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VOL   53   I   NO   12   I   DECEMBER   6,   2007
J« 1908, B.C. legislators passed the University Act that created The University of
British Columbia. In 2008, UBC invites people across the province to join us as we
celebrate 100 years of academic, research and community achievement with a variety
of events and activities. This issue of UBC Reports is dedicated to telling a few of
the stories of our contributions to the province, Canada and the world. Visit the
web version for more historical content at www.puhlicaffairs.uhc.ca/uhcreports.
WHAT'S INSIDE:     3 Eyewitness to the Century      5 Research and Creative Achievers      4   Aggies Forever
6 Ubyssey Legacy 8 First Nations Program Firsts 11  From the President
Many Vancouverites recall the 1968 "uprising" that
saw 3,000 students take over the UBC Faculty Club
BY BASIL WAUGH, with notes
from archived editions of UBC
Reports and The Ubyssey
It was a quiet day at the UBC
faculty club on Oct. 24,1968
- until several hundred students,
a presidential pig candidate, and
an American radical joined the
faculty for lunch.
Students drank the faculty's
liquor, smoked their cigarettes,
burned flags, and swam nude
in the patio pool. Rock bands
cranked out psychedelic jams
until the small hours. Revolution,
among other substances, was in
the air.
To some, the sprawling be-in
was the largest display of UBC
student power since the 1922
Great Trek, ultimately giving
students more say in how the
university was run. To others,
it was a case study in political
cliches and revolutionary
posturing. One thing is certain: it
was the wildest time the then-
private club - now UBC's Sage
Bistro restaurant - had ever seen.
"The idea was to liberate a
place that represented the power
of the establishment," says UBC
alumnus Stan Persky, author
of 26 books and former Globe
and Mail books columnist, who
helped to negotiate an end to the
takeover as it threatened to erupt
into violence. "So organizers
targeted the faculty club, which
at the time was off-limits to
students and staff," says the
Capilano College philosophy
Herbert Rosengarten, a then-
junior English professor, was
in the games room when the
motley crew began pouring in.
"At first, I was mostly afraid for
club's new pool table, which had
cost members a lot of money.
After we secured the room,
I went upstairs and watched
someone burn a U.S. draft card.
It had nothing to do with UBC
or Canada, but I guess it was
meant as a symbol of radical
"Many students were there
because they wanted to have
a good time and wanted to
show the faculty they could do
this," adds Rosengarten, who
recently retired from UBC after
41 years. "They were not there
in support of any particular
Brenda Tournier and Harold Etter are working on a UBC Okanagan
online display of UBC historical memorabilia gathered from UBC alumni
in the Thompson-Okanagan region.
cause or grievance, just voicing
their opposition to the Vietnam
war and government in general.
The few formal speeches I heard
were very cliched, mainly about
Vietnam and student rights."
Setting the stage was a pre-
invasion noon-hour campus
speech by traveling U.S. radical
Jerry Rubin, a member of the
Youth International Party, or
Yippies. Wearing a National
Liberation Front of South
Vietnam flag as a cape, Rubin
urged an audience of 1,500
students outside the Student
Union Building to liberate
themselves from all forms of
He urged students to "cast
off the shackles of society"
and denounced universities as
"baby-sitting establishments."
Rubin then introduced the Yippee
presidential candidate, Pigasus the
Pig. "Why vote for half-pigs like
Nixon, Wallace and Humphries,
when you can have the whole
hog? Pigasus."
At the end of the speech,
Rubin re-emphasized the need
for students to take action and
liberate themselves. "We've got all
American "Yippee" leader Jerry Rubin
the shackles of society."
UBC students to "cast off
these people here, now let's do
something. Is there any place on
campus that needs liberating?"
"The faculty club," yelled out
a half-dozen members of the
crowd - and off they went.
The location had clearly been
set in advance, as local media
were present when the horde
of students began flooding in.
continued on page !
Okanagan Alum Linked
to 1922 Great Trek Region's
UBC grads embrace Kelowna campus
We're through with tents and hovels,
We're done with shingle stain,
Thafs why we ask you to join us
And carry our campaign.
Agriculture student Harold
C. Etter composed this four-line
marching song in 1922 to buoy
the spirits of his fellow UBC
students on the long trek from the
university's downtown Vancouver
Fairview campus to Point Grey. His
words, given voice by many, echoed
along the historic Great Trek
that ultimately helped lead to the
creation of the Point Grey campus.
Fast forward 85 years.
This summer, the songwriter's
son - also named Harold - was
exploring UBC history for a UBC
centenary online exhibit he's
working on. Combing through
archives of UBC journals, Etter
was suprised to discover in a
1982 edition of the UBC Alumni
Chronicle the words to the song
composed by his father.
"I didn't even know about it
until I was doing this research,"
says Etter, who earned a PhD
in botany from UBC in 1966
and went on to a career in
plant physiology research and
consulting. Now retired and
living in Summerland, B.C., he's
an active member of the UBC
Alumni Association's Okanagan
chapter and is gathering material
for their centenary webpage.
continued on page 4 2     |     UBC    REPORTS     |     DECEMBER    6,    2007
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Prof Witnessed Century's Global Conflicts
Controversial Process Saps
Trees' Strength, Prof Says
New York Times interviewed
UBC wood science professor
Shawn Mansfield about a
controversial genetic engineering
process that seeks to turn trees
into new energy sources.
Scientists are attempting to
reduce the amount of lignin,
a chemical compound that
interferes with efforts to turn the
tree's cellulose into biofuels. But
the procedure can also sap trees
of their strength because lignin
provides structural stiffness and
resistance to pests.
Mansfield is skeptical of the
process. "Nature would have
selected for lower-lignin trees if
they could survive," he said.
2010 Olympics Vulnerable to
Sex Crimes
UBC law professor Benjamin
Perrin warns that the 2010
Winter Olympics will make
Vancouver a prime target for the
sex-slave market.
"The Olympics give traffickers
an easy cover story, and border
guards aren't sufficiently trained
to identify these people," said
Perrin, founder of the Future
Group, an international
organization that battles human
trafficking and child sex tourism.
Perrin, who said criminals
see male sports tourists as
sex tourists, also featured
prominently in media coverage
of two Canadians facing charges
of child sex crimes in Thailand,
including Agence Trance Presse,
Globe and Mail, National Post,
Vancouver Sun, CTV and CBC
Perrin said Canada is
"arguably amongst the
worst countries at preventing
pedophiles from exploiting
children abroad."
Benjamin Perrin aims to strengthen Canada's ability to put away
criminals who traffic in human lives and child sex.
Facebook Bullies: Friend or foe?
UBC computer scientist Richard
Rosenberg offered advice in
a Globe and Mail article to
Facebook users who garner
friend requests from childhood
"You have to take into
account that you really don't
know this person at all,"
Rosenberg said, "and it was not
a pleasant relationship when you
While he doesn't dismiss the
notion that some bullies may
be reaching out for forgiveness,
Rosenberg thinks that not
responding should be the general
rule of thumb.
The Law of Unintended
New York Times reported on
a UBC study on the Sarbanes-
Oxley Act. This is the U.S.
legislation that was enacted
in the wake of the Enron and
WorldCom accounting scandals
to improve the accuracy and
reliability of corporate financial
This objective may have been
at least partly achieved, but Joy
Begley and Qiang Cheng of the
Sauder School of Business have
found that the act may also have
a serious side effect: It appears to
have made Wall Street analysts
less able to forecast corporate
earnings. 13
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By Lorraine Chan
In 1958, 50 years after B.C. legislation
brought UBC into being, Jan Solecki
landed in Vancouver, having already seen
firsthand many of the critical political
events of the 20th century. Today at 88, the
associate professor emeritus is celebrating a
50-year association with UBC and is hard
at work on his memoirs.
"I arrived at UBC when there were lots
of changes happening in the Soviet Union
and in China," says Solecki.
Because of his Slavic background, roots
in China, and survival of a brutal Japanese
prisoner-of-war camp, Solecki - also a UBC
alumnus - was able to give students and
colleagues a more penetrating look at the
Eastern Bloc and East Asia during a time
when Cold War tensions were at their height.
Solecki is fluent in Russian, Polish and
English, and can speak some Mandarin.
"As a boy, I learned to read about 1,500
Chinese characters."
Between 1964 and 1984, Solecki taught
Russian language and Chinese history at
UBC. He specialized in the economics
of the forest industry, fisheries and fuel
and power in the USSR and China. His
particular combination of language skills
and sleuthing abilities earned him acclaim.
During the mid-1960s, the Faculty of
Forestry asked Solecki to produce a study
on Soviet forestry practices, a pivotal paper
that further boosted his academic career.
"Canada was especially worried that
Russia would flood the world market
with wood products," explains Solecki.
"My figures indicated they wouldn't, that
their forestry sector and economy were in
Solecki's findings proved correct and he
became somewhat of a guru. "I was invited
all over North America and Europe to
present my views."
Solecki says he had no secret weapon
except to mine publicly available data
found in Soviet newspapers and Soviet and
Polish international trade publications.
"I could generate any sort of information
I needed from journals like The
Communist and the Planning Economist,"
explains Solecki. "These would list in great
detail the type of commodity, quantity and
trade value with all partner countries."
Solecki was born in Inner Mongolia
to a Russian mother and a Polish father.
Their famly lived among 10,000 Poles
the Russians had sent to Manchuria to
construct a railway.
Growing up, Solecki and his two
brothers boarded at a Polish high school
in the nearby province of Heilongjiang.
As a boy, Jan Solecki lived among the 10,000 Poles the Russians had sent to Manchuria to construct a railway.
In 1939, Solecki won a Polish scholarship
to study in Hong Kong where he soon
mastered English. "I was to become an East
Asia expert." However, the scholarship
evaporated when Germany invaded Poland
in 1939.
More tragic news followed in 1941 when
Japan attacked Hong Kong the same day
it bombed Pearl Harbour on December 7.
Solecki joined the Hong Kong Volunteers
as part of the British Royal Artillery and
fought on the frontlines as a gunner. After
17 days, Hong Kong fell and Solecki was
captured. He was a Japanese prisoner of
war between the ages of 22 and 26, first at
Hong Kong's Shamshuipo camp for two
years and then another two years doing
forced labour near Nagoya in Japan.
Solecki was starved and beaten. Standing
5'10," he saw his weight plummet from 170
to 120 lbs. The day of liberation stands out
in his mind. Solecki and his fellow prisoners
had been herded back from the factory and
were locked in their barracks. Japanese
soldiers stationed themselves outside with
machine guns trained on the POW barracks
and listened closely to a radio broadcast of
Japan's surrender.
"We learned later that if the Emperor
of Japan hadn't surrendered, the guards
would have then opened fire on us."
The loving regard with which Canadian
POWs held their country intrigued him,
excplains Solecki. "Canada attracted me
- the idea of wide-open spaces, forests
and plains, which are very much like
Manchuria where I grew up."
After the war, Solecki completed a
BComm from the London School of
Economics. He found a position with the
British Foreign Office in London "reading
and translating all kinds of documents
and articles" Solecki stayed in that job
for 10 years, with postings that included
Switzerland and Germany. Then one day
after visiting in Canada House in London,
Solecki made up his mind: it was time
to make a new life in a new country. He
traveled to Vancouver ahead of his wife
and children to scout opportunities.
At UBC, Solecki found a teaching
assistant job. Prof. James St.-Clair Sobell
offered him a position helping out with
Russian language classes at the Dept. of
Slavonic Studies. At the same time, Solecki
started his MA in economics at UBC,
which he completed in 1962.
Soon after, he moved to the University
of Washington (UW) where he taught
Polish literature. There, he embarked on
his PhD studies in economics. But lack of
money scuppered his plans.
"I couldn't afford to write my doctoral
thesis. I needed to earn an income since I was
supporting a family with three children."
St. Clair-Sobell came to the rescue
and told Solecki he could have a tenured
position teaching Russian language if he
came back to UBC. "So I did. I returned
from Seattle with another masters degree in
economics, not a PhD."
As a professor, Solecki was appreciated
for his dry wit, dramatic stories and playing
Russian songs in his classes. However, no
one mistook him for a pushover. "Because
of the life I've had, I had no trouble being
firm with students. I told them, 'You can't
feed the wolf with fairytales.' Stories are
fine, but one must work."
Solecki is currently writing his memoirs.
His earlier publications include Escape
to Life (1998), a novel set in the 1930s
about guerillas that liberate 1,000 Chinese
prisoners from a Japanese experimental
medical camp and Bitter Cherries (2002),
a collection of short stories based on his
wartime experiences. 13
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outstanding academic, research and community achievement with a year of diverse events and activities.
5.     W     S
Jan ii
Stjohn's College Symposium
Muslim Identities in the 21st Century
Opening Keynote Speaker: Zarqa Nawaz
Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairies
January n - March 16
exponential Future:
exhibition of eight young Vancouver Artists
February 2
Treasures ofthe Tsimshian
from the Dundas Collection
March 2,4, 6 & 8
The Dream Healer Opera
World Premiere
March 8-15
Celebrate Research Week
March 15
Michael Smith Memorial Nobel Lecture
Professor Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Laureate Economics
April 15
Multiculturalism Lecture
Professor Will Kymlicka
April 24-26
Museum of Anthropology's 3rd Annual Global
Dialogue on Repatriation: Porous Borders
Opening Keynote Speaker: Author Colonel Matthew Bogdanos
May 23-25
Alumni Weekend
September 28
Centenary Gala
For more detailed information and a complete list of events visit: www.centenary.ubc.ca 4     I     UBC    REPORTS     |     DECEMBER    6,    2007
2007     I    s
/\22ICS     "OrCVCri  Evolution of a founding faculty
More than 50 years separate their student
years at the Faculty of Land and Food
Systems (LFS), yet common threads link
the experiences of Trevor Arscott and
Afton Halloran. Neither would hesitate to
be known as an "Aggie," the affectionate
nickname that students at this faculty have
embraced for decades.
And both would attribute their success
to a faculty that positions itself on the
forefront of social and scientific change.
One of UBC's three founding faculties,
LFS (formerly Agricultural Sciences)
changed its name in 2005 to better reflect
its interdisciplinary research and focus on
This holistic approach to growing and
consuming food is what fuels her passion,
says Halloran, a third-year student in the
faculty's Global Resource Systems (GRS)
program, launched in 2000.
Over the next year, she will travel to
Norway and Uganda to study natural
resource conflicts and resolutions around
such issues as land, water, forestry and
food. The GRS program requires students
to complete an international exchange to
better apply theory to real-life situations.
Halloran says she feels a sense of
common purpose with her peers and
"I've gained confidence in being more
outspoken about the things that I'm
passionate about because of the people I've
met here," says Halloran, former president
of Sprouts, Canada's largest student-run
food co-op, located in the basement of
UBC's Student Union Building.
Recently, she put herself on the 100-mile
diet - which advocates eating only locally-
grown foods - to see how this would
impact her life. "It wasn't bad. The only
thing we're really missing is carbohydrates,
which are limited to corn and potatoes."
Industrial agriculture is the norm
now for most of us, she adds, but this
paradigm is one she questions and hopes to
change. While introducing the UBC Farm
to elementary school children, she was
shocked to see how little they knew about
growing food. "They just assumed that
vegetables come from the supermarket."
Halloran's long-term goal is to advocate
for marginalized farmers locally and
globally, and to start up a seed bank
for heritage plants and vegetables on
Vancouver Island, "hopefully, near
Ladysmith where I was lucky enough to
grow up on 18 acres climbing trees and
planting vegetables."
A similar passion for agriculture infused
Arscott's time at UBC, an alumnus who
completed his BSc in 1956. His focus was
Land and Pood Systems student Afton Halloran questions industrial agriculture and aiims to
be an activist for marginalized farmers, both locally and globally.
on soil science, a fascination that sparked a
successful 40-year career.
As a teenager growing up near Kingston,
Jamaica, Arscott worked on sugar
cane plantations and at age 21, won a
government agricultural scholarship to
attend UBC.
"UBC was an immense and pleasurable
experience," says Arscott, a professor
emeritus of agronomy at Ohio State
University (OSU). "Here was this little guy
coming out of the small island of Jamaica
and being exposed to the world through
He traces his career path back to the
exciting labs and classes held in "tarpaper
shacks" where he eagerly soaked up
new knowledge offered by his physics,
chemistry, microbiology and soil science
This set the stage for his PhD studies in
agronomy, the science of growing crops.
Arscott traveled the world for many years
working on OSU research projects in
India, Brazil and Uganda. Arscott says he
frequently drew on his early fundamentals,
especially in developing countries where
agricultural operations crossed many
"It really helped me that I had a such
a broad general knowledge when I
left, including topics like dairy science,
agricultural economics and agricultural
For example, his UBC dairy course
came in handy shortly after he completed
his PhD and was working in Honduras for
a banana company that also kept a herd of
dairy cows.
The dairy manager had trouble getting
a successful read on his Babcock test,
a process that measures the amount of
butterfat in the milk. Day after day, the
test failed until Arscott stepped in and
solved the problem.
"I had underlined in my UBC notes how
temperature was the key factor for the
test," he remembers with a chuckle. "Boy,
were they surprised that this soil scientist
knew something about dairy cows."
But most gratifying, says Arscott, was
creating positive change. "It was exciting
because you could see the advances in
agricultural sciences coming together
with developments that included no-till
practices and carbon sequestration."
Half a century later, LFS continues to
innovate, says Dean Murray Isman, a
professor of entomology and toxicology.
"As a research intensive university,
with our location and diverse population,
we have a phenomenal geographic and
political platform to do outstanding work
at UBC."
He observes that in practical terms
LFS has had to evolve since its primary
mandate at UBC's founding was to
provide agricultural training. "At
that time, about 25 per cent of B.C.'s
population was involved in agriculture.
Now, it's less than five per cent."
Of more than 1,100 students enrolled
at LFS, well over 80 per cent are urban
dwellers. As a result, says Isman, "value-
added" programs now focus on food
safety, preservation and processing, as well
as the importance of nutrition to human
He adds, "We've departed from the
traditional discipline structure that used
to exist, for example with plant science or
animal science. We've got dynamic young
faculty who are keen to use this integrative
approach. Students say they really value
the way materials on pressing social issues
are taught."
Other countries have taken notice of
UBC's leadership. Recently, the Chinese
government has expressed interest in
partnering with LFS to develop training
programs in food safety and security.
For more faculty history: http://www.
landfood. ubc.calalumnijoistorylfifties 13
Global Research Ranking a Legacy of
Founders' Foresight
OKANAGAN ALUM continued from page 1
"It's been great to reconnect with
UBC through the development of UBC
Okanagan," says Etter. "Being in an alumni
group is all about connections - I think
most people understand the connections
we make between the university and the
community. But we don't think so much
about connections through time.
"UBC has seen so much history," he says,
amazed not so much that his father's part
in the Great Trek was recorded but that he
stumbled across the information after so
many decades.
"The centenary certainly gives us a chance
to take some time to reconnect with our
university's past," says Etter. "Now we want
to include UBC Okanagan graduates in that
history and to start a new legacy here."
To that end, the Okanagan alumni
chapter - representing about 8,000 UBC
alumni in B.C.'s Thompson-Okanagan
region - has created a contest inviting
students to share their vision of UBC
Okanagan's place in the university's
first century. Offering a snowboard, ski
passes and a mountain bike as prizes, the
contest asks, "What does UBC's 100-year
anniversary mean to UBC Okanagan, to our
campus, and to you?"
"We're asking students to tie the great
heritage of UBC to the newness of UBC
Okanagan," says Brenda Tournier, manager
of alumni and community relations at UBC
Okanagan. "How students express their
ideas is wide open - written submissions,
DVDs, pieces of art, whatever medium they
want to use. Maybe even a song."
Other centenary projects in the
Okanagan include an interactive online
map of the region, filled with information
about UBC alumni in each community.
"You'll be able to scroll over the
Thompson-Okanagan region and see how
many alumni from each program, from
which years, live in each community," says
"The 1908 University Act says the
university is created for the province of
British Columbia," she says. "With the
opening of the Okanagan campus, it
becomes even more of a province-wide
institution. We want to help UBC alumni
here make the link between Point Grey,
where their memories and ties are, to
this campus where they can make a huge
contribution. And we want UBC Okanagan
graduates to feel a connection with that
great UBC legacy."
The historical collection Harold Etter is
gathering is part of that effort. Newspaper
clippings, sweaters, pictures and other
mememtoes from alumni in the region will
be reproduced on the web, to share the
past with present and future UBC alumni.
"We're creating traditions for
the Okanagan during the centenary
celebration," Tournier says. "Now is the
time for creating legacy and tradition - as
much as it is for honouring them."
The UBC Okanagan Centenary
website is at www.ubc.ca/okanagan/
alumnirelationslcentenary.html. Anyone
with information or memorabilia to
contribute to the online display project
should contact Tournier at brenda.
tournier@ubc.ca. 13
The following are excerpts from an overview of UBC's research story, found on
the web version of this issue of UBC Reports. It touches on barely a few ofthe
thousands of researchers who have delved into almost every area of human
In its 100-year history, the university has produced important new knowledge in
all fields of endeavour, and much of that knowledge was built on work done by
previous generations of investigators. Many of our outstanding researchers over the
last century were students here, mentored by UBC faculty, and who returned on the
strength of our research reputation. In turn, they have attracted students and junior
Our discoveries continue to earn international acclaim, enrich our lives, drive the
local economy, and contribute to greater global understanding. Here is a sample of
some of the important and inspirational research conducted in the latter part of UBC's
first 100 years. And this is only the beginning.
Dr. John Hepburn
Vice President, Research
In the early 1980s, UBC chemistry professor David Dolphin and UBC microbiologist
Julia Levy started developing a light-activated drug now known as Visudyne ™ - the
world's first treatment for age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause
of blindness. The world's most widely used ophthalmic drug ever, it has saved
the vision of approximately 500,000 people since being launched in
2000. The product is made by QLT Inc., UBC's most successful
spin-off company. The research has led to about 50 U.S.
patents, and royalties to UBC far exceed other licensees.
Engineer and former UBC Vice-President, Research,
Indira Samarasekera's work on improved methods of steel
production resulted in technology that is used worldwide
to improve quality of product that goes into everything
from cables and steel-belted tires to refrigerators. She
researched new processes of steel production involving a
major emphasis on continuous casting and hot rolling and
is credited for inventing mathematical models to predict
the mechanical properties of hot rolled steel.
The late Michael Smith earned the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
UBC chemistry professor, the late Michael Smith,
earned the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work
on programming segments of DNA. The DNA strand that
was the focus of his work can be seen in the coloured glass
windows of the building named in his honour, the Michael
Smith Laboratories, on UBC's Vancouver campus.
Smith recruited some top young investigators to UBC,
including bacterial disease researcher B. Brett Finlay. A
professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and
of microbiology and immunology, Finlay has received
international recognition for his work in identifying how
bacteria such as E.coli invade the body; he has developed
a cattle vaccine against the infection. Finlay also headed
the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative, an international
fast-track response to combat the infection. He is the Peter
Wall Institute Distinguished Professor, the university's
most prestigious academic honour.
Over six days in 2003, Marco Marra and his team at
BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre deciphered the SARS
genetic code. Working around the clock they announced
on April 11 that they had completed a draft DNA
sequence of the virus - the first in the world. Marra says
the opportunity to work with Michael Smith influenced his
decision to return to Canada from Washington University
in St. Louis, Missouri. Marra directs Canada's Michael
Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at the BC Cancer
Agency. Smith was founding director of the GSC.
Physics and astronomy researchers Mark Halpern, Jaymie
Matthews and Harvey Richer have made contributions
to science that include uncovering the most distant star
clusters ever seen; co-leading an international research team
that confirmed the existence of the universe's oldest known
and farthest planet; building and launching the Balloon-
borne Large Aperture Submillimetre Telescope (BLAST), a
telescope that dangles from a 33-storey balloon that carried
it to the edge of space; and building Canada's first space
telescope, the Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars
(MOST) telescope - a suitcase-sized instrument dubbed the
"Humble" satellite for its diminutive proportions and its
relatively small ($10 million) budget.
Daniel Pauly, one of the world's leading fisheries
conservation researchers, developed two of the world's most
important fisheries projects: FishBase is a global database
of information on more than 28,000 species of fish, and
Ecopath is an ecosystem-modelling software that predicts
how fish populations might respond to various pressures.
Bill Rees, of the School of Regional and Community
Planning, originated the ecological footprint analysis - a
framework that describes the amount of productive land
needed to support a given population. Rees has shown
that to bring the present world population up to U.S. or
Canadian material standards with prevailing technology
would require four additional Earth-like planets. Rees'
1996 book, Our Ecological Footprint, has been translated
into eight languages.
Economist W. Erwin Diewert is a world expert on
economic theory, measurement and policy analysis who
has developed new techniques to measure factors such as
productivity and inflation. His contributions to economic
theory, especially production theory, have been the source
of numerous doctoral dissertations all over the world. He
is one of UBC's most cited faculty members. His work in
productivity measurement and dynamics has led to better
understanding of patterns and trends in productivity
growth, innovation and living standards for statistical
agencies, government departments and policy analysts all
over the world.
Prof. Emeritus Arthur J. Ray is an historian and historical
geographer who specializes in Aboriginal relations, the
fur-trade, and the adaptive capacities of aboriginal peoples.
Ray is a principal figure in treaty discussions and aboriginal
land claims and has served as an expert witness. In 2000,
he launched the first comprehensive and comparative study
of aboriginal rights litigation in Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and the United States.
For much more UBC research visit the full article at:
www.publicaffairs. ubc.ca/ubcreports. 13
IN VA SIO N! continued from page 1
According to the Ubyssey student paper, Rubin and small
group of UBC students laid plans for the occupation the
day prior. Speaking at SFU, Rubin allegedly mentioned
a "pig parade" culminating with a march on the faculty
According to estimates, as many as 3,000 people
crammed into the faculty club over the next few hours
as word spread. There were reports of socialites and
other non-students, including Town Fool Joachim Foikus,
making the scene. By morning, satisfied with a good party,
all but the most hardcore had made their way home.
At about 10 a.m. on Oct. 25, 1968, engineering students
began amassing outside the faculty club, threatening to
clear out the remaining interlopers by force. That is when
Persky and Bob Rowen, a popular philosophy professor,
successfully convinced the remaining students to leave.
"We tried to tell them that they had achieved everything
they wanted to do," says Persky. "What was the point of
staying longer and getting hauled off?"
Violence averted, the remaining invaders left the club at
around noon, shortly before UBC's Alma Mater Society,
which denounced the occupation, hosted a mass meeting
outside the SUB attended by nearly 5,000 students.
Students voted for a proposal by UBC President Kenneth
Hare and AMS president Dave Zirnhelt, who later served
in the B.C. legislature for the New Democratic Party, to
stage a campus-wide day of reflection to try to make sense
of the occupation and address student concerns.
At the resulting "teach-in," held on Oct. 30, 1968,
several classes persuaded their professors to scrap
exams. As for longer-term effects, students were given an
increased role in UBC's governing bodies over the next
five years: In the early 70's, the number of students on the
university's senate increased from four to 12, and in 1974,
two students were elected to UBC's board of governors for
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UBC Library Vault.
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UBC Library's collection of rare treasures has been largely concealed from the public eye - until now. Deep
in the vault of the library and hidden across campus are exceptional collections of rare books, manuscripts,
fine art, maps and archival material in climate-controlled storage designed to prevent deterioration. These
collections have grown in value and stature over the 100-year history of the university and continue to
support teaching and research by scholars at UBC and around the world.
To bring some of these rare gems to light, UBC Library has selected highlights from its collection and they
are now available to view online.
Under the banner of UBC Library Vault, items range from the meticulous, such as zoological giraffe
drawings by an 18th-century naturalist, to the monumental - for instance, pages from a German book of
prayer created at the dawn of western printing in 1500.
unlock the treasures
Pictured below are images from the UBC Library Vault that are accessible online. They include (from left-
to-right): 1 & 2 Pages from an early Buddhist work (539-597) which unified Buddhist doctrine in China. 3 &
4 Pages from a book of Gregorian chants published in 1730. 5 & 6 Text from a Missal, or liturgical book of
prayer, dating to 1500. 7 & 8 Images from Robert John Thornton's The Temple of Flora, an illustrated flower
book first published in 1807 and generally accepted as the greatest of all English botanicals.
UBC Library Vault serves as a gateway to distinct images and stories from the university's special
collections. A series of gifts featuring imagery from the rare collections are planned - card sets are now
available and can be purchased at www.ubcvault.ca. Other upcoming gifts include prints, journals and
umbrellas. Each time you purchase a gift from the UBC Library Vault, a portion of the proceeds is directed to
one of the library's many funds and endowments. 13
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Pierre Burton organized a mock campus kidnapping to get his first scoop.
BY RANDY SCHMIDT, with notes from archived
editions of The Ubyssey
They're found in many Canadian newsrooms. They've
helped explain the world's news to us for decades. And
they have one thing in common: they cut their teeth as
intrepid reporters covering the serious - and not-so-
serious - side of campus life for the student newspaper
The Ubyssey, once called "the vilest rag west of Blanca."
Ubyssey alumnus Earle Birney, beaten by Nazi storm
troopers in 1935 for failing to salute their flag, worked
for the CBC following World War II before going on to
become a distinguished Canadian poet and two-time
winner of the Governor General's Award for Literature.
Pierre Berton, who wrote in an anniversary edition of
the Ubyssey that he organized a mock student kidnapping
on campus to get his first scoop, went on to become a
journalist, author and national icon.
Allan Fotheringham carried on a written war with
campus engineers, was chained by them to a downtown
Vancouver clock at one point (an honour apparently
bestowed by student engineers on other Ubyssey writers
as well), and went on to earn a devoted readership as a
journalist and columnist at Maclean's.
And the list goes on, including former PM John (Chick)
Turner and journalists such as BCTV News Hour's Keith
Bradbury and CBC TV's Ron Haggart, The Province's
Eric Nicol, and The Vancouver Sun's Alex MacGillivary,
just to name a few. Current journalists who made the
Ubyssey their after-class home include The Globe and
Mail's Michael Valpy and Rod Mickleburgh, and the
The Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer, Katherine Monk
and Jonathan Woodward. A few of these award-winning
reporters graciously agreed to provide recollections:
The '50s
Joe Schlesinger, Veteran CBC TV Foreign Affairs
The day I wandered into the Ubyssey office in 1951
changed my life. I was new to UBC and to Canada. I was
a refugee from communist Czechoslovakia, a news junkie
by necessity because bad news, news of war and other
disasters had governed my life. At The Ubyssey I suddenly
discovered there was more to news than just death,
destruction and deprivation, that news didn't have to hurt,
that it could also be fun.
We covered frosh festivals, pool dunkings, homecoming
parades and other antics of post-puberty initiation. Even
more important for me was the discovery was that you
could be irreverent and disrespectful of authority - be
it the UBC administration, the government or even the
fraternities and campus jock heroes - and get away with
it. That feistiness and the freedom, the privilege of being
free even to make a fool of yourself, were infectious. I was
hooked. And still am.
Allan Fotheringham, formerly of The Vancouver Sun
and Maclean's:
Our hero was Pierre Berton, who boasted that he never
went to classes. He claimed that an absent-minded prof in
his last year lost the final exam and passed everyone.
My tenure at The Ubyssey was three years and it was
marked by a vicious war with the engineers. I called them
uncouth louts in my column. The first time they kidnapped
me I was trying out for the Thunderbirds basketball team.
They took me downtown at rush hour and chained me to
the Birk's clock. Firemen had to rescue me.
The second time, I was sitting with my date at the
Stanley Park Tea Room. The doorman said there was
someone to see me. Next thing I know, I'm out at
Horseshoe Bay, a mile or two into the bush. I got a degree
[BA] in spite of The Ubyssey.
Michael Valpy, Globe and Mail Senior Writer:
A century-old UBC! And I was there — a few years
beyond UBC's half-century mark — I was there at The
Ubyssey following in the footsteps of Pierre Berton,
Allan Fotheringham, Himie Koshevoy, Earle Birney,
John Turner, Joe Schlesinger and other iconic Canadian
journalists whose if I'm allowed a Biblical reference of
which Birney at least would approve) "shoe's latchet I am
not worthy to unloose."
UBC's story would be incomplete without the annals
of The Ubyssey cemented into its history. It was never
just a college newspaper. It annually captured all the
awards handed out to the Canadian university press.
Its editors and reporters went on to become some of
Canada's leading journalists as well as some of its leading
politicians (Turner), academics and writers (Birney and
Stephen Scobie) and lawyers (Mike Hunter and Lorraine
It was cheeky, brazen, talented, innocently accepting
of its own brilliance. It could scandalize the university
community as well as be its muscular voice — as it was
in the 1960s when it unleashed itself in defence of the
university administration's demands for fair funding from
the provincial government.
My journalist's soul resides forever in The Ubyssey. I
wrote something critical once of engineering students.
They kidnapped me, chained me to a pillar in the lobby
of the engineering building, and put a dunce's cap on my
head with a sign reading "Stupid." Ever since I have been
mindful of reader response.
The '70s
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun Columnist:
I began working on The Ubyssey as a delightful
diversion from the class schedule in my second year (1971-
72) and for better or worse, it turned into a career.
The paper was run as a commune in those days (no
titles, everyone has a say, issues decided by a show
of hands) but the actual lines of authority were no
less transparent than they are in the usual newsroom
[We had] much fun with Wally Gage's and Doug
Kenny's university administration, student council, endless
debate over building the pool, and the occasional serious
The other highlight was not getting thrown in the
pool in front of the library by the engineers (unlike
my co-editor Mike Sasges). Mind [you], Sasges also
managed to graduate, which I did not, to my continued
embarrassment. As for my alleged role in throwing a piano
off the balcony of the Student Union Building, I deny that
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Associate Dean, Research
The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites
applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean,
Research. This is a part-time position to be filled by an internal
candidate with an expected start date of April 1, 2008.
Faculty-wide responsibilities are: (a) to provide leadership to facilitate
the success of Faculty of Medicine Research initiatives in Point Grey; (b)
in partnership with the Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Deans
Research, to lead the integration ofthe research effort at all sites, with
other faculties at UBC, and with other research universities; and (c) to
oversee the Faculty grants approval process and central monitoring of
grant applications.
Point Grey Campus (excluding UBC Hospital) responsibilities are: (a) to
maximize, with other research leaders, the research effectiveness ofthe
Life Sciences Institute and Centre for Disease Modelling; (b) to work
with the Basic Science Department Heads and Research Centre
Directors to maximize the research effectiveness ofthe campus; and (c)
to represent the views of researchers on the Point Grey campus in all
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Dean. Resources will be available to support the position.
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The Faculty of Medicine is the major
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over $174M in 2006-07. On the Point
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A Long History of Creative Achievers
Upon graduation, Magnolia Unka (left) and Sita-Rani MacMillan will help to counteract a national shortage in
First Nations lawyers and educators.
Education and Law among oldest
UBC Aboriginal Programs
Magnolia Unka and Sita-Rani
MacMillan want to improve
the lives of Aboriginal people in
Canada: they're just going about
it in different ways. One plans
to use the court room, the other,
the classroom.
One of over 500 Aboriginal
students at UBC, Unka is
studying First Nations Legal
Studies in the Faculty of Law,
including aboriginal law,
litigation and self-government.
She can also gain first-hand
legal experience representing
Aboriginal clients at UBC's
First Nations Legal Clinic
on Vancouver's Downtown
classes in our first year so we are
really comfortable and ready to
teach full-time in the classroom by
our final year."
As two of B.C.'s longest-running
Aboriginal education initiatives,
these programs are helping to
address a national shortage in
Aboriginal lawyers and educators.
Since it was established in 1974,
NITEP has educated more than
330 Aboriginal teachers, while the
law program, founded in the mid-
'80s, has graduated more than 200
Aboriginal lawyers.
Over the past three decades,
UBC has introduced a wide variety
of Aboriginal academic programs,
research projects, student services
and community outreach projects.
These include initiatives in Arts,
elected to Canada's Parliament.
When Unka and MacMillan
want to connect with other
Aboriginal students, staff and
faculty at UBC, they visit the
First Nations Longhouse. A
recipient of the Governor-
General's award for architecture,
the Longhouse serves as a
"home away from home" where
students can study and learn
in a surrounding that reflects
Aboriginal traditions and
"I am honoured every time
I step foot in it," says Unka of
the Longhouse, which includes
a Great Hall, Xwi7xwa Library,
a computer lab, counselling,
advising, and other student
resources. It houses the
"The battle for Indian children will be won in the
classroom, not on the streets or on horses. The students
of today are our warriors of tomorrow.
"Growing up, I was always
aware of the injustices that
Native people faced within
the legal system," says Unka,
a member of the Northwest
Territories' Dene First Nation.
"I entered law to address these
injustices and improve the
system from within."
MacMillan is training to teach
public, band and independent
school through the UBC Faculty
of Education's Native Indian
Teacher Education Program
(NITEP). Currently doing
a practicum at Vancouver's
Nootka Elementary School,
MacMillan is teaching 28
children social studies, weaving
Aboriginal history and
perspectives into her lessons.
"I would like to work as an
elementary school teacher,"
says MacMillan, a member of
Saskatchewan's Sakimay First
Nation. "We begin teaching
Education, Forestry, Land and
Food Systems, Law, Medicine,
Science, and the Sauder School
of Business, plus more than 100
courses with an Aboriginal focus.
UBC's Trek 2010 vision statement
pledges ongoing improvements to
UBC's accessibility to Aboriginal
people and its ability to meet their
educational needs.
Since retired Senator Leonard
Marchand (Okanagan First
Nation) graduated in 1958, UBC
has educated generations of
Aboriginal leaders, including B.C.'s
new lieutenant-governor Stephen
Point (Skowkale First Nation),
retired judge and hereditary chief
Alfred Scow (Kwicksutaineuk
First Nation), Chief Kim Baird
(Tsawwassen First Nation), Grand
Chief Ed John (Tl'azt'en First
Nation), the late Metis scholar and
activist Howard Adams, and the
late Frank Calder (Nisga'a First
Nation), the first Status Indian
UBC First Nations Student
Association and a variety youth
programs aimed at burgeoning
Aboriginal leaders and scientists.
Inspired by a number of
female Aboriginal lawyers, Unka
says she is proud to be following
their footsteps at UBC. "A
Cherokee elder once said: 'The
battle for Indian children will be
won in the classroom, not on the
streets or on horses. The students
of today are our warriors
of tomorrow.' To me, that
really sums up the importance
of Aboriginal students in
"I have never doubted that
NITEP was the right program
for me," says MacMillan. "It has
helped guide me towards a very
positive future. I just hope to
give back as much as has been
given to me."
For more information, visit
www.longhouse.ubc.ca. 13
UBC's history of creative arts goes back
to its foundingyears. The following is
extracted from a longer text on the web
edition highlighting so UBC contributions
from the arts.
UBC has shaped and inspired many
talented, artistic individuals who have
produced outstanding creative work and left
a legacy of brilliant teaching. Today many
are known in the international cultural
arena and have represented Canada to
global audiences. Who are some of these
quiet, and not so quiet, creative achievers
and what they have created?
UBC Players'Club. Founded in 1915,
the Players' Club was the longest running
student drama society in Canada. The club
aimed to provide training in theatre for
UBC students with one-act plays performed
every spring and fall throughout the
Dorothy Somerset. Actor and Teacher.
One of Somerset's greatest contributions
was making theatre an accepted academic
discipline at a university level. Her
association with UBC went back to the
1920s when she started teaching French.
In 1937 she became the first member of
the new Department of Extension and was
drama supervisor for 20 years. She became
director of the UBC Players' Club in 1934
and served as first artistic administrative
head of the Frederic Wood Theatre until her
retirement in 1965. Somerset successfully
petitioned the UBC senate for a separate
theatre department, becoming the first head
of UBC's theatre program in 1958. Paying
tribute to her vision and passion, UBC
established the Dorothy Somerset award
and the Dorothy Somerset studio. She
received an honorary degree from UBC in
1965 and died in 1991.
Bertram Charles Binning. Artist and
Teacher. Binning was a distinguished
Canadian painter who founded the
Department of Fine Arts at UBC in
1955. Binning represented Canada at the
prestigious Sao Paulo and Venice biennales
and his work can be found in private and
public collections including: the Vancouver
Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and
the National Gallery of Canada.
Philip Keatley. Producer. Keatley was the
original producer of The Beachcombers,
Canada's longest running television
drama (from 1971-1990) and CBC's most
successful syndicated series airing in 35
countries. He also produced two other
long-running series, Cariboo Country
(1960-67), one of Canada's first to be filmed
on location, and Cold Squad (1998-2005).
Keatley is a 1951 BA graduate from UBC.
Wayson Choy. Novelist and Teacher. Choy
graduated from UBC in 1963 where he
studied writing under Earle Birney. He
returned in 1977 for a brief period and
was taught by Carol Shields in the Creative
Writing Program. His novels Jade Peony
(1995), Paper Shadows (1999) and All That
Matters (2004) have won several awards
and he received the Order of Canada in
2005. Choy currently teaches writing at
Humber College in Toronto.
Bing Thorn. Architect. Thorn studied
architecture at UBC, graduating in 1966.
Locally he is known for his stunning design
of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at
UBC and internationally he is recognized
for the Canadian Pavillion at Expo 1992 in
Seville Spain. Thorn received an Order of
Canada in 1995.
Dorothy Somerset, UBC Theatre Dept. Pounder in front of the newly constructed Frederic Wood Theatre in 1958.
Jeff Wall. Photographer. Wall studied art
history at UBC, receiving his MA in 1970.
A leading figure in the Vancouver school
of photoconceptualism, Wall broke new
ground in the mid-'70s, mounting large,
colour transparencies in lightboxes. A
major retrospective of his work JeffWall:
In his Own Words opened at the MOMA
in New York this year, touring to the Art
Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, a solo
exhibition was held at the Tate Modern,
Ben Heppner. Operatic Tenor. Heppner
graduated from the UBC School of Music
in 1979 and attracted national attention
when he won a CBC Radio talent festival
that same year. He has received critical
acclaim with major opera companies and
leading orchestras in Europe and the United
States. Heppner continues to tour and
record regularly, performing at some of
the world's most prestigious recital venues
including New York's Metropolitan Opera,
Milan's La Scala, the Vienna State Opera
and London's Covent Garden.
Keith Maillard. Author and Poet. Maillard
has published 13 novels over the past 30
years. He was nominated for a Governor
General's award for Gloria and won the
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Motet. A
UBC professor in the Creative Writing
Program, he teaches across all of the nine
writing genres offered and has inspired
countless young Canadian writers.
Linda Svendsen. Author, Screenwriter,
Teacher. Svendsen produced and co-wrote
Human Cargo, a six-hour CBC TV mini-
series on refugees that sold to 82 countries,
won seven Gemini awards, 4 Leo awards
and the 2005 Peabody Award. Other
projects include At The End ofthe Day:
The Sue Rodriguez Story, which won two
Geminis and a Leo for Best Screenplay, and
The Diviners which won three Geminis,
including Best Movie. She joined UBC
in 1989 and is currently the Chair of the
Creative Writing Program.
Jane Coop. Pianist and Teacher. Coop is
a highly regarded Canadian pianist. She
has toured extensively throughout North
America, Britain, Western and Eastern
Europe, Russia, China and Japan. Her
recitals have graced the international stages
in New York, London, St. Petersburg,
Warsaw, Prague, Beijing and Tokyo. Coop
is also an active recording artist, with 13
titles and numerous Juno nominations.
She is currently a professor at the UBC
School of Music where she has received the
designation of Distinguished UBC Scholar.
Ken Lum. Artist, Curator, Teacher. Lum
taught art at UBC from 1990 to 2006, six
of those years as head of the Graduate
Program in Studio Art. At UBC he was
awarded the Killam Award for Outstanding
Research (1998), the Distinguished
University Professor Award (2003), and the
Dorothy Somerset Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Creative and Performing
Art (2003). As an artist, Lum has
represented Canada at the Sydney Biennale,
the Sao Paulo Art Biennial, the Shanghai
Biennale and Documenta. He was guest
professor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure
des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has also taught
at leading art academies in Germany,
France and China. He currently teaches at
Bard College in New York State.
Eden Robinson. Novelist. Robinson is a
novelist and member of the Haisla First
Nation. She has published two novels,
Monkey Beach (2000) and Blood Sports,
(2006) and a collection of stories Traplines
(1998) which was awarded the Winifred
Holtby Prize and was a New York Times
Editor's Choice and Notable Book of the
The Next Generation
Considered the next generation of
Canadian writers, a few of the many
recent UBC graduates include: Anosh
Irani. Novelist and playwright. Irani has
published plays and two novels The Cripple
and His Talismans (2004) and The Song
of Kahunsha (2006). His work has been
selected for CBC Reads and he has received
a Governor General's award nomination.
Madeleine Thien. Novelist. In 2001,Thien
received the Most Promising Writer Under
Age 30 award from the Canadian Authors
Association. She lived up to that promise
when her debut novel, Certainty, (2006)
won the 2006 First Novel Award from
Amazon.ca and Books in Canada. 13
Find that UBC Plaque
Pay attention as you walk across campus, and you'll notice a
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Reports and seeing ifyou can identify the location of this marker
and six others, www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports io I  UBC REPORTS  |  DECEMBER
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Mary Campbell (centre) led UBC's women's basketball to win the 1930 world championship.
Peak Performances in the
Flight ofthe Thunderbirds
UBC's history in varsity athletics
can be traced back to the fall
of 1908, when the University's
predecessor institution, McGill
University College of British
Columbia, fielded a rugby team,
which captured the Miller Cup as
city champions in March of 1909.
Since that time, a relatively
equal amount of British and
North American sport traditions
have endured through the
decades to create an athletics
program of great breadth and
diversity within the modern
context of Canadian university
sport. What other university,
for example, is today a proving
ground for both world champion
rowers and major league baseball
While objectivity is admittedly
elusive in determining who or
what is best in the world of
sport, there have been a handful
of accomplishments that surely
serve as milestones in the sporting
history of UBC - and indeed the
province of British Columbia
- and which may never be
forgotten, particularly among
the some 18,000 former UBC
students who have worn the blue
and gold colors of "Varsity."
July 1930
After defeating UBC's women's
basketball team in the final
game of the 1930 national
championships, the renowned
Edmonton Grads earned the
right to represent Canada at the
upcoming Women's Olympiad.
Owing to scheduling and funding
issues, the Grads declined the
invitation to participate and
suggested that their respected
opponents from UBC take their
Even though a city-wide
fundraising effort only raised
approximately half the money
required to make the epic
journey, UBC's team departed
on a three-week voyage by sea
and rail to Prague where they
met France in the gold medal
match. Led by the scoring touch
of Thelma Mahon and Mary
Campbell, and playing on an
outdoor cinder court before
an estimated crowd of 10,000
spectators, UBC prevailed
18-14 and was crowned world
August 1954
While the Vancouver-hosted
1954 British Empire and
Commonwealth Games are
commonly remembered as the
setting of the legendary "Dream
Miracle Mile" race between the
fastest men in the world - Roger
Bannister and John Landy - the
host nation's crowning moment
took place on the Vedder Canal
near Chilliwack. It was there, as
the Duke of Edinburgh looked
on, that UBC's eight-man rowing
crew stunned the rowing world
by defeating the heavily favoured
British crew for the gold medal.
The win sparked a golden era
in the sport, with UBC rowers
winning medals in the 1956,
1960 and 1964 Olympic Games,
including gold for the varsity
eight in 1956 in Melbourne, as
well as for coxless pairs partners
George Hungerford and Roger
Jackson in 1964 in Tokyo.
February 2007
Competing at Dalhousie
university in Halifax, UBC's
men's and women's swim
teams earned another mark
in Canadian university sport
history by each claiming its
10th consecutive Canadian
Interuniversity Sport
(CIS) championship - an
unprecedented achievement in
any CIS sport.
Two-time Olympian Brian
Johns ended his record-setting
varsity career with a third CIS
Male Swimmer-of-the-Year title,
another unprecedented exploit.
The women's team was led
by the foursome of Caitlin
Meredith, Haylee Johnson,
Michelle Landry and Stephanie
Nicholls, who set a new
Canadian record in the 4 x 100
metre medley relay with a time
of 4:04.97.
Don Wells is a Vancouver
writer, video producer and
communications strategist. He
graduated from UBC in 1989,
worked with UBC Athletics
from 1989-9/, and authored the
just-released 160-page historical
book Flight ofthe Thunderbirds,
with over 300 photographs. It
is exclusively available at the
UBC Bookstore (Main campus,
UBC Robson Square and UBC
Okanagan), or on-line at
www. bookstore, ubc. ca,
for $39.95.13
A Century Later, Aspiring to
Global Influence
Prof. Stephen Toope, President and Vice Chancellor
President and Vice Chancellor
In the latter half of the 20th
century Canada emerged as one
of the world's most successful
societies, noted for its broadly
shared commitment to social
inclusion, its embracing of
cultural diversity, its robust
economy, and its strong public
finances. Yet these successes
are fragile, and could be
undermined in the short term by
Canada's under-performance in
social, economic, scientific and
cultural innovation. Already,
Canada's performance on the
measures of social development
and productivity is falling in
comparison to OECD leaders.
All around the world,
ambitious peoples and
governments are recognizing
that future social success will
depend upon the education of
highly qualified people and upon
the production of new ideas and
innovation through research. The
global sites of creativity today
are places such as Boston, Tokyo,
London, and the Silicon Valley.
What distinguishes each of those
places is the presence of one or
more great world universities.
Today, Canada has no university
in the top rank of global
intellectual powerhouses. It has
only two or three universities
capable of vaulting into that
league. One of them is UBC.
If UBC were to emerge as a
global leader there would be
important internal and external
effects. The university would
be able to attract even stronger
students, faculty and staff in a
virtuous circle of achievement
and recognition. The alumni's
pride in the university would
increase. It would be even easier
to make the case for increased
public and philanthropic
support. The university would
also contribute fundamentally
to the diversification and
transformation of the BC
economy and would serve as an
idea-engine, a catalyst to social
health and cultural attainment.
The BC Premier's Technology
Council recently argued that
BC must ensure that one of
the province's universities
becomes a "top 20" global
university. Currently only UBC
consistently ranks in the top 40
of a variety of world ranking
scales. Although I am reluctant
to measure our achievements
on what are rather misleading
scales, I do agree that UBC can
and should aspire to global
This will not happen unless
we do an even better job than
we have done in the past of
setting and maintaining priorities
in each of our Faculties.
No university, not even the
wealthiest, can be equally good
at everything. And UBC is not
the wealthiest; on a per student
basis, we can currently spend
roughly 50 per cent of what the
best public universities in the
United States of America can
spend. Aside from focusing our
resources, UBC will also have
to attract significant sources of
new revenue if we are to succeed
in creating a globally influential
university across a range of
Over the last 20 years or so,
UBC has changed dramatically.
What was a university with a
modest, and primarily provincial,
aspiration to influence has
become a player on the world
stage in fields as diverse as
genomics, opera, infectious
disease, fisheries conservation,
and Japanese philosophy and
religion. This has been achieved
first by a raising of sights, then
by a clear articulation of values,
and then by the hard work of
excellent students, a devoted and
talented staff, alumni volunteers,
and superb faculty members.
Since arriving at UBC, I have
been struck again and again by
the high standards that so many
amongst us set and achieve. This
is an ambitious place, filled with
smart people with heart who
really want to make a difference
in the world. I am deeply
inspired by the zest and zeal
in Vancouver and Kelowna. I
firmly believe that our sights are
already set high. This is the first
step in making UBC even more
influential than it is today.
I also believe that the values
of our university are sound;
the discussions that led to the
creation of Trek 2010 galvanized
our community to pursue a
commitment to:
» The free, open, respectful,
and challenging exchange
of knowledge, ideas and
» Transformative
undergraduate, professional
school and graduate student
experiences, enabling students
to become exceptional global
»  Outstanding research that
addresses the fundamental
cultural, social, economic,
ethical, scientific, and health
challenges facing B.C., Canada
and the world.
» Sharing the results of our
work as freely and widely as
Over the next decade, if
UBC is to achieve global
influence, it must aspire to
greater achievement in teaching
and research. It must focus its
energies and ambitions. It must
engage more deeply with the
communities that send us their
children and that generate the
issues that our researchers are
inspired to address. It must
convince our society that new
investments in UBC will create
generations of leaders and social,
scientific, cultural, and economic
The above is excerpted from
Where Does UBC Stand, a letter
to the UBC Community. Full
text, and video clips are available
at: http://www.president.ubc.
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Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics
The Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology &
Therapeutics (www.pharmacology.ubc.ca) at The University
of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, invites applications
for a full time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor
level or higher.
We are seeking an outstanding new investigator who will
contribute to the renewal of the Department in research and
education. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree, a minimum
of 2 years postdoctoral research experience, a record of
accomplishment that demonstrates their potential as an
independent researcher, and show demonstrated potential
for excellence in teaching. Candidates with research interests
in any areas of contemporary Pharmacology or Therapeutics
are encouraged to apply. All members ofthe Department
maintain active, well-funded research programs that
encompass many areas of modern Pharmacology. Successful
candidates should complement and extend the Department's
expertise in research and education.
Areas of special interest within the Department include
cardiovascular, neuropharmacology, infectious diseases
and respiratory pharmacology. Salary and rank will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience. The
position is subject to final budgetary approval. Special
attention will be given to those qualities that are
complementary to existing research strengths within the
Department and within institutes or other departments within
the University.
Anticipated start date is July 1, 2008. Applicants should send
their letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names and
addresses of 3 referees, 3-4 relevant reprints, a record of
teaching effectiveness and a brief (2-3 page) outline of their
proposed research program, by 31 December 2007.
Interested applicants should apply to:
Dr. David Fedida, Ph.D., bm., B.ch,
Associate Head
Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
2176 Health Sciences Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada
email contact is: aileen.to@ubc.ca
UBC Faculty of Medicine (www.med.ubc.ca)
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.
We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadians and
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