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 VOLUME     46     I     NUMBER    20     |      DECEMBER     14,     2000
3 Taste testers
Checking it twice is worth
it, say cookbook co-editors
ubc reuorts
8 Theenergizer
Chris Zed keeps on going
and going and going THE   UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH    COLUMBIA
ho ho helper Staffin ubc Student Health Services are among the many
faculty, staff and students across campus sponsoring a family through the
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Nurse Debbie Aikens, pictured here with
the office Santa, says she and her colleagues aim to provide nutritious food
and a few gifts to the needy family—a single mother and child. Members of
the campus community have a long tradition of collecting food, books,
clothing, toys and other items for those in need both locally and abroad at
this time ofthe year. Daria Wojnarski photo
Dinner aims to make
student spirits bright
Volunteers hold a holiday
feast for students from
abroad or on campus
by Daria Wojnarski staffwriter
a Christmas dinner for students
is just around the corner, but get
your tickets early. Last year students were turned away from the
popular event.
The eighth annual ubc Christmas Dinner takes place Friday,
Dec. 22. There will be two sittings
of 110 students each at International House. The first sitting is at
1 p.m., the second at 3 p.m. Tickets
are $2.
Rev. Bill Wiegert, chaplain at the
Lutheran Campus Centre and one
ofthe organizers, says the dinner is
open to any student on campus
during the holiday season, although most of the students are
from overseas.
"We also have quite a few students with children who attend,"
he says.
The dinner includes the traditional turkey with all its trimmings
and vegetarian dishes.
Wiegert praises all 40 volunteers who help make the event successful, but his highest praise is for
Ollie Whitcutt, 71, who each year
arrives at International House at 5
a.m. to put the turkeys in the oven.
The day before, along with other
volunteers, Whitcutt is peeling
and cutting vegetables.
"It's a very selfish thing because
I get such a good feeling out of it
even though I'm bone tired at the
end ofthe day. I've always enjoyed
working with young people," says
the retired teacher. "Giving is such
a big part of Christmas."
Whitcutt says the generosity of
her friends who gather the night
before to make stuffing and help
cook the dinner is also appreciated.
"We don't throw anything away.
If there's something left it goes to
the volunteers or to a mission
Feeding all the students requires about 65 kilograms of tur-
see Dinner page 2
Injection to boost supply
of b.c. doctors, says dean
New funds will expand medical education programs
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
THE FACULTY OF MEDICINES annual budget will be augmented by
more than $10 million beginning
next April with new Ministry of
Health funding for medical education. The funds will provide for undergraduate and residency program expansion as well as faculty
"We are very pleased with this
recognition ofthe university's role
in contributing to the health and
well-being of b.c residents," says
ubc President Martha Piper, "b.c
communities have identified a
critical need for access to care and
we will respond to that need by
supplying a knowledgeable healthcare workforce."
The new funding is the first
phase of a regular program of support and will be used to expand a
variety of programs that will
strengthen medical education and
help supply physicians to B.c.'s
northern and rural communities.
"The provincial government
has taken an extremely progressive step with this funding," says
John Cairns, dean ofthe Faculty of
Medicine. "Revitalizing our clinical education programs and expanding enrolment represents an
investment in the future health of
the people not only in rural and
northern areas but throughout the
province. It allows ubc to reaffirm
its social contract with the citizens of B.C."
Up to 14 new residency positions focused on health-care needs
in northern and rural b.c will be
funded starting next month with
an additional 17 positions established in July. A total of 64 more
residents will be enrolled in the
programs by 2004.
Training will result in an increased annual output of six general internists, four general surgeons, three family practitioners
and four additional fully qualified
Beginning September 2001, undergraduate enrolment will be increased with eight new positions
funded annually for students in
the undergraduate md program for
each ofthe four years, resulting in
32 positions.
There will be four new positions
funded by 2002 in the international medical graduate program. The
program prepares eligible b.c resi
dents who are graduates of foreign
medical schools for licensing in b.c
Other program features include
practical recognition of clinical faculty who train medical residents in
86 affiliated hospitals in the Lower
Mainland and throughout b.c as
well as in community practices.
"Our clinical faculty members
are key to our past success in clinical education and will be vital for a
successful expansion," says Cairns.
"This commitment of new resources allows us to address recognition, compensation and support
systems for them."
Curriculum development, including continuing medical education programs for doctors in prac
tice, will focus on: community-
based and interdisciplinary education; programs such as community
geriatrics, aboriginal medicine and
rural health that are targeted to
specific populations; and research
in teaching methods and programs.
Community liaison activities
will also be supported as well as
evaluation measures that will
track the effectiveness of the expanded program.
The newly reinforced program
aims to give trainee-physicians in
northern and rural area the skills
and relationships they need to set
up practice and remain in those
The strategy should reduce b.c.'s
dependence on other provinces
see Doctors page 2
Scientists garner
national awards
Prof. Terry Snutch
Two are among 15 to
receive research award
technology Laboratory and Prof.
Philip Hieter ofthe Centre for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
have received Senior Scientist
Awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (cihr).
The award provides $350,000
over five years to each recipient.
Snutch, who also holds appointments in the departments of Zoology and Psychiatry, was recognized for his contributions to the
area of electrical and chemical signaling in the brain and heart.
He has identified and character-
Prof Philip Hieter
ized a class of proteins called calcium channels that are implicated
in a number of human disease
states including chronic pain,
stroke, epilepsy and cardiovascular disease.
Hieter, a professor of Medical
Genetics, was recognized for his
investigations of genetic control
mechanisms in yeast. His work
contributes to the understanding
of human genes involved in controlling both normal cell growth
and the abnormal growth seen in
diseases such as cancer.
There were 15 Senior Scientist
Awards given across Canada in the
recent competition.
cihr also recently awarded
see Scientists page 2 2     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      DECEMBER     14,     2000
"The University will remain open during snow storms but
may cancel or reschedule classes on a university-wide basis
and/or curtail non-essential services in response to the
conditions."—UBC Policy on Disruption of Classes/Services by
Snow, May 1994
In the event of extreme snow conditions, listen to
CBC Radio, CKNW and other local radio stations
for information.
The University is again recognising excellence in teaching through the
awarding of teaching prizes to faculty members. Two prize winners from
the Faculty of Applied Science will be selected for 2001.
ELIGIBILITY: The prizes are open to full-time tenure-track faculty in
Architecture, Engineering or Nursing who have five or more years of
teaching experience at UBC.
CRITERIA: The awards will recognise sustained teaching
accomplishments at all levels at UBC, and will focus on those faculty who
have demonstrated that they are able to motivate students and are
responsive to students' intellectual needs, or have developed innovative
laboratory or lecture materials.
NOMINATION PROCESS: Students, alumni or faculty members may
nominate candidates to the Head of their department, the Director of their
School, or the Head ofthe unit in which the nominee teaches. Letters of
nomination may also be sent directly to Prof. R.L. Evans, Department of
Mechanical Engineering, who is the selection committee chair.
DEADLINE: January 19, 2001 for nomination letters. Supporting
documentation may be submitted until February 2, 2001.
Winners will be identified in early 2001, and will also be honoured during
the Spring Convocation in May.
For further information about the awards, contact the Dean's Office,
Faculty of Applied Science, your Department or School office, or the
committee chair at 822-3484 or: evans@mech.ubc.ca
continued from Page 1
and countries to supply both general practitioners and specialists
to b.c communities, says Cairns.
The residency expansion will
start in Prince George, where ubc
has its largest northern teaching
campus with 630 square metres in
Prince George Regional Hospital
dedicated to training ubc family
The Faculty of Medicine will be
holding a series of faculty forums
to discuss the expansion plans. For
information call (604) 822-4303 or
check the Web site at
continued from Page 1
key rolls. This year the Alma Mater
Society is donating the turkey,
along with the ingredients to make
a green punch, ubc Food Services
provides the squares and cookies.
"Usually it costs about $900 to
put on the dinner, but this year it'll
be less because the turkeys are being donated," says Wiegert.
After students have enjoyed
their Christmas dinner, they go to
continued from Page 1
Snutch the largest non-clinical operating grant in Canada.
The grant for $1,225,000 over
five years will allow his lab to continue studies on the functional
roles of calcium channels in normal brain signaling in mammals as
well in the model organism C. ele-
cihr is the major federal agency responsible for funding health
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another floor and sing carols. Prizes such as sweatshirts, long-distance phone certificates and chocolate are handed out.
The tradition began eight years
ago after someone in Student Services mentioned to Wiegert that
students staying on campus during the holidays often had no holiday dinner to go to.
"So I said isn't there something
we can do for these students to
make them feel more welcome,"
says Wiegert. "As a result, a committee was formed and the first
dinner was held."
One student from South Korea
who has attended the event for the
last two years and plans to go
again this year, says it's the best
deal in town and generates a great
feeling of community.
Other organizers of the dinner
this year include Counselling Services, the Disability Resource Centre, Housing and Conferences, Student Health Services, International Student Services, the Women
Students' Office and ubc Chaplains. Donations were also made
by the Alma Mater Society and the
Alumni Association,
Tickets are available at International House, the front desk of all
residences and the Lutheran Campus Centre.
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Cookbook stands
the tests of two
Museum of Anthropology volunteers Judith Eyrl (left) and Nancy Brodie are co-editors of From the Collections, the
museum's new cookbook. Proceeds from sales ofthe book, which costs $19.95, go towards new acquisitions and
supporting the care ofthe collections at the museum. Copies are available from the shop in the Museum. Daria
Wojnarski photo
Clusters designed to tap
research opportunities
Nine groupings built in
consultation with faculties
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
ubc has designed a new framework for its research activities that
is aimed at creating synergies
among researchers and attracting
funds available for interdisciplinary work.
"Research questions often occur
at the intersections of traditional
disciplines," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president. Research.
"By clustering areas of investigation we can respond more quickly
and comprehensively to these
The research clusters—designed in consultation with faculties, institutes and the teaching
hospitals—are built on existing
centres of excellence as well as areas selected for growth. Their
goals and activities form the recently developed Strategic Research Plan.
The nine research clusters are:
Biotechnology and Genomics; Human Health and Genomics; Microelectronics and Information Technology; Neuroscience and Cognitive Systems; Origins and Mathematical Structure; Population
Health, Services and Human Development; Quantum Structures
and Information; Society and Culture and Sustainability/Environ-
The new clusters correspond directly with ubc's allocations for
Canada Research Chairs (crc).
The federal government has
provided $900 million to fund
2,000 chairs at universities across
Canada by 2005. The first chairs
will be announced early in the new
"By providing key funded positions we hope to attract new
young scholars to the clusters,"
says Samarasekera. "We will also
add faculty positions to the clusters to keep our top researchers."
Clusters span traditional boundaries to address questions common
to a variety of research areas.
For example, the Human Health
and Genomics cluster and the Biotechnology and Genomics cluster
are integrated with research in
ethical and moral issues.
Investigations will address such
issues as how public policy and law
relate to advances in biological
Clusters will also help to develop existing research groups on
The Quantum Structures and
Information cluster brings together investigators from the faculties
of Science and Applied Science
who form a core research group in
this area.
There is also a nucleus of outstanding research in the field of
quantum computing and high-
temperature superconductivity.
Investigators in this cluster will
look at areas such as quantum
computing which uses nanotech-
nology—the science of structures
on the nanometer scale such as atoms and molecules—to revolutionize the power of computers.
Seven faculties ranging from
Law to Forestry will collaborate in
the Sustainability/Environment
cluster which aims to help develop
sustainable societies and promote
environmental stewardship.
The cluster will build upon the
work ofthe Georgia Basins Futures
Project, the Fisheries Ecosystems
Research Laboratory, the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility and other ubc initiatives.
Research clusters and ubc's
Strategic Research Plan
Statistics and Reports at
Canada Research Chairs
Co-editors' efforts ensure
the tomato relish doesn't
turn into tomato taffy
by Daria Wojnarski staffwriter
many people may not realize how
much work goes into putting together a cookbook.
Nancy Brodie now does.
Brodie and Judith Eyrl are co-
editors of From the Collections a
new cookbook from the Museum
of Anthropology (moa).
The two women, along with other museum volunteers, spent two
years collecting, testing and adjusting recipes.
The cookbook features 110 recipes in all including 30 from a museum cookbook that was released
15 years ago.
There are salads, soups, pasta,
desserts and a section devoted to
the Pacific salmon, which, according to the book's editors, has always been an important year-
round staple for coastal cultures.
Among the recipes in it are ones
for gravlax, oriental salmon and
barbecued salmon salad. All the
recipes are simple.
The book also contains photographs of artifacts from moa that
have a food theme.
Brodie and Eyrl say they were
happy to volunteer their time for
the project.
Two years ago at a holiday
luncheon they asked other volun-
teers to bring in a favourite recipe
and the dish so everyone could
sample them. Other recipes they
had to try on their own.
"Between the two of us we tested all the recipes. In a few cases we
made changes to the original recipe," says Eyrl.
Brodie says one recipe provided
quite the challenge.
"I was making tomato relish and
the recipe called for seven pounds
of tomatoes and seven pounds of
sugar. I hesitated because it didn't
sound right, but my job was to test
all the recipes so in went the tomatoes and in went the sugar," she
"I let it simmer on the stove and
suddenly it rose like a pink and red
volcano over the pot and onto the
stove. I turned the stove off and
walked away as it was very hot.
When I got back it had all turned
into taffy," says Brodie, a museum
volunteer for 24 years.
Both women have their favourite recipes. Brodie's is the savoury
cheddar loaf and Eryl recommends the oatmeal shortbread
The book is on sale for $19.95 at
the Museum of Anthropology and
Legends of the Moon in Vancouver. The money raised through
sales goes towards new acquisitions and supporting the care of
the collections at the museum.
m&p staff agreement approved
Agreement is important first step in addressing salary
issues says Human Resources director, Lisa Castle
by Andy Poon staffwriter
more than 1,200 university management and professional (m&p)
staff will be getting a two per cent
combined increase in their wages
and benefits next summer after a
new work agreement was ratified
this month.
The University Public Sector
Employers' Association (upsea)
recently approved a new agreement on the conditions and terms
of employment for m&p staff at
ubc which includes a one per cent
general wage increase and a one
per cent increase for benefits improvement to take effect next July.
The increases fall within Public
Sector Employers' Council guidelines of zero wage increases in July
1,1999 and July 1,2000, with the two
per cent increase in July 1, 2001.
University employees voted to
accept the agreement this fall and
ubc's Board of Governors approved it at their most recent
"This brings our management
and professional staff salaries clos
er to the market values out there,"
says Michael Shepard, chief negotiator for the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff
(aaps), which represents all m&p
staff at ubc.
Shepard maintains that while
the agreement means an additional $i-million increase to ubc's m&p
staff salary pool in January, on average, salaries at the university remain about five per cent below
market values for similar management and professional positions in
the private sector.
"But the one per cent of salary
added to benefit money could potentially bring us a 20 per cent increase in things such as extended
health care," he says.
"This agreement is an important first step in addressing the
salary issues of m&p staff," says
Lisa Castle, ubc's director of Human Resources-Employee Relations.
She adds that the university and
the employees' association have
also agreed on the processes to
work through the remaining job
classification and compensation
issues during the term of the
"It's really about how to make us
a more competitive employer and
to recruit and retain excellent
management and professional
staff," says Castle.
Another key feature of the new
agreement is the addition of a two-
year trial sick leave plan effective
January 2001, which will pay qualified staff for up to six months until
they are eligible for the income replacement (long-term disability)
Before the new agreement, m&p
staff accumulated one and one-
quarter sick days for each month
worked to a maximum of 152 days.
Staff must have already served
their 12-month probation period
to qualify for this plan.
ubc's m&p staff negotiated an
agreement on conditions and
terms of employment with the university for the first time in 1997.
The new three-year agreement
covers the period from July 1,1999
tojune 30, 2002.
more information
AAPS Web site
www.interchange.ubc.ca/aaps UBC  REPORTS  |  DECEMBER  14,  2000
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Special Guest Lecture: Athletic Spine
Injuries. Prof. Hiroshi Yamamoto.
vgh, Eye Care Centre Aud. at 7am.
Call 875-4192.
Christmas Dinner
For Students. International House at
1pm and 3pm. $2. Advance tickets
required. Call International House at
Men's Basketball Tournament
Thunderbird Classic. War Memorial
Gym from 4-iopm. Continues to Dec.
30. Call 822-BiRD (2473).
Jan. 6 from 8-iopm. $7 adults, $5
youth/seniors, $3 students, under 12
free. Call 822-BIRD (822-2473).
Men's Volleyball
Thunderbirds Vs. Regina. War Memorial Gym from 8-10 pm. Continues Jan.
6 from 6:i5-8pm. $7 adults, $5 youth/
seniors, $3 students, under 12 free.
Call 822-BIRD (822-2473).
Art Exhibition
Look Here: A History Of Canadian
Artwork Selected From The ams Collection, sub ams Art Gallery from
ioam-4pm. Refreshments. Continues
to Jan. 12. Call 822-2361.
Thematic Lecture Series
Globalization Of Labour And Corporate Enterprise In South Korea. Hyun
19th Century Through To Show Tunes
OfThe 1940s And '50s. Gary Relyea,
bass-baritone; Anna Tamm-Relyea,
soprano; Deanna Relyea, mezzo-soprano. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
$4 at the door. Call 822-5574.
CUPE 2950 Lunch And Learn
Balancing Career And Family. Anne
Rice, Women's Resource Centre, tbc
from i-2:3opm. To register e-mail
cupe2950@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Atomic Fountains. Kurt Gibble, Yale
u. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments, Hennings 325 at 3:30pm. Call
New Year's Day Free Swim
ubc Aquatic Centre from 10am-
i2noon. Call 822-4521.
New Year's Day Public Swim
ubc Aquatic Centre from i2noon-
6pm. $3.75 adult, $2 child/senior,
$2.75 youth/student. Call 822-4521.
Millennium Mocktails
Celebrate The New Wellness Centre
Coming To sub. ubc's Wellness Information Network (win) Peer Educa-
tors/uBC Wellness Outreach.
Continues to Jan. 5. sub concourse
from n:3oam-i:3opm. Call Judith
Frankum 822-4858.
Adult Gymnastics Class
Osborne Centre, Unit 2, Gymnastics
Gym from 6-8pm. Call Katie Thomson 822-0207.
Sport Rep Meeting
Aquatic Centre Classroom from 6:30-
7:30pm. Call 822-6000.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
The Provincial Health Officer Annual
Report. Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial
Health Officer, Ministry of Health.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid parking available in b Lot. Call 822-2772.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Fishing Pressure On Vulnerable Reef
Fish In The Turks And Caicos. Murray
Rudd, School for Field Studies. Hut B-
8, Ralf Yorque Room from 11:30am-
1pm. Call 822-2731.
Classics Lecture
Evidence In Athenian Drama: The
Case Of Hippolytus. David C.Mirhady,
Humanities, sfu. Buchanan B Penthouse at 12:30pm. Call 822-3889.
Intramural Sports League
Team Registration
Ball Hockey, Basketball, Futsal, Ultimate, Ice Hockey, Volleyball. Student
Recreation Centre at 5pm. Call
Women's Volleyball
Thunderbirds Vs. Regina. War Memorial Gym from 6:i5-8pm. Continues
Ho Seok, Sociology, Sungkyunkwan u.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Prospects For Peace And Human
Rights In The Post-Cold War Era:
Merging Theory And Practice. Andrew Lui, Political Science. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Community Colloquium
Social Capital: The Key To Understanding Community Resilience. Brian Elliot; Ralph Matthews,
Anthropology and Sociology. Green
College at 4pm. Call 822-1878.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Health Care: Boon Or Bane. Dr. Patricia Baird, Medical Genetics. Scarfe
205 from 4-6pm. Call 822-8625.
St. John's College
Global Change Speaker Series
Canada's Green Advantage: A Cop-
Out Or A Global Responsibility For
Greenhouse Gas Management? Prof.
David Layzell, Biology, Queen's u. St.
John's College 1080 at 5pm. Call
Green College Speaker Series
The Idea Of An Asian Monetary
Fund. Shaun Narine, Institute of International Relations. Green College
at 5pm. Reception Coach House from
6-6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Women's Volleyball
Thunderbirds Vs. Trinity Western. War
Memorial Gym from 6-8pm. $7 adults,
$5 youth/seniors, $3 students, under 12
free. Call 822-BIRD (822-2473).
Men's Volleyball
Thunderbirds Vs. Trinity Western. War
Memorial Gym from 8-10 pm. $7
adults, $5 youth/seniors, $3 students,
under 12 free. Call 822-BIRD (822-2473).
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Tendinosis And Tendinopathies. Dr.
Karim Miran-Khan. vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Arts Career Exploration Fair
Buchanan A 2nd level concourse from
i2noon-4pm. Call 822-4011.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Wolf to Weill: A Program Of German
Song With Styles Ranging From The
Policy Issues In
Post-Secondary Education
Investigating The Social Construction
Of Life Skills Curriculum: Federal
Policy And The Saskatchewan New-
Start Program. Shauna Butterwick,
Educational Studies. Green College at
4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Acute Effects Of Air Pollution In The
Lower Mainland. Dr. Sverre Vidal,
Respirologist, vgh. Mather 253 from
9-ioam. Paid parking available in b
Lot. Call 822-2772.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
On The Brink Of Extinction: The
Plight OfThe Vaquita. Ivonne Ortiz,
Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, u of
Washington. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
Room from n:30am-ipm. Call
Friday Noon Hour At Main
Music For Cello And Piano. Main Library, Dodson Room 502 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Gaseous Feed Distribution In Fluidized Bed Reactors. Fahad Al-Sherehy.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Women's Basketball
Thunderbirds Vs. Trinity Western.
War Memorial Gym from 6:i5-8pm.
Continues Jan. 13. $7 adults, $5 youth/
seniors, $3 students, under 12 free.
Call 822-BiRD (822-2473).
Men's Basketball
Thunderbirds Vs. Trinity Western.
War Memorial Gym from 8-10 pm.
Continues Jan. 13. $7 adults, $5 youth/
seniors, $3 students, under 12 free.
Call 822-BiRD (822-2473).
Men's Ice Hockey
Thunderbirds Hockey Vs. Lethbridge.
Winter Sports Center from 7:30-
10pm. Continues Jan. 13. $7 adults, $5
youth/seniors, $3 students, under 12
free. Call 822-BiRD (822-2473).
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Peter Doig: Cabin Essence. Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery from
ioam-5pm. Continues to March 11.
Call Naomi Sawada 822-2759.
Adidas Noon Run
North sub Plaza from i2:30-i:30pm.
Call Ronnie Gill at 822-1688.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call Kenna Sleigh at 875-5555 ext.
Sustainability Co-ordinators
The World Is What You Make It! The
ubc Sustainability Office is seeking
volunteers to act as departmental
sustainability co-ordinators. Volunteers will receive training and support
in their efforts to raise awareness of
sustainability within their unit. With
only a limited time commitment, our
co-ordinators are affecting changes
by sharing work environment specific
information on energy conservation,
waste reduction, and transportation
alternatives. For more information
visit www.sustain.ubc.ca/20urintia-
tives/sust_coord.html or call Brenda
at 822-3270.
Call For Evening Volunteers
Crane Production Unit (a division of
the ubc Disability Resource Centre)
needs volunteers to narrate textbooks
onto tape. We are looking primarily
for those who can read between 4:30-
8:30pm for a two-hour session once a
week. An audition will be required.
For more information, call Patrice
Leslie, Monday to Thursday from
4:40-8:30pm at 822-6114.
Volunteers Wanted
Habitat For Humanity ubc is looking
for volunteers. Come help out on the
construction site and build homes for
low-income families. No skills required. For more information and to
register for an orientation, e-mail
h4h@email.c0m or call 827-0316.
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a variety of topics designed to help you succeed at ubc. Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or call
International House at 822-5021 or e-
mail ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic
Conditions - A Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board-sponsored program for
people with chronic health conditions. We are looking for leaders to
give the program out in the community. Free training includes information about the program, leader skills,
and helping people cope with these
serious conditions so that they can
get the most out of life. Come out and
learn how you can do something positive about the way that chronic conditions affect, people. Bring a friend and
meet others who are concerned about
getting the most out of life. To register or for more information call Barbara Henn-Pander 822-0634.
The British Columbia Service For
Medication Information Learning
And Education (bc smile) is a medication information program for the
public in bc. It is located at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at ubc,
and is staffed by licensed pharmacists
to educate the public of all ages about
the safe and effective use of medications. The free telephone consultations include complicated inquiries
on medication issues such as interactions, contradictions, allergies, medication reviews, herbs, and alternative
therapies, smile pharmacists also
provide public presentations on a
variety of medication-related topics.
All presentations contain valuable
practical, unbiased, and up-to-date
research information. Call (800) 668-
6233 or 822-1330.
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering,
smelling...Men and women 45-plus
years old are required for a ubc study
on age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin at
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
by telephone to people suffering from
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(ocd). ocd is a disorder involving
recurrent obsessions or compulsions
that cause the individual significant
distress. Call Angela Yeh, Traumatic
Stress Clinic, at 822-8040.
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 who are
carrying binoculars and bird books,
etc. (and bring your own, if you have
them). Call 822-9149.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
moa Shop Annual Holiday Sale.
Continues to Dec. 24. Attributed To
Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand Of
The Artist. Continues to Dec. 31.
Three Case Studies Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to Dec. 31. Raven's
Reprise: Contemporary Works by
First Nations Artists. Continues to
Jan. 14. Conversations: The Tecson
Philippine Collection. Continues to
Feb. 15. Winter hours Wed.-Sun. 11am-
5pm; Tues. to 9pm (s-gpm free). Call
Sage Bistro
Truly food for thought...Sage is open
Monday through Friday from 11am-
2pm. Our luncheon menu changes
weekly and features a wide selection
of wines by the quarter litre and glass.
For reservations please call 822-1500.
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Finders ofthe way
The university's Board of Governors recently approved a Wayfinding Plan for ubc at its November
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signs have been installed at the
corner of Main Mall and University Boulevard.
The entrance at Gate 3 is also
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work on the landscaping and stone
entrance marker has been completed.
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also been installed on the Biological Sciences, Education and Henry
Angus buildings.
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campus have been erected
throughout the city and campus
maps have been supplied to area
taxi companies, pizza outlets and
tourist information centres.
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welcome. For information on ubc's
Wayfinding  Plan  or  to  provide
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taking courses in geographical information sciences.
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call centres, and researchers from
fields as diverse as epidemiology,
anthropology, planning, soil science and geography.
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fir u   Fourth-year Forestry studentsjon Bredick (left) and Paul Jakeway help
sell Christmas trees in the annual UBC Forestry Undergraduate Society
Christmas tree sale. More than 280 trees will be sold at the fundraiser which
continues this week at the Safeway near UBC on West 10th Ave. Money raised
goes towards the Union Gospel Mission which operates a daily soup kitchen
in the Downtown Eastside. Andy Poon photo
Experts help open
doors to North Korea
Professors aim to expand
academic contacts
Canada is playing a leading academic role in opening up an isolated North Korea and two ubc professors in the Faculty of Graduate
Studies are in the forefront.
Prof. Paul Evans, director ofthe
Program for Canada-Asia Policy
Studies, and Prof. Brian Job, director ofthe Institute of International Relations, have been involved in
bilateral exchanges for the past
decade with representatives of policy institutes in North Korea, formally known as the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (dprk).
Evans was part of a Canadian
parliamentary research delegation
that visited North Korea last September to broaden and deepen relations between the two countries.
Canada formally recognized North
Korea last July.
"Academics have played an important role in establishing contacts with North Korea through the
difficult period of tension in the
Korean peninsula and in the absence of formal relations between
the two countries," says Evans.
He says the relationship needs
to be nurtured in the interest of
promoting peace and stability on
the peninsula, meeting humanitarian needs and supporting Canada's role in north Pacific affairs.
North Korea raised international concern in 1998 when it test-
fired a long-range missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean. However the country has been reaching
out to the international community and increasing the number of
countries with which it has ties.
Evans believes that the acute
humanitarian crisis in North Korea is unlikely to subside in the
near future. He says food production and the rate of malnutrition
among children continues to be a
major concern for officials.
One of the recommendations
that came out of the September
visit is to continue existing dialogue mechanisms and supplement them with regular academic
exchanges and training programs.
"Here at ubc we are involved in
a research program focused on the
dprk," says Evans.
The initiative includes an electronic clipping service on developments in the dprk and DPRK/Can-
ada relations.
"The next step is to expand our
academic contacts with North Korea through seminars, research
collaboration and training programs in both countries," says
Evans. "We're negotiating for a six-
week training program at ubc for
people from research institutes in
North Korea."
Evans believes this is an important step for North Korean research institutes which have had
very little contact with outside
countries in the past decade.
He says the work being done at
ubc strengthens Canadian connections with South Korea and encourages a more positive atmosphere for north-south reconciliation.
"For our professors and eventually our students, this is an important opportunity to be on the frontier of ending the cold war in
northeast Asia and integrating
North Korea into the international
Gift to
the Institute of Asian Research
(iar) in the Faculty of Graduate
Studies will encourage high quality research, provide seed money
for new programs, promote inter-
disciplinarity and support innovative collaborations with government, business, faculty and students from around the world.
The endowment will also provide support for the Master of Arts
in Asia Pacific Policy Studies program within the iar and maximize
opportunities for students in this
newly established program, the
first and only master's program of
its kind in Canada.
The endowment was established by the Cheung-Kok Choi
family of Vancouver.
Scholars from around the world
gather at iar to conduct leading
research focussing on China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and India and South Asia.
Choi, who passed away in September, also established numerous
fellowships and prizes at ubc and
provided funding for the construction ofthe CK. Choi Building.
Honour Roll
Dr. Robert Armstrong has been
named head ofthe Dept. of Pediatrics in ubc's Faculty of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief of
the Children's & Women's Health
Centre of B.C. for an initial five-
year term.
Armstrong obtained his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University. He earned his
medical degree and MSc and
PhD in Growth and Development from McMaster University.
A faculty member since 1987,
Armstrong has been active in the
evolution of developmental pediatrics from a clinical research
and educational perspective in
B.C., nationally and internationally. He has recently been co-
chairing a national co-ordinating
group working to create an institute focused on maternal child
and youth health.
He succeeds Dr. Judith Hall
who has served as head of the
Pediatrics Dept. since 1990.
A distinguished nuclear physics
researcher and educator has been
named the new director of triumf—Canada's national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics which is located at ubc
Alan Shotter, currently a professor of experimental physics at
the University of Edinburgh will
start a five-year appointment
next fall.
He will lead the Canadian
effort at the Isotope Accelerator
facility at triumf.
Shotter is considered Europe's
top researcher in the field of nuclear physics using accelerated
Dr. Robert Armstrong
beams of exotic ions. He is currently leading the research effort
in nuclear physics in the u.k. He
is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and ofthe Royal Society of Edinburgh.
triumf is supported with
funding from the federal government and the National Research
Council of Canada.
ubc, the University of Alberta,
Carleton University, Simon Fraser University and the University
of Victoria operate the laboratory under a joint venture agreement.
ubc alumnus Marta Adamovic
recently won a Palm Pilot v courtesy of the ubc Bookstore.
Adamovic was among those
who provided feedback on the
1999/00 ubc Annual Report online by Nov. 30.
ubc's Annual Report is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/
Volunteers' efforts lessen
environmental footprint
To subscribe to the electronic
clipping service on developments
in the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea e-mail
Across campus, faculty
and staff'help colleagues
achieve sustainability
since the early '80s, Katie Eliot
has been actively promoting sound
environmental practices at work
and at home.
She remembers the days when
the city's recycling programs were in
their early stages during her work
with the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (spec).
These days Eliot is a secretary
at ubc's Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies but she maintains an active interest in protecting the environment with her role
as a volunteer sustainability coordinator.
The co-ordinators help the university's Campus Sustainability
Office promote and implement a
sustainable community at ubc
"We really couldn't do it without
our sustainability co-ordinators,"
says Sean Pander, liaison officer for
the Sustainability Office.
"They are our eyes, ears and
voices   of   sustainability   within
their departments and faculties on
campus," says Pander.
Some 100 volunteers help educate
the almost 50,000 students, faculty
and staff at ubc in environmental
To date, there are co-ordinators in
about 80 departments and faculties.
They provide their colleagues with
information about the environmental impacts of their daily activities.
They also help people identify environmentally-friendly alternatives in
the workplace.
The co-ordinators follow a framework for action provided by the Sustainability Office that helps them focus and work step by step to reduce
energy use, waste and water use. Coordinators also work with colleagues
to reduce the number of single occupant vehicle trips to and from campus.
Every two months there is a topic
that the co-ordinators help promote
to their colleagues. For December
and January, the topic is waste reduction.
People are encouraged to examine the benefits of buying goods
made from recycled content and to
look for ways to reduce the amount
of paper they use daily.
Katie Eliot
"It helps to have the focus on
one specific issue at a time," says
Eliot. "It makes it easier to set
goals and measure progress that
She says in the past two years
that she has been a co-ordinator,
colleagues have told her that they
have employed techniques learnt
at ubc in their own homes.
"It makes me really happy to
be part of a large organization
that has committed to reducing
its environmental footprint," says
For more information on becoming a sustainability volunteer
visit www.sustain.ubc.ca, e-mail
sustain@interchange.ubc.ca or
call (604) 822-3270. 8  |  UBC  REPORTS  |  DECEMBER  14, 20OO
Christopher Zed has to be one of
busiest people in Dentistry
Everything from A to Zed
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
forget solar power, nuclear
power and harnessing raging rivers—the Faculty of Dentistry has
discovered its own unique energy
His name is Christopher Zed.
He is the manager of the ubc
Dental Clinic which sees more
than 32,000 patients annually; the
director of Postgraduate and External Studies; the director of Specialty Clinics; and the head of Hospital Programs.
He is also a painter, a marathon
runner, a skier, a piano player and a
kayaker who clearly thrives on what
he describes as "a huge busy life."
A faculty member since 1995,
Zed initially set his sights on the
business world and obtained an
mba from the University of Toronto in 1990. A desire to work with
people took him back to his alma
mater, Dalhousie University, to
complete a degree in Dentistry followed by a residency in hospital
raised in saint john, n.b., as one
of seven children, Zed added his
degrees to the family total of 23
professional degrees.
"We're very driven in my family," he
admits. Driven maybe, but not
driven crazy.
"I don't feel all that stressed,"
says the 34-year-old. "I try to lead
by example and enable the team.
That's really important to me — if
I am successful it's because the
team is successful."
Much of Zed's experience in
teamwork was developed during
his hospital residency at the ubc
Hospital site of Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.
Dental patients seen in hospital
are often medically compromised
and present with challenging and
complicated problems. Zed became accustomed to working with
a variety of consultants to ensure
the patient's overall health was
considered when planning dental
His work in hospital dentistry
also re-inforced Zed's interest in
expanding dental education to include treating medically complex
and underserved populations.
"I want students to have an understanding of all populations—
people who may have vastly different social, sexual or financial backgrounds than the student's," he
says. "That's where they can really
broaden their scope of learning."
Research, education and service
are Zed's touchstones for making
decisions. It's not surprising, therefore, that he is involved in ubc's
activities in the Downtown East-
side which seek to provide resources to Vancouver's underserved inner-city community.
Residents have identified their
needs and Zed and undergraduate
students will be volunteering dental services starting next month as
part of a project managed by the
area's Portland Hotel Society.
Using a model of service learning, students will get hands-on experience treating complex dental
health problems that they might
not encounter at the dental clinic
on campus.
haida gwaii is another area
where Zed sees opportunities for
ubc dental students to learn and
work in satellite clinics.
Working with Health Canada
and Faculty of Dentistry Assoc.
Prof. Rosamund Harrison and the
assistant dean of Clinical Affairs
Lex MacNeil, Zed aims to build a
12-month residency program in
community-based dentistry.
Dental residents could provide
specialty and pediatric care locally
for patients that now require airlifting to centres on the mainland
for treatment.
Zed says he's always thinking 10
years down the road. His plan for
Haida Gwaii in the next decade in-
Research, education and service combine to guide
Christopher Zed as a leader of external programs and
clinics in ubc's Faculty of Dentistry. Hilary Thomson photo
eludes using the faculty's strengths
in information technology to develop tele-health services for the
area that would include digital radiography and on-line consulting.
Thinking two years down the
road is all that's required when he
considers one of his biggest challenges—the clinic's move to a new
The new 2,700-square-metre addition to the north of the j.b. Macdonald Building will: add 20 additional workstations to the existing
96, improve sterilization measures
and ability to control infection in
waterlines and work surfaces; and
improve technological capacity.
Designers are also taking into
account the ergonomics of dental
practice, an emerging issue for individuals who do their work on the
small oral cavity from above and
behind while reaching for instruments and using a computer—all
in a space not much bigger than a
car interior.
"New technologies and new demands on dentists for a greater
scope of oral health care mean students require more knowledge and
support than ever before—this
new facility allows us to deliver
what they need," says Zed.
It's a big agenda that requires
big energy. But Zed has more than
sheer energy going for him. McNeil
describes his colleague as funny,
dedicated and very focused on
what he believes in.
Luckily, one of the things he believes in is balance—every day he
takes what he calls his "prescription run."
"That's my own time to download," he says. " I figure out a lot of
things while I run."
A portable sport is how he describes it, which is important for a
man who logs thousands of kilometres a year in business trips.
He completed his first marathon in May of this year in Ottawa
and describes the experience as
amazing. He plans to do the New
York marathon next.
A kayaker since arriving in b.c.
in 1994, he also loves to golf, play
tennis, hike the Grouse Grind and
And it's not just sports that provide relief from what he calls the
organized chaos of clinic life.
Many nights Zed can be found
playing just about everything from
Bach to rock and roll on a piano in
a converted garden house on his
property. With most of his family
playing the instrument as kids, he
recalls that they actually wore out
the family piano and had to replace the hammers.
A self-confessed "Maritime music freak" Zed says if he were to give
up his job tomorrow he would become a professional piano player.
Or maybe an artist.
He took up watercolour painting as an adult. He does abstract
and impressionist work and is currently working on paintings of
petroglyphs he saw while hiking
on a volcano in Hawaii.
So what is the fuel for this human energy source?
"I like to continually raise the
bar," he says. "I get energized by being part of a team, by giving service
and by reaching the goals I've set."
Fortunately for the Faculty of
Dentistry, Chris Zed seems to be one
energy source that won't run out


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