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 UBC Archives Serial ■;
Volume 33 Number 14, July 16, 1987
UBC, faculty negotiate agreement
Celebrating the announcement of $16.4 million for a new Chemistry I Physics Building on campus are, left
to right, UBC President David Strangway, Minister of Advanced Education and Job Training Stan
Hagen, and former chemistry department head Dr. Charles McDowell.  Construction of the building will
begin in early September.
Victoria provides funding
for chemistry physics building
The Hon. Stanley Hagen, Minister of Advanced Education
and Job Training, has announced funding for a long-awaited
$16.4 million Chemistry/Physics Building on campus.
Identified as an "urgent building need" by UBC's Senate in
1977, the four-storey, 80,000 sq. ft. building will provide high
quality research laboratories for organic and inorganic
chemistry, as well as space for analytical and technical support
services, teaching labs, faculty offices and a science student
reading room. The building is scheduled for completion by the
summer of 1990.
Hagen noted that, "Essential research functions of this major
university will now have a facility second to none in the country,
ensuring that the University of British Columbia will continue to
be a leader in scientific education and research."
UBC President David Strangway said the university is
"delighted" with the approval of this much-needed facility.
"Our present chemistry building, built in 1926, no longer
meets building or safety codes," he said. "This new facility, with
its state-of-the-art research laboratories, will enable UBC to
become even more competitive for national and international
research contracts."
President Strangway added that approval of the new
building is a "very positive" sign of the government's support of
excellence in B.C. universities.
Leading edge research in UBC's chemistry and physics
departments has resulted in the creation of several high
technology spin off.companies in recent years. Vortek
Industries, creators of the Vortek Plasma Arc Lamp, Moli
Energy, manufacturers of the long-life Moli battery, and
Canadian Micro Analytical Services are just a few of the
companies created as a result of research developed at UBC.
UBC chemistry department head Larry Weiler said the new
building will be used for both basic and applied research and
will enhance collaborative work between the chemistry and
physics departments.
'The quality of the research space in the new facility will
certainly increase the chances of technological breakthroughs
being achieved."
He describes the present condition of labs in the chemistry
building as "deplorable".
"In some labs poisonous gases are being channelled out
through home-made fume hoods built out of sewer pipes.
Other labs are actually old washrooms that have been
converted into research space."
Weiler outlines some of the new research labs being
incorporated into the building.
"One of the new areas will be a joint laser facility, where
researchers from chemistry and physics can carry out very high
precision studies on the structure of atoms and molecules. The
lab will also be used by plasma physicists working on nuclear
fusion and for research into semi-conductors—materials which
transmit electricity without power loss."
The facility will give UBC researchers a boost in what has
become a world-wide race to develop superconductor
Weiler says the new building will also house a state-of-the-
art tissue culture lab for research into chemicals derived from
plants and microorganisms.
The building will be constructed at the corner of East Mall
and University Boulevard, across from the Bookstore.
Architect for the building is Thompson, Berwick, Pratt and
The Faculty Association and the university have reached an
agreement on faculty salaries for 1986/87 and 1987/88.
In late night talks held Tuesday, July 14, the last day of
negotiations, the two sides agreed on a general increase of 1.05
per cent for 1986/87, effective Jan. 1,1987, and a general
increase of 4.98 per cent for 1987/88 effective July 1,1987.
"In each year provisions have been made for career
advancement and some modest provision has been made for
benefits in 1987/88," said Vice-president academic Daniel
The agreements are subject to approval by the Faculty
Association and the Board of Governors and must be submitted
for approval by the Compensation Stabilization Board.
Negotiations began June 10 before Victoria announced its
1987/88 grant to the university.
UBC President David Strangway circulated a letter last
month to individual faculty members outlining the university's
position on salary increases for the two years under negotiation. -
Strangway said the letter "was a logical follow-through to
the meeting with faculty members May 26". The closed-door
meeting, organized jointly by Strangway and then-president of
the Faculty Association Herb Rosengarten, was an opportunity
for faculty members to air their grievances and to question
Strangway on the university's position.
"At that time we didn't know what our grant would be from
the provincial government," Strangway said. 'The issue at the
meeting was the 1986/87 salary negotiations. I was there to.
explain why the university didn't have the ability to pay and to
make it clear that the university's position was not an arbitrary
action or capricious act."
With the notification of the provincial grant, the university
was in a position to make a good offer, Strangway said. "It
seemed important to make the best offer we could afford and to
make it up front," _
When notified by telephone of the negotiation results,
Strangway said he was delighted that an agreement had been
reached. "Both parties are to be congratulated. With
negotiations dealt with in a timely way, we can turn our attention
to the many opportunities facing the university."
Crash course
for students
Some of Canada's brightest students will be crashing
cars on campus this summer. They'll also dissect brains,
create synthetic music, build robots, investigate superconductors and examine molecular genetics.
It's all part of the Shad Valley summer program, a four-
week opportunity for young people in grades 11 and 12 to
develop their talents in the areas of technology and
research. The results of the car crashes will be carefully
analyzed as part of an introduction to accident engineering-
-the study of the causes and effects of traffic accidents.
About 250 students from across Canada participate in
the annual program which is held at five universities
including UBC. Developed five years ago by the Canadian
Centre for Creative Technology at the University of Waterloo,
the program gives Canada's future entrepreneurs hands-on
exposure to recent developments in science and
Running June 28 to July 25 at UBC, the Shad Valley
program is sponsored by Canadian corporations and
advanced technology companies which provide six weeks
of employment for a student after the program.
This year's students come from as far away as
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
For many, it's their first visit to Vancouver and the UBC
Sauders give UBC $250,000
UBC has received $250,000 for research on a blood test for
cancer screening that is being hailed as a major breakthrough
by medical researchers across North America.
The donation, made by UBC Board chairman William
Sauder and his wife, Marjorie-Anne, will be used to purchase
equipment in UBC's nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
imaging lab, where the screening is being carried out.
Chemistry department head Larry Weiler estimates that with
the new equipment researchers will be able to screen more
than 1,000 blood samples a week. "With our present
equipment we can screen about 20," he said.
The NMR technique measures the magnetic properties of
lipoproteins, or fat-containing cells in blood plasma. "Because
cancer cells emit different NMR signals than normal cells, we
can differentiate between individuals who have cancer and
those who are healthy or have other diseases," explains Weiler.
Involved in the development of the blood test will be
researchers from the departments of chemistry, physics,
biochemistry, pathology and medicine, and researchers from
the UBC teaching hospitals and the Cancer Control Agency of
Weiler says the test, first demonstrated in late 1986 by a
biochemist in Boston named Eric Fossel, has claimed the
attention of cancer researchers across North America.
"The technique is revolutionary because the tests can be
done routinely, and it doesn't require tissue samples which
have to be obtained from a biopsy."
He adds that the technique may also provide a means of
monitoring the progress of a patient already being treated for
In the months ahead researchers will be trying to determine
such things as how early cancer cells can be detected by NMR
and what factors may interfere with the accuracy of the tests. Research project uncovers 18th century scandal
by David Morton
In the words of one critic, The Love of a
Prince has it all—romance, a seedy scenario,
passion, betrayal and manipulation. But you
won't find it playing at your local movie theatre.
The Love of a Prince, written by Dr. Larry
Bongie, head of UBC's French Department is a
well-written, solidly researched account of
Bonnie Prince Charlie's amorous adventures in
It is based on a series of love letters written
by a hitherto unknown lover of Bonnie Prince
Charlie's, his cousin Louise, Princesse de
Rohan. The letters also contain the revelation
that the Prince had a son by Louise, though it
died a year after birth.
Bonnie Prince Charlie was living in France
at the time, after his unsuccessful attempt to
regain the British throne and his daring escape
from Scotland.
Pieced together, the letters render a moving
tableau of the affair, albeit a one-sided
tableau. The Prince's letters were destroyed
by Louise on his instructions.
Bongie begrudgingly admits his book has
romantic appeal (he has recently had a
London enquiry about turning it into a play),
although he was reluctant to enter the
historical romance genre. His real intention
was simply to throw new light on the well-
studied figure of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Celebrated in song and legend, he emerges
from Bongie's book as a cruel, almost amoral
The Love of a Prince is a departure for
Bongie, who is a recent recipient of a Senior
Killam Research Prize. He is known as a dix-
huitiemiste, one who studies the literature,
history and philosophy of 18th-century France.
His contributions to 18th-century French
studies resulted, in 1983, in the French
government's naming him an Officier de
I'Ordre des Palmes Academiques.
"It is a fascinating time in French history" he
says. "The literary perspective was all
important, then. Enlightenment authors were
great communicators who wrote works of
history, philosophy or political science, to
please as much as to instruct."
Bongie's research takes him to archives all
over Europe. In France, he is a regular at the
National Archives, where he combs through
mounds of 18th-century documents. He has
much of this material reproduced in microfilm
Dr. Larry Bongie uncovered a rare gem among the stacks of 18th-century French
manuscripts he pours over. His latest book is about a secret love affair between
Bonnie Prince Charlie and his French cousin.
for closer study at home.
"I like to discover something new about an
author," says Bongie. "I dont mean a small
fact—the proverbial laundry list—that might at
best make an interesting footnote about
someone's life. I mean something that
changes the thinking about that author and his
In 1977, Bongie, was researching a book in
Windsor's Royal Archives when he discovered
the love letters—all 95 of them—that became
the basis of The Love of a Prince.
At first, they were a mystery. They were
unsigned, undated and in a "hopeless jumble."
Working like a detective, Bongie not only
discovered who the sender and recipient were,
he pieced the letters together and uncovered
the hidden story.
The 22-year-old princess is so obsessed
with her passion that she caters to every fancy
of Bonnie Prince Charlie. At his insistence, she
even brings their romantic interludes into her
husband's house in Paris. And together, they
plot to disguise their "love child" as her
The Prince soon turns jealous and spurns
her passionate advances. The letters end
abruptly with Louise still pleading her love.
Charlie denies he was ever in love with her
and resolutely takes a new lover.
The Prince's final years are not kind to him.
He becomes an abusive drunkard rejected by
the French court that once revered him as a
Bongie concludes he is a tragic figure, who,
"having botched his epic and outlived his
tragedy...finally abandoned his ultimately
meaningless role in life's novel of the absurd."
UBC gets $5 million in provincial grants
by Lorie Chortyk
Funds allocated to UBC under the
provincial government's Fund for Excellence in
Education will enable the university to
strengthen programs in biotechnology,
computer systems, Pacific Rim studies and
other priority areas in 1987/88.
UBC received $5,060,000 to fund special
initiatives in integrated computer systems
research, forestry, Pacific Rim studies, the
engineering physics project clinic, film studies,
atmospheric sciences, audiology and speech
sciences, occupational and physiotherapy, and
arts administration. Funds were also provided
to upgrade campus information systems and to
offset library acquisition and equipment costs.
In addition to money for new proposals,
$2,473,000 in renewal funding was provided
for programs in biotechnology, international
business and finance, and North Asian legal
Vice-president academic Daniel Birch said
the allocations strongly reflect priorities put
forth to government by the university. "Ministry
officials consulted with us frequently about our
long-term goals and priorities before the
allocations were approved."
He added that although the university's
highest priority is adequate funding of its base
operating budget, UBC is pleased about the
assurances of long-term funding being made
through the Fund for Excellence.
Conferences set
Forest experts from Europe and North
America will analyse the effects of air pollution
and acid rain on trees and plants at a
conference at UBC July 27 - 31. Delegates to
the conference, sponsored by the International
Union of Forest Research Organizations, will
discuss the impact of changes in the earth's
atmosphere during the past 50 years on the
world's forests. The conference, 'The Growth
of Woody Plants in a Changing Chemical and
Physical Environment," will take place at
MacMillan Hall.
As many as 500 wine connoisseurs have
chosen UBC to host their international
conference, the first in Canada. Members of
the Society of Wine Educators, the people who
teach wine making and tasting, industry
experts, retailers and marketers will bring
wines from all over the world for special
tastings. They'll also discuss the history and
methods of production of wines from France,
Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, California,
South Africa and India. The conference takes
place August 6 - 10 at the Student Union
"The fund provides start-up costs for
special initiatives, but the government has also
made a commitment to provide on-going
funding for each of the academic programs
through our base operating budget."
The largest of the first-time allocations,
$1,050,000, went to the Departments of
Computer Science and Electrical and
Mechanical Engineering for research into
microelectronics and advanced computer
The three departments have established a
Centre for Integrated Computer Systems
Research in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to
develop technology in the areas of computer
communications networks, robotics and
telecontrol, remote sensing for resource
management and computer vision. The
In Memoriam
Prof. J. "Gil" Hooley, an honorary professor
of chemistry, died last month at the age of 72.
He had been a member of the chemistry
department since 1942.
Born and raised in Kitsilano, Hooley
attended UBC from 1930 to 36, earning
undergraduate and graduate degrees in
honors chemistry. The data he produced on
the atomic weight of rubidium for his master's
thesis is still being used today and is
considered a classic piece of research in this
After earning his PhD from the
Massachussetts Institute of Technology,
Hooley joined Corning Glass Works in New
York as a researcher. One of his most
challenging projects at Corning was the
construction of a giant telescope reflector for
the Palomar Obervatory.
In 1942 Hooley returned to Vancouver with
his wife Agnes, an honors chemistry student
he had met while doing graduate work at UBC,
to take up a position in UBC's chemistry
department. He served as chairman of the
department from 1949-55.
While at UBC Hooley carried out pioneering
research in the areas of specific heat
measurements and staging, in graphite
compounds. In 1979 he received the
prestigious Charles E. Pettinos Award, an
international award made by the American
Carbon Society.
Hooley was appointed an honorary
professor of chemistry in 1980, a year after his
The chemistry department is establishing a
trust fund in Prof. Hoole/s memory for
undergraduate scholarships and bursaries.
For more information, contact Prof. Larry
Weiler at 228-2471.
funding will be used to provide research
space, equipment and personnel for the
The university received $845,000 for
research into better forest harvesting and
processing techniques, development of new
forest products and marketing strategies, and
forest regeneration.
Collaborating with the forestry faculty in
these areas are researchers from the botany
department and electrical, mechanical, bio-
resource and civil engineering.
The Faculty of Arts and the UBC library
received $320,000 to support five new faculty
positions in Pacific Rim studies and to develop
the library's Asian collections. The positions,
which will be filled in the Departments of
Political Science, Economics, Geography,
Anthropology and Sociology and Asian
Studies, will bring to UBC experts in Japanese
domestic and international politics, the
contemporary Japanese economy, the
geography of Japan, contemporary Japanese
society and culture, and Indonesian language.
The university also received $225,000 to
expand its film studies program, and $157,000
for a master's program in arts administration.
The program, which provides training for
students interested in managing cultural
organizations, is a joint venture of the Faculties
of Arts and Commerce and will be offered as
part of UBC's Master of Business
Administration program.
A joint proposal from the Faculties of Arts
and Science to establish a centre of excellence
in atmospheric science was funded for
$300,000. The money will be used for new
faculty and staff positions in the Departments
of Geography and Oceanography. An
undergraduate program will be implemented,
focusing on such topics as the effect of a
'greenhouse' warming on natural resources,
how urbanization and land clearance affect
climate, the implications of climate changes on
hazards such as coastal flooding, avalanches
and storms, and other related areas of study.
The Department of Physics and the Faculty
of Applied Science received $113,000 to
support and expand the Engineering Physics
Project Clinic. Fourth-year engineering
physics students involved in the clinic tackle
technical design problems submitted by
The Schools of Rehabilitation Medicine and
Audiology and Speech Sciences received
$250,000 to expand their teaching and
research programs. The expansion was
requested in response to the growing demand
across North America for trained graduates in
physical therapy, audiology, occupational
therapy and speech language pathology.
Turrell gets
physics post
Professor Brian Turrell has been named
new head of the Physics department. A UBC
Killam Senior Fellow in 1986, Turrell joined the
university as assistant professor in 1964,
leaving a post at Sussex University, England.
He stepped into his new departmental position
As a condensed matter physicist, Turrell
has been involved in basic research
investigating the properties of magnetic
materials. Over the past two years he has
been working with devices known as
superheated superconducting colloidal
detectors which are being developed in the
hopes of detecting small sub-atomic particles
called WIMPS (weakly interacting massive
particles). Many scientists believe that WIMPS
hold the key to one of the cosmological
puzzles ofthe universe—the "missing mass".
They argue that only 10 per cent of the mass
of the universe can be accounted for. So far,
they say, the remaining 90 per cent is still
But it's not only astrophysicists who are
interested in these devices. "The colloidal
detectors are capable of detecting X-rays and
gamma rays," says Turrell. "As we improve
the technique, they may possibly have medical
and industrial applications in the future."
The federal department of finance has
appointed economics professor Dr. John
Helliwell as the Clifford Clark Visiting
Economist., Helliwell will provide the
department with advice on emerging economic
issues and take part in policy development at
the highest level.
Helliwell has held a wide variety of
academic and professional appointments and
has lectured and published widely in Canada
and abroad on such areas as macroeconomics, international finance, taxation and
monetary policy. He has served on private
sector advisory committees to the government
and was formerly chairman of the Economic
Advisory Panel to the federal Minister of
Created in 1983, the Clifford Clark Visiting
Economist post honors the late Dr. Clifford
Clark who was deputy minister of finance from
1932 until 1952 and was responsible for
developing the finance department into a
central agency for economic policy-making.
Professor V. Setty Pendakur of the School
of Community and Regional Planning has
been elected the President of the Canadian
Asian Studies Association for a two year term.
2     UBC REPORTS July 16,1987 Forest research aims at movable hybrid trees
j UBC forest geneticist Dr. Donald Lester uses a syringe to pollinate different hybrids
of spruce trees.   He is hoping to develop trees that grow in a variety of environments.
by David Morton
Most British Columbians take the forest
industry for granted but outsiders think we
cant see the forest for the trees.
'Throughout my working experience, I've
had this sense of British Columbia as a frontier,
in terms of forest research, specifically in the
area of tree improvement.
'There is so much energy and enthusiasm
here, and the programs are far enough along
that the research possibilities are almost
Those are the words of one of North
America's leading researchers in the field of
forest genetics, Donald Lester. Last July, he
joined UBC's Faculty of Forestry; assuming his
position in the newly-established Poldi Bentley
NSERC/lndustrial Chair in Forest Genetics and
Tree Improvement.
Jointly funded by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council, the forest
industry and the provincial Ministry of Forests,
the chair puts Lester at the helm of a five-year
program to research tree improvement in B.C.
While working as a research supervisor for
the U.S. forest company, Crown Zellerbach,
Lester was a frequent visitor to the province
over a period of 10 years. He says he was
impressed with the size and scope of the tree
improvement programs here.
UBC course helps New Brunswick
,      New Brunswick government consultant
Rebecca Holt was so impressed by one of
UBC's Faculty of Education courses, that she
booked a flight for her first visit to Vancouver
to find out more about the Distance Education
A former teacher, Holt is currently adviser to
the Ministry of Education in New Brunswick,
_ and she's concerned about how teachers will
handle the government's move to integrate
special needs students into the school system.
'There's a tremendous need for New
Brunswick teachers to develop their skills in
classroom management with the influx of
students who will require special attention,"
Holt says. "What impressed me about the
course was that it could help teachers with all
children, not just special needs children, in the
regular classroom."
The course which prompted her visit was
Counselling Psychology 426, titled The Role of
the Teacher in Guidance. Based in part on
what is known in psychology as Adlerian
theory, it provides teachers with the practical
skills for managing classroom behaviour, by
showing them how to set up a co-operative
system of decision making and problem
solving through group effort.
'The unique feature of Adlerian philosophy
is that each individual is seen as worthwhile
Elderly lack services
in small communities
by Lorie Chortyk
Elderly people in small B.C. communities
are suffering because of poor transportation in
their home towns. That's the main conclusion
of a study by Dr. Gerald Hodge of UBC's
School of Community and Regional Planning.
Hodge surveyed 150 seniors this summer
to identify the needs of the elderly in small B.C.
communities and to examine how well they are
being met by government and service
"The need for transportation is
overwhelming because it's linked to so many
other activities," he says. "In 98 per cent of
B.C.'s small towns no public transportation or
taxi services exist. When the nearest doctor is
in the next town and food stores are located
miles away, this becomes a serious problem
for many elderly citizens. At least one quarter
of the seniors we surveyed don't drive."
Other major concerns for seniors are
access to health care, help with home
maintentance and repairs, and companionship.
"Most small towns have very high
proportions of elderly citizens, in some cases
up to 40 per cent of the population," says
Hodge. "Yet often the needs and concerns of
seniors go unheard in the province."
Hodge and his research assistants Aileen
Vlurphy and Lynn Guilbault surveyed and
nterviewed seniors in small towns in the
Okanagan, the East Kootenays, the Fraser
v'aUey, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver
i Island. The team also interviewed municipal
1 officers and principal caregivers such as
homemakers and volunteer drivers to
determine what services were available for the
elderly in each community.
The study was funded by the Ministry of
Municipal Affairs in Victoria, and was carried
out through UBC's Centre for Human
Settlements, where Hodge is a scholar-in-
- residence.
"Although there are exceptions, we found
that the needs of the elderly are not being met
very effectively in most small communities,"
says Hodge. "Little communication exists
between the local government and community
groups who provide services for the elderly,
and in most small towns resources for seniors
programs are very limited."
He points to Creston, Comox, Rossland,
Gibsons and Parksville as examples of B.C.
towns where the government and community
have developed good services for the elderly.
'These communities have coordinated
government and community services, involved
seniors in the planning of programs and have
come up with imaginative ways to make use of
their limited resources."
For example, says Hodge, some
communities provide transportation for the
elderly using school buses which would
otherwise sit empty for six hours each day.
.  In addition to this summer's in-depth study,
Hodge is establishing a statistical database
from all 140 municipalities in B.C. The
information will be used to study trends of
elderly citizens in small towns from 1961-81.
Gerald Hodge has just completed his
study of seniors in small towns.
and as having individual potential to be
developed," says Vancouver psychologist and
sessional instructor Edna Nash. "As well, there
is a commitment to action within the
community which, in the classroom, takes the
form of weekly meetings by the students to
determine the rules of behaviour."
Nash developed the counselling course to
meet a concern expressed by practising
teachers that they lacked adequate counselling
and guidance skills. First taught as part of the
Education curriculum, Nash helped produce
24 videotaped half-hour programs which
could be offered to teachers through the
province via the Knowledge Network.
While in Vancouver, Rebecca Holt visited
several schools to see for herself the cooperative methods put into practice.
. "In the traditional classroom situation, the
approach is very authoritian with the teacher
telling the students what to do. What I saw in
these classrooms was a humanistic approach
where the students and teacher work out the
rules of the classroom together and determine
what the consequences of their actions will
Holt says the techniques and philosophy of
this method would be well-suited to special
needs students in New Brunswick schools. In
each classroom the better students would be
able to help the special needs students in a
system where each child is working towards
individual personal growth.
The UBC Faculty of Education, through the
Field Development Office, provides further
professional training for the 27,000 teachers in
Not older ...
just better
The number of physically fit older people is
increasing in Canada, a prospect that points to
changes not only in how people view the
elderly, but also to the need for change in
areas such as health, leisure, lifestyle, and
This was one of the concerns expressed at
a recent conference when more than 1,200
delegates from 34 countries met at UBC to
discuss the future of physical education. The
joint meeting of the International Council for
Health, Physical Education and Recreation,
and the Canadian Association for Health,
Physical Education and Recreation was hosted
by the School of Physical Education and
Recreation around the theme Towards the 21 st
Conference co-ordinator and director of
Rec UBC Sonya Van Niekerk says the issue of
wellness and the older adult is of increasing
concern and one that the Canadian
government Has promised will receive research
"But it's just one area in the physical
education field which is changing rapidly," she
According to Van Neikerk, the field will be
considerably different by the year 2000.
"In one geographical area, you can go from
a coastal to an interior environment, and in
both areas find very active tree improvement
programs.   ,
"I could see a few places where I thought I
could make a contribution to the provincial and
industrial effort to create more productive
Lester's research will lead him into two
areas related to tree improvement. The first is
an investigation into the effects of moving tree
seedlings from one geographic location to
another, for example, from a coastal
environment to an interior environment.
Working with hemlocks and lodgepole pines,
he will be studying their growth patterns in
relation to climate and the quality of wood
"We know from earlier research that there
may be some boost in the growth of certain
species when you move them to new
environments," says Lester. "But there is also
likely to be some risk if you transport them to
an unfavourable climate.
"An early frost, for instance, may cause
damage to a seedling from an area that
doesn't normally experience early frosts."
The ultimate objective, he explains, is to
maximize the tree's growth potential without
taking exceptional risks from climatic
conditions such as frost damage.
The second area of Lester's research is
what he refers to as "exploratory crossing," or
putting together new combinations of genes
which may lead to exceptional growth rates in
a given species.
Working primarily with spruce trees, Lester
is attempting to create combinations that
exploit the genetic advantages of trees from
different environments. The goal is to produce
a hybrid that grows well in a range of
If the crossing has been successful, new
seeds can be extracted from the cones' in late
August and early September. Next spring, the
seeds will be germinated and the researchers
can begin testing the seedlings for their
productive potential.
Coast study
gets funding
University scientists will soon be able to
combine their research to come up with some
practical answers on how to best utilize B.C.'s
more than 12,000 kilometres of coastline.
A recent $150,000 grant from the Donner
Canadian Foundation will provide seed money
for a new Marine Ecosystem Program—the
first such integrated approach to marine
research in the province.
The joint program will involve the University
of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University
and the federal Department of Fisheries and
MEP projects will study some of the critical
problems facing policy makers and will provide
a better scientific basis for the management of
marine resources especially in the areas of
fisheries and pollution. The results will
influence the ways in which fishermen, fish
farmers, scuba divers, bathers, boaters,
industry developers, marina operators and
others utilize coastal waters.
"Ifs an opportunity to bring together
specialists in a variety of disciplines to
undertake research that has direct
applications," says MEP spokesperson and
UBC oceanography professor Tim Parsons.
"For example, there's been speculation that
mine tailings and dredging sediments may
interfere with herring which winter in the
depths of the ocean. Currently scientists don't
know much about herring. Under the MEP we
can bring together a sedimentation expert and
a herring expert and provide some answers."
MEP will operate out of the Canadian
Fisheries and Oceans laboratory located in
West Vancouver. The federal government is
donating the lab space and support services to
the program.
Under MEP, part of the CFO lab will be
renovated with the assistance of additional
grants of $30,000 from the UBC Research
Development Office, $30,000 from NSERC (the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada) and $10,000 from the
Simon Fraser Research Development Office.
The Donner Canadian Foundation grant will
cover the projected annual operating expenses
of $50,000 for three years.
By September MEP will be up and running.
Parsons predicts the lab will be in full
operation by the spring of 1988t
UBC REPORTS July 16,1987     3 UBC Calendar
Community & Regional Planning Lecture
Resource Planning and Management - Some Examples
of a Human Ecological Approach. Professor J. Gordon
Nelson, Urban and Regional Planning Universityof
Waterloo. Room 105, Lasserre. 10a.m.
Psychiatry Lecture
The General Story of Human Evolution. Sir John
Eccles, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Abteilung
Neuro biologie, Max-Planck-lnstitut fur
Biophysikalische Chemie, Gottingen, West Germany.
For more information, call 228-7376 or 228-7377.
Lecture Hall 2, IRC. 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
Evolution and Expression of Trypanosome Variant
Surface Glycoprotein Genes. Dr. John C. Boothroyd,
Medical Microbiology, Stanford University School of
Medicine. IRC 3. 4 p.m.
Theology Lecture
Religion, Reproduction and Technology. Dr. Daniel
Maguire and Dr. Marjorie Maguire, Marquette
University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chapel of the
Epiphany, Vancouver School of Theology. 7:30 p.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
Antiviral Agents. Dr. Stephen L. Sacks. Division of
Infectious Diseases, Health Sciences Centre Hospital.
Room G-279, Lecture Theatre, Acute Care Unit, HSCH.
12 noon.
Music for Summer Evenings
Michael Strutt, Guitar; Lynne Pining, flute. This local
duo is known as Allegra — Music for Flute and Guitar.
Freeadmission. Recital Hall, Music Building. 8p.m.
Chemistry Seminar
Relativistic Effects in Chemistry. Dr. J. G. Snijders,
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Free University,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Room 225, Chemistry
Building. 2:30 p.m.
Garden Tours with David Tarrant
Western Gardener David Tarrant will lead tours of the
UBC Botanical Garden at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30
p.m. Tea will be served in the garden from 1 p.m.
Admission is two-for-one. For details, call 228-4208.
African Carnival
Evelyn Roth's Festival Arts. Performance with Spirit
House inflatable sculpture and carnival music. Afro-jazz
drama choreographed by Jeni Legon. Costumes
available for audience participation. For more
information, call 228-5087. Behind Museum of
Anthropology, near Haida Houses. 2:30 p.m.
Theology Lecture
Indigenous Christianity. The Rev. Percy Tait, Chief
Councillor of NewAiyansh, B.C., Representative on
Council of Native Affairs, Anglican Church of Canada.
Chapel of the Epiphany, Vancouver School of
Theology. 7:30 p.m.
Ts'lsha'ath Naming Ceremony and Feast
At the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This centuries
old ceremony will honour Marina Rayner, four year old
daughter of Cynthia and Russell Rayner. Admission
$10. For more information, call 228-5087. The program
begins at 5 p.m. with NYP presentations, salmon feast at
6 p.m. Behind Museum of Anthropology. Naming
Ceremony commences 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Theology Lecture
Christian Faith and the Television Evangelists. Dr.
Gabriel Fackre, Andover Newton Theological School,
Massachusetts. Chapel of the Epiphany, Vancouver,
School of Theology. 7:30 p.m.
Medical Grand Rounds
Cardiac Sudden Death. Dr. Charles Kerr, Division of
Cardiology, Health Sciences Centre Hospital. Room G-
279, Lecture Theatre, Acute Care Unit, HSCH. 12 noon.
Music for Summer Evenings
Kum Sing Lee, piano; John Loban, violin; Lee Duckies,
cello. Chamber music of Brahms, Beethoven and
Kreisler. Freeadmission. Recital Hall, Music Building.
8 p.m.
Cancer Research Centre Lecture
Radiosensitivityof Human Tumour Cells in Primary
Culture. Dr. Bill Brock, Associate Professor,
Department of Experimental Radiotherapy, University
of Texas System Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson
Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas. Lecture
Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research Centre. 12 noon.
Music for Summer Evenings
Philippe Etter, viola; Ian Hampton, cello; Melinda
UBC Reports is published every second
Thursday by UBC Community Relations
6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1W5, Telephone 228-3131.
EdItor-ln-Chlef: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Don Whiteley
Layout: Jo Moss
Contributors: Jo Moss, Lorie Chortyk,
David Morton, Debora Sweeney.
National ski champion Karen Percy is one of 10 members of the Canadian women's
National Alpine Ski Team who checked out their fitness level recently in the Buchanan
Exercise Science Lab in the UBC Aquatic Centre.  The results of battery of tests
administered by Dr. Ted Rhodes will be incorporated into each skier's personalized
training plan.   The facility attracts Canada's top teams all year round.
Coffey, piano; Gene Ramsbottom, clarinet. An evening
of chamber music featuring Piano Quartet in C minor by
Faure. Freeadmission. Recital Hall, Music Building. 8
Chinese Brush Painting Exhibition
Sponsored by the Institute of Asian Research.
"Visions" paintings by Margaret H. Chinn. Free
admission. Demonstration on Sunday July 19 at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 228-2746. Asian Centre
Auditorium. July 18-July 26. 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Museum of Anthropology Exhibitions
The Flute and The Sword. Exhibition featuring popular
religious poster art which explores the passionate
nature of two Hindu deities, Krishna and Kali. Until July
The Third Eye. An exhibition featuring non-destructive
scientific techniques used to yield information beyond
the scope of normal methods of curatorial investigation.
Until Sep tern ber 27.
The Literary Heritage of Hinduism. Exhibition of sacred
Hindu texts discussing the significance of Spiritual
Knowledge. Until November.
The Hindu Divine. Six independent exhibitions explore
some of the many ways in which abstract concepts of
the Absolute are depicted in Indian life through
bronzes, stone sculptures, popularartand everyday
objects. A seventh exhibition discusses Hindu, Sikh,
and Islamic religious expressions in Vancouver. Until
Museum admission: Adults $2.50, children, seniors,
students $1. For more information, call 228-5087.
Forest Sciences, IUFRO Workshop
Woody Plant Growth in a Changing Physical and
Chemical Environment Symposium. Dr. D.P. Lavender.
For mpre information, call 228-4166. July 27-31.
Room 166, MacMillan Building. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stress Management Course
The University Health & Safety Committee is
sponsoring a 3-hour course on personal stress
management. Sessions will be held from 12:30- 1:30
p.m. on July 27, 29 and 31 and will be presented by Dr.
Dorothy Goresky, Student Health Service, UBC. Free.
Room 414, IRC4th Floor Conference Room. Formore
information, call 228-2643.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Year-round performances of traditional and
experimental theatre. UBC's summer stock company
will perform this year: Michel Tremblay's Bonjour La,
Bonjour now till July 18; and the final show, Barry
Broadfoot's Ten Lost Years, runs July 29 to Aug. 8. For
ticket information, call 228-2678.
Bursaries to Study French at UBC
Bursaries may be available to Canadian citizens or
landed immigrants who have been full-time students
during the 1946-87 academic year. Now-August 21.
The bursary covers tuition, room and board on campus,
and cultural and social activities scheduled by the
Program. For information, call 222-5224.
Language Programs
Three-week, non-credit, morning programs in French
begin August 4; all-day immersion programs begin -
August 4; Three-week, non-credit, morning programs in
Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese begin July
27. For more information, call Language Programs and
Services, Centre for Continuing Education, at 222-5227.
Safety Program Seminar
The Occupational Health and Safety Department is
holding a 2-day seminar on occupational health and
safety programs. Topics include Safety
Responsibilities, Effective Safety Committees, Safety
Inspection Techniques, Accident Investigations and
Safety Training and Instruction. Freeadmission. Will be
of interest to managers; supervisors and safety
committee members. For information and registration
call 228-2643. Wed. and Thurs., August 19 and 20.
Native Youth Programs
Native Youth Workers present the following illustrated
talks and tours: Traditional Uses of the Cedar Tree (1:15
p.m.); Northwest Coast Ceremonies and Feasts (2 p.m.);
Fishing Technology on the Northwest Coast (2:30 p.m.);
Totem Pole Tour (3:30 p.m.). Tuesday through Friday
July 21 through August 28. For more information, call
228-5087, Museum of Anthropology.
Laboratory Chemical Safety Course
The UBC Occupational Health and Safety Office is
offering a course covering chemical storage, handling
and disposal, laboratory inspections, emergency
response and spill clean up. The two morning lecture
sessions (August 24 and 25) and one morning practical
session (September 2, 9,10 or 25)are intended for
people who handle chemicals in a laboratory, especially
lab technicians, stores keepers and safety committee
representatives. Information and course registration is
available from the Occupational Health and Safety
Office, 228-2029.
Graduate Student Centre Summer Hours
The Grad Centre Lounge is open Mon. - Thurs. 4:30 p.m.
- 11:30 p.m.and Fri. from 4:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. The view
is beautifuland the publicare welcome. Lunch service
in the Garden Room, 11:30a.m.-2:00 p.m. Special
events include Monday video nights in the Lounge
(free). Schedules are available at the Centre.
Wednesdays we present live music in the Lounge and on
Friday evenings recorded music and dancing. Every
Friday at 4 p.m. come and visit the ever popular
Beergarden in the Garden Room. For more information,
call 228-3203.
Thinking of Volunteering?
Volunteer Connections is open now through August to
help you find the volunteer position that best suits you.
This is a free service, Mondayto Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30
p.m. in the Student Counselling and Resources Centre,
Brock 200. For information, call 228-4347. For an
appointment, call 228-3811.
Recreation UBC Summer Hours
The Recreation UBC outdoor rental shop has full-time
summer hours now through September 1. All types of
outdoor equipment may be rented for reasonable prices.
Open daily 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. except Sunday.
Located in the dispensary of the War Memorial Gym.
For more information, call 228-3515 or 228-3996.
Free Guided Campus Tours
Bring your friends, visitors, community, school or civic
group to UBCfora walkirg tour of the campus. Every
Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.,
groups will have the opportunity to see and learn about
everything from the unique Sedgewick underground
library to the Rose Garden and more. Tours last
approximately 2 hours in the morning and 11/2 hours in
the afternoon. To book, call the Community Relations
Office at 228-3131.
Botanical & Nitobe Memorial Gardens
The Botanical Garden and Nrtobe Memorial Garden will
be open daily 10a.m. - 8 p.m. Freeadmission
Wednesdays. For information, call 228-4208.
Summer Sun, Fun and Fitness
UBC Leisure Pursuits Instructional Program. Outdoor
aerobics, weather permitting, Mondayto Friday 12-
12:40 p.m. Call 228-3996 for location, or if you would
like to see classes offered at other times. Aerobics to
music—in UBC's newest weightroom, basement War
Memorial Gym. Mondayto Friday 1 - 1:40 p.m.
Weightroom is open Mondayto Thursday 12 - 7:45 p.m.
and Friday 12-5:45 p.m. Expert and helpful supervision
on location. $2 drop-in charge for all activities, summer
passes available. For more information, call 228-3996.
English Conversation Class
English Conversation Class, with a variety of music,
stories and films - ail free! International House, Upper
Lounge. For more information, call 228-5021. Monday
evenings, 7:30 p.m.
Language Exchange Program
This program is for those interested in learning foreign
languages or in exchanging a foreign language for
English. Call International House between 9a.m. and 5
p.m. Monday- Friday at 228-5021.
Golf Lessons
Get in the swing of things with UBC golf lessons.
Lessons are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at
various times. There are basic and intermediate levels.
Small classes ensure personal attention. A video
session helps you see the problems with your swing.
Equipment is available at no extra charge. The cost is
$55. Tuition waivers welcome. For more information
contact: Community Sport Services at 228-3688.
Research Forest Tours
The UBC Research Forest, Silver Valley Road, Maple
Ridge offers guided tours until Sept. 7. Sundays and
holiday Mondays a professional forester will guide
visitors on a free two-hour tour of the gentle trail
system leaving the main gate at 2 p.m. rain or shine.
Group and individual tours run Wednesday to Friday and
can be arranged by calling 463-8148.
Research Participants Required
Participants between the ages of 18-25 who are
employed full-time are required for a research project
associated with the Department of Counselling
Psychology. The project examines ways in which
parents have attempted to influence young adults
regarding their occupation, career, and life plan.
Participants willing to complete a questionnaire requiring
approximately 1-1/2 hours will be paid $10 and $20 for a
two hour interview. For more information, call Dr.
Richard Young or John Schneider at 228-6380.
Fitness tests
for disabled
Physical Education professor Kenneth
Courts would like to see fitness testing
available province-wide for wheelchair
athletes. Courts, whose work is helping to
change perceptions of disabled people, says
his research indicates that the body
compensates for the disability.
'There was some speculation that
respiration limits the exercise capacity of
quadraplegics," Courts said. "In fact, although
they lose some of the muscles involved in
respiration, they are able to breathe enough air
to supply their working muscles with oxygen.
Disabled people have a reduced muscle mass
that does not require the same amount of
oxygen as does the larger muscle mass of an
able person."
Courts uses standard fitness testing to
measure such things as heartrate, respiration
and energy expenditure. The only exception is
the use of a special device with rollers instead
of a treadmill. Coutts is interested in how the
location of a disabling injury affects athletic
"For a person with a disabling injury ifs
comparable to a car with an eight cylinder
engine suddenly running on four. But with
training, disabled people can develop the
muscle mass to function at a high performance
level," Coutts says.
Coutts became interested in the fitness
testing of disabled athletes when athlete Rick
Hansen was a student at the university. Over
the last several years, he has tested many
groups of disabled and able-bodied people in
Fund goal set
UBC's United Way executive committee
wants to raise $130,000 in this year's fund
raising campaign and increase individual        [
contributions by 10 per cent.
Committee chairman Dr. C.V. Finnegan
said last year 767 faculty and staff, only 13 per
cent of the potential university population,
contributed to the United Way.
This year, the executive committee is
gearing up early, hoping to encourage more
people to contribute. Committee members will
also decide whether to include students in the
fund raising drive, which takes place in
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period August 9 to September 12, notices must be submitted On proper
Calendar forms no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 to the Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building.  For more
information, call 228-3131.


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