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Volume 40, Number 5
March 10,1994
Housing income
to fund research
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The first allocation of funds to UBC
from the Hampton Place market housing
development will be used to fund research in the humanities and social sciences. President David Strangway announced recently.
The investment income from $5 million generated by Hampton Place sales,
about $300,000. will be available for research in the humanities and social sciences in the 1994/95 academic year.
Funds used to generate income will rise
to $10 million in 1995/96 and $15 million the following year, creating a pool of
about $900,000 for such research.
"Research in the humanities and social sciences is right at the heart and soul
of the university. That we are able to
direct additional resources to stimulate
and support it is very gratifying," said
Daniel Birch, vice-president. Academic.
and Provost.
The UBC Real Estate Corporation was
established by the university to develop
Hampton Place, a market housing project
at the corner of 16th Ave. and Wesbrook
Of Hampton Place's 10 sites, three
sites totalling about 300 units are now
occupied and two more are under construction. Construction began in 1990.
"I'm sure everyone will join me in our
expressing appreciation to the directors
of the UBC Real Estate Corporation who
have made this project possible, especially board chairman (and UBC Chancellor) Bob Lee." Strangway said.
Robert Miller, vice-president. Research,
will strike an advisory committee to develop the most effective way to stimulate
research with the Hampton Place funds,
Strangway said.
Guidelines will include a system of full
international peer review for all proposals. Both individuals and teams of researchers will be eligible.
One criterion will be the likelihood
that the research will gain further support from foundations or funding agencies. Renewal of funding will hinge on
such additional support. Another criterion will be identifying research topics
that cross disciplinary boundaries.
A first call for proposals will be made at
the beginning of July, with a deadline for
the first round of proposals due the beginning of October.
Faculty shifts emphasis
to international market
by Gavin Wilson
Stctff writer
When Agricultural
Sciences Dean Jim
Richards was in the Philippines recently to cement ties with a university there, he visited a
couple of his students
who were on an exchange "just to see how
they were doing."
That tells you a couple of things about Agriculture.
First, because it is one
of the smaller faculties
on campus — its 496
wouldn't fill UBC's largest lecture halls — there's a more personal touch than you might find elsewhere on campus.
It also illustrates the increasing international emphasis placed on study and
research as the faculty, one ofthe oldest on
campus, prepares for the 21 st century.
Students today are being equipped for
a world vastly different than that of the
first Agriculture students who enrolled in
the faculty in 1917.
"Issues in the agricultural and food
sectors are shifting from the purely technical and scientific to include more social
and ethical dimensions," Richards said.
Although the science behind raising
farm animals and growing crops is still an
important pursuit in the faculty, new
emphasis is being placed on food technology, environmental stewardship and
global linkages.
Teaching and research are carried on
in five departments — Agricultural Eco-
Jim Richards
Focus on Agricultural
Sciences, pages 4 and 5
nomics. Animal Science.
Food Science, Plant Science and Soil Science —
as well as in the School
of Family and Nutritional
Sciences and the Landscape Architecture Program.
The faculty is in the
midst of a major overhaul of its curriculum to
ensure that its programs
are serving the needs of
students and their future employers, said Associate Dean Michael
Some of the changes
were prompted by surveys of recent graduates
      conducted here and at
other universities. In the workplace,
graduates found they were lacking skills
that traditional agriculture programs did
not cover.
To help correct this, the faculty is
proposing new courses on professional
communications, critical thinking and
'The world is increasing in complexity,
and we believe that requires students to
have a broader outlook, but at the same
time, without sacrificing the technical skills
they acquire in our program," Pitt said.
"We're trying to focus on what we do
best while responding to the changing
goals and values that society demands
from our graduates," he added.
The new curriculum will also reflect
growing environmental concerns, both in
the core curriculum and as an area of
specialty. Among faculty members,
sustainability and stewardship are the
bywords of a growing area of research.
l_aun Ailcon photo
Play Ground
Indoor sandbox lets preschoolers Grace Roy Hess, left, Gabriel McPhee and
Sydney Williams have fun even on a rainy day. The three are enrolled in the
Faculty of Education's Child Study Centre, one ofthe city's best child care
facilities and a world-renowned research centre for early childhood education.
TRIUMF supporters call for
government commitment
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
It was a dark day for Dr. KAON.
Not only did the Feb. 22 federal budget
deal a death blow to the billion-dollar
KAON project, but leaked reports to the
Vancouver Sun led to erroneous headlines that Erich Vogt had been "forced
out" as director of TRIUMF.
It wasn't enough to quell Vogt's fighting spirit, though. KAON's most tireless
and ardent supporter quickly rebounded,
heading a protest rally that attracted
supporters such as Premier Mike Harcourt
and UBC President David Strangway.
The KAON project, a huge accelerator
designed to create sub-atomic particles
known as kaons for scientific research,
would have made TRIUMF an international centre of particle physics. The 20-
year- old TRIUMF facility, with its smaller
accelerator, is operated by a consortium
ofWestern Canadian universities, including UBC.
Vogt's next mission is to ensure that
the federal government raises its level of
See TRIUMF Page 9
Writers' Block
Letters: UBC Reports readers respond to campus issues
Building Bridges 3
Mentoring program supports female engineering students
Balancing Act 3
UBC's budget likely to see zero per cent increase
Planning Project 11
Landscape Architecture students present visions of campus 2 UBC Reports • March 10, 1994
Higher fees not
incentive to
finish faster
The Feb. 24 UBC Reports
contained a statement outlining new proposals for graduate
tuition fees, including the plan
to eliminate "continuing fees"
for those students who are
"post-program" and to charge,
instead, a flat annual fee
regardless of which year a
student is in. The advantages
to these higher fees are
supposed to be "incentive to
completing the graduate
program in as efficient a way
as possible" and providing
"additional revenue to the
university."  Neither of these
positions bears up to reasonable scrutiny.
Firstly, no university in
Canada has statistics on
completion and attrition rates
adequate to prove, or even
suggest, that higher fees would
get students through quicker.
In fact, anecdotal evidence
suggests the opposite.  Students in their fourth and fifth
years of the PhD are rarely
eligible for scholarships or
fellowships and thus must
resort to part- or full-time paid
work to support themselves,
limiting the amount of time
they have to spend on their
dissertations and effectively
lengthening the time it takes to
complete.   Higher tuition fees
would only exacerbate this
Secondly, graduate students
are, quite possibly, the group
least able to provide "additional revenue" for the university.  The idea that taking
money from students living on
part-time research jobs (some
as low as $500 per month) is a
good way to provide scholarship money for those students
eligible for scholarships which
can pay as much as $14,000
per year (or over $1,000 per
month) is ludicrous at best.
Despite the administration's
alleged commitment to making
UBC a graduate research
institution, it continues to
bring in measures which
alienate graduate students.  If
the administration is truly
committed to graduate stu-
denjts and to making UBC a
"world-class" research institution, it should be considering
ways to lower or even eliminate
graduate student tuition fees,
and concentrate on maintaining or raising the academic
standards of the students and
the university. The raising of
tuition fees will make UBC one
of the most expensive graduate
schools in the country, a factor
which will not help to attract
excellent graduate students.
Eileen D. Mak
PhD candidate
Dept. of History
Daycare a
While I work toward a PhD
in Political Science, my baby
and four-year-old play at
Goslings and Pacific Spirit daycare centres at UBC.  Hopefully, your readers are already
aware of UBC Daycare Council's community contact
campaign, "I Care About UBC
Day Care."
Parents of children in the 12
UBC day-care centres are
distributing campaign cards to
UBC students, faculty and
staff. Access to quality,
affordable, on-site, child care
at UBC, as many of our
advisors, colleagues, and
employers recognize, is vital to
many UBC careers.  When they
meet on March 17, the Board
of Governors will have been
reminded by the campaign
that the UBC community at
large values excellence in child
care on campus.
The university-administered
day-care centres set standards
for excellence in child care
which are recognized province
and world-wide.  Visitors travel
the globe to observe creative
and nurturing dynamics in
play daily at UBC day-care
centres and competition
among early childhood educators for the chance to do their
practicum here is intense.
Parents are also able lo learn
from highly trained, experienced staff, and by participating in story and snack times,
outside play, and the transition times between activities.
While we are at work, we are
comforted to know that our
children are at play (their
work) nearby in a safe, well-
structured, multicultural
environment, with adults who
respect them.
The qualitative advantages
at UBC day-care centres —
from location to
multiculturalism to earthquake preparedness — can be
seen to add up quickly.  So,
too, do elements on the
quantitative dimension.
Licensed care is highly regulated, and the qualitative
demands on the UBC centres
add to overhead.  Many of us
are forced out of the system by
cost — i.e., $1,500 per month
for two children in full-time
care.  In the last year fees
increased $80 - $110 per
month per child.
The members of the Board
of Governors and the Daycare
Council have been working
together to find ways to cut
costs. The bottom line is that
child care at UBC is a worthwhile investment in many
careers and in a new generation.
Karen Guttieri-Hannig
Graduate student
agenda part of
feminist battle
Although exhorted to engage
in "real dialogue" (by James
Steiger) and to pursue "discussion on a level of civil professional discourse" (by Peter
Suedfeld), I find it difficult to
pay their arguments the
respect they obviously believe
they merit.  Both men claim to
support some form of feminism
while failing to acknowledge,
even through disagreement, its
most basic insights.
For example, they seem to
believe that they are uncovering damaging facts when they
assert that Florence Ledwitz-
Rigby and Veronica Strong-
Boag are not "ideologically
neutral" (Steiger) and are
"advancing particular ideological agendas" (Suedfeld) in
opposition to their own disinterested pursuit of truth; in
fact, no feminist would claim
to be ideologically neutral,
feminism having long ago
exposed, through painstaking
investigation and analysis, the
way that such "neutrality" has
consistently masked a white
male bias.
I am quite happy to admit
as I'm sure Strong-Boag and
Ledwitz-Rigby would, my
"ideological" interest in seeking
and end to women's continued
marginalization within the
academy. Steiger's attempt to
downplay that marginalization
in his teaching and his writing
betrays its own, less honest,
political agenda.
Both men defend their
right to "criticize all research
presented on this campus,
regardless of its ideological
heritage" as if that right is
threatened.  As far as I know,
there is no move underway to
bar them from expressing
their views; in fact, from
Steiger's recent spate of
publishing it would appear
that he is quite "free" to
exercise the right to self-
expression without fear of job
loss or reprisal.
Women on campus, in
contrast, are often subject to
threats or acts of physical
violence for expressing
feminist views; a concrete
example of women's
unfreedom manifested most
recently in the letters sent to
women in Counselling
Psychology.   When we attempt to define our situation
by. for instance, naming the
dominant group as "white" or
"male," we are accused of
sexism and racism by the
very men who regularly deny
that such phenomena exist.
Privileged men such as
Steiger and Suedfeld face far
fewer barriers to free speech
than do the "chilly climatolo-
gists" they label oppressive.
But perhaps it is not so
much free as unchallenged
speech whose loss Suedfeld
and Steiger are lamenting.
Janice Fiamengo
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I wish to comment on Prof.
James Steiger's article (UBC
Reports, Jan. 13) on the
asymmetrical picture painted
by Connie Filletti's article and
Florence Ledwitz-Rigby's
survey of female faculty.  In my
judgement, Steiger's article
suffers from logical inconsistencies.
He summarizes his comments by stating:  (1) he is
forced to conclude that the
survey of women faculty, as
reported, "is biased, not
particularly competent, and of
little use," (2) it, and others
like it. presents a completely
asymmetrical picture of a
complex situation, and (3) the
tolerance which many males
display toward writers like
Filletti and Ledwitz-Rigby gives
rise "to a situation that now
borders on anli- male abuse."
A major problem with these
conclusions is that they are
based on very thin evidence.
With respect to the bias and
limited use ofthe survey, for
example, Steiger reports that
he distributed the Filletti
article and presumably the
companion interview with
Ledwitz-Rigby to his students,
that they like him were concerned about drawing any
conclusions about men on
campus since they were not
surveyed, that by polling only
women there was a veiled
message about male oppression, that the asymmetrical
approach to human problems
implicit in the survey was
doomed to failure, and that
Ledwitz-Rigby generalized
about campus-wide behaviour
without a breakdown by
department or faculty.
What he fails to report,
however, is whether he took
the time to look at the survey
itself, obtained a copy ofthe
questionnaire, talked to the
research director about her
motives (since he seems to be
clear about her intent), or even
enquired about the adequacy
of the data base to make
conclusions about individual
faculties and departments.
It takes an equal stretch to
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Review takes aim at
increased efficiency
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC is embarking on a campus-wide
initiative to simplify, streamline and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of
its major work processes.
The Process Improvements and Development Committee will initially tackle
financial system processes, including several areas such as university appointments and purchasing.
"This isn't simply a case of fixing
something. There are a lot of paper
trails on campus, and many involve
redundant steps along the way," said
President David Strangway.
"We need to determine if we can do
things more effectively and efficiently. In
this process, we will start from scratch to
determine what it is we really need to do,
and if there's a better way to do it."
John Chase, director of Budget and
Planning, said the examination of work
as a process that flows across many units
on its way to the customer is a crucial
starting point.
"A unit's responsibility doesn't begin
and end with that particular unit," said
Chase, one of two project managers on
the committee, along with Frank Eastham,
associate vice-president, Human Resources.
"There's a flow of information that can
cross over to more than a dozen other
units that may be involved in a decisionmaking process. Over time, each unit
involved may go through isolated changes
which may slow down the process and
make it more bureaucratic and frustrating to the customer."
Chase says it's time to step back and
take a look at the entire process and the
function of each unit in order to have a
clearer sense of authority and responsibility.
For example, the committee will look
at the appointments process from identifying the need for a new position to filling
it. The purchasing process will be examined from the point a purchase request is
made through to payment.
What does this mean to UBC staff?
"This will affect an enormous
number of people on campus, hopefully in a positive way, with a resulting increase in quality of employment," Chase said.
Chase said committee decisions will
not be made in a vacuum. Depending on
the individual project, various people from
across campus will be called upon for
their input.
'The biggest issue is making sure the
campus knows what we're doing, and
why," Chase said.
Engineers' mentor program
helps female students cope
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
It's not always easy being a young
woman in engineering, but when Maya
Charnell feels like talking to someone,
a sympathetic ear is just a call away.
Thanks to a program jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Applied Science
and the Women Students' Office, the
third-year civil engineering student has
a mentor, a female professional engineer who knows just what she's going
"Engineering is a gruelling program,"
Charnell said. "Sometimes it's hard to
keep your perspective. She's really
helped me pull through."
Charnell and her mentor, Marjorie
Buckley, are one of 30 mentor-protege
pairs in a program that started as a
pilot project in 1991.
Mentors are members of the Division for the Advancement of Women in
Engineering and Geoscience (DAWEG),
a division of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of
B.C. (APEGBC). DAWEG also matches
senior and junior female engineers as
part of the program.
The DAWEG-UBC program is aimed
at women students in third- and fourth-
year, a time when they face uncertainty
and change.
"Moving from student life into a professional position is a big transition,"
said Sarah Dench of the Women Students' Office, who co-ordinates the program for UBC.
Female students face the added challenge of adapting to what is still a male
work-world. Having mentors helps them
deal with issues such as harassment,
pay equity and balancing career and
family, Dench said.
"Women are still underrepresented
in engineering, but they want to fit in
and get ahead. It helps to share some
things with older women, picking up a
few threads that may have been dropped
along the way," she said.
Karen Levine is a mechanical engi
neer with B.C. Hydro whose concern
with retention within the ranks of
women engineers led her to help co-
found the program.
Although more women were receiving engineering degrees, many later
dropped out of the profession.
"I didn't feel there were a lot of support systems out there," Levine said.
She stays in touch with her protege,
fourth-year mechanical engineering
student Christa Greentree, helping
her brush up on interview skills, write
resumes and negotiate a salary. Sometimes, they just hang out together,
seeing a movie or going for dinner.
"It usually develops into a friendship over time," Levine said. "Number
one, two and three on the list of things
to do with your protege are to listen,
listen and listen."
The next time they get together,
Levine will present Greentree with
her iron ring at the traditional ceremony for graduating engineering
Dench said the program works hard
at making the mentoring matches a
success, bringing together women who
share similar hobbies and temperaments.
Typically, the biggest stumbling
block is that the mentor and protege
have different expectations. Proteges
are sometimes not sure what to ask,
worry that their questions are trivial or
think that mentors have all the answers.
To help overcome these obstacles,
the program offers workshops dealing
with personal development issues such
as assertiveness and communication
The success ofthe program has male
engineering students asking for one of
their own.
"I'd love to see a program like this
developed for male students but it
doesn't fit my mandate at the Women
Students' Office," Dench said, adding
that another branch ofthe APEGBC is
considering such a program.
Abe Hefter photo
A Labour Of Love
Theatre students (1 - r) Kendall Cross, Catherine Williams and Peter Murphy
rehearse a scene from William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. The
play, directed by Neil Freeman, is being performed at UBC's Frederic Wood
Theatre until March 19. Tickets are $8 for seniors and students, $12 for
adults, Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday tickets are $10 for
seniors and students, and $14 for adults.
Salary increases unlikely
in UBC operating budget
David Strangway
All signs point to a zero per cent increase in UBC's operating budget for the
coming year, which translates into little
money available for items such as salary
increases. President David Strangway told
management and professional staff at a ^^^^HBai^^H
March 2 forum.
"I think it is a very
tough time for all employee groups," he said.
'There's nothing coming in to put on the
The university's financial picture will be
clearer March 22 when
the provincial govern-    	
ment  brings   in   its
Strangway met with about 100 staff
members at a session organized by the
Association of Administrative and Professional Staff (AAPS) to discuss a variety of
issues, including the status of negotiations on a voluntary agreement between
AAPS is a voluntary, independent organization which currendy represents
about 550 administrators, managers and
other professionals on campus.
Asked his opinion on the status of
the voluntary agreement, Strangway
said that although it is not yet concluded, he thinks both sides have come
"I think it is a very
tough time for all
employee groups.
There's nothing coming
in to put on the table."
a long way, having resolved all but two
outstanding issues.
'The university is very much interested and has shown a great deal of
incentive and motivation in arriving at a
voluntary agreement,"
^^^^^^^^^h    added Marc Broudo,
AAPS   second  vice-
AAPS is awaiting
the university's negotiating position on the
two remaining issues,
which centre on exclusion of positions
and third party binding arbitration on fi-
     nancial matters.
Strangway also
touched on UBC's process redesign of
systems on campus, including appointments processing and financial records
and, eventually, student and alumni
records systems.
The challenge, he said, will be to find
the most appropriate way to implement
these systems.
He emphasized that management and
professional staff will play an important
role in making effective and lasting
Strangway will continue to meet with
faculty and staff. Three faculty-wide
meetings are scheduled for early to mid-
April. 4 UBC Reports • March 10, 1994
faculty of AgriculturalSciences
Stressed out salmon no fish story
Stress Is something mos t peo
pie associate with a hectic lifestyle, not with coho salmon.
But stress in wild and farmed
fish, especially its effect on disease resistance, Is the research
focus of George Iwama, an associate professor In the Dept. of
Animal Science.
His work has important implications for the
growing fish
farming industry, which is already worth
$130 million to
the B.C.
"Fish farming
has gone through
some tough economic times, but
it's coming back
very strong," said
Iwama, who is
one of several researchers in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences conducting
studies on fish.
Fish farming is a relatively
new industry, compared to other
food production industries, and
there is still a lot to learn about
aquaculture, Iwama said. It is
similar to the situation in the
livestock and poultry industries
a few decades ago, when research
on nutrition, diseases and genetics allowed dramatic gains in
efficient productivity.
Controlling disease is and will
continue to be a crucial factor in
the future success of the
aquaculture industry — and an
important factor in managing
fish health is understanding how
fish react to stress.
Natural events  can  cause
Stories by
Staff writer
stress, but it is most often caused
by humans. Pollution, which can
make the water low in oxygen,
high in acid, or simply poisonous, is often a major cause. Other
causes are simply the result of
the fish farming process: overcrowding, physical handling and
Long-term exposure to stress
suppresses the
immune system,
making the fish
susceptible to
Iwama's interests in stress
and disease led
to an invitation
as one of the
founding members of the Canadian Bacterial
Diseases Network (CBDN).
The network,
one of four federally funded
Centres of Networks of Excellence based at UBC, brings together a group of top-flight scientists from across the country
who share an interest in the
control of bacterial disease in
humans, plants, animals and
Through his work there with
biochemist Peter Candido,
Iwama has solidified his links
with industry through a formal
research agreement with
StressGen Biotechnologies, a
Victoria-based company.
StressGen manufactures antibodies against stress proteins
that have various uses, such as
research tools for detecting and
monitoring stress in cells, tissues and whole animals.
"My experiences as a member
of CBDN really opened my eyes
to the full range of industrial
applications  of our research,"
Iwama said.
Other private sector companies have actively supported his
studies, including B.C. Packers
iavin Wilson photo
Animal Science graduate student Kevin Spicer nets a coho
salmon being used in stress experiments in Associate Prof.
George Iwama's laboratory. The research could benefit
B.C.'s fish farming industry.
and Yellow Island Aquaculture
of Campbell River, with funding
or contributions of staff time,
fish, feed, drugs or chemicals.
Iwama also has ongoing collaborations with the federal Dept.
of Fisheries and Oceans, a partnership that also benefits graduate students
They have facilities that we
don't, such as good salt water
holding and rearing facilities,"
he said.
Iwama has also forged close
links with the B.C. Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
the B.C. Ministry of Environment and other government
"Each has its own mandate,
goals and mission, but these
coincide with one of more aspects of our work," he said.
These linkages are good examples of the connections
made by researchers throughout the Faculty of Agricultural
The faculty has strong ties
with government ministries
and agencies, especially the
federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and
its network of three research
stations in B.C., one of which
is located on campus. This connection translates into collaborative research, adjunct professorships and opportunities
for students.
Agriculture also has strong
relations with industry, which
often funds research, and the
provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food provides $150,000 for applied research partnership programs,
matching support for industry
Global links reach Nepal forests, Japan farms
High in the Himalayas, a
research team led by UBC soil
scientist Hans Schreier is braving earthquakes, floods and political upheaval to study an
environmental crisis in the
mountain kingdom of Nepal.
Many believe that deforestation by Nepal's farmers has
worsened flooding in neighbouring Bangladesh and will
cause a disastrous shortage of
fuelwood, which is a necessity
for cooking and heating in the
Nepalese countryside. However.
Schreier says, this is a myth.
"Everyone is saying there is
massive degradation in the
Himalayas, but little hard evidence exists and no long-term
environmental data is available," he said.
Schreier and his colleagues
are doing the first major evaluation of Nepal's resource situation, which is inextricably
linked to the agricultural and
forestry practices of its burgeoning population.
Funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre, the interdisciplinary study started in 1988,
looking at soil erosion, deforestation, water resources, soil
fertility, flooding and other
Conducting research in Nepal, one of poorest nations on
earth, is not easy.
There are few
roads, the terrain
is rugged, access
is difficult and
gasoline is
The research
team first gathered all existing
maps and aerial
digitalized the
data onto computer and then
assembled the information in a
Geographic Information System
(GIS) to analyze the various land
use issues facing the impoverished nation.
They examined one particularly hard-hit watershed in more
detail. Researchers walked from
village to village in the watershed to interview farmers about
land use practices and their personal opinions and perceptions.
Surprising results have
emerged. For example, the researchers discovered that the
resource with the most critical
shortfall was animal feed.
Fuelwood supplies were adequate. They also found that forest lands are actually growing in
size due to reforestation schemes
of aid agencies, but that the
wrong species are being planted
in the wrong locations.
"Now we have better informa-
"By giving UBC students opportunities for
international exposure, graduates from our
faculty will be more receptive to new ideas
and will be more able to meet the demands
of an increasingly global economy."
- George Kennedy
tion to see what should be done."
Schreier said. "We can also
project into the future to see where
the worst problems will be."
Schreier's project is only one
of many international links
forged by the Facultv of Agricultural Sciences, which has long
been involved in Third World
development issues.
The faculty has also traditionally been home to many international graduate students.
At last count, graduate students,
post-doctoral fellows and visiting students and scholars in the
faculty come from 32 countries,
from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
"International students bring
cultural and academic richness
to our classes. They are the key
building blocks on which to expand our international activities." said faculty Dean Jim
Increasingly. UBC's agricul
ture students
are being exposed to the
wider world,
through curriculum changes and
exchange pro-
," grams.
"Canada is
more reliant on
trade in agricul-
     tural   products
than ever before." Richards said. "It is critically important that graduates
have a knowledge and understanding of other cultures, especially their agricultural and food
sectors and how they operate."
The faculty has been particularly active in building ties with
Pacific Rim countries, especially
since George Kennedy, an associate professor in the Dept. of
Agricultural Economics, was
appointed in 1992 as director of
international programs.
Last year, UBC became the
first institution outside Southeast Asia to join a consortium of
the region's top five universities
in agriculture and natural resources. This is expected to encourage graduate student and
faculty exchanges.
"This is an exciting partnership." Richards said. "UBC can
provide specific expertise for the
region while our students can
benefit from unique courses
and knowledge available at
these universities."
Another international program is the annual student
exchange with the Tokyo University of Agriculture.
During a three-week stay in
Japan last year. UBC students
got a first-hand look at Japanese agriculture. They pulled
on gumboots to plant rice, harvested tea, and visited fish
hatcheries and food processing plants.
That trip was followed by a
visit to B.C. by Tokyo University students and professors.
They attended English classes
and accompanied UBC students on field trips to cattle
ranches, orchards, greenhouses and agricultural research stations.
Agriculture students are
also very active in the university's Education Abroad program, with students currently
studying at universities in
Australia, the Philippines and
the United States.
"By giving UBC students
opportunities for international
exposure, graduates from our
faculty will be more receptive
to new ideas and will be more
able to meet the demands of
an increasingly global
economy," Kennedy said. UBC Reports- March 10, 1994 5
faculty of flgricutturat Sciences
Weeds, owls highlight
environmental focus
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With two pressure cookers, a
propane campstove and barbecue and some copper tubing,
Plant Science Assoc. Prof. Mahesh
Upadhyaya has shown CP Rail
an environmentally friendly way
to reduce herbicide use.
The apparatus may have been
simple at this first demonstration for company officials, but it
caught their interest. Upadhyaya
showed that very short bursts of
superheated steam can effectively kill weeds on railroad
rights-of-way across the country-
His work is just one of many
research projects in the Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences that focuses on environmental stewardship and sustainability.
"The environment has al - ^mm^^^^^m
ways been an
issue with us
because agriculture so intimately involves
the physical environment, but
there has been
more focus on
those concerns
in recent years,"
said faculty
Dean Jim
With funding
from Environment Canada
and CP Rail.
Upadhyaya has
now con
structed a "steam machine" to
study the relation between steam
temperature and the length of
exposure needed to kill weeds
and their seeds.
He has found that superheated steam at 200 C kills most
plants and their seeds in two to
four seconds.
The research conducted by
Upadhyaya. a seed physiologist.
not only has the potential to cut
down on herbicide use by rail-
- Jim Richards
ways, it could also reduce the
use of chemicals on industrial
sites and other rights-of-way.
Chemicals are still the most
effective method of getting the
job done — steam requires repeated applications to kill stubborn weeds down to the roots —
but herbicides can leach onto
private property and into nearby
water sources.
"Also, the future of herbicides
is uncertain, as the public gets
more and more concerned about
their use," Upadhyaya said.
"What we set out to do is show
that it is a viable option, and we
Based on his research,  CP
Rail has developed steam cars
that are being used in the field
with good re-
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In other research, Kim
Cheng, an associate professor in the Dept.
of Animal Science, is leading efforts to
ensure the
barn owl's survival in this
The   common barn owl
is not so common in
Canada. There
are  only  200
breeding pairs
1 e ft     in     the
country, and all are located in
the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island.
True to their name, barn owls
prefer to roost in the rafters of
old wooden barns, especially in
the colder climates of their range.
But such barns are being torn
down, to make way for aluminum
farm buildings or suburban
housing. Meanwhile, the farmers' fields where owls hunt are
being replaced by golf courses
"The environment
has always been an
issue with us because
agriculture so
intimately involves
the physical
environment, but
there has been more
focus on those
concerns in recent
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A bird in the hand provides graduate student Lorraine
Andrusiak with the information she needs for her study of
the Lower Mainland's declining barn owl population.
and subdivisions.
Cheng, an expert on the genetic diversity of domestic and
wild birds, is using DNA fingerprinting to see how diverse B.C.'s
barn owl population Is.
"We're examining the genetic
structure ofthe local populations
to see if they are in danger of
inbreeding," he said.
With the help of the Stanley
Park Zoological Society, Cheng's
students are also putting nest
boxes in rural areas ofthe Fraser
Valley to encourage barn owls to
stay in this habitat.
"We want to see if we can
help stabilize the local population, but we have to be sure
that there is enough food for
them," he said.
Gavin Wilson photo
Mahesh Upadhyaya of the Dept. of Plant Science
demonstrates the equipment he uses to expose weeds and
their seeds to short bursts of superheated steam. The
technique could provide an alternative to herbicides.
Egg white enigma holds
key to food proteins
Why do egg whites make
such great meringues?
It's a seemingly simple question, but one that's stymied
food scientists for decades and
has surprising implications.
One researcher who is looking for an answer is protein
biotechnologist Eunice Li-
Chan, an assistant professor
in the Dept. of Food Science in
the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Using protein and genetic
engineering, including the site-
directed mutagenesis procedure that earned Michael Smith
his Nobel Prize, Li-Chan studies the functions of food proteins. It's these proteins that
give egg whites their magical
By learning how proteins
work, researchers can create
new products for use as food
preservatives, research tools,
and even the treatment and
prevention of diseases in humans and farm animals.
"We're trying to develop
methods to isolate and purify
proteins, many of which scientists haven't tapped into yet."
Li-Chan said.
Food science is a relatively
new field that focuses on the
scientific principles of manufacture, quality control, preservation, storage and development of food products.
Most of the packaged or
specialty foods in your neighbourhood grocery store were
developed by food scientists.
Food science is about to
enter an unprecedented era
with the widespread use of
biotechnology, which will allow the manufacture and cultivation of so-called designer
Ironically, biotechnology is
the oldest trick in the cook
book. As long as people have
been making bread, beer and
wine, they have used microorganisms to manufacture food.
"Food scientists have
thought of themselves as doing biotechnology for a long
Gavin Wilson photo
Food scientist Eunice Li-Chan in the laboratory where she
studies the functions of proteins.
time," said John Vanderstoep.
acting head ofthe Dept. of Food
Using genetic manipulation,
plants and animals can be modified — to boost yield or improve
nutritional content — much
faster than with traditional
breeding programs.
The public, however, has
many misconceptions about genetic engineering, Vanderstoep
said. An example is the controversial Flavr Savr tomato, a genetically manipulated product
recently introduced in the United
Some feel that such products
are unnatural and could have
unforeseen effects on human
health, but Vanderstoep says
their fears are unwarranted.
"A tomato still has to come
from a seed and a vine; you can't
grow them in a test tube," he
"I think food science will continue trying to use technology to
improve food products. Our first
role is to produce foods that are
wholesome, appealing, safe and
nutritious. I don't see that changing," he said.
But as Li-Chan's work shows,
the discoveries of food scientists
are not necessarily limited to
food production.
Some proteins found in egg
whites can be purified and used
as highly valuable pharmaceutical agents, including one
for the treatment of burn patients.
Other rich sources of proteins are waste products such
as blood and cheese whey discarded by slaughterhouses
and dairies.
Li-Chan is looking at how
to change the functions of
these proteins to make them
more usable, creating a
value-added product and
solving waste disposal problems for the industry.
For example, whey contains
antibodies that could be used
to bolster the immune system
against intestinal diseases and
diarrhea, major killers in
much ofthe developing world.
Li-Chan has recently
turned to chickens as an alternative source of antibodies, injecting them with a protein vaccine that creates high
amounts of specific antibodies in the yolks of their eggs.
These egg yolks could then
be added to the feed of fish
raised in aquaculture operations, protecting them from
disease while avoiding the controversial use of antibiotics.
The same could be done for
calves and piglets, she said.
'There's a wide range of
applications." she said. 6 UBC Reports ■ March 10, 1994
March 13 through March 26
Sunday, Mar. 13
Continuing Studies Course
Lantern Making Workshop. Carmen Rosen, member of Public
Dream Society. Two Sundays.
Botanical Garden main pavilion
from 9:20am-4pm. $125. Call
Friends of the Garden
Sow Seeds On Sunday. A free
demonstration by members ofthe
Botanical Garden Seed Committee. Shop in the Garden from 12-
4pm hourly.  Call 822-4529.
Monday, Mar. 14
B.C. Cancer Research
Centre Seminar
Medical Physics In New Zealand.
Shaun Baggerley, Clinical Physicist, Christchurch Hospital,
Christchurch. Lecture Theatre,
601 W. 10th at 12pm. Call 877-
Plant Science Seminar
Revolution In Apple Pest Management: The Scent Is In The Air.
Alan Knight, USDA/OSU.
MacMillan 318D at 12:30pm.
Refreshments.  Call 822-9646.
Literary Reading
Jancis Andrews will be reading
from her short story collection:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel Let Down
Your Hair. Buchanan 13319 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-5122.
Faculty Development
TalkingAboutTeaching: Increasing Participation In Large Classes.
Paul G. Harrison, Botany. Three
Mondays. Angus 109 from 12:30-
1:20pm.  Call 822-9149.
Mechanical Engineering
TolerantTunnelTesting. Lingzhe
Kong, PhD student. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from
3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-6671.
Biology Seminar
AModel For Interference In Crossing-Over. Dr. Frank Stahl. Institute of Molecular Biology. U. of
Oregon. IRC #4 at 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Tuesday, Mar. 15
Centre for Chinese
Research Slide Presentation
Doings In The Desakota: Update
On The Transformation Of The
Pearl River Delta, Guangdong
Province. Asian Centre auditorium from 12-2pm. Cal! 822-
Animal Science Seminar
Forage Utilization Research With
Lactating Cattle At UBC. Dr. J .A.
Shelford, Animal Science.
MacMillan 260 at 12:30pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Basic, Quantitative/Experimental Research Phases Of Future
Ethnobotany With Reference To
The Medicinal Plants Of South
America. Dr. Walter H. Lewis.
Biology, WashingtonU., St. Louis.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Literary Reading
Her Head A Village: A new collection of stories by Makeda Silvera.
Buchanan A202 at 12:30pm. Call
Lectures in Modern
New Oxidation Chemistry. Dr. P.
Magnus, Chemistry, U. ofTexas.
Austin. Chemistry 250 at lpm.
Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call
Cecil and Ida Green Visiting
Lecture Series
Universality And Truth. Dr.
Richard Rorty. prof, of Humanities. U. ofVirginia. IRC # 1 at 2pm.
Call 822-5675.
Oceanography Seminar
15N In The Equatorial Pacific.
John Farrell, Oceanography.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Izaak Walton Killam
Memorial Lecture
Artificial Thought And Emergent
Mind. Dr. Ivan M. Havel, dir..
Centre for Theoretical Study,
Charles U., Prague. Buchanan
Penthouse from 3:30-5:30pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Applications Of Principal Component Analysis/Neural Networks To
Oceanographic Problems. William
Hsieh, Oceanography. Angus 413
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-2234.
Wednesday, Mar. 16
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Resident Report From 1994AAOS.
Dr. R.W. McGraw. chair. VGH Eye
Care Centre auditorium at 7am.
Call 875-4272.
MOST Workshop for UBC
Creative Problem Solving. Diane
Kent; Gavlea Wong. Brock Hall
0017 from 9am- 12pm. S60. To
register call 822-9644.
Trade Show at SUB
The latest in scientific equipment
on display. Door prizes. Open to
public. Two davs. Ballroom 205
from 10am-4pm.   Call 822-3456.
Izaak Walton Killam
Memorial Lecture
Perspectives Of Transdisciplinary
Research: A Seminar. Dr. Ivan M.
Havel, dir.. Centre for Theoretical
Study, Charles U., Prague.
Buchanan Penthouse from
10:30am-12pm.   Call  822-5675.
Microbiology Seminar
A Truncated Cyclin B Gene Arrests Dictyostelium Cells In M-
Phase And Causes Abnormal Fruit
ing Body Formation During Development. Kathy Luo. Microbiology/Immunology. Wesbrook 201
from 12-lpm.   Call 822-3308.
Centre for Southeast Asian
Research Seminar
Bangkok's Gendered Foodscape.
Giselle Yasmeen, Geography.
Asian Centre 604 from 12-2pm.
Call 822-4688.
Wednesday Noon Hour
Miranda Wong, piano. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $2. Call
Cecil and Ida Green Visiting
Lecture Series
Does Academic Freedom Presuppose A Correspondence Theory Of
Truth? Dr. Richard Rorty. prof, of
Humanities, U. of Virginia.
Lasserre 102 at 12:30pm. Call
French Lecture
Le Corps Dans Le Droit D'Ancien
Regime, En France, Et Ses Implications Litteraires. Christian Biet.
prof.. L'Ecole Normale Superieure
de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud.
Buchanan Tower 826 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2879.
Canadian Studies Lecture
Gender Matters: The Construction Of Canada. Veronica Strong-
Boag. Centre for Research in Women's Studies/Gender Relations.
Buchanan B2 12 at 12:30pm. Call
822- 5193.
Counselling Psychology
Graduate Students
Discussion Group
The "F" Word: One Man's Response
To Feminism. Stephen Hume,
columnist. Vancouver Sun. Counselling Psychology 102 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Geography Colloquium
Intimacy And Danger: Courtship
In Portfarian Mexico. Bill French,
History. Geography 201 from 3:30-
5:00pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm.
Call 822-5612.
Applied Mathematics
Fitting A Model Of Short-Term Interest Rates To Data. Ulrich
I laussmann. Mathematics. Mathematics 203 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Once-Daily Aminoglycoside Dosing In Febrile Neutropenic Patients:
What's The Evidence? Fawziah
Lalji. PhD student. Clinical Pharmacy. IRC #5 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Call 822-4645.
Izaak Walton Killam
Memorial Lecture
Reflections On Current Intellectual Life In Czech Republic. Dr.
Ivan Havel, dir.. Centre for Theoretical Study. Charles U.. Prague.
Green College Great Hall at 6pm.
Call 822- 5675.
Thursday,  Mar. 17
UBC Board of Governors
I leld in the Board and Senate room,
second floor of the Old Administration Building. 6328 Memorial Rd.
The open session begins at 9am.
MOST Workshop for UBC
Disability Awareness. Janet Mee.
Brock Hall seminar room 0017
from 9am-12pm.   Call 822-9644.
Centre for South Asian
Research Centre Seminar
Creators, Consumers And The
Changing Marketplace:
Brasscasting In Present-Day India. Katherine Hacker, Fine Arts.
Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm. Call
Architecture Spring Lecture
TBA. Sanford Kwinter, Rice University. Lasserre 102 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2779.
Biology Seminar
Synthetic DNA And Biology. Nobel
Prize winner Dr. Michael Smith.
IRC #2 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Canadian Studies Lecture
The Conflict Between Diversity And
A Uniform Citizenship. Alan C.
Cairns, PoliSci. Buchanan B212
at 12:30pm.  Call 822-5193.
Science One/Arts One Slide
Patterns In Nature/Art/Perception. Lee Gass, assoc. prof.. Zoology: sculptor. IRC#1 at lpm. Call
Botany Seminar
Mosses OfThe San Juan Islands.
Judy Harpel. PhD candidate,
Botany. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30:l:30pm.   Call 822-2133.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Calbindin And Intra-Neuronal
Calcium Regulation. Dr. Kenneth
Baimbridge. Physiology. IRC #4
from 11:30am-12:30pm. Call 822-
Earth/Ocean Sciences
Large Amplitude Internal Gravity
Wave Excitation By Atmospheric
Jets. Bruce Sutherland, Physics,
U. of Toronto. BioSciences 1465
at 3:30pm.   Call 822-8684.
MLO Workshop
Students/Faculty In Dialogue: A
Model To Acknowledge And Address Pluralism In The Classroom.
Judith Lyman: Melanie Charles,
School of Nursing. Scarfe 203
from 3:30- 5pm. Open to stu-
dents/siaff/facultv. Call 822-
Theoretical Chemistry
Revisiting An Old Problem:
Wavefunctions, Correlations/Electron Scattering In Two- Electron
Systems. Dr. N. Cann. Chemistry.
Chemistry 402 at 4pm. Call 822-
Physics Colloquium
Seeing Atoms And Molecules With
The Atomic Force Microscope. P.
Hansma. Hennings 201 at 4pm.
Call 822-3853.
Statistics Seminar
A Model Based Approach To Loss
Reserving. Ben Zehnwirth,
Insureware, Australia. Angus 413
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-2234.
Zoology Seminars
Spencer Memorial Lecture: Species Problems In The Acoustical
Arthropods (Or Travels On A
Cricket). R.D.Alexander. Museum
of Zoology. U. of Michigan. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60 at
4:30pm.   Call 822-2310.
International House Evening
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day
with a bit ol'Irish culture and wear
green. All welcome. International
House Gate 4 lounge at 7pm. Call
Distinguished Artists Series
Theodore Baerg. baritone; Rena
Sharon, piano. Music Recital
Hall at 8pm. $ 15 adult; $8 student/senior.   Call 822-5574.
Friday,  Mar. 18
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Clinical Pathology Conference: A
GI Conundrum. Dr. Mark
Kovacs: Dr. J.E. Dimmick, director, Pathology. Children's Hosp.
G.F. Strong Auditorium at 9am.
Call 875-2307.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Responsible University Based Research In The Community. Dr.
Carol Herbert, head. Family Practice; Carol Brown, exec, dir., Ray
Com Community Centre. Mather
253 from 9-10am. Call 822-
Spring Lecture Series
Making Things Fit. James Cutler, U. ofWashington. Uisserre
102 at 12:20pm. Call 822-2779.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
A Characterization Of Environmental ExposureToEMFInPulp
And Paper Mills. Maria
Barroetavena. PhD student.
Health Care/Epidemiology.
Civil/Mechanical Engineering
1202 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Centre for Korean Research
Korea And East Asian Economic
Miracle Studies. Stephen Haggard. U. of C, San Diego. Asian
Centre 604 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Women And Spirituality
Dialogue '94
Transitions: Finding Our Way.
6-9:30pm Fri.. 8:45am-4pm. Sat.
Vancouver School of Theology.
$20; $10 students/seniors. Registration/info call Dr. Anthony at
Continuing Studies
Focusing: Overcoming Obstacles To Personal Change. Dolores
Bate. dir. of the Gestalt Experiential Training Institute in Vancouver. University Hospital
Detwiller Pavilion Bsmt. Theatre
from 7-9:30pm Fri: Sat/Sun,
10am-5pm. $150. Enrolment
limited.   Call 222-5203.
Saturday,  Mar. 19
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Do We Need Ethical Principles?
Dr. Richard Rorty, prof, of Humanities, U. ofVirginia. IRC #2
at 8:15pm.   Call 822-3131.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Community Relations Office, 207-
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be
limited due to space. Deadline for the March 24 issue of
UBC Reports — which covers the period March 27 to
April 9 — is noon, March 15. Calendar
UBC Reports- March 10, 1994 7
March 13 through March 26
Monday,  Mar. 21
Plant Science Seminar
Molecular Genetic Analysis Of
Seed Lipid Metabolism In A
Rabidopsis Thaliana. Ljerka
Kunst, Botany. MacMillan 318D
at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Poetry Readings
Jan Zwicky/Don McKay collections. Buchanan B319 at
12:30pm.   Call 822-5122.
Faculty Development
Talking About Teaching: Evaluating Students. Ellen Rosenberg,
Botanv. Angus 109 from 12:30-
1:20pm.   Call 822-9149.
Applied Mathematics
Issues Of Stability And Transparency In Force-Reflecting
Teleoperation. Dr. Tim
Salcudean, Electrical Engineering. Mathematics 203 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-4584.
Mechanical Engineering
Aerodymanics/Dynamies Of Several Bluff Bodies With Moving
Surface Boundary Layer Control. Sandeep Munshi. PhD student. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 3:30-4:30pm.
Refreshments.   Call 822-6671.
Astronomy Seminar
The Manv Phases And Faces Of
Classical" Novae: Fast (Cvg92)
Vs. Slow (Cas93). Peter
Hauschildt. Arizona State U.
G&A260at4pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-2696/2267.
Tuesday,  Mar. 22
MOST Workshop for UBC
Managing Change: Organizations In Transition. Gary Harper.
Brock Hall seminar room 0017
from 9am-4pm. $60. Call 822-
Animal Science Seminar
The Pig: Environmental Manager Par Excellence. Dr. R. M.
Beames. Animal Science.
MacMillan 260 at 12:30pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Cultivated Cottons And Their
Wild Relatives. Jonathan
Wendel, Botany, Iowa State U.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Abzymes, Enzymes/Combinatorial Libraries. Dr. Kim Janda.
Molecular Biology/Chemistry.
Scripps Research Institute. La
Jolla. Chemistry 250 at 1 pm.
Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call
French Colloquium
Imitation Of Troubadour Style In
Medieval French. German. And
Portuguese Contrafacta. A presentation of current research
project. Buchanan Tower 799 at
2:30pm.   Call 822-4025.
Faculty Development
Textbook Writing And Publishing. Jean L. Wilson, UBC Press:
Kathy Marteinsson. UBC Bookstore: Kal Holsti, Political Science; Dave Pulfrey, Electrical En
gineering; Peter Rastall, Physics.
Angus 109 from 2:30-4pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Self-Organized Critical Systems.
Birger Bergersen, Physics. Angus
413 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.   Call 822-2234.
Anatomy Seminar Series
Calcium Binding Proteins In The
Nervous System: Where And Why?
Kenneth Baimbridge, Physiology.
Friedman main lecture theatre
from4:30-5:30pm. Call822-2751.
Wednesday, Mar. 23
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Radiotherapy: The Orthopaedic
Surgeon's Perspective. Dr. R. W.
McGraw. chair; Dr. C.P.
Beauchamp, speaker. VGH Eye
Care Centre auditorium at 7am.
Call 875-4272.
Continuing Studies Lecture
The Ambiguities Of Citizenship In
Canada. Alan Cairns. Political
Science. Brenda and David McLean
Professor of Canadian Studies at
UBC. York Room, Hotel Georgia
from 121:30pm. $35; $20. Call
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
Judith Kellock, soprano; Richard
Epp. piano. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm.  $2.  Call 822-5574.
Geography Colloquium
Sub-Glacial Hydrology. Gary
Clark. Geophysics/Astronomy.
Geography 201 from 3:30- 5pm.
Refreshments at 3:35pm. Call 822-
Cecil And Ida Green Visiting
Professor Lecture
The Consequences Of Bacterial
Attachment And Entry Into Animal Cells. Dr. Stanley Falkow,
Micro biology/Immunology,
Stanford U. School of Medicine.
IRC #4 at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Antiretrovirals And HIV: Are Two
Drugs Better Than One? Renette
Dunn. PhD student. Clinical Pharmacy. IRC #5 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Call 822-4645.
Thursday,  Mar. 24
MOST Workshop for UBC
Successful Communications
Through Letters And Memos. Molly
Creery. Brock I lall seminar room
0017 from 9am-4pm. $50. Call
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Role Of cGMP In Cardiomyocyte
Contractility. Karen McDonnell,
Pharmacology/Toxicology. IRC #4
from 1 1:30am- 12:30pm. Call 822-
Canadian Studies Lecture
Aboriginal Peoples And Canadian
Citizenship. Alan C. Cairns. Political Science. Buchanan B212at
12:30pm.   Call 822-5193.
AMS/Faculty Association
Public Symposium
Is Our Campus In Decline? Teaching And Learning At UBC. Curtis
101 from 12:30- 1:30pm. Call 822-
Earth/Ocean Sciences
TOGA-TAO: The Development Of
An Ocean-Atmosphere Observing
System For Short Term Climate
Studies. Michael J. McPhaden,
NOAA/Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Seattle. BioSciences
1465 at 1:30pm.   Call 822-8684.
Faculty Development
Climbing The Academic Ladder: A
Panel Discussion Designed Especially For Female Academics.
Panelists: Sherrill Grace. Arts;
Maria Klawe, Computer Science;
Elvi Whittaker, Anthropology/Sociology. Angus 109 from 2:30-
4pm.   Call 822-9149.
Physics Colloquium
Molecular Genetics/Protein Engineering. Dr. Michael Smith.
Biotech Lab. Hennings 201 at
4pm.   Call 822-3853.
Friday,  Mar.  25
Health Care/Epidemiology
Lead In Children: How Low Is Low
Enough And How Do We Get There?
Dr. Ray Copes, Community And
Family I lealth. Ministry of Health.
Mather 253 from 9- 10am. Call
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Immunology Of Allogeneic Bone
Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Kirk
Schultz. Paediatrics. GF Strong
auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
Music Concerts
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Martin Berinbaum, director. Old
Auditorium at 12:30pm and 8pm.
Call 822-3113.
Centre for South Asia
Engendering Voices: A South Asian
Perspective. Suma Chitnis; others. Two days. Asian Centre 604 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-3703/4359.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Exposure To Ozone In The Fraser
Valley. Dr. Michael Brauer, Medicine. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
The Geophysics Of Venus: Global
Catastrophes On Our Sister Planet.
Sean Solomon, director. Terrestrial Magnetism. Carnegie Inst.
G&A 260 at 2pm. Refreshments at
1:30pm.  Call 822-2696/2267.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Wall Slip And Melt Fracture Of
Molten Polypropylene. Igor
Kazatchkov, grad student. Chemical Engineering 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Animal Care Lecture
Superpigs And Wondercorn: Genetic Engineering; Biotechnology;
Ethical, Economic/Environmental
Concerns. Dr. Michael W. Fox,
VP. U.S.A. Humane Society. Hebb
Theatre from 7-10pm. Call 822-
Theoretical Chemistry
Computer Simulation Of Liquid
Crystals Beyond Ellipsoid Of Revolution Models And Into The Real
World—Perhaps. G.Ayton, Chemistry. Chemistry 402 at 4pm. Call
Saturday,  Mar. 26
Continuing Studies Weekend
The Oriental Medicine Wheel Demystified: A Hands On Approach
Part I. Dr. Danica Beggs, UBC
Alumna of Medicine.    Carr Hall
conference room from 9am-5pm.
$195.   Call 222-5203.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Diarrhea, Tuberculosis And Genetic Engineering. Dr. Stanley
Falkow, Microbiology/Immunology, Stanford U. School of Medicine. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call
Student Housing
The off-campus housing listing
service offered by the UBC Housing Office has been discontinued.
A new service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a
housing listing service for both
students and landlords. This new
service utilizes a computer voice
messaging system. Students call
822-9844, landlords call 822-
Campus Tours
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provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities/ faculties/services. Fridays
at 9:30am. Reservations required
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Women Students' Office
Advocacv/personal counselling
services available. Call 822-2415.
Duplicate Bridge
Informal game open to the public.
$2 fee includes refreshments.
Wednesdays at the Faculty Club.
Play begins at 7:30pm. Singles
welcome but should arrive early to
arrange partnerships. Call Steve
Rettig at 822-4865.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are prepared to help any member of the
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Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data analysts
supporting clinical research. To
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Dermatology Studies
Athlete's Foot. Volunteers between the ages of 18-65. Lab
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younger. 5 visits over 12-week
period. No placebo involved.
Honorarium.   Call 875-5296.
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Seeking participants ages 21 -60
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Honorarium of $30. Call Dawn
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DEI   UBC Multicultural
Liaison Office
Students and Faculty in Dialogue:
A Model to Acknowledge and Address
Pluralism in the Classroom
March 17, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Scarfe 203
Open to Students, Staff and Faculty
Facilitators: Dr. Judith Lynam, Melanie Charles, School of
In this student-initiated model for cross-cultural
communication, students and faculty were able to deal with
issues and challenges faced by both groups in culturally
diverse classrooms. Facilitators will describe how the project
was set up and carried out.
To register please call the Multicultural Liaison Office at 822-
9583 or e-mail mlo@unixg.ubc.ca. 8 UBC Reports ■ March 10, 1994
The Board of Governors has taken the
A contract for the construction of the
That the Student Fee for the Engi
UBC Staff and Faculty
following action.   These items were ap
Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery was
neering Undergraduate Society be in
Bonnie Gordon
proved at meetings held on September 16
awarded to Landmark Construction.
creased from $27 to $37 for two aca
Trevor Heavor
and November 18,1993. and January 20.
demic years effective the session com
Ian Burgess
Approval was given to go to tender to
mencing September 1994; and further
Leanne Jacobs
complete the unfinished areas of the Jack
that the special additional levy in the
Bob Schutz (ex officio)
Bell Research Centre at the Vancouver site.
amount of $2 be extended for the aca
demic year 1995-96.
J. Lewis Robinson
The Board of Governors approved the
The University entered into an agree
Trish Smith
following policies and noted the Presi
ment with St. Andrew's Hall to facilitate
That the Student Fee for the Medical
Roma Gopaul-Singh
dent's procedures for implementation and
St. Andrew's financing of the construc
Undergraduate Society be increased as
Sandra Mah
administration. In addition, two policies
tion of a student residence on its leased
Ex officio (non-voting)
have been deleted and one has been
from $28 to $38 for first and second year
K. D. Srivastava
students; and
Robert Philip
from $38 to $48 for third and fourth year
Michael Kelly
New Policies:
(2)   Dr. Sheila M. Innis ofthe
(1)   Donations
The Board approved the designation of
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty
(2)  Vending Machines
the following units:
This increase will take effect for the ses
of Medicine to the Board of
(3)   Records Management
sion commencing September 1994
Trustees of the Faculty Pension
(4)   Environmental Protection
(1)   Father David Bauer Rink—in the
Thunderbird Winter Sports
(3)   Mr. Kenneth M. Bagshaw was re
appointed as the Board's
Deletions or Revisions:
(2)   Engineering High Head Room
The Board approved the establishment of
representative to the Hamber
(1)   Policy #37—Research Grants as
Laboratory—Adjacent to the Civil
the following as recommended by Senate.
Foundation for a five year period
Part Payment during Study Leave
and Mechanical Engineering
(1)   The West-East Centre for
from December 16, 1993.
has been revised.
Building on East Mall.
Microbial Diversity.
(4)   Mr. Peter W. Ufford to the Board of
(2)   Policy #65—Eligibility to Hold
(3)   Rose Garden Parkade—on N.W.
(2)   The Asa Johal Chair in Paediatric
Directors of the UBC Real Estate
Office in a Student Society has
Marine Drive at the interface with
been deleted.
Main Mall.
(3)   The Norman Keevil Chair in
(3)   Policy #68—Student Loans has
Mineral Exploration
been deleted.
(4)   The Man in Motion Foundation
Chair in Spinal Cord Research
The Teacher  Education Affiliation
At the request ofthe Alma Mater Soci
(5)   A Chair in Biomedical Ethics
Agreement between UBC and BCIT with
ety and the Graduate Student Society,
(6)   The Chair in Feminist Legal
respect to Industrial Education was rati
TheBoard authorized the following projects
the Board approved the following exten
to proceed with working drawings and
sion in the graduate student capital im
The Board exercised the direction given
provement fee and increases in under
to it under the wills of Walter H. Gage and
(1)  The Institute of Asian Research
graduate society fees as noted.
Elsie M. Harvey by directing that the
(2)  The Chan Centre
The Board approved the following ap
income from the bequests to the Univer
(3)  The Student Recreation Centre
That the capital improvement fee of
pointments and a reappointment:
sity in these wills be used in support of
$5.00 per graduate student per year be
(1)   Athletic Council for the term
the Education Abroad program for un
TheBoard approved the following projects
continued for a further two years, i.e.
ending May 31, 1994.
forfurther planning and detailed design:
The Board designated the week of Oc
(1)   School of Journalism
Bill Dobie
tober 9-15.1994 as UBC Health Sciences
(2)   Earth Sciences Centre
That the Student Fee for the Educa
Michael Caruth
(3)   Biotechnology Building—Phase II
tion Students Association be increased
Amendments to The University of Brit
(4)   The Chemical/Bio-Engineering
from $2 to $ 10 for the session commenc
Roger Watts
ish Columbia Faculty Pension Plan were
ing September 1994.
Norma Powell
News Digest
UBC's Chair in Women and the Law has been renamed to better reflect the
issues involved.
Now called.the Chair in Feminist Legal Studies,
the name change reflects a wider range of inquiry than
issues explicitly involving women, such as sexual assault.
explained Susan Boyd, who was appointed to the chair in
July, 1993.
"Feminist scholars working in feminist legal studies
have contributed to the rethinking of a wide variety of
legal subjects including taxation law, contract law and
child welfare law, none of which are solely of relevance to
women," she said.
Boyd, whose research interests include feminist
theories of law and feminist perspectives on family law,
added that the chair's new name signifies UBC's commitment to supporting and producing knowledge in feminist
legal studies.
The $1-million chair was endowed through the fund-raising efforts of UBC's A
World of Opportunity campaign and a matching grant from the provincial government.
• • • •
If you are an actively employed member of the UBC Staff Pension Plan, you'll be
interested to know that Canada Pension Plan (CPP) rates and covered earnings
have increased for 1994. This affects the amount you pay into CPP and the
UBC Staff Pension Plan.
The 1994 CPP maximum covered earnings is $34,400. an increase of $1,000
from 1993. The 1994 CPP covered minimum is $3,400, which means individuals
earning $3,400 or less in 1994 do not pay into CPP.
The employee contribution rate to CPP is 2.6 per cent, up from 2.5 per cent in
1993.  If you earn $34,400 or more in 1994, you will pay a maximum of $806.
The university contributes a matching amount.
You contribute 3.2 per cent of the portion of your earnings that are covered by
CPP to the UBC Staff Pension Plan, and five per cent of the portion that is not
covered. UBC pays 8.2 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
If you would like more information on the plan, call 822-8646 or 822-8986.
UBC student Alison Woods took first place last month in the public speaking
competition held during the Western Canadian debating championships
hosted by the UBC Debating Society.
Woods won the competition with a speech on self-image and public appearance.
The UBC Debating Society meets Mondays in Buchanan B214 and Thursdays
in Buchanan A205 at 12:30 p.m.  New members are welcome.
Abe Hefter photo
Finishing Touch
Student Debra Carlson puts the finishing touches on a human torso in her
third-year sculpture course taught by Fine Arts Associate Prof. Richard
Prince. UBC Reports • March 10, 1994 9
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Clinics treat mood disorders
by Connie Filletti
Staff' writer
People suffering from severe
mood disorders may find hope at
UBC's new Mood Disorders Clinical Research Unit.
The 15-bed primary and tertiary care facility is the latest addition to the Dept. of Psychiatry's Mood Disorders Program
which also includes the Depression Clinic, Seasonal Affective
Disorder Clinic, the Bipolar
Clinic and the Geriatric Mood
Disorders Clinic.
The in-patient unit, which
opened its doors on Jan. 13 in
the Detwiller Pavilion of Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (UBC site), specializes in the assessment, treatment and research of mood disorders such as clinical depres-
Depression is not just all
in your mind
sion and bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic-depressive illness.
Statistics indicate that mood
disorders are common medical
conditions affecting one in seven
people at some time in their lives.
And although they are among
the most treatable of all psychiatric illnesses, mood disorders
remain under-treated, said Dr.
Lakshmi Yatham, medical director of the unit and an assistant professor of psychiatry.
"People often won't pursue
treatment because they don't
realize that depression is an illness, or because of the stigma
attached to mental illness," he
explained. "Among patients who
are treated about 60 to 70 per
cent of them respond to a single
The unit is playing an active
role training health care students and offering continuing
education programs in the latest
developments in mood disorders
to practicing professionals
throughout B.C.
Several research initiatives
are also underway including the
evaluation of new medical and
psychological treatments for both
depression and bipolar disorder.
Continued from Page 2
follow his logic about asymmetry. The asymmetry about
which Steiger seems to be
concerned is survey methodology. The asymmetry about
which female faculty are
concerned relate to the numbers of men and women
teaching at UBC, professorial
rank, salary differentials,
campus security, and classroom behaviour. As I see it, the
survey is the whisper of small
voices of reason, not the
potentially harsh hand of
authority, as he seems to imply.
Another inconsistency is
Steiger's conclusion that the
pro- feminist tolerance which
presumably otherwise reasonable men manifest toward
writers like Filletti and
Ledwitz-Rigby has given rise to
a situation that now borders
on anti-male abuse. What
empirical evidence he has for
drawing such a sweeping
comment about "other" men or
about the linkage between
such tolerance and the margins of anti-male abuse is not
revealed. Instead, one is left
with the distinct impression
that the linkage is so self-
evident that the burden of
proof must fall on those who
are sceptical about the author's logical proclivities.
Glenn Drover
School of Social Work
Continued from Page 1
funding for TRIUMF so that its
380 staff members can put the
KAON decision behind them and
move on to new challenges.
"Ottawa has indicated its support for TRIUMF's future, but so
far we haven't received any ofthe
necessary long-term commitments," he told the 400 people,
mostly TRIUMF employees, who
rallied in the facility's main experimental hall March 1.
"We're now counting on the
government for our future," he
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ment's decision to scrap KAON
fear it is a blow to B.C.'s high-
tech industry and will result in
the loss of highly-trained scientists who will be forced to seek
work outside Canada.
One of the first to go may be
Paul Knowles, a University of
Victoria graduate student completing his PhD thesis at
He told the rally that the KAON
decision may go down in history
as "my generation's Avro Arrow,"
a reference to the Canadian jet
interceptor scrapped by the federal government in 1959. The
decision crippled the aeronautical industry and prompted a
flight of Canadian scientists and
engineers to the U.S.
In the budget, the government said that TRIUMF would
receive a funding increase this
year of $4 million to help it stabilize operations while the facility is "renewed and redirected."
But Vogt said that even with
thisyear's funding hike, TRIUMF
faces "tremendous financial instability."
In recent years. TRIUMF has
received about $20 million annually in long-term base funding, which is not even enough to
cover staff salaries, Vogt said.
"We've been at a standstill for
years while facing interminable
delays with the KAON decision.
We need an increase in funds,
closer to $40 million per year, to
start new projects," he said.
Vogt hopes to leave a revitalized TRIUMF behind as a legacy.
After serving for 13 years as
TRIUMF director, he turns 65
later this year and will retire.
'The TRIUMF board is searching for a new director." Vogt confirmed. "It's not the federal government who makes the appointment."
Vogt said that after his retirement he "expects to have
some fun at TRIUMF" as a researcher. 10 UBC Reports • March 10, 1994
Forging new partnerships
by Ronald MacGregor
Ronald MacGregor is head of the Faculty of
Education's Dept. of Visual and Performing
Arts in Education. The following is an excerpt
from his keynote address at a forum in Nova
Scotia to develop strategies to strengthen
links between the arts and the community.
At first thought, it may seem paradoxical
to be speaking of expanding partnerships, at
a time when the departments of Music,
Theatre, and Costume Design at Dalhousie
University are threatened with extinction,
and attention is more
likely to be focused on
survival than on
In such circumstances, having someone
other than those directly
involved come to your
defence right away
enhances chances of
survival. But, in the long
run, as Chaos Theory
enthusiasts will recognize, disappearance
doesn't necessarily mean
lost for all time; if there
is a need for something,
it will always emerge,
albeit in a different
That may be cold comfort to those who are
actually caught up in the move to eliminate
those departments. They are no doubt more
interested In ways in which they may draw
attention to what is being lost in such a
closure. But, let us assume, painful though
it may be, that the worst happens and some
new arrangement has to be made. More
partnerships are founded out of necessity
than are entered into voluntarily.
Several examples of how not to do this
can be found in a report from the federal
Task Force on Professional Training for the
Cultural Sector commissioned in 1991. The
report is one prolonged whine, and appears
to set out to alienate everyone not part of the
arts community. The implied message is
"hurry up and support us, so that we can
continue to do as we wish." The arts community, instead of using this document to
initiate partnerships with arts educators,
has built a wall around itself.
In considering what kinds of partnerships
might be possible, the fundamental point is
that partnerships must be presented so as to
accommodate stakeholders and patrons
equitably: or, to put it crudely, you have to
give some to get some. The questions are
- What's in it for me? There is no point in
undertaking a partnership to which you are
less than committed. In no time, it will
become a millstone round your neck.
- What's in it for us? As members of a
group or organization, you will wish to derive
something from the partnership that will
make the organization stronger. If independ-
Ronald MacGregor
ence is what you most value, a partnership
is not for you.
- What's in it for them? The ability to put
oneself in the other party's shoes, and to
consider the arrangement from the partner's
perspective, makes negotiating easier.
- What does each party bring to the
transaction? Each party has resources that
the other has not, but which, combined,
should open up a range of new possibilities.
- What happens if things go sour? By
making clear each party's contribution and
limits at the beginning, the withdrawal of
one party from the agreement can be arranged without undue
For businesses or
bodies not directly
related to the arts world,
partnerships with the
arts offer exposure to a
different mindset, and
the chance to focus on a
line which is not necessarily the bottom one.
Sponsorship permits an
organization to acquire a
reputation as an adventurous patron, and
benefit from the publicity
that results from successful performance by
the sponsored group.
For arts groups, the
rewards of successful partnership may be
financial, but are not limited to that. Arts
groups may receive valuable assistance in
the administrative running of their companies, or be given space for exhibition, or
provided with catering services at events.
In their book Partnerships for Improving Schools, B. Jones and R.W. Maloy
identify four kinds of businesses: those
that take high risks for quick returns;
those where risks are low, and team
playing is encouraged; those where investments are made in the knowledge that
dividends will not appear for years; and
those where bureaucracy, and the observance of rules are important.
Obviously, one should shop around to
find a compatible partner. When one does, it
is important not to jump too quickly to
conclusions about the role each partner is to
play.  For a partnership to be co-operative,
rather than dependent, one should negotiate
a truce over roles until all the possibilities
have been examined.
By keeping options open, unanticipated
possibilities may be discovered and the
sense of being locked into an arrangement,
The Centre for Research on Economic
and Social Policy was incorrectly
named in Jon Kesselman's Forum
article in the last issue of UBC Reports.
UBC, Children's Hospital collaborate
to set up child health research facility
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC and B.C.'s Children's
Hospital (BCCH) will establish
an academic research institute
in child and family health. A
proposal to establish the institute was passed by UBC's Senate last month.
The institute will provide a
mechanism for facilitating collaborative research undertaken
by members of the university
and the hospital, said Dan Birch,
vice-president Academic, and
"This partnership reflects
the increasing need to create
clear linkages and networks
between academic institutions and health care centres
in the community, and will
ensure the highest possible
standards of scientific excellence in all activities related
to child health research," he
Research activities of the institute will include identifying
major problems affecting children, mothers, babies, women
and families, said Dr. David
Hardwick, associate dean of Research and Planning in the Faculty of Medicine.
"This will complement adjacent programs at B.C.'s Women's Hospital and Health Sciences Centre," he added.
Approximately $10 million in
annual ongoing grants provided
by the BCCH Foundation will
fund the institute during the next
five years.
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Women's track team strong
contender for national title
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
After winning its first Canada
West team championship in 15
years, the women's UBC track
and field squad is now gunning
for its first national title.
Eleven competitors, led by Lori
Durward and Nadine Nembhard,
will represent UBC at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) track and field championships March 11-12 in Edmonton.
"Almost all our athletes registered personal best
West championships in
said UBC
track and
field coach
Carmyn James. "We were particularly strong in the relay
The women's team won the
four-by-400 and four-by-800
metre events and placed second
in the four-by-200 metre relay.
"At last year's CIAU championships the women finished
third, with a team that didn't
include either Durward, who had
taken the year off. or Nembhard.
who is in her first year," said
'The team is now definitely
ready to challenge for the national championship."
Durward won the 1,000-metre and 1,500-metre races at the
Canada West championships,
and was also part ofthe winning
800-metre relay team.
Nembhard won the 600-metre
The men's track and field team
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Steve Chan photo
Runner Lori Durward is one of 11 competitors representing
UBC at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union track
and field championships in Edmonton.
placed third overall in Winnipeg.
Led by Jeff Shiebler, a winner in
the 1,500-and 3,000-metre races
at the Canada West competi
tion, the men are aiming to improve on their sixth-place showing at last year's CIAU championships.
by staff writers
Diver Paige Gordon of West
Vancouver has been named 1993
Sport B.C. senior athlete of the
year by a panel of British Columbia
sportswriters and broadcasters.
Gordon, a second-year Arts student, beat Olympic hockey player Paul
Kariya and rower Derek Porter in the
Gordon, who is currently ranked
fourth in the world, won a medal in
every national and international event
she entered last year.
• • • •
Political Science Prof. Richard Johnston has been
named William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor
of Canadian Studies at Harvard University.
Beginning this fall Johnston will teach Canadian politics
and will also work at the Center for International Affairs.
Johnston, a UBC graduate who received his PhD from
Stanford University, has taught at UBC since 1977.   His
research interests include Canadian and comparative
political behaviour, party systems and voter alignments, and
public opinion and public policy.
He is the principal investigator for the 1993 Canadian
election project, a major study of public opinion and voting,
funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada.
Sid Katz, professor of Pharmacology and executive director of
Science World, was recently
honoured by the Royal Society of
Canada with the McNeil Medal for the
Public Awareness of Science.
Established in 1991, the award
recognizes outstanding ability to
promote and communicate science to
students and the public.
Katz, a member of UBC's Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences since 1975,
was instrumental in the development
of Science World, B.C.'s only science
centre, and the Regina Science Centre in Saskatchewan.
Katz serves as a medical science commentator on national
radio and television and was a vice-president of the Canadian Science Writers' Association.
The McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science was
presented to Katz at an awards celebration dinner at Science
World on March 3.
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Landscape architecture students
propose campus design alternatives
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Imagine a tramway transport -
ing students down Main Mall,
artificial wetlands attracting
waterfowl to campus and student
housing surrounded by forests.
The students of Landscape
Architecture 405 did. They developed a 132-page proposal
outlining three design alternatives for the south campus as
part of their course work — producing a document that has
impressed even veteran municipal planners.
The project was not just an
academic exercise. The students
and their professor hope it will
be seen as a significant contribution to the ongoing debate
about future development ofthe
"We're proud of it. It shows
that students can be the source
of incredible creativity and interesting insights," said Patrick
Condon, the class instructor and
director of the Landscape Architecture Program.
Public debate over development plans for the south campus last summer gave Condon
the idea for the project.
He believes the various pro-
and anti-development sides in
the dispute shared common
ground despite their differences.
Everyone wanted a better
campus, one that could be enjoyed by the UBC community
and people in the rest of the
province, he said. And all agreed
it should be "sustainable." even
if they didn't agree on what that
"Everyone wanted what was
best for UBC. what was different
was where they placed their priorities." Condon said.
His class made a list of design
objectives that were generally
agreed on and then ranked them
in different orders.
One group was told to provide
housing for all members of the
UBC community in a wide range
of incomes.
They envisioned a township
with housing for 25,000 people
and five million square feet of
research, office and commercial
space that takes full advantage
of the ocean views.
Another group planned to
make UBC an international
leader in environmental stewardship and sustainable development using south campus as
a model.
Here, the forest remains en
tirely intact, houses use passive
solar heating, a tram line links
the area with the main campus,
and stormwater runoff is collected
in ponds for reuse in irrigation.
The third group sought to
improve and extend the sense of
place of UBC campus for the
benefit of students.
The group's plan includes a
major international think tank,
a forest village of low-density
housing, and orchards of fruit
and nut trees that reflect the
area's agricultural tradition.
'This really presents UBC with
a tremendous opportunity to
demonstrate just how sophisticated and progressive an institution it really is." he said.
"The challenge is to strike a
balance between the many good,
but in some cases apparently
contradictory, objectives for the
The 13 students who prepared
the report were Tom Awram.
Valerie Chartrand, Michael Doll,
Wendy Lee. Jason Kuok. Juliette
King, Michelle Lefebre. Kenneth
MacKenzie, Jeffery Pain, Nicola
Roe, Jason Yee, Steve Watt and
Heather Wooldridge.
Copies of the report can be
obtained from the Landscape Architecture Program at 822-4481. 12 UBC Reports • March 10, 1994
Spotlight stays on
Nobel winner Smith
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The tributes continue to pour
in for UBC's Nobel laureate
Michael Smith.
Simon Fraser University re-
cendy announced it will present
Smith with an honorary degree
at its fall convocation Oct. 7.
Meanwhile, a gala reception
and dinner to honour B.C.'s first
Nobel winner is planned for April
20 at the Hotel Vancouver.
The event, called Celebrate
Science!, will highlight the importance of science and technology in B.C. as well as salute
Smith's Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Prominent federal, provincial
and municipal politicians are
expected to attend, as are leaders of both the science and business communities.
The dinner is co-hosted by
UBC, the Science Council of British Columbia, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of B.C.
Event organizers hope the
evening will be not only a celebration of excellence, but will
also raise awareness of science
and technology in education and
emphasize its strong association with business and the provincial economy.
It is also intended to generate
support for the Michael Smith
Endowment Fund, which promotes science education, the
participation of women in science, and schizophrenia research.
Tickets are $85 per person,
$850 for a table of 10 or $800 for
a table of 10 booked before April
6. Tickets are available by mail
from Celebrate Science! c/o 302-
1107  Homer St.,  Vancouver,
Geoff Curzon p^oto
Biochemistry Prof. Michael
Smith spoke to secondary
school students who
attended Science Day at UBC
on Feb. 16. More than 80
students from across the
Lower Mainland toured the
campus and discussed UBC's
science programs with
faculty members. Science
Day was launched in 1993 by
the School and College
Liaison Office and the
Faculty of Science to
promote science education.
B.C., V6B 2Y1, or by phone at
681-1788. For more information,
call 822-2028.
Meanwhile. Smith is giving
his first on-campus lecture, open
to all members ofthe university
community, since receiving his
Nobel Prize.
It is an opportunity to hear
about the work leading up to the
prize and the importance of his
discoveries to modern biology
and medicine.
The lecture is at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday. March 17, at
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre lecture hall 2.
Admission is free.
Ministerial Visitors
Community and Regional
Planning Prof. Setty
Pendakur, left, speaks with
Jackie Pement, minister of
Transportation and
Highways, during the
minister's visit to UBC
March 3.   Pement met with
Axel Meisen, dean of
Applied Science, and
representatives from other
areas including Geography,
Commerce and Business
Administration, and Civil
and Mechanical
Energy, Mines and Petroleum
Resources Minister Anne Edwards,
far right, visited the Pulp and Paper
Research Institute of Canada while
on campus March 3. With her are, 1 -
r, Prof. Paul Watkinson, head of
Chemical Engineering; Clive
Brereton, associate professor,
Chemical Engineering; Martha
Salcudean, associate vice-president.
Research; and graduate student
James Muir. She also attended a round
table discussion with faculty
I.-1,i Aboriginal Affairs Minister
John Cashore, at left with
Faculty of Arts First
Nations advisor Hilda
Green, met with UBC
President David Strangway,
Faculty of Arts
representatives and
Museum of Anthropolgy
staff February 28. He later
attended a presentation by
First Nations and faculty
representatives on First
Nations programs and
projects at the longhouse.
Stephen Forqaos photo
A study is underway to review the road system
feeding Point Grey (SW Marine Drive, NW
Marine Drive, Chancellor Boulevard, 16th
Avenue, and University Boulevard) as it
relates to current and possible future volumes
of resident and commuter vehicles, public
transit, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The goal of the study is to generate a Road
Network Master Plan for arterial roads on
Point Grey (west ofthe City of Vancouver
The study is jointly funded by the University
of British Columbia and the Ministry of
Transportation. The Project Committee is
composed of members of the University
Endowment Lands, UBC, Ministry of
Transportation, GVRD, and the City of
Vancouver.  The study is expected to be
completed in July, 1994.
Please use the questionnaire to ensure that
your concerns are heard.  Comments should
be forwarded to Andrew Brown, University
Planner, 2210 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C.,
V6T 1Z4.   Phone: 822-8228, Fax: 822-61 19.
A public presentation will be scheduled in
mid-May to summarize preliminary findings
and present opportunities for further
discussion. Thank you for your assistance.
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