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a place of mind
May 2013
Advocate for her people
Cultivating ecosensitivity
Playing the numbers
This spring
10,900 students
will receive UBC
Meet Tim Krupa
Voted online most likely to
change the world, page 15 New life in old growth forests
Carlos Molina arrived from Spain to be among the first
Master's of Sustainable Forest Management graduates
Heather Amos
In the news
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Highlights of UBC media coverage
in April 2013
Jean Kavanagh
Existential Tylenol
There was great media interest in UBC
research that found a new potential
use for the over-the-counter pain drug
Tylenol. Typically known to relieve
physical pain, the study suggests the
drug may also reduce the psychological
effects of fear and anxiety over the
human condition, or existential dread.
Dept. of Psychology PhD candidate
Daniel Randies authored the study with
Prof. Steve Heine and Nathan Santos.
The study was published in the
Association for Psychological Science
journal Psychological Science, and
advances our understanding of how the
human brain processes different kinds
of pain.
The study findings were covered by
UPI.com, the New York Daily News,
Yahoo News, The Houston Cronicle,
MSN.com, Business Insider & Business
Insider Australia, International Business
Times, Live Science, The Toronto Star,
CTV News, Huffington Post,
The Vancouver Sun, The Province,
Nature World News, the National Post,
The Toronto Sun, and Gawker.com.
Chinese foreign fisheries
Research from UBC's Fisheries Centre
shows that Chinese fishing boats catch
about US$11.5 billion worth of fish from
beyond their country's own waters each
year—and most of it goes unreported.
The paper, published in the journal
Fish and Fisheries, estimates that China's
foreign catch is 12 times larger than the
catch it reports to the United Nation's
Food and Agriculture Organization, the
international agency that keeps track of
global fisheries catches.
Coverage included The Guardian, UPI,
the South China Morning Post,
Asian Scientist, The Canadian Press, and
the International World Fisheries &
Harmful effects of medicines
Family doctors receive little or no
information about harmful effects of
medicines in the majority of drug
promotions during visits by drug
company representatives, according to
an international study involving
Canadian, U.S. and French physicians.
Lead author Barbara Mintzes of UBC's
School of Population and Public Health
says the same doctors indicated they
were likely to start prescribing these
drugs, consistent with previous research
that shows prescribing behaviour is
influenced by pharmaceutical
The study was covered in:
The Globe and Mail, CTV News, Time,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Canada.com,
The Vancouver Sun, and WebMD.
UBC top of the class
The New York Times, The Toronto Star
and The Vancouver Sun covered the first
report card assessing how much
university laboratories benefit the
world's poor, and the top grade, an A-,
went to UBC.
The report card came from
Universities Allied for Essential
Medicines, a student group with
chapters at schools around the world.
The grades were based on three
categories: how much research
is devoted to neglected diseases that
affect poor countries; how much effort
is made to ensure discoveries become
available to the poor; and how many
global health courses are taught.
Prof. Toope's departure
The announcement that Professor
Stephen Toope, UBC's 12th president,
will leave on June 30,2014 to pursue
academic and professional interests in
international law and international
relations received wide media interest.
The announcement by UBC Board of
Governors Chair Bill Levine was covered
by The Globe and Mail, CBC,
The Canadian Press, The Vancouver Sun
and The Province.
A hobbyist bird watcher from Spain, Carlos Molina completed a master's in Forestry and is moving to Prince George for work.
"Being outdoors
and in nature
has been the
main drive that
took me into
forestry in the
first place."
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Pub lie Affairs
A birder, mountaineer and backcountry
skier, Spanish-born Carlos Molina is a
natural for the West Coast. But it
wasn't the call of the wild that brought
him to B.C.—it was Europe's economic
In 2008, at the height ofthe financial
meltdown, Molina began looking
for a change. He had a degree in
forest engineering from Universidad
Politecnica de Madrid and was trying
to get a job in the industry.
It was a bad time for any young
graduate and unfortunately for Molina,
the situation didn't get any better.
Unlike Canada, Spain's economic crisis
"The government lowered salaries,
increased taxes and cut services.
Unemployment skyrocketed," he says.
Most forestry in Spain is government
operated. Molina says people were
being laid off left and right, and
whenever there was a job posting, he
was competing with experienced
"It was just impossible to find a job.
So after four years without any success,
I said 'I'm out of here.'"
Because of his training as a forest
professional, Molina was familiar with
B.C.'s industry. He also had a friend who
had come to UBC's Faculty of Forestry
for a PhD. So when he heard about a new
one-year master's in Sustainable Forest
Management, he applied to be part of
the inaugural class.
"When I got accepted, I didn't
even think twice," says the graduate,
who packed up and moved to another
continent even though it was hard
to leave his country, relatives and the
familiarity of home to try something new.
On his first day in Vancouver
exploring Jericho Beach, Molina saw
a bald eagle fly by. For a hobbyist bird
watcher from Spain, he was mesmerized
watching the eagle dive down and catch
its dinner.
"Being outdoors and in nature has
been the main drive that took me into
forestry in the first place," he says.
Molina says that finding the right
balance between protecting nature and
managing forest resources has always
been his professional aspiration and
is what he appreciated about the
master's program. He's also come out
of the program with the one thing he
wanted more than anything else—
a job in forestry.
This May, Molina will move to
Prince George to begin a career as
a forester in training. His girlfriend
Aitana Ortiz de Zarate is moving
from Spain to join him. •
For more information about
the program: cbm.forestry.ubc.
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   March 2013 Breaking barriers
A promising litigator, Dustin Paul aims
to make a difference in the courtroom
A hunger for more
Emily Grainger was part of a turnaround
team, and she's not ready to stop winning
Basil Waugh
Heather Amos
Almost ten years after a tragic motorcycle accident,
UBC law student Dustin Paul has become the first
quadriplegic hired to article at Bull-Housser & Tupper,
one of Canada's top legal firms.
As he prepares to graduate from UBC's Faculty of Law, the
28-year-old credits his accident—which took away the use of
his legs and hands—for making his achievement possible.
"Of course I wish it hadn't happened, but at the same time,
university just wasn't on my radar," says Paul. "I wasn't
a troublemaker, but I was on a different path. School had
always been more of a social thing for me. I thought I'd
work with my hands."
That changed, irrevocably, in May 2004 when his
motorcycle slid off the road and flipped over on a trip to
Whistler with friends.
"Our plan was just to go for a nice ride, grab some dinner,
and come back."
Instead, it was the start of "a very difficult decade," says Paul,
as he adjusted to life with a disability at 19.
After taking criminology at Langara and SFU, where he won
the Terry Fox Award for his accomplishments facing adversity,
he enrolled in UBC's Faculty of Law.
"Criminology was interesting, but it was more just something
to hold my interest and get me out ofthe house during a
difficult time," says Paul, who enjoys watching Breaking Bad,
"I don't mind being behind a desk,
but the courtroom is where my
strengths can have the biggest
listening to R&B, and reading in his downtime. "But law was
different. I knew it would be a challenge on a variety of levels,
but that it'd also give me the direction and career path that I
really needed."
This fall, Paul will become the first quadriplegic to article
with Vancouver law firm Bull-Housser & Tupper. He credits
trailblazing lawyers with disabilities such as Joseph Arvay and
William Morely, who both practice in B.C., for paving the way.
"Attitudes have come far, but a wheelchair still carries
a stigma. It can be a physical or symbolic barrier for some
people," he says. "So I truly appreciate Bull-Housser's
willingness to let me show them what I can do."
Paul has emerged as a gifted litigator at UBC, racking up
victories in Allard Hall's practice courtroom and competitions.
"My ultimate goal is to be in the courtroom," says Paul.
"I don't mind being behind a desk, but the courtroom is where
my strengths—my legal training and public speaking skills-
can have the biggest impact."
For assignments, Paul uses Dragon Dictation, a voice
recognition software, and edits by hand later by tapping
his keyboard with a pencil. For texts and emails, he uses a
Galaxy smartphone on his lap. Commuting from Burnaby,
where he lives independently, he has relied heavily on family
and friends to drive an accessible van modified to carry his
motorized wheelchair, or takes transit.
Paul is looking ahead to graduation with hope and
excitement—a stark difference from 10 years ago.
"Honestly, for the first time in long while—longer than I'd
like to admit—I am genuinely excited about life and about
my future," he says, acknowledging his parents unwavering
support. "I can't wait to see the careers of my friends and
classmates unfold. Life is trending up for all of us." •
Dustin Paul is one of 176 students graduating from UBC's
Faculty of Law on March 25. Learn more about UBC Law
at Allard Hall: www.law.ubc.ca and UBC Access and Diversity
at www.students.ubc.ca/access.
For university hockey fans, the
Cinderella story of the year was the
turnaround season ofthe UBC women's
hockey team. The Thunderbirds
rebounded from the previous season's
last place finish to take the Canada
West title and make their first ever
appearance at the CIS championships.
"We opened our season with a victory
and we got on a role and just wanted to
keep it going," said defenceman Emily
Grainger from Sooke, B.C.
The Thirds went from a single win
in 2011-12 to a 17-7-4 record in the
2012-13 season.
"It may have seemed like a magical
story but we fought tooth and nail for it,"
says the graduating kinesiology student.
We really wanted to prove that we were
better than the results showed the year
The team approached the 2012-13
season with a sense of renewal. They
had a new coach, some high profile
recruits, and a chance to make a
fresh start. Their commitment to
improvement extended beyond the ice.
They set an academic goal to boost the
team's average GPA and increase the
number of Academic All Canadians—
a designation given to varsity athletes
who maintain an 80 per cent average
or higher.
"No one player stepped up and took
control. It was everyone trying to be
their best at every game and at every
For Grainger, the highlight of
the season was the Canada West
championship game. UBC was playing
the CIS-defending champions the
Calgary Dinos and Canadian hockey
hero Hayley Wickenheiser. The team
won the deciding game and the title by
a score of 5-2.
It was the first championship of any
sort for UBC women's hockey since
the team began CIS play in 1997. At the
national championships, the Thirds had
one victory and finished fifth overall.
Grainger is optimistic that this year's
success was not a fluke. She says that
in the five years she has been playing,
the sport has improved across the
league—the hockey is faster, there are
more international players and the
goaltending is much better.
"I think that women's hockey is
poised to become another UBC sport
powerhouse," she said. "It's something
people can look forward to and get
excited about."
With her undergrad and varsity
hockey career behind her, Grainger
is still figuring out what's next.
She's hoping to start a master's of
physiotherapy, and she may be playing
is on the newly formed Canadian
Women's Hockey League.
"After this season, I'm not ready to
stop. I feel like I'm just coming into my
prime." •
UBC law grad Dustin Paul will be the first quadriplegic lawyer at Bull-Housser & Tupper.
Kinesiology graduate Emily Grainger was part of the women's hockey team that rebounded from a last place finish in 2012
to win the Canada west title in 2013.
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Brazilian dentist Marcio Barros worked
as a campus guard before earning Canadian credentials
Brian Lin
Marcio Barros rescued a kidnapped Christmas tree as a campus cop before earning his degree at UBC
Marcio Barros never gave much
thought to the violence around him
growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, even
when his own dental practice was
twice broken into and robbed.
That is, until it threatened the safety
of his young family.
"When I was single, I was used to all
the violence, thinking if I was careful it
wouldn't affect me," says Barros, who
comes from a family of dentists and
worked as an orthodontist for 15 years
in Brazil. "But after my wife, who was
pregnant with our first son, was robbed
at gunpoint in 2002, we decided it was
time to look for a better place to live."
The irony isn't lost on him when,
after moving to Canada to pursue an
international dental degree, he had to
make ends meet by working as a UBC
security guard, patrolling campus and
monitoring security cameras.
"I needed a job but also time to study,"
says Barros, adding that the four-day-
on, four-day-off schedule allowed him
to prep for entrance exams into UBC's
Faculty of Dentistry while his staff
status qualified him for tuition credits.
Fortunately, the most unruly incident
he had to deal with during his tenure
as a campus cop involved a kidnapped
"Some students stole a 12-foot-tall
Christmas tree as a prank, and we
later found it at a frat house," recalls
Barros, who left the job in 2011 to study
full-time and is graduating this month
with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine.
"UBC was a great employer and I
made great friends at Campus Security.
"We have [security]
staff with a variety of
But Marcio was our
first dentist."
Everybody supported my pursuit for a
better life here and cheered me on."
Although international dentists can
now take the National Dental Examining
Board of Canada exam to practise
in Canada, Barros says he's grateful
for the additional training he received
at UBC. The two-year International
Dental Degree Completion program is
extremely competitive, admitting only a
dozen students a year.
"We have a state-of-the-art clinic and
were trained in the latest materials
and techniques. It was amazing," says
Barros, whose practice in Brazil focused
on orthodontics but will now expand to
include general dentistry.
With an offer to join private practice,
Barros is looking forward to raising his
two kids in Kamloops, B.C. (his second
son was born shortly after arriving in
Vancouver). His Campus Security boss
says Barros will be sorely missed.
"We have staff with a variety of
backgrounds—bankers, scientists and
even a graduate in archival studies," says
Campus Security Associate Director
Paul Wong, who was Barros's manager.
"But Marcio was our first dentist." •
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   March 2013 Advocate for her people
For former Chief Leah George-Wilson,
law school was natural choice
Simmi Puri
Cultivating ecosensitivity
Poet Sonnet L'Abbe turned from civil engineering
to the field of environmental philosophy
Paul Marck
Leah George-Wilson has tried to help younger aboriginal law students succeed.
In 2007 when a punctured pipeline
owned by Kinder Morgan leaked
oil in Burrard Inlet, members ofthe
Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, led by
Chief Leah D. George-Wilson, were
immediately on the ground for the
"My role as Chief was to ensure
that the titles and lands of our people
are protected, that our voice is heard,
and that our concerns and issues
are not brushed aside," explained
George-Wilson, who graduates from
UBC Law this May.
George-Wilson and members of her
band were soon at the negotiating
table with Kinder Morgan to discuss
a protocol agreement. Since the
spill, Kinder Morgan has financially
contributed to the on-going resourcing
ofthe region's Marine Stewardship
Program. Implemented by the
Tsleil-Waututh, the program funds
pollution assessments of Inlet waters
and salmon enhancement initiatives.
George-Wilson was the first woman to
be elected Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh
First Nation, a position she held from
2001 and 2003 and again from 2005
and 2009. Prior to this, she worked with
the community in various capacities
including serving on the BC Treaty
Process negotiating team.
Law school was a natural career path
for George-Wilson, who had spent
the last 18 years finding equitable and
constitutional ways to protect the rights
ofthe Tsleil-Waututh within their
traditional territory. In 2009, she decided
to take an educational leave from her
George-Wilson was
the first woman to
be elected Chief of
the Tsleil-Waututh
First Nation.
duties and soon joined UBC Law.
"As a mature student, I really tried to
help the younger Aboriginal students,"
she said. "In many cases, law school is a
completely different environment from
where they came from. It's like its own
world. I wanted to make sure that other
First Nations students didn't feel alone."
George-Wilson was an active
member ofthe Indigenous Law
Students Association and also sat on the
admissions committee.
"I provided feedback on the Aboriginal
applications that came through. There
was always a lot of discussion around
admissions and I brought what I thought
was important to consider from an
Aboriginal perspective."
Currently, George-Wilson is articling
with the West Vancouver-based law firm
Ashcroft and Company where she can
continue her work with the First Nations
Remembering her time at UBC,
she says, "It was an enriching and
enlightening experience. I never thought
I would say I would miss law school, but I
miss it. I don't miss churning out papers
and sweating out exams, but I miss the
Call her a champion of plant poetics,
wielding a scythe to shear down barriers
between the humanities and sciences.
Sonnet L'Abbe is on a mission, an eco
poet in bloom. Graduating with a PhD
in English Literature, she fuses poetry
with plant science in a bid for literary
An award-winning poet with two
published volumes of work, L'Abbe
explores the "language of plants" with
unabashed gusto.
"Why are we moved by looking at
pretty flowers or majestic trees? Why
are we then moved by poems about
trees?" asks L'Abbe. "The sense of calm
or awe gained from paying attention
to nature is physical.
"I had a question about what
poetry does in a biological sense,
and I hypothesized that analyzing
plant-human hybrids in literature might
tell us something about how we imagine
the relationship of human being to a
larger concept of nature."
L'Abbe situates her work in the
emerging field of Critical Plant Studies,
a branch of environmental philosophy
that focuses on understanding the way
humankind relates to plants. Her PhD
focused on the writings ofthe
late American poet Ronald Johnson
that explores metaphors for plants
and people.
L'Abbe taught creative writing and
poetry at the Okanagan campus this
year, challenging students to find their
emerging voice as writers through
a series of group presentations called
The Plant Intelligence Project.
"If science is the discourse that
separates everything into its categories,
poetry uses metaphor to blend those
categories back together, making us
think about how we order our world,"
L'Abbe observes.
After first trying out civil engineering,
she switched to university arts. "I felt
I could be a more effective leader by
inventing ideas and ideals rather than
inventing technology," says L'Abbe. "I
feel that is where I want to be as a leader.
I want to create Canadian culture."
After receiving her degree, L'Abbe will
write full time and pursue a variety of
cultural projects. This spring she won a
Canada Council Grant to Professional
Writers that will help her complete the
collection of poems entitled Sentient
Mental Flower Book.
"I felt I could be a
more effective leader
by inventing ideas
and ideals rather
than inventing
"We live in times where it is difficult
to be creative and take imagination
and art seriously," says L'Abbe. "Being
creative is its own treasure. Any practice,
including creative practice, nurtures the
bushy dendrites of your brain into its
unique shape."
Working with CBC Radio and Via
Rail on a project called 2017 Starts Now
that looks ahead to Canada's 150th
birthday, L'Abbe will soon embark on a
six-week cross-Canada tour to interview
Canadians about national identity, and
will blog and create poetry about her
journey. •
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market with a $5-million stock portfolio.
After helping a Sauder investment fund
outperform the market, Daria Panteleeva
is set to start trading billions in a new
job at the heart ofthe financial services
When Panteleeva moved to Vancouver
from Moscow to pursue a BCom at the
Sauder School of Business, she had
no idea that managing a $5 million
portfolio of investments would figure so
largely in her academic life.
Nor could she have predicted that this
training would place her on a trajectory
towards one ofthe most sought after
jobs in world of high finance.
With four years of study behind her,
she's now set to take a seat at the centre
ofthe global financial market—a trading
desk at Goldman Sachs in London's
financial district.
"It isn't close to the action. It is the
action," explains Panteleeva about her
new job as a trader. "There is no way to
get closer to the market."
You might think she would be
nervous about the prospect of trading
billions of dollars at one ofthe world's
most powerful investment banks, but
Panteleeva is taking it in stride. She's
already polished off internships at
Deutsche Bank in Moscow, Merrill
Lynch in Toronto, and Goldman Sachs in
New York.
"It's a fast paced environment
and extremely stressful because you
are taking risk all the time. It's not for
everybody," she says, but her smile
reveals that it is most definitely for her.
Panteleeva is graduating as one of
a select group of finance students who
qualified to be a member of Sauder's
UBC Portfolio Management Foundation
(PMF). Started 26 years ago, the
two-year extra-curricular program puts
students in charge of a real portfolio
of stocks and bonds, currently valued
at about $5.8 million.
"The risks are real and we are given
the freedom to make mistakes and learn
from them," she says.
During the year Panteleeva took the
lead managing the fund, it outperformed
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   March 2013
"It's hard to not let
research become
your life, but
ultimately total
immersion is often
what it takes in order
to make meaningful
a market benchmark composed of
the S&P/TSX Composite Index, S&P
500 and DEX Universe index by five
per cent. That's an 11-per-cent return
on investment. Goldman Sachs was
But the PMF students aren't left
completely to their own devices. They're
supported by a network of Sauder
finance professors and 17 advisors from
the financial services industry around
the world—most of whom are Sauder
It's these mentors who make the
"It isn't close to
the action. It is the
action" explains
Panteleeva about her
new job as a trader.
program a transformative experience,
says Panteleeva. She credits her success
to mentor Tracey McVicar, a former
PMF student who is Managing Partner
of the Vancouver office of New York firm
CAI Private Equity.
Above all ofthe tactical guidance
she provided in navigating the market,
Panteleeva says there is one thing
McVicar said that has stuck with her.
"She said that we're not in this business
for one week and that we can't be
focused on short-term profits. You have
to maintain client relationships with a
long-term perspective. Relationships
are what this business is built on. Ifyou
lose those, you lose everything."
It's this core value that Panteleeva
says she will hold on to most dearly
when she pulls her chair up to her
desk at Goldman Sachs this July as the
phones ring off the hook, the computer
screens flash, and the trades begin
to fly •
Will Guest is looking forward to a career in medical research.
At an age when most of his peers
are still finding themselves, Will Guest
will add the letters M.D. and PhD to his
signature—and soon a patent to his name.
This month, the 25-year-old will
become the youngest graduate from
UBC's combined MD/PhD program,
having started at 19 and completing it a
year sooner than usual.
After skipping fifth grade and taking
university math courses while still in
high school, Guest graduated from the
University of Manitoba with degrees
in physics and biochemistry and had to
decide in which direction he was headed.
"At the time, only University of Toronto
and UBC offered MD/PhD programs,
and I was more impressed with the
quality and organization ofthe program
here," says Guest, who admitted that his
younger brother's well-timed admission
to UBC's undergraduate program in
geophysics also nudged him towards the
west coast campus.
Now, an algorithm Guest formulated
with his mentors, neurologist Neil
Cashman and physicist Steve Plotkin,
is patent-pending and shows promise
in aiding the development of diagnostic
tests for neurodegenerative disorders
such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's
disease) and Creutzfeld-Jacob
disease (the human variant of bovine
spongiform encephalopathy, also
known as mad cow disease).
"At present there are poor diagnostic
tests and therapeutic options for both
diseases," says Guest. "Patients are
diagnosed at late stages when they
experience motor deficits or rapidly
deteriorating dementia—and in some
cases only after death.
"By figuring out the molecular
mechanism of these diseases, we could
catch them early on, and also identify
new potential targets for treatment."
Guest's algorithm searches for regions,
in a protein that become exposed when
it misfolds, creating a sort of "handle"
that an antibody can latch onto. It is
currently being tested by Cashman's
spin-off company, Amorfix Life
Described as "mathematically gifted
and scientifically creative" by Cashman,
a world-leader in prion disease research,
Guest exudes a humble confidence that
only comes from really knowing your
stuff—and how much there is yet to learn.
While references have been made—
usually by much-older colleagues—to
Doogie Howser M.D, the '90s TV series'
young medical savant, Guest admits he
has never actually seen the show, or has
time for TV for that matter.
"Research is quite all-consuming,"
says Guest, who credits his U of M
professor Ken Standing for his pursuit
of a research career. "Dr. Standing was
in his late seventies and had already
retired by the time I worked with him,
but his dedication and passion for
research—he's now in his mid-eighties
and still active in the lab—is a real
inspiration to me.
"It's hard to not let research become
your life, but ultimately total immersion
is often what it takes in order to make
meaningful contributions." •
Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Vice-Provost, Graduate and
Postdoctoral Studies. The University of British Columbia
The University is seeking a new Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies,
and Vice-Provost Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC Vancouver.
Reportingto the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Dean and Vice-Provost, Graduate
and Postdoctoral Studies, is responsible for providing leadership for graduate and postdoctoral
studies at UBC Vancouver, including long-term strategic planning, quality assurance, and academic
development, in collaboration with the Deans, other academic leaders, and a variety of service units.
The Dean and Vice-Provost is responsible for all graduate programs and postdoctoral appointments
at the University, and for leadingthe Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The Dean and
Vice-Provost is a strong proponent of academic excellence, with knowledge of, and experience
working with, international academic networks; is an advocate within the university for graduate
and postdoctoral studies and for UBC's diverse community of graduate students and postdoctoral
fellows, shaping policy and practice in this area of exciting changes within and around UBC.
This five-year appointment will ideally commence on July 1, 2013 and is renewable once.
This search is internal to UBC.
1. Academic Record: Has an exemplary record as a researcher and educator; is expected to hold a
full professor appointment at UBC. Preferably, the candidate will have knowledge of, and experience
working with, international academic networks.
2. Commitment to Excellence: Has high academic standards and an active, evident interest in quality
assurance and focus on quality, with demonstrated understanding of disciplinary diversity in the
achievement of excellence in programs, attracting diverse talent from around the world.
3. Commitment to graduate and postdoctoral studies: Has a high level of commitment to, and is
an advocate for, graduate student education and graduate and postdoctoral research; will have a
personal depth of experience in research and supervision of graduate students; is focused on the
graduate student and postdoctoral experience as a critical part of UBC's academic, international,
and workplace strategies.
4. Leadership: Has demonstrated effectiveness in leadership, graduate supervision, and education;
demonstrated diplomacy and persuasiveness as a leader; is comfortable and effective in a leadership
role implementing and collaborating on the key opportunities and challenges ofthe Faculty. Initiatives
will be aligned with the strategic priorities of UBC as found in "Place and Promise: The UBC Plan".
5. Administrative Experience: Has prior administrative experience in a leadership role in a department,
unit, or Faculty. Ideally, the administrative experience will have involved workacross disciplines and
a focus on graduate education. The candidate should bring experience on major cross-campus
committees and have a strong appreciation for the diversity of research, educational, and scholarly
activities at a major university. The candidate must bring strong organizational administrative skills, and
understand howto make internal processes in a university more effective and efficient.
6. Interpersonal Skills: Has strong interpersonal skills, able to build trust and understanding with
others, and is a collaborator who is able to work in a highly interactive and productive manner with
leaders across the university in the support of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and graduate
programs and research. The candidate should demonstrate wisdom, fairness, and accessibility in
mediating and resolving complex disputes related to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows,
demonstrating skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse groups.
7. Innovation: Is a strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit, and a visionary who is able to take
graduate and postdoctoral studies to new heights at UBC.
8. Communication Skills: Has strong communication skills; is an effective listener and communicator
in both individual and group settings.
9. Inter-cultural Understanding and Diversity: Demonstrates an inter-cultural understanding
and a commitment to equity and diversity, in scholarship, teaching, employment activities, and
community engagement.
Applicants should submit current CV and letter of interest by Thursday, May 30 to: provosts.
office@ubc.ca or by confidential fax at 604-822-3134. The complete position profile may be
found at: www.vpacademic.ubc.ca
Questions may be directed to David Farrar, Chair of the Selection Committee, c/o Mary Hayden at:
ma ry.hayden@u bc.ca
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged
to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal
persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others
with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
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Jordan Coble now works as a curatorial and heritage researcher.
Seven years after high school graduation, Jordan Coble knew
he wanted a career, not just a job.
Luckily, someone suggested he check out the new Aboriginal
Access Studies program at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Coble, a member ofthe Westbank First Nation, was one of
the first students to register in 2007, and this June he expects
to cross the stage at convocation with his bachelor's degree
in Cultural Studies.
"I wasn't the greatest high school student," Coble admits.
"I knew I was smart enough to do well, but I didn't have a very
good work ethic or the skills to apply myself. The program
really showed me what I needed to do to succeed and helped
me establish my own study patterns."
In January he began work as the curatorial and heritage
researcher at the Westbank First Nation's heritage office and
Aboriginal Access is designed to provide Indigenous
students with a solid foundation as they are introduced to
university studies. Adrienne Vedan, director of Aboriginal
Programs and Services, stresses the importance of providing
holistic support for student academic and social success.
"The program provides an opportunity for students who
might not have been able to attend post-secondary," she says.
"Each student brings a unique skill set with them and we build
upon those skills to ensure a successful transition from their
first year of studies into their degree programs."
Once enrolled, students take three first-year university
courses per term. They earn prerequisites they might not have,
and gain admission requirements for programs in line with
their long-term academic goals.
In partnership with the En'owkin Centre in Penticton,
Nsyilxcen, the Okanagan language, is offered along with
Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal perspective options such
as Math 126 and English 114. The program also incorporates
cultural activities such as smudges, visits from Elders, and
other social events.
Initially, Coble thought he would pursue a degree in English.
But when UBC's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
introduced the Cultural Studies degree, he registered for the
program and never looked back.
"I knew I wanted to study, but didn't really have a clear
direction. And now I am working at a place where I can
use all the skills I've learned. Every day I use my research
capabilities and my writing skills and I have videography and
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"I knew I wanted to
study, but didn't
really have a clear
direction. And now
I am working at a
place where I can
use all the skills
I've learned."
media skills that I use all the time."
From just a few students in 2007,
the program now has 154 students. Of
these, Vedan says 73 per cent have
remained in post-secondary studies.
At UBC's Okanagan campus, students
have transitioned into various degree
programs including Arts, Sciences, Fine
Arts, Management, Human Kinetics,
Social Work, and Education.
While the growth is exciting, Vedan
says the real reward is seeing students
succeed. Joining Coble at convocation
this June will be three other Aboriginal
Access Studies graduates from the
faculties of Arts, Management, and
Social Work. •
Former hockey player and Sauder MBA grad Dustin Sproat's app connects NHL players and their fans.
Dustin Sproat's professional hockey
career may be over, but he's still
attracting NHL interest thanks to an app
he created for hockey players and fans.
Sproat graduates this month from
the UBC Sauder School of Business. His
transformation from hockey player to
tech startup CEO stems from roots in
professional and Ivy League hockey—
which he played for more than a decade.
And he's had a lifelong interest in
During his 16-month MBA, Sproat
created Shnarped, a social networking
app that lets professional hockey
players and fans connect with each
other and track statistics across leagues.
The name comes from a popular card
game hockey players often play on road
trips, popularized—according to hockey
lore—by Vancouver Canucks legend
Harold Snepsts.
"Hockey players have friends on
teams and leagues around the world,
and Shnarped helps them to connect,"
says Sproat, who likens the app to an
interactive hockey card complete with
Twitter feeds, messaging platform,
game trackers and live stat updates.
"And it gives fans a better way to
follow and interact with their favorite
hockey players."
With more than 220 players from the
NHL and its minor leagues on board-
including Stanley Cup-winning goalie
Jonathan Quick and Edmonton Oiler
Sam Gagner—a new version ofthe app
will launch in the Apple store this fall.
Sproat is set to pitch the app on CBC's
Dragon's Den, and he's in talks with the
Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton
Oilers to potentially tailor the platform
to enhance the fan experience.
For Sproat, who attended Princeton
on a hockey scholarship before playing
three years in the minors are winning
the ECHL championship with the
Cincinnati Cyclones, the opportunity
to fine-tune Shnarped with Sauder
professors and classmates has been
"I can't say enough about the
experience—everyone has been amazing
and so generous with their time and
In his spare time, Sproat helps run
Hockey Players for Kids, a charity he
co-founded to promote literacy.
"We share personal stories and give
them a six-week reading challenge,"
says Sproat, who received a chemical
engineering degree from his Princeton
"The kids go nuts. They read an
astounding number of books, and the
winners get to play in a floor-hockey
game with pros. The whole school
shows up. It's amazing."
After graduation, the Red Deer,
Alberta, native plans to stay in
Vancouver, crediting its natural beauty
and growing technology sector.
"I've learned a ton with my first
start-up experience. With these new
skills and the great resources available
here, I feel Vancouver is a great place
for me long-term." •
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meets science
Natasha Rebry, first interdisciplinary PhD
at the Okanagan campus, finds Victorian era's
hidden connections
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Seize the moment
Poking around old manuscripts and researching dusty
archives helped Natasha Rebry unravel the mysteries ofthe
Victorian era. She sought new insights by blending her study
of Gothic literature with the history of modern psychology
for her PhD dissertation.
Scholars have long linked Victorian culture and Gothic
literature, says Rebry. But what interested her was a growing
societal fascination at the time for testing the boundaries of
reality—spirits, seances, mediums, and psychic curiosities.
Victorian-era scientists quietly examined these to understand
the capacities ofthe human mind, while at the same time
denouncing spiritualism as charlatanism.
"Everyone thought that scientific discovery, the study
of spirits and what has evolved into modern psychology were
somehow related," says Rebry, "Especially in the late 19th
century, both science and literature were exploring that gray
area at the same time."
Rebry expects to be the first interdisciplinary PhD
graduate from the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at
UBC's Okanagan campus. She studied Gothic and Victorian
influences with the Dept. of Critical Studies and pursued the
history of psychology through the Irving K. Barber School
of Arts and Sciences.
She initially investigated the literary trend of multiple
personalities, hypnotism and hysteria such as found in Robert
Louis Stephenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That Victorian
boffins culled ideas from Stephenson's work lent credence to
the notion that literature not only disseminates information,
but contributes to the discussion.
"I'm really looking at those
phenomena that suggest there
is depth to the psyche, that what
is on the surface is really only
a small part of the true story.1
Rebry's research received a major boost when she obtained
a research grant from the Bakken Museum and library in
Minneapolis to examine its extensive collection of original
Gothic documents and books.
"There is this very clear connection between science and
literature, things far removed from the humanities and
cultural studies," says Rebry. "I'm really looking at those
phenomena that suggest there is depth to the psyche, that
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Natasha Rebry investigated the literary
trend of multiple personalities, hypnotism
and hysteria.
what is on the surface is really only a
small part ofthe true story,"
Jodey Castricano, a professor during
Rebry's undergraduate days at Wilfrid
Laurier University, encouraged her
to pursue graduate studies. When
Castricano joined UBC's Okanagan
campus in the Dept. of Critical Studies,
Rebry contacted her to do a PhD.
"Natasha has a passion for the world
of ideas and the ability to think them
through and make them her own. It
takes a scholar with that flexibility of
mind to discover the affinities and make
those connections," says Castricano.
Rebry is considering post-doctoral
study but says the classroom is where
her ultimate future lies. She plans to
be among those leading a new era of
academic collaboration.
"The trend in the humanities moving
towards interdisciplinarity is really
exciting," says Rebry. "Every kind of
idea draws upon a matrix, it's not just
a linear development. It tends to look
a little more like a family tree with lots
of branches."
Wisdom Tettey, Dean ofthe Faculty
of Creative and Critical Studies, says
Rebry has blazed the trail for current
and future doctoral students, her work
epitomizing the faculty's approach
to exploring and understanding the
complex dynamics of our world. •
Ask Tim Krupa how to make a
difference and the conversation turns
to leadership.
The graduating science student at the
Okanagan campus was recently voted
mostly likely to change the world in a
UBC Reports online campus contest.
Krupa believes changing the world
is a team effort. Guiding people along
a path where their individual efforts
contribute to making a difference is
how to effect seismic change, says the
21-year-old from Kelowna.
"That ability to check your ego at the
door is the first thing you need to do to
be an effective leader," says Krupa, who
expects to graduate with a BSc degree
in Biology from the Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences at June's
Wanting to
understand what
makes children happy,
Krupa spent the past
two summers in
Zambia, developing
soccer programs and
studying happiness
with youth.
Krupa already has plenty of
experience in questioning, informing
himself, and helping shape positive
change. He has been both a student
member of UBC's Board of Governors
and the Okanagan Senate.
"My life at UBC has been an incredible
learning experience. I have not only
enjoyed a superior academic education,
but I now have an idea of how the
business ofthe university functions."
Krupa's grasp ofthe world—and how
to change it—also spans the globe.
Wanting to understand what makes
children happy, Krupa spent the past
two summers in Zambia, developing
soccer programs and studying
happiness with youth. Supported by
both an Irving K. Barber International
Education Travel Subsidy in 2011 and
an Irving K. Barber Undergraduate
Research Award in 2012, Krupa
consulted Associate Prof, of Psychology
Mark Holder, whose research focuses
on the science of happiness.
Deborah Buszard, deputy vice
chancellor and principal of UBC's
Okanagan campus, says Krupa embodies
the pinnacle of student excellence at
UBC and his sense of values set a great
example for others.
"We are justifiably proud of Tim
Krupa's accomplishments and
contributions at UBC," says Buszard.
Tim has a brilliant future and we can
expect to hear much more from him as
he furthers his education and embarks
on a career that will no doubt benefit
the greater good."
Asked to project where he will be
in five or 10 years, Krupa says it is too
early to tell. But he'll begin by pursuing
a master's degree in political science at
UBC's Vancouver campus this fall.
"I'm a policy wonk," he says. "My goals
are on the horizon. I think leading
change and crafting policy on
a Canadian scale would be a dream
come true."
The support of family—his parents,
brothers and sister—have contributed
to Krupa's accomplishments and
"All of my family members have had
the ability to build upon their successes
and they have been my personal
inspiration." •
iaugural UBC
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to Change the World
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students, faculty and
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'he five finalists
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Nursing grad sara eftekhar
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volunteer and activist who has
made a difference in nine countries.
Between advocating for global health
on Parliament Hill and empowering
Iranian-Canadian youth, Eftekhar finds
time to volunteer locally in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside and an Aboriginal
community in B.C.. Her accomplishments
have been recognized with a Queen
Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a
YWCA Vancouver Young Woman of
Distinction award, and a prestigious
fellowship from former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
shannon greenwood (Faculty of
Medicine) made the sacrifice of
uprooting her family from Haida Gwaii
to pursue an education in midwifery
so that women wouldn't have to leave
their traditional territory to give birth.
An advocate for "well-women" care that
addresses all stages between conception
to birth, Greenwood is excited to bring
birthing back to Haida Gwaii and to help
improve health care in this primarily First
Nations region.
From a refugee camp in Malawi
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(Faculty of Arts) has shared his
experience to inspire others. The Burundi
student was selected from more than
300 World University Service of Canada
Student Refugee Program applicants
to study at UBC. Kiraga has immersed
himself in the local community,
contributing to STAND UBC, UBC Africa
Awareness Initiative, and the Canadian
Red Cross Society. He hopes to pursue
a career in International Law to address
human rights issues and continue to
serve the communities around him.
While conducting research in Cambodia,
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(Faculty of Arts) advocated for better
understanding of regional poverty issues,
and integration of the landmine history in
the country's archaeological excavation
process. She established a non-profit
organization (searcheologies.org) with
four UBC professors to support the Royal
University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh.
Their first 20-foot freight container
of donated laboratory equipment and
books was delivered last fall. She is at
the forefront of opening up a chapter
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