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 VOLUME     48     I      NUMBER     I      |     JANUARY     IO,     2002
3  Fore funds
Golfers' losses become
students' gain
8  Be prepared
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Commons set to
be learning hub
Lead author Carol Nay lor (left) and project manager Keira McPhee of Career Services hope a 40-hour course will help
Arts and Science students plan and prepare for the estimated 70,000 hours they will spend at work during their
lifetimes. Michelle Cook photo
Students learn to chart career
course thanks to new program
Lifelong skills focus of Career Services' offering
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
what kind of job can you do
with an Arts or Science degree?
With the introduction of an innovative career development pilot
program, ubc Career Services
hopes to get students looking for
some answers while they're still in
Future Mapping is an initiative
aimed at helping Arts and Science
students build careers related to
their interests, skills and values,
develop creative self-marketing
tools and strategies, and hone
their professional skills.
"Today's labour market calls for
a more entrepreneurial approach
to work-search," says the program's
project manager Keira McPhee.
"We want to teach students how to
uncover work opportunities, including those in the unadvertised
job market, as well as how to market themselves to match those opportunities."
Although it used to be anathema to equate universities with career development, McPhee says
the Arts and Sciences faculties saw
a clear need for career programming targeted at their students.
The program has also received
funding from the Office of the
Vice-President, Academic.
"Many Arts and Science students look for a direct link between
their major and future career,"
McPhee says. "For example, they
think history major equals histori
an, but the experience of ubc Arts
and Science alumni proves the
range of options is very diverse.
"In Future Mapping, participants are encouraged to look beyond traditional career categories
to understand the constantly shifting nature of today's labour market,
and its many different options."
The 40-hour program is broken
down into six modules delivered
through a combination of interactive online and in-class sessions.
Topics include assessing career interests, values and skills, tracking
future job trends, practicing networking, and creating effective
self-marketing tools.
The program concludes with an
introduction to skills for successfully managing a career such as
communication, conflict management, team building, and workplace ethics.
"Future Mapping is a comprehensive career development program that goes beyond career testing and resume writing," says Career Services' Carol Naylor, the lead
author of Future Mapping.
"The Web units feature video interviews with ubc alumni, on-line
discussions and information exchanges. In class, participants will
have the opportunity to hone and
practise their professional skills
with employers."
Naylor says the program is designed to give students a lifelong
set of career guiding principles and
The first session of Future Mapping starts tomorrow for Arts or
Science students. The cost is $218.
For more information call 604-
822-4011 or visit www.careers.
Facility set to help foster
leaders in knowledge'
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
a facelift has transformed
Main Library's historic 76-year-old
main concourse into a dynamic,
high-tech learning space boasting
wireless Internet capabilities, 34
state-of-the-art flat-screen computer stations, and a laptop lending program.
But the Chapman Learning
Commons, scheduled to open later this month, will offer the ubc
community more than just electronic connections. It is also set to
become a hub for discussion, idea
exchange, and exploration thanks
to a comprehensive program of
workshops, lectures, and community events designed to enhance
learning opportunities and skills.
"The Learning Commons will
be a highly visible and accessible
academic support service," says
ubc's student development officer
Margot Bell, who is responsible for
co-ordinating the Learning Commons' program activities.
"It's a place where people will be
able to get help to use library and
information technology resources,
participate in academic success
workshops, discover on-campus
services and opportunities for personal and career development or
simply study."
Supporting new learning and research opportunities for students
are key components of Trek 2000,
the university's vision document.
Bell adds that a key programming goal is to make people aware
of and give them access to information technologies they'll need to
become leaders in a knowledge-
based society. The Commons will
also focus on becoming a central
source of learning support and development for everyone, but particularly new and commuter students.
To help, Bell has hired 15 students as peer assistants.
Armed with a solid knowledge
ofthe myriad library resources and
on-campus student services, they,
along with it support personnel,
will staff the Commons during regular library hours. In addition to
support, they will develop more
see Commons, page 2
Zoology researcher named top
post-doctoral fellow in Canada
Scholar follows curiosity to
promising career
by Don Wells staffwriter
a famous groundhog may have
put Glenn Tattersall's hometown
on the map, but it was hibernating
frogs that helped propel the young
researcher to zoological prominence.
A native of the Southern Ontario town of Wiarton, made famous by the late four-legged prog-
nosticator Wiarton Willy, Tatter-
sall was recently named the inaugural winner of the Howard Alper
Award, a $20,000 prize awarded to
Canada's top post-doctoral fellow
by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc).
The prize and an nserc postdoctoral fellowship will allow Tat-
tersall to continue his research on
metabolic responses to stress such
as low oxygen, high carbon dioxide,
toxins or anemia, under the guidance of Zoology Prof. Bill Milsom.
Tattersall's research focuses on
the neurophysiological responses
of warm-blooded species — rats
and squirrels specifically — that
enable them to lower their body
temperature and metabolism in
the same manner as frogs do when
exposed to cold, low oxygen conditions.
Tattersall hopes that by manipulating the hypothalamus, which
controls involuntary functions, including body temperature, the
brain can be tricked into thinking
the body needs to cool down. The
hypothalamus will then lower the
metabolism ofthe body in order to
preserve its energy, minimize its
oxygen requirement, and lower its
Such a technique, he says, might
be useful for doctors treating neonatal asphyxia or so-called "blue
Award-winner Glenn Tattersa
babies" who have trouble breathing at birth.
"Clinical trials are currently under way to determine if cooling the
body reduces neurological damage
in these infants," Tattersall says. "If
so, the next question is whether
see Zoology, page 2 UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY  10,  2002
Researcher thanks
preferential hiring
survey participants
I would like to thank the many
chairs and chairs' assistants who
responded to my recent survey on
the hiring rates of men and women
faculty at sfu and ubc.
The survey asked how many applicants of each sex had applied to
the last three positions filled, as
well as the sex ofthe successful applicants. I received responses from
more than half of the departments/schools polled: 17 from sfu
and 19 from ubc. The respondents
represented all of the disciplines
recognized by Statistics Canada,
but we did not poll Nursing.
From the respondent departments, the total number of men ap
plying to both institutions was 3,219;
the number of women, 1,306. Thus
71.1 per cent of applicants were male,
while 28.9 per cent were female.
This ratio was identical for the
two institutions, and is similar to
that reported for a 10-year period
at the University of Western Ontario (Seligman, safs Newsletter,
April 2001).
Overall, this suggests that currently, at least 70 per cent of faculty job applicants to Canadian academic institutions are male.
The situation varies somewhat
across disciplines. For example, the
proportion of male applicants is
significantly higher in the natural
sciences than in the humanities.
However, across both b.c. institutions, only one ofthe disciplines responding reported substantially
more female applicants. In the vast
majority of departments, more men
than women applied.
Of the 105 people from the survey actually hired, 43 (41 per cent)
were women, and 62 (59 per cent)
were men.
This discrepancy between the
ratio of applicants to the ratio of
hirees is statistically significant,
using a Chi-square analysis in
which the expected hiring rate is
based on the applicant pool.
Again, this confirms findings
from the uwo study, where women were hired in proportions significantly higher than would be
predicted from the number of
women applicants.
An earlier Canada-wide report,
estimating the applicant pool from
the number of phD graduates, similarly found an over-representation
of women among new faculty in
the preceeding two decades (Irvine, Dialogue, 1996).
Assuming equivalent quality
ranges in men and women applicants, that is, the same proportion
of "excellent" to "average" candidates, it must follow that, when
preferences are severe, some worn-
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the same cooling effect can be produced safely with drugs."
Growing up on a family farm,
Tattersall fulfilled his curiosity for
all creatures great and small by
trudging through the woods and
marshlands near his home observing, among other things, frogs. In
Continued from page 1
formal programs to help new students investigate learning opportunities and enrich their ubc experience.
"I really wanted to work with
other students to help them understand their immediate study
needs and the resources ubc has
to offer," says peer assistant Andrea Dancer, a fourth-year Creative
Writing major.
While the peer assistant initiative will be the centerpiece of the
Learning Commons' programming, Bell sees the space as a place
where many organizations involved in learning will be able to
come and showcase their activities
and deliver ideas and experiences.
The Commons has already partnered with the Alma Mater Society, the Learning Exchange, Students Interconnected and other
campus groups to develop its programming, but Bell says support
from the entire ubc community is
necessary to make the Learning
Commons a success. She encourages faculty and staff to participate as guest speakers, or host discussions and workshops.
The creation of the Learning
Commons was made possible by a
$i-million gift from ubc alumni Dr.
Lloyd and Mrs. Katherine Chapman.
For more information on programs at the Chapman Learning
Commons, call Margot Bell at 604-
822-9818 or visit www.library.
particular, he was fascinated by
their ability to survive long winters
in ice-covered ponds.
That curiosity eventually led to
a phD program at Cambridge University where he unlocked some of
the mysteries surrounding the
frog's ability to lower its metabolism and thereby conserve its energy in cold, low oxygen conditions.
"When I decided to go to university, I initially chose Environmental Toxicology because 1 was afraid
that a degree in Zoology wasn't going to find me a job," says Tattersall. "I am indeed grateful to both
nserc and also to Professor Alper
for his vision and generosity that
enables me to pursue the same interests I had when I was a kid."
Not only is Tattersall pursuing
those interests, his early fears over
finding employment were apparently unfounded. Next January he
will join the Biology Dept. at Brock
University as an assistant professor.
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en will be hired over better-qualified men.
For example, in one case all
three hirees were female though
the ratio of men to women applicants was 2:1. It is clear that women are not being discriminated
against in hiring in any Canadian
university to date on which we
have information.
This holds true for Science disciplines: in both biological and
physical sciences, women were
over-hired, though the sample size
being smaller than in the case of
total applicants, the effect is not
statistically significant.
However, one can state with certainty that there is no evidence of
a bias against hiring women in the
sciences, subjective impressions
Of course, some questions remain. The findings do not rule out
idiosyncratic cases of negative bias
against women at either a departmental or individual level. However, men may suffer identical idiosyncratic bias, and the data show
that they suffer generalized negative bias as well.
Some might contend that women are hired preferentially because
they are better qualified. This
seems unlikely given the generally
lower productivity of women academics (e.g., Schneider, Chronicle
of Higher Education, 1998, Sept. 11),
but only access to vitae can answer
that question.
It also seems unlikely that respondent bias was a significant
factor, since our data are consistent with previous studies cited, in
which no respondent bias could
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young at art  Members of the Youth Millennium Project (ymp) (1-r), assistant to the director, Maria Urbina, intern
Shauna MacKinnon, fourth-year Arts student Refqa Abu Remallah, third-year Arts student Sarah Tsang, and director
Leanne Tonkin, display artwork they've received from young people around the world involved in YMP-inspired
projects. Launched at ubc in January 2000, ymp has reached its two-year goal of encouraging 10,000 young people
from 80 countries to create, lead and own community-based projects for global change. Initiatives have included a
clean water campaign launched in Uganda and a push by 16 aboriginal youth in Canada to organize a conference on
the awareness of drug and alcohol abuse. Michelle Cook photo
Fairway finds fund future
One golfer's loss is
university students' gain,
thanks to course regular
by Don Wells staffwriter
any golfer who frequents the
fairways of the University Golf
Club has seen 'Captain' Wu.
At 79, he's as fit as many half his
age, owing largely to the fact that
he and his dog, Deedee, walk the
course almost daily looking for lost
golf balls.
Captain Wu and Deedee find
thousands a year, and every so often he drops large sacks of them
off with ubc's golf team coaches,
who sell them for a dollar each to
raise money for their program.
He also relieves the golf course
of discarded empties. Once they
encroach on the West 14th Avenue
home he enjoys with wife Ruth, she
drives him (he doesn't drive) to a
recycling depot. Cash in hand,
their next stop is Safeway where he
buys large boxes of fruit and do-
nuts for the Thunderbird swim
team and the Aquatic Centre's student staff.
The gifts he and Ruth drop off at
the Development Office are particularly thoughtful. They are the thin
flat kind, and he's left enough of
them to endow seven scholarships
in three faculties. He's done the
same for Qingha University in Beijing, and Anhui University in his
hometown in Anhui Province.
"I did that in honour of my
mother who died, and my grandmother who raised me," he says.
Chao Yu Wu was born in 1922
near Shanghai. In 1943 he graduated from the Chinese Military
Academy and fought the Japanese
as a platoon leader in Burma and
Manchuria. After being shot twice
in the neck and once in the leg, he
received a distinguished service
award, then returned to the front
lines and was eventually promoted
to captain.
After the war, Wu studied civil
engineering at Taiwan National
University and worked as a hydroelectric engineer for the Taiwan
Power Company. In 1961, he took
his family to the us where he
earned a master's degree at the University of Tennessee. They moved to
bc in 1968 where he worked for bc
Hydro while Ruth obtained a phD at
ubc and taught in the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences.
To say that Wu has a strong belief in education is like saying the
Pope has a strong belief in God. His
own children, David, Robert and
Marianne, are all multiple degree
holders and all graduates of ubc.
"Students are our hope for the
future," he says with wide-eyed enthusiasm. "We must encourage
On that score, Captain Wu
walks the talk, literally. Just ask any
of the regulars at the University
Golf Club. Chances are he and
Deedee are out there now.
Cross-campus team
probes smarter cars
Closure of Massachusetts
lab translates to
opportunity for ubc
by Don Wells staffwriter
investigate the possibilities of intelligent human-automobile interfaces thanks to a $1.4 million grant
from Nissan Motor Co.
Project coordinator Ronald
Rensink, an assistant professor in
both Psychology and Computer
Science, worked closely with Nissan during a six-year stint at Cambridge Basic Research, a partnership involving the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Harvard
and Nissan.
A ubc alumnus, Rensink asked
Nissan to consider establishing a
similar lab at ubc following the
closure of the Cambridge lab last
year, mit also pitched the idea to
Nissan but, according to Rensink,
the company chose ubc for the
overall strength of its multidisci-
plinary research team.
"I told them that there were
some of the best people in the
world doing this kind of work
here," says Rensink. "Not only that,
but we really work well together,
which ultimately was the key to
their decision to select us over
The research is motivated by the
increasing complexity of driving
caused by more sophisticated automobile displays as well as increasingly crowded traffic systems,
Rensink explains.
As technology improves, it is becoming possible to give more information to the driver — for example, indicating the presence of a
car in the driver's blind spot, or
conditions on the road ahead. But
more information alone will not
work, and can even be hazardous,
he says.
"If too much information is presented, it will confuse rather than
help the driver," says Rensink,
whose research focuses on visual
"The key to making driving safe
and comfortable is to combine
knowledge of the perceptual and
cognitive systems of humans with
knowledge ofthe driving task itself
so that only the relevant information is delivered."
There are two particularly important aspects ofthe research, he
The first is to determine the limits in human perception and cognition that will ultimately constrain the effectiveness of an interface, for example, limitations in attention.
The second is to determine the
extent to which different kinds of
sensory inputs —audio, visual or
touch — can be used as effective
carriers of information.
"Our strategy is to work closely
with their engineers to provide
them with general guidelines for
the development of new interfaces," says Rensink.
"Once they have that information, they can design the actual devices."
The first half of the funding will
be allocated this month to five researchers, including Rensink,
Computer Science Asst. Prof. Karon MacLean, Psychology Prof. Jim
Enns and assistant professors Alan
Kingstone and Vince DiLollo.
The second half will be allocated in April to a wider set of researchers that may include members of the departments of Linguistics, Philosophy and Electrical
and Computer Engineering.
The project will be an important
part of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive
Systems, a new ubc initiative in
the multidisciplinary study of information processing systems.
Friendship contributes to exhibit on poet's work
National library pays tribute to ubc alumna, Phyllis Webb
by Michelle Cook staff"writer
although his 40-YEAR friendship with one of Canada's finest
poets, Phyllis Webb, got off to a
rocky start, English Prof. Emeritus
John Hulcoop had no reservations
about contributing his extensive
knowledge to a recently opened
National Library of Canada exhibition about her work and life.
When English-born Hulcoop
first met Phyllis Webb in Vancouver in i960, he found her rather
prickly. Webb, a ubc graduate, suspected him of harbouring colonialist attitudes about Canada. Eventually he fell in love — not with
Webb, but with her poetry. He be
gan to review and write articles
about her work.
Webb went on to work as a writer and producer at the cbc and
continued to write poetry, winning
the Governor General's Literary
Award in 1982 for her collection of
poetry, The Vision Tree.
The significant body of critical
analysis Hulcoop produced on
Webb's work over the years attracted the attention ofthe National Library and Hulcoop, who taught at
ubc from 1956-92, was asked to
curate a new exhibition about
Webb's work and life. Hulcoop also
contributed some of the letters,
postcards, photos and other items
in the exhibit.
The exhibition, "Phyllis Webb:
Elemental," traces the poet's life
through a collection of photographs, artwork, manuscripts, and
first editions arranged into four
sections: earth, air, fire and water—
recurring themes in Webb's work. It
also celebrates her role as a social
activist throughout her life.
"I was honoured to be asked to
create this exhibit on Phyllis
Webb," Hulcoop says from his
home in Vancouver. "It was tremendously satisfying to feel that I
could help show Canada what an
extraordinary woman she is and
what she has contributed to Canadian culture and society."
Born in Victoria in 1927, Webb
graduated from ubc in 1949 and
later returned to campus to teach.
While working at the cbc, Webb
helped create the program Ideas.
She also produced a 10-part series
on Canadian poets that helped
generate interest in contemporary
Canadian poetry in the 1970s.
While her collection of poems,
The Vision Tree, won a Governor
General's Award, Canada's literary
community created an uproar
when Webb's preceding volume,
Wilson's Bowl, failed to win, and
writers including Margaret At-
wood and Michael Ondaatje protested the oversight.
Webb no longer writes but
paints. She lives on Saltspring Island.
The exhibit continues at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa
until Feb. 28. 4  I  UBC  REPORTS  I  JANUARY  10,  2002
Pacific Spirit Concert
Julia Nolan, sax; Rita Costanzi, harp.
Music Recital Hall at 3pm. Admission
$2o/$io at the door. Call
ubc student composers. Music Recital Hall at 12 noon. Call 604-822-0182.
VST Lecture
Church And The Public Voice. Sallie
McFague.John Mellis Richard
Leggett. Peter Rolston. vst Epiphany
Chapel from i:30-5:3opm. Call
IAM Colloquia Seminar
Representing Clouds In Global
Climate Models. Phil Austin, Earth
And Ocean Sciences. Klinck 301 from
3-4pm. To register, visit www.iam.
ubc.ca. F.-mail iam@iam.ubc.ca.
Refreshments at 2:40pm in Klinck
306. Call 604-822-4584.
Grand Rounds Bicep And Tricep
Tears And Ganglion Cysts OfThe
Spino-Glenoid Notch. Dr. William D.
Regan, Dr. Robert H. Hawkins, Upper
Extremity Division, vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. from 7-8am. Call
Wednesday Concert Series
A Trombone Among Friends. Jeremy
Berkman, trombone; Hyperion String
Quartet; John Oliver, midi. Music Recital Hall at 12 noon. Admission, $4.
Call 604-822-5574.
Chemical And Biological Engineering.
Macrolage As A Biomonitor For Nitrogen Loadings Around Ocean-
Based Fish Farms. Ok-Hyun Anh,
PhD. Chem Engineering 206 at 12
noon. Call 604-822-3238.
Medieval and Renaissance. Chaucer's
Leave-Taking And The Makers of
Books. Stephen Partridge, English.
Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Borealis String Quartet. Robert Silverman, pianist. Music Recital Hall at
8pm. Call 604-822-0182.
Diagnosing Deficiency: Canadian
Newspapers And Hormone Replacement Therapy. Merilee Hughes. Mather 253 at gam. Call 604-822-2772.
Inspired By Goethe. Main Library
Dodson Room at 12 noon. Call
JANUARY     13    THROUGH    JANUARY    2 6
Is God In Globalism? Max
Stackhouse. Regent College Aud. at
4pm. Call 604-822-9569.
Thematic Lecture Series
Creativity, Neuroplasticity And Mental Health, Neil Smalheiser, Psychiatry
Institute, u of Illinois. Green College
at 5pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
Perfectionism and Depression. Simon
Sherry, Psychology. Green College at
7:45pm. Call 604-822-1878
Intracellular Trafficking OfThe
Salmonella Typhimurium Containing
Vacuole In Epithelial Cells. John
Brumell. Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 604-822-3308.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Supramolecular In Organic
Chemistry Towards Functional
Molecules And Materials. Prof.
Stephen J. Loeb. U of Windsor. Chem
B-250 from I2:45"l:45pm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-3341.
VST Tuesday Lecture
Fighting Words: Polemical Rhetoric
As An Obstacle To Reconciliation.
Rabbi Robert Daum, sessional instructor, vst Epiphany Chapel from
5:30-7:3opm. Call 604-822-9815.
Green College Speaker Series
A Case In Legal Biography: Being A
19th-century Liberal Barrister Isn't As
Easy As It's Cracked Up To Be. Wes
Pue, Law. Green College at 5pm. Reception, Coach House from 6-6:3opm.
Call 604-822-1878.
VST Tuesday Lecture
Talking About God In Troubled
Times. Rev. Sharon Betcher. vst
Epiphany Chapel from 5:30-7:30pm.
Call 604-822-9815.
Next calendar deadline:Jan. 15
OBST 506 Seminar
Cancer Genetics. Dr. David
Huntsman, Pathology, bc's Women's
Hospital 2N35 from 2-ypm. Call
Centre For
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Richard Paisley, Institute For
Resources And Environment. Scarfe
200 from 2-4pm. Call 604-822-8625.
Nursing Rounds
Breastfeeding Patterns Of Mothers
And Their Preterm Infants Born At
30-34 Weeks. Joanne Wooldridge.
Nursing, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion
T-182 from 3~4pm. Call 604-822-7453.
Yes We Have No Bananas Today! Or
Do We? An Intergenerational Perspective On The Chinese Canadians:
Their Aspirations And Realities. Joe Y.
Wai, Wallace Chung, Hayne Wai, Colleen Leung, Mark Simon. Scarfe 100.
4:30pm. Call 604-822-9366 or e-mail
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open Session begins at 8am. oab
Board and Senate room. Fifteen tickets
are available on a first-come, first-
served basis on application to the
Board Secretary at least 24 hours
before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board
Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca
prior to the meeting. Call 604-822-2127.
Scriptures Of Modernity? The Bible.
Literature and The Book. Green
College at gam. To register call 604-
822-4og5 or mail mvessey@
Practising Law In The Public Interest.
Pat McDonald. Curtis 157 from 12:30-
2pm. To register, visit cfls.law.ubc.ca.
E-mail cfls@law.ubc.ca. Call
Occupational and Environmental
Hygiene. Case Study OfThe Outcome
Of An Occupational Exposure. Dr.
Neva Hilliard. ubc Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion G-279 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Laura Cremajazz Ensemble. Green
College at 8pm. Call 604-822-1878.
IAM Colloquia
Applied Mathematics In Industrial
Robotics. Elizabeth Croft, Mechanical
Engineering. Klinck 301 from 3-4pm.
To register, visit www.iam.ubc.ca. E-
mail iam@iam.ubc.ca. Refreshments
at 2:40pm in Klink 306. Call
Green College Member
Speaker Series
Avalanches. Antal Jarai, Mathematics.
Green College at 7:45pm. Call
Interferon Gamma Signaling Pathway
In Macrophages. Carlos Leon,
Wesbrook 100 from i2:30-i:30pm. Call
Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Exploring New Methods In
Carbohydrate Synthesis. Prof. David Y.
Gin, u of Illinois. Chem B-250 from
i2:45-i:45pm. Refreshments at 12:30
pm. Call 604-822-3341.
VST Tuesday Lecture
Fighting Words: Polemical Rhetoric
As An Obstacle To Reconciliation.
Rabbi Robert Daum. vst Epiphany
Chapel from 5:3o-7:3opm. Call
Speaker Series
Pragmatism And Music: Semiotic
Illuminations Of Musical Meaning.
Scott Goble, Education. Green College
at 5pm. Reception in Coach House
from 6-6:3opm. Call 604-822-1878.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Outcomes of Hindfoot Fusion. Dr.
John-Paul Veri, Dr. Alastair s.f.
Younger and Dr. Kevin Wing, vgh,
Eye Care Centre Aud. from 7-8am.
Call 604-875-4192.
Chemical And Biological Seminar
A New Method To Trap And Degrade
Solid Waste Particles On Fish Farms.
Mardell Buryniuk. Chem Eng 206 at
12 noon. Call 604-822-3238.
Wednesday Concert Series
Marc Destrube, violin; Janina Kuz-
mas, piano. Music Recital Hall at 12
noon. Admission $4 at the door. Call
Law And Society Lectures
Patent(ly) Unfair? The Patent System
In A Global Village. Ikechi Mgbeoji,
Law, Dalhousie u. Green College at
12:30pm. Call 604-822-1878.
OBST506 Seminar
The Interaction Between Immune
System And The Brain In Psychiatry
Diseases. Dr. Cai Song, Psychiatry,
B.c.'s Women's Hosp 2N35 from 2-
3pm. Call 604-875-3108.
Aesthetic Geography: Community Murals in Chicago. Olivia Guide.
Scarfe 100 at 4:30pm. Call 604-822-
9366 or e-mail f.graeme.chalmers
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate —
ubc's Academic Parliament. Curtis
102 from 7-g:3opm. Call 6o4-822-2gsi
Aesthetic Geography: Community
Murals in Chicago. Olivia Guide. Britannia Community Centre Boardroom at gam. To register call
ubc Symphony Orchestra. Chan Centre at 12 noon. Call 604-822-0182.
The Intersection Of Gender And
Race: Report From The Durban World
Conference. Dr. Jennifer Chan-
Tiberghien, Political Science. Curtis
157 from i2:30-2pm. To register, visit
cfls.law.ubc.ca. E-mail cfls@law.ubc.
ca. Call 604-822-6523.
Computer Science Seminar
Getting To Know You: Social Intelligence in Educational Computing.
Lewis Johnson, cicsr/cs from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-
Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Frederic
Wood Theatre at 7:30pm. Continues
to Feb. 2. $16, adult; $10 student/senior. Call 604-822-2678.
New Models Of Delivery, Financing
And Integration Of Long-Term Care
In The Health System. Marcy Cohen.
Mather 253 at 9am. Call 604-822-
Islam And The Western Encounter: A
Proposal. Lamin Sanneh, Yale u. sub
Theatre Aud. at 12 noon. Call 604-
Occupational And Environmental
Hygiene Lecture
Myths and Risks of Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation. Randy Ross, bc
Radiation Protection Branch, ubc
Hosp. Koerner Pavilion G-279 from
i2:30-i:30pm. Call 604-822-9861.
ubc Symphony Orchestra. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 604-822-0182.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Children And The Church-Raising
Planetary Christians. Janice Love;
various speakers, vst from 10am-
4pm. $47; $40 group; $25 seniors. Refreshments, lunch. Call 604-822-9815.
Positive Space
Resource People Wanted
Help make ubc a positive space for its
lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgen-
dered, and two-spirited community.
Workshops for volunteer resource
people will be offered in January and
February 2002. To register or for more
information, e-mail positive.space@
ubc.ca or visit www.positivespace.
ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4859.
Participants Needed
The Adult Development Lab at ubc is
looking for adults interested in volunteering for: a focus group study looking at what it means to be your age
today and/or; studies on visual memory and visual abilities. Call Pam at
STAR Breast Cancer
Prevention Study
Volunteers are needed to participate
in a breast cancer prevention trial
being conducted at ubc Hospital.
Two drugs, Raloxifene (Evista) and
Tamoxifen, are being studied to see
which works better at preventing
breast cancer. Women must be postmenopausal and have an increased
risk for developing breast cancer. Interested women should call Lynn or
Janet at 604-822-7997.
UBC Research
Boys between seven and nine (with or
without adhd) and their mothers are
needed for a study. Mothers receive
$20 and children get a ubc t-shirt. If
interested, please call 604-822-9037.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday at the Asian Centre Tea Gallery
from i-i:5opm while classes are in
session. Call 604-822-2573.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-iNFO
(604-822-4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the Jan. 24 issue of
ubc Reports—which covers the period Jan. 27 to Feb. 9—is noon, Jan. 15. UBC  REPORTS  |  JANUARY  IO,  2002  |  5
Sexuality Study
Researchers at the Dept. of Psychology and Division of Sexual Medicine
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women receiving estrogen replacement therapy.
Both sexually healthy women, as well
as women who have recently experienced a change in their orgasmic-
functioning are welcome. For further
information, please contact 604-822-
2g52. Your confidentiality will be assured. All participants will receive an
honorarium for their participation.
Participants Wanted
Would you like to share your story
about your experience with health care
professionals? We are conducting a
study of patient perceptions about
helpful and unhelpful communications
in fibromyalgia. In order to learn more
about what makes communication
effective, we are asking individuals who
have had Type 2 Diabetes for at least
five years to participate in our study.
Participation will involve one or two
interviews in a location convenient to
you, and possibly a focus group interview at a later time. The interviews
usually take about an hour. All information will be kept confidential. Ifyou
would like more information about the
study, please e-mail andrea_con@
hotmail.com or call Andrea Con,
project coordinator 604-822-8070.
Participants Needed
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call to participate 6o4-822-4gig.
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and Counseling
Psychology, and Special Education is
seeking female clerical workers to
participate in study on stress and
coping. If experiencing workplace
distress/frustration, we would like to
learn more about your experiences.
Call 604-822-gigg.
Legal Clinic Open
ubc Law Students' Legal Advice Program (lslap) runs clinics all over the
Lower Mainland, lslap has been
working in the community for over
thirty years and is currently British
Columbia's second largest legal aid
organization. For more information
about the program, visit www.lslap.
bc.ca or call 604-822-5723.
Lactose Intolerant?
Researchers at ubc are doing a questionnaire-based study to learn more
about lactose intolerance. Participation will take about 20-30 min. of
your time. Ifyou are ig years of age or
older, experience lactose intolerance
and live in the Greater Vancouver
area, please call 6o4-682-326g ext.
6377 to receive a copy of this questionnaire or more information.
Volunteer Paid Participants Needed
CroMedica Prime is a Phase One research company located in Vancouver
General Hospital. Our research studies require that volunteers take one or
more doses of an investigational medication. We are currently looking for
healthy volunteers, male/female, nonsmoking aged 18 and older and not
taking any medications. Volunteers
are financially compensated upon
completion of a study. Ifyou are interested please call our Research Recruitment Coordinator, Monday to
Friday between gam-spm at 604-875-
5122 or e-mail volunteers©
Research Study
Researchers at the Psychology Dept.
are conducting a study examining
sexual functioning in women. The
aim of this study is to help women
who experience sexual difficulties.
Your confidentiality will be assured.
All participants will receive a detailed
sexual psychophysiological profile for
their participation. Ifyou are a
healthy, heterosexual, premenopausal
woman who is currently in a relationship, please call 604-822-2952.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families - no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation, e-
mail habitat@vancouver.net or call
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in language studies in the Psychology Dept.
at ubc. You and your child, and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or pictures. As you might imagine, children
find these word games a lot of fun.
During your visit, you will remain
with your child at all times. Ifyou (or
someone you know) might be interested in bringing your child for a 30-
minute visit to our research
playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's
Language Development Centre at
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type Two diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program
and Diabetes Centre are recruiting
participants, who do not smoke or use
insulin, for a research project on the
effect of exercise on diabetes for women. Call Darcye Cuff 604-806-8601
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which, involves responding verbally
to computer screen displays. Ifyou
are a healthy person ofthe age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 604-822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced unwanted sexual activity, to
participate in a research project. If
you have ever had sex with someone
when you didn't want to, because the
other person continued the event
when you said no, forced or threatened to force you, or because you
were given alcohol or drugs, and you
would be interested in helping us
with our research, please call 604-
822-go28. Confidentiality and privacy
Museum Of Anthropology
The Spirit Of Islam: Experiencing
Islam Through Calligraphy. Continues
to May 12. Dempsey Bob: The Art
Goes Back To The Stories, moa at
nam. Continues to Dec. 31. A Connoisseur's Collection: Chinese Ceramics From The Victor Shaw Donation.
Continues to Feb. 28. Continuing Traditions. Continues to April 30. Winter
hours Wed.-Sun. nam-spm, Tues. to
9pm (s-gpm free). Call 604-822-5087.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993. the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touch tone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call 604-714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club is
to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us. Call Elizabeth
Towers, president 604-224-5877 or
Gwyneth Westwick, membership
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female adult
twin? We are studying the relationship
types of fraternal and identical female
twins. Ifyou can help by completing
some questionnaires and being interviewed about relationships, please e-
mail: tmacbeth@cortex.psych.ubc.ca or
call Tannis MacBeth, Psychology 604-
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out. We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. Ifyou are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 604-822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Statistical Consulting
And Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web www.stat.ubc.ca/
scarl, e-mail scarl@stat.ubc.ca or call
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours ofthe Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts are held on Thursdays at 11:30am. Participants are
asked to meet in the Chan Centre
main lobby. Special group tours can
be booked through
www.chancentre.com or at 604-822-
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medi-
Special Lecture
Dr. Lamin Sanneh, professor, Yale University
Islam and the Western Encounter: a Proposal
SUB Theater Auditorium
Friday, Jan. 25, 12 noon
Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum
Writing Centre
Offering a variety of non-credit courses and services
to the university community and the general public
Report and Business Writing
Jan 22-Apr 16
Strategic Tutoring
Writing for Graduate Students
Feb 26-Apr 2
Scientific Writing
Feb 28-Apr 4
Information: 604-822-9564
Non-credit conversational classes start
(    January 19   ^)
• Day, evening or Saturday
morning classes for adults
• Accelerated classes in French,
Spanish and Italian
Language Programs
and Services
UBC Continuing Studies
Wired to the World,
Chained to the Home
Telework in Daily Life
Penny Gurstein
Gurstein gives an extremely
valuable, comprehensive view of
the telework boom that integrates
her own studies in Canada with
world-wide literature on the
subject. She gives a scholarly
appraisal oftelework's many forms
and shows how they differ in their
human impacts.
— William Michelson, Sociology,
University of Toronto
Penny Gurstein, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
and Chair, Centre for Human Settlements.
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at Tel: 1-800-561-8583 or custserv@raincoast.com
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The University of British Columbia invites applications for the
position of Director, Centre for International Health (cih), effective Feb. i, 2002. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent, an
excellent academic record in global and international health research, administrative experience, and demonstrated skills in
teaching and disseminating research results. The Director will
lead the Centre to foster collaborative research and to attract research funding, and will promote the Centre's activities in global
and international health including student exchanges. This is an
administrative position that will be filled by an individual holding an appointment in an appropriate academic unit.
The overall mission of the Centre for International Health is to
stimulate enquiry into issues of global health, and develop mechanisms to foster student involvement in international health initiatives. The Director of the Centre reports to the Principal,
College of Health Disciplines and the Academic Director, Liu
Centre for the Study of Global Issues.
Letters of application or nomination, including the names of
three referees (who will not be approached without prior agreement ofthe candidate) and a current curriculum vitae, should be
sent to the Principal, College of Health Disciplines, University of
British Columbia, Room 400-2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, B.C. v6t 1Z3 Fax: 604-822-2495. Closing date for applications is Jan. 20, 2002.
We encourage all qualified persons to apply. This is an internal
ubc appointment, ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.
H O U S E A perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the
year. Close to ubc and other Vancouver attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of
ubc 4103 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, V6R 2H2. Call or fax
TINA'S GUEST HOUSE Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private
phone/fridge. Weekly rates avail.
Call 604-222-3461. Fax 604-222-
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $60
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 604-822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one br
suites with kitchen, balcony, tv
and telephone.  Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from $ng/nighc. ubc
discounts available. Visit
www.westcoastsuites.com. Call
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ROOMS Private rooms on campus
forvisitors to ubc on academic business. Private bath, double bed, telephone, tv, fridge, in-room coffee.
Dinner five days per week. Breakfast
seven days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and availability 604-822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked pc.
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations www.
pwias.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are avail, in the
school cafeteria. For more information call 604-822-9031 or 604-822-
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house
with homey, comfortable environment forvisitors to ubc and hospital.
Located near the hospital. Rates
$40-$8o/night and weekly rates.
E-mail housing@triumf.ca or call
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
604-264 -9918 DONALD@PORTAL.CA
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Dunbar Eyecare
Dr. Caroline Kriekenbeek
Peak performance demands
excellent vision.
For a complete vision and eye health exam,
please call (604) 263-8874
Suite #2 -3S54 West41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C.
(just minutes away from campus)
Deadline: forthejan. 24 issue: 12 noon,Jan. 15.
Enquiries: 604-UBC-iNFO (604-822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes cst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to use Reports) or journal voucher.
HORNBY ISLAND Spacious three
br home. Five min. walk from Galleon Beach. Overlooking beautiful
pond, natural setting. All amen. Bicycles. Cozy up to a brand new airtight wood stove. Reasonable rates.
E-mail www.hornbyisland.net/
purplefeet/. Call 604-327-5735.
HOME Near ubc and bus routes,
two br, two bath, large garden with
tabby. $2,ioo/mo. plus util. Avail.
April 1 to autumn, n/s, n/p. E-mail
bitney@telus.net or call 604-263-1189.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call
neighbourhood club. Enjoy a round
of golf, book a banquet, or meeting
or simply enjoy the warmth and hospitality at the Westward Ho! We're
open for lunch and dinner seven days
a week and Sunday brunch. Try
something new today. Call
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwin Jackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
guarantee. 5 day/40 hr. tesol
teacher certification course (or by
correspondence). Web www.
canadianglobal.net. free information package, (888) 270-2941.
Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call 604-222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (604-83-TOOTH).
CERTIFIED ARBORIST available for quality tree service. Three
years experience in all aspects of tree
care. For more information, visit
www.treeworks.ca or call 604-662-
3678 for a free estimate.
editor (PhD) offers editing, shaping,
proofreading: scholarly papers, articles, journals, books, proceedings,
websites. 20 yrs. experience, most
subjects. Touching-up minor English
problems a specialty. Hourly rate,
prompt. Course work not accepted.
E-mail dharrison@direct.ca.
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Honour Roll
Two teams of students from the
ubc Debating Society finished in
the top half of the field at the 2001
World Universities Debating
Championships held Dec. 27 - Jan.
3 at the University of Toronto.
Competing among 228 teams
from 108 universities around the
world, ubc Team a, consisting of
fourth-year Political Science majors Megan Volk and Greg Allen,
finished in 80th place, ubc Team b,
consisting of second-year Economics major Mike Kotrly and
second-year Political Science major Spencer Keys was 123rd.
In the individual category, Allen
was 145th of 456 competitors while
Kotrly was 149th.
The event was won by Oxford
Nursing Prof. Joan Anderson has
been awarded the inaugural Elizabeth Kenny McCann Professorship
in Nursing for her achievements in
teaching and research.
An alumna and faculty member
since 1981, Anderson's areas of research interest include: the management of chronic illness, particularly among women; culture and
health; health and public policy;
and critical and interpretive research methodologies.
She has also developed programs with community groups to
make health care more accessible
Heaith in
the City
The 1st CHEOS conference
on Urban Health Research
January 19, 2002, Vancouver, B.C.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Simon Fraser University,
Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings
Renowned researchers share their perspectives on health
issues that effect our most vulnerable citizens
Register by Jan. 10, 2002
For more information, check our website at
Special student rate. Email healthinthecity@cheos.ubc.ca
C H t 0 :
Alternate Routes to Computing
A program offered by the Dept. of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
• Are you thinking of making a Career change?
• Are you thinking about a career in I nformatlOn
• Are you looking for an education program that will equip
you with the knowledge you need to turn this aspiration
into a reality?
ARC is a 28-month post-baccalaureate diploma program
combining 16 months of academic computer science courses
with an eight- or 12-month co-op work experience. It is designed
for people with an excellent record of academic achievement in
any field but with little or no programming experience.
Features ofthe ARC program:
• Small class size;
• No high tuition fees. The fees are the same as those paid by
other undergraduate students;
• Industry experience;
• Welcome students from a wide range of academic
backgrounds, e.g. humanities, science, education,
engineering, business.
For more information, go to our web site www.arc.cs.ubc.ca or
email undergrad-info@cs.ubc.ca.
The Campus Advisory Board on Student Development
(cabsd) is seeking nominations of individuals, services
and programs or departments who make exceptional contributions or significant improvements to student experience and the learning environment at ubc.
Nominations from ubc students, faculty, staff and recent graduates are
Submissions, including a written statement and two supporting letters,
should be sent to the Office ofthe Vice-President, Students, Room 123, Old
Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Rd. by Feb. 15.
For further information, please call 604-822-3955 or email
Award-winner Prof. Joan Anderson
to different populations. Her
teaching has focused on critical research methods and the use of
these approaches in nursing research.
McCann was a ubc alumna who
served as a faculty member and
acting director of the School of
You Can Have A
Hand In It
The Canadian Cancer
Society says that a well-
balanced, varied and
moderate diet may
protect you
against the
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at the UBC Women's Resources Centre
Develop your skills as a peer counsellor through this
exciting opportunity with the UBC Women's Resources
Centre. The WRC serves both men and women in our
new downtown location at UBC at Robson Square.
Full training will be provided.
For more
information call
Nominations are invited for the position of Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor. The main criteria for selection are the proposed visitor's distinction, public
speaking ability and appeal to a broad spectrum of student, faculty and off-campus
audiences. Performing artists may also be nominated.
Each nominee will be invited to publish a small volume in the University of Toronto Press "Green Lectures" Series from their unified set of public lectures. An additional honorarium will be provided.
The visits are usually for one concentrated week during February, March, October
or November and require a substantial commitment of time for a faculty coordinator.
Nominations are invited for the position of Green Visiting Professor in Residence.
Nominees must be exceptional researchers from outside UBC whose work has he
potential for significant impact in more than one discipline. The appointee will live
at Green College for three months and conduct a term-long seminar under the auspices ofthe Individual Interdisciplinary studies Graduate Program and will also
give a general lecture and make a research-in-progress presentation. This position
may be especially attractive to scholars in mid-career, or on sabbatical leave from
their home university and visiting the University of British Columbia.
but nominations are accepted at any time for both series for the next competition.
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822-8742 8      |      UBC      REPORTS      |     JANUARY     IO,
When it comes to planning for a
disaster, Judi Van Swieten is ubc's ace
Grab and go guru
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
the complex dynamics of emergency response were shown to the
world on Sept. 11 but Judi Van Swieten has been confronting community catastrophes for almost 20
She has worked as a firefighter,
ambulance attendant and safety
officer and in 2000 joined ubc as
disaster planning co-ordinator in
charge of organizing the university's response to emergencies that
might range from a chemical spill
to a building collapse.
"A disaster is any event that
overwhelms your ability to respond," she says. "You have to be
prepared for the worst and work
from there, often changing the
plan as you progress. Flexibility,
adaptability and creativity —
those words guide my career."
A third-generation Vancouver
Island native who says she has salt
water in her veins, Van Swieten
was a volunteer firefighter in the
early 1980s for the island community of Bowser. Most fire departments are predominantly male,
however, men in the small town of
ten worked in larger centres so the
community's women stepped in to
serve as volunteer firefighters during the day.
Duties often involved waiting
for ambulances to arrive from the
nearest station 20 minutes away in
Courtenay or Parksville, prompting Van Swieten and others to approach the provincial government
to set up a station at nearby Quali-
cum Beach.
Their efforts created a new service
with Van Swieten selected to serve as
unit chief with supervisory responsibility for 12 volunteers. They responded to regular ambulance calls
and worked in partnership with the
local Coast Guard service.
After almost a decade of balancing her career with caring for up to
six children including her daughter, stepchildren, grandchildren
and foster children, Van Swieten
moved to Dawson Creek in northeastern b.c. in 1990.
Work as a first-aid attendant and
safety officer on gas drilling rigs
and pipeline and mine construction sites got her accustomed to remote locations. Helicopter rides
through minus forty degree weath-
She celebrated her 50th birthday
with drillers and truckers who
were drilling a pipeline beneath
the Murray River near Tumbler
Ridge in northeastern b.c. In that
three-month sojourn she also
cooked one meal a day for both the
day and midnight shifts. Featured
menu items were barbecued elk,
moose and venison.
It was in Dawson Creek that Van
Swieten expanded her first response experience to include
training in emergency management. She volunteered as the
town's deputy emergency manager
from 1991 to 1994 and crafted their
emergency plan.
Returning to the island in 1996
Van Swieten became involved as a
volunteer in Emergency Social
Services (ess), a component of
emergency response that provides
food, clothing, lodging and other
services for victims of disaster and
for responders. As ess director, she
was instrumental in building the
town's service from about 10 people to 120 active members within
two years.
She notes that retirement towns
such as Parksville often have excellent emergency volunteer resources
because retirees may be as young as
50 years with considerable energy
and skills along with a desire to contribute to their new community.
'Just do it' in small, easy steps is disaster planning coordinator's Judi Van Swieten's sage advice for those
wondering how to prepare for disaster. Hilary Thomson photo
er and brilliant sunny skies would
take her to camps that could be
1,500 metres up in the Rockies.
"Some days, I couldn't believe I
was getting paid to be there," she
says. "I've seen so much of b.c.'s
natural beauty that most people
never get to experience."
Usually the oldest person in
camp and often the only woman,
Van Swieten says she was seen as a
mother figure in camps populated
by dozens of young men.
Armed with a tiny sewing machine, she would mend workers'
clothing and act as an unofficial
counsellor and problem-solver
during in-camp stints that could
be as long as 60 consecutive days.
While there, she helped co-ordinate medical and air transportation response to emergencies
ranging from mangled fingers to
burn victims from an exploding
gas drilling rig.
At ubc, management, junior
staff and work-study students that
she mentors value Van Swieten's
depth of experience.
"Judi has a wide knowledge of
emergency management," says
Mark Aston, manager, Environmental Programs in the Dept. of
Health, Safety and Environment.
"She has very detailed expertise
and has worked right across the
province — that gives her real credibility in her consultations on campus and in her training sessions."
Van Swieten's work has included
refining the university's disaster
plan. An exercise to test the disaster plan was carried out last June.
More than 45 people took part in
an Emergency Operations Centre
response to a simulated ammonia
leak at Thunderbird Winter Sports
"ubc was one ofthe first organizations to create an emergency op
erations centre team using the
new b.c. Emergency Response
Management System," she says.
"It's a huge training curve to familiarize people with their role in an
ubc's proactive approach has
been praised by representatives of
the provincial emergency program,
especially since the university —
although the same size as many
municipalities — falls outside the
framework and resources for municipal emergency programs.
One aspect of disaster planning
is training individuals in personal
emergency preparedness.
Last year's Feb. 28 Vancouver
earthquake that registered 2.5 to 3
on the Richter scale as well as the
Sept. 11 disaster in the u.s. created
an acute awareness ofthe need for
preparedness, says Van Swieten.
Training demands increased so
significantly that she has hired a
staff trainer.
Consultation and training
needs have evolved over her 20
years in the business. The original
focus was response only, she says,
followed by preparedness and mitigation such as non-structural
seismic upgrading that includes
reliable fastening devices for bookcases, lighting fixtures and sprinkling systems.
Emergency management now
includes recovery planning that
outlines contingency measures
to ensure business can be resumed even after significant disruptions.
Qualifications are changing, too,
Van Swieten says.
"We're in a transition stage —
disaster planning is recognized as
a legitimate discipline. We're seeing more individuals with academic backgrounds getting involved.
But the practical experience has to
be there, too," she says, adding that
Canada is moving toward accreditation for those working in the discipline.
Although Van Swieten's workday is focused on calamities, and
her home has a grab and go' bag
full of emergency provisions, she
isn't full of gloom and doom.
A gardener and a reader, she also
volunteers at ubc's International
House to welcome students at the
airport or help at holiday dinners.
Her advice to people wondering
how to prepare for disaster?
"Just do it—even small steps like
storing water can make you feel
more in control. We can't prevent
bad things from happening but we
can manage them well."


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