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Grimace And Bear It
Martin Dee photo
Some strained, others giggled during the Health Sciences Student Association tug-of-war which attracted 11 teams
to Mclnnes Field recently to raise funds for United Way. Landscape architects overpowered occupational
therapists in the final.
UBC scores well in Maclean's survey
UBC has the best reputation of
Canada's 15 major universities offering
similar programs, according to Maclean's
magazine. It is also listed first among
what the publication calls "leaders of
"Our goal is to be a leading
institution both in terms of teaching
and research, so it's gratifying to know
that others think of us in that light,"
said UBC President David Strangway,
commenting on the magazine's third
A letter to campus
During the past eight months, five
anonymous letters have been received
by a former UBC graduate student and
a faculty member in the Dept. of
Counselling Psychology.
These disturbing and, on occasion,
threatening letters target specific issues
within the department and attack what
the author or authors call "the radical
feminist viewpoint" in some of the
department's classes.
First, let me say that this kind of
attack on individuals or groups is
abhorrent and will not be tolerated at
UBC. These letters have created an
atmosphere of fear and anxiety for the
recipients and others on campus and
have resulted in disruption of studies
for many in the Dept. of Counselling
The university has taken these letters
seriously. Apart from an RCMP
investigation, the administration
launched an internal investigation
several months ago to try to identify the
writer or writers and to determine what
is behind the letters. The investigators'
report is expected to be submitted
We also submitted the letters to two
forensic psychiatrists for an assessment
of the risk attached to the
correspondence. Their conclusion is
that "the letters themselves do not form
a basis for concluding that they were
written by a person or persons with any
psychotic disorder or any other serious
psychiatric condition."
While we can never minimize the
seriousness of threats, I hope that the
conclusions of two experts will help to
ease at least some of the fear and
discomfort that these letters have
Academic Vice-president Dan Birch
and Faculty of Education Dean Nancy
Sheehan met recently with students,
faculty and staff in the Dept. of
Counselling Psychology to discuss the
letters and listen to the concerns of
individuals in the department.
If we are able to identify the individual
or individuals who are behind this
deplorable campaign, let me assure
you that they will be held accountable
for their actions.
A university is a place where tolerance
and a healthy exchange of views and
ideas should be warmly embraced and
supported. I whole-heartedly support
feminist theory and feminist content as
part of our curriculum and I strongly
denounce the threats and intimidation
which have occurred over the past few
This kind of activity has no place at
Q* ii.
David W. Strangway
annual universities edition.
The 1993 Maclean's survey divides 51
Canadian universities into three
categories and rates them on 22 criteria
including percentage of faculty members
holding PhDs, class size and average
grade of incoming students.
Among those with major doctoral
programs and medical schools, UBC was
listed fourth, as it was in 1992, after
McGill University in top spot, Queen's
University in second and the University
of Toronto, third.
This year's findings also ranked UBC
second behind McGill in the number of
grants awarded in medicine and
science and fourth in terms of
humanities grants.
In the second category of 12 universities
offering a broad program at the
undergraduate and graduate level, Simon
Fraser University finished first.
The first Maclean's survey in 1991
was criticized for comparing 46
universities, large and small, on the
same terms. It also focused solely on
undergraduate programs in the arts
and sciences.
Molecular medicine
by Connie Filletti
Stq£f writer
The provincial government will invest
$9 million to build UBC's new Centre for
Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.
Research activities at the centre, to be
located adjacent to B.C.'s Children's Hospital, will focus on the genetic causes of
heart disease, cancer, nervous system
disorders and other illnesses with a genetic element.
"We know as many as 60 per cent of
Canadians will at some time suffer from
a disease with a genetic component," said
UBC Medical Genetics Prof. Michael
Hayden, who has been appointed head of
the facility.
"By promoting new advances in genetic research in this centre, we will learn
new ways to prevent and control disease.
This centre will also provide a unique
training environment and enhance interactions with industry."
The building project will be funded by
Victoria's BC 21 initiative, a long-term
economic strategy designed to create jobs
and diversify economic activity for the
21st century.
Merck Frosst Canada Inc., the country's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, last year pledged $15 million in
operating funds over the next five years to
establish the centre.
It is anticipated that UBC scientists
working at the centre will match Merck's
investment by raising $15 million in research grants.
At a news conference Nov. 2 announcing details of the project. Premier Mike
Harcourt hailed the collaboration as an
excellent example of the public and private sectors working together for the benefit of all British Columbians.
"Our government is excited to be working in partnership with business and the
health and academic communities to build
the emerging health technology sector in
B.C.," he said.
The research program of the centre
will combine the scientific expertise of
UBC. B.C.'s Children's Hospital and Merck
Frosst • See PHOTO Page 2
Demystified Music
Offbeat: Being put on hold at UBC provides a musical treat
Library Named
The new library is named after UBC benefactor Walter Koerner
Wood Works
Feature: The Faculty of Forestry is changing with the times
Sustained Future
Profile: John Robinson promotes environmental research 2 UBC Reports • November 11, 1993
Winning writer
merits mention
On page 3 ofthe October 14
edition of UBC Reports, an
article headed "Offbeat" ends
with the sentence: 'There's at
least one other UBC connection to the Vancouver International Writers Festival. . . . L.
R. (Bunny) Wright spent a few
months working for UBC
Reports in the mid-'80s."
There is yet another UBC
connection to the festival.
Jocelyn Smith, a secretary
in the History Dept.. has won
first and second prize in the
B.C. Federation of Writers'
Annual Literary Competition.
The prizes were awarded
during the festival on October
22, 1993, on Granville Island.
This year's competition was
for creative non-fiction.
Jocelyn, who has been writing
for about three years, won first
prize for a piece called "Moscow Endnotes," and second
prize for "Moscow Quartet."
I am pleased to write and
tell you about these achievements of a member of this
Beryl Morphet
Administrative Assistant
History Dept.
Funding Research
B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt
(centre), and Michael Tarnow (left),
president of Merck Frosst Canada
Inc., listen as UBC Medical Genetics
Prof. Michael Hayden stresses the
importance of funding basic
research at a news conference
announcing the province's pledge
of $9 million to build UBC's new
Centre for Molecular Medicine and
Therapeutics. Merck Frosst will
provide $15 million in operating
funds for the centre.
Martin Dee photo
Video series to explore social
pressures faced by teen girls
by Charles Ker	
Staff writer
When boys get boisterous,
sexually or otherwise, their behaviour is often passed off with
the familiar refrain, "boys will be
According to UBC graduate
student Alissa Sacks, boisterous girls are more likely to get
pegged as "deviant."
This false labelling comes as
no surprise to Sacks who says
there is little or no research dealing with the psychological development of teenage girls.
There's a lot of information
out there on boys and how they
develop self-esteem but this can't
be crossed over to girls," said
Sacks, who holds a master's degree in educational psychology.
"It seems that whatever boys
are, girls, by default, are defined
as the opposite."
For her doctoral thesis in the
Faculty of Education, Sacks is
examining the pressure that pop
culture exerts on girls between
the ages of 13 and 18. In particular, she points to role playing by
girls either trying to look like
fashion models or relate to other
women on television or in movies.
During the next year, Sacks,
a student in the Dept. of Social
and Educational Studies, hopes
to film interviews with about 100
Canadian-bom Vancouver teenagers from a variety of income
groups. She hopes the resulting
series of videos can be used in
high school discussion groups
dealing with issues of self-confidence, self-esteem, teen pregnancy, and sexual violence. As
teens are now identified as the
fastest growing HIV-positive
population, the video should also
prove helpful for AIDS education.
Together with UBC cinematography student Isabelle Rioux,
Sacks has so far conducted interviews on the beach, at several
private homes and over dinner
at the White Spot restaurant.
Discussions revolve around what
magazines girls read, what their
Professor wins prize flight
in UBC United Way draw
UBC's United Way campus
campaign is past the three-quarter point and heading down the
So far the campaign has received almost 1,300 pledges totalling more than $230,000.
Campus campaign chair
Chuck Slonecker says with the
$300,000 goal in sight, it's more
important than ever for those
who plan to make a donation to
return their pledge cards at their
earliest convenience.
"If you traditionally make an
end-of-the-year donation to the
United Way, you can still do that
with a post-dated cheque," said
That way, the campus cam-
Pledge cards
are still
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your donation."
Prof. Ron Hagler's donation
has won him a free trip for two to
anywhere Canadian Airlines
flies. Hagler, from the School of
Library and Archival Information Studies, is the winner of this
year's United Way campus campaign grand prize, which was
drawn November 5 at the Faculty Club.
favourite rock videos are and
why. where they shop and with
When talk turns to sex, Sacks
points out that most ofthe girls
she's talked to under 16 admit to
not even liking it. They comply
not for personal gratification, but
for peer approval.
"They're sexually active because they see their body as
their only valuable asset, a perception that's definitely reinforced in the media," said Sacks.
"Even those involved in abusive
relationships, who know that it's
hurting their body and mind,
just can't stop."
So too, girls who realize the
impossibility of looking like a
fashion model still spend time,
energy and money trying to look
like someone else.
In December, Sacks travels to
Nanaimo to interview a group of
40 pregnant teens. She plans to
ask if breaking the social norms
of behaviour makes them feel
liberated or more pressured to
By collaborating with Dawn
Currie. an associate professor of
sociology. Sacks added that her
project is truly interdisciplinary
given that it involves input from
three departments in two faculties.
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Koerner library to open September '95
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC's new library building will be
named after Walter Koerner, a long-time
benefactor of the university.
President David Strangway made the
announcement at a site dedication ceremony held Nov. 4. The new library will be
built on Main Mall in front of the Mathematics building.
Koerner is being honoured for *'a lifetime of commitment and support" to the
university, Strangway said.
The Walter C. Koerner Library is scheduled to open in September, 1995. It will
incorporate Sedgewick Library to integrate graduate and undergraduate library
research into one building.
The new building is the first phase of
what will become the new Main Library
on campus. The second phase will allow
all remaining collections to be removed
from the old Main Library, the core of
which will then be restored as a heritage
building. Third and fourth phases are
also planned.
'The new library will help UBC meet
the academic and research needs of the
21st century and enhance all levels of
learning, teaching and research at the
university,** Strangway said.
Koerner was unable to attend the site
dedication ceremony, but sent his appreciation in a letter to the president.
The library was the part ofthe university that first attracted me when I came
from Europe," Koerner said in his letter.
'Though my interests have ranged over
several aspects of the university, I have
always come back to my first love — the
Koerner and his family have contributed invaluable collections of art and
books to the university over the years. He
also served as chair of the Board of Governors from 1968 to 1972.
Koerner's past contributions to the
library include special collections, such
as the Pu-Pan Chinese collection, as well
as the funds used to build the W.C.
Koerner wing of the Main Library, which
opened in 1960.
Some of Koerner's other major contributions to the university include assuring the construction of the Walter C.
Koerner Acute Care Unit at University
Hospital, and funding for health sciences
research, academic programs, scholarships and fellowships.
Koerner was also largely responsible
for convincing the federal government to
fund construction ofthe Museum of Anthropology. Once the museum was built,
it was filled with Koerner's extensive collection of native art.
He later gave the museum a major
collection of European ceramics and the
Raven sculpture by Haida artist Bill
by staff writers
Apiece of music written by a teenaged Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — who
believed it would be played only once — is heard hundreds of times a
day at UBC.
It's one of two pieces of music recorded on a tape loop and heard by campus telephone users when they are put on hold.
Having an ear for a mystery — and having been put on hold the odd time -
Offbeat began to wonder about the origins of these lovely tunes.
The detective work started with a call to the Telecommunications Dept.
"We get many, many compliments on the choice of music; it seems to be
popular," said communications assistant Kit Johnson. 'There are very few
people who dislike it."
Although unaware ofthe author or names ofthe compositions, Johnson
believed the recording was made at the School
of Music in the mid-1980s, when UBC's
new telephone system was installed.
So Offbeat checked with the school's
manager of communications, Dolya
Konoval, who put us onto someone with
the requisite sleuthing abilities — her
son.   Brandon Konoval is a doctoral
candidate in piano performance at the
School of Music and an instructor of a music
appreciation course offered through UBC
Access, where he teaches a guided independent study course that combines
the basics of musical form and structure with a survey of musical styles from
the Baroque to the present day.
"As a musician, my gut instinct told me right away that it was Mozart," he
said.  But the piece was an obscure one he'd never heard before.
Konoval listened to determine the structure of the piece and recognized it
as a simple sonata form, which told him that it was either from an early
Mozart symphony or an overture to a dramatic work.
He scanned a catalogue of Mozart's themes in the School of Music library.
He didn't find the piece's theme listed under Mozart's symphonies, so turned
to the overtures.
And there it was, an overture to a "mini-opera" called Ascanio in Alba
written in 1771 when Mozart was just 15.
It was intended for a single performance, to be played at a wedding in Milan
between the Archduke Ferdinand of Lombardy and Princess Maria Ricciarda
Beatrice of Modena.
Konoval said this type of mini-opera, called a serenata or festa teatrale,
comes from the tradition of the intermezzo, originally a lighter opera played
between acts of a more serious opera.  In this case the serious opera, also
commissioned specifically for the wedding, was by Hasse, a well-known
composer of the day.
Not surprisingly, given Mozart's talent, his relatively modest serenata
completely upstaged the older composer's more somber work.
Although initially amazed at the choice of such an obscure piece for a
telephone tape, Konoval began to see the logic behind it.
"Being an overture it is a very dramatic and arresting piece of music. It's
not too long or taxing on the listeners' concentration.  Maybe Mozart himself
wouldn't have minded it being used for this purpose ... as long as he got the
royalties for it."
There's still one unanswered musical question, however. What is the name
of the wistful New Age piano piece callers also hear? If anyone can identify it,
give Offbeat a call at 822-2130.
Would you mind holding?
Gavin Wilson photo
Admiring a model of UBC's new Walter C. Koerner Library are, from left,
building architect Arthur Erickson, UBC President David Strangway and
Walter Koerner's son, Nicholas Koerner.
UBC leads country in
U.S. patents received
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC researchers received more U.S.
patents than any other Canadian university in 1992, the second year in a row the
university topped the country in patent
According to the American newsletter
Intellectual Property Happenings, UBC
researchers were awarded 17 U.S. patents in 1992. Among Canadian universities, McGill was second, with seven patents, followed by the University of Alberta, with five.
If UBC were ranked with U.S. universities, it would have placed 27th on the
list of 139 universities receiving patents,
ahead of such well-known institutions as
Chicago, Yale and Princeton.
In total, North American universities
received 1,557 U.S. patents in 1992.
In 1991, UBC also topped the country
by a wide margin with 22 patents issued.
"UBC is very fortunate to have such a
creative faculty and student population
who are so aware of the value of intellectual property to society," said James
Murray, director ofthe University-Industry Liaison Office.
'The spinoff benefits of that creativity
for the community — in terms of investment, jobs and other economic factors —
are enormous," he said.
Part of UBC's success in obtaining
patents has been attributed to the aggressive policies of the University-Industry Liaison Office, which acts to foster entrepreneurial activities and support economic diversification by transferring intellectual property to local companies.
Market reflects popular vote
by Abe Hefter the vote;     13.2 per cent for the Bloc
Quebecois, who came away with 13.4 per
cent; 18.7 per cent for the Reformers,
who picked up 18.9 per cent ofthe vote;
16.5 per cent for the Conservatives, who
finished with 16 per cent; and 8.8 per
cent for the NDP, who finished with 6.9
per cent.
"We have a feeling this election was
somewhat special in that the results surprised a lot of people," said Ross, a professor in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
"We think the market could do an even
better job of predicting results. Having
said that, I think our traders did amazingly well, certainly in the popular vote
market. The market's tremendous media
exposure enabled us to attract traders
from across the country. The fact that it
created so much interest was a pleasant
Ross says market organizers will begin
to analyse the stock market data to help
determine the predictive power of markets, the behaviour of traders and the
dynamics of the political campaign. All
the money invested will be paid out after
the writs are returned.
"At that time, we'll be able to fully
evaluate the value of people's portfolios."
said Ross, who hopes to have the market
up and running for the next B.C. provincial election, and perhaps the Quebec
Traders on the UBC Election Stock
Market did an uncanny job of predicting
the final outcome of the popular vote in
last month's federal election, according
to stock market director Prof. Tom Ross.
And although they failed to predict the
extent of the Liberal victory as it translated into House of Commons seats and
the free fall experienced by the Progressive Conservatives, Ross says traders
outpolled the pollsters on several fronts.
In the House of Commons market, the
256 traders, who invested more than
$30,000, predicted the Bloc Quebecois
would come away with 53 seats while the
Reform Party would win 49. The Bloc
finished with 54 and Reform with 52.
The traders were less successful predicting the outcome for the other major
parties. They predicted 148 seats for the
Liberals, who won 177; 14 seats for the
New Democrats, who won nine; and 29
sets for the Conservatives, who won two.
"The market failed to predict the magnitude ofthe Liberal sweep, but few people did," said Ross.
In the popular vote market, traders
came within mere percentage points of
predicting the outcome ofthe major party
They predicted 41 per cent for the
Liberals, who garnered 41.1 per cent of 4 UBC Reports ■ November 11, 1993
Changing the face of forestry
The goal of the Faculty of Forestry is
to teach students to become land
managers who can successfully address the issues that affect the forest
sector all over the world.
While that goal hasn't changed
dramatically over the years, the rules
have. An ever-shifting playing field has
resulted in a faculty that is being
governed by change.
"It's not change for change sake,"
points out Dean Clark Binkley.  "It's a
willingness on the part of faculty and
staff to take the initiative to break
down the barriers that have existed in
the forestry program."
The undergraduate program has
been the focus of much of that change.
Recent initiatives such as the BSc in
Natural Resources Conservation have
strengthened the faculty's interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, according to Binkley.
Tom Sullivan, Peter Dooling, David
Haley, Al Chambers, and others have
teamed up to bring students an exciting program highlighted by Tom's work
with wildlife and Peter's expertise in
parks' management.  The program, in
its third year, has been extremely well
Binkley also
points to the
work being done
by Fred Bunnell
and his research
team at the
faculty's Centre
for Applied
Biology, another
recent initiative.
"Forestry has
emerged as one
of the leading, research-intensive
academic units on campus.   Bunnell
and his graduate colleagues are on the
front of that research, offering the kind
of knowledge necessary for a society
that has bought into sustainable
development and biodiversity."
Last year, the centre offered 16
workshops to forest practitioners
across British Columbia.
"These people are part of the solution," Bunnell points out.   "However,
the extent of the problems faced in the
area of forest management is still not
fully known.
"We at the centre hope to come up
with approaches that will maintain
both the
biodiversity and
the economic
health of regions.
We're not making
decisions here,
just getting the
information out."
Last month,
Bunnell accepted
a position as
chair of the
government's Scientific Panel for
Sustainable Forest Practices in
Clayoquot Sound.   It's another example
of public outreach that Binkley has
worked hard to foster in the faculty
since becoming dean three years ago.
'The only way we can help address
the real problems facing society is by
being there and communicating
scientific information to the public,
whether it is in the form of symposia,
newsletters, or annual reports," he
Binkley's immediate goal is to
consolidate the faculty's efforts to
ensure academic and outreach programs remain on stable footing in light
of increasing academic demands,
heightened public attention and
declining budgets.
The total number of full-time equivalent students has gone from approximately 1,100 since 1990 to 1,700
today.   In addition, there are 170 new
students in the faculty this fall, up
from a previous high of 100.
"Combined with record undergraduate enrolment, the increased demands
on faculty and staff have been enormous.  However, I am extremely
fortunate to be working with people
who have enthusiastically embraced
the need for change," Binkley said.
Wood Science Department takes aim at quality
Wood Science Dept. Head Dave
Barrett might want to consider hanging
a sign on his office door that reads:
Think Small.
It's a philosophy that has enabled
Wood Science students to get a broad
understanding of wood as a material.
"In order to think big in the forest
industry, you first have to think small,"
said Barrett.
"In this department, we search for
ways to increase the value of wood fibre
and wood products across the board.
The most effective way is to think
Paul Steiner is among the department's faculty members currently
getting back to research basics in order
to address a bigger picture.
Steiner is making flake board one
flake at a time in a painstaking procedure which may result in a higher-
quality product produced at a lower
price, while using less raw material.
By programming a mini robot,
Steiner has been able to rearrange the
structure of flake board by controlling
the position of the wood flakes.
"We hope to find out if we can
enhance the performance of the board
and determine the relationship between
the board's structure and its physical
properties," he said.
Barrett said Steiner's work is one
way the department is taking a fundamental approach to understanding the
nature of wood products.
To my knowledge, there isn't
anyone else in the world doing this
kind of research on wood composite
products," said Barrett.
The Wood Science Dept., one of a
handful of its kind in Canada, tackles
questions and issues associated with
using wood as a material.   Fundamental knowledge from the sciences,
applied sciences, business management and marketing is integrated to
enhance the processing, use. reuse,
design and marketing of wood-based
The program also includes fundamental research in wood preservation,
wood chemistry and forest products
There is a tremendous need to
determine which technologies are
needed to process wood products that
meet the demands of industry and
consumers," explained Barrett.
Thanks to our expanded capabilities in
recent years, we've been able to introduce two new programs this term to
Abe Hefter photo
Prof. Paul Steiner's work with flake board is one way the Wood Science Dept. is taking a fundamental approach
to understanding the nature of wood products.
train graduates for careers in forest
The undergraduate program builds
on a strong fundamental science base
and a broad education in wood as a
material by offering three options.
The traditional business management option, which features a core
commerce curriculum, has recently
been supplemented by two additional
options. They are the industrial
processing technology option, which
focuses on electrical engineering and
computer science, and the science,
engineering and biotechnology option,
which allows students to specialize in
one of a number of areas of science.
Students also take core courses in
wood processing technology, composite
product manufacturing, wood drying
and preservation, and forest products
marketing, among others.
Barrett says as the curriculum
evolves, the department is taking a
more active role with industry to make
sure that graduates are prepared to
meet the challenges in the marketplace.
The knowledge our students bring
to the workforce will help industry meet
the demand to produce high quality
commodity products and specialized
value added products as it strives to
broaden the range of wood products
being produced from B.C. forests."
Barrett says the forest product
marketing component is one example of
how the department is meeting that
"The challenge is to identify markets
and match our production capabilities
to market needs," said Barrett.
"David Cohen is doing outstanding
research in this unique and very
important area and is one of only two
or three people in North America doing
so in an academic setting."
Cohen is currently sending out a
survey to 5.000 structural engineers
and architects across North America in
an attempt to assess their perceptions
of the environmental impact of a variety
of building materials.
"We hope to compare their perceptions of the environmental impact of
material choices with the actual impact
being examined in research underway
at Forintek and the UBC School of
Architecture." said Cohen.
Several other department members
are working directly with industry to
develop new processing strategies.
Tom Maness has developed production and process management tools to
link resource inputs to mill orders to
help mills optimize profit.
Stavros Avramidis is collaborating
with industry to develop a new radio
frequency vacuum-drying technology
which would dry large timbers in 24
hours with no degrade.
These collaborative efforts are just
some of the examples of the interdisciplinary work being done with other
academic units on campus.
"We aren't working alone," said
Barrett.   'The department has and will
continue to link up with other departments on campus, research institutes,
and industry to bring our expertise to
bear on the challenges facing the forest
industry." New forestry programs prompt surge in enrolment
Demand for graduates remains high
There's a different look to the
Faculty of Forestry these days and it's
due to the students who call the
MacMillan Building their academic
As the faculty's co-ordinator of
student services, Donna Goss, a UBC
forestry graduate, is on the front lines
of daily student life.  What strikes her
is the evolving nature of the student
body in recent years.
"I have noticed quite a change in the
undergraduate population over the past
five years," said Goss.
The students, regardless of their
program of study, reflect a much
broader cross-section of society than
previously. They offer many more
perspectives which contributes positively to the overall undergraduate
Forestry Dean Clark Binkley says
the wide range of students attracted to
the faculty bring with them viewpoints
shared by a society attempting to come
to grips with the issues surrounding
the management of forest resources.
"We want these students to be able
to come to deal with these issues in a
highly concentrated form at UBC before
they go out to work.  We have made a
lot of progress in that regard."
Binkley points to the BSc program in
Third-year forestry student Indra Lalari extracts a core sample to determine
the age of a tree in field work at the Alex Fraser Research Forest.
Natural Resources Conservation, which
has drawn students from across the
country, as one reason for increased
interest in the faculty.  Focussing on
parks and wildlife management, the
program's enrolment has exceeded
expectations and helps explain why the
undergraduate enrolment numbers are
at an all-time faculty high at 408, up
from 333 last year.
"First-year enrolment of women
stands at 38 per cent, which is prob-
International outlook provides
opportunities to share ideas
As a developed country, Canada
has a moral obligation to play an
active role in promoting good stewardship ofthe world's forests,
according to the director of International Programs in the Faculty of
As a result, says Prof. Andrew
Howard, the faculty must be involved
internationally in order for it to serve
this province, and this country.
The future success of B.C.'s
forests is inextricably tied to the
international marketplace for both
products and ideas," said Howard.
"International concerns for
sustainability and environmental
protection increasingly influence
B.C.'s management of forests for both
timber and non-timber uses."
As the newly appointed director of
International Programs. Howard has
been given the task of formulating a
game plan to expand the faculty's
international efforts.
"One of the goals of this office is to
complement the excellent project
work currently being done, and
provide opportunities for all faculty to
engage in international research,"
said Howard.
Prior to 1990, the faculty's international activities were limited to the
training of foreign graduate students
in addition to the involvement of
individual faculty members in various
countries outside of Canada.
In 1990. under the leadership of
Don Munro, director of the Malcolm
Knapp Research Forest, the faculty
established its international forestry
program and since then has completed several projects overseas as
part of an initial thrust into the
international arena.
Prof. Peter Dooling worked in
Thailand to help design a new
curriculum in parks management for
the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations Institute of Technology.
Howard himself travelled to Central
Abe Hefter photo
Prof. Andrew Howard is the newly appointed director of International
Programs in the Faculty of Forestry.
America to work with the Institute of
Technology of Costa Rica to investigate
alternative timber harvesting methods
in tropical rain forests.
"With Don Munro laying the groundwork in this new initiative, and this
type of experience in hand, now is the
time to examine the direction and
content of our international forestry
program," said Howard.
With the research component firmly
in place, Howard, working with the
faculty's international forestry subcommittee, has identified two other areas
which are crucial to success internationally:  teaching and service.
"We hope to be able to provide more
opportunities for graduate students
from overseas at UBC." he said.
"International students are anxious
to share in our knowledge of forestry
issues. We'll try to facilitate that by
increasing the applicant pool while
maintaining our high academic
At the same time, Howard hopes to
give undergraduate students at UBC
an opportunity to take advantage of
tremendous job opportunities abroad.
He would like to establish an internship program which would include
educational and practical work
"Learning is a two-way street for
students abroad and at UBC," said
The service component of international programs would include all
non-scholarly activities, where
forestry faculty would offer their
expertise by serving on various
academic boards and committees.
"The long-term objective of this
faculty is to establish a Centre for
International Forestry at UBC within
three to five years." said Howard.
ably also an all-time high." Binkley
pointed out.   "Almost 30 per cent of
forestry students are women, up from
just over 20 per cent last year."
Another reason for the rising enrolment figures stems from a decision last
year to allow technical school graduates to enter directly into a three-vear
degree program in Forest Resources
Management.   Prior to that, they had to
negotiate for course exemptions on a
one-to-one basis.
Forestry students are taking their
increased overall awareness and
interest in forestry issues into the work
force at an increasing rate.  Since the
mid 1980s, surveys done by the faculty
indicate an 80 per cent employment
success rate which increased to 90 per
cent this year.   Last year. 77 per cent of
those who responded to a faculty
survey indicated they found work
immediately upon graduation, up from
40 per cent in 1985.
"There is still a strong demand for
foresters and experts in forest resources management, and these
employment figures bear that out."
explained Goss. who is also responsible
for student placement.
Most of these jobs are in industry,
government and consulting and UBC
forestry students tend to stay in B.C.
upon graduation.
Critical to the job prospects for these
students is the availability of summer
employment during their stay at UBC.
Without it. students have a hard time
finding work upon graduation, according to Goss.
"Survey results through the summer
of 1993 indicate that 74 per cent of
students who responded received
summertime employment during their
undergraduate years.  The more
experience these students receive year
after year, the more marketable they
The faculty has intensified its efforts
to help students find jobs on several
fronts.   Last year, it instituted a careers
evening, which gave students, alumni
and other professionals a chance lo
meet and share information in an
informal setting.  The evening attracted
more than 200 people and is expected
to be ottered on an ongoing basis.
In addition, the office of student
services offers job placement services to
help in the recruitment procedure by
matching industry needs with student
skills.  Students are able to obtain
assistance on a one-to-one basis in
resume writing and interview preparation.
"Although job prospects for foresters
have brightened, we see some significant challenges ahead." said Binkley.
"We need to ensure that this year's
good performance in job placement
continues.  We need to diversify the
employment base for UBC forestry
graduates, and we must continue to
place first- and second-year students in
meaningful, forestry-related summer
Stories by
Abe Hefter
Staff writer 6 UBC Reports ■ November 11, 1993
November 14 through November 27
Monday, Nov. 15
Plant Science Seminar
Acetone And Butanol: Regulation Of Secondary Metabolism
In Clostridium Acetobutylicum.
Daniel Petersen, postdoctoral fellow. Plant Science. MacMillan
318Dat 12:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-9646.
Immigration And Assimilation:
Lessons From The U.S. Dr. Vincent Parillo, Sociology, William
Paterson College. NJ. Buchanan
Penthouse at 1:30pm. Call 822-
Mechanical Engineering
Refined Turbulence Measurements Using Laser Doppler
Anemometry. Prof. Cameron
Tropea, Universitat Eriangen-Nu-
remberg. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Biology Seminar
Control Of The Cell Cycle By
Calmodulin-Dependent Protein
Kinase II: Dual Regulation Of G2/
M Transition. Dr. Colin
Rasmussen, Anatomy/Cell Biology, U. of Alberta. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm.  Call 822-5925.
The Environment Of Lyman a
Absorbers In The Sightline To
3C273. Simon Morris, Dominion
Astrophysical Observatory. Geo-
physics/Astromony 260 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Ji Hu: Indigenous Inhabitants Of Shaanbei And Western
Shanxi In The Fifth To Seventh
Centuries A.D. Prof. Emeritus
Edwin G. Pulleyblank. Asian
Studies. Asian Centre 604 from
12:00-2pm.   Call 822-2547.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dissolution Of Solid Dispersions Of Triamterene Or
Temazepam In Polethylene Glycols From Liquid-Filled Hard
Gelatin Capsules. Stephen
Dordunoo, postdoctoral fellow.
Pharmaceutics. IRC #3 from
12:30-l:30pm.   Call 822-4645.
New Calcium Channel
Blockers. Renette Dunn,
PharmD student. Family/Nutritional Sciences 30 from 4-
5pm.   Call 822-4645.
Lectures In Modern
Chemical Analysis Systems On
A Chip. Dr. Jed Harrison, U. of
Alberta. Chemistry 250 south
wing at lpm. Refreshments at
12:40pm.  Call 822-3266.
Oceanography Seminar
Ocean Particle Chemistry: The
Fractionation Of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) Between Suspended Particles And Seawater.
E. Sholkovitz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods
Hole, Mass. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm.   Call 822-3626.
Microbiology Immunology
Seminar Series
Stnieture And Interaction Of
Glycoproteins At The Surface Of
Leukocytes. Dr. Neil Barclay. MRC
Cellular Immunology Unit. 6x1brd,
UK. BRC Seminar Room at 4pm.
Call 822-5995.
Statistics Seminar
On The Efficiency Of Non-Parametric Tests For Comparing Two
Groups Based On Changes In An
Ordered Categorial Response Variable. Dr. Piotr Bajorski, SFU.
Angus 413 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.   Call 822-2234.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Impingment Syndrome OfThe
Shoulder. Dr. J.P. McConkey,
chair. Eye Care Centre Auditorium at 7am.   Call 875-4272.
Wednesday Noon Hour Series
Charles Foreman, piano. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Admission $2.   Call 822-5574.
Asian Research Institute
Japan's Role In The International World. Prof. Jiro Yamaguchi,
U. of Hokkaido. Asian Centre
Auditorium from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-2629.
Microbiology Seminar
Neuron Specific Calcium Binding Proteins. Dr. Ken Baimbridge,
Physiology. Wesbrook 201 from
12:30- 1:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Applied Mathematics
Asymptotic Behaviour Of Solutions 6f Boltzmann Equations With
Boundary Conditions. Richard
Illner. Mathematics. U.Vic. Mathematics 203 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Geography Colloquium
After The Soviet Union: Geography And Transition. Michael
Bradshaw. U. of Birmingham.
Geography 201 from 3:30-5pm.
Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call 822-
Faculty of Forestry Burgess-
Lane Memorial Lecture
Exigencies In U.S. Forest Products Research. Dr. Kent Kirk. dir..
Institute of Microbial/Biochemi-
cal Technology and USDA prof, in
Bacteriology. U. of Wisconsin-
Madison. MacMillan 166 from
4:30-6pm. Facultv Club reception
follows.   Call 822-5303.
Radiology Grand Rounds
A Walk Through The Cavernous Sinus. Dr. Jocelyne Lapointe,
Radiology, University Hospital. St.
Paul's Site. Eve Care Auditorium
from 5-6pm.   Call 631-5026.
Thursday, Nov. 18
UBC Board Of Governors
Held in the board room, second
floor of the Old Administration
Building, 6328 Memorial Rd. The
open session begins at 9am. Call
UBC Orientation For New
And Existing Staff
Coordinated by Organization
Training/Development, Human
Resources. Meet key people across
campus and win prizes. Cecil
Green Park Yorkeen Room from 9-
12pm.   Call 822-9644.
Sustainable Development
Research Inst. Seminar
The Multi-Stakeholder Process:
Canada's Round Tables. Ann Dale,
senior associate. Hut B5. 2202
Main Mall at 12:30pm. Call 822-
President's Lectures In
Hewitt Bostock Memorial lectures. The Overactive Subject:
Cognition, Error And The Productive Imagination. Dr. Catherine
Wilson. Philosophy, U. of Alberta.
Buchanan A-100 at 12:30pm. Call
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Geosphere-Troposhere Interactions Of Methane/Experimental
Data: Who Needs It? Michael
Whiticar. School for Earth and
Ocean Sciences, U.Vic.
GeoSciences 330A at 12:30pm.
Pizza/discussion to follow. Call
Was Mechanism The Dominant
Philosophy OfThe 17th Century?
Dr. Catherine Wilson. U. of Alberta. Buchanan Penthouse at
4pm.   Call 822-3292.
Physics Colloquium
Binary Pulsar. Gravitational
Waves. J. Taylor, Princeton U.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 822-
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Ubiquitous Computing. Mark
Wciser. Xeros Palo Alto Research
Centre. CICSR/CS 208 at 4pm.
Call 822-6894.
International Teaching
Assistant Training Program
Sponsored bv UBC Continuing
Studies (MLO). "Section 2: Thursdays. Nov. 18-Dec. 2 from 6-9pm
in the Old Auditorium Annex 221.
Call 822-5798.
Friday, Nov. 19
Grand Rounds
The Role Of GnRI I Analogs In
The Gynaecologic Surgery. Dr.
Kodolphe Maheux. Laval U.,
Que. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy Site D308 at Sam.
Call 875-3266.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
The Molecular Genetics OfThe
Ewing's Sarcoma Family Of Childhood: Neuroectodermal Tumors.
Dr. Poul Sorensen. G.F. Strong
Auditorium at 9am. Call 875-
21 18.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
STD Control And STD Guideline Development. Dr. William
Bowie. Infectious Diseases, Medicine. James Mather 253 from 9-
10am. All welcome. Call 822-
President's Advisory
Committee On Lectures Fine
Arts Seminar
Moving Pictures: Cinema. Photography. Painting, Graphic Arts.
Prof. Anne Hollander, fellow of Institute for Humanities. New York
U. Lasserre 102 from 11:30am-
1:30pm.   Call 822-2757.
Koerner Lecture
Teachers' And Students' Notes
In 12th And 13th Century Manuscripts. Charles Burnett. Warburg
Inst.. U. of London. Lassere 104at
12:30pm.   Call 822-5938.
World University Services Of
Canada Speaker Series
Cote divoire. Karen Rolston.
Buchanan A-205 at 12:30pm. Call
Public Lecture
Biodiversity: What Is It? Dr.
Gray Merriam, Environmental Science, Carleton U. MacMillan 166
from 12:30-1:30.   Call 822-5724.
Medieval Studies 23rd
Annual Workshop
The University In The Middle
Ages. 15 speakers from Canada.
USA and Europe. Lasserre 102
Friday from 12:30-5:30pm. Continues Saturday from 9:30am-
5pm. Registration req'd. Call 822-
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
New Exposure Limits In British
Columbia. Candace Mayes, occupational hygienist, WCB. Civil/
Mechanical Engineering 1202 from
12:30-1:30pm.   Call 822-9595.
Law Seminar
Human Rights Reform in British Columbia. Prof. Bill Black,
Law. Curtis Conference Room 149
from 12:30-2pm.   Call 822-3403.
Chemical Engineering
The Present Status Of Electric
Double Layer Theory. Samuel
Levine. honorary professor. Chemical Engineering. Chem-Engineer-
ing 206 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Theoretical Chemistry
Kinetic Theory Models Of Incoherent Scatter Radar Spectra Of
The Terrestrial Ionosphere. G.
Arkos, Chemistry. Chemistry 402
central wing at 4pm. Call 822-
Women's Studies Panel
Poverty At UBC. Open to the
public. Grad Student Centre from
4-5pm.   Call 822-9171.
President's Lecture Series In
Lesbian And Gay Studies
The Significance Of Lesbian And
Gay Studies For Transforming
Education. Deborah Britzman,
York U. SFU Diamond Club from
4:30-6pm.   Call 291-3395.
UBC Symphony Orchestra
Jesse Read, conductor: Wendy
Hatala. soprano soloist. Old Auditorium, 6328 Memorial Rd., at
8pm.   Call 822-3113.
Saturday, Nov. 20
President's Lecture In Fine
Fashion In Art. Prof. Anne Hollander, fellow of Institute for Humanities, New York U. IRC #6 at
8pm.   Call 822-2757.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The United Nations In Peace
And War. Sir Crispin Tickell.
warden. Green College, Oxford
U. Woodward IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-5675.
Monday, Nov. 22
President's Lecture On The
GA1A: Goddess Or Thermostat? Sir Crispin Tickell, warden. Green College. Oxford. Geography 200 at 12:30pm. Call
Plant Science Seminar
Rooting Out Disease Problems
In Greenhouse Vegetables. Dr.
Jim Menzies, Agriculture
Canada. Agassiz Research Station. MacMillan 318D at
12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Green College Symposium
Graduate College Communities. Dr. Ann Saddlemyer, master of Massey College; Dr. Alexander Clark, executive director
Green Centre for Science and
Society. U. ofTexas at Dallas: Sir
Crispin Tickell, warden of Green
College, Oxford. Frederic Wood
Theatre from 2:30-4pm. Call822-
TAG Seminar For Faculty
Positive  Grading  Practices.
Clarissa Green, School of Nursing.    Social Work 223 from 3
5pm.   Call 822-9149.
Applied Mathematics
Stratified Flow Over An Obstacle: Nonlinear Wave Interactions In Lee Wave Field. Dr.
Kevin Lamb. Phvsics, Memorial
U.. St. Johns. Mathematics 203
at 3:30pm.   Call 822-4584.
Mechanical Engineering
Monitoring Of Dynamic Stability. Ercan Kose, Ph.D. student. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Refreshments.   Call 822-6671.
Biochem/Molecular Biology
Genetic Analysis Of Ras
Oncogene Function. James C.
Stone. IRC #4 at 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Astronomy Seminar
New Developments In Stellar
Semiconvection. Bill Merryfield,
U.Vic. Geophysics 260 at 4pm.
Refreshments from 3:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Nov. 23
Multimedia Conference/
Vendor Exposition
Continues on Wednesday. Exploring Multimedia Solutions In
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Community Relations Office, 207-
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section maybe
limited due to space. Deadline for the November 25
issue of UBC Reports—which covers the period November 28 to December 11 — is noon, November 16. UBC Reports ■ November 11, 1993 7
November 14 through November 27
Education And Business. Grad
Student Centre at 8:30am. Conf.
registration $250: Vendor Exposition $10.   Call 222-5351.
Women's Studies Lecture
PioneerStories: ExploringThe
Politics Of Representation In The
Western Development Museum.
Dr. Lynne Bell. U. of Saskatch
ewan. Buchanan B212 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9171.
Museum Of Anthropology
Shop Feature
Evolving Traditions. Begins
Nov. 23 through Nov. 28. Sale of
works by First Nations female
artists of the Northwest Coast.
Lobby, weekdays 1 lam-4pm.
Sat/Sun, 12:30-2:30pm. Artists demonstrations from 12:30-
2pm.   Call 822-5087.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Health Effects Of Air Pollution. Dr. David Bates, professor
emeritus. Medicine. IRC #3 from
12:30-l:30pm.   Call 822-4645.
Newer Anticoagulants: The
Clot Thickens. Fawziah Lalji,
Ph.D. student. Pharmaceutical
Sciences. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 30 from 4-5pm. Call i
BioSciences Seminar
JGOFS Equatorial Pacific
Study: Overview And Preliminary Results. Dr. James Murray,
School of Oceanography, U. of
Washington. BioSciences 1465
at 3:30pm.   Call 822-3626.
Medical Genetics Seminar
The Impact Of Endogenous
Retrovirus-Like Sequences On
The Human Genome. Nancy
Goodchild. Ph.D student.
Wesbrook 201 from 4:30-
5:30pm. Refreshments at
4:20pm.  Call 822-5312.
Botany Seminar
The Scent ol Clarkia Flowers:
From Ecology To Molecular Biology. Dr. Eran Pichersky, Biology, U. of Michigan. BioSciences
2000 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Wednesday, Nov. 24
Orthopaedics Grand
Current        Trends In
Arthroplasty Of The Hand And
Wrist. Dr. John O'Connell, Pathology. Eye Care Centre auditorium at 7am.   Call 875-4646.
UBC Bookstore Special
Customer Appreciation Day
1993. Come enjoy some Christmas cheer: complimentary refreshments/treats; prize draws
and complimentary gift wrapping
service. UBC campus Bookstore
and Health Sciences Bookshop
at 2750 Heather St. from8:30am-
8:30pm.  Call 822-2665.
Origami Folding
Come and learn the beauty of
folding. Joseph Wu. origami enthusiast, will be giving a seminar. UBC Bookstore at 12:30pm.
Call 822-2665.
Wednesday Noon Hour
Concert Series
The Hammerhead Consort.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Admission $2.  Call 822-5574.
History Lecture
Issue And   Representation:
The National Gallery's Purchase
Of Barnett Newman's Voice Of Fire,
John O'Brien, Fine Arts. Spon
sored by Major Program In Canadian Studies. Buchanan B212 at
12:30pm.   Call 822-5193.
Microbiology Seminar
High Level Expression Of Complex Human Plasma Proteins. Dr.
Ross MacGillivray, Biochemistry.
Wesbrook201 from 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-3308.
Centre For Japanese
Research Seminar
Rengos New Political Force: The
Labor Movement And Political Realignment In Japan. Lonny Carlile,
Political Science. Asian Centre
604 at 12:30-1:45pm. Call 822-
Biochem/Molecular Biology
Solution Structures Of DNA-
Binding Domain Of c-myb
Protooncogene Product And Of Its
Complex With A Specific DNA:
Repeated HTH Variants Wrap
Around DNA. Dr. Yoshifumi
Nishimura, Integrated Science
Graduate School, Yokohama. IRC
#5 at 3:45pm.  Call 822-5925.
Upper Mantle Structure OfThe
Cascadia Subduction Zone Below
B.C. Geophysics 260 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call 822-
Interdisciplinary 19th
Century Studies Colloquium
Theatre And Fashion, etc., etc.
Speakers: Joel Kaplan, English;
SheilaStowell.Theatre, U.Vic, with
Sima Godfrey, French. Responding: Patricia Merivale. English.
Faculty Club Music Room at
7:30pm.   Call 822-4225/5122.
Thursday, Nov. 25
Sixth Annual Health Services
Policy Conference
The Effects Of Socio-Cultural
Environment On Health And Implications Of Socio-Cultural Diversity For Health Policy. Seven
speakers to include three UBC faculty and four international educators. University Golf Club from
8:30am-4pm. Registration req'd.
$90, students$60. Call 822-4969.
UBC International Forum
AIDS In Africa. Dennis Willms,
Clinical Epidemiology/
Biostatistics, McMaster U. IRC #6
at 12:30pm.   Call 822-9546.
Physics Colloquium
The Stem-Gerlach Experiment
And Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
Dr. M. Bloom. Physics. Hennings
201 at 4pm.   Call 822-3853.
Orthopaedics Evening
Five topics will be presented
with a 9pm break for coffee. G-279
(ground floor lecture theatre near
cafeteria), University Hospital,
UBC site from 8-10pm. Call 875-
Health Services Research
Healthcare For The 21st Century: Implications For Sociocultural Diversity. University Golf
Club from 8am-4pm. $90. students $60.   Call 522-4510/4969
Music Concert
UBC Contemporary Players.
Stephen Chatman/Andrew Dawes,
directors. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm.   Call 822-3113.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Language Breakdowns Affect
Safety In The Workplace. Cristel
Nierobisch/Tanis Sawkins, head/
instructor. VCC. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-9595.
Law Seminar
Court  Orders And  Criminal
Contempt. Mr. Justice Kenneth
Lvsyk. Curtis Faculty Conference
Room 149 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Royal Society of Canada
Women In Scholarship Lecture
Racism And Inequality In
Canada. Dr. Frances Henry, Anthropology. York U. Buchanan A-
104 from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-9121.
Chemical Engineering
A Model OfThe Initial Chemical
Reaction Fouling Rate For Flow
Within A Heated Tube, And Its
Verification. Dr. Norman Epstein,
honorary professor. Chemical Engineering. ChemEngineering 206
at 3:30pm.   Call 822-3238.
Theoretical Chemistry
Dynamics Of Molecular Liq
uids. A. Chandra. Chemistry
402 central wing at 4pm. Call
Saturday, Nov. 27
President's Lecture Series
In Lesbian And Gay
Isaac Julien Representation:
Race/Post-Colonialism In Cultural Production. Two films.
Pacific Cinematheque. 1131
Howe St., Vancouver from 7-9pm.
Call 822-5358.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Researching The Earth: Living It. Loving It, Sharing It. Prof.
Susan Kieffer. UBC Geological
Sciences. IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
Friday, Nov. 26
Grand Rounds
The Molly Towell Lectureship
In Perinatology: Some Ideas On
The Effect Of The Fetal Environment On Fetal Function And Development. Dr. Peter W.
Nathanielsz, Cornell U., NY. University Hospital, Shaughnessy Site
D308 at 8am.   Call 875-3266.
Student Housing
The off-campus housing listing
service offered by the UBC Housing Office has been discontinued.
A new service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a
housing listing service for both
students and landlords. This new
service utilizes a computer voice
messaging system. Students call
822-9844, landlords call 822-9847.
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison tours
provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities/faculties/services. Every Friday at 9:30am. Reservations required one week in advance. Call
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation and information for faculty
members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for
students and faculty available. Call
Trade Show
AMS Annual Christmas Gift
Fair. Open to the public with
different vendors each week. Student Union Building main concourse beginning Nov. 22-Dec. 3
from 9-5pm.  Call 822-3465.
Dorothy Somerset Studio
Leonce And Lena by Georg
Buchner. directed by Richard
Wolfe. Nov. 17-20 and Nov. 24-27.
Preview Tuesday, Nov. 16. Two for
$7.   Call 822-2678.
UBC Bookstore
Open Mon/Tue/Thur. and Fri.
8:30am-5pm; Wed., 8:30am-
8:30pm; Sat., 9:30am-5pm. Call
Research In Women's
Studies Weekend Conference
Poverty: Feminist Perspectives.
Co-sponsored by Social Work. Nov.
18-20. Workshops, papers, panels. Registration req'd. Call 822-
English Language Institute
Professional development for
language teachers. Continuing
classes through November. Call
222-5208 to register/ receive a
Free Hearing Assessments
Now through December 17.
Open to all UBC students/staff/
faculty. Sponsored by the UBC
Hearing Access Project. By appointment.   Call 822-5798.
Women Students' Office
Advocacy/personal counselling
services available. Call 822-2415.
Fine Arts Gallery
Knowledgeable Bodies/Recent
Acquisitions. Works from UBC Art
Collection. Main Library basement. Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm/ Sat.
12-5pm.   Call 822-2759.
Male Experience Research
Are contemporary ideas about
men's lives truths or stereotypes?
Counselling psychology student is
looking for volunteers to take part
in this study. If you're straight,
white, 25-35, and interested in
sharing your storv. call Lawrence
at 822-5259.
Clinical Trials in
Athlete's Foot Study requires
volunteers aged 18-65 yrs. Must
be able to attend 6 visits over 6
weeks.  Lab tests required.
Study on Acne Gels
Aged over 16 yrs. with bad acne
and not currently under a physician's care. 5 visits over 2-month
Psoriasis Studies
Aged over 18 yrs. and not
currently under a physician's
care. 5-10 visits over a 2-month
period. Division of Dermatology, VGH. 855 West 10th Ave.
Call 875-5296.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss questions or concerns and
are prepared to help any member
of the UBC community who is
being sexually harassed find a
satisfactory resolution. Call
Margaretha Hoek at 822-6353.
Psychology Study
Looking for female heterosexual
volunteers who are experiencing
sexual difficulties to participate in
confidential research on physiological sexual arousal. Honorarium. Mon-Thu 4-6pm. Call
Insomnia Study
Medication treatment for volunteers with difficulty falling asleep
or with frequent nightime
awakenings. Involves overnight
sleep studies. No shift workers.
UBC Sleep Disorders Clinic. Call
Ms. Wood Mon-Thur. at 822-
Psychology Study In
Couples with a 5-11 yr. old
son are wanted for a study on
parenting style. Families will be
paid for participating. UBC
Parenting Lab.  Call 822-9037.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data analysts supporting clinical research.
To arrange a consultation, call
Laurel at 822-4530.
Drug Inter-Action Study
Volunteers at least 18 years
required for participation in Pharmacology/Therapeutics Study.
Eligibility screening by appointment. Honorarium upon completion of study. Call 822-4270.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Dept.
of Statistics to provide statistical
advice to faculty/graduate students working on research problems.   Call 822-4037.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items.
Every Wednesday. 12-5pm. Task
Force Bldg., 2352 Health Sciences Mall. Call Vince at 822-
2582/Rich at 822-2813.
Badminton Club
Faculty/Staff are welcome to
join in the fun at the Robert
Osborne Centre-Gym A, on Fridays now through Mar/94 from
6:30-8:30pm. Cost Is $15. plus
library card. Call John at 822-
Nitobe Garden
Open weekdays onlv from
10am-3pm.   Call 822-6038.
Nehru Humanitarian
Awards Presentation
Cultural Performance and refreshments. Sunday, Nov. 14.
7:30-9:30pm, Asian Studies Bldg.
Auditorium. Call 822-3846.
Notice of Closure
The bicycle path/sidewalk on
Northwest Marine Drive from
Chancellor Boulevard to Spanish Banks beach will be closed
from Nov. 12 to Jan. 1.
For more information, contact Kathleen Laird-Burns at
Campus Planning and Development. 822-8228. 8 UBC Reports • November 11, 1993
The following is a condensed version of the first annual report on the activities
and performance of the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program. This document is
intended to provide a summary of the program for the benefit of interested
students, faculty, staff, and residents ofthe University of British Columbia, as
well as for interested members of the public community which the University
In November 1990 the President's Task Force (on Waste Reduction, Reuse. &
Recycling) retained the consulting firm Resource Integration Systems Ltd. to conduct
an audit of the University waste stream and to recommend waste reduction
opportunities for U.B.C. The report prepared by the President's Task Force was
published in UBC Reports in September 1991. The consultant's report "Building a
Sustainable Community," which outlined a solid waste management plan for the
University, was accepted by the President's Task Force in October 1991.
As a result of recommendations from the President's Task Force and the report
"Building a Sustainable Community," the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program was
created in November 1991 within the Department of Plant Operations.
The U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program was intended to be the keystone of an integrated
solid waste management plan proposed for the University of British Columbia. This
plan called for a systems approach to the management and reduction of waste on
campus and projected an ultimate waste diversion from landfill of 58 per cent. The
U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program would coordinate implementation of this plan and
assist university departments in achieving the waste reduction target.
During a preliminary phase pending financing of the full-scale plan, the program
goals were to maintain existing levels of paper recycling and plan a phased-in
implementation of the full-scale waste reduction program. Unfortunately the
University of British Columbia, in common with other public institutions, was faced
with government budget limitations that amounted to an effective decrease in the
operating budget and required budget cutbacks and restructuring. Despite these
restraints, the University administration demonstrated commitment to waste reduction by allocating a new operating budget to the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program
equivalent to the cost of operating the paper recycling program at the current level.
It is expected, however, that budget limitations and the competition of many
worthwhile University programs for increasingly scarce funding will mean that the
operating costs for the waste reduction program as laid out in the consultant's report
will not be available in the immediate future. The U.B.C. Waste Reduction program
is tackling the challenge of revising the plan to eventually achieve as close as possible
to the ultimate target outlined in t he report in a manner which requires less resources.
The ultimate objective of the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program is to reduce the
quantity of landfilled waste generated on campus, and thus to put into action
the principles of sustainable development at the University of British Columbia.
With this goal in mind the Program has endeavored:
• To coordinate and expand waste reduction and recycling activities in the
University community.
• To act as a resource and catalyst for waste reduction initiatives in the University
• To educate the University community about the practices and principles of waste
• To integrate waste reduction principles into University operations.
• To monitor and record the results of waste reduction efforts on campus
• To communicate U.B.C. waste reduction achievements to the University
• To act as a stakeholder in the development of University policy regarding
sustainable development.
The Waste Reduction Program has necessarily been involved in a broad range of
activities in its effort to change consumption attitudes and provide the means for
waste reduction at U.B.C.  The following is a summary of those diverse activities:
Recycling Operations
• Managed the continued expansion of campus-wide paper recycling operations.
Paper and cardboard are currently collected for recycling from over 200 buildings
on campus.
• Established and administered recycling collection contracts with outside
vendors.  Currently there are five companies collecting materials at U.B.C. for
• Assisted in efforts to increase multi-material recycling in student residences and
food service outlets. Currently all residences and food service outlets offer some
form of recycling.
• Assisted Plant Operations to set up recycling of motor oil. oil filters, antifreeze,
batteries, and tires from its vehicle fleet.
Education & Communication
• Maintained and expanded a campus-wide network of Recycling Area Monitors
(RAMs) through which information and encouragement on reducing waste is
passed to university departments.
• Shared knowledge on waste management and environmental issues with
students, faculty, and staff through forums and information sessions.
• Acted as resource centre for student academic projects on sustainable
development and waste management.   Faculties involved include: Computer
Science. Applied Science, and Commerce and Business Administration.
• Created a variety of informative signage for strategic display in common waste
generation areas on campus.
• Currently developing a communications plan with the assistance of Community
Relations which will include orientation for campus employees, a regular
environmental column in UBC Reports, a program logo and display, and a
brochure publicizing Program initiatives and goals.
Planning & Policy
• Prepared, in consultation with the Sustainable Development Research Institute
and Occupational Health & Safety, a draft environmental policy statement for the
University. This was recently used by the President's Environmental Advisory
Committee in preparation for the submission of policy revisions to the Board of
• Currently collaborating with Plant Operations, Campus Planning and
Development, Purchasing, and the Surplus Equipment Recycling Facility to
develop an integrated waste management plan for the university. This includes
analysing various options for the implementation of a comprehensive multi-
material recycling program.
• Currently working with the Sustainable Development Research Institute to
undertake a "Greening the Campus" program.
• Currently working with Occupational Health and Safety to address the reduction
and recycling of special waste on campus.
• Currently expanding the range of issues addressed and scope of Program
activities in response to campus concerns and changing environmental
Monitoring & Evaluation
• Undertook a comprehensive audit of recycling activities for each building on
campus in order to evaluate waste reduction performance.
• Consolidated waste stream data from a variety of sources to develop a Waste
Management Information System for U.B.C. which will allow waste generation
and recycling to be monitored down to the building level. This system will enable
ongoing evaluation of waste reduction efforts to be carried out.
• Currently working with Plant Operations, Housing, Food Services, and
Purchasing to ensure that all relevant waste stream data is channeled into this
centralized information system.
External Relations
• Participated in the exchange of information on environmental issues in the
external community through involvement with numerous associations and
government committees.  These included:
Greater Vancouver Regional District Local Solid Waste Advisory Committee
Greater Vancouver Regional District Technical Solid Waste Evaluation
Greater Vancouver Regional District Waste Reduction Forum
Industrial Commercial Institutional Environmental Managers Association
Institutes for Environmental Initiatives
Recycling Council of British Columbia
• Developed, organized, and hosted, in partnership with the Greater Vancouver
Regional District. "Educating by Example." a waste reduction and recycling
workshop for British Columbia colleges and universities.
Waste reduction at the University of British Columbia is achieved by the following
• Reducing the input of materials that contribute to waste. This is achieved
through "smart" purchasing and procurement practices.
• Transforming materials more efficiently so that less waste is generated. This is
more familiarly referred to as source reduction and reuse.
• Diverting generated waste from disposal through recycling and composting.
The bottom line measure of waste reduction progress is how little waste ultimately
gets sent for disposal at the landfill. Over the past six years, due to ever increasing
waste reduction efforts, the annual quantity of landfilled waste generated at the
University of British Columbia decreased by 16 per cent. This was in spite of a 13.5
per cent increase in campus population, as represented by full-time winter session
students, full-time faculty, and salaried staff. These trends are depicted in Chart 1.
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The impact of waste reduction at U. B. C. is further illustrated by considering the waste
generated per unit population, shown in Chart 2. The total waste (landfilled +
recycled) produced per person decreased from 132 kg in 1987/88 to 115 kg in 1992/
93. This 13 per cent decrease suggests that smart purchasing, source reduction and
reuse on campus have been effective. When recycling activities are added in. the
result is a 26 per cent decline in the landfilled waste per person over the six-year
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Paper and cardboard easily constitute the largest portion of total recyclables
collected. In fact together they account for approximately 78 per cent by weight of
current recycling recoveries. This is fully expected since paper products make up
almost 60 per cent ofthe U.B.C. waste stream and a campus-wide paper recycling
operation, now managed by the Waste Reduction Program, is very well established at
the university.
Multi-materials are collected for recycling at locations such as the Student Union
Building, campus residences, and food service outlets where high volumes of multi-
materials are generated. Student- and resident-initiated programs have contributed
significantly to multi-material recycling results. It should be noted that the actual
quantity of multi-materials being collected for recycling at U.B.C. is greater than that
recorded. The recycled material represented in Chart 3 accounts only for quantified
amounts. It is known that there is additional material being recycled for which weight
data is unavailable. The Waste Reduction Program is making an ongoing effort to
compile complete statistics which will continue to improve the accuracy of waste
stream analysis.
The following are other materials which are being collected for recycling at U.B.C. but
for which quantities are currently unavailable:
• construction/demolition debris, including concrete and aggregate, created
during campus renovations.
• motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, vehicle batteries, and tires from the Plant
Operations garage.
• photocopier toner cartridges and laser printer cartridges at The Bookstore.
It is impossible to evaluate what percentage of this waste reduction at U.B.C. is
direcUy attributable to the efforts of the Waste Reduction Program and its predecessors. Consumption and waste disposal decisions are ultimately made by individuals
who are being affected by a general shift in society toward more environmentally
sensitive attitudes. The role ofthe Waste Reduction Program is to reinforce and foster
positive attitudes toward sustainable development and waste reduction and to
-,     provide the means for which these attitudes can be turned into action.
Recycling is one of the means by which the Waste Reduction Program provides the
campus community the ability to reduce waste. Recycling activities at U.B.C. have
been expanding steadily since the first paper recycling program was initiated in 1989.
I»» Data for 1992/93 shows that 627 tonnes of materials were collected for recycling on
the U.B.C. campus. This represents a diversion of approximately 15 per cent of what
►     would previously have been landfilled waste.
| The yardstick against which waste reduction progress at U.B.C. will be measured in
the future is the government target of 50 per cent per capita waste reduction by the
year 2000. The baseline year from which waste reduction achievements will be
calculated is 1990. The per capita landfilled waste at U.B.C. in 1990/91 was 107 kg/
person. Therefore the target at U.B.C. for the year 2000/01 is 53.5 kg/person.
Reducing waste at U.B.C. to meet this level will be a challenge. Two years out from
*. the baseline we have achieved about nine per cent waste reduction. Per capita
landfilled waste at U.B.C. stands at 98 kg/person. This is a little behind target, but
not unexpected given that implementation of a full-scale waste reduction plan at
U.B.C. has been on hold due to budget constraints. The arbitrary selection of 1990
as the baseline year is also a little unfortunate for U.B.C. since waste generation on
►»     campus dropped significantly in 1990/91 from the previous year.  If 1989/90 were
used as the baseline U.B.C. would be ahead of target.
Materials recovered for recycling at U.B.C, for which quantities have been recorded,
I       include:
w    •   Paper - office paper
- newsprint
- telephone books, hard cover books, magazines, card stock
• Cardboard
• Multi-materials  - plastic containers
p, - metal cans
- glass bottles
*'     •   Scrap metal
Abreakdown ofthe quantities of these materials recycled at U.B.C. over the past five
years is shown in Chart 3.
The Waste Reduction Program cost a total of $193,132 to operate in the fiscal year
1992/93. This included the cost of recycling operations and the cost of program
administration. The cost avoidance created by Waste Reduction Program activities
in 1992/93 was conservatively estimated at $88,700. This is composed of landfill fees
and garbage handling costs which were saved through the diversion of campus waste
to recycling.
Even with this significant cost avoidance recycling is still at an economic disadvantage. The unit cost for recycling at U.B.C. is currently $308/tonne. The unit cost for
landfill disposal stands at $ 141.50/tonne, which includes the $69/tonne landfill fee.
This disparity results largely from the labour-intensive manner in which high-volume
recyclables such as paper and cardboard are currently collected. Recycling also
incurs extra costs because, as a new system, it requires greater administrative
Recycling will eventually achieve cost competitiveness as landfill fees rise, as markets
for recyclable materials increase, and as recycling operations become more efficient.
Over the past six years, landfill fees in Vancouver have jumped by 268 per cent. This
has given recycling in its infancy a tremendous boost. It seems likely though that
future landfill fee increases will occur at a much slower rate. The emphasis now must
be put on market development and system efficiency.
The U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program has adopted as its goal the government target
of 50 per cent per capita waste reduction by the year 2000. This must be considered
a minimum goal for the University of British Columbia. It is now a requirement for
federal programs, and it is anticipated that it may become a requirement for any
organization receiving federal funding.
The challenge for the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program is to develop and implement
an integrated waste minimization plan for the university which achieves the 50 per
cent reduction target yet still respects practical financial limitations. This plan will
employ the systems approach to waste reduction proposed in the report "Building a
Sustainable Community" - reduce input of materials; transform materials more
efficiently; divert waste to recycling and composting. An attempt will be made to apply
this system in a less capital- and labour-intensive manner. The following are key
considerations that will be incorporated in the plan:
• Greater emphasis must be placed on purchasing, source reduction, and reuse.
If materials are prevented from reaching the waste stream the cost of recycling
or disposing of them is eliminated. Purchasing items with recycled content is the
key to building markets for recyclable materials. This will lower collection costs
in the long run.
• Efficiency of recycling operations must be maximized through the employment
of existing garbage collection systems.  Currently recyclables are collected
through a separate system which is highly labour-intensive and expensive.
• Focus must be placed on highly divertable materials in the waste stream such
as paper products. If all paper on campus was diverted for recycling the U.B.C.
waste stream would be reduced by more the half.
• Respect must be given to the community desire for campus-wide multi-
material recycling. A program that is responsive to the needs and desires of the
community will achieve higher participation.
• Individual campus support units like Housing, Food Services, and Plant
Operations must be allowed to develop recycling systems which suit their
individual needs and are thus more efficient and cost effective. The Waste
Reduction Program can help these individual units start up tailor-made recycling
programs and can coordinate collection contracts with outside vendors to ensure
the best service at the lowest cost.
• Incentives must be provided for individual campus departments to reduce
waste.  This can range from simple encouragement, such as posting goals and
results, right through to economic instruments, such as garbage fees.
Waste reduction results at the University of British Columbia to date have been
extremely positive. Through hard work and smart management these results will
continue to improve and program goals will be met.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions with regard to waste
reduction and recycling on the U.B.C. campus please, contact John Metros of
the U.B.C. Waste Reduction Program at 822-3827(e-mail: recycle@unixg.ubc.ca). 10 UBC Reports • November 11, 1993
Martin D'.-e r_'" o'o
Liberal Discussions
B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell talks to Anne Dale, senior associate with the
Sustainable Development Research Institute, and Hamish Kimmins, professor in the Dept.
of Forest Sciences, during a recent visit to UBC. Campbell and members of the Liberal
caucus were here for a round table discussion and private meetings with UBC experts whose
work directly relates to the MLAs' duties as opposition critics. Campbell also met with UBC
President David Strangway.
News Digest
The 1994 Corporate-Higher Education Forum Awards Program is now open for nominations.
Two cash prizes of $5,000 each are offered to promote and recognize excellence in furthering
corporate-university co-operation in research.
Previous winners include Roger Blais of Ecole Polytechnique. Gordon MacNabb, former president ofthe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Fraser Mustard, president of
the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Nominees may be individuals or groups and only work performed in Canada will be nominated.
Selection criteria include evidence of exemplary initiative, vision, creativity, tangible benefits of
research collaboration and involvement of students.
For more information fax (514) 876-1498 or write the Corporate-Higher Education Forum, 1155
Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, Suite 2501, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 2K4.
UBC President David Strangway is deputy chair ofthe Corporate-Higher Education Forum.
• • • •
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), a confidential counselling, advisory and
information service, is now available to all faculty and staff members whose employment
status makes them eligible to participate in UBC's medical plan.
All UBC employees retired within the past two years who participate in a post-retiral benefits
package, and their families, are also eligible.
EFAP covers the cost of short-term counselling sessions with Interlock, a private non-profit
society of professionals trained to provide assistance with a wide range of personal issues. If
English is not your first language. Interlock will make referrals to the appropriate community
The program is jointly sponsored by UBC, the Faculty Association, the Association of Administrative and Professional Staff, Technicians and Research Assistants, the International Union of
Operating Engineers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees locals 2950, 116 and 2278.
For assistance, call 431-8200 or toll free 1-800-663-9099.
• • • •
Did you know that UBC offers a course in ESP?
That's English for Special Purposes, a new eight-week professional development program
designed to help Japanese police officers improve their English language skills.
The number of foreigners in Japan has risen dramatically in
the last decade as the country becomes the economic centre of
the world," said John Redmond, co-ordinator of special group
programs for UBC's English Language Institute in Continuing
"Japanese police officers are now in the position of having to
deal with non-traditional clients, many of whom do not speak
Japanese, but most of whom speak English."
Thirty-six police officers from across Japan are enrolled in the
program which includes lectures and training sessions.
The ESP curriculum was developed by professionals from the
Justice Institute of B.C., the RCMP and local police forces.
The classified advertising rate is $ 15 for 35 words or
less. Each additional word is 50 cents. Rate includes
GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
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Prof's book explores
ways of psychopaths
Nobody knows more about
psychopaths than UBC Psychology Prof. Robert Hare.
Later this month, he imparts
25 years of research into the
mental disorder with the release
of his book, Without Conscience:
The Disturbing World ofthe Psychopath Among Us (Simon &
Hare describes psychopaths
as glib, manipulative, impulsive,
egocentric, deceitful, sensation-
seeking, selfish, irresponsible,
lacking empathy, guilt and remorse.
"Psychopaths don't have emotional hangups," he said. "They're
basically predators who view
other people as objects to be
used and manipulated."
Hare is also author of the
Hare Psychopathy Checklist-
Revised, heralded as the best
available method for assessing
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration will
host an international business conference, Bridging the
Pacific:  Opportunities in the Pacific Rim, Jan. 14-16 at
Vancouver's Waterfront Hotel.
More than 250 students, faculty, and industry and government representatives from North America and the Pacific Rim
will take part in the conference, which will focus on Asian
investment in North America, and North American investment
The areas to be discussed include global trade and policy,
entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, real estate, international
logistics and human resources.
For more information, call Sabina Tan at 241-3055.
The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries has
joined the Inter-University Consortium for Political and
Social Research (ICPSR), a major distributor of electronic
data in the social and life sciences.
Ten western Canadian universities, including UBC, are
involved in the collaborative effort, which will allow faculty and
students to more effectively utilize social science resources with
350 academic institutions already affiliated with ICPSR world
Saturday, November 20
8:15 pm in Woodward Instructional Resources Centre,
Hall 2
The Vancouver Institute
Monday, November 22
12:30 pm in Geography 200
The President's Lecture
Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
Green College, External Affairs Office, the Vancouver Institute and the President's Advisory Committee on Lectures. UBC Reports ■ November 11, 1993 11
Thomas Cook/Marlin Travel opens
new office on university campus
The Thomas Cook/Marlin
Travel office is now open on campus in the site of the old post
office in the General Services
Administration Building.
The travel agency was contracted to UBC under the university's Travel   Management
It has saved faculty and staff
close to $200,000 in rebates
since the program came into
effect in 1991.
In 1991-92, roughly half of
the $5 million that UBC employees spent on business travel was
handled through the travel management program.
For further information on
airfares and benefits on cor
porate hotel rates, car rental,
credit cards and airport parking, contact Lindsay Ward at
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the awarding of
prizes to faculty members. The Faculty of Arts will select five (5) winners of the prizes for
excellence in teaching for 1994.
Faculty who have three or more years of teaching at UBC are eligible. The three years
include 1993-94.
The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels: introductory, advanced,
graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process:
Faculty, students, or alumni may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the
Director of the School, or the Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These
suggestions should be in writing and signed by one or more students, alumni, or faculty,
and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may
write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the office of the Dean of Arts in
Buchanan Building, Room B 130.
The deadline for submission of nominations to Departments, Schools or Programs is
January 21, 1994.
Winners will be announced in the spring, and identified during Spring Convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact your department or call Associate
Dean of Arts Dr. Sherrill Grace at 822-9121.
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by staff writers
UBC Registrar Richard Spencer has been appointed
director of Student Services for a five-year term.
The new position, which reports to the vice-president.
Student and Academic Services, was
created to improve the quality, efficiency, co-ordination and coherence of
services offered to students.
As director of Student Services,
Spencer's additional responsibilities
include Awards and Financial Aid: the
International Student Centre: School
and College Liaison Office: Student
Counselling and Resources Centre:
Student Health Service: Student
Placement Services and the Women
Students' Office.
Spencer was first appointed registrar
in 1988 and was recently appointed to a
second five-year term by UBC's Board ofGovernors.
Raymond Chan, a system design engineer at TRIUMF and
newly elected Member of Parliament for Richmond, has
been named to the federal cabinet as Secretary of State
responsible for the Asia Pacific region.
Chan was chosen by Prime Minister Jean Chretien to take
the junior cabinet minister position, which falls under Andre
Ouellet's Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Chan was sworn in along with the prime minister and
other cabinet ministers at a Nov. 4 ceremony at Rideau Hall,
the official residence ofthe Governor General.
He was one of six Liberals elected from B.C. in the Oct. 25
federal election.
• • • •
Prof. Ken Haycock, director of the
School of Library. Archival and
Information Studies, has been
named a fellow of the Canadian College
of Teachers.
Haycock was cited for his work in
public education in Canada and around
the world and particularly for his
contributions as director of program
services with the Vancouver School
Board from 1984-1992.
During that time he was responsible
for curriculum management as well as
innovation, resources, technology and staff training
T-bird soccer teams
championship bound
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC's soccer teams have advanced to their respective Canadian Interuniversity Athletic
Union (CIAU) championships.
UBC's men's team will be gunning for its fifth straight national
title after beating the Alberta
Golden Bears 2-1 in overtime at
the Canada West championships
Nov. 6 at O.J. Todd Field. Kevin
Hearne scored the winner in the
20th minute of overtime to give
UBC its fifth consecutive Canada
West title.
The Thunderbirds, national
soccer champions seven of the
last nine years, will travel to
Acadia University in Wolfville,
NS. for the CIAU tournament,
where they will open pool play
Nov. 12 against Western Ontario.
UBC's  women's  team  cap
tured the Canada West championship with a 1-0 victory over
the Calgary Dinosaurs Nov. 7 in
Calgary. Andrea Neil's goal at
the 65-minute mark enabled the
T-Birds to advance to the CIAU
championships Nov. 11-14 at
McGill University in Montreal.
Meanwhile, the men's crosscountry team took top honours
at the CIAU championships last
weekend at Dalhousie University in Halifax for their first-ever
CIAU title.
In a repeat of last year's finish, the women's cross-countrv
team placed second, behind the
University of Calgary.
In addition. UBC finished
fourth at the CIAU women's field
hockey championships last
weekend at the University of
I^eslie Richardson and Sam
Leriche emerged as tournament
Status of Women report available
The second annual Report on the Status of Women
at UBC, by Florence Ledwitz-Rigby, has been
distributed to deans, heads, directors, vice-presidents and women's groups on campus. A copy will
be available in Main Library. For a copy, please
send your request with name and campus address
to Deborah Dean, V.P. Academic Office, Zone 2. 12 UBC Reports ■ November 11,1993
John Robinson energizes research on environment
Sustainable by design
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
John Robinson is going over the
current lineup of projects at UBC's
Sustainable Development Research
Institute (SDRI) when suddenly,
halfway down the list, his scrolling
comes to an abrupt halt. Glancing
across to his guest, he grins, leans
back and points emphatically at the
To this point, the lineup has been
most impressive: a $2.4-million study
of the Fraser River Basin; a series of
easy-to-read annual reports on
sustainability; the formation of a
Canada-wide network of similar
institutes; a 10-project study of hazardous wastes and a grand scheme to
'green the campus' through student-
initiated research projects.
What single initiative, the guest
wondered, could possibly warrant such
a satisfied smirk and sustained finger
"Have you ever played SimCity?" the
SDRI director asks excitedly. "Well,
we're hoping to build SimBC."
Along with a profound understanding ofthe ecological, technological, economic and social factors
influencing his work, this energized
geography professor from Ontario has
also brought fun and games to the
weighty business of building a sustainable future.
SimCity, Robinson explains, is a
popular commercial computer game
which has turned an estimated 10
million users into urban planning
junkies. By making a game specific to
B.C., Robinson hopes to drive home to
local players the trade-offs inherent in
choosing one lifestyle over another.
"There is immense learning potential
here because people can play it on their
own time, in their own home and make
real choices about real issues," said
Robinson, SDRI's resident generator,
creator and crusader for interdisciplinary research.
The idea for SimBC emerged three
months ago. Since then, Robinson has
assembled a design team of faculty
members on campus, met with the
game's manufacturer, received support
from BC Hydro and approached
provincial and federal government
officials for their assistance.
The same process that went into
creating SimBC, otherwise known as
the Sustainable Society Gaming and
Simulation project, has been followed
for the 29 other SDRI initiatives which
have sprouted since Robinson's arrival
18 months ago. And it's a formula that
seems to be working in a climate
Robinson calls one of "insurmountable
"Possibilities are emerging all the
time and it's really just a matter of
finding the human resources to act on
them," he said. 'The only real constraint is persuading good people, who
are busy themselves, to work on
projects they wouldn't normally do."
Robinson, 40. comes tailor-made for
the job of directing the SDRI's interdisciplinary mandate.
He became hooked on environmental
studies and the interdisciplinary format
in first year at the University of Toronto
where he designed his own 40-course
"I was advised to get a specialist
degree first but that just made me
angry and more determined to take the
interdisciplinary route the whole way
through my undergraduate years."
From U of T, Robinson took his
geography degree to a small nongovernmental organization and joined
the fight against the Mackenzie Valley
Pipeline. In order to keep active in the
debate, he decided to continue environmental studies at York University with
a master's degree, looking specifically at
alternatives to Canada's energy policy.
The young environmentalist thought
he would eventually drift into law but
for three consecutive years turned
down letters of acceptance from various
schools. Law went out the window
altogether when, on graduation day at
York, he made a snap decision to
return to U of T and immerse himself in
the more philosophical aspects of
energy consumption and environment.
Along with 11 years of teaching
experience from the University of
Waterloo's Dept. of Environment and
Resource Studies. Robinson comes to
UBC loaded with practical knowledge of
public policy gained primarily through
consulting work with public utilities in
Charles Ker photo
Our problems don't fit into nice neat
boxes. It is a painful process . . . but all
disciplines must somehow learn to talk
the same language.
- John Robinson, director,
Sustainable Development Research Institute
Canada and abroad.
While some academics look upon
outside contracts as a lesser form of
research than work done through
council grants. Robinson doesn't make
such distinctions. As he puts it, "I'm
interested in work that actually has
some effect and doesn't just appear in
journals and books."
Most recently, Robinson was affecting public perception as chair of the
Canadian Options for Greenhouse Gas
Emission Reduction (COGGER) Panel.
The panel's report garnered national
news coverage by outlining the economic benefits of increasing energy
efficiency and the use of alternate fuels.
His work as principal investigator for
the Environment Canada project
"Designing a Sustainable Society for
Canada" also made headlines this year
with its projections of what the country
could look like in 2030. UBC Press will
publish a book on the project early in
the new year.
According to Robinson, one of the
biggest challenges researchers face
is how to redefine the term 'consumption' in order to make it relevant
to the needs of earth's five billion
inhabitants. He points to colleague Bill
Rees' calculation that two additional
earths would be needed to support
current population growth on a sustainable basis if everyone consumed at
the level of the average Canadian. And
that's assuming Canada and the so-
called developed nations don't grow at
Robinson also believes universities
must look to redefining their own
structures. While institutions have
been built upon separate disciplines
which are vital and necessary, he says
that this approach to learning, on its
own, isn't sufficient to meet society's
changing needs.
"Our problems don't fit into nice
neat boxes." he said. "It is a painful
process, but in order to tackle new
problems with new approaches academics in all disciplines must somehow
learn to talk the same language."
To kick-start the three-year-old
institute. Robinson employed what he
calls a "scatter-gun approach" - that is,
getting many research irons in the fire
and waiting to see how many catch.
The concern for Robinson and his
SDRI associates may soon be whether
they've perhaps spread themselves too
thin. But in the cozy confines of Main
Mall's Hut 5, Robinson remains buoyed
by the enthusiastic response from the
more than 60 academics in 11 faculties
who have involved themselves in SDRI
For his part. Robinson spends 80
per cent of his time on SDRI-related
matters and the remainder in the
Geography Dept. where he co-teaches
undergraduate courses on environmental thought and the geography of
resource industries.
Ever the opportunist. Robinson also
gets two hours of work done on the bus
travelling to and from Richmond where
he lives with his wife Deborah and
three sons. It's a commute he refers to
as "an unanticipated benefit of Vancouver's high-priced housing market."


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