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 THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
UBCREPORTS
Innovation Fund
issues in new era
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Students living in the new Thunderbird
housing complex can use high-speed
networks to tap into learning resources
on the World Wide Web from the comfort
of their own rooms.
In a few months other students in
courses as diverse as music, law and
chemistry, will get "real world" experiences through computer-based
simulations using multimedia technology.
And UBC students will join those in
universities and colleges across B.C. in
using interactive video conferencing to
study the'same course simultaneously.
These and other new teaching initiatives are being developed as UBC takes a
major step toward 21 st century classroom technologies with a series of projects
funded by the provincial government.
More than 30 projects are being funded
by a $2.67-million Skills Now Innovation
Fund grant. They will take advantage of
latest information technologies in computer networking, multimedia, video and
specialized software to improve teaching
and learning for students.
Martin Dee photo
Bernard Sheehan, associate vice-president. Computing and Communications, shows Education Minister
Art Charbonneau, left, an example of the multimedia
technology that can be used for educational purposes
as a result of the Skills Now Innovation Fund grant.
The projects involve nearly every faculty on campus and the division of Continuing Studies. They include enhancements to UBC's computer networks, improved productivity in the classroom
through computer technologies and better distance and open education via telecommunications technology.
'The timing of the Skills Now program
matches the university's growing recog
nition ofthe need to place higher priority
on the use of information technology in
teaching and learning." said Bernard
Sheehan, associate vice-president. Computing and Communications.
"The Innovation Fund will give the
university the means to make a quantum
leap forward in the application of new
multimedia and broadband networking
technologies."
One aim of the projects is to equip
campus facilities for future extension of
instruction via telecommunications and
computer technology, linking UBC students to resources from around the globe,
Sheehan said.
These innovative approaches to instruction will also teach students new
skills that will prepare them to compete
and adapt to the changing nature of the
workplace once they graduate, he added.
Funding for the projects was announced Feb. 14 by Education Minister
Art Charbonneau on behalf of Skills,
Training and Labour Minister Dan Miller.
Charbonneau made the announcement
during a ceremony to officially open the
expansion and renovation of the Scarfe
Building.
The Innovation
Fund is a program
designed to increase
the number of students learning applied
and technical skills at
B.C. post-secondary
institutions.
It supports
projects that offer
new ways to serve
more students, improving the efficiency
and effectiveness of
classroom instruction, and extending
instructional programs and services
to other institutions.
"Information
technology has initiated a fundamen-
we communicate,"
tai change in  how
Charbonneau said.
'This funding will serve as a catalyst to
help UBC incorporate information technology into the way it delivers education,
as well as into the curriculum it teaches."
UBC is taking an integrated approach
to the projects, which are co-ordinated
See INNOVATE
and related story on Page 4
Scarfe upgrade keeps
pace with technology
Provincial Education Minister Art
Charbonneau joined UBC dignitaries and
about 125 invited guests at the official
opening of the first phase of the Neville
Scarfe Building's renovation and expansion on Feb. 14.
The Scarfe building, first opened in
1962, houses the Faculty of Education.
'The new and upgraded facilities will
enable the faculty to take advantage of
advances in technology to better prepare
teachers  and  other educators  for the
schools of the future." said Education
Dean Nancy Sheehan.
The centrepiece ofthe $ 15-million renovation is new space for the Education
Library. As well as increasing study and
meeting areas, the renovation makes it
possible to transfer education journals
and 16.000 books from the Main Library
to the new facility.
Also included in the renovation are:
new space for the Dept. of Counselling
See SCARFE Page 5
Gavin Wilson photo
Mineralogist Lee Groat displays some of the rock samples collected
during his field trips to the Northwest Territories, where he may have
found the second largest deposit of lithium in the world.
UBC mineralogist finds
massive lithium deposit
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When UBC mineralogist Lee Groat
began his field work in a remote corner
of the Northwest Territories he wasn't
sure what he would find, but it didn't
take long to realize that he was on to
something exciting.
The area was rich in pegmatites, a
type of coarse-grained granite that contains a variety of rare elements and
unusual minerals. No one had found
significant numbers of pegmatites in
Western Canada before.
Also remarkable was the age of the
deposits, 82 million years. much
younger than the geology of the surrounding region, indicating some previously unknown tectonic, or mountain-building, event.
But as interesting as the find was
from a scientific point of view, it didn't
See LITHIUM Page 2
Inside
Trivia Pursuit
Offbeat: UBC professors reach for the top in televised quiz show
Virtual Education 4
Students diagnose real-world problems using computer simulations
Winning Words 12_
Forum: Student John MacNaughton's ArtsFest contest-winning story
Declining Innocence 16
Profile: Prof. Richard Ericson examines the Justice system and society 2 UBC Reports • February 23, 1995
Letters
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and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
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Bookstore hours
reflect client
demand
Editor:
I would like to respond to a
letter submitted by David
Abbott in which he expressed
concern about the UBC
Bookstore's hours of operation
[UBC Reports. Feb. 9, 1995).
In order to serve the needs
of our on- and off-campus
customers we continually
review the hours of operation
at the UBC Bookstore.  However, like any other business,
sales in the bookstore must
pay for the costs associated
with opening the store.
Mr. Abbott is concerned
that the bookstore has
changed its hours twice in
the last year. We discontinued the Wednesday evening
hours last summer because
the store was not busy
enough to pay the staffing
costs to remain open. Recognizing that the lack of
evening hours was potentially an inconvenience,
especially to our evening
students, we experimented
this fall with opening until 6
p.m. Monday through Friday.
Unfortunately, after 5:15 the
bookstore was empty and
again we economically could
not afford to remain open past
5 p.m. The UBC Bookstore,
like any other bookstore, is
open hours that are appropriate for its location and clientele. I would like to note that
the store does have extended
hours at the beginning of every
fall and winter term.
Customers who cannot
make it to campus during the
weekdays can access the
bookstore via phone (we have a
toll-free number in B.C. 1-800-
661-3889) and fax to place
orders. The bookstore is also
accessible on the Internet
through the ViewUBC gopher
at view.ubc.ca (port 70) or via
the World Wide Web at http:/
/view.ubc.ca/.. Electronic
orders can be placed via e-
mail at bkstore@unixg.ubc.ca.
We provide next day delivery
throughout the province so
orders can quickly reach our
customers.
Debbie Harvie, Director
UBC Bookstore
Lithium
Continued form Page 1
prepare Groat for the news that,
based on his reports and presentations, mining company
Canamera Geological Ltd. had
staked 35 square kilometres of
the area with intentions of opening a mine.
"When they phoned to say
they had staked it, I just about
fell off my chair," said Groat, an
assistant professor in the Dept.
of Geological Sciences.
"I'm really surprised that the
company is so interested. They
were following the research we
were doing and decided to stake
it before anyone else did."
The reason for the mining
company interest is lithium.
Groat was not looking for it, but
he may have found the second
largest lithium deposit in the
world. The site is estimated to
contain 50 million tonnes of it.
Lithium has doubled in price
in the last four years to $ 123 a
kilogram, reflecting the rapidly-
growing demand for what is the
lightest and electrochemically
most reactive of all metals.
Traditionally used in lubricating greases and to strengthen
glasses, enamels and ceramics,
lithium now is found in batteries, golf ball covers and drugs
used to treat manic-depression.
Lithium can also be used in
making synthetic rubber,
aluminum alloy and to clean
carbon dioxide from the air in
spaceships.
Groat was drawn to the area,
now dubbed the Little Nahanni
Pegmatite Group, by old geological assessment reports that indicated he might find pegmatites
there.
With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council, the Canadian
Museum of Nature and the Department of Indian Affairs and
Northern Development, he set
out in the summer of 1992 to do
the first comprehensive study of
the area in collaboration with
the museum's pegmatite expert
Scott Ercit.
As a scientist. Groat's interest is in the rare elements and
unusual minerals contained in
pegmatites and the information
they can reveal about ancient
geological events.
Although much is known
about granitic pegmatites in the
Canadian Shield, this is the first
attempt to conduct original research on the regional geology of
pegmatites in the mountains of
Western Canada.
The Little Nahanni Pegmatite
Group is located near the Yukon
border, about 185 kilometres
north of Watson Lake, along a
ridge of nameless peaks in the
Selwyn Mountain range.
Steep and rocky, and set above
the tree line at elevations ranging from 1,350 to 2,100 metres,
the site is difficult to reach.
Groat and his fellow researchers are airlifted to the site each
summer. From their base camp,
they map and sample the veins
of pegmatites found in the walls
of cirques, steep-side alpine valleys scoured out of the
mountainside by glaciers during
the last ice age.
The mountains are starkly
beautiful, but lurking with dangers. The team has been surprised by midsummer blizzards, encountered treacherous footing on the cliffsides
and found wild animals prowling nearby.
The area's remote location
may also hamper any future mine
development, but an old road
about 15 kilometres away could
provide access. Groat said.
Meanwhile, his papers on the
geochronology and mineralogy
ofthe deposit have been submitted for publication in scientific
journals.
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UBCREPORTS
UBC Reports is published twice monthly (monthly in
December, June, July and August) for the entire university
community by the UBC Public Affairs Office, 207-6328
Memorial Rd., Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z2.
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Contributors: Connie Filletti (filletti@unixg.ubc.ca), Abe
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995 3
Honorary degree reflects
actor Coghill's influence
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
"Legendary figures have always come
easy to Joy. She is one herself."
Herbert Whittaker. former drama critic
for the Globe and Mail, was describing
actor, director, artistic director, teacher
and theatre producer Joy 	
Coghill when he delivered
that tribute in 1990.
Coghill, whose legen- s
dary portrayals include
newspaper publisher Ma I
Murray and West Coast
artist Emily Carr, will receive an honorary degree
from UBC this year.
A veteran of stage and
screen, Coghill is the recipient of numerous
awards in recognition of
outstanding performances and lifetime service.
In addition to several Jessie awards for
her work in television and theatre, she
has been honoured with the YWCA's
Woman of Distinction Award and the
Order of Canada.
Last year an honorary degree was conferred on her by Simon Fraser University.
After graduating from UBC in 1947,
Coghill earned a master's degree in Fine
Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.
She returned to Canada and taught at
UBC between 1952 and 1962.
At the same time, Coghill served as a
Joy Coghill
producer and artistic director at UBC's
Frederic Wood Theatre for two seasons.
She has also enjoyed a career as a
teacher, producer and artistic director at
the National Theatre School of Canada,
the Vancouver Playhouse and DePaul
University, Chicago.
Among her many successes was the
commissioning and production of The Ecstasy
of Rita Joe during her
tenure as artistic director of the Vancouver
Playhouse in the late
1960s.
In 1953, Coghill was
the founder and artistic
director of the Holiday
Theatre, Canada's first
children's theatre using
professional talent.
The UBC Tributes
Committee, which recommends nominees for
honorary degrees, said
that Coghill is distinguished by her influence on all aspects of theatre in Canada.
She was also cited for her great achievement as a teacher, mentor and inspiration to artists of all kinds within the
cultural community.
Coghill will receive her honorary degree during UBC's Fall Congregation. Nov.
23.
(This is the second in a series of articles
featuring UBC's 1995 honorary degree
recipients.)
Offbeat
by staff writers
What are borborygmi?
1) a form of northern lights
2} a tribe from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
3) the bubbling noises in your bowels
4) an Italian cabbage
You'd know the answer if you were watching the science quiz on the Discovery Channel's flagship show, ©discovery.ca. (pronounced At Discovery Canada).
A group of UBC professors is among the teams that compete on the often
irreverent quiz segment of the hour-long show. The program, which airs at 8
p.m. Monday to Friday, is a mix of science news and interviews that is informative, but tries for a light tone.
The UBC faculty members are a regular feature on Monday nights, when
they go head-to-head against teams of other university professors.
Marked by banter and friendly rivalry, the quiz is like a cheeky, loose version
of Reach for the Top.
"That's because Vancouver has more stingrays than we have in Sudbury."
one Laurentian university professor said in mock protest after the UBC team
correctly answered a question about the stingray's venom.
The UBC squad, who have quickly built a reputation as the team to beat,
are: Chemistry Prof. Bob Thompson, Janis McKenna, an assistant professor in
the Dept. of Physics. Rosemary Redfield, an assistant professor in Zoology, and
team captain Sid Katz, a Pharmaceutical Sciences professor and director of
Science World. Occasionally filling in as a spare is Maria Issa. a clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Pathology,
The show ©discovery.ca is hosted by Jay Ingram, former host of CBC Radio's
Quirks and Quarks, and Judy Haladay, former CITY-TV science reporter.
The approach they take to science broadcasting seems to be working. With
an average primetime audience of 80,000. the Discovery Channel is the most
successful of the seven new cable specialty channels that were launched Jan. 1.
In its first week it was seen by more than half of English Canada's six million
households with cable TV. reaching about 6.3 million viewers.
And if you're still wondering about borborygmi, we have two words for you:
bowel noises.
Here's a sample of other questions from recent shows, with the answers
given below:
a) Take the year that Einstein unveiled his special theory of relativity. Subtract
the number of common amino acids in protein. Add the number of karats in
pure gold. And finally, add the number on Gordie Howe's Detroit Red Wings
jersey. What's the total?
b) Who was Darwin's Bulldog?
c) What is the coldest air temperature ever recorded?
d) What club did astronaut Alan Shepard use to hit a golf ball on the moon?
e) Seen from space, what colour is the sun?
Answers:
a) 1.918 c) -89 C
b) Thomas Henry Huxley d) six iron
e) white
Gavin Wilson photo
Musical Treat
Symphony Orchestra viola player Frank Tennigkeit warms up before an
orchestra performance in the Old Auditorium. The concert was part of
ArtsFest, the mid-February celebration of the arts at UBC that features
plays, poetry, music, visual art exhibitions and readings by students in the
creative and performing arts departments within the Faculty of Arts.
Prof seeks increase in
women in engineering
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Women are poised to make great contributions to the engineering profession,
but despite recent gains still face many
hurdles, says one of Canada's prominent
engineering professors.
Engineering, at universities and in the workplace,
must undergo a major cultural shift before it is entirely welcoming to women,
says Monique Frize, who
holds the Northern Telecom-
NSERC Women in Engineering Chair at the University
of New Brunswick.
Frize was named to the
chair in 1989 and given a
mandate to lead efforts to
increase the participation
of women in the engineering profession across the
country.
She also headed the Canadian Committee for Women in Engineering, which
produced 1992's landmark study on
women in engineering, More Than Just
Numbers.
Now Frize has brought her message to
the West Coast, where she is a visiting
professor in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC until the end of April.
Here at the invitation of the dean of
Applied Science, Axel Meisen, Frize will
deliver lectures and network with students and faculty at the university, as well
as visit other schools throughout the
Lower Mainland.
She believes that having more women
in the ranks of engineers will benefit the
entire profession by bringing their different perspectives and values to the job.
Women, Frize said, tend to be more
sensitive to the needs of diverse social
groups and to the importance ofthe environment, health and occupational safety, good
communications and personal relationships.
"Engineering has not shown enough
concern for societal impacts," Frize said.
"It can be a caring profession, but it needs
more women to bring this out, to show that
engineers are not just machine-people,
they can be people-people."
Efforts to bring more women into the
profession are paying off, she added. The
number of women enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs has doubled in the past eight years, but it still
only represents about 20 per cent of
students, Frize said.
To her dismay, one-third of Canadian
Monique Frize
university engineering programs have
failed to hire a single female professor.
Among those that have, women make up
only five per cent of the faculty.
"We're doing many things right, but we
have a long way to go." Frize said.
Part   of  the   problem   is   that   the
workplace and academia are androcentric,
or male-centred, she said.
"The system now values
the way men do things."
For example, she said,
there is too much stress on
competition — from the
classroom to hiring and tenure decisions — instead of
co-operation, an attribute
more common among
women.
As well, university teaching should incorporate
women's values, such as
holistic perspectives,
societal relevance and environmental concerns.
Women are often less interested in "hardcore" engineering than its more humanistic pursuits, she said.
The profession also has to understand
that women often interrupt their careers
to have children, which is still frequently
at odds with the accepted career path.
A large part of Frize'sjob is to clear up
myths and misconceptions, such as those
commonly held about equity programs.
When viewed incorrectly as quota systems, equity programs are seen by some
men as a threat, and by women who want
to get jobs based on merit alone, as an
insult.
Frize also runs into a lack of understanding in some women's studies departments.
"Sometimes they think of us as men,
but we have our own type of feminism: we
choose a career we enjoy and then try to
succeed in it."
As the holder of a national chair, Frize
travels widely and speaks across the country. She takes part in forums, visits
elementary and secondary schools,
meets teachers, parents and guidance
counsellors to stress the importance of
science education for girls, and consults with employers and professional
associations to suggest ways to improve working conditions and climate
for women.
Frize is also a visiting scholar at Green
College and will liaise with researchers at
the Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research (CICSR). Her research
concerns applications of engineering and
computers to medicine. 4 UBC Reports • February 23, 1995
News Digest
Heather-Jane Robertson, director of professional development
services for the Canadian Teachers' Federation, will deliver a public
lecture exploring education reform on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at UBC's
Museum of Anthropology.
Robertson, with Maude Barlow, is co-author of Class Warfare:
The Assault on Canada's Schools — a controversial look at the
present condition of Canada's embattled public education system.
The authors contend that business, government and the religious
right are allies in a campaign to destroy the credibility ofthe public
education system. For more information, please call 822-0859.
• •   •
PATSCAN's third annual environmental innovation contest is
now open, with all post-secondary students in B.C. eligible to
compete.
The goal is to invent a novel, workable and commercially viable
device or process that can be used in the clean-up, protection or
conservation of the environment.
There are separate categories for undergraduate and graduate
students with first and second prizes of $1,000 and $500 in each
category. Entrants retain all rights to their inventions. Winners will
be announced at a ceremony in May. Deadline for entries is noon.
April 14.
This year's contest is sponsored by the Science Council of B.C.
PATSCAN is a UBC library-based patent search service.
For more information, call 822-5404.
• •   •
Fund-raisers for the Faculty of Education set a new UBC record
for the most money raised in a single night of telephone solicitation
in a recent campaign.
Thirteen callers and 168 donors raised $11,118 on one night to
set the new record, topping the original record of $10,040 established in June, 1993 during a campus-wide pledge night.
A total of $19,998 was pledged over two nights, with most ofthe
funds going towards the Dean of Education Scholarship Fund.
• •   •
More than 100 applied science graduate students from UBC.
SFU and UVic will be showing off their research during the B.C.
Advanced Systems Institute Graduate Students Presentation Day.
The annual event takes place March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at the Robson Square Conference Centre.
In what is billed as the most impressive gathering of British
Columbia's young high-tech talent, computer science and engineering graduate students will demonstrate their work, present posters
and talk to industry representatives about their theses research.
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 689- 0551
for more information.
• • • •
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is on the move.
The faculty will vacate the second-floor premises in the General
Services Administration Building at 2075 Wesbrook Mall in favour
of the Graduate Student Centre, across Marine Dr. from the
Museum of Anthropology, on Feb. 27.
The new address ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies will be: 6371
Crescent Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2. Campus Mail Zone 2.
The faculty's phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain
the same.
As a result of the move, the faculty will offer, limited service
Friday, Feb. 24 up until 3 p.m. and will be closed all day Monday,
Feb. 27. It will again offer limited service Tuesday, Feb. 28 and will
be fully operational on March 1.
• •   •
UBC's Co-ordinator of Health Sciences Office is seeking nominations for its annual interdisciplinary health care award.
The McCreary Prize, named after Dr. John McCreary, UBC's first
co-ordinator of Health Sciences, recognizes and promotes professional teamwork in the health professions.
Nominees may be groups of individuals as well as organizations
involved in health care in B.C. which reflect the co-operation of three
or more health-care disciplines. Their activities must demonstrate
innovation or excellence and creative teamwork leading to improved
patient care.
The deadline for nominations is May 31,1995. The award will be
presented during UBC's annual Health Sciences Week in October.
For more information, call 822-5083 or 822-3564.
• •   •
The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers' 1995 National
Scholarship Program is open to competition.
Six cash prizes totalling $45,000 will be awarded to promote
excellence in the Canadian engineering profession through the
promotion of advanced studies and research programs.
To be eligible, candidates must be registered as full members
with one of the provincial or territorial professional engineering
associations and have been accepted for post-graduate studies by
a recognized university.
Deadline for nominations is May 1. For more information.
contact the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
of B.C. at 299-7100.
• •   •
A UBC Bookstore contest that gave students the chance to win
their textbooks for all their courses attracted 7,249 entries.
The winner was Lisa Panam. a fourth-year Arts student, who won
the value of her texts for the second term. She received her prize
from Faculty of Arts Dean Pat Marchak.
Second and third prizes included a ClarisWorks software package and Keg Restaurant gift certificates.
The contest will be offered at the beginning of each September
and January term.
High-tech teaching gives
students "virtual" experience
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
One high-tech teaching
project funded by the Innovation Fund uses multimedia technology to give Plant Science students a "virtual" experience of
what it is like to diagnose
turfgrass disease problems.
Turfgrass disease is a concern for sod farms, golf courses,
parks and sports fields, and a
good example ofthe type of problem faced by professional plant
scientists.
Plant Science Prof. Brian Holl,
who is overseeing the project, is
impressed by the prototype being developed by the Media Resources Network.
"What excited me was that
they have an impressive grasp of
how to put this into a realistic
interactive context," Holl said.
A phone on the desk in the
computer-simulated office rings.
It's a golf course superintendent
— or more precisely, his virtual
equivalent — with a turfgrass
disease problem.
The students will look at photos ofthe site and problem area,
get samples online, do tests or
send them to another lab for
analysis. There is even a planned
connection to the World Wide
Web so students can conduct
real searches of information
databases.
Gavin Wilson photo
Leading efforts in the Dept. of Plant Science to bring
instruction into the multimedia computer age are Brian
Holl, left, professor of Plant Science, and Department Head
Brian Ellis.
They can then make a diagnosis and suggest a remedy.
"We wanted to make it as real
an experience for the student as
we could. The student makes
the decisions all the way
through," Holl said.
"Instead of getting the information by watching me write on
a blackboard or reading a handout, they are working through
the process, and learning where
the resources are."
The technology will also free
up Holl as an instructor, giving
him more time to move beyond
the basics.
"My intention is to use this as
a starting point, to explore issues further," he said.
A version of the turfgrass
project should be ready for testing by students in September. It
is a pilot project that will form
the basis of future developments
in other areas of plant science.
Innovate
Continued from Page 1
through the Media Resources
Network, a group that has representatives from all faculties.
Sheehan said the funding will
serve as a stimulus to the growing
number of campus initiatives that
are making exciting, fundamental
changes to the way instruction is
provided at the university.
The projects build on UBC's
strengths, he added. Many of the
projects are possible only because
of the investment in a sophisticated telecommunications infrastructure made in recent years to
serve the research and teaching
needs of the university.
Centre develops medical devices
UBC researchers are part of a
new joint venture designed to
commercialize applied medical
technologies.
The Medical Device Development Centre, located at the Jack
Bell Research Centre adjacent
to Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre, was officially opened Feb. 8.
The centre has 630 square
metres of laboratory and research space, giving it the capability of accommodating 10 to 15
projects at the same time.
The centre is a collaborative
venture among UBC. SFU. BCIT
and Vancouver Hospital. Other
partners include the Science
Council of B.C.. the provincial government and the private sector.
Most funding for projects is
expected to come from the private sector, to help assure a
strong market and clinical-need
orientation.
Researchers from UBC's Dept.
of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine are involved in a pilot
project called Hospitals Without
Walls.
They will look at ways of using
medical device and health information technology to identify and
reduce unnecessary duplicate
diagnostic imaging and testing
in clinical laboratories.
The project is aimed at reducing costs in health care delivery
in B.C. while at the same time
improving its quality.
In another project, researchers from the departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering are part of a team developing
a new surgical tourniquet system that will improve safety and
performance accuracy for patients. It will be introduced as a
commercial product in 1995.
Also under development is a
pressure transducer for measuring pressures applied to a
body surface, tissue or organ
by any of a wide range of medical devices, such as surgical
retractors, mammography systems, prosthetics and tourniquet cuffs.
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. . . And Now
Cutting the ribbon to open the expansion and
renovation to the Faculty of Education's Scarfe
Building were, below (l-r), President David
Strangway, left, Board of Governors Chair Barbara
Crompton, Education Minister Art Charbonneau
and Dean Nancy Sheehan.
  UBC Archives photo
Then . . .
Present at the opening ofthe Scarfe Building in 1962,
above, were (l-r) UBC President John Macdonald,
Education Minister Leslie Peterson. Dean Neville
Scarfe and Chancellor Phyllis Ross.
Scarfe
Martin Dee photo
Continued from Page 1
Psychology; centralized and upgraded
facilities for Education Computing Services; a consolidated Teacher Education
office; teaching and study space; a performing arts studio; research areas for
graduate students; a student lounge;
and fire safety and seismic upgrading.
The expansion will replace 50-year-
old huts many faculty and students
worked and studied in. It will also help
the faculty move toward consolidation of
teaching and research activities that until now were housed in 18 different locations around campus.
The renovation and expansion were
funded by the provincial Ministry of
Skills, Training and Labour.
Work is already underway on phase
two ofthe renovation, which involves exterior recladding, further seismic upgrades,
and office and classroom improvements.
The renovation is expected to be completed by February 1996.
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issues
Tuition policy, enrolments and the internationalization of campus are three of
a dozen strategic issues under scrutiny
by a team of UBC administrators and
academics.
Led by Vice-president. Academic and
Provost Dan Birch, the team is in the
process of writing a series of discussion
papers on matters critical to UBC. It is
hoped that recommendations from the
various papers can be consolidated into a
draft plan by the end of April.
"It is crucial that we develop a campus-wide plan of action in each of these
areas as part of an ongoing effort to be
more accountable, responsive and flexible to public concerns and needs," said
Birch. 'The development of clear direction should also have a beneficial impact
on the learning, teaching and research
environment at UBC."
Other discussion paper topics include:
operational efficiency, human resource
development, differentiated roles for faculty, year-round credit operations, internal funding policies, teaching and learning technology, research, generation and
management of capital (university land
and endowment assets) and the organization of natural resource studies.
These papers supplement and enhance
planning activities underway in many
campus areas. Strategic planning in faculty and support units will contribute
specific goals for the university-wide plan
to be consolidated this spring.
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Calendar
February 26 through March 11
Monday, Feb. 27
Pacific Spirit Noon Hour
Series
Aids As A Teacher. Scott
Robertson, MSW. Social Work 028.
lower level at 12pm. Call 822-4824.
Earth/Ocean Sciences
Seminar
Laurentide Ice Sheet Outburst
Floods. Dr. John Shaw, Geogra-
phy, U. of Alberta. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm. Call 822-8684.
Biochemistry/Molecular
Biology Seminar
Protein-protein Interaction In Signal Transduction. Dr. Tony
Pawson, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto. IRC #4
at 3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-9871.
Astronomy Seminar
The Microwave Sky Tod ay. Douglas Scott, U. of Calif., Berkeley.
Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at
4pm. Coffee at 3:30pm. Call 822-
2267.
IHEAR Seminar
Temporal Clues For Speech: Linear Versus Compression Hearing
Aids. Dr. Chris Turner, Syracuse
U., NY. James Mather annex #2
at 4pm. All welcome. Call 822-
3956.
Commerce Seminar
Teaching/Learning: Where Do
They Meet? Dr. Tom Knight, Commerce alumni Talking Stick
Award winner, 1994. David Lam
142 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-8488.
Comparative Physiology
Seminar
Ephithelial Chloride Transport:
From Sharks To Humans. Dr.
John Hanrahan. Physiology,
McGill U. BioSciences 2449 at
4:30pm. Call Dr. Phillips at 822-
3168.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
MOST Workshop
Disability Awareness. Janet Mec.
advisor. Disability Resource Centre. Brock Hall 0017 from 9am-
12pm. Call 822-9644.
Animal Science Seminar
Series
Growth In Double-crested Cormorants. Terry Sullivan, MSc student. Animal Science. MacMillan
256 at 12:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-4593.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Analysis Of Platinum
Antineoplastic Compounds.
Robbin Burns, grad student.
Pharmaceutical Sciences. IRC #3
at 12:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Botany/Biotechnology
Seminar
A Role For Protein Farnseylation
In Plant Hormone Signal
Transduction. Dr. Peter McCourt,
Botany, U. of Toronto.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Chemistry
Biological Activities And Structural Analogy With Organic Phosphates. Prof. Debbie Crans,
Chemistry, Colorado State U..
Fort Collins, Colorado. Chemistry 250, south wing at lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-
3266.
Oceanography Seminar
Organic Matter Preservation InThe
Arabian Sea: Preliminary Results/
A Research Outline. Dr. Greg
Cowie. Oceanography. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm. Call 822-4511.
Graduate/Faculty Christian
Forum
The Illusion Without A Future?
Freud's Views OfReligion. Dr. Keith
Krull. Vancouver Christian Counselling Centre. Buchanan B-Pent-
house at 4:15pm. Coffee at 4pm.
Call 822-3268.
Green College Seminar
Race. Gender, Documentary: The
Making/Marketing Of Flaherty's
Nanook OfThe North. Dr. Sherrill
Grace, English. Green College recreation lounge at 5:30pm. Call 822-
8660.
Continuing Studies Program
Intermediate Photography: In Studio/On Location, SA2573. Gary
Wildman. 969 West 1st Street. N.
Vancouver from 7-10pm. $170.
Call 822-1450.
Continuing Studies Program
2 of 6: Musical Journeys, Western
Classical Music, LB2069. Colin
Mills. Music 113 from 7:30-
9:30pm. $85: seniors $65. Call
822-1450.
2 of 6: Tigers/Dragons: Chinese
Art Through History, LB 2074. Jin
Li, MA. director, Chinese Canadian Artist Federation. I^asserre
107 from 7:30-9pm. $65: seniors
S45. Call 822-1450.
Wednesday, Mar. 1
Microbiology/Immunology
Seminar
The Mechanism Of Leukemic Cell
Killing By IL-2 Activated Natural
Killer (LAK) Cells: The Role Of Cell
Adhesion Molecules. Guitta Maki,
Microbiology/Immunology.
Wesbrook 201 from 12-1:30pm.
Call 822-3308.
Noon Hour Concert
Trio Phoenix: Lieve Schuermans.
flute; Simon Turner, cello: Brigitte
Poulin, piano. Music recital hall at
12:30pm. Admission $2.50. Call
822-5574.
Arts Week - Beyond The BA
Lecture
Continues Mar. 2. 3. The Changing Job Market & You. Diane Alfred, economist/Human Resources Development of Canada.
Buchanan A-104 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4403/8917 for
locations and titles.
Japanese Research Seminar
A Cross-cultural Comparison Of
Advertisements In Japanese And
North American Women's Magazines. Nariko Takayanagi. Sociology. Asian Centre 604 from 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-2629.
Forest Sciences Seminar
Series
Battling The Insect Challenge For
Forest And Fibre. Dr. John
McLean. MacMillan 160 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9377.
Geography Colloquium
Glacier Dynamics/Anomalous
Post-Glacial Emergence On
Ellesmere Island. Dr. John England, Geography. U. of Alberta.
Geography 20f al 3:30pm. Re
freshments. Call 822-4929.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Two Weeks Versus Four Weeks
Antibiotic Therapy In Rightsided
Endocarditis.  John  MacReady,
PharmD student. Clinical Pharmacy. Vancouver Hosp/HSC, UBC
Pavilion G-279 from 4-5pm. Call
822-4645.
Respiratory Seminar Series
PCP - Ten Years In The Making.
Dr. Julio Montaner. Medicine.
Vancouver Hosp/HSC Laurel Pavilion Tavlor-Fiddler conference
room from 5-6pm. Call 822- 7128.
Green College Seminar
Writing For The Real World: How
To Get Academic Work Published
In The Popular Market. Vickie
Jensen, author, photographer,
former magazine editor. Green
College recreation lounge at
5:30pm. Call 822-8660.
Medical Topics Lecture
Series
Breast Cancer. Dr. Charmaine
Kim-Sing, Surgery. Carr Hall conference room from 7:30-9:30pm.
$20/lecture: $75 for all four. Call
822-1450.
Ethnic Studies Program
Speakers Series
On Ethnicity In Canada. Prof.
James Frederes, Sociology, U of C.
Green College recreation lounge at
8pm. Call 822-5129. Also speaking at Hotel Georgia York Room
from 12-1:30pm. $65, seniors $45.
Call 822-1450.
Thursday, Mar. 2
Fisheries Centre Workshop
Impact Of Changes In North Pacific Oceanographic Regimes On
Coastal Fisheries. Ralf Yorque
Room. Fisheries Centre (Hut B-8)
from8:30am:4:30pm. Registration
required. Call 822-0618.
Forestry Seminar
First Nations And Land Use Questions: How Did We Get To This
Point And Where Should We go
From Here? Patrick Kelly, Aboriginal Relations, BC Hydro.
MacMillan 160. l:30-2:30pm. Call
822-0951.
Academic Lecture
Moving Beyond Familiar Territories: Psychiatry And Alternative
Local Knowledges. Sharon Fuller,
Anthropology/Sociology. Vancouver Hosp/HSC Detwiller Pavilion lecture theatre at 9am. Call 822-7550.
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar
Using A Protein Clock To Determine The Divergence Times Of The
Major Kingdoms Of Living Organisms. Dr. Russell Doolittle. Centre
for Molecular Genetics, Chemistry. U. of Calif, at San Diego.
Wesbrook 201 at 4:30pm. Refreshments at 4:15pm. Call 822-8764.
Music Concert
UBC Chinese Ensemble. Alan
Thrasher, director. Asian Centre
music room at 12:30pm. Call 822-
5574.
Author Reading
Evelyn Lau reads from House of
Slaves: Fresh Girls; Oedipal
Dreams, and new work-in-
progress. Buchanan A-100 at
12:30pm. Call 822-0699.
South Asian Research
Seminar
Taslima Nasrin: Women On The
Firing Line. Dr. MandakrantaBose,
honorary research assoc. Institute of Asian Research. Asian Centre 604 from 12:30-2:30pm. Call
822-2629.
Chinese Research Seminar
Quantum Tao: The I Ching, An
Ancient Concept/Modern Science.
Mondo Secter. research assoc.
Institute of Asian Research. Asian
Centre 604 from 3:30-5pm. Call
822-2629.
Psychology Colloquium
The Development Of Extraordinary
Moral Commitment. Prof. Anne
Colby, Psychology, Radcliffe College. Kenny2510from4-5pm. Call
822-3078.
Green College Seminar
Community Empowerment In Dow-
Income Neighborhoods. Libby
Davies. Vancouver municipal politician/activist. Green College recreation lounge at 5:30pm. Call 822-
8660.
BC Consortium for
Humanities/Social Sciences
Reforming From The Right.
Heather-Jane Robertson, co-author, with Maude Barlow, of Class
Warfare: The Assault On Canada's
Schools. MOAat 7:30pm. Call 822-
0859.
Continuing Studies Seminar
Series
2 of 4: T.S. Eliot. LB2064. John
Cooper, PhD. English. Buchanan
B-317 from 7:30- 9pm. $45; seniors $25. Call 822-1450.
1 of 3: Ocean Islands: Microcosms
Of Planet Earth. Tony Jones. Family/Nutritional Sciences 40 from
7:30-9:30pm. $50. Call 822-1450.
1 of 4. Myths Of Ancient Greece.
LB2070. Harry Edinger. PhD. Classics: Val Sutherland, chair of Art
History, Langara College. Hellenic
Community Centre from 7:30-
9pm. $25; seniors $10. Call 822-
1450.
Distinguished Speakers
Series
1 of 4: Thinking Your Way Past The
Disease Of Post-Modernism. Prof.
Frithjof Bergmann, Philosophy, U.
of Michigan. Hotel Georgia from
7:30-9:30pm. $10. Call 822-1450.
Recycling Today/Tomorrow
1 of 2: Waste Reduction Initiatives
In Vancouver. Julie Gordon. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60 from
7:30-9:30pm. $40. Call 822-1450.
Brenda/David McLean
Lectures in Canadian Studies
From Audience To The Stage: The
Re-Emergence Of Aboriginal Peoples. Green College recreation
lounge at 8pm. Call 822-8660.
auditorium at 8:30am. Call 875-
2307.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Surveillance of Nasal Cancer,
Bladder Cancer And
Mesothelioma To Locate Sources
Of Occupational Carcinogens.
Mather 253 from 9- 10am. Paid
parking in B Lot. Call 822-2772.
Graduate Student
Professional Development
Session
Making An Argument. David Lam
lower level seminar room from
12-2:30pm. Use entrance behind
Trekkers. Call 822-9149.
Psychology Colloquium
Learning/Resistance: When Developmental Theory Meets Educational Practice. Bill Damon,
Brown U. (via Stanford). Kenny
2510, Peter Suedfeld lounge at
12:30pm. Call 822-3005/3078.
Green College Science/
Society Lecture
A Social History Of Truth. Prof.
Steven Shapin, Sociology/Science Studies, U. of Calif., San
Diego. Buchanan A-104 at
12:30pm.   Call 822-8660.
Law Seminar Series
Taxing times For Lesbians/Gay
Men: Equality At What Cost?
Claire Young, Law. Curtis Law
149, faculty conference room
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
3 151.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Modulations Of Thalamic Activity Across The Sleep-wake Cycle.
Dr. Marcus von Krosigk, Psychiatry. IRC #1 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Occupational Diseases In British Columbia—Issues Related To
Schedule B. Dr. Neva Hilliard,
director of Central Operations.
BC Workers Compensation
Board. CEME 1202 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9595.
Japanese Research Seminar
Lafcadio Hearn: Japan's Great
Interpreter. Dr. Sukehiro
Kirakawa, prof, emeritus, Tokyo
U. Asian Centre 604 from 1:30-
2:30pm. Call 822-2629.
International Forum
Seminar
Japanese/Canadian Approaches
To Regional Institution Building.
Dr. Lawrence Woods, Political Sciences. Green College Graham
house, small dining room at 3pm.
Call 822-8660.
Friday, Mar. 3
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
The Multi-Disabled Child: Do We
Care? Implications OfThe Latimer
Case. Dr. Robert Armstrong, Medical director. Sunny Hill Health
Centre for Children.  GF Strong
^UBCREPORTS
CALENDAR POLICY AND DEADLINES
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 207-6328
Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2. Phone: 822-
3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be limited
due to space.
Deadline for the March 9 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period March 12 to March 25 — is
noon, February 28. UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995 7
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT ON THE SURVEY OF
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Note: This section contains excerpts of the above
report; for a full copy please contact the Disability
Resource Centre. As well, your comments about the
survey are welcomed by Ruth Warick, DRC Director
(Telephone 822-4677, E-Mail: nwarick@unixg.ubc.ca) or
Janet Mee, Advisor (Telephone 822-8950, E-Mail:
mee@unixg.ubc.ca) Fax: 822:6655.
Introduction
A recent survey of students with disabilities attending the University of British
Columbia gathered information on how students with disabilities are affected by
current levels of service. The questionnaire was developed by the Disability Resource
Centre with the assistance ofthe Centre's Advisory Committee and Crane Library. In
March of 1994, the questionnaire was sent out to 120 students registered with the
DRC and Crane and was available in different formats as needed. The Educational
Measurement Research Group at UBC was commissioned as the objective third party
to collect and analyze the results.
In all. 36.7% of those who received questionnaires responded. All findings in the
report were based on the experiences and perceptions of these 44 students responding to the survey questionnaire. While these experiences may also have been similar
to those of other students who have disabilities, since not all the students contacted
responded to the survey, the findings may not be exhaustive or necessarily conclusive.
The following were some of the highlights of the respondent profile:
Age
• 36.4% were under 25 years of age
• 75% were under 35 years of age
• 6.8% were over 45 years old
Gender
• 54% women responded vs 45.4% men
Faculty Enrolment
• 40.9% Arts
• 20.5% Graduate Studies
• 9.1% Applied Science
• 6.8% Education
• 6.8% Law
• 4.5% Science
• 2.3% Agriculture
• 2.3% Commerce
• 2.3% Forestry
Nature of Disability
• 31.8% Physical Disability
• 29.5% Chronic Health/Medical problem
• 20.5% Learning Disability
• 15.9% Visual Impairment
• 11.3% Hearing Disability
• 9.1% EmotionalXPsychiatric Difficulties
• 25% Multiple Disability
Severity of the Disability
• 22.7% Mild
• 54.5% Moderate
• 15.9% Severe/Profound
• 6.8% Not Indicated
Respondent Profile
Nature of Disabilities
Physical
Chronic
Health
Learning Hearing Disability Head Injury
Visual Emotional
Impairment Psychiatric
Difficulties
Multiple
Transition
When asked about their reasons for attending UBC, respondents cited the academic
excellence of UBC, or a need to live near family, friends or doctors. Other reasons
given were not necessarily specific to UBC but rather related to a change in career,
upgrading for the job market, or an interest in coming to the Vancouver area.
Approximately half of the students (23 students or 52.3%) indicated that they were
aware of UBC's services for students with disabilities. Ten were students who
suggested that prior knowledge about the amount of support and the extent of
services available would have made the transition to UBC easier.
Disclosure
Students were asked whether they had identified their disability on the UBC
application form. Overall, 34.1% ofthe students identified their disability on their
application form. Level of functioning did not appear to be a factor affecting the
disclosure rate. The rate of disclosure was 30.8% for students who said they required
physical assistance and 37.5% for students who stated that they were self-sufficient.
Those requiring emotional/psychiatric assistance numbered only 2 and neither
identified the nature of their disability.
Differences in respondents' willingness to disclose disabilities were based on very
small numbers of students (when categorized by disability) and should be treated
accordingly. It did appear that respondents with more visible disabilities (such as
physical disabilities) were more apt to disclose than those with hidden disabilities
(such as learning disabilities or emotional/psychiatric difficulties). For example,
none ofthe nine students with learning disabilities disclosed; all five ofthe students
with a hearing impairment disclosed their disability on their application form.
Disclosure rate did appear to vary according to severity of disability. Among the
students with severe disabilities, 71.4% (n=5) identified their disability when applying
to UBC. This dropped to 27.3% (n=8) for those with moderate disabilities and 20%
(n=2) for those with mild disabilities.
It is worth noting that 43 of the students (97.7%) indicated that they would have
identified their disability if it would have facilitated services for them. Only one
student said he/she still would not identify the disability.
Difficulties at UBC
Based on their experiences at UBC, students with disabilities encountered a number
of difficulties. Among these was a lack of awareness by some instructors and less-
than-accepting attitudes and difficulties with assignment and test accommodations.
To deal with the awareness difficulties, students suggested that instructors should:
° be informed of the Disability Resource Centre's resources
0 attend sensitivity sessions
° receive explanations given by the DRC and Crane
° attend seminars about specific disabilities eg. low vision.
The second most frequent types of responses were made by 10 (22.7%) ofthe students
who focused on difficulties encountered relating to services. Two students found that
phone services were in noisy locations. This was a problem for those with a hearing
impairment. Other problems cited included finding tutors, obtaining books at the
library, getting extra help from librarians, availability of interpreters on the first day
of classes, and getting a liaison person between students and instructors for notes
and tests.
Suggestions to overcome the above difficulties were that more tutors, more phones
in quiet places, and more assistance at libraries be made available.
Physical Access Difficulties
A quarter ofthe students (n=l 1) in the study listed physical access to be a difficulty
encountered at UBC. Students pointed out that modifications were needed in older
buildings to make classrooms, washrooms, and entrances more accessible. Getting
lost on the large UBC campus was also raised as a concern. Two students indicated
that more lighting would help all students. A few other students indicated a need for
more direction signs and signs with large print for easy reading.
Students using public transportation found that the bus loop area was lacking clear
signs with large print. Students with cars indicated that more parking availability
near buildings was needed.
As far as classroom buildings were concerned, UBC students with disabilities pointed
out general access difficulties such as difficulty in finding elevators, heavy doors,
signs that were too small to read, classroom numbers that were too small to read, and
the lack of handrails on outside stairs.
In recent years, the newer buildings on the UBC campus have incorporated many
changes which minimize access difficulties for students with disabilities. Students
with disabilities in this survey confirmed that the newer buildings were accessible.
One student in the School of Social Work remarked that the new building made learning
and studying there easier and contributed to the student's success. However, new
buildings were the exception as access difficulties persisted in the older buildings.
When asked for suggestions to solve access difficulties, students suggested increasing access through modifications to buildings, making better parking available,
providing more lighting, and getting more directional signs "with extremely large
print." In addition, one student remarked that a car with a disability sticker should
never be towed.
Classroom Environment
Attending lectures, laboratories and taking notes are all part of a student's life on
campus. Student responses in the survey raised concerns about seating arrangements, particularly in large lecture halls. One student pointed out that if people have
different needs, then different ways of thinking and different ways of viewing problems
would generate more solutions and more creative solutions. For students with
disabilities to attend lectures, to take notes, and to study may mean taping lectures,
sitting closer to hear what is said, getting hand-outs which can be enlarged for easier
readability, or having an assistant who takes notes. 8 UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
REPORT ON THE SURVEY OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Prevalence of Attitudes At UBC
One of the survey questions specifically explored the prevalence of positive and
negative attitudes at UBC towards students with disabilities. To provide meaningful
responses to the question of rating the prevalence of attitudes, students were asked
to assign percentages to each scale. For all four groups rated, instructors, students.
library staff and student services staff, the good and very good ratings exceeded 77
percent as shown in the following table.
Prevalence of attitudes
Group
Attitude
Mean Percent
Instructors
Very Good/
Good
85.2
Poor/
12.4
Very Poor
Very Good/
80.2
Students
Good
Poor/
16.9
Very Poor
Very Good/
77.2
Library Staff
Good
Poor/
22.5
Very Poor
82.2
Student Services Staff    Very Good/
Good
Poor/
17.1
Very Poor
Extent of Exam Accommodation
The two test/exam accommodations rated most frequently by students were:
1) Allowed extra time for completion
2) Arranged for test to be taken in an alternative location.
For extra time for completion, most of the students needing this assistance (26
students out of 31 or 83.9%) rated the assistance received as High. For arranging an
alternative test/exam location. 24 of the 31 students (77.4%) needing this accommodation rated the assistance received as High.
Other test/exam accommodations ranged from allowing the use of calculator,
spell-checker, or other aid (11 students) to not penalizing misspellings, incorrect
punctuation and/or poor grammar (4 students). The tendency was for more students
to rate the assistance received as High. The exception was penalizing for misspellings.
incorrect punctuation and/or grammar where only 2 students needed assistance and
one student rated assistance as High and another rated it as Low.
Employment and Career Aspirations
When asked what role UBC should play in their career aspirations and employment
search, students mainly focused on the need for UBC to provide support in finding
jobs and information about jobs. They were also interested in networking opportunities. Both career and summer jobs were mentioned. Three students were not
interested in any UBC help or felt the service level was satisfactory.
Over half the students (56.8%) were successful in finding summer employment.
Another 13.6% were unsuccessful and 22.7% did not try to find summer employment.
Role for Faculties/Departments
To make improvements at UBC. students commented on the role for faculty and
departments. Among the key findings:
1) commitment to listening to students and the DRC for suggestions, to funding
special equipment and seminars, to helping students by supplying a list of
resources, and to taking action on accessibility:
2) fostering positive attitudes towards students with disabilities and their needs:
3) ensuring accessibility to offices and physical access to buildings:
4) supporting education, information sessions, and publicizing DRC senices to
promote staff awareness and to sensitize staff towards students with special
needs;
5) supporting flexibility and openness to accommodations for assignments and
exams.
Role for the Disability Resource Centre and Crane Library
To make improvements at UBC. students also commented on the role for the
Disability Resource Centre (DRC) and Crane Library.  Among the key findings:
1) continuing with the many support senates that are now provided such as
listening to instances of accessibility difficulties, providing advocates, and
providing the Studenls-Helping-Students program:
2) troubleshooting to get things done, for example, helping with problems accessing the computerized library renewal system:
3) devising a communication strategy to publicize the DRC to all students
expressing an interest in attending UBC:
4) developing a strategy to ensure match-up of students with assistants before
school term:
5) forging liaisons with faculties and departments to provide education that
contradicts myths about disabilities.
Priorities for Action
Students offered a wide range of suggestions on their top three priorities for action to
enhance the full participation of students with disabilities as follows:
Greater Access
• To buildings, libraries, more accessible buses;
• To more recreation through volunteer or attendant services:
• To parking availability nearer buildings;
• To accessible pay phones - at wheelchair height; not in noisy spots;
• By providing more ramps and dips in sidewalks needed;
Support Services
• Publicizing existence of the DRC;
• Clarifying who is eligible for services;
• Advertising list of services available:
• Getting faster turnaround time for taping materials:
• Training of note-takers to develop their skills;
Exam & Assignment Accommodation
• Easing the process of arranging exam accommodation with less paperwork
and running around;
Understanding & Support
• Educating instructors/staff in order to promote positive attitudes towards
students with disabilities: that is, increase their knowledge and sensitivity;
• Using pamphlets and brochures to heighten student/staff awareness about
disabilities;
• Implementing a "buddy" system in classes: student & student with disabilities;
• Providing advocacy for students discouraged from participating in academic
or recreational programs;
Computer & Technical Support
• Need for more computer availability;
• Access to laptop computers to facilitate note-taking;
• Kurtzwell or other good reading machines in Main Library and Sedgewick
Library:
• More funding for voice-responsive computer systems;
Support Groups
• Start up support groups for students with similar problems:
• Have staff member as a facilitator for support groups;
Confidentiality
• Agree with sharing information about medical conditions with DRC staff who
are trained: should not have to explain details again to other departments
which should accept medical certificates;
Financial Assistance
• Would like to see more scholarships and bursaries for students with
disabilities who often have excessive medical costs;
• Up-to-date information on bursaries/scholarships.
The results ofthe study were informative and revealed apparent needs in a number
of areas. At the same time, the results were based on the experiences and perceptions
of 44 students with disabilities registered with the Disability Resource Centre or
Crane Libran'. From the perspective ofthe responding students, the observations
identified were real and the difficulties encountered were at times restrictive to
pursuing their studies at UBC. Clearly, any steps which could be taken to improve
physical access, communication and other problems would be worthwhile.
Student Priorities
Priorities For Action
Students' identified priorities
to enhance the full
participation of students with
disabilities:
» Greater Access
»  Understanding and Support
» Support services
»  Computer & Technical Support
»  Support Groups
» Exam and Assignment
Accommodation
» Financial Assistance
» Confidentiality UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995 9
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC GAZETTE
The Board ofGovernors took the following
action at its meeting held on January 26.
1995.
FINANCE
The Board requested the Administration
to proceed to consultation and further
development of a strategy on the basis of
the December 30, 1994. draft of a paper
entitled "Towards a Tuition Policy."
A change in the Student Activity and
Tuition fee was approved whereby
(a) all 1995-96 tuition fees will be reduced by 1.4% before any annual adjustment yet to be determined and offset by
an increase in the 1995-96 student activity fee of $27.95 or $1.55 on a per credit
basis.
(b) the student activity fee will be increased in 1995-96 by the same inflationary increase applicable to credit tuition
fees excluding the increases for Teaching
and Learning Enhancement and financial aid.
Approval was given to extend the Student
Recreation Centre fee for two years to
1997-98. It was agreed that all students
would be advised ofthe voluntary nature
of the fee.
PROPERTY
An award of contract for the Scarfe Phase
II Renovation was made to Smith Bros. &
Wilson.
SENATE
The following recommendations from
Senate were approved.
That the Department of Russian and
Slavic Languages and Literatures be dissolved as of June 30, 1995.
That the separate Departments of Classics and Religious Studies be dissolved
as of June 30. 1995. and that a combined
Department of Classical, Near Eastern
and Religious Studies (CNRS) be established as of July 1, 1995, to include all
members of the previous two departments of Classics and Religious Studies,
as well as all courses and programs of
both departments.
That the Entrepreneurship and Venture
Capital Research Centre be named "The
W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and
Venture Capital Research Centre."
That the Chair in Audiology and Speech
Sciences be disestablished.
That the curriculum proposals put forward by the various faculties and approved by Senate be and approved.
POLICIES
The Board approved the following policies and noted the Presidentis procedures for implementation and administration:
Discrimination and Harassment
Scholarly Integrity
That the week of October 8-14, 1995. be
and is hereby designated as UBC Health
Sciences Week.
OTHER BUSINESS
The week of October 8-14. 1995. was
designated as UBC Health Sciences Week.
That the Board of Governors approved
an amendment to the reciprocal agreement between the UBC Faculty Pension Plan and the Federal Public Service Superannuation Plan to allow for a
break in employment of up to six
months.
An agreement between Canadian
Copyright Licensing Agency
(CANCOPY) and the University was
approved. This agreement provides a
mechanism whereby CANCOPY may
grant to the University a reprography
licence to permit and authorize the
Institution to reproduce copyright
works without substituting for the
purchase of books and other published materials.
The Board of Governors at its meeting of
January 26. 1995 approved thefollowing
recommendations and received notice about
the following items.
Joanne Wright. Associate Dean. Faculty of
Medicine. Jan 1. 1995 to June 30. 1998.
Maria Klawe. Vice-President. Student &
Academic Services. President's Office. Feb 1.
1995 to Jan 31. 2000,
Bernard Sheehan. Acting Vice-President.
Student & Academic Services. President's
Office. Jan 1. 1995 to Jan 31. 1995.
Arthur A. Bomke  Acting Head. Department
of Soil Science. Jan 1, 1995 to June 30.
1995.
Donald Allison. Acting Head. Department of
Educational Psychology & Special Education. Ocl 7. 1994 to Dec 5. 1994 and Feb 1.
1995 to June 30. 1995.
John H.V. Gilbert. Acting Director. School
ol Audiology & Speecli Science. Jan 1. 1995
to May 31. 1995.
Richard G. Mathias. Acting Head. Department of Health Care & Epidemiology. Jan 1.
1995 to June 30.  1995.
Michael Smith. Director. Biotechnology
Laboratory. Jan 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Iain E.P. Taylor. Head. Department of
Botany. Nov 1. 1994 to June 30. 1999.
Caroline C. Ford. Associate Professor.
Department of History. July 1. 1995 to June
30.  1998.
Geoffrey Hall. Assistant Professor. Department of Psychology. Julv 1. 1995 to June
30. 1998.
Andrew W. Trites. Assistant Professor.
Fisheries Centre. Jan 1,  1995 to June 30.
1998.
Andrew MacNab. Associate Professor.
Department of Paediatrics. Apr 1.  1994 to
June 30. 1997.
Kishor M. Wasan  Assistant Professor.
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Feb 1.
1995 to June 30. 1998.
Lionel Pandolfo. Assistant Prolessor.
Department of Oceanography. July 1. 1995
to June 30. 1998.
RESIGNATIONS
CO. Brawner. Professor. Department of
Mining ik Mineral Process Engineering. Dee
30. 1994.
William Schworm. Professor. Department of
Economics. Dec 31. 1994.
Peter Childers. Instructor II. Department of
English. Dec 31. 1994.
Lauren Wagner. Assistant Professor. School
of Music. June 30. 1995.
P. Ross McClelland. Assistant Prolessor.
School of Social Work. Dec 30. 1994.
Jamey Marth. Associate Professor. Department of Medical Genetics. Dec 31. 1994.
J.S. Prendiville. Assistant Professor .
Department of Paediatrics. Dec 3 1. 1994.
(changed to Clinical Assistant Professor Jan
1. 1995).
William M. Thurlbeck. Professor. Department of Pathology. Dec 30. 1994.
George Szasz. Professor. Department of
Psychiatry, Dec 30, 1994.
K.D. Srivastava, V.P. Student ik Academic
Sen-ices. President's Office. Dec 31. 1994
(continues as Professor in Electrical
Engineering).
Afton Cayford. Associate Professor,
Department of Mathematics. Dec 30, 1994.
Jeff Joyce. Assistant Professor. Department
of Computer Science. Apr 30. 1995.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE
STUDY LEAVES
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
F. Brian Holl. Department of Plant Science.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
APPLIED SCIENCE
Andrew Gruft. School of Architecture. Jan
1. 1995 to June 30, 1995.
Dino Rapanos. School of Architecture. July
1. 1995 to Dec 31. 1995.
Andre Ivanov. Department of Electrical
Engineering. Sept 1, 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Victor CM. Leung. Department of Electrical Engineering. Jan 1. 1995 to Dec 31.
1995.
Panayotis T. Mathiopoulos. Department of
Electrical Engineering. Jan 1, 1996 to June
30. 1996.
L.M. Wedepohl. Department of Electrical
Engineering. July I. 1995 to June 30, 1996.
Sheldon Green, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Janusz S. Laskowski. Department of
Mining ik Mineral Process Engineering. July
1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
APPLIED SCIENCE/FORESTRY
R. Jonathan Fannin. Departments of Civil
Engineering and Forest Resources Management. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
ARTS
Julie Cruikshank. Department of Anthropologv & Sociology. Sept 1.  1995 to Aug 31,
1996.
Dawn Currie. Department of Anthropology
ik Sociology. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Brian Elliott. Department of Anthropology
ik Sociology. Jan 1. 1996 to June 30. 1996.
Christine M.S. Hellwig. Department of
Asian Studies. July 1. 1995 June 30. 1996.
Walter E. Diewert. Department of Economics. Jan 1. 1996 to June 30. 1996.
John F. Helliwell. Department of Economics. July 1.  1995 to June 30.  1996.
Michele Piccione. Department ol Economics. July 1. 1995 to June 30.  1996.
Angela Redish. Department of Economies.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
W. Craig Riddell. Department of Economics. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Richard W. Bevis. Department of English.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Thomas E. Blom. Department ol" English.
Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Richard A. Cavell. Department ol English.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Dennis R. Danielson. Department of"
English. July 1, 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Glenn Deer. Department of English. Sept  1.
1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Eva-Maria Kroller, Department of English.
Sept 1.  1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Eric P. Levy. Department of English. Sept
1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Lilita Rodman  Department of English. July
1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Stanley Warren Stevenson. Department of
English, Sept 1, 1995 to Aug 31, 1996.
Mark Vessey, Department of English. Sept
1, 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Jonathan Wisenthal. Department of
English. July 1. 1995 to June 30, 1996.
Michael Zeitlin. Department of English,
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Andre Lamont agne. Department of French.
July 1, 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Christine L. Rouget. Department of French,
July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1996.
William Winder. Department of French.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Roderick J. Barman. Department of
History. July 1. 1995 to June 30, 1996.
Edward Hundert. Department of History,
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Dianne Newell. Department of History, July
1, 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Arthur J. Ray, Department of History, July
1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Luciana Duranti. School of Library.
Archival, and Information Studies. July 1.
1995 to Dec 31. 1995.
R. K. Carty. Department of Political
Science. Jan 1. 1996 to Dec 3 1. 1996.
Diane K. Mauzy. Department of Political
Science, Sept 1, 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Susan Butt. Department of Psychology. July
1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Jennifer D. Campbell. Department of
Psychology. Jan 1. 1996 to Dee 31. 1996.
Michael J. Chandler. Depart ment of
Psychology. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Wolfgang Linden. Department of Psychology. July 1. 1995 to June 30.  1996.
Catharine H. Rankin. Department of
Psychology. Jan 1,  1996 to Dec 31. 1996.
John C Yuille. Department ol" Psychology.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
COMMERCE &
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Anthony Boardman. Julv 1. 1995 to June
30. 1996.
Thomas R. Knight. Julv 1. 1995 to June
30, 1996.
Dan A. Simunic. July 1. 1995 to June 30.
1996.
Raman Uppal. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
EDUCATION
Anne M. Anthony. Department of Curriculum Studies. Jan 1.  1996 to June 30.  1996.
Jim Gaskell. Department of Curriculum
Studies. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Shirley Wong, Department of Curriculum
Studies. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
Janice Woodrow. Department of Curriculum Studies. Jan 1. 1996 to June 30. 1996.
Billie E. J. Housego. Department of"
Educational Psychology & Special Education. Sept 1. 1995 lo Aug 31. 1996.
Daniel Pratt. Department of Educational
Studies. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31, 1996.
Hans G. Schuetze. Department of Educational Studies. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31, 1996.
C. Inge Andreen. School of Human Kinetics. Jan 1. 1996 to June 30. 1996.
John Kelso. School of Human Kinetics. July
1. 1994 to Dec 31. 1994.
Robert D. Chester. Department of Language Education, July 1. 1995 to June 30.
1996.
Bernard Mohan. Department of Language
Education, July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
FORESTRY
M.C. Feller, Department of Forest Sciences.
July 1. 1995 to Dee  31, 1995.
MEDICINE
Ann M. Rose. Department of Medical
Genetics. July 1. 1994 to Dec 31, 1994.
Keith R. Walley. Department of Medicine.
July 1. 1995 to Jun 30. 1996.
Peter Reiner, Department of Psychiatry.
Jan 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1995.
SCIENCE
Friedhelm Aubke. Department of Chemistry. Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31. 1996.
James Trotter, Department of Chemistry,
July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1996.
Paul Hickson. Department of Geophysics &
Astronomy. Sept 1, 1995 to Aug 31, 1996.
Richard R. Johnson. Department of
Physics. July 1. 1995 to June 30, 1996.
David L. Williams. Department of Physics.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Nancy Heckman. Department of Statistics.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
James V. Zidek. Department of Statistics.
July 1. 1995 to Jun 30, 1996.
A.R.E. Sinclair. Department of Zoology.
Sept 1. 1995 to Aug 31  1996.
CANCELLATIONS OF STUDY LEAVES
APPLIED SCIENCE
Virginia E. Hayes. School of Nursing. Sept
1. 1994 to Aug 31. 1995.
CHANGES TO STUDY LEAVES
COMMERCE &
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Gordon A. Walter, from Sept 1. 1994-Aug
31. 1995 to Jan 1. 1995-Dec31. 1995.
EDUCATION
Robert Tolsma. Department of Counselling
Psychology, from July 1. 1994-June 30.
1995 to July 1. 1994-Nov 30. 1994.
OTHER LEAVES
APPLIED SCIENCE
Roberta Hewat. School of Nursing. Jan 1.
1995 to Apr 30. 1995.
ARTS
Valerie Raoul. Department of French. Jan
1. 1995 to Jun 30. 1995.
Lauren Wagner. School of Music. July 1.
1994 to June 30, 1995.
COMMERCE & BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATOIN
Piet De Jong. Sept 1, 1994 to Nov 30. 1994.
Michael Gerlach. July 1, 1994 to June 30,
1995.
LAW
Christine Boyle. Jan 1, 1995 to June 30,
1995.
MEDICINE
Michael Hope. Department of Medicine,
July 1, 1994 to June 30. 1995. 10 UBC Reports • February 23, 1995
UBC GAZETTE (continued)
Judith Vestrup, Department of Surgery,
Sept 1, 1994 to Aug 31, 1995.
MEDICINE/SCIENCE
Evan Evans, Departments of Pathology and
Physics, Oct 1, 1994 to Dec 31, 1994.
SCIENCE
Ellen Rosenberg, Departments of Botany
and Zoology, Aug 15, 1994 to May 15. 1995.
Jeffrey Joyce, Department of Computer
Science, Jan 1, 1995 to Apr 30. 1995.
Kai Behrend. Department of Mathematics.
July 1, 1994 to Jun 30. 1995.
CANCELLATIONS OF UNPAID LEAVES
COMMERCE &
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Espen Eckbo. Jan 1. 1995 to Jun 30. 1995.
CHANGES TO UNPAID LEAVES
COMMERCE & BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Mihkel Tombak. from Sept 1. 1994-Aug31.
1994 to Aug 1. 1994-July31. 1994.
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVES
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Richard R. Barichello. Department of
Agricultural Economics. Sept 1. 1994 to
August 31. 1995.
Brian Ellis. Department of Plant Science.
Jan 1. 1995 to June 30. 1995.
ARTS
Edward Mornin. Department of Germanic
Studies. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Donald Blake. Department of Political
Science. July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
Richard Tees, Department of Psychology.
July 1. 1994 to Dec 31. 1995.
EDUCATION
Patricia Arlin. Department of Educational
Psychology ik Special Education. Oct 10.
1994 to Dec 5. 1994 & Feb 15. 1995 to June
16. 1995.
J. Graham T. Kelsey. Department of
Educational Studies. Julv 1, 1995 to Dec
31. 1995.
Robert Schutz. School of Human Kinetics.
July 1. 1995 to June 30. 1996.
GRADUATE STUDIES
Michael McDonald, Centre for Applied
Ethics. Jan 1, 1996 to June 30. 1996.
Michael Healey. Westwater Research
Institute, July 1. 1995 to June 30, 1996.
MEDICINE
Sam Sheps. Department of Health Care &
Epidemiology, Jan 1, 1995 to June 30,
1995.
CANCELLATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE
LEAVES
EDUCATION
David Robitaille. Department of Curriculum Studies, July 1, 1994 toDec 31,
1994.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Approved: May 1993
Revised: March 1995
RESPONSIBLE VICE PRESIDENT
Vice Pre'sident Academic & Provost
Vice President Administration 6k Finance
Vice President Student &
Academic Services
Vice President Research
Vice President External Affairs
Purpose
To communicate the applicability and
enforcement of policies contained in the
UBC Policy Handbook, and to confirm
authority for exceptions.
Policy
The UBC Policy Handbook communicates
policies and procedures which have university-wide application, and provides a
basis for consistent and appropriate decision making on many issues.
Unless otherwise indicated within a specific policy or its procedures, policies and
procedures apply to all members of faculty and staff and, where indicated, students at the University. Policies and
procedures in the Policy Handbook are
for the internal guidance of members of
faculty and staff at UBC, and have no
impact on the relationship with third
parties unless expressly part of a contract with them.
It is the responsibility of all members of
faculty and staff to familiarize themselves
with the contents ofthe Policy Handbook
and to conduct themselves accordingly.
It is the responsibility of all administra-
Administration of Policies - Policy #1
tive heads of unit to communicate with
those under their direction about the
application of policies and procedures in
their units, to ensure compliance, and to
take appropriate action if problems arise.
Procedure Summary
Members of faculty and staff are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the
contents of the UBC Policy Handbook
and for conducting themselves accordingly. Where policies or procedures in the
UBC Policy Handbook are inconsistent
with provisions in any existing agreement between the University and its faculty and /or staff, that agreement will
prevail.
Administrative heads of units are responsible for the dissemination of the
UBC Policy Handbook to all members of
faculty and staff in their units. They are
responsible for ensuring that the policies
and procedures are appropriately communicated and applied in their units.
For advice on the interpretation or application of policies or procedures, including requests received for exceptions, administrative heads of unit should first
consult with the person to whom they
report, and if necessary, with the Vice
President listed as responsible for the
policy. In addition, the administrative
head of unit may find it helpful to consult
with the Department of Human Resources
(in the case of an infraction by a member
of the non-academic staff) or the President's Office, Faculty Relations (in the
case of an infraction by a member of the
academic staff).    Authority to approve
February 23, 1995
Dear Colleagues.
RE:   REVISION TO PROCEDURES, POLICY #1
At the request of Ruth Warick, Director of the Disability Resource
Centre, I am proposing to take a change in the procedures of Policy
#1, Administration of Policies, in March.
The change, italicized below, would provide for accommodation of
persons with disabilities in respect of the administration of UBC's
policies and procedures.
Please send any comments you may have to Vice Provost Libby Nason
by March 2, 1995.
Sincerely yours,
David W. Strangway ^
individual requests for exceptions rests
with the Vice President responsible for
the policy.
Procedures are understood to include the
access requirements of persons with disabilities for information and communication in complaint, investigative, reporting
and similar processes.
Procedures may be amended by the President, provided the new procedures conform to the approved policy. Such amend
ments are reported at the next meeting of
the Board of Governors and are incorporated in the next publication of the UBC
Policy Handbook.
Definitions
An administrative head of unit is a
Director of a service unit, a Head of an
academic department, a Director of a
centre, institute or school, a Principal of
a college, a Dean, an Associate Vice President, the Registrar, the University Librarian, a Vice President or the President.
Late Payment of Fees and Accounts - Policy #67
February 23, 1995
Dear Colleagues,
The Department of Housing and Conferences and the Registrar's
Office have requested that Policy #67 be amended. The proposed
changes are italicized.
If you have any comments about the change, please contact Vice
Provost Libby Nason.
Sincerely yours,
David W. Strangway
"°T
Approved:   July 1977
Revised:   March 1995
Financial Services shall forward all information to the Registrar regarding
unpaid accounts of students.
Non-payment of academic fees: The
Registrar shall inform a student who
has failed to pay academic fees that
subsequent registration will be denied,
no transcripts of academic records issued, and that he/she will not be allowed to graduate until all academic
fees have been fully paid.
Outstanding library, parking or other
fines: The Registrar shall inform a
student who has failed to pay a library,
parking or other fine, that subsequent
registration will be denied until these
fines are fully paid.
Residence Fees: The Department of
Housing and Conferences is empowered to request a resident of a Univer
sity Residence (single or family accommodation) to vacate the premises for
non-payment of residence fees.
The Department may impose late fees of
$25.00 on any unpaid residence fee
account.
The Department may refuse admission
to residences and withdraw residence
privileges, including dining privileges,
for non-payment of fees.
Delinquent repayment of student
loans: The Registrar shall inform a
student who is delinquent in the repayment of a student loan that subsequent registration will be denied
and no transcripts of academic
records issued until all arrears in
loans are satisfied.
Individual departments in the University are not authorized to withhold
grades from the Registrar's Office for
any reason. UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995 11
Calendar
February 26 through March 11
Mathematics Colloquium
The Spectra Of Symmetric
Polyatomic Molecules. Dr. Alexander Rutherford. Math 203 at
3:30pm. Refreshments in Math
Annex 1 1 15at 3:15pm. Call 822-
2666.
Green College Science/
Society Seminar
What Is The Sociology Of Scientific Knowledge And Is It Of Any
Use? Dr. Stephen Shapin. Sociology/Science Studies Program.
U. of Calif.. San Diego. Green
College recreation lounge at 4pm.
Call 822-8660.
Theoretical Chemistry
Seminars
Importance Of Kinetic Theory To
Space Physics. Dr. W. Whipple.
Physics. U. of Washington.
Chemistry 402, central wing at
4pm. Call 822-3997.
Shabbat Dinner
The Changing Jewish Family.
Lucy Steinitz, exec, director of
Jewish Family Senices. Baltimore. Hillel House at 6:30pm.
Call 224-4748.
Saturday, Mar. 4
Faculty Women's Club
Spring Pot Luck Party: An evening
of fun. friends and food. Cecil
Green Park main floor at 7pm.
Husbands and guests welcome.
Call 535-7995.
Vancouver Institute
Lecture
Killer Societies: The Natural History And Culture Of Killer Whales.
Dr. John Ford. Vancouver
Aquarium. IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
Sunday, Mar. 5
Ethics Seminar
Discover The Real You—Building Jewish Ethical Leadership
For The 21st Century. Lucy
Steinitz, exec, director of Jewish
Family Senices in Baltimore.
Hillel House from 10am-3:30prru
Call Michelle at 224-4748.
Music Concert
Beethoven. The Piano And Violin
Sonatas. Jane Coop piano: violinist. Andrew Dawes. Music recital hall at 3pm. Call 822-5574.
Monday, Mar. 6
Pacific Spirit Noon Hour
Series
Poetry Reading/Discussion: Accessing Our Creative Impulse.
Dr. Lydia Kwa, writer/therapist,
author of The Colours of Heroines. Social Work 028. lower level
at 12pm. Co-sponsored by Women's Studies/Gender Relations.
Call 822-4824.
B.C. Cancer Research
Centre Seminar
Current Status/Perspectives Of
Image Analysis: Analysis Of Fish
Stained Cells/Chromosomes. Dr.
Hans J. Tanke, chair,
Cytochemistry/Cytometry, U. of
Leiden, Netherlands. B.C. Cancer Research Centre lecture theatre at 12pm. Call 877-6010.
Graduate Student
Professional Development
Session
Alternatives To Lecturing. David
Lam lower level seminar room.
from3:30-6pm. Use entrance behind Trekkers. Call 822-9149.
Biochemistry/Molecular
Theory
C hemical Strategies Applied To The
Discovery Of Ligands For Carbohydrate- binding Proteins. Dr. Ole
Hindsgaul, U. of Alberta. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm.
Call 822-9871.
Continuing Studies
Workshop
1 of 3: Colour Printing Made Easy!
SA2556. Robert Bos. Pacific Light
Impressions. # 106-1120 Hamilton
St. from 7-10pm. $170.Call 822-
1450.
Tuesday, Mar. 7
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Testing The Acid Pair Hypothesis
Using Calmodulin Mutants.
Xiaochun Wu, grad student. Pharmaceutical Sciences. IRC #3 at
12:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Animal Science Seminar
Series
Regulation Of Heat Shock Protein
Expression In Skeletal Muscle Cell
By Glutamine. Xiwu Zhou, PhD
student. MacMillan 256 at
12:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
4593.
Environmental Programs
Seminar
Financial Benefits Of Environmental Pro-Activity. Malcolm Metcalfe.
Canadian Airlines. IRC #5 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-2029.
Author Reading
Joy Kogawa reading from Obasan.
Itsuka and other works. Buchanan
A-100at 12:30pm. Call 822-0699.
Botany Seminar
Vegetable Sheep. Alan Reid. PhD
student. Botany /Centre for
Biodiversity Research.
BioSciences" 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Chemistry
Electronic Factors In Ligand Elaboration Reactions. Prof. Joseph L.
Templeton. Chemistry. U. ofNorth-
ern Carolina. Chapel Hill. NC.
Chemistry 250. south wing at lpm.
Refreshments at 12:45pm. Call
822-3266.
Statistics Seminar
Canonical Variate Analysis Of Data
From Incomplete Block Designs.
Christopher Triggs. U. of Auckland. NZ. Angus 426 from 4-
5:30pm. Call 822- 0570.
MOST Workshop
Also Mar. 9. Writing Reports/Proposals. Michael Schoen. instructor. Applied Science. Brock I Iall
0017 from 1:30-4:30pm. Call 822-
9644.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Developing A Conservative Ethic.
Dr. Gene Namkoong. head. Forest
Sciences. Angus 415 from 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Comparative Physiology
Seminar
Hoar Lecture: The Control Of
Mitochondrial Oxidative Phos-
phorylationinvivo. Dr. R. Balaban.
NIH Bethesda, MD. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60 at 4:30pm. Call
822-2131.
Green College Seminar
Social And Distributive Justice In
The New Social Movements. Dr.
Robert S. Ratner. Anthropology/
Sociology.Green College recreation
lounge at 5:30pm. Call 822-8660.
Continuing Studies Lecture
1 of 4. Warrior Queens Of The
Modem World, LB2076. Joy Dixon,
History. Lasserre 105 from 7:30-9pm.
$45; seniors $25.Call 822-1450.
12th International Seating
Symposium
UBC Continuing Studies in the
Health Sciences; Sunny Hill Health
Care Centre for Children: University of Pittsburgh And Resna. Hyatt
Regency Hotel from 8am-5pm. Call
822-4965.
Wednesday, Mar. 8
Noon Hour Concert
Robert Silverman, piano. Music
recital hall at 12:30pm.Admission
$2.50 at the door. Call 822-5574.
Opera Panel Discussion
The Pirates Of Penzance In And
Out Of Context. Susan Bennett.
John Mitchell, Vane. Opera: Brian
Gooch, UVic; Andrew Busza, English. Buchanan Penthouse at
12:30pm.Call 822-4060.
Microbiology/Immunology
Seminar
ReceptorTyrosine Kinase Signaling
In The Drosophila Eye. Dr. Mile
Simon. Biological Sciences.
Stanford U., CA. Wesbrook 201
from 12-1:30pm. Call 822- 3308.
Graduate Student
Professional Development
Sessions
Developing A Teaching Philosophy. David Lam lower level seminar room from 12-2:30pm. Cooperative Learning. David Lam
lower level seminar room from
3:30-6pm. Use outside entrance
behind Trekkers. Call 822- 9149.
French Colloquium
La Representation de l'hysterie
dans La Religieuse de Diderot.
Anne Scott, sessional lecturer,
French. Buchanan 799 from 2:30-
3:30pm. Call 822-2879.
Southeast Asian Research
Seminar
Approaches To Environmental Protection In Cambodia, Laos And
Vietnam. Dr. Ian Townsend-Gault.
Program in Southeast Asian Legal
Studies. Asian Centre 604 from
3:30-5pm. Call 822-2629.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Malignant Pleural Effusion: To Talc
Or Not To Talc. John Forster-
Coull, PhD student. Clinical Pharmacy. Vancouver Hosp/HSC Pavilion G279 from 4-5pm. Call 822-
4645.
Respiratory Seminar Series
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection And Asthma: Are They Related? Dr. R. Hegele. Pathology/
Lab Medicine. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC Laurel Pavilion. 1 st floor from
5-6pm. Call 822-7128.
Comparative Literature
Colloquium
Censorship/Self-Censorship:
Power, Communication. Silence.
Klaus Petersen. Germanic Studies; Kevin McNeilly, English. Green
College recreation lounge at
5:30pm.   Call 822-8660.
Continuing Education in
Applied Science
Structural Reviewers Course. A
course on the background and
rationale to the proposed City of
Vancouver program for mandatory independent reviews: a review
of current codes and standards.
For information call 822-3347.
Medical Topics Lecture
Series
Current Concepts In Plastic Surgery. Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, Plastic. Reconstructive/Cosmetic Surgery. Carr Hall conference room
from 7:30-9:30pm. $20/lecture.
Call 822-1450.
Theatre Performance
Now through Mar. 18. Sunspots
by Dennis Foon. Frederic Wood
Theatre at 8pm. Adults weekday
S12, weekend $ 14; students/seniors weekday $8, weekend $10;
preview Mar. 8, two for one adult
$12. Call 822 2678.
Thursday, Mar. 9
Law Lecture
Right To The Homeland: Ethnic
Cleansing And The International
Criminal Tribunal. Dr. Alfred de
Zayas, UN Centre for Human
Rights. Geneva. Curtis Building
101 at 5:30pm. Call 822-9322.
Native Health Awareness
Days Lecture
(First Nations Research In Well
Being). The Facilitation Of Healing
For The First Nations People of BC.
A dissertation bv Rod McCormick.
PhD. IRC #1 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-2114.
Graduate Student
Professional Development
Session
YourTeaching Dossier: ATool With
Two Uses. David Urn lower level
seminar room from 12-2:30pm.
Use outside entrance behind
Trekkers. Call 822-9149.
Asian Research Film
The Many Faces Of Taiwan/Reflection Of Modern Chinese Culture In Taiwan. Asian Centre 604
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Physiology Seminar
Apoptosis Of Beta Cells In The
Normal Growing Rat Pancreas:
Prediction With A Simple Mathematical Model. Dr. Diane
Finegood, Endocrinology/Metabolism, U. of Alberta. Copp 2002/
2004 from l-2pm. Call 822-2494.
Green College 19th Century
Studies Seminar
Seminar On Interdisciplinary
Methodologies. Green College
Graham House small dining room
at 4pm.   Call 822-6067.
Physics Colloquium
Physics Of Ignition Targets For
The National Ignition Facility.
Joseph D. Kilkenny: Lawrence
Livermore. National Laboratory.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 822-
3853.
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Series
Being There In Virtual Space. Dr.
Thomas Fumess, U. ofWashington. CICSR/CS 208 at 4pm. Call
822-6894.
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar
Engineering And Subsequent
Intra-Cellular Expression Of A Single Chain— Neutralizing NT-RAS
Antibody And Its Consequences In
A Blymphoma Line. Sam Abraham.
PhD student. Genetics. Refreshments at 4:15pm. Wesbrook 201
at 4:30pm. Call 822-8764.
Recycling Today /Tomorrow
2 of 2: The Root Causes Of Waste.
Helen Spiegelman. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60 from 7:30-
9:30pm. $40. Call 822-1450.
Brenda/David McLean
Lecture in Canadian Studies
Aboriginal Policy: Where We Have
Come From. Alan C. Cairns.
McLean professor of Canadian
Studies. Green College coach
house at 8pm. Call 822-5193.
Friday, Mar. 10
Medical Genetics Grand
Rounds
Structural Anomalies Resulting
From Vascular Disruption. Dr.
Margot Van Allen. Medical Genetics. GF Strong auditorium at
9am. Call 875-2307.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Rounds
Identifying Inpatients Who Might
Be Amenable To Treatment As
Outpatients. Dr. Sam Sheps,
head. Health Care/Epidemiology;
Karen Cardiff, research associate. Centre for Health Senices/
Policy Research. Mather253 from
9- 10am. Paid Parking B Lot. Call
822-2772.
Native Health Awareness
Days Lecture
Talking Back: Six First Nations
Women's Stories Of Recovery
From Childhood Sexual Abuse
And Addictions. A thesis bv Elaine
Herbert. MSW. Great Hall ofthe
Longhouse from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-5613 or 822-21 15.
Occupational Hygiene
Programme Seminar
Reducing Lead Exposure In The
Population—Where Are We Now,
Where Do We Go? Dr. Ray Copes.
Environmental Health specialist.
BC Ministry of Health.CEME 1202
at 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9595.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar
Activity Of Rostral Trigeminal
Sensory Neurons In The Cat
During Wakefulness And Sleep.
Brian Cairns, grad student.
Pharmacology/Toxicology. IRC #1
from 12:30-1:30pm.Call 822-4645.
Korean Research Seminar
Koreans In Russia. Dr. Kwang
Kyu Lee. Anthropology. Seoul
National U. Asian Centre 604
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
UBC International Forum
Seminar
Guardian Angel Or Global Gangster: The Ethical Claims Of Inter
national Society Revisited. Dr.
Nicholas Wheeler. Political Science. U. of Wales. Aberystwyth.
Green College Graham House
small dining room at 3pm. Call
822-6067.
Mathematics Colloquium
Untying Knots And Surgery. Dr.
David Auckly, Mathematics. U.
of Calif. Math 203 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments at 3:15pm in Math
annex 1115. Call 822-2666.
Theoretical Chemistry
Seminars
An Integral Equation Approach
To Surface Excess Thermodynamics. Dr. N. Cann. Chemistry
402, central wing at 4pm. Call
822-3997.
Saturday, Mar. 11
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Future Of Canada And Quebec: Paths Of Convergence Or
Divergence? Angus Reid, pollster/political analyst. IRC #2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131. 12 UBC Reports ■ February 23,1995
Forum
Past Kaslo
by John MacNaughton
John MacNaughton. who is completing
post-graduate work in the Dept. of Creative
Writing, won the short story competition at
this year's ArtsFest with his entry "Past
Kaslo." All entries had to end with the
phrase "and then the fat lady began to sing."
Second-year student Madelaine Thien won
the poetry competition while Guy Pilch took
the public speaking prize for the second year
in a row.
The flight was bumpy
but uneventful as the little
plane struggled up over the
storm tipped Purcells and
finally splashed down into
Balfour harbour.
And then I was alone on
the silent jetty by an empty
boat house, peering down
the rutted road already
whitened by November's
first fall of wet snow.
Joyce is not on the landing.
A single car sits idling, facing the bay.
The man behind the wheel wears a red
hunting cap, with flaps turned up..
"Excuse me, somebody was supposed to
meet me and ..."    -
"Oh yea? Here get in, it's wet out there."
"Geez, thanks, I really appreciate this. I'd
be glad to pay ..."
"Nah, that's OK." He flicks on the headlights and they dance against the driving
snow. The man has a cast in his right eye.
"Name's Bernard," he says, "where you
going?"
"Kaslo, past Kaslo, it's a camp 'bout
three miles up the lake."
"Oh, Perry's place," says Bernard. "Not a
good hill there, past Kaslo, not in this snow."
"Maybe I should get a room in town ..."
"Nah it'll be OK, I got an appointment
anyway, past Kaslo."
I stare out at the snow. Nothing.
The car swings
crazily as a little doe
out of nowhere hits
our left headlight and
bounces off into the
windshield on my
side.
Bernard drives very slowly. His cast eye
seems to be looking at me.
"I saw God last week," he says.
"God?" He's joking. I know he's joking.
"Not like you'd think." he says. "Not old
with a beard you know.   Last week, past
Kaslo, bout this time."
Christ. I think, this guy's off the wall.
"You know Bernard, it really is a bad night,
maybe if you'd just drop me off in Kaslo..."
"No trouble," says Bernard. "Like I told
you I got this appointment,
      past Kaslo, and I'll show
you exactly where I saw
God."
Humour him.  "How did
you know He was God?"
"She," Bernard says.
"She then. How did you
know She was God? Did
She say so?" I'm nervous.
Don't antagonize him.
"No, it wasn't anything
      like that, I . . . JEASUS!"
The car swings crazily as
a little doe out of nowhere
hits our left headlight and bounces off into
the windshield on my side. I scream as her
huge frightened eyes stare at me through the
shattering glass. And then she is gone.
"Gotta watch them deer," pants Bernard,
fighting the wheel, "they're all over this time
of year. I can't stop for her on this grade. I
hope she'll die quick."
And then, real quiet, he says, "God —
God. She's a woman. A fat woman. Nobody
told me, I just knew. I knew because She
was on the radio. Just round the bluff...."
I don't hear him anymore.  I'm shaking. I
can feel his cast eye looking at me and I
don't see him reach for the radio, but there's
music, and over the roar of applause an
announcer is saying, "And now folks, from
Nova Scotia we bring you ..."
And then, as we pick up speed down the
long drop past Kaslo where Bernard saw
God, the fat lady began to sing.
Access to bus lanes should
speed commuters' journeys
by Abe Hefter
- Staff writer
Life in the fast lane just got a
little faster for UBC vanpoolers.
Six bus lanes will now be accessible to vehicles carrying six
or more passengers on portions
of highways 99 and 17, Provincial Transportation and Highways Minister Jackie Pement
announced last month.
"We're thrilled with this decision," said Karen Halex. director
of the Jack Bell Foundation
Vanpool Program.
"It tells us that the province is
supporting the vanpool initiative and is giving people the in-
"""centive to get out of their single
occupant vehicles."
The move has cut down on
travel time for those UBC
vanpoolers who travel from White
Rock, Ladner, Tsawwassen,
Langley, Surrey and Abbotsford.
-^ "On average, 15-minute savings are realized on trips
southbound during the afternoon rush hour," said Halex.
"Using the bus lanes on the
ride to UBC hasn't made an ap-
- preciable difference yet in terms
of saving time. However, access
to the bus lanes in morning rush
hour has resulted in a less stressful trip in for many ofthe vanpool
Birds Of Prey
Steve Chan photo
Graduating men's volleyball captain and national B team
member Ross Ballard, no. 12, made his final home-court
appearance Feb. 10 against the Saskatoon Huskies. The
men's season ended Feb. 19, when the Thunderbirds fell to
hometown University of Saskatchewan in the Canada West
semi-final. The women's volleyball team is on its way to the
Canada West final against the University of Alberta Feb. 23-
25 in Edmonton.
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Commuter vans like the one above are now allowed to travel
in bus lanes on several routes. Eighteen of the 72 Jack Bell
Foundation vanpools that service the Lower Mainland and
Vancouver Island serve UBC.
drivers."
The Jack Bell Foundation has
been making minivans available
to groups of commuters at no
profit since 1992. UBC joined
the program in June of that year.
Eighteen of the 72 Jack Bell
Foundation vanpools that service the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island serve UBC. Almost 150 members ofthe cam
pus community currently take
part in the program.
Vanpool riders pay a monthly
fee of approximately $100, depending on the distance they
travel. The fare covers 100 per
cent of operating and capital
costs of the vans.
For more information on
vanpooling, call the Jack Bell
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MARCH 1
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12:30 -1:30 Buchanan A104
We've invited an expert to talk about where the job market is headed and how
you can position yourself to be part of it. Don't miss the opportunity to learn
what's ahead!
Speaker: Diane Alfred, Economist
Department of Human Resources and Development Canada
MARCH 2
THE COMPLETE JOB HUNTER
12:30 -1:30 SUB Auditorium
Do employers hire Arts graduates? What are the components of an effective
resume? What are the 50 most commonly asked interview questions? We'd like
to give you answers to these questions and many more. Our speakers can help
make your first steps Beyond the B.A. more profitable and rewarding.
Speakers: Casay Forrest, Principal, Pinton, Forrest & Madden Group
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MARCH 3
AN ARTS DEGREE? IT WORKED FOR ME!
12:30 -1:30 SUB Auditorium
Come and meet UBC grads who are willing to stake a paycheque on the value
of the B.A. even in the job market of the '90s. They will tell you from personal
experience how they used a B.A. degree as a springboard to a successful
career.
Speakers: Carla Banfield, BA '89 (Anthropology)
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Jazz'n It Up
Abe Hefter photo
Third-year Music student Ward Blair joined trumpet and
piano soloist Alan Matheson, Director Fred Stride and the
rest of the UBC Jazz Ensemble in a celebration of the
music of Duke Ellington Feb. 10 at the Music Building
Recital Hall. The performance was one of many held on
campus Feb. 9-11 as part of ArtsFest, an initiative ofthe
creative and performing arts departments in the Faculty
of Arts including Creative Writing, English, Fine Arts,
Music and Theatre and Film.
Fee extension will permit
construction of tennis bubble
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC will once again be home
to an indoor tennis centre following a decision by the Board of
Governors to approve the extension of the Student Recreation
Centre (SRC) fee.
An athletic and recreation facilities fee in the amount of $40
per year per full time student
was put into effect in 1991-92
towards the construction of the
SRC. The fee was to be reviewed
during the 1995-96 academic
session and a decision made to
continue or discontinue the fee
effective next year.
The decision to extend the fee
through 1997-98will enable UBC
to make up a $1-million shortfall in contributions by those
students who opted out, and to
permit the construction of a tennis bubble.
In 1983, Tennis Canada entered into a 10-year agreement
with the university to provide a
bubble covering four UBC courts.
However, the facility didn't prove
to be financially viable for UBC,
according to Bob Philip, director
of Athletics and Sport Services,
and the bubble was removed in
1991.
'The decision to extend the
SRC fee will enable us to meet
the growing need to provide an
all-weather playing surface for
instructional and recreational
purposes, while giving UBC full
ownership," said Philip.
"This will give UBC students,
faculty and  staff more of an
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Abe Hefter photo
Construction of the Student Recreation Centre began in
September.    The centre is scheduled to open next fall.
opportunity to use the tennis
bubble.   Such a facility would
also   be   ex-   ^^^^^^^^^^^
pected to generate revenue,
which   could
be spread into
other   intramural     and
campus   recreation   programs."
Former
Alma Mater
Society President Bill Dobie
expressed  his
support to ex-   	
tend the fee.
"The Student Recreation Centre's primary function is to accommodate  the  overwhelming
"The Student
Recreation Centre's
primary function is to
accommodate the
overwhelming demand
from among the
general student body
for intramural sports."
- Bill Dobie
demand from among the general
student  body  for  intramural
^^^^^^^^^   sports."   said
Dobie.
"A new tennis centre built
by students
would ensure
that students
get the peak
time for the facility."
Construction ofthe SRC
began last September and the
facility is
     scheduled   to
open next fall.
There is no immediate word on
when construction on the tennis
bubble will begin.
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HIV/AIDS   CONFERENCE   9th
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Fax:(604)822-4835. UBC Reports ■ February 23, 1995 15
Review shows college
partnership is working
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A five-year review of UBC's partnerships with University College of the
Cariboo and Okanagan University College credits high academic standards and
government support for the success of
Ihe joint ventures.
In 1989, UBC undertook to provide
third- and fourth-year programs at the
university colleges, leading to degrees in
Arts and Science, for a period not to
exceed 10 years.
UBC's program in elementary education is also offered at Cariboo.
"We recognized that the most efficient
method of increasing access to university
for citizens of British Columbia was by
offering undergraduate degrees in existing colleges, outside the Lower Mainland," said UBC President David
Strangway.
"Third- and fourth-year enrolments
have increased from zero to 940 in five
years and first- and second-year
enrolments for the two university colleges have increased from 2,930 in
1989/90 to an estimated 5,983 in 1994/
95 — more than double."
The province's Ministry of Skills.
Training and Labour has funded UBC
directly for its participation in the programs since their inception.
Although legislation now exists enabling the university colleges to become
degree-granting institutions, neither
Cariboo nor Okanagan have expressed
their intention to seek immediate independence.
"Degree parchments now acknowledge both partners in each degree program, and we will ensure that students
currently enrolled receive a UBC degree if they complete in a timely way,"
said Dan Birch, vice-president Academic and Provost.
"Beyond that, we will look to the
university colleges to tell us when they
feel ready to offer degree programs independently, perhaps program by program."
The review recommends that UBC
play a post-independence role if desired by the university colleges. The
nature of UBC's participation would be
determined jointly by the university
colleges and UBC.
Speakers to share insights,
advice, with Arts students
Career opportunities and job search
methods for UBC Arts graduates are the
focus of Beyond the BA. a three-day
lecture series held during Arts Week on
March 1. 2 and 3.
Sponsored by the Arts Undergraduate
Society, the Faculty of Arts and the Alumni
Association, the event aims to give
students an optimistic and realistic view
of career possibilities.
This year's forum will focus on three
key areas: trends in the current job
market, how to prepare yourself for the
job hunt and how some UBC Arts alumni
have put their BA to good use.
Diane Alfred, an economist from the
federal Dept. of Human Resources and
Development (formerly Employment and
Immigration) will kick off the event by
discussing current trends in the job
market and how students can best take
advantage of them.
On the second day, Vivian Walwyn, a
recruitment consultant for UBC
Placement Services, will share the floor
with Casey Forrest of Pinton. Forrest and
Maddin, a Vancouver-based company that
specializes in training and management
recruitment.
Together, they will provide advice on
how to make those first steps beyond the
BA more profitable and rewarding. Topics
include the components of an effective
resume and how to prepare for a job
interview.
The third day includes a discussion
with four UBC alumni who will explain
how they used their BAs as a springboard
to a successful career.
Among the alumni speaking will be
Carla Banfleld of the Canadian Cancer
Society, Bill Cawker of CM. Oliver and
Co., and Catharine Walwyn of RoyalTrust.
The series is free of charge and each of
the hour-long lectures begins at 12:30
p.m. The first lecture takes place in room
A104, Buchanan Building. The remaining
lectures will be held in the Student Union
Building auditorium.
For more information call Dawn Levy
of the UBC Alumni Association at 822-
8917.
Singing Out
Dave Thomson photo
People
by staff writers
Two members of UBC's Faculty of Medicine have been named directors at
St. Paul's Hospital.
Dr. Sam Lichtenstein has been appointed program medical director of
the hospital's new Heart Centre.
An associate professor of physiology and a clinical associate professor of
surgery. Lichtenstein received his MD from the University of Maryland and his
PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
He undertook specialty training at the University of Toronto where he was
an associate professor of surgery before joining UBC in 1992.
The Heart Centre will be the site of a full spectrum of activities related to
heart disease including preventative medicine, rehabilitation and research.
Dr. Peter Pare has been appointed director ofthe hospital's new Health
Research Centre.
Pare, a UBC faculty member since 1977, is a professor of Medicine. He also
serves as the associate head of research for the Dept. of Medicine at St. Paul's
Hospital and is a member of the hospital's Scientific Review Committee.
The Health Research Centre will co-ordinate and support a broad base of
researchers and a variety of clinical trials from the hospital and UBC.
Its primary aim is to foster research directed at assessing which services
are the most effective and cost-efficient in diagnosing and treating illness.
Margaret Moore has been appointed network
commercial director for the Canadian Genetic
Diseases Network.
The network, part of the federal Networks of Centres
of Excellence program, is headquartered at UBC and led
by Dr. Michael Hayden, a professor of medical genetics.
It is an innovative, nation-wide collaborative research
program in human, genetically transmitted diseases.
Moore will work with the network's principal investigators across Canada, and with the board of directors,
to spearhead new commercial spin-off companies.
Most recently, she served as executive vice-president
and chief financial officer with Hume Medical Information Services Inc. of Toronto and Connecticut.
Moore
Biochemist Victor Ling has been appointed assistant dean. Cancer
Research, in the Faculty of Medicine for a five-year term beginning June
1.
Ling, who holds a PhD in biochemistry from UBC, has served at the
Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto for the past 24 years. He currently heads
the institute's Division of Molecular and Structural Biology.
A faculty member in the Dept. of Medical Biophysics at the University of
Toronto, Ling was recently conferred with the title University Professor, the
highest honour the university bestows.
His research focuses on the mechanisms of drug resistance in chemotherapy.
In addition to his UBC appointment. Ling will serve as vice-president.
Research, at the B.C. Cancer Agency and as director of
cancer research at the Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre.
Asst. Prof Peter Seixas, with the Dept. of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education, is the
1994 recipient of Exemplary Research in Social
Studies Education Award. Presented by the National
Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the largest
association in the U.S. devoted solely to social studies
education, Seixas was recognized for his study "Historical Understanding among Adolescents in a
Multicultural Setting."
Seixas
Performers in the sixth annual UBC at The Orpheum concert rehearse their
rendition ofthe Verdi Requiem. The concert on March 12 will feature close
to 300 voices including the University Singers, the UBC Choral Union, UBC
Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists.
Symposium will address
access to education issues
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
A symposium that will address the
issues of access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities will be
held Feb. 24 to commemorate the late
Paul Jones, who was instrumental in
developing policies and guidelines to promote the integration of persons with disabilities at UBC.
Author-lawyer David Lepofsky, the
recipient ofthe 1993 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award from the Advocacy
Resource Centre for the Handicapped,
will be the keynote speaker at the Paul
Jones Memorial Symposium.
"Mr. Lepofsky has many years experience in the area of human rights and
people with disabilities," said UBC Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Advisor
Steve Estey.
"He has written, litigated and spoken
extensively on human rights issues as
they pertain to people with disabilities."
The symposium will take place in room
214 of the Student Union Building beginning at 10:30 a.m. Following his address.
Lepofsky will be joined by UBC Law Assoc.
Prof. Bill Black: Sheila Devine, director of
Equity Issues and assistant to the president at the University of Victoria: and
UBC Law Dean Lynn Smith for a panel
discussion from 1-3 p.m.
Black recently completed a report on
human rights in B.C. Devine is a member
ofthe Canadian Association of University
Solicitors. Smith has published in the
fields of human rights. Charter equality
rights and women's equality, and civil
litigation.
Paul Jones was one of the first staff
members to join the DRC in 1991. As a
co-ordinator he helped establish the services presently offered by the centre for
students with disabilities and was actively involved in promoting barrier-free
access.
Paul Jones passed away in 1993. This
symposium has been organized by DRC
staff to commemorate Paul and his accomplishments. 16 UBC Reports • February 23, 1995
Profile
by Charles Ker
Security Check
Criminologist Richard Ericson looks at the decline
of innocence in a society of strangers
Staff writer
Police headquarters for Ontario's
Peel Region is a genuine techno-
fortress. Eighteen remote-control
security cameras tilt, pan and zoom in
on doors controlled by computer access
cards. Electronic door hinges that fail
to shut automatically register on a
graphic console of the building monitored around the clock. Sonic intrusion
alarms protect top security areas
indoors while outside, high-intensity
lights bounce off reflective windows
tilted to deflect bullets and errant
projectiles.
Secure? You bet. Overkill?
"When was the last time you saw a
police station in Canada attacked by an
angry mob?" asks Richard Ericson, a
criminologist who has spent two
decades studying relations among
police, the courts, mass media and
society. By regarding all citizens, even
its own police employees, as untrustworthy and potential risks, the sociology professor says the station exemplifies a state of declining innocence in a
late-modern society of strangers -
foreboding ideas which are backed by
ample research. "If anything," Ericson
jokes, "I err on the side of excessive
empirical detail."
Formerly director at the University
of Toronto's Centre for Criminology, Ericson was wooed westward
18 months ago to become founding
principal of UBC's Green College,
Western Canada's only residential
graduate college. The position called
firstly for a scholar of high achievement. A founding co-editor of the
Canadian Journal of Sociology, Ericson
has a criminology diploma and four
degrees, two each in criminology and
sociology. 'Landmark' is the term most
often used to describe his research
contributions in these fields.
When Peel HQ opened its electronic
doors in 1982, Ericson had just
completed the final instalment of his
first trilogy - Making Crime (1981).
Reproducing Order (1982) and The
Ordering of Justice (1982). The five-
year project explored the criminal
justice process on a scale and scope
unheard of then or since.
Supported by the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC), Ericson and colleagues
accompanied patrol officers on 348
shifts, shadowed detectives for 11
months and compiled 2,500 pages of
transcriptions from plea bargaining
sessions tape-recorded in Crown
attorney offices. Conclusion: the
criminal justice system operates on a
presumption of guilt in which police
take for granted that they have done
everything necessary to secure a
conviction and sentence. They also
expect the Crown to ratify their work.
According to Ericson, Canada isn't
the only country harbouring this
presumption. In England - where
Ericson earned a diploma and doctorate from the Institute of Criminology at
Cambridge University - the Crown
Court has a standard 25 to 30 per cent
sentence discount for early guilty pleas.
In some U.S. jurisdictions, plea
bargaining is negotiated openly in court
with judges' full participation. All this,
says Ericson. in the name of court
efficiency.
Charles Ker photo
"There are major cases where due process does get
displayed and accused are acquitted, but for the most
part the mass media have joined with the criminal justice
system in making little pretence about presumption of
innocence. Mass media show the world as being rife with
people who are not innocent."
- Richard Ericson
After 15 years peering inside the
criminal justice system, Ericson
turned his attention in the mid-
1980s to the mass media and its
influence in defining crime and creating
perceptions of justice.
'There are major cases where due
process does get displayed and accused
are acquitted, but for the most part the
mass media have joined with the
criminal justice system in making little
pretence about presumption of innocence," he says. "Mass media show the
world as being rife with people who are
not innocent."
At the far end of the scale are
televised police re-enactments in which
officers give personal testimonials to
the guilt of those they apprehend. Then
there is the "reality programming" - i.e.
"Crime Stoppers," "America's Most
Wanted" or England's "Crime Watch
UK" - which urge viewers to participate
in the capture of criminals. In each
case, Ericson notes that the court is
always absent, public fears raised and
obsessions with personal security
measures reinforced.
Using their tried and true approach
of first-hand observation, Ericson's
research team completed a massive
study of TV, newspaper and radio
crime news, how it was gathered and
reported. The probe took them through
newsrooms, public relations firms,
media relations departments, political
parties and interest groups and resulted in the publication of a second
trilogy - Visualizing Deviance (1987),
Negotiating Control (1989) and Representing Order (1991). Ericson successfully submitted this and his earlier
series to Cambridge's Faculty of Law
for a Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) in 1991.
Today, in between lectures to
graduates in the faculties of Arts and
Law (where he is the only faculty
member who is not a professionally
trained lawyer), the soft-spoken scholar
continues to add to and mine his rich
data collection. Since 1992, he has
turned attention again to matters of
policing, security and the notion of
"risk profiling."
Policing the Risk Society is the
tentative title for Ericson's forthcoming
book, scheduled for completion in
1996. Its main premise is that understanding crime is first and foremost a
matter of understanding how institutions classify crime and, through their
classifications, react to it. Our late-
modern society of strangers is characterized by institutions clamouring for
knowledge useful to their own risk
management, risk assessment and
security. The role of police, the author
states, has turned from law enforcement to that of highly formatted
knowledge brokers for these institutions.
Ericson trots out a few statistics to
back this claim: the RCMP has 2,100
operational forms, many of which are
explicitly designed for the risk information needs of external institutions; a
one-page crime report sheet, blank in
1939, is segmented into 153 different
items by 1979; a multi-page accident
form in Alberta comes with a 48-page
coding book detailing how to record
each item. He contends that some
officer actions aren't regarded as police
work unless they fit into one or more of
these external formats.
"Most things police record they can't
do anything about anyway," says
Ericson. pointing out that the clearance
rate for break-and-enter offenses in
Vancouver stands at around three per
cent. "This information basically
becomes commodified and sold to
insurance companies, financial institutions and others."
He points out that individuals are
constantly forced to prove their innocence to institutions through measures
such as security checks, credit card
scanning, pre-employment screening or
drug tests.
At Green College, unlike some
other traditional colleges, there is
no gatekeeper controlling access
to a centrally enclosed space. Since his
arrival, Ericson has promoted the
college as a place of face-to-face
communication: a welcoming place of
inclusion.
Ongoing construction at the north
campus site made college operations
less than ideal in the early stages, but
Ericson credits the "overwhelming"
enthusiasm of residents, university
colleagues and off-campus members for
making the college a current hotbed of
activity. Through its various lectureships, workshops, and eight interdisciplinary programs, the principal says
the face-to-face society of scholars
serves well beyond the boundaries of
its 100 residents. On almost any given
night anyone can come and listen to
guest speakers talk about issues
ranging from male survivors of sexual
abuse to Canadian architecture in the
19th century.
Despite having his office door only
steps from the front door of his home,
the professor doesn't mind being at
work 24 hours a day. 'The idea of
building a community where you
integrate all aspects of social and
intellectual life was too appealing to
pass up." he said. "I've always been
involved with graduate education and
interdisciplinary environments, so in
that sense Green College is entirely
consistent with my background."
Based on that background alone.
Green College has a bright future.

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