Slonecker
Science (Astronomy, Atmospheric
Science, Chemistry, Climatology,
Environmental Sciences, Fisheries
Oceanography, Geology, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Hydrology and Soil, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Biophysics, Physics;
General Science with concentrations in any of the above): phD,
msc, bsc, Diploma in Meteorology.
honorary degree:
Tom Schnackenberg
president's service award:
Benjamin Clifford
Genetics, General Biology): phD,
honorary degree: Haile Debas
Science [Botany, Zoology (msc/
phD), Freshwater Science, Biology
Options: Animal, Conservation,
Ecology, Marine Biology, Plant; General Science (Life Science or concentrations in any ofthe above); Nutritional Sciences]: phD, msc, bsc.
Paul Williams
1:30 pm
Science [Applied Mathematics,
Computer Science, Mathematics,
Mathematical Sciences, Statistics;
General Science (with Mathematical, Computer Science or Statistics
concentrations)]: phD, msc, mss,
bsc, Diploma in Computer Science.
honorary degree: Chris Pielou
4 pm
Law: llm.llb, llb/mba
honorary degree: TriciaSmith
8:30 am
Applied Science (Bio-Resource,
Chemical, Chemical and Biological, Electrical, Fire Protection,
Metals and Materials Engineering
and  Engineering Physics):  phD,
Applied Science (Civil, Geological,
Mechanical, Mining and Mineral
Processing    Engineering):    phD,
degree:     Martha
1:30 pm
Architecture, Community and Regional   Planning,   Nursing:   phD,
masa, MArch, ma, msc (Planning),
msn, BArch, BSN.
honorary degree: Ian Hacking
4 pm
Agricultural Sciences, Family and
Nutritional Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Landscape Architecture, Occupational Hygiene, Resource Management and Environmental Studies:  ph.D,  ma,  mla,
MSC, BHE, BLA, BSC (Agr), BSC (Di-
etet), Diploma in Management of
Aquaculture Systems.
8:30 am
Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences: phD,PharmD,Msc, dmd, bdsc
bdc( Pharm.), Diploma in Periodontics
president's service award:
Vicki Koulouris
Audiology and Speech Sciences,
Biochemistry (pIid's and msc's
only), Genetics, Medicine, Neuro-
science, Physiology (phDs and
msc's only), Pharmacology and
Therapeutics (p1id's and msc's
only) Rehabilitation Sciences: phD,
mha, mhsc, msc md, bmlsc, bsc
(ot), bsc(pt).
honorary degree: David
presidents service award:
Roseanne Mclndoe
1:30 pm
Education: phD, EdD, ma, MEd,
BEd (Elementary Program), BEd
(Middle Years), BEd (Secondary
Program), Diplomas in Education.
honorary DEGREE:JackBlaney
Ruth Sigal
4 pm
Forestry,  Human  Kinetics:  phD,
(Forestry), bhk, bsc (Natural Resource Conservation), bsc (Wood
Products), Diploma in Forestry
(Advanced Silviculture), Forest Engineering
8:30 am
Commerce and Business Administration (Bcom: Accounting, Commerce and Economics, Finance,
General Business Management,
International Business Management, Management Information
Systems): Bcom, Diploma in Accounting
Commerce and Business Administration (Graduate Programs, and
Bcom: Industrial Relations Management, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics, Urban Land
Economics): phD, mba, msc (Bus.
Admin), Bcom, bbre
president's service award:
Sharon Walker I      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001
A perfect spot to reserve accommodation forguest 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 604-222-4104.
accommodation in Point Grey area.
Minutes to ubc On main bus routes.
Close to shops and restaurants. Includes tv, tea and coffee making, private phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 604-222-3461. Fax 604-222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for academic visitors to ubc only. Guests
dine with residents and enjoy college
life. Daily rate $60 plus $i4/day for
meals Sun-Thurs. Call 604-822-8660
for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite right
on campus. Spacious one br suites
with kitchen, balcony, tv and telephone. Ideal for visiting lecturers,
colleagues and families. 2001 rates
from $ii9/night. ubc discounts available. Visit www.westcoastsuites.com.
Call 604-822-1000.
ROOMS Private rooms on campus
forvisitors to ubc on academic business. Private bath, double bed, telephone, TV, fridge, in-room coffee.
Dinner five days per week. Breakfast
seven days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and availability 604-822-8788.
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 www.
pwias.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. Seventeen
modestly furnished rooms with hall
bath are avail. Daily rates starting at
$36. Meals or meal plans avail, in the
school cafeteria. Call 604-822-9031 or
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 604-737-2687.
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Phone 822-5769 for more information.
Westwind bright rancher. 1,500 sq. ft.
Three br, two bath, immaculate garden, quiet cul-de-sac, n/p. $1500/
mo. plus util. One year lease. Avail.
June orjuly 2001. E-mail ron.sue@
telus.net. Call 604-876-4629 (eve.).
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near hospital. Rates $44.50-
$69.50/night and weekly rates. Call
APARTMENTS now renting ubc
area. Presentation centre open daily.
Seven appliances, granite counters,
flexible interiors and more. Visit
www.universitymarketplace.net. Call
FRANCE Ultimate vacation central
Paris one br apt. Close to Paris one
br apt. Close to Avignon Provence
two br house. Accommodates six
people. All fully furnished. Call
spectacular view of mountains and
harbour on Kits Point. Avail. June 1-
Sept. 15. $775/mo. incl. util., parking
and pool privileges. (Phone rental
extra). For ubc faculty or visiting
faculty only. Call 604-731-0727.
for rentjuly and August 2001. Fourth
floor, West facing with view, h/w
floors. Fully furnished. Centrally
located. $750/mo. (negotiable) Call
LUXURIOUS ONE br and den
apartment. Large patio facing Van
Dusen Garden, master and guest
bath, full security, 1,105 sq. ft., 2 parking stalls, easy commute to ubc Immediate occupancy. $i,20o/mo.
E-mail feyonawa@interchange.
ubc.ca. Call Marina Au 604-261-0661.
FOR RENT One br and den
condo. Quiet complex on Hampton
Place, six appliances plus gas f/p,
one u/g parking, storage locker, exercise facilities and deluxe amenities.
$i,40o/mo. Gas util. incl. Avail. May
15. Call 604-298-4248.
study, den, two bath, 60 ft. lot, furnished to rent for one year from
approx. Sept. 1. n/s, n/p. Close to
schools, shops, and 15 min. by bus to
ubc $2,30o/mo. (incl. lawn cutting)
plus util. E-mail mccutche@
physics.ubc.ca. Call 604-261-3275.
br basement suite in quaint Point
Grey house. Near 10th Ave., bus, ubc
and shops, n/p, n/s. $6oo/mo. inc.
util. Separate entrance. Avail. Aug.
15. suit use grad student. Call
one BR condo in Bristol Hampton
Place at ubc Avail. July and August.
Inc. six appliances, u/c parking, spa
and exercise room. Suite for n/s
adults. $1,650. incl. util. and cable.
Call 604-228-0920.
SEPT. 1 (OR SOONER) large one
br suite, Dunbar area, at nominal
rent in exchange for early morning
and late afternoon transportation of
two children to and from ubc child
care and a local elementary school.
Wanted, responsible n/s with driver's license, own vehicle and impeccable driving record. No criminal
record. Ref. req. E-mail fogarassy@
tech.bc.ca. Call Tony Fogarassy
Bed and Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call
House Sitting
with daughter (14) and son (12) without pets seeks house on or near University Endowment Lands starting
Aug. 15. Dates, price flexible or will
swap home in Whistler. Call Dr.
Winter 604-938-0030 (day) or 604-
932-0474 (eves).
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Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes gst.
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.
House Sitting
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As a specialist who has assisted many
ubc faculty and stafFmembers
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide
you with free retirement projections.
Call for a complimentary meeting at
my place or yours! Don Proteau,
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Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
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MAY     10,     2001      |
Priceless collection
on display in Library
Artifacts provide snapshot
of Chinese immigrant
THE   PERMANENT   HOME   of  the
Wallace B. Chung and Madeline H.
Chung Collection and Reading
Room has opened in Main Library.
Officially designated a national
treasure by the Cultural Property
Export Review Board, the Chung
Collection comprises 25,000 items
which reveal new perspectives on
Canada's colourful history and the
profound experiences of Chinese
Valued in the millions of dollars,
it is described as priceless by archivists and conservationists.
"I'm pleased that my collection
remains intact and is presented so
respectfully," says Dr. Wallace
Chung, a vascular surgeon and retired member of ubc's Faculty of
The exhibit centrepiece is a
four-metre-long builder's model of
the Empress of Asia, which Chung
refurbished in exquisite detail in a
4,000-hour labour of love.
More than 1,000 items were selected for display in the carefully
restored room. These include vibrant tourist and immigration
posters, the diary of cabinet minister Hector Langevin in which he
identifies  Burrard  Inlet  as  the
western terminus of the Canadian
Pacific Railway and a photograph
ofthe first Chinese person born in
Chung's lifelong obsession and
global odyssey began with a young
boy's fascination. A poster of the
cpr luxury ocean liner, Empress of
Asia, the pride of Canada's maritime fleet, hung in his father's Victoria tailor shop. The vessel had
carried his mother from China.
From collecting memorabilia,
Chung moved on to first editions
of Cook's and Vancouver's voyages
and the remnants of the life and
times of nation builders, famous or
forgotten, as well as visionaries
and ordinary workers.
"This generous gift provides an
exciting opportunity for the public
to access many virtually unknown
but important stories and unforgettable artifacts," says university
librarian Catherine Quinlan.
For the past two years designers
and other experts have pored over
rare books and eclectic items relating to the cpr, the Asian experience in North America and West
Coast history and exploration.
"My husband continues to add
to the collection and our family is
delighted that future generations
will understand the struggles and
joys of those who have come before," says Dr. Madeline Chung, a
retired obstetrician.
"When diabetes enters your life, you need
someone to turn to. Call the Canadian
Diabetes Association."      Carol seta dietitian
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Public Information Meeting
on the
Mid-Campus Neighbourhood Plan
Wednesday, May 30, 2001, 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 7 - 8:30 p.m,
Ponderosa Centre, Arbutus Room, 2071 West Mall
The Official Community Plan (ocp) for the University of British Columbia provides
a vision and goals for future development, broad land use designations and
objectives for more detailed planning. The purpose ofthe Neighbourhood Planning
process (called Area Planning in the ocp) is to interpret those policies and
objectives as a framework for development approval. This public meeting will
focus on the first draft ofthe Mid-Campus Neighbourhood Plan (mcnp).
Copies ofthe draft mcnp may be viewed at Campus Planning and Development,
2210 West Mall, m-f, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A draft ofthe plan will be available at
the meeting.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring assistive
learning devices, captioning, or information on alternate media
should contact Gisela Haarbrucker at 604-822-9560 one week in
advance ofthe meeting.
free parking will be available in the West Parkade. Please pick up a parking pass
after the meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or further information:
Contactjim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 604-822-0469
Public Information Meeting
on the
University Boulevard Neighbourhood PI
Tuesday, May 29, 2001, 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 7 - 8:30 p ■
Ponderosa Centre, Arbutus Room, 2071 West Mall
The Official Community Plan (ocp) for the University of British Columbia provides
a vision and goals for future development, broad land use designations and
objectives for more detailed planning. The purpose ofthe Neighbourhood Planning
process (called Area Planning in the ocp) is to interpret those policies and
objectives as a framework for development approval. This public meeting will
focus on the first draft ofthe University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan (ubnp).
Copies ofthe draft ubnp may be viewed at Campus Planning and Development,
2210 West Mall, m-f, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A draft ofthe plan will be available at
the meeting.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring assistive
learning devices, captioning, or information on alternate media
should contact Gisela Haarbrucker at 604-822-9560 one week in
advance ofthe meeting.
free parking will be available in the West Parkade. Please pick up a parking pass
after the meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or further information:
Contactjim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at 604-822-0469
& I      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     10,     2001
Practice lab makes
perfect, say students
This .i_\ir j .-.inners ofthe President's Service Awards for Excellence are: (I to r) Chuck Slonecker, Ceremonies and
University Relations; Sharon Walker, UBC Bookstore; Roseanne Mclndoe, Faculty of Medicine; Ben Clifford,
Chemistry Dept.; Ruth Sigal, Women's Resources Centre; and Vicki Koulouris, Faculty of Dentistry. The awards will be
presented during Spring Congregation, May 23-30. Martin Dee photo
Six standouts to receive
service excellence awards
Recipients contribute the extra that makes a difference
six members of the university
community will be recognized for
their outstanding contributions to
ubc and campus life as recipients
of this year's President Service
Award for Excellence.
Each recipient will receive a gold
medal and $5,000 in a presentation
during Spring Congregation ceremonies.
As director of the Women's Resources Centre (wrc) for the past
24 years, Ruth Sigal has led a community resource that assists more
than 25,000 clients annually
through educational programs
and drop-in counselling.
Sigal is directly responsible for
volunteer and staff co-ordination,
program development, teaching,
and community outreach. She will
oversee the centre's move to Robson Square later this year.
Vicki Koulouris joined ubc's
Faculty of Dentistry in 1974 and
shortly after became graduate secretary in the division of Graduate
and Postgraduate Studies.
Koulouris is renowned for her
willingness to serve all manner of
students' needs, for her role in attracting top graduate students, and
as a tireless community volunteer.
Roseanne Mclndoe has worked
as a research technician for the
Faculty of Medicine for the past 36
She is also an active volunteer
for the Crane Library as a reader of
Braille books, the health sciences
representative on the ubc United
Way Campaign committee and the
organizer of the Health Sciences
United Way Pancake Breakfast.
Ben Clifford agreed to a one-
year term as a technician for undergraduate chemistry laboratories in 1967, after which he planned
to travel the world.
Thirty-four years later he is lab
director in Analytical and Physical
Chemistry, and revered by faculty
and students alike as a technician
who goes far beyond the call of
duty to assist students.
Sharon Walker has worked at
the ubc Bookstore for more than 22
years, most recently as warehouse
manager. Throughout her career, she
has been admired for her concern
for staff and colleagues' well-being.
She particularly enjoys co-ordinating the regalia for Congregation
ceremonies, ensuring that each
graduate is properly fitted and in
jecting humour and encouragement
to warm them up for the big event.
Throughout his 33 years at ubc,
Anatomy Prof. Chuck Slonecker
has served on an endless list of
committees, including the selection committee for the President's
Service Awards for Excellence.
This year, the committee, in his
absence, recommended him for
the award as the epitome of the
selfless public servant.
As director of Ceremonies and
University Relations since 1990, he
has presided over countless functions on the university's behalf and
is a familiar figure to thousands of
students at Congregation.
Alumni, faculty and
industry pitch in to make
new laboratory a reality
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
the latest remedy in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is
not a pill or ointment and it's administered with a jackhammer not
an eyedropper.
Renovations to create a new
180-square-metre Pharmacy Practice Centre Laboratory (ppcl) are
making faculty and students feel a
whole lot better. Construction is
scheduled to start this spring on
the new facility which replaces the
original lab built in the 1950s.
"The current lab is relatively unchanged since I arrived here in
1965, yet pharmacy practice has
changed significantly," says Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Frank
Abbott. "Moving to a state-of-the-
art lab is exciting and will help
guide students into the complex,
collaborative and consultative role
that pharmacists now play in
health care."
The ppcl, the teaching site for
all pharmacy practice classes, will
feature a model community pharmacy and expanded treatment
modules that provide practice and
consulting space where students
learn about pharmacy needs for
specific conditions such as asthma
and diabetes.
The site will also be used by researchers and by industry representatives for presentations.
Modules will be equipped with
computers and cameras to film student role-plays of pharmacist counselling sessions. Other features include larger and better-equipped
problem-based learning areas and a
teaching and learning centre for
small groups and workshops.
Neil de Haan, president of the
Pharmacy Undergraduate Society,
says the new lab is welcome news
for students.
"It's great that the lab will be expanding — we have had to use
rooms in the School of Family and
Nutritional Sciences building to
accommodate the increased
number of students in the program in recent years. The new lab
reflects both current trends in
practice and increased enrolment
in the faculty," he says.
Construction could not have
started this spring without some
significant gifts from alumni, industry and faculty.
A turning point in the capital
campaign came when Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof. Helen Burt —
whose office is across the hall from
the old lab — made a generous donation.
"This is a great and evolving
profession with pharmacists continually expanding their responsibilities in patient care. The need
for a modern practice setting was
urgent as we prepare our students
for this working environment,"
says Burt, adding that she also
wanted to return in a tangible way
the support the faculty has given
her during her 21-year career.
Apotex Inc., the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company, was another ofthe lab's major
The lab will be completed by
Those interested in supporting
the project should contact: Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Frank Abbott at 604-822-2343 or e-mail to
fabbott@interchange.ubc.ca; Cheryl
Griffioen, at 604-822-1328 or e-mail
to cgriff@interchange.ubc.ca
Medical students show they're a class act
Graduates legacy a helping hand to those who follow
this year's Faculty of Medicine
graduates are making an innovative commitment to health — financial health, that is.
Graduates have made a significant contribution to the faculty's
50th Anniversary Student Endowment Campaign that aims to raise
$1 million for student awards.
Working with the Class Act
Graduating Gift campaign, a university-wide program that enables
graduating students to leave a legacy, medical students are raising
money to help educate future colleagues.
"We know firsthand how hard it
is financially and tuition and cost-
of-living expenses are expected to
increase dramatically for future
students," says student Kevin
McLeod, lead volunteer of Class
Act for the faculty. "We had very
little trouble getting close to 100
per cent participation — and we
expect future classes will also contribute to this fund."
Even the minimum gift of five
dollars will go a long way —
matching agreements create a sixfold return on each student's gift.
The Faculty of Medicine will
match all student donations raised
through the faculty's Class Act
campaign and that amount will be
matched again by the university.
In addition, the resulting total
will be matched in honour of the
faculty's 50th anniversary using
funds from a private trust donated
to the faculty to benefit students.
Organizers request that donations be made by November — the
first anniversary of the faculty's jubilee. Pledges may extend over a
five-year period.
"If we reach our million-dollar
goal, the endowment will generate
a minimum of $120,000 in new
bursaries and scholarships every
year," says professor emeritus Dr.
Al Boggie, a ubc alumnus and
chair of the campaign. "It is especially rewarding to see students get
involved with this campaign.
Many are faced with their own
debts but they are digging deep to
help future students."
The faculty has already begun
some modest expansion in student spaces and, as Dean John
Cairns points out, continued
growth will mean more competition for the same amount of available financial aid.
"We must have resources in
place in perpetuity to help our students succeed," he says. "Becoming
a doctor should depend on intellect, drive and compassion, not
Typically, medical students pay
about $4,600 tuition annually.
With accommodation, transportation, and instruments, annual
costs can total $19,000. With about
60 hours a week spent in class, tutorials, labs and studying there is
little time left for part-time jobs.
Previous Class Act legacies from
medical students included gifts
such as infrastructure improvements to the Medical Student and
Alumni Centre.
For more information on the endowment campaign call 604-822-
8076 or visit the Web site at
ubc's medical school accepts
128 students annually.


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