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Quietly and without much fanfare, UBC's
Faculties have been taking steps for more than a year
to improve the quality of teaching at both the
graduate and undergraduate levels.
This has been happening at a time when
universities everywhere have been faced with
mounting criticism from within and without about
the quality of teaching.
The criticism at UBC has taken concrete form in
the current year through the refusal of the executive
of the Graduate Student Association and the
Students' Council to name representatives to the
committee that will screen nominations for the 1971
Master Teacher Awards.
The Graduate Student Association claims the
Master Teacher Awards mask a system that rewards
those who have neglected teaching for research.
President Walter H. Gage, who was named UBC's
first Master Teacher in 1969, set out his concern
about criticism of teaching at UBC in a memo to
UBC's deans in December, 1969. At subsequent
meetings of the deans he stressed the necessity of
placing more emphasis on good teaching when
promotions were recommended and new
appointments made.
The president's position has been reinforced by
two motions passed by the UBC Senate in March,
1970. The first asked each department, School and
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Faculty to develop techniques for the assessment of
teaching through methods appropriate to the
discipline and urged that such assessments be
considered relevant for rewarding good teaching.
The second resolution asked each Faculty to
report to Senate in the spring of 1971 on steps taken
to improve the quality of teaching.
Many of UBC's deans have already reported
informally to President Gage on this subject. What
follows is a Faculty-by-Faculty roundup of steps
taken to improve teaching quality.
NOTHING is sacred to the bulldozers of the
construction company breaking ground for
UBC's new Sedgewick Library under the Main
Mall, not even the concrete cairn which
student engineers erected some years ago in
honor of their contributions to campus life.
Picture above was taken during the Christmas
break. This week it was difficult even to spot
the tilted memorial under the blanket of snow
currently   covering   the .campus.
FACULTY OF ARTS - Dean Douglas Kenny has
appointed a Committee on the Evaluation and
Improvement of Teaching, chaired by Mr. Cortland
Hultberg, associate professor of Music and winner of
a certificate of merit in the 1970 Master Teacher
Award Competition. The committee will initiate and
co-ordinate various efforts in the Faculty to improve
teaching and work out effective means of assessing it
fairly and accurately.
(The committee chaired by Mr. Hultberg is the
successor to two earlier Faculty of Arts committees
which were established in 1969 to investigate ways of
improving teaching at UBC. The earlier committees
were chaired by Prof. Roy Daniells, University
Professor of English Language and Literature, and Dr.
Ian Ross of the Department of English).
The Faculty of Arts promotion and tenure
committee is demanding of all departments and
schools the clearest possible indications of the
evidential basis, especially in regard to teaching, of all
promotion and tenure recommendations.
These steps. Dean Kenny said, have "helped to
spur the already growing determination throughout
the Faculty to place still greater emphasis on good
teaching as an essential part of the University's
Please turn to Page Four
Report on
A presidential advisory committee on the
University Endowment Lands plans to submit an
interim report to President Walter H. Gage by
the end of this month.
The committee, chaired by Dean Philip White,
head of UBC's Faculty of Commerce, was established
by President Gage to review the present status of the
Lands and to make recommendations to him
regarding possible development, bearing in mind the
interest of the University in the Endowment Lands.
(The Endowment Lands are owned by the provincial
government and not, as is so often mistakenly
assumed, by the University).
Dean White said the 16-man committee had been
extremely active since it was established and had been
divided into sub-committees to deal with specific
problems. The committee is made up of faculty
members with some expertise in land development
and administration, two members of the Board of
Governors and a member named by the Alma Mater
Dean White said the committee was not dealing
with specific problems associated with the Lands. He
said the main problems being considered were the
preferred form of local government for the Lands if
they were incorporated municipally, the question of
which agency could best carry out the development
of the Lands and the priority of land use in the area
that would best serve the interests of the University.
The study is purely an internal one to develop for the
President's consideration a University point of view
about possible future development.
The committee. Dean White said, was not giving
any particular study to two problems which were
raised at a meeting of the UBC Senate on Dec. 16,
1970: the question of the lease on the University
Golf Course and a rumored hotel development on
Wesbrook Crescent opposite UBC's Health Sciences
Dean White said the concern of his committee was
to establish a set of basic principles concerned with
Please turn to Page Four
See LANDS UBC Reports talks to
Dr. Robert M. Clark, UBC's
Academic Planner and
chairman of the Master
Teacher Award Committee, about . ..
UBC REPORTS: Dr. Clark, one of the criticisms
voiced by the Graduate Student Association and the
Students' Council as part of their refusal to name
candidates to the Master Teacher Award committee
this year has been that the quality of instruction at
the University has been declining. Do you regard this
criticism as a legitimate one?
DR. ROBERT CLARK: I certainly regard the
concern of the Graduate Student Association
executive and the Students' Council about the quality
of teaching as legitimate.I don't know how one could
demonstrate conclusively that the quality of teaching
has been declining or improving in the past few years.
My impression is that while we still have too many
large classes in which it is difficult for many faculty
members to teach effectively that there is more
interest now than at any time that I can remember in
improving the quality of teaching.
UBC REPORTS: It would be your view, then, that
universities, including UBC, are tending to put more
emphasis on teaching.
DR. CLARK: I can't speak effectively in relation
to other universities, but certainly with regard to this
University I believe this is being done. Let me give
you some specific evidence. In the Faculties of
Education, Medicine, Dentistry, Commerce and
Business Administration, Applied Science, as well as
in some departments in the Faculty of Arts, there are
committees directly concerned with the evaluation of
teaching and in most cases these have been set up
within the last two years. They are trying to develop
criteria that would be used for rating faculty
members' instruction and they are making use of
student evaluation as part of that.
UBC REPORTS: What, in your view Dr. Clark,
should universities do to foster better teaching?
DR. CLARK: I would like to see a requirement
that there be evaluation of the teaching of all faculty
members. This would be particularly relevant for
people who are being recommended for promotion
and for tenure. I believe that such evaluation should
include student evaluation, making use of
well-designed questionnaires. I also am convinced that
there should be evaluation by faculty members so
that department heads who are writing letters of
recommendation would have faculty opinion as well
to draw on.
Now I don't think that either students or faculty
members should drop in on a man's lecture without
giving him warning that they are going to come. This
seems to me a lack of courtesy. But if he is given, say,
48 hours notice that people will be coming, I think
this is entirely proper and I think it is the best way of
providing evidence. I think the results of such
evaluation should be made known to the faculty
member himself as well as to his department head or
director or dean, as the case may be.
UBC REPORTS: One of the suggestions which has
been made repeatedly over a period of years is that
new faculty members who come to the University
should have some training in pedadogical techniques
and that such training should be available to faculty
members who have been at the University for a
number of years and who wish to improve their
teaching. Do you think this suggestion has value and
that it should be given consideration at UBC?
DR. CLARK: Yes, I certainly do favor the idea,
though I would be inclined to think that some of the
people that need it most might be more than
reluctant to avail themselves of it.
UBC REPORTS: Can we talk specifically now
about the Master Teacher Award? What specifically
was in the mind of the donor when he decided to
institute the Award?
DR. CLARK: He wished to recognize and to
honor outstanding teachers of undergraduates and he
believed that in so doing the Award would encourage
good teaching on campus.
UBC REPORTS: Can you describe how the Master
Teacher Award committee functions and what
qualities it looks for in selecting candidates?
DR. CLARK: When the Award was established the
first task was to decide what are reasonable criteria
for effective teaching. Fortunately, we were able to
draw on the results of some extensive research on this
question in the United States. There has been more
recent research coming from the University of
Toronto which confirms the findings of American
studies. These studies provided a large-scale sampling
of opinions of students, faculty members and alumni
at a number of American universities. We found the
same criteria there as are being found in the study by
Professor Ted Sheffield, professor of higher education
of the University of Toronto, and the man with the
most prestige, I think, in that field in Canada.
We also found, before we had formulated our
criteria with the same degree of assurance we now
have, that when students and others nominated
individuals they mentioned these same criteria. All
the studies we have seen put two criteria above any of
the others - first, being habitually well-prepared for
class and second, having a comprehensive knowledge
of the subject.
UBC REPORTS: And those are the first two
criteria which are named on the regulations for UBC's
Master Teacher Award.
DR. CLARK: That is right. I would also like to
refer to the other criteria. The third one, I think, is
particularly significant for outstanding teachers —
that they have enthusiasm for the subject and the
capacity to arouse interest in it among the students.
Then there are other criteria of importance listed —
establishing good rapport with the students both in
and out of classes, encouraging student participation
in class, setting a high standard and successfully
motivating students to try to attain such a standard,
communicating effectively at levels appropriate to the
preparedness of students, utilizing methods of
evaluation of student performance which search for
understanding of the subject rather than just the
ability to memorize. The American studies, by the
way, showed that this latter criterion was the only
one to which students gave an appreciably higher
value than faculty members. This year we have added
one other criterion — being accessible to students
outside class hours.
We found in the past two years, and I expect we
will find this year, that most of the nominations
come from students. When a nomination is received,
the committee writes to department heads and deans
for their comments. Last year, our policy was that at
least two persons from the committee went to hear
each of the persons who are eligible. We have not
decided this year how many from the committee will
attend classes taught by persons nominated for the
We wondered in the first two years if it would be
difficult arriving at a unanimous decision and thus far
we have not found that to be the case. For instance,
last year, when we had 31 persons nominated as
compared to 32 in the first year, we asked members
of the committee to write down their choices without
disclosing them to their fellow members. We found
that the committee was unanimous as to who the two
winners should be.
I can foresee one difficulty, and it could have
happened in the last two years and it could happen in
future. It is very hard to get the competence to
appraise, on the one hand, people who are lecturing
in the humanities, social sciences, law, education and
commerce as compared with lecturers in applied
science, dentistry, medicine and science. Therefore it
is most important that there be good representation
of these various fields on the committee and members
have been selected with this in mind. *
UBC REPORTS: When you invited the two
student organizations to name representatives to the
committee this year did you make them aware of this
difficulty and suggest that students from differing
areas of study should be nominated?
DR. CLARK: When I spoke to the Students'
Council a few weeks ago at their invitation I mad^
that point very clear.
UBC REPORTS: What particular qualities do you
think students bring to the work of the committee?
DR. CLARK: That is a difficult question. There is
an inherent limitation in having any members of the
Master Teacher Award committee going to listen, say,
just one or two lectures given by people who hav^
been nominated. A student in a specific lecturer's
class would have a much better idea whether the
professor was habitually well-prepared. Members of
the committee who go only once or twice can only
judge in relation to that setting. Students on the
Awards committee can assess, for example, wfj
or not the professor communicates at
appropriate to the preparedness of the student,
establishes good rapport with students, is really
successful in encouraging student participation in
class or is just dragging out some reluctant responses.
They can assess his enthusiasm and, in general, w*
feel that they are able to contribute significantly to
the evaluation procedure.
UBC REPORTS: It doesn't appear you will have
students on the committee this year. Do you think
the work of the committee will suffer?
DR. CLARK: It is difficult to say whether qjupt
the absence of students on the committee wilf
any difference in the actual selection of persons 1
given the Award. I can't foresee that. I believe that
members of the committee can handle their
responsibilities with competence. I have confidence in
them. I believe a fair job will be done. On the other
hand, I want to add that every member of the
committee regrets the decision of the executive of thj£
Graduate Student Association and the Students'
Council not to nominate students.
The committee agrees with those who have
opposed the Master Teacher Award and with those
students on the Students' Council who favor
participation in the Award on the desirability of
giving more emphasis to teaching. We have not
thought at any time that having the Award was *
substitute for evaluation of the teaching of all faculty
members, but we do think that having the Award has
served a constructive purpose. It has provided useful
experience in determining what criteria are relevant
for effective teaching and I think it has stimulated
interest in various faculties of the University in r
improving teaching and in developing questionnaires i-
for evaluating it.
UBC REPORTS: Do you have any other
comments to add?
DR. CLARK: The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Nominations should be sent to the Office of,
Academic Planning, Administration Building, Main
Mall North. We hope that many students, alumni and
faculty members will send in nominations for persons
they regard as outstanding teachers.
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2/UBC Reports/Jan. 14, 1971 DR. ROBERT M. CLARK: "My impression is
that there is more interest now than
at any time that I can remember in
improving the quality of teaching."
Senate Turns Down New
Summer Term Proposal
UBC's Senate has defeated a motion to create a
summer term of 13 weeks and phase out the present
seven-week summer session within five years. The
motion formed Recommendation 38 of the
Long-Range Objectives Committee Report.
Prof. Cyril Belshaw, chairman of the Long-Range
Objectives Committee, said that the present
seven-week summer session was in contradiction to
the two fall and winter terms. He said the session was
an anomaly and an emasculation of the normal
teaching program.
Summer students don't have the same opportunity
for background reading or long-term research, he said.
And most summer session courses aren't the
equivalent of those given in the fall and winter.
He was supported by Mr. David Williams, a
Convocation Senator, who said there is a general
feeling in the community that the University could
make better use of its facilities which now seem to lie
fallow during the summer.
Prof. Norris said a study had been done at UBC
Service Expanded
A glass of wine or a bit of brew to accompany the
Ponderosa cafeteria's regular 58-cent Italian spaghetti
specialty on Thursday nights has proven such a
sell-out success that the Food Services Department
has decided to expand the service.
The Ponderosa began dispensing a glass of wine or
a bottle of beer at a cost of 35 cents to patrons of
legal age on Thursdays between 4 and 6:30 p.m.
before UBC's Christmas break. The experiment
proved to be so popular that the Ponderosa, located
on the West Mall at University Boulevard, now offers
wine, beer and Italian food on Tuesdays as well as
Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
In addition, the War Memorial Gymnasium snack
bar overlooking Empire Pool has recently undergone
renovations to ensure a cheerful atmosphere.
A bright new color scheme is the main contributor
to the transformed appearance of the Gymnasium
snack bar, one of five campus snack bars operated by
the Department of Food Services. It offers full meals,
short order, snacks and take-out service. Students
who want a seat while they eat have a better chance
of finding one at the Gym snack bar than at most
other campus eateries, especially during peak rush
which showed that operating the University's plant
year-round would result in only minimal savings.
But the heaviest attack on the economic argument
for greater use of the University during the summer
came from Prof. C.A. McDowell, head of the
Department of Chemistry.
"The real problem of running a university is
primarily not the capital but the operating budget,"
he said. "For example, the operating budget of this
university is now equal to almost the total capital
investment of the province in UBC over the whole 50
years the University has been functioning.
"That's operating budget per year, mind you, not
for 50 years.
"Simon Fraser University, on a per-student basis.
"Application for Graduation" cards are now
being mailed to all students in fourth-year Arts,
Music, Science, Commerce and fourth-year
elementary and fifth-year secondary Education,
and will be available in departmental offices for
students in the graduating years of all other
faculties. All students who expect to graduate
this spring are requested to complete and return
both cards to the Registrar's Office (Mrs. Kent)
as soon as possible, but no later than February
15, 1971.
"Application for Graduation" cards are
available in the Registrar's Office and students
in graduating years who do not receive cards in
the mail should check their addresses in the
Registrar's Office.
It is the responsibility of the student to
make application for his degree. If the student
does not make application, his name will not be
put forward to his Faculty or the Senate for
approval. . -   • <•  »
gets a larger grant than this University or even the
University of Victoria. And yet they have never
succeeded at any time in their summer semester in
having more than 2,500 students on their campus.
"Every university that has tried to operate on the
semester system has gone broke. There isn't one
running successfully in the world today. Nor is Simon
Letter Supports Award
Student opinion on the Master Teacher Award is
not unanimous in supporting the position taken by
the Graduate Student Association and Students'
Council. The following letter in support of the A ward
to Dean Philip White, the head of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration, was written
by the president of the Master of Business
Administration Student Association.
Dean Dean White:
It was with considerable disappointment that I
learned of efforts by several student organizations on
campus to have the Master Teacher Award program
discontinued. The legitimate motives of this
movement are obscure, indeed. Imputing to its
leaders the highest credibility, I am left with the
conclusion that their efforts are the result of a
misinterpretation of the intentions and rationale of
the program.
The cause of discord is perhaps most evident in the
letter addressed to the President of the University by
Mr. D. Mole, President of the Graduate Student
It is our feeling that the presentation of the
award and the widespread publicity associated
with the search for the Master Teacher serves to
convey the impression that UBC is an
institution dedicated to teaching. It appears to
us that this both misrepresents the facts and
reinforces complacency with a promotion and
tenure system that tends rather to reward those
who have neglected their teaching for their
research interests.
Whereas the Committee believes the Award to be a
tool   to   create   interest   in,   and   to   foster,   better
teaching, Mr. Mole implies that focusing attention on
the normative when it differs from the positive is
tantamount to hypocrisy.
I believe that I am expressing the opinions and
desires of the majority of graduate students in the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
by strongly endorsing the Master Teacher Award
Lest this be construed as an endorsement of
present teaching standards, I hasten to add that this is
not the case. We believe teaching to be a sadly
neglected function on this ^campus. Although its
influence may be small, the Award program is a
positive force for improvement and its
discontinuation would be a loss to the students of
James G. Brown,
M.B.A. Student Assoc.
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UBC Reports/Jan. 14, 1971/3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE
Faculties List Moves
Liam Finn appointed a Teaching-Learning Seminar
Committee in January, 1970. This resulted in the
formation of a nine-member Teaching-Learning
Committee, including three students, chaired by Dr.
C.R. Hazell, associate professor of Mechanical
Engineering and winner of a certificate of merit in the
1970 Master Teacher Award competition.
The committee, which will report to the Faculty
and the dean annually, will make recommendations
on ways of improving teaching evaluation. It will
actively co-operate with faculty members who
request help in improving their teaching capabilities,
maintain a collection of material describing basic
teaching techniques, list facilities and assistance
available and distribute this material to new faculty
members and others who request it, and make
available to professors and students current
knowledge on the learning process.
The committee, Dean Finn says, "will be
continuously evaluating both the teaching and
learning process."
ADMINISTRATION - Dean Philip White says the
Faculty is making "significant revisions" in the ways
in which courses are presented through greater
emphasis on field work, team teaching, preparation of
original material for specific courses and
supplementing of lectures with videotape.
In addition, the following methods are being used
to maintain the impetus to improve teaching:
frequent discussions among faculty; meetings with
students to discuss teaching; comprehensive course
and instruction evaluation in co-operation with
students; student and alumni representation on the
Faculty's curriculum committee; and the use of
videotape equipment by individual instructors to
enable them to assess their own performance.
Dean Michael Shaw reports that the importance of
good teaching at both the undergraduate and the
graduate levels has been stressed at meetings with
departmental chairmen.
In the past three years the programs of all
departments have been reviewed and updated and a
substantial number of new courses introduced and
old ones dropped. "The overall objective," Dean
Shaw says, "has been to minimize duplication and
repetition and to increase the relevance of the
curriculum to current issues and trends in agricultural
science. As a result, I believe that the Faculty now
offers one of the most up-to-date and effective
programs in agriculture in Canada."
Dean Shaw also reports that all departments in the
Faculty have made serious efforts to improve the
quality of teaching by incorporating discussion
periods into courses, utilizing audio-visual aids and
through planned field trips and tutorials. Voluntary
course evaluations by students are also encouraged.
Finally, Dean Shaw says, he personally has
tape-recorded some of his own lectures and has
recommended this practice to his faculty as a useful
form of self-assessment.
— Dean Bernard Riedel reports that there are a
number of ways in which his faculty gains
information on problem areas in an effort to upgrade
Among these are: the presence of students, one
from each of the four years of the Faculty, on the
curriculum committee that discusses course content
and integration, teaching and proposed course
changes; an annual course evaluation for the benefit
of teachers, and a faculty-student liaison committee
which carefully follows up complaints from students
about the quality of instruction.
In addition, any student has the right of direct
access to any member of faculty during normal
working hours, either by appointment or informally,
and any professor is free to visit the classroom of
another professor who is lecturing.
Scarfe says that efforts in his Faculty have resulted in
"a very noticeable upswing in the quality of
He says considerable trouble is taken to investigate
the teaching of everyone whose name is submitted for
4/UBC Reports/Jan. 14, 1971
promotion. In every case where a name is submitted
to the University's senior appointments committee, a
special report is made solely on the teaching
competence of the individual. A similar assessment of
teaching competence is also required in the case of
those being considered for tenure.
He also points out that several members of his
Faculty have been assisting other UBC Faculties "in
the development of teaching competence."
Gardner reports that he has attempted to pin-point
the Faculty's teaching problems in recent years
through interviews with individual students, student
groups and classes and by reviewing student
questionnaires. Action taken during the past two or
three years has removed most of the difficulties, he
He specifically points to a significant improvement
in teaching in the first-year forestry program as a
result of a curriculum revision and team teaching.
FACULTY OF LAW - Dean George F. Curtis says
that in making new appointments the Faculty is
careful to obtain confidential assessments and frank
appraisals of candidates to ensure that they have "real
teaching potential."
Advice is available to all new faculty members on
teaching, he says, and when promotion is
contemplated the question of teaching effectiveness is
one of the first items discussed. Teaching, he says, "is
a constant concern and careful weight is given to
student opinion in this matter."
Okulitch reports that in the case of new
appointments heads are requested to obtain as much
information as possible in regard to a candidate's
performance as a teacher.
The Faculty committee on promotions and tenure,
he says, invariable weighs evidence for good teaching
before making recommendations.
Despite the refusal of the Graduate Student
Association and the Students' Council to name
representatives to the Master Teacher Award
Committee, the Committee has decided it will judge
candidates in 1971 as in previous years.
A committee statement issued late in December,
1970, expressed regret at the decision of the two
student groups not to name representatives to the
committee and said the four student positions could
be filled at any time up to the end of January, when
members of the committee will be attending lectures
by faculty members nominated for the awards.
The committee now consists of five faculty
members, UBC's chancellor, Mr. Allan M. McGavin,
and a representative of the UBC Alumni Association.
The committee has set January 20 as the deadline
for receiving nominations for the awards. To be
eligible a candidate must have held a full-time
teaching appointment at UBC for at least three years
and be teaching on the campus at present. During this
time candidates must have taught undergraduate
courses in the winter sessions.
Nominations may be made by students, alumni
and faculty. Those submitting nominations are asked
to offer an evaluation of the candidate, bearing in
mind such criteria as the following:
• Having a comprehensive knowledge of the
• Being habitually well prepared for class;
• Having enthusiasm for the subject, and the
capacity to arouse interest in it among the students;
• Establishing good rapport with students both
in and out of class;
• Setting a high standard and successfully
motivating students to try to attain such a standard;
• Communicating effectively at levels
appropriate to the preparedness of students;
• Utilizing methods of evaluation of student
performance which search for understanding of the
subject rather than just ability to memorize;
• Being accessible to students outside of class
Information sheets setting out the Master Teacher
Award regulations are available at the Office of
Academic Planning, the Main, Sedgewick and
Woodward Libraries and the Faculty of Forestry
office in the H.R. MacMillan Building.
The   University  of  B.C.  has a  pollution  control
officer.     Mr.    William    Rachuk,    UBC's    radiation
protection officer since 1966, was appointed to the
new post by the University's Board of Governors in
Mr. Rachuk was a safety officer with Atomic
Energy of Canada Ltd. at Chalk River, Ont., for 13
years before coming to UBC.
He will be responsible in his new position for
seeing that UBC disposes of chemically or biologically
dangerous materials safely and lawfully.
He was appointed as a result of recommendations
of a committee on the disposal of dangerous
chemicals established by UBC President Walter H.
Gage in December, 1969. Among other steps, the
committee recommended appointment of a pollution
control officer when it submitted its report in
October, 1970.
Under its chairman. Prof. Basil A. Dunell of the
Department of Chemistry, the committee made an
inventory of biologically or chemically dangerous
substances at UBC. The list includes detergents,
cleansers and other everyday items as well as other
groups of substances such as toxic chemicals,
inflammable substances, pesticides and explosives, to
mention a few.
Regulations of the Greater Vancouver Sewerage &
Drainage District will be followed in disposing of
water-soluble materials. Inflammable liquids are being
stored until a new incinerator or an addition to the
University's existing incinerator is built. Some
chemicals may be sent back to the distributor and
others will be recycled.
Mr. Rachuk deals with disposal of radioactive
material under his other job as the University's
radiation protection officer.
Use of radioactive materials at UBC includes x-ray
equipment in the Faculty of Dentistry, gamma cells
and isotopes, usually used in experiments as tracers.
Mr. Rachuk said water solutions containing
radioactivity are poured down the drain after the
concentration of radioactivity in the effluent is
diluted below the prescribed limit permitted in
drinking water as recommended by the International
Commission of Radiological Protection.
Contaminated equipment, gloves and other solid
materials are put into steel drums and shipped to
Chalk River for burial.
Users of radioactive material on campus who
aren't part of the University — B.C. Research and
federal government laboratories, for example —
accept Mr. Rachuk's jurisdiction voluntarily.
Mr. Rachuk reports to UBC's committee on
radioisotopes and radiation hazards and to the
President's committee on disposal of dangerous
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the administration and development of the Lands.
When this has been done, he said, the principles
would be applied to the problems raised at the Senate
(Mr. R.P. Murdoch, the administrator of the
Endowment Lands, told UBC Reports the lease on
the University Golf Course, expired June 30, 1970.
The holders of the lease will continue to operate the
course on a caretaker basis until June 30 of this year).
Dean White said the committee established by
President Gage was also studying in detail two earlier
schemes for the development of the Lands.
There are a total of 3,464 acres between the
boundaries of the City of Vancouver and the tip of
Point Grey. Just under 1,000 acres — 994 to be exact
— make up the campus of the University of B.C. and
are under the control of the Board of Governors.
The remaining 2,470 acres - commonly referred
to as the University Endowment Lands — are under
the control of the provincial government. About 700
acres of this area have already been built on and the
balance is largely bush land.


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