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Making Music
Stephen Forgacs photo
Indonesian Vice Consul Trini Sualang performs with other musicians on a
20-piece Javanese gamelan ensemble donated to the UBC School of Music
by Consul General Sukartini Sabekti and the Consulate of the Republic of
Indonesia. Gamelan ensembles comprise bronze-knobbed gongs and
xylophone-type instruments and are popular thoughout Indonesia.
Indonesian gamelan instructor Sutrisno will be teaching the gamelan at
UBC during the coming school year.
Federal funding gives
TRIUMF secure future
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The uncertainty is finally over at
National Revenue Minister David
Anderson recently announced a five-year
funding commitment of $166.6 million
for the particle accelerator laboratory on
the south campus.
"In a time of spending restraints, this
was a difficult decision, but clearly the
right one," said Anderson, who wasjoined
at the announcement by Jon Gerrard,
secretary of state for Science, Research
and Development. "TRIUMF will bring
long-term scientific and economic benefits."
The announcement was good news for
the 350 scientists and technicians who
work at TRIUMF and for researchers at
UBC and other institutions who depend
on its unique facilities.
Concern for its future had been growing since the federal government declined
to fund the $2-billion KAON project 18
months ago.
KAON would have expanded and updated TRIUMF, a cyclotron accelerator
that creates sub-atomic particles for nuclear physics research. Without it, many
openly questioned the aging facility's long-
term viability.
In addition to its work in fundamental
physical sciences. TRIUMF has important research programs in advanced
materials and the life sciences, including
the development of medical diagnostics
and unique cancer therapies.
Through its partnership with UBC's
Faculty of Medicine, about 3,000 people
a year receive treatment based on TRIUMF
The renewed support will allowTRIUMF
Gavin Wilson photo
National Revenue Minister David
Anderson talks to the news media
following the announcement of a
five-year funding commitment to
to continue its current research program,
develop a new research facility and provide components to the world's most powerful particle accelerator — a $3-billion
project being built at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The contributions of equipment and
technical and scientific expertise to CERN
will ensure access to this unique facility
for Canadian scientists.
The new TRIUMF facility will be a $9-
million Isotope Separator and Accelerator (ISAC-1), which, when completed in
five years, will create a beam of shortlived but rare and exotic isotopes for
physics research.
ISAC-1 will produce what is likely the
world's most intense beam of these isotopes. The facility will be of interest to
astrophysicists who will be able to simulate the formation of elements in stars
See TRIUMF Page 2
McEwen Report
Committee set up
to advise on equity
A committee working on the first of
seven recommendations dealing with allegations of racism and sexism in the
Dept. of Political Science should be in
place by the end of July, says UBC's dean
of Graduate Studies.
Dean John Grace suspended admissions to the department's graduate program following the release of a report
written by Vancouver lawyer and labour
arbitrator Joan McEwen.
The 177-page document recommended
the suspension until all students in the
department "be accorded educational
equity, and will be afforded a learning
and working environment which is harassment and discrimination-free."
Grace said the committee comprising
students, faculty and staff, will advise
him on how best to address issues of
equity, harassment and discrimination
and at what stage it would be appropriate
to lift the suspension. Students already
admitted in the political science program
for 1995 will be allowed to register.
"I really want to have consensus on the
part of students and faculty in the department that the climate between the
two is much better," said Grace. "When
we do re-establish admissions, everyone
should be on side and that will be an
indicator that the climate has improved."
A week after the report's release, political science faculty unanimously passed a
resolution to meet the objectives set out
in the decision to suspend graduate ad
missions. In answer to another of the
report's recommendations, faculty endorsed a second resolution stating that
the department "will not tolerate any
retaliation against students, staff or faculty as a result of their participation in
the enquiry."
Both resolutions were circulated to all
graduate students and faculty as an interdepartmental memorandum.
The administration agreed to other
recommendations which include:
- providing a copy of the report to each
graduate student in the department and
to those who have already been admitted
for the fall of 1995;
- forming a committee to define clearly
the roles and responsibilities of department heads, graduate advisers and deans;
- inviting the Faculty Association to
enter into negotiations to prepare a statement of mutual commitment to fostering
a learning and working environment for
the students, faculty and staff that is free
from harassment and discrimination.
UBC President David Strangway said
mechanisms already in place will deal
with recommendations to amend UBC's
mission statement and to establish an
ombudsperson's office. He stated that
the university's policy on discrimination
and harassment, the principle vehicle for
promoting and protecting such an environment, will be reviewed to determine
whether changes are required.
See REPORT Page 2
Earthquake simulator
gains range of motion
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC's earthquake shake table has
received a $500,000 upgrade that enables it to more accurately reproduce the
movements of a real earthquake.
Located in the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, the table is used by
Civil Engineering faculty and graduate
students to see how different construction materials and techniques withstand the forces unleashed by earthquake ground motions.
Before the upgrade, the 25-year-old
equipment was only capable of repro
ducing motions in one direction. Now.
the table can be configured with either
three additional movements — roll,
pitch and up and down — or with two
additional horizontal movements.
More than half the faculty members
in the Civil Engineering Dept. do at
least some work in the field of earthquake-related research.
Some faculty members recentiy conducted tests for the seismic retrofitting
of the Oak St. Bridge for the Ministry of
Highways. They looked at four types of
retrofit, each using different materials
and techniques, to see which would
See QUAKE Page 2
Dementia Americana
Offbeat: Keith Maillard explores the craziness of contemporary America
Disaster Strikes 3
UBC staff, RCMP, and paramedics attend a mock disaster on campus
House Float 7
Open House '95 is theme for UBC's debut float in PNE Parade
High Stakes 8_
When the Aztecs played ball, they may have been playing for their lives 2 UBC Reports ■ July 13, 1995
UBC Reports welcomes letters to the editor on topics relevant to the
university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
before publication date. Submit letters in person or by mail to the UBC
Public Affairs Office, 207-6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z2, by
fax to 822-2684 or by e-mail to pmmartin@ unixg.ubc.ca.
Dean responds
to Poli Sci report
There is a good deal of
controversy over the inquiry
and report on Political Science.
I am concerned that two different
issues are sometimes confused.
As the dean of the faculty
involved in this unfortunate
affair, and also as a female
member of faculty, I am
entirely in agreement with the
sentiment that we should
strive to create an inclusive
and non-discriminatory
climate at UBC. There are
problems to be addressed in
the Political Science and in
other departments. Toward the
goal of improving the "climate"
for all students, faculty, and
staff, the Faculty of Arts is
developing guidelines for
heads, deans, and faculty, and
is undertaking debate on these
sensitive issues. The Dept. of
Political Science has dedicated
itself to becoming a more
sensitive community.
To recognize the need to
institute reforms and become
more sensitive to the issues
does not preclude and is not in
conflict with another recogni
tion, namely that the report is
deeply flawed. Among many
weaknesses: it dismisses
testimony and evidence
contrary to the allegations and
relegates faculty responses to a
short appendix: evidence is
lacking: allegations are repeated as if all were about
sexism and racism even where
there is no apparent or necessary linkage, and the context
of alleged comments is not
reported. The investigator
failed to distinguish between
the taking of offence and
provable harm related to
complaints, and did not define
"systemic" discrimination in
terms of harmful practice.
There is a persistent assumption of guilt by virtue of
accusation. The report, in
short, is deficient in principles
of natural justice, a deficiency
that does not in the long run
serve the interests of the
aggrieved any more than of the
As a matter of information:
the draft terms of reference for
the report were established by
the dean of Graduate Studies
and myself as dean of Arts,
together with the vice-president and associate vice-
presidents, Academic. That
draft was discussed with
representatives of both the
Faculty Association (including
the president) and the Graduate Student Association (including one of the self-identified
complainants). Both groups
requested changes to eliminate
identification of individuals,
and those requests were met.
The terms were fully conducive to seeking evidence: the
investigator was charged with
the responsibility to determine
whether there was a basis for
the allegations. She chose
instead to repeat the allegations and treated them as if
they were proof. This failure to
distinguish between allegation
and evidence, together with the
flawed report and administrative decisions that followed
from it, concerns many
scholars among whom I
include myself.
It is my belief that the
report is harmful to the very
causes we most want to
advance on this campus. I
hope that my colleagues who
deeply and sincerely seek ways
of developing a more respectful
atmosphere for all members of
the university community will
move beyond this inadequate
vehicle in pursuit of that goal.
Patricia Marchak, FRSC
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Continued from Page 1
He also pointed out that the
equity office, created in the spring
of 1994, is intended to serve an
ombuds-like function and will
be strengthened if necessary.
Sharon Kahn, associate vice-
president, Equity, is responsible
for preparing an annual report
to include case summaries and
recommendations to the UBC
Board of Governors for policy
change and to the administration for improvement of procedures.
Said Strangway: "It is our intent to ensure that there is an
office which is, and is seen to be,
McEwen was hired by the
university in August 1994 to
enquire into allegations of "pervasive racism and sexism" within
the Dept. of Political Science and
review actions taken in response
to initial allegations from 12,
primarily female, graduate students and subsequent complaints. Her report, which took
10 months to complete and provided no names, concluded that
a basis does exist for the allegations. McEwen concluded also
that the university's response
was inadequate.
Law Prof. Tony Sheppard,
president of the UBC Faculty
Association, expressed concerns
Continued from Page 1
best bring the bridge up to standards.
Future research using the
earthquake shake table includes:
testing timber connections made
with Parallam, a reconstituted
wood product used primarily for
structural beams; testing new
techniques for strengthening
steel-frame buildings with steel-
plate shear walls; and testing
the strength of reinforced plywood walls for a company promoting their use in Japan.
The recently completed upgrade is a unique application of
systems designed for the aerospace and automotive industries
to test vibration resistance.
The addition of fully digitized
controls and four new actuators, which are hydraulic pistons that move the two-tonne
stiffened aluminum table, will
enable it to more accurately reproduce the movements of a real
In a demonstration of the table's improved functions, a model
of a wood-frame house was subjected to various seismic effects,
including a re-creation of the
Northridge earthquake that
rocked Los Angeles in 1994.
The increased testing capability of the earthquake shake
table will make it an even more
valuable asset to the province of
British Columbia, much of which
sits on a high-risk earthquake zone.
and will enhance teaching, research
and service activities at UBC.
Members of the public will be
able to see the earthquake shake
table in action during UBC's
Open House, Oct. 13-15. The
earthquake shake table was one
of the most popular attractions
at previous Open House events.
The upgrade is being funded
by the National Research Council, B.C. Hydro and the Science
Council of B.C.
that the report failed to specify
the nature of the evidence supporting the allegations.
Since its release on June 21.
McEwen's report has triggered a
media debate across Canada,
the U.S. and abroad.
Continued from Page 1
and in the early universe, and to
physicists  studying  nuclear
structure and the behaviour of
unusual atomic nuclei.
Construction of the new accelerator at TRIUMF and development of components for CERN
will result in the purchase of
about $50 million worth of services and products from Canadian high-tech companies.
About $96 million ofthe total
federal funding is a continuation of the existing commitment
to TRIUMF by the National Research Council. The remaining
$70 million is a reallocation
within the existing budget of
Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The provincial government
also announced it will contribute almost $10 million to renovate an existing building for a
new particle beam target hall
and construct new buildings for
experiments, technical support,
offices and labs.
TRIUMF did not get everything it was asking for. Its 1994
proposal to Ottawa was for $ 196
million over five years, which
has been cut by $30 million.
TRIUMF is operated by a consortium of universities, including UBC, but its operating budget
is funded by the National Research Council.
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M and P staff vote
to ratify agreement
The university and its management
and professional staff have ratified a
framework agreement for terms and conditions of employment at UBC.
Eighty-one per cent ofthe 417 ballots
cast by management and professional
staff were in favour of ratification. In
total, 1,130 staff were eligible to vote.
"The result of this vote establishes a
process for negotiating terms of employment," said Justin Marples, president of
the Association of Administrative and
Professional Staff (AAPS) and administration manager in the School of Human
"In addition, there is now full recognition among all parties that M and P staff
are represented by AAPS. It is a legally
binding relationship which gives us the
strength we need when it comes to negotiating with the university."
Frank Eastham, associate vice-president, Human Resources, shared Marples'
satisfaction with the agreement.
"The university is pleased that an agreement for discussing and formally negotiating terms and conditions of employment has been achieved within the framework of a commonly shared vision," he
The substantive and the process elements of the framework agreement value
and recognize the crucial contribution of
management and professional staff to the
university's mission," he added.
Marples said he was pleased with the
outcome of the vote, but disappointed
with the low turnout among AAPS members.
"We have to keep it in perspective. This
agreement did not resolve the issue concerning the university's desire not to agree
to third party binding arbitration for compensation issues. In that respect we have
a very long way to go.
"Many AAPS members must have
struggled with this, so it's not entirely
surprising that the turnout was less than
50 per cent among AAPS members."
AAPS will now focus its efforts on
recruiting new members with a one-year
membership drive that will begin later
this year. With the voluntary agreement
calling for automatic inclusion into AAPS
of newly hired management and professional staff, Marples said the association
will attempt to recruit current M and P
staff who are not AAPS members.
'The university recognizes that it's in
everyone's best interests that all M and P
staff be members of AAPS," Marples said.
"The voluntary agreement includes a letter of agreement which provides an infrastructure to increase membership numbers."
The voluntary agreement also preserves
current rights and practices, unless AAPS
agrees to negotiate changes to these rights
and practices, and calls for no strikes or
In other labour news on campus, contract talks with the unions that represent
the university's clerical staff, teaching
assistants and trades people were all
scheduled to be in mediation this month.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
locals 116, 2278 and 2950 were expected
to go into mediation in early July. Talks
with the International Union of Operating Engineers were already in mediation
last month.
Campus unions have been without
contracts since the spring of 1994.
Members of UBC's Faculty Association last month voted overwhelmingly in
favour of accepting a new two-year agreement with the university. The deal does
not provide for any general pay increases
but does allow for career progress increments.
by staff writers
The craziness of contemporary America.
This is the general topic Keith Maillard explores with his latest
publication called, Dementia Americana. The League of Canadian
Poets recently honoured the associate professor's work with the 1995 Gerald
Lampert Memorial Award for best first
book of poetry.
Maillard, with the Dept. of Creative
Writing, says Dementia Americana has
three sections. The first two consist of
poems pondering the derangement of
private life in the wake of the Vietnam
and Gulf Wars. The third segment is a
long narrative poem in seven parts
dealing with the 1906 murder trial of
Harry Thaw. Thaw was accused of
murdering leading U.S. architect Stanford
White after learning that White had an
affair with Thaw's wife (Evelyn Nesbit)
long before Thaw met her.
According to Maillard, the trial was
among America's most scandalous and
provocative causing fist fights and
suicides. U.S. President Roosevelt apparently went to great lengths to try to
suppress news of the sensational trial.
His efforts had little effect as Maillard notes in this passage from Dementia
Evelyn Nesbit
"The trial ofthe century" (as it was called) got off to a slow start, so newsmen did their best to satisfy their hungry readers, reporting on the clothing,
manner, mood, and slightest move of everyone involved. Mother Thaw, in
widow's black, was labeled "dignified." She was attended by her daughters,
Alice Cornelia, Countess of Yarmouth, and Mrs. George Carnegie - and. by
Evelyn, who looked to one reporter "like a very small and frightened mouse."
Depending on the paper you read, Harry was "cheerful," "bored." "dismayed,
or "deeply interested." A multitude of lawyers crammed the court- so many,
someone quipped: "If Mother Thaw has bought the very best, she's also
bought the very most she could."
The craziness continues.
Gavin Wilson photo
Emergency workers load a "victim" into an ambulance as part of emergency
response exercise organized by UBC's Health, Safety and Environment
Explosion sets stage
for emergency drill
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
The June 23 explosion was one of the
most horrific scenes ever witnessed on
Police sirens wailed, firefighters scrambled to douse a dangerous blaze and
injured people moaned as they were carried on stretchers into waiting ambulances.
Later, everyone involved agreed it was
a huge success.
The "explosion" was simulated and the
massive emergency response simply an
exercise organized by UBC's Health, Safety
and Environment office.
Such drills are an excellent way to see
how different agencies react and co-ordinate their efforts, said Dorit Mason, environmental and emergency planning officer with Health, Safety and Environment.
"We hope that nothing like this ever
happens on campus, but we must be
ready to respond to any eventuality," she
The event measured emergency response to a simulated explosion at the
Chemical Waste Processing facility on
the south campus. In this scenario, there
was one fatality and about 20 injuries
ranging from serious burns and fractures
to minor cuts.
It was the third year Health, Safety
and Environment has co-ordinated an
emergency scenario. This year's was the
largest exercise of its kind ever held on
Taking part were the University Endowment Lands Fire Dept., the UEL detachment of the RCMP, the B.C. Ambulance Service, Parking and Security Services, UBC's Public Affairs Office and the
UBC site ofVancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre.
"Overall, everyone was very pleased
with the way things went," Mason said.
"It brought up a number of issues that
each of the agencies was interested in
working on and improving."
For example. Mason said, the hospital
and ambulance services wanted to practice setting up a triage area, where injured persons are assessed, given first
aid and then prioritized for further treatment.
Crane Memorial Library joins
Disability Resource Centre
In a move that will enhance services
for students, faculty and staff, UBC's
Crane Memorial Library, a branch of the
UBC Library since 1969, became the
Crane Resource Centre, a unit within the
Disability Resource Centre (DRC) in Student Services, on July 1.
'This move follows recommendations
from two extensive reports on Crane and
our services to persons with disabilities,"
said Maria Klawe, vice-president. Student and Academic Services. "It recognizes that Crane's role has changed over
the years from building a library collection of materials in alternate formats to
offering direct support to clients who
require alternatives to print as well as
technical support in order to access information."
Linking Crane's mandate and resources with the DRC confirms UBC's
commitment to deliver centrally required
services from the Disability Resource
Centre. Klawe added.
Paul Thiele, director of Crane, said the
move is much welcomed. "Crane has
benefitted from 25 years of growth and
development with the UBC Library but it
is appropriate that it be linked with the
Disability Resource Centre given our
mutual roles in providing services to persons with disabilities."
He emphasized that a central part of
Crane's mandate will continue to be the
production of books and documents in
alternate media for UBC and external
users who are blind, visually or print
The move will allow Crane to transfer
its collection from UBC Library's general
catalogues onto a separate catalogue,
accessible through the UBC Library. "This
will alleviate the confusion of materials
restricted for specialized use due to copyright and braille reading skills, from being documented in a general catalogue,"
Thiele said.
"We welcome Crane into the Disability
Resource Centre and look forward to
working even more closely together." said
Ruth Warick. director of the Disability
Resource Centre. "We will have even
greater opportunities to develop and implement programs to make the University
fully accessible to persons with disabilities." 4 UBC Reports ■ July 13, 1995
July 16 through August 19
Sunday, July 16
Botanical Garden Mini Art
Watercolours by Jill Edgar. Re
ception Centre from 10am-4pm.
Tea will be served from 1lam-
4pm. Admission free to art shows.
Call 222-1510.
Monday, July 17
IHEAR Seminar
Cochlear Implants: Current And
Future Issues. Dr. Nancy Tye-
Murray, U. of Iowa. Food/Nutritional Science 40 at 1:30pm.
Hearing accessible interpreters.
Call 822-3956.
Biochemistry /Molecular
Biology Seminar
Telomere Replication In Yeast:
Making Ends Meet? Dr. Raymund
Wellinger, Universite de
Sherbrooke. IRC #1 at 3:45pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
Hand In Hand...Their Solitary
Way: The Solitude of Lovers in
Rudy Wiebe's Discovery of Strangers and Anne Tyler's Breathing
Lessons. Maxine Hancock. College Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-
3245. All lectures are free.
Tuesday, July 18
Curriculum Seminar
The World AccordingTo Benetton:
Media, Education And
Globalization. Michael
Hoechsmann, OISE. Ponderosa
F-201 at 12:30pm. Call 822-6502.
VST Summer Public Lecture
The Church In Transition: Hong
Kong. Dr. Peter K.H. Lee, Christian Centre on Chinese Religion
& Culture. Chapel of the
Epiphany, 6050 Chancellor Blvd.
at 7:30pm. Call 228-9031 ext.
Wednesday, July 19
Teacher Education Seminar
Teaching Indigenous Knowledge
And Western Science: A Case
Study From Aotearoa/New Zealand. Dr. Mere Roberts, Biological Sciences, U. of Auckland.
Ponderosa Annex F-201 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2733.
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
The Significance Of Deuteronomy
For Christian Theology Of Mission. Christopher Wright. College
Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-3245.
All lectures are free.
Thursday, July 20
UBC Board of Governors
Held in the Board and Senate room,
second floor of the Old Administration Building, 6328 Memorial
Rd. The open session begins al
MOST Workshop
Also July 21. EXCEL-Level I. Jim
Hope. David Lam Centre microcomputer lab B from 8:30am-
3:30pm. Pre-registration required.
$195. Call 822-9644.
Genetics Graduate Program
Post-transcriptional Regulation Of
ICAM-1 Gene Expression. Michael
Ohh. Wesbrook 201 at 4:30pm.
Call 822-8764.
VST Summer Public Lecture
Series 1995
Finding Faith Today - A Poet's
Exploration. Dr. Brian Wren. poet,
theologian and hymn writer.
Chapel of the Epiphany. 6050
Chancellor Blvd. at 7:30pm. Call
228-9031 ext. 339.
Friday, July 21
MOST Workshop
Selection Interviewing: Ensuring
Equity II. Equity Office staff and
Human Resources. Ponderosa
Cedars Room from 8:30am-4pm.
Call 822-9644.
Monday, July 24
MOST Workshop
Time Management (for administrative, secretarial & clerical staff.)
Carol Ann Fried, private trainer.
Brock Hall 0017 from 9am-4pm.
Call 822-9644.
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
Does Truth Still Matter?: Reflections On The Crisis Of The Postmodern University. Nicholas
Wolterstorff. College Chapel at
7:30pm. Call 224-3245. All lectures are free.
Tuesday, July 25
MOST Workshop
Word For Windows - Level II, Vicky
Smith. David Lam Centre microcomputer lab B from 9:30am-
3:30pm. Pre-registration required.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within title Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 207-6328
Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2. Phone: 822-
3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be limited
due to space.
Deadline for the August 17 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period August 20 to September 9 — is
noon, August 8.
$160. Call 822-9644.
VST Summer Public Lecture
Series 1995
Ecology, Feminism And Earth
Healing. Dr. Rosemary Radford
Ruether. Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Chapel of the
Epiphany, 6050 Chancellor Blvd.
at 7:30pm. Call 228-9031 ext. 229.
Wednesday, July 26
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
I^ambs Dancing With Wolves: Cross
Cultural Communication And
Bonding. Michael Griffiths. College Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-
3245. All lectures are free.
Thursday, July 27
VST Summer Public Lecture
Series 1995
Modern Spirituality: New Narcissism Or Source Of Transformation? Dr. Kenneth Leech. St.
Sotolph's Church, Aldgate,  Lon
don. Chapel of the Epiphany.
6050 Chancellor Blvd. at 7:30pm.
Call 228-9031 ext. 229.
Monday, July 31
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
Caveat Lector: Bible Reading Is
Dangerous. Eugene Peterson. College Chapel at 7:30pm. Call 224-
3245. All lectures arc free.
Tuesday, August 1
Skin Cancer Screening Clinic
Free to UBC students, staff and
faculty. An opportunity to have
skin moles cheeked by a dermatologist. Learn about sun protection. Vancouver I lospital at UBC
Student Health Services from 9:30-
I 1:30am. Call 822-701 1.
Wednesday, August 2
Regent College Summer
Evening Public Lectures
God And Evil: What Is The Problem? What Is The Answer? John
Stackhouse. College Chapel at
7:30pm. Call 224-3245. All lectures are free.
Thursday, August 3
Clinical Pharmacology
Paradigm Shifts In Hypertension:
The Vascular Overload Concept.
Dr. Stanley Franklin, clinical prof.
of Medicine & assoc. dir.. Hypertension Center. U. of Cal., Irvine.
Vane. I Iosp/I ISC. Koerner Pavilion G-279 at 4pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-5565.
Saturday, August 5
Botanical Garden Mini Art
Watercolours by Gillian Simpson;
Sculptures by Jeannette
Boothby. Reception Centre from
10am-4pm. Tea will be served
from 1 lam-4pm. Admission free
to art shows. Call 222-1510.
Student Housing
A service offered by the AMS has
been established to provide a housing listing service for both student
and landlords. This service utilizes a computer voice messaging
system. Students call 822-9844.
Landlords call 1-900-451-5585
(touch tone calling) or for assistance call 822-0888.
Friday Morning Campus Tour
School/College Liaison tours provide prospective UBC students with
an overview of campus activities,
facilities and services. Broek Hall
204 from9:30-1 lam. Reservations
one week in advance. Call 822-
Summer Sports Camp
For all ages. Soccer, computer,
gymnastics, fencing and much
more. For information please call
Community Sports Services at
English Language Institute
English speaking families needed
to host international students participating in ELI programs for periods of two to six weeks. Remuneration is $22 per day. Call 822-
Grad Centre Activities
Home of Koerner's Pub. Movies:
various events weekly in the Penthouse. Call the hotline 822-0999.
Counselling Psychology
Mid-life Daughters/Daughters-In-
Law. Daughters, who are caring
for a parent in a care facility, are
needed for a study on stress and
coping. Involves one evening small
group discussion with women similar to yourself. Call Allison at 822-
Vancouver Hospital Studies
Volunteers between 18-65 required
for research study. Involves two
test sessions. Each will involve
two test days, one week apart.
$100 honorarium upon completion of study (16 hrs.). Call 822-
UBC Study of Coping Skills
Volunteers required. Any parent
of a person with schizophrenia.
Respond at your convenience to
written confidential questionnaire.
Study conclusions available.
Please share your experience so
others may learn. Call Rose at
Clinical Research Support
Under the auspices of Health Care/
Epidemiology. Provides methodological, biostatistical, computational and analytical support for
health researchers. Call 822-4530.
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members, with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
Equity Office
Advisers are available to discuss
questions or concerns. We are pre
pared to help any UBC student,
or member of staff or faculty who
is experiencing discrimination or
harassment, including sexual
harassment, find a satisfactory'
resolution. Call 822-6353.
Health Professionals
Research Study
How Parents And Adolescents
Discuss And Understand Health
From Their Perspective. If you
sometimes think that the professionals do not really know what
health issues are important to
you and why, we invite you to
consider participating in our re-
i search project. Volunteers please
call 822-7442/822-7476.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
j SCARL is operated by the De-
[ partment of Statistics to provide
statistical advice to faculty/
graduate students working on
research problems. Call 822-
Nitobe Memorial Garden/
Botanical Garden
Summer hours effective to Oct.
15. Open from 10am-6pm daily,
including weekends. Call 822-
9666 for garden information.
Garden Tours
Wednesdays/Saturdays until
October. UBC Botanical Garden
at lpm. Available with the price
of admission. Call 822-9666.
Indoor tennis courts proposed
A tennis centre is being
proposed for the southeast
corner of East Mall and
Thunderbird Road on the site
ofthe former tennis bubble.
Campus Planning and Development has received a development application for
the proposed structure,
which will be 12.5 metres high
and 3,060 square metres in
floor area on a single level.
The roof will consist of a rigid
metal frame covered with white
fabric. The structure will cover
five tennis courts, four of which
are already existing, and will include small areas for an office,
pro shop and storage.
A fire lane and pedestrian
entry is provided from
Thunderbird Road. Two trees will
be     removed
during   construction.
The new
structure will
be built over
existing underground
power and
communications ducts. UBC Reports ■ July 13, 1995 5
Students prefer challenge
to being spoon-fed: dean
Contrary to views often heard
on campus, students like to be
intellectually challenged in the
That's the conclusion Associate Dean of Science Judy Myers
has reached after reviewing
teaching evaluations submitted
by students in her faculty.
Teaching evaluations are carried out each term for all courses
in the Faculty of Science. Students are asked to evaluate various aspects of their courses on a
sliding scale from strongly negative to strongly positive.
Myers said an analysis of second-year course evaluations
shows a strong correlation be
tween the students' views ofthe
overall effectiveness of professors
and whether they
thought professors stimulated
them to think.
"We all hope
students prefer
courses in which
they are stimulated to think, but
one often hears
opinions  to   the
contrary," Myers Judv Myers
said. "Some teachers believe they
don't get good evaluations because they make students think
rather than spoonfeed them course
Myers said the
evaluations also
showed that students are generally
satisfied with the
teaching effectiveness of their professors, most of whom
get positive overall
"These  positive
results are encouraging to all of us
concerned about the quality of
students and the effectiveness
of teaching,' she said.
riu- following development projects arc currently
being considered:
Permit Reviews in Progress
(339 Bicycle Storage Facility—War Memorial Gym
tlUUV Biotechnology Laboratory—Books to re/ NCE Addition
GSS UBC Tennis Centre—Five Covered Courts
• Earth Sciences Building—Phase I
• Forest Sciences Advanced Wood Processing Lab
• Urban Activity Structure—David Lam Building
For More Information on any of these Projects
please contact Kathleen Laird-Blrns ai 822-8228,
laird@unixg.ubc.ca or visit our Campus Planning &
Development Home Page on the Internet at
Information supplied by:
Regulatory Services, a division of
Campus Planning & Development,
2210 West Mall, Vancouver,
BC, V6T 1Z4,
822-8228 (ph),
822-6119 (fax).
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Fry On Campus
John Chong photo
Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry (right) met with members of
the Family Practice Dept. including Dr. Carol Herbert (left),
head of the unit, to discuss health issues during a visit to
campus June 29. Fry's itinerary included a visit to the UBC-
based Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network and Canadian
Genetic Diseases Network, discussions with representatives
from the Faculty of Forestry, a meeting with Law Dean Lynn
Smith, who also serves as chair of B.C. Women's Hospital
board and a visit to the Pulp and Paper Research Institute
of Canada where she reviewed research initiatives with Jack
Saddler, senior chair holder of Forest Products Biotechnology,
a component of the Dept. of Wood Science.
Symposium examines
health effects of metals
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Research in toxicology and
metal-related diseases is the focus of a three-day symposium
currently in progress at UBC.
The fifth COMTOX Symposium on Toxicology and Clinical
Chemistry of Metals, organized
by the Association of Clinical
Scientists in collaboration with
21 sponsors including the World
Health Organization and the
United Nations, has attracted
more than 400 delegates from
38 nations.
They are sharing insights on
the latest discoveries about the
role of metals in health and disease, occupational and environmental exposures to metal, the
molecular biology and toxicology of metals and the analysis of
metals in biological materials.
Research on the toxicity of
metals provides important information to government agencies
and to the public on types and
amounts of exposure to metals
that can be health hazards, said
Anne Autor, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
and chair of the symposium's
local organizing committee.
"Although mining of metals,
for example, is an important part
of the Canadian economy, biological studies tell us that some
metals, such as copper and zinc,
are vital to body function but
can be toxic if the level of exposure is too high." she said.
"In contrast, other metals
such as cadmium, mercury and
lead are not used by the body
but are toxic."
Highlights from the scientific
program, which comprises more
than 300 lectures and poster
presentations, include new data
on the dietary exposure to toxic
metals of Canada's indigenous
people living in the Arctic, the
cancer risks of orthopedic prostheses and illnesses associated
with mercury release from dental amalgam fillings.
Autor said it is important to
raise public awareness about the
prominent role metals play in
our everyday lives.
"Many people don't realize that
when they renovate old houses,
they are unleashing a spray of
lead when they start scraping
away the paint. This is particularly hazardous for young children who are very susceptible to
lead fumes."
Exposure to metals is usually
derived from airborne particles
carrying metal contaminants
that can travel long distances
before being deposited on soil or
in water, Autor explained.
Movement of contaminating
metals through the food chain
can then reach humans causing
indirect exposure.
She advised that many household and workplace products
also contain metals such as titanium in toothpaste, cadmium
and nickel in rechargeable batteries and chromium in cement.
"In many cases, the levels of
metals used are low enough to
be safe, however, high exposures
through accident or carelessness
can present hazards producing
a variety of health problems ranging from allergies to neurological
damage," Autor said.
The symposium, which began July 10. continues through
July 13 at the Student Union
Building. 6 UBC Reports ■ July 13, 1995
News Digest
Vancouver Hospital is operating a Community Involvement
Response Line until Aug. 12 as part of an information gathering
process by the volunteer Community Facilitating Group. Vancouver
residents are invited to call 875-5510 to record their comment on
the question "Given the changes taking place to the health care
delivery system in B.C., how should Vancouver Hospital re-define
and implement its role within the community of Vancouver?"
Opinions and comments from the community via the response
line, along with information from other surveys and questionnaires,
and recommendations for further community participation activities will be presented to the Vancouver Hospital Board in September.
• • • •
UBC faculty members are involved in organizing a major conference ofthe Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE),
in Vancouver Oct. 22-25.
Held in Canada for the first time, the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics has as its theme Intelligent
Systems for the 21st Century.
Some of the topics covered in the 700 papers to be presented at
the conference include artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, computer vision, control systems, robotics, software engineering, human-machine interaction, industrial automation and fuzzy
logic control.
Electric and electronics engineers from around the world are
expected to attend the conference, which will be among the largest
engineering conferences ever held.
The conference program chair is Prof. Clarence de Silva of the
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Other UBC Mechanical Engineering faculty members involved in organizing the conference are Prof.
Dale Cherchas and Asst. Prof. Chris Ma.
An international panel of speakers will explore the role of the
laboratory in critical care of the fetus, infant and child during the
Sixth International Congress on Pediatric Laboratory Medicine July
21 to 24 at UBC's Instructional Resources Centre.
Conference participants will share the latest information on the
quality and effectiveness of diagnostic testing and screening in the
pediatric age group, focusing on children with cancer, the sick fetus
and newborn infant, and children undergoing transplants.
New molecular and other diagnostic techniques in microbiology,
surgical pathology and metabolic disease, and the optimal use of
testing in the assessment of nutrition in infants and children, will
also be highlighted.
For more information, call 875-2394.
Nearly half of the industry respondents to a nationwide survey
said they planned to enter into new research and development
partnerships with universities within the next year. Another 15 per
cent said they planned to enter into new arrangements within the
next three years.
Four of every five Canadian universities reported an increase in
university-industry collaboration within the last five years, the
survey showed.
Conducted last April and May by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council and the Conference Board of Canada,
the survey polled 208 Canadian CEOs and 66 university presidents.
Eighty-six companies and 43 universities responded to the survey.
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Vancouver, B.C.   V6T1Z3
Accommodation      j
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouverattractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, B.C. V6R2H2. Phone
or fax (604) 222-4104.
Located near the Museum of
Anthropology, this is an ideal spot
for visiting scholarsto UBC. Guests
dine with residents and enjoy
college life. Daily rate $50.00, plus
$13/day for meals Sun. -Thurs. Call
822-8660 for more information
and availability.
accommodation in Pt. Grey
area. Minutes to UBC. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Incl. TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone
and fridge. Weekly rates
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WEST POINT GREY beautifulview
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appliances, f/p, piano, antiques,
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Sept. 1/95 to Aug. 31/96
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cleaning person, garden
maintenance, cable. N/S, refs.
Call 224-1241.
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View home. Fully furn. 3 bedrm,
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designed, spacious home. All
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P, N/S. Flexible term starting June.
$150/day includes everything.
modern, rustic house, 2 bedrm,
den, loft, verandas. Furn or unfurn.
Avail. Sept. 1/95-July 1/96. $800/
mo. Use of van negotiable. 1 hr
to Vancouver/Langdale ferry.
Call (604) 886-4584 and leave
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beautifully furn. f/p, all
appliances, built-in stereo,
enclosed garden, large roof
deck. Avail. Sept./95 - June/96.
$2,000/mo. plus util, Refs required.
Our townhouse is ideal for
professors or doctors who wish to
be close to UBC, hospitals or
downtown. Car available, you
insure. Dates can be somewhat
flexible. Contact Harold or Shirley
Logan at 732-8411.
summer accommodation in one
bedroom suites with kitchenettes.
Ideal for visiting professors and
seminar groups. Daily rate $56 -
$95. Single rooms with shared
washrooms $32 per night. Bed
and Breakfast packages
available at Totem Park
Residence May through August
$24 per night. For reservations
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N/S, N/P. Rent includes parking,
cable, hydro, Ideal for visiting
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UBC endowment lands/Spanish
Banks Beach. Offers a peaceful
alternative for Vancouver visitors.
Furnished with charm, equipped
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On beautiful one-acre natural
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Ideal accommodation for UBC
visitors, close to UBC, reasonable
rates. 3780 W. 3rd Ave. Call hosts
Ken and Carla Rich at 224-1180.
spacious and bright, 3 bedrms, 2
baths, large kitchen, 2 decks and
patios. Carport, w/d, d/w,
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year). N/S, N/P. Refs. $l,700/mo.
plus util. Call 734-9184 (6-9pm).
furn., near-new townhouse on
campus for rent. Sept. 1 /95 - April
30/96. 3 bedrm, den, bi-weekly
professional housecleaning incl.
N/S, refs. small pets ok. $2,400/
mo. Call 224-7899.
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Private entrance, 10 mins from
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Quiet, 6 rms, spacious deck, w/d,
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university graduate and have
experience working as a
research assistant with patient
populations. Call Arvinder
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HAVE YOU EVER wondered how
babies learn to talk? Help us to
find out, We are looking for
parents with babies between 1
and 18 months of age to
participate in language
development studies at UBC. If
you are interested in bringing your
baby to UBC for a one-hour visit,
please call Dr. Janet Werker's
Infant Studies Centre, Dept. of
Psychology. UBC. Call 822-6408
and ask for Tracey. UBC Reports ■ July 13, 1995 7
UBC debuts in PNE parade
with Open House '95 float
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Open House '95 organizers
are hoping for a tidal wave of
community support after UBC
makes its debut appearance in
Vancouver's annual PNE Parade,
Aug. 19.
The UBC float will feature
the university's first campus-
wide Open House in five years,
which takes place Oct. 13, 14
and 15.
'The PNE Parade is a B.C.
tradition and a prominent summer event which is televised
across the province." said Debora
Sweeney, UBC Marketing Manager.
"We considered it a great opportunity to showcase UBC with
the help of our faculty and students and their considerable talents."
Entering a UBC float in the
parade is the brainchild of
Richard Prince, an associate professor of Fine Arts.
"It's a way to inform the public about the university and about
Open House specifically," Prince
said. "But just as importantly,
it's encouraging people to attend a welcoming, family event."
The float, an open book measuring approximately 18 feet by
12 feet, will be constructed by
skilled students and technicians
from various campus departments.
Preliminary sketches have
been prep>ared by Robert
Gardiner, an associate professor of Theatre.
The UBC: Thunderbird and
letter people, familiar sights at
Open House in 1990, will be on
board the float to greet the
100,000 people expected to line
the parade route.
Robert Gardiner drawing
Main Mall to gain green space
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
This summer will see work
begin on a dramatic new addition to the campus landscape —
the creation of the Great North
Meadow on the hill below the
Rose Garden.
The new open space is part of
a long-term plan that is changing the face of the area surrounding the northern end of
Main Mall, said Urban Designer
Michael Howell of Campus Planning and Development.
Managed zone will
protect park's forest
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A silviculture plan is being
implemented to protect the
forested area of Pacific Spirit
Regional Park directly adjoining
UBC's Hampton Place Developments.
The plan, commissioned late
last year by the UBC Real Estate
Corporation (UBCREC) and the
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) Parks Dept., will
preserve the ecological integrity
and the recreational and esthetic
values of the land immediately
to the east ofthe park boundary
and south of Heron Trail.
Various groups, including the
GVRD, which owns the park,
expressed concern about the forest interface zone, said Mark
Betteridge, president of
"It was crucial for UBCREC,
GVRD Parks, the residents of
Hampton Place and the park
users to have a plan to manage
this sensitive interface,"
Betteridge said.
"By consulting with the volunteer groups who advise GVRD
Parks, we were able to anticipate
future problems and implement
solutions to secure a healthy
and viable park."
Specific issues identified in
discussions with concerned parties by forest resource consultants Stewart & Ewing Associates Ltd. (Seafor), architects of
the plan, were leaning tree haz
ards, reduction of plant species
diversity, invasion by
ornamentals, degradation of bird
and small mammal habitat,
spoiled views from and into the
park, increased glare into the
park from new buildings and
Windthrow usually occurs
after heavy thinning or clear
cutting which render the remaining trees — once supported by
their neighbours — too weak to
withstand wind exposure.
Of all the concerns addressed
by Seafor in its report to
UBCREC, eliminating leaning
trees in the interests of public
safety is given top priority.
Other recommendations for
the interface zone include planting new trees, fencing the area
until it recuperates to desired
levels and monitoring the site
annually so that treatment techniques may be refined as necessary. The tree planting has already been completed, Betteridge
Seafor estimates that the five-
year silviculture plan will cost
UBCREC about $60,000.
UBCREC was established by
the university in 1987 to plan
developments on existing campus lands and other holdings.
To date, 564 residential units
comprising a mix of townhouses,
low-rise apartments and high-
rise apartments have been constructed on six of the 11 lots
available for development at
Hampton Place.
'The concept of a Great North
Meadow originated in the Master Campus Plan, which stressed
the importance of the Main Mall
as an organizing feature of the
campus," he said. The meadow
will be a part of the northern
terminus of the mall.
The mall's southern end,
which will be very urban with
new buildings and a plaza, will
be balanced at the northern end
by the landscaping of the
meadow. Rose Garden and view
of ocean and mountains beyond,
Howell said.
In its first phase, the
meadow will stretch down from
Marine Drive to the area between the Anthropology and
Sociology Building and Mary
Bollert Hall.
Earth work this summer will
create a gentle slope on which
low maintenance grasses will be
planted. It will be an ideal place
to sit or stroll, Howell said, comparing it with the knolls behind
the Museum of Anthropology.
A new wheelchair-accessible
path will link the Rose Garden
Parkade and Cecil Green Park
To create the meadow, some
trees will be moved to other parts
of campus. Other trees, mostly
cedars, that are too big to move
will be cut down.
The removal of about a dozen
trees will also dramatically open
up views ofthe ocean and mountains from the Rose Garden area,
Howell said.
Campus Planning will ensure
that an equal number of trees
are re-planted on the edges of
the site to make up for any that
are removed.
'There will be no net loss of
trees." Howell said.
The second phase will see the
meadow expand with the demolition of the Anthropology and
Sociology building, but that may
be as far away as 25 years, he
'The benefits of this project
far outweigh its minimal cost,"
Howell said.
by staff writers
Ricki Goldman-Segall has been selected as a 1995
National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral
Goldman-Segall, an assistant professor in the Dept. of
Curriculum Studies, was awarded the fellowship for her
study titled, A Multimedia Portrait of Girls' Socio-Scientific
Thinking: Epistemology, Ethnography and Networked
Multimedia. As director of UBC's Multimedia Ethnographic
Research Laboratory (MERlin), Goldman-Segall's research
goal is to present educators with an idea of how young
people conduct multimedia socio-scientific investigations.
Funding for the fellowships comes from the U.S.-based
Spencer Foundation which supports research that promises to improve education worldwide.
Prof. Ken Haycock, director of the School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies, is the recipient of
the 1995 Grolier Award for Research in School Librarianship in Canada.
Haycock's proposed study, The Impact of Scheduling on
Co-operative Program Planning and Teaching and Information Skills Instruction, was cited by the award jury as
bringing a "national and Canadian focus to a significant
topic of enquiry."
Haycock was the first recipient of the Grolier award in
1983. Sponsored by the Canadian School Library Association, the award supports theoretical and applied research
that advances the field of school librarianship.
UBC was also honoured by the Canadian Association of
College and University Libraries with this year's Innovation
Achievement Award. Suzanne Dodson of the UBC Library
will receive the award this month for the entry, Preservation Microfilming Special Projects Program, which she
created with colleague Norman Amor.
Four UBC faculty members are
among the 60 Canadian fellows
elected to the Royal Society of
Melvin Comisarow, Chemistry,
helped develop Fourier Transform Ion
Cyclotron Resonance Mass
Spectroscopy in the 1970s, which
today is recognized as having the
greatest versatility and the highest
mass resolution of any mass
Paul J. Harrison, Botany/
Oceanography, is one of the few world authorities on the
uptake of nutrients by marine algae.
He has co-operated extensively with
other scientists in international
projects and has consulted on water
management issues in Canada.
China and Pakistan.
Dr. Michael Hayden, Medical
Genetics, has made major contributions to the genetics of Huntington's
disease, especially by pioneering a
predictive testing program for
Huntington's which is widely regarded as a model for predictive
testing for other late-onset disorders.
Robert Miura, Mathematics, has
made notable contributions to the theory of nonlinear wave
propagation, mathematical physiology and singular perturbation theory. Working with biologists, he has contributed
to the theoretical understanding of neurophysiology and
cell membrane behaviour.
The new fellows will be formally inducted into the society
at a ceremony this fall in Ottawa.
Rick Hansen received an honorary degree from the
University of Toronto on June 16.
Hansen is director of UBC's Life Skills Motivation
Centre, through which he gives keynote presentations and
seminars at conventions, conferences and other major
events across North America and internationally.
Hansen joined UBC in 1989 as a consultant on disabilities to President David Strangway. He helped establish the
Disability Resource Centre, a centre for the promotion of
the full involvement of persons with disabilities in post-
secondary institutions.
His previous achievements include a successful career
as a wheelchair athlete and the Man in Motion World Tour,
which raised $23 million for research, rehabilitation,
wheelchair sports and awareness of spinal cord injuries.
Miura 8 UBC Reports • July 13, 1995
Student unearths Aztec ball
court, clues to early society
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
The Aztecs of ancient Mexico
called it Tlachtli, a game that
sometimes went on for days before a team scored. To the victors,
glory; the vanquished, death.
That first goal was important
because it not only ended the
game but sometimes losers were
sacrificed to the gods," said Warren Hill, a PhD student in the
Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology. "Either that or winners
gained instant right to the clothing and jewelry of the spectators."
Hill recently unearthed the
oldest known court for the sport
in Mexico. The huge playing surface dates back to 1400 BC, five
centuries older than any other
court yet found.
Made of hard-packed earth,
the playing area consists of an
enormous alley-12 metres wide
and 80 metres long-bounded on
either side by sloping, two-metre-high embankments. At the
top of each embankment may
have been rings through which
players tried to manoeuvre a
dense rubber ball (somewhere
between the size of a softball and
soccer ball) using any part of
their anatomy but hands or feet.
This early earthen court is much
simpler than stone ones built in
later centuries by the Aztecs and
Archeologist Michael Blake,
an associate professor in the
Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology, said Hill's find provides
clues to the social and political
inequality of the times.
"This site would have
been part of a
network of similar
ball courts, much like
our modern-day
arenas and
- Michael Blake
An elaborate ball court provided a means of competition for
an emerging elite class.
"Competition was a key element in the development of civilization in the area," said Blake,
who has been researching Mexican archeology for the last decade. 'This site would have been
part of a network of similar ball
courts, much like our modern-
day arenas and coliseums."
Blake, funded by the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council, has been excavating ancient houses at a site
called Paso de la Amada on the
Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico
about 30 kilometres from Guatemala. For his PhD thesis, Hill
excavated a large mound of earth
near Blake's dig with the expectation of finding even earlier
dwellings. It took almost a month
of digging to finally figure out
what the mound contained.
Unlike residential sites, there
were no house posts, artifacts or
debris on the court surface to
turn to for clues. Moreover, a
preliminary test pit through the
centre of the two-metre-high
mound  uncovered  a puzzling
layer of fine sand and silt a metre
thick. Hill explains that the mysterious buildup was, in fact, sediment washed down from the
mounds into the centre of the
court itself.
"When the court was finally
abandoned and rains began
eroding the embankments, the
central alleyway became like a
giant catchbasin," said Blake.
"What confused us early on in
the project was how these water-
layered deposits came to be at
the top of the mound above
ground level."
Once the research team figured out what they were dealing
with, they dug trenches out from
the centre to measure the exact
dimensions of the court. Hill
pointed out that the structure
would barely fit within a modern
football field.
The UBC team, who worked
on the site from February to
April of this year, was able to
verify the age of the court from
ceramic fragments and ancient
garbage found in the embankments.
Charcoal fragments buried in
the sides and floor of the court
have been shipped off to a laboratory for radio-carbon dating.
Meanwhile, Hill is keeping busy
organizing all the data for his
thesis which should take a year
and a half to complete.
As for Blake, he organized a
summer field school closer to
home. From May 22 to June 23,
a dozen UBC students and members of the Scowlitz Band near
Mission excavated an ancient
Sto:lo village at the confluence of
the Harrison and Fraser rivers.
Study finds that enzyme may
cause nerve cell death in ALS
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
An enzyme commonly found
in the central nervous system
may lead to the development of
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), a team of UBC researchers has found.
The study, conducted in collaboration with Kinetek
Biotechnology Corp., indicates
that increased levels of Protein
Kinase C (PKC) may cause the
death of nerve cells in the brain
and spinal cord which leads to
paralysis and death in ALS.
Protein kinases regulate cellular function by modifying the
structures of various critical proteins, explained Ruth Lanius, a
UBC medical student and member of the research team.
These enzymes are the molecular equivalent of computer
chips in the cellular circuitry,
making PKC a particularly important element in cell-to-cell
communication in the nervous
system," she said.
"Our data raises the possibility that overabundant activity of
PKC may be toxic to certain cells
in the spinal cord, leading to cell
The research team, which also
includes Steven Pelech, an associate professor of Medicine and
president of Kinetek
Biotechnology Corp., Dr. Charles
Krieger, an assistant professor
of Medicine, and Christopher
Shaw, an associate professor of
Ophthalmology, analysed PKC
activity in post mortem samples
taken from the spinal cords of
ALS victims and from control
subjects who did not have neurological disorders.
Different cellular components
were isolated from the samples
and analysed for the types of
PKC present and their degree of
In each case, the tissue from
the ALS victims showed increased PKC activity in comparison to the tissues from the control group.
"Our research indicates a 100-
to 300-per cent increase in the
activity levels of PKC in the spinal cords of patients who have
died from ALS," Pelech said.
"It is the first study to demonstrate a kinase abnormality in
the sporadic disease."
The scientists are currently
trying to identify the types of cells
in the spinal cord in which abnormal PKC activity occurs, and the
stages in the molecular cascade
leading to nerve cell death.
Approximately five in 100.000
people suffer from ALS, which
typically strikes between the ages
of 50 and 70.
Marked by muscular weakness
and atrophy due to a progressive
loss of nerve cells in the brain and
spinal cord, there is no known
cause or cure for the disease.
It is often called Lou Gehrig's
disease, after the New York Yankees baseball player whose career and life were prematurely
ended by the disorder.
Results of the study will be
published in a future issue ofthe
Journal of Neurochemistry.
J hong photo
Learning From The Best
Maestro Sergiu Comissiona, music director ofthe Vancouver
Symphony, conducts the 110-member senior orchestra of
the 1995 UBC Summer Music Camp. Participants at the
third annual camp range in age from 15 to 75 and perform
in either the orchestra, jazz, choir or concert ensembles.
Centre promotes
eye care worldwide
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A new research, training and
program centre has been established by UBC's Dept. of Ophthalmology to promote appropriate eye care services and help
reduce blindness and vision loss
Based at St. Paul's Hospital,
the British Columbia Centre for
Epidemiologic and International
Ophthalmology (BCEIO) is the
only centre of its kind in Canada.
Scientists will conduct research related to eye care, patient satisfaction and improved
quality of life, said Dr. Paul
Courtright, an assistant professor of Ophthalmology and director of the centre.
He added that the
multidisciplinary facility will also
focus on creating and evaluating
eye care programs in developing
The World Health Organization estimates that there are more
than 35 million people worldwide who are blind, few of whom
have access to eye care services,
Courtright said.
'The BCEIO is in a position to
assist eye care providers, particularly in East and Southeast
Asia, in identifying eye care needs
and developing locally appropri
ate solutions," he added.
"Diseases of particular interest to the centre include the ocular complications of leprosy, eye
pathology in HIV/AIDS, cataract
and the use of traditional eye
Major activities which the centre plans to undertake in Canada
during the next two years include development of a standardized system for the recording
and retrieval of data on HIV/
AIDS-related eye pathology and
the creation of a simple, low-cost
format for monitoring quality of
care related to routine cataract
Courtright said that research concerning quality of
life assessment in HIV patients
with cytomegalovirus retinitis,
as well as the prioritization of
patients in need of corneal
transplantation, are other centre priorities.
Courtright hopes that in addition to creating links with other
UBC training and research units,
the centre will be able to collaborate on establishing eye care
programs with a medical school
in a developing country.
Several ofthe centre's associates have been engaged in eye
research and training projects
in Korea. China, India, Nepal
and Malawi.
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