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VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER     13     |     SEPTEMBER     6,     2001
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bookmark ubc Bookstore staff assist some ofthe customers who will account for about 25,000 sales transactions
during this week's scramble for textbooks and supplies. Deadline for the draw to win Term 1 textbooks is Sept. 15 and
two winners will be announced Sept. 17. The last day for textbook refunds is Sept. 21 and the Bookstore has extended
its hours until then. For details, see www.bookstore.ubc.ca. Hilary Thomson photo
Address indirect research
costs,' federal report urges
Committee suggests new funding agreement is needed
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
THE SHORTFALL IN FUNDING indirect costs of university research
must be addressed to achieve the
federal government's innovation
agenda, according to a recent parliamentary report.
Called A Canadian Innovation
Agenda for the Twenty-first Century, the report contains recommendations to advance university
research capacity. Among these is
a suggestion that the federal government and provinces negotiate a
new funding agreement that takes
into account direct and indirect
research costs.
"This recommendation is very
welcome news," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research.
"While the new federal programs
to support research have helped to
advance our research ability, administrative costs of research have
strained budgets."
The Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada has called
for the federal government to reimburse universities for indirect research costs at a nominal rate of 40
per cent over and above direct costs.
Indirect costs include upgrades of
information technology for transfer
of research data between institutions, better support for ethical reviews and support for library resources.
According to the report, Canada's 92 universities accounted for
almost 24 per cent of all research
and development activity in the
country in 1998. Among its major
competitor countries, Canada is
one ofthe few where indirect costs
of research are not covered. One
outcome is a reliance on the private sector for research activity
The report also addressed the
research capacity of smaller universities where funding for indi
rect costs is constrained. In addition to these costs, the report recommends an allocation of funds to
smaller institutions on a competitive basis to help them establish a
strong research foundation.
The report criticized the Canada
Research Chairs (crc) allocation
system. It contends that the imbalance in research capacity across the
country is reinforced because most
chairs are based at large universities and only six per cent of chairs
have gone to smaller universities.
The crc program provides federally funded research positions to
attract and retain leading investigators, and allocation is largely
based on past competitions for research grants.
The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, which produced the report, will examine the
distribution of the chairs when it
reviews the granting councils in
detail this fall.
see Indirect, page 2
Record numbers
flock to campus
Administration acts to
meet housing, course needs
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
ubc's largest-ever class of
new students arrived on campus
this week and university officials
have acted quickly to ensure their
housing and course registration
needs are met.
As of late August, the university
was expecting 5,161 new first-year
undergraduates, 20 per cent more
than the 4,323 target for the 2001-
2002 academic year.
The spike in registration resulted from several factors, among
them an increase in both the
number of applications and in the
acceptance rate of early offers of
ubc's reputation for quality research, the introduction of new academic programs, and guaranteed
on-campus housing also helped to
attract a larger number of new students this year according to university officials.
"ubc is an attractive place
where students want to come,"
says Neil Guppy, associate vice-
president, Academic Programs.
"Now, we're doing what we can to
guarantee them reasonable housing and getting as much course ca
pacity as we can in place."
With the majority of incoming
students entering the faculties of
Arts and Science, Guppy says
funding has been made available
to provide more courses in Math,
English and other core subjects.
Preparations have included hiring
additional teaching assistants in order to accommodate more students
in tutorials and laboratories, and
hiring new instructors to teach additional course sections. Extra sections are also being added to courses starting in the second term.
Even with these arrangements,
some Science students may still
find themselves on course waiting
lists when classes begin, says Paul
Harrison, associate dean, Student
Services, in the Faculty of Science.
The faculty has hired additional
instructors and teaching assistants and will be using all available
classroom and lab space.
"When it comes down to limited
space, our priority is to ensure students get the courses they need in
conditions that are safe," Harrison
says, adding that staff are continually monitoring course registration
and moving wait-listed students
into spaces that become available.
Thanks to new faculty guidelines that were brought into effect
this year, Science students now
see Flock, page 2
Graduates working
in b.c, says survey
Most graduates are at
work in chosen field
what happens to b.c. university
students after graduation — are
they employed, in debt, or back at
More than 5,600 B.C. graduates
from the class of 1997 were asked
these and other questions as part of
the University Student Outcomes
Project, an initiative of The University Presidents' Council (tupc) and
funded by the provincial Ministry
of Advanced Education.
"This survey offers good news
for students and prospective students," says ubc vice-president, Academic, Barry McBride. "b.c. graduates are realizing the dividends of
their investment in education;
they're in highly skilled and high-
paying occupations right here in
Highlights of the recently released survey, which was conducted in 1999, show that two years after graduation, more than 95 per
cent of 1997 graduates were employed — a similar rate to that reported by Ontario university graduates — and a majority of respondents found employment within a
year of graduation.
Almost 70 per cent of all graduates surveyed reported their job
was to some or a great extent related to their field of study and almost all respondents stayed in b.c.
see Work, page 2 UBC     REPORTS
A lesson in humanities
needed (editor agrees)
I'm writing about the article "Banner year for campus research" (ubc
reports, Aug. 9).
The article mentions that 47 ubc
"scientists" received funding from
sshrc in this year's competition. I
currently hold a sshrc grant, and
while I'd like to think (because I'm
a specialist in medieval Latin,
among other things) that you were
using "scientist" in terms of its root
meaning (scientia is Latin for
knowledge, so a scientist is just
someone who knows or finds out
things), somehow I don't think so.
In other words, the 47 faculty who
received funding from sshrc would
doubtless describe themselves either
as humanists or as social scientists
(sshrc = Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).
It's important for our official
news bulletin to reflect accurately
what the faculty are doing, and it is
simply not accurate to lump humanists in with scientists.
ubc has consistently done very
well on the Macleans ranking, for
example, in part because its humanists and social scientists have done
so well in sshrc competitions.
ubc has particular and specific
expertise in humanities research,
and you do us a disservice to disguise that expertise through errors
such as this one.
Sian Echard
Associate Professor. English
Continued from page 1
have two years to complete lower-
level required courses. Harrison
says the more flexible program requirements may help to ease the
demands on course registration.
The increased number of new students has also affected on-campus
housing but the university has honoured its long-standing policy of accommodating any scholarship winners and first-year students from
outside the Lower Mainland who
have applied to live on-campus.
To house the students eligible
for residence rooms, ubc Housing
and Conferences has made arrangements for up to 100 temporary housing spaces at Totem Park
Continued from page 1
Almost one-half of full-time employed graduates were earning
$40,000 or more annually.
The debt load for about half of
students was at a median of
$15,000. Ten per cent of borrowers
have debts of more than $34,000.
The follow-up surveys are de
signed to help students make informed choices about university
programs, assist universities in
planning and address the government's need for accountability, says
Dean Goard, secretary of tupc.
Five b.c. universities participated in the survey — Royal Roads
University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of
Victoria and ubc. Survey response
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Call for Nominations
Killam Prizes for
Excellence in Teaching
The University of British Columbia established Awards for
Excellence in Teaching in 1989. Awards are made by the Faculty of
Science to ubc Science faculty members, including full-time
(sessional) lecturers and laboratory instructors who are selected
as outstanding teachers.
We are seeking input from ubc alumni, current and former
Nomination Deadlines:
FIRST TERM - OCT. 12, 2001
Nominations should be accompanied by supporting statements and
nominator's name address and telephone number. Please send
nominations to:
c/o Office ofthe Dean of Science
Rm. 1505 - 6270 University Blvd.
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, bc v6t 1Z4
fax 604-822-5558
rate was 62 per cent.
The summary and complete report, prepared for tupc by ubc's
Office of Planning and Institutional Research, may be found at www.
by converting lounges into dorm-
style rooms. The rooms, housing
three to four students each, are
equipped with phone and Internet
hookups and are being provided at
a 25 per cent discount.
"We hope to move students into
regular dorm rooms as space becomes available, and re-convert
the lounges to their original purpose as soon as possible," says Robert Frampton, assistant director,
Residence Administration.
Continued from page i
The committee also recommended that the federal government consult with the provinces to
develop a comprehensive policy on
the commercialization of university and college research that would
include rules on disclosure, ownership of results and administration
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finding solutions. UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER  6, 2001
Commerce opens
door to first-years
Student organizers for this year's Imagine undergraduate orientation offer a peek inside some ofthe 4,500 frosh kits
assembled by Imagine volunteers during the summer. The kits, filled with information from organizations throughout
campus, were distributed during Imagine Day activities Tuesday. (Clockwise, 1-r) Erin Biddlecombe, Zul Kanji, Ly Dich,
GinaTsai.Tara Learn, and Imagine student co-chair Chris Koch. Michelle Cook photo.
Imagine, they're volunteers
Behind every first-year student there's a raft of volunteers
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
sept. 4 may have been the first day
of university for thousands of new
ubc undergraduates, but it
marked the culmination of
months of effort by more than 700
campus volunteers involved in organizing Imagine ubc, Canada's
largest university orientation program.
Imagine ubc, now in its fifth
year, is a day of introductions, information sessions, workshops
and a pep rally designed to help
first-year students make the transition from high school to university.
This year's successful orientation was the result of a year's worth
of planning by Imagines organizers and first-year admitting faculties and programs.
A steering committee of 45 student leaders provided advice and
support to the core team of five organizers: student co-chair Chris
Koch; student event co-ordinators
Tara Learn and Erin Biddlecombe;
faculty co-chair Ric Spratley; and
Janet Teasdale, ubc first-year coordinator in the Office ofthe Vice-
Koch, a fourth-year Mechanical
Engineering student, says few undergraduate students go untouched by ubc's largest volunteer
effort. This year, an estimated 90
per cent of new undergraduates attended the event.
More than 800 students volunteered for 450 My Undergraduate
Group (mug) leader positions, a
12-month commitment that includes filling 4,500 frosh kits with
campus information and providing support and information to
new students year round.
In addition, 45 Imagine faculty
participate in the student success
workshops and another 250 stu
dents and staff volunteered to help
out on Sept. 4. Koch hopes the enthusiasm of all those involved rubs
off on incoming students.
"I hope they go home from the
day wanting to go to classes the
next day and wanting to get involved on campus themselves,"
Koch says.
Regular classes were cancelled
for the massive orientation session
at which volunteers directed new
students into one of this year's 450
mugs for icebreaker activities on
Main Mall.
Plans for the day included student success workshops and meet-
your-dean sessions followed by a
lunchtime round of MUGlympics,
organised by the fraternities and
sororities and the Intramural program. An Imagine ubc pep rally at
the War Memorial Gym rounded
out the day.
Paul Tennant, director of the
Arts Faculty's Foundations Program for first-year students and an
Imagine faculty organizer, encourages students to get involved with
the interactive orientation effort.
"It's fun, but it's so apparent to
me that an important but invisible
benefit is the leadership training
students are getting," Tennant says.
"Imagine allows them to grow in
hands-on ways and they gain both
intellectual and practical skills."
Another long-term benefit of
joining the Imagine training program, Tennant says, is that students come to view their university as more than a place of study.
"In the long run, this will produce alumni with a greater connection to their alma mater," Tennant says. "It's a small but important part of building the ubc community."
Imagine activities continue
tomorrow with the Main Event carnival   featuring   100   interactive
booths showcasing student life.
The carnival takes place in Mac-
Innes Field from 1-4 p.m. and will
be followed at 6 p.m. by a concert
featuring rock band Wide Mouth
Mason hosted by the ams First-
week Program.
More than 1,000 applied;
150 first-year students
enter in pilot project
by Don Wells staffwriter
the biz whiz kids have arrived at
ubc. Not another hipster teen
band, but a cohort of outstanding
high school students looking for a
top-ranked business school.
The Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration has
turned out to be the destination of
choice for 150 first-year students
whose average high school grade
point average is 90 per cent. Previously, the faculty only accepted
students in their second year or
"We felt that we should congratulate exceptional high school
achievements by allowing those
students who named Commerce
as their first-choice program to enter in their first year," says Patricia
Shanahan, assistant dean and director, Undergraduate Programs.
"Students now have a choice to
join a top-rated business school
from day one, located right in their
own back yard."
More than 1,400 applications
were received in the first year of a
pilot project designed to attract
top students from Canada and
Like many Canadian universities, ubc has traditionally required
students to complete first-year
prerequisites in Math, Economics
and English and other electives,
and then apply to Commerce as
second-year students.
The first-year students admitted gained entrance on the basis of
their high school grades, with the
majority of entrants having some
form of scholarship.
The change will enable the faculty to more successfully compete
for outstanding students among a
growing number of major business
schools, including Queen's, Western and Toronto, which already accept first-year students or guarantee them admission upon completion of prerequisites.
Students accepted into first-year
Commerce will take the required
Math, Economics and English
courses, as well as Organizational
Behaviour and Accounting courses
normally taken in second year.
The students will also be able to
become involved with Commerce
activities, such as the Commerce
Undergraduate Society, various
clubs and social events, a year earlier than normal, in order to help
foster a stronger connection to the
Waiter, there's a bug in your suit
Personality and hard-working drive win the day for Jose
Computer Science Dept.'s Jose really takes the cake.
For that matter, he'll take any
kind of food, and then serve it to
guests with panache.
Jose and his pal Eric were both
programmed by graduate students
to serve hors d'oeuvres to party
Eric got so good at it, he was entered into a serving contest at the
American Association for Artificial
Intelligence's 10th annual Mobile
Robot Competition last month in
Seattle. Just days before the competition though, Eric's hard-drive
crashed and his understudy, Jose,
was pressed into service.
Fortunately, Jose and Eric are the
same size, so Eric's tuxedo didn't
require any last-minute alterations.
Once appropriately decked out
in Eric's Armani and white gloves,
Jose worked the room with aplomb,
offering appetizers to guests with a
smile. Those who helped themselves before being asked were admonished with a frown.
Actually, his face only appears on
a laptop computer screen, but it's
sufficient to dissuade greedy humans from trying it a second time.
When it was all over, Jose took
home first place. Technically the
prize went to the team of six students who developed and trained
Jose by writing and re-writing his
Jose faced some stiff competition with entries from Kansas
State University, Pennsylvania's
Swarthmore College, the Seattle
Robotics Society and the University of Aveiro in Portugal.
He scored extra points for having a voice that enabled him to verbally offer hors d'oeuvres, and occasionally kibitz with guests with
friendly jibes such as "Would you
like fries with that?"
He also scored well for discerning people from objects by identifying flesh tones with his five video
cameras. And he identified people
who hadn't yet been served, which
was one of the competition requirements.
"Ifyou take something from the
tray before he reaches the group of
people he has chosen as his destination, he assumes you're stealing
it," explains team leader Pantelis
Elinas. "So he complains about
Perhaps best of all, Jose knew
when his serving tray was empty,
Prize-winning waiterjose
prompting him to return to home
base to get more hors d'oeuvres.
The other grad student robo-
teurs are Jesse Hoey, Darrel Lahey,
Jeff Montgomery, Don Murray anc
Kangkang Yin. They were assisted
by Computer Science professors
Jim Little, David Lowe, Alan Mackworth and post doctoral fellow
Stephen Se.
Jose's next shift is at an upcoming federal government sponsored
breakfast attended by Industry
Minister Brian Tobin. Jose is clearly up to the task, but in keeping
with protocol, the students will
help him learn a bit of French.
"Un croissant, Monsieur Tobin?" 4 I  UBC REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER 6, 2001
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Program aims to address
need for health researchers
Organizers plan to develop undergraduate learning
opportunities in research across range of disciplines
Epidemiology has received a renewable grant of $375,000 per year
over five years from Canadian
Health Services Research Foundation to develop and implement a
health services research training
"With so many emerging
health-care issues, there is a critical need for expert researchers,"
says Sam Sheps, program director
and former head of the Dept. of
Health Care and Epidemiology.
"This program is an innovative
way to supply that demand and
the new knowledge will ultimately
lead to improvements in our
health services."
The training stream includes a
four- to six-month co-op place
ment at health service sites such as
community health units, hospitals
and regional health boards — an
innovation rarely seen in PhD programs, says Sheps.
One of three similar new programs across Canada, the training
stream will be a collaborative program with the University of Manitoba and will link to resources at
the University of Northern British
Columbia (unbc), Okanagan University College, Simon Fraser University (sfu) and the University of
Victoria (uvic).
The Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research at ubc and
the Manitoba Centre for Health
Policy and Evaluation will also play
key roles in the program.
The training stream will be fully
integrated with the department's
existing graduate programs.
Health research issues include
impact of downsizing on patient
care, effectiveness of screening
programs, home-care quality,
health product and service advertising, surgical wait lists and issues
relating to rural and remote health.
Organizers also plan to develop
undergraduate learning opportunities in health services research
for students in health sciences as
well as other disciplines such as
"Traditionally there have been
few opportunities for these students to consider health services
research as a career," says Sheps.
"We want to create opportunities
to broaden the disciplinary contribution to the study of health care
issues within the university and in
the wider community."
Undergraduate learning resources include the Office of the
Co-ordinator of Health Sciences,
unbc, uvic, sfu, the University of
Winnipeg and Brandon University
in Manitoba.
Curriculum will be developed
with student and health services
community input. Community decision-makers will also be part of
the admissions committee.
The training stream will formally admit its first students in fall
2003, however, up to three student
stipends at each site will be available this fall for study in health services research.
Similar programs are found in
the Atlantic region and Quebec. A
fourth program centre is planned
for Ontario.
Contact Sam Sheps at
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Eastside initiative increases
opportunities for outreach
Learning Exchange orients students to volunteer work
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
year-round training and recruitment as well as more placement opportunities are among the
recent developments in the Trek
2000 volunteer program, part of
ubc's Learning Exchange, a storefront resource in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside.
"We're trying to make it simpler
for students to participate in the
program right away while their interest is high," says Shane Tryon,
program development intern at
the Learning Exchange. The facility is part of ubc's commitment to
community outreach found in
Trek 2000, the university's vision
Fourth-year Arts student Elmira
Mafi is one of 65 volunteers in the
A volunteer since May, she
teaches English language skills to
adults every week at the Storefront
Orientation Society or sos. The society provides outreach, advocacy
and pre-employment assistance to
refugee claimants and new immigrants.
"I've always been interested in
teaching," says Mafi. "This gives
me an opportunity to help where
it's really needed."
About 10 adults attend each of
her two-hour weekly classes and
ages range from 25-70 years. Lesson plans are provided by sos and
focus on day-to-day needs such as
visiting the library or shopping.
Mafi says she tries to make learning fun by using charades, written
exercises and students' own experiences to explain everything from
sunny side up to popcorn and
block and tackle.
Mafi praised the volunteer program's interview and selection
process and says the orientation
helped dispel her misconceptions
about the community.
"It's good to find out what actually goes on in your city," she says.
A day-long workshop that focuses on information about the
community, safety and partner organizations as well as a tour ofthe
inner city are designed to help new
volunteers feel more comfortable
in the downtown core.
Mafi says she now has a better
understanding of different cul-
Instead of using your car, walk to the store.
Do an errand on your bicycle.Take the bus
to work, or carpool it
tures and appreciates the struggle
required to achieve what most of
us take for granted. Her involvement has also built her confidence
and broadened her perspective,
she says.
"I was sort of intimidated at first
but now I feel comfortable in this
community — you've got to talk to
people to get past the stereotypes."
Some of the organizations that
accept Trek volunteers include a
pre-employment counselling agency called Skills Connections and
RayCam Co-operative Community
Centre. The Trek program will also
be filling four paid student positions to assist in program development and to start new projects
such as a Trek volunteer newsletter.
more information
For more information on the
Learning Exchange or to become a
Trek 2000 volunteer, contact 604-
822-0076 or 604-408-5183 or check
the Web site at www.
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Public Open House
Three Neighbourhood Plans
for the UBC campus
Monday, Sept. io, 2001
2 - 8 p.m.
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall
The Official Community Plan (ocp) forthe University of British Columbia provides a vision and goals for future development, broad
land use designations and objectives for more detailed planning.
The purpose ofthe Neighbourhood Planning process (called Area
Planning in the ocp) is to interpret those policies and objectives as
a framework for development approval in specific campus areas.
This Open House is intended to provide an opportunity to see the
work done to date for three Neighbourhood Plans for the campus:
the Theological Neighbourhood Plan (tnp), the Mid-Campus
Neighbourhood Plan (mcnp), and the University Boulevard Neighbourhood Plan (ubnp). Members ofthe planning teams will be
available to provide information on each ofthe Plans.
Copies ofthe draft plans may be viewed at Campus Planning & Development, 2210 West Mall (ubc) (hours: m-f, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm).
• This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals needing
(^^C      assistive listening devices, captioning, or information on alternate media should contact
—^-—l    Gisela Haarbrucker at 822-9560 one week in advance.
free parking will be available in the Fraser River Parkade across the street from the Asian Centre.
Please pick up a parking pass after the meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or for further information: Jim Carruthers, Campus Planning & Development at
The Dept. of Physiology (www.physiology.ubc.ca) invites
applications for an Instructor position. Applicants should
possess an md and/or phD in an appropriate biological science
and have two or more years of teaching experience. The teaching
responsibilities of the successful applicant will be primarily
laboratory classes, together with some lectures and tutorials, for
undergraduate science and medical/dental students. Salary will
be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The initial
appointment will be for one year, renewable for a further two.
Depending upon future funding, and the performance of the
successful applicant, the position may be converted to a tenure
track Instructor position after three years. Applications
including curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching
experience and the names of three individuals willing to supply a
letter of reference, should be submitted by Sept. 31, 2001, to Dr.
k.g. Baimbridge, Dept. of Physiology, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, bc, v6t 1Z3, Canada.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. In
accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this
advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada in the first instance.
Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies
Workshop Grant
The pwias Exploratory Workshop Program provides awards of
$15,000 to $25,000 to interdisciplinary teams of ubc researchers
to come together with outstanding international experts to develop a major collaborative research project. The proposal should
be broadly interdisciplinary and involve basic research. The
deadline for the Fall 2001 competition is Oct. 1.
For more information, contact the Wall Institute by phone
(604-822-4782), fax (604-822-4222) or e-mail (info@pwias.ubc.ca);
or check the Web site (www.pwias.ubc.ca)
Writing Centre
Offering a variety of non-credit courses and services
to the university community and the general public
Academic or General Interest Courses
Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
Advanced Composition
Getting Ahead with Grammar
Writing for Graduate Students
Professional Development Courses
Report and Business Writing
Scientific Writing
Writing for Film and Television
Freelance Article Writing
Personal Interest Courses
Journal Writing
Sports Writing
Writing Food
Comedy for Writers
P  Information: 604-822-9564 UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER 6,  2001
Feast Of Fields
Farm Folk/City Folk Feast Of Fields.
ubc South Campus Farm from 1 to
5pm. $60 in advance. Call
604-730-0450 or 604-822-5092.
Career Services Workshops
Writing A Winning Resume. Brock
Hall 2001 from i-3pm. Call
Open House
Annual ubc md/phd Student Research Forum And Open House. Peter
Wall from i:30-5pm. Call
Biochemistry Seminar
Prokaryotic Promoters In The Test
Tube And In The Environment. Victor
de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Bio-
technologia. irc #4 at 3:45pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Asian Research Seminar
The Fluid World: Fragmenting Authority, Increasing Capability, Transient Places, And Insecurity. Barrie m.
Morrison, honorary professor, ck
Choi 120 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Indoor Plant Sale
Botanical Garden from nam-spm.
Continues Sept. 14 and 15. Call
Research Seminar
Health Promotion In A Changing
World: Challenges And Opportunities. Irving Rootman, chair, Canadian
Consortium for Health Promotion
Research. Library Processing Centre
424 from i2:i5-i:3opm. Call Jim Frank-
ish or Shona Kelly 604-822-2258.
A Conference In Honour Of Daniel L.
Overmyer: Religious Thought And
Lived Religion In China. Green College at 8:45am. Continues to Sept. 16.
Visit www.interchange.ubc.ca/pb-
crowe/index.htm. E-mail
clartp@missouri.edu. Call
UBC/UEL Community Event
4th Annual Happening On The Hill.
University Hill Community Event. Jim
Everett Park from l-npm. E-mail
lorraine.beckett@ubc.ca or call Lorraine Beckett, ubc Plant Operations
Green College
Performing Arts Group
A Potpourri Of Talent From Green
College Members. Coffee House No. 1.
Green College at 8pm. Call
The Politics Of Language In Europe
And Canada. Jean Laponce; various
speakers. Green College Coach House
at 4pm. Continues to Sept. 11. Refreshments. Call 604-822-1452.
Thematic Lecture
The Story Of Creativity: Historical
Perspectives And Interpretations.
Dean Keith Simonton, Psychology, u
of California. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Faculty Women's Club Program
Coffee On The Terrace - Welcome
Back. Cecil Green Park House at
10am. Call 604-222-2950.
Microbiology Dolman Lectureship
Prokaryotic Promoters In The Test
Tube And In The Environment. Victor
de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Bio-
technologia. Wesbrook 100 from
i2:3O-i:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Optical Cavities At Work: Novel Applications To Spectroscopic Sensing.
Prof. Brian Orr, Environmental and
Life Sciences, Macquarie u. Chemistry B-250 from i-2pm. Refreshments.
Call 604-822-3341.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Recon Division, vgh, Eye Care Centre
Aud. from 7-8am. Call 604-875-5555
ext. 62806.
Chemical And
Biological Engineering Seminar
Dimensional Hydrodynamic Similitude In Three-Phase Fluidized Beds
With Application To Syncrude's lc-
Finer. Arturo Macchi. ChemEng 206
at i2noon. Call 604-822-3238.
History Lecture
Joseph Conrad's Debt To The Eastern
Seas. Joep a Campo, lecturer. World
History, Erasmus u. Buchanan B-221
from i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-5178.
Lecture Science First!
The Sacred Balance. David Suzuki,
scientist; host. The Nature of Things.
IRC #2 from i2:30-l:3opm. Call
Feminist Legal Studies Lecture
Imagining Otherness: Refugee Claims
On The Basis Of Sexuality In Canada
And Australia. Jenni Millbank, lecturer, Law, u of Sydney. Curtis 157 from
l2:30-2pm. Call 604-822-6523.
Physics Colloquium
Probing Pulsations And Planets With
Canada's Humble Space Telescope.
Javmie Matthews. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Call 604-822-3853.
Intensive Care Unit Fundraising
Wine Tasting And Silent Auction .
Medicine Alumni from 7-iopm. Call
Art Exhibition Opening Reception
ubc Masters Of Fine Arts Graduate
Exhibition. Sylvia Grace Borda. Keith
I.angergraber. Daphne Locke, Misa
Nikolic. Belkin Art Gallery from
8-iopm. Continues to Sept. 30. Call
Belief In God In An Age Of Science.
Sir John Polkinghorne, former President, Queens' College, Cambridge u.
Scarfe 100 from i2noon-i:30pm. Call
Research Symposium
Various speakers, bc Research Institute for bc's Children's and Women's
Hosp. Chan Centre for Family Health
Education from 8am to 2:30pm. Refreshments. To register, visit
E-mail ssunner@interchange.ubc.ca.
To rsvp call Swarni Sunner
604-822-0394 or fax 604-822-0361.
Vancouver International
Writer's Festival
Salman Rushdie. Chan Centre from
7:30-iopm. $22 adult; $20 student/
senior. Call 604-822-2697.
Member Speaker Series
Access To Information In Canada:
Opening The Door. Liam Mitchell,
journalist. Green College at 7:45pm.
Call 604-822-1878.
Global Issues Lecture
The Food And Energy Gap Between
Rich And Poor Nations, And What To
Do About It. Prof. Vaclav Smil, Geography, u of Manitoba. Liu Centre
main floor at 12:30pm. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Controlling Molecular Motion: Let
The Molecule Do The Thinking. Prof.
Herschel Rabitz, Princeton u. Chemistry B-250 from i-2pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-3341.
Career Services Workshops
Interviewing For Success. Brock Hall
2001 from 2-4pm. Call 604-822-4011.
Green College Speaker Series
Should Victims Of Crime Take Part In
Decisions On How To Deal With
Their Offenders. Andrew Ashworth,
Vinerian professor, English Law, u of
Oxford. Green College at 5pm. Reception Coach House from 6-6:3opm.
Call 604-822-1878.
Sports/Arthroscopy Grand Rounds
tba. vgh. Eye Care Centre Aud. from
7-8am. Call 604-875-5555 ext. 62806.
Wednesday Noon Hour Concert
Works By Schubert, Janacek And
Stewart. Terence Dawson, piano. Music Recital Hall from i2noon-ipm. $4.
Call 604-822-5574.
Chemical And
Biological Engineering Seminar
Detection Of Food Pellets In High
Clutter Underwater Images Under
Variable Lighting Conditions. Kevin
Parsonage. ChemEng 206 at i2noon.
Call 604-822-3238.
Association Of
Professors Emeritii Lecture
Robert Schumann - A Talk Illustrated
With Performances On The Piano.
Prof. Robert Silverman, music. Cecil
Green Park House at 2pm. Refreshments at 1:15pm. Call 604-822-8918.
School of Nursing Rounds
Mothers' Perspectives Of An In-Home
Nursing Respite Service: Coping And
Control. Bev Valkenier, clinical associate, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-
206 from 3-4pm. Call 604-822-7453.
Geography Seminar
Liu Centre And Agricultural Sciences
Present Consequences OfThe Haber-
Bosch Process For The Nitrogen Cycle. Prof. Vaclav Smil, u of Manitoba.
Geography tba at 3:30pm. Call
Career Services Workshops
Networking And Connect To The
Hidden Job Market. Brock Hall from
nam-ipm. Call 604-822-4011.
Adult Gymnastics Class. Human Kinetics. Osborne Centre unit 2 gymnastics gym from 6-8pm Continues to
Jan. 10, 2002. Call 604-822-0207.
Earth And
Ocean Sciences Colloquium
Wildfires: Numerical Modelling And
Image Analyses. Terry Clark, National
Center for Atmospheric Research.
GeoSciences 330-A from i2noon-ipm.
Call 604-822-5406.
Physics Colloquium
tba. Jeff Sonier, sfu. Hennings 201 at
4pm. Call 604-822-3853.
Computer Science
Invited Speaker Seminar
From Ouija To Tele-Actor: Collaborative Online Robots. Ken Goldberg, u
of California. CICSR/CS from
4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Forestry Lecture
Future Shock In Forestry: Where
Have We Come From And Where Are
We Going? Prof. Hamish Kimmins.
ForSciences 1005 from 5-6:i5pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-8787.
First Nations Book Launch
Our Home Away From Home. VernaJ.
Kirkness.Jo-ann Archibald. Longhouse
from 4:3o-6pm. Call 604-822-8940.
Law And Society Conference
Making Legal History: An Interdisciplinary And Critical Legal History
Conference In Honor Of Lou Knafla.
Green College at 8am. Call Wes Pue
Clam Chowder For The Soul. Chan
Centre from 8:30am-4:3opm. $69. To
register, visit www. chancentre.com.
Call 604-822-2697.
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
ubc Masters Of Fine Arts Graduate
Exhibition. Sylvia Grace Borda, Keith
I.angergraber, Daphne Locke, Misa
Nikolic. Continues to Sept. 30.
Tuesday to Friday from ioam-5pm,
Saturday i2noon-5pm, Sunday
i2noon-5pm (Closed Mondays and
statutory holidays). Call
Sexuality Study
Researchers at the Department of
Psychology and Division of Sexual
Medicine are conducting a study
examining sexual functioning in
women receiving estrogen
replacement therapy. Both sexually
healthy women, as well as women who
have recently experienced a change in
their orgasmic functioning are
welcome. For further information,
please contact 604-822-2952. Your
confidentiality will be assured. All
participants will receive an
honorarium for their participation.
Participants Wanted
Would you like to share your story
about your experience with health
care professionals? We are conducting a study of patient perceptions
about helpful and unhelpful communications in fibromyalgia. In order to
learn more about what makes communication effective, we are asking
individuals who have had fibromyalgia for at least five years to participate
in our study. Participation will involve
one or two interviews in a location
convenient to you, and possibly a focus group interview at a later time.
The interviews usually take about an
hour. All information will be kept
confidential. Ifyou would like more
information about the study, please e-
mail andrea_con@hotniail.com or
call Andrea Con, project coordinator
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education is seeking female clerical workers
to participate in study on stress and
coping. If experiencing workplace
distress/frustration, we would like to
learn more about your experiences.
Call 604-822-9199.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) runs full day clinics all
over the Lower Mainland, lslap has
been working in the community for
over thirty years and is currently British Columbia's second largest legal aid
organization. For more information
about the program, visit www.lslap.
bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
Lactose Intolerant?
Researchers at ubc are doing a questionnaire-based study to learn more
about lactose intolerance. Participa-
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-iNFO
(604-822-4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the Sept. 20 issue
of ubc Reports—which covers the period Sept. 23 to Oct. 6—is noon, Sept. 11. UBC  REPORTS  1  SEPTEMBER  6,  2001
ubc students Brian MacLean (left) and Jennifer Lau give
Alma Mater Society designer Michael Kingsmill's shoes a
sample of what can be expected Sept. 15 when students
from universities and colleges across the country team
up for the annual Shineramafor cystic fibrosis (cf). ubc
students aim to raise $8,000 for cf research. Students
interested in volunteering can sign up any day from 9:30
a.m- 3:30 p.m. at the Speakeasy front desk in the Student
Union Building. For more information, contact
shinerama@ams.ubc.ca or call 604-822-6101 ext. 4.
Don Wells photo
tion will take about 20-30 min. of
your time. Ifyou are 19 years of age or
older, experience lactose intolerance
and live in the Greater Vancouver
area, please call 604-682-3269 ext.
6377 to receive a copy of this questionnaire or more information.
Volunteer Leaders Wanted
"Living A Healthy Life with Chronic
Conditions" a series of six free workshops that help people develop the
skills to get the most out of life is looking for volunteer leaders. This program
is an exciting new development in
teaching people with chronic conditions to help themselves. Ifyou are
interested in being part of this program, you can sign up for a free Leader
Training Workshop by contacting
Mark Davies 604-822-0634. To view
our Web site www.ihpr.ubc.ca/health-
Volunteer Paid Participants Needed
CroMedica Prime is a Phase One research company located in Vancouver
General Hospital. Our research studies
require that volunteers take one or
more doses of an investigational medication. We are currently looking for
healthy volunteers, male/female, nonsmoking aged 18 and older and not
taking any medications. Volunteers
are financially compensated upon
completion of a study. Ifyou are interested please call our Research Recruitment Coordinator, Monday to Friday
between gam-spm at 604-875-5122 or
e-mail volunteers@cromedica.com.
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate 604-822-4919.
UBC Gardens
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden and the Shop in the
Garden will be open until Oct. 8 from
ioam-6pm daily including weekends.
For information about the garden call
604-822-9666 or the shop
Research Study
Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call 604-822-2952.
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 habitat@vancouver.net or call
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies in the Psychology Dept.
at ubc. You and your child, and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or pictures. As you might imagine, children
find these word games a lot of fun.
During your visit, you will remain
with your child at all times. Ifyou (or
someone you know) might be interested in bringing your child for a 30-
minute visit to our research playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's Language Development Centre at 604-
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type Two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants, who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes. Call
Darcye Cuff 604-806-8601
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, (and
bring your own, ifyou have them).
Call 604-822-9149.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Continuing Traditions. Continues to
April 30,2002. Early Chinese Ceramics From The Victor Shaw Gift. Continues to Oct. 30. Anthropology 432
Student Projects: What is Missing?
Continues to Dec. 31. Winter hours
Wed.-Sun. nam-spm, Tues. to 9pm (5-
9pm free). Call 604-822-5087.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call Kenna Sleigh 604-875-5555 ext.
Statistical Consulting And Research
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web www.stat.ubc.ca/
scarl, e-mail scarl@stat.ubc.ca or call
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For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe
Vice-President, Research, at 604-822-0234.
West Coast Suites
at The University of British Columbia
Here is the perfect alternative for a stay in Vancouver. Surrounded by the
spectacular beauty ofthe UBC campus, our fully-equipped, quality suites
offer convenience and comfort for visiting lecturers, professors, family,
friends or anyone who wants to stay on Vancouver's west side. Close to
restaurants and recreation both on and off campus, and only 20 minutes
from downtown Vancouver, the West Coast Suites is a wonderful retreat from
which to visit friends or make your stay on business a pleasure.
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In Search of Sustainability
British Columbia Forest
Policy in the 1990s
Benjamin Cashore, George Hoberg,
Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner,
and Jeremy Wilson        ^^^^^
New in pb!
In Search of Sustainability offers a
timely examination of a critical
decade in which the forests of
BC were a battleground. With
softwood lumber wars looming
and a new Liberal government
in power, the future seems just
as uncertain. This book is
essential reading for anyone who wants to understand both the
NDP forest policy legacy and the challenges BC will face in the
years ahead.
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Published by UBC Press
Available at UBC Bookstore or contact Raincoast Books
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Community ties key to health
promotion, director suggests
Co-ordination of social, economic and environmental
influences needed to address health issues
different disciplines and working
directly with the community is the
prescription for promoting health,
according to the new director of
the Institute of Health Promotion
Research (ihpr) in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
Dr. Annalee Yassi, who joined
the institute this spring, is an occupational physician and epidemiologist who describes her approach as transdisciplinary.
"To really make a difference we
need to co-ordinate how we address social, economic and environmental influences that affect the
health of individuals, workforces
and communities," says Yassi.
Yassi, who was recently named a
Canada Research Chair in Multi-
disciplinary Health Research, has
more than 20 years' experience in
occupational medicine and specializes in the health of health-care
"I saw ihpr — which has a
broad perspective and approach —
as an ideal home to bring my research interests together," says
Yassi, who was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (cihr)
senior scientist. She is also the
founding executive director of the
Occupational Health and Safety
Agency for Healthcare in b.c, a
partnership of health-care employers and unions formed to promote
the health of health-care workers.
Yassi aims to build on ihpr's existing capacity for community-
based health research that focuses
on collaboration among investigators, practitioners and decisionmakers, in areas such as urban
planning and international relations, as well as workplace safety
and health.
"I want to empower people to understand what determines health,
see them own the interventions to
address these factors, and fully participate in evaluating the effectiveness of these efforts," she says.
She is the principal investigator
of a cihr study that looks at the
well-being of health-care workers.
Valued at $2 million over five
years, the initiative comprises nine
projects that examine issues such
as how work organization affects
health, how best to prevent injuries
and chemical exposure, and developing analytical tools for evaluat
ing and addressing health problems
of b.c. health-care workers.
Working with unions, employers, government and the research
community, Yassi hopes to decrease the high injury rate and
stressors of health-care employees.
Common problems include
musculoskeletal injury from patient handling as well as stress
from heavy workloads and physically violent patients who may
suffer from dementia, psychiatric
problems or substance abuse.
Yassi is also involved in global
health promotion issues. She leads
a study of a community-based
project in Havana, Cuba, that looks
at various determinants of health
such as housing, clean air and water, municipal infrastructure and
cultural activities.
As a consultant to the World
Health Organization, Yassi developed teaching materials to help international organizations learn
more about the socio-economic,
environmental and physical determinants of health. She has also recently published a major textbook
on basic environmental health that
has been translated into Spanish.
Working in the Middle East, Africa, Central Europe and Latin
America, Yassi has helped university level instructors learn a more holistic approach to teaching occupational and environmental health.
We Want You!
Are you a UBC grad working on campus?
We know that many UBC alumni work on campus.
The problem is, we have no way to identify you.
Send us an e-mail with your campus contact info.
Then we can send you notices of special events, invite
you to participate in surveys, and let you know about
volunteer opportunities with your Alumni Association.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on
September 12, 11:30 at Cecil Green Park.
The first 50 alumni who RSVP
will get a free lunch!
E-mail aluminfo@alumni.ubc,C9
or call 2-3313.
UBC Alumni Association
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Vancouver, BC VCT IZI
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For a complete vision and eye health exam,
please call (604) 263-8874
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(just minutes away from campus)
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IRC /SUBWAY SEHSa 8:00am - 5:00pm
MOA Cafe inside MOA Lobby 10:00am-4:00pm
Trek Express 7:30am - 3:00pm
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8:30am - 7:00pm
7:00am - 4:00pm
9:30am - 3:00pm
8:00am - 2:15pm
3:30pm - 8:00pm
Hours subject ot change
Phone: UBC - FOOD (822-3663)
"The whole Architecture program got a
shot in the arm from the UNP. There
are a lot of new opportunities, especially
for a bunch of bright and energetic
students.They're hungry now."
Director Christopher Macdonald,
School of Architecture
The University Networking Program is now underway,
installing and enhancing 18,000 network connections.
It's providing users with high-speed Internet connectivity. Its world-class
networking infrastructure will help UBC realize the Trek 2000 vision.
And it may change your perspective on the possibilities of information
technology—for education, research and everyday communications.
To find out when your building is scheduled for the UNP upgrade, and
how it will help you, visit WWW.UNP.ubc.ca today.
Read some classics
Two new publications from the
Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern
and Religious Studies offer a
glimpse into the study of Greek
and Roman antiquities during
ubc's first six decades.
Classical Studies at the University of British Columbia 1915-1975 is a
brief history of Classics on campus
told with the aid of memoirs from
five generations of alumni.
Homer Armstrong Thompson
(1906-2000) and the University of
British Columbia is both a tribute
to one of this century's foremost
classical archaeologists and an account ofthe department at ubc in
the 1920s. Thompson earned two
degrees from the university between 1921 an 1927.
Both publications were authored by longtime Classics Dept.
Prof. Robert B. Todd.
To inquire about obtaining a
copy of either publication, contact
the department at 604-822-2515.
A moo-v able feast
ubc South Campus Farm will host
the seventh annual Feast of Fields
Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. iMore
than 30 b.c. restaurants, wineries,
microbreweries and food producers will participate in the harvest
festival and fundraiser.
Tickets are $60 in advance only
and all proceeds go to FarmFolk/
CityFolk, an organization that encourages the use of local, fresh
food grown using farming practices that contribute to individual
and environmental health. For
ticket information, contact 604-
730-0450 or 604-822-5092.
"Traditions are a big part of my
culture. Unfortunately, so is
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Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
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POINT GREY guest house. A
perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest lecturers or other
university members who visit
throughout the year. Close to ubc
and other Vancouver attractions,
a tasteful representation of our
city and of UBC. 4103 W. io'h Ave.,
Vancouver, BC, V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 604-222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 604-222-3461. Fax 604-222-
house. Five suites avail, for academic visitors to ubc only. Guests
dine with residents and enjoy college life. Daily rate $60 plus $14/
day for meals Sun-Thurs. Call
604-822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one br
suites with kitchen, balcony, tv
and telephone. Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from $H9/night. ubc
discounts available. Visit
www.westcoastsuites.com. Call
rooms. Private rooms on campus
forvisitors to ubc on academic
business. Private bath, double
bed, telephone, tv, fridge, in-
room coffee. Dinner five days per
week. Breakfast seven days per
week. Competitive rates. Call for
information and availability 604-
University Centre. Residence
offering superior hotel or kitchenette style rooms and suites. All
rooms have private bath, queen
bed, voice mail, cable tv and
Internet-linked PC. Beautiful view
of sea and mountains. For rates
and reservations www.pwias.ubc.
ca. Call 604-822-4782.
Theology. Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly furnished rooms with hall
bath are avail. Daily rates starting
at $36. Meals or meal plans are
avail, in the school cafeteria. For
more information call 604-822-
9031 or 604-822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
chalet, Mayne Island (Gulf Islands),
furnished, appliances, w/w carpets,
three br, two bath, Jacuzzi, f/p,tv,
rumpus room, lease. Ref. $750/mo.
Walk to ferry, portfolio or view by
appt. Call/fax 604-261-4171.
cottage. Secluded, peaceful, 2.5
acres, scenic sw ocean view, rustic,
all amen., good beach access, sleeps
four, only 50 min. by ferry. $100/
night, $650/wk, min. two nights. Call
Victoria at 604-599-6852.
avail. Oct. i-Dec. 27. n/s, n/p. $1700/
mo. Call 604-738-1876.
guesthome Dunbar/Marine Drive.
Two beautiful furnished rooms with
own deck and private entrance, private bath, queen bed, computer
hook-up, cable tv. Use of gourmet
kitchen, l/r, w/d. Weekly/monthly
rates. Call 604-263-4154.
ONE BR AND DEN garden suite
in Kitsilano. Excellent condition.
Avail, immediately, n/s, n/p. Call
HORNBY ISLAND Spacious three
br home. Five min. walk from Galleon Beach. Overlooking beautiful
pond, natural setting. All amen. Bicycles. Cozy up to a brand new airtight wood stove. Reasonable rates.
E-mail phuron@yahoo.com. Call
KITS Accommodation avail, for
mature responsible person. One br
in two br duplex. Fully furnished,
two floors and an unfinished basement, w/d, d/w, f/p, h/w floors,
fenced yard, n/s, n/p. $650 incl. util.
Avail, in early Sept. Call
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Enquiries: 604-UBC-iNFO (604-822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes GST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call
House sitting
Professional nurse/consultant seeking bright, Westside character home.
Tastefully furnished, h/w floors,
wood burning f/p, porch/sundeck
and animal friendly (cat/dog). Avail.
Sept. short or long-term requests
considered. Will nurture your property and care for your animals. Stellar ref. E-mail paddydolphin@
cs.com. Call 604-261-8007.
professional couple avail, to do long-
term house sitting within the greater
Vancouver area. Ref. Call
604-877-1519 or 604-970-6086.
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwinjackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
guarantee. 5 day/40 hr. (Oct. 24-28;
Dec. 5-9) tesol teacher certification
course (or by correspondence). Web
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Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call 604-222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (83-TOOTH).
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Murphy Birkenstock, etc. We sell all
shoe care, laces, insole and also cut
keys. 4465 W. 10th Ave. (Sasamat
and 10th Ave.) 10 percent oflFfor ubc
students. Call 604-224-3615.
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SEPTEMBER  6,  2001
Robson Square Open House dates set
Some programs and services available later this month
with just 84 days left before its
official opening, the countdown
has begun for a two-day Open
House to celebrate the establishment of ubc's new downtown
Beginning at noon on Nov. 30,
the campus community and the
public are invited to view the completed 6,000-square-metre ubc at
Robson Square and take in a wide
range of special exhibits, lectures
and debates featuring well-known
speakers. Special events begin
again at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1 till 6 p.m.
both days.
Non-credit conversational classes start
September 22nd)
Day, evening or Saturday
morning classes for adults
Accelerated classes in French,
Spanish and Italian
Language Programs
and Services
UBC Continuing Studies
The establishment of a major
downtown presence is one of the
community goals set forward in
Trek 2000, ubc s vision document.
The completion of ubc at Robson Square promises to build on
the university's current involvement in the community and support its overall commitment to advance the social, cultural and economic interests of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia and
A number of ubc services and
programs will be in place at Robson
Square well in advance of the official opening.
The Women's Resources Centre
moves into its new downtown
headquarters later this month,
along with the Canadian Centre for
Information Technology Security,
which moves from its current home
at the Justice Institute.
ubc Continuing Studies is currently planning a series of joint
programs, including ones to complement Vancouver Art Gallery exhibitions, and ubc Commerce's
Centre for Management Development will offer a full range of executive education courses beginning
Sept. 24.
The Robson Square branches of
the ubc Bookstore and Library,
both of which will be located near
the Plaza level entrances, will be in
full operation for the Open House.
Visit www.robsonsquare.ubc.ca.
The Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia invites applications for the tenure-stream/
tenured position of Director of the new First Nations Studies Program. We wish to appoint a
scholar with a doctoral degree (or an ma and extensive publication and experience) and an
established record of research, teaching and publication in First Nations Studies, who will provide
leadership and undertake program development, teaching and research in the program. The
Director will liaise with the First Nations House of Learning and with First Nations communities
and organizations, particularly those who will be involved with the program's research practicum.
Candidates should have proven experience with First Nations communities, organizations and
issues, as well as knowledge and understanding of First Nations cultures.
The program offers a ba with a Major or a Minor in First Nations Studies. Students take the
equivalent of three full courses specifically developed for the program, one in each of second, third
and fourth year. The fourth year course includes a research practicum conducted in cooperation
with a First Nations organization or community. The remaining course requirements are fulfilled
by a wide range of courses offered in other disciplines and faculties. The Faculty has a First Nations
Student Services Coordinator who acts as a part-time advisor for the program and who will assist
with setting up and facilitating the research practicum. For more information on the program and
on resources for First Nations students at ubc, please visit our Web site, www.arts.ubc.ca.
The appointment will be effective 1 July 2002 and is subject to final budgetary approval. The closing
date for the competition is 1 November 2001 or until the position is filled. Salary, tenure status and
academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Departmental home will
depend on the disciplinary specialization of the successful candidate, ubc hires on the basis of
merit and is committed to employment equity. In accordance with Canadian immigration
requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We
encourage all qualified candidates to apply, particularly those of Aboriginal origin. Applicants
should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, the names of three referees (with e-mail and
regular addresses), one article-length writing sample and teaching evaluations if available to
Margery Fee, Associate Dean of Arts
1866 Main Mall, Buchanan Bldg. c 154
Vancouver, bc, Canada v6t izi
The term First Nations is meant to be inclusive, and refers to all people of Aboriginal ancestry.
Honour Roll
Science Dean Maria Klawe was
recently named Educator of the
Year at the annual Canadian New
Media Awards Ceremony and
Gala in Toronto.
Recognized for her accomplishments as a leading researcher in educational software, Klawe
was one of 60 finalists nominated in 12 categories. She is the
holder of the nserc-ibm Chair
for Women in Science and Engineering for b.c. and the Yukon.
The awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals
and companies in the Canadian
new media sector.
Science Dean Maria Klawe
William Koty, director of ubc
Continuing Studies' Applied
Technology Division, has been
appointed to the Premier's Technology Council.
As one of 14 members of the
new council, Koty will advise the
provincial government on how to
make British Columbia a global
magnet for high-tech investment,
growth and job creation. He and
fellow council members will also
devise strategies for placing b.c.
at the forefront of the world's
technology-based economies.
ubc alumni on the council include: Greg Aasen, founder and
ceo of PMC-Sierra; Michael Ca-
lyniuk, senior audit partner of
PricewaterhouseCoopers; Norm
Francis, chair of Pivotal Corpora-
William Koty
tion: Greg Kerfoot. president
and cf.o of Crvstal Decisions:
and Paul Lee senior vice-president of Electronic Arts Inc.
Also on the council are Dr. Victor Ling, vice-president ofcancer
research at the b.c Cancer Agency and vice-dean of cancer research at ubc, and Firoz Rasul,
ceo of Ballard Power Systems,
who serves on the ubc Board of
ubc President Martha Piper was
recently appointed to the provincial government's b.c. Progress
The independent 16-member
panel will advise the premier on
ways to fuel economic growth by
setting performance benchmarks for the provincial economy, and identify issues of importance to the province's future
economic prosperity.
ubc alumni on the Progress
Board include: PatCorbett, president of Hills Health Ranch; Herman Driediger, ceo of Eze Rent-
it Centre Ltd.; Norman Keevil,
chairman and ceo of Teck Corp.;
Derek Lee, president of Prospero
International Realty Inc.; Stephanie Sharp, managing director of
corporate finance at Arthur Anderson llp.; Ken Shields, president and ceo of Raymond James
Ltd.; and Gerri Sinclair, founder
and former president and ceo of
Ncompass Labs.
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Members'diverse backgrounds
help guide university
All on Board for u b c
Maryann Adamec
Larry Bell
Linda Crompton
Prof. Joanne Emerman
Stephen Howard
Prof. Gregory Lawrence
ubc's 15-member Board of Governors comprises the chancellor, the
president, eight persons appointed
by the lieutenant-governor, two
faculty members elected by faculty, two full-time students elected
by students and one person elected by and from the full-time employees of the university who are
not faculty members.
By legislation, the board is responsible for the management, administration and control of the
property, revenue, business and
affairs of the university including
the appointment of senior officials
and faculty on the recommendation ofthe president.
The governors represent diverse
backgrounds which provide valuable input during board deliberations. Although members bring to
the board the views of various constituencies, there are no advocates
for any one group.
Decisions are made in the best
overall interests of the university
and in support of ubc's mission to
be the best university in Canada
and one ofthe world's finest public
Maryann Adamec is a fourth-
year student in the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration. She has served as president of the Alma Mater Society
and been involved in initiatives
such as Parent Orientation and
ubc's Annual General Meeting.
Larry Bell, board chair, was appointed to the board in 1997. He is
chair of B.C. Hydro and vice-chair of
Shato Holdings Ltd., a food services
company, and chair of its subsidiary
Tieg Martin
GuninderC. Mumick
Martha Piper
Ben Pons
Firoz Rasul
White Spot Ltd. A graduate of ubc,
Bell served the province as secretary
to the b.c. Treasury Board, and deputy minister of the ministries of
Housing and Transit, Lands, Parks
and Housing, and Finance.
Linda Crompton is a ubc alumna and former president and chief
executive officer of Citizens Bank.
Known in the business community for her strong commitment to
social issues, Crompton is an advocate for corporate responsibility
and ethical business practice.
Joanne Emerman, a professor of
Anatomy and associate dean, Research, in the Faculty of Medicine,
joined ubc in 1980. Emerman has
served as chair of the Faculty of
Medicine Curriculum Evaluation
Committee and was a member of
ubc's Faculty Association executive for six years.
Stephen Howard, director of
communications and research for
the Hospital Employees' Union
(heu) is a graduate of Simon Fraser University. He is also active in a
number of community organiza-
William Sauder
tions, including CoDevelopment
Canada, a Vancouver-based international development agency.
Gregory Lawrence, a professor
of Civil Engineering since 1987,
was elected to the board by faculty
this year. Also an associate member of the Dept. of Earth and
Ocean Sciences, Lawrence is a
member ofthe Institute of Applied
Elsie McMurphy served the
bctf for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including vice-president,
president and executive director, a
position she held for 10 years. A
teacher with almost 20 years' experience in b.c. public schools, she
pursued teacher training at ubc
and obtained undergraduate and
graduate Education degrees from
the University of Victoria.
Tieg Martin, a fourth-year Arts
student, aims to improve communication with students and help
them better understand how the
university works. An international
traveler, Martin has visited Australia, North Africa, the Balkans, Cen-
Linda Thorstad
tral America and other countries.
Guninder C. Mumick manages
the Multicultural Health Education/Promotion program of the
Vancouver/Richmond Health Board
and has extensive experience in
adult education. Her expertise lies
in working with diverse populations, especially in the health system, and international and intercultural communication.
Martha Piper, president and
vice-chancellor of ubc, is a member of the Canada Foundation for
Innovation and the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.
Piper is on the board ofthe Prime
Minister's Advisory Council on
Science and Technology and the
board ofthe Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Ben Pong was elected by staff to
the board in 1999. A computer specialist at the ubc Bookstore, Pong
is treasurer of cupe Local 116.
Firoz Rasul is chair and ceo of
Ballard Power Systems, Inc., a leader
in the development and manufacture
of fuel cells. His community service
Joe Wai
includes presidency ofthe Aga Khan
Ismaili Council for Canada.
William Sauder, chancellor ofthe
university, is a ubc graduate and
chair of International Forest Products and Sauder Industries Limited.
He was a member of ubc's Board of
Governors from 1981 to 1987, and
served as chair of the board for the
last two years of his term.
Linda Thorstad was educated
at ubc and specializes in strategic
planning, communications and
business development. Committed to sustainable development issues, Thorstad is executive director for the Vancouver Economic
Development Commission and
has served as an associate of the
b.c. Commission on Resources
and the Environment and the Fraser Basin Management Board.
Joe Wai, a ubc alumnus and architect, designed the Dr. Sun Yat-
Sen Classical Chinese Garden in
Vancouver. Wai's practice reflects
his interests in social and seniors'
housing as well as community and
cultural projects.


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