UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Reports Nov 15, 2001

You are currently on our download blacklist and unable to view media. You will be unbanned within an hour.
To un-ban yourself please visit the following link and solve the reCAPTCHA, we will then redirect you back here.

Item Metadata


JSON: ubcreports-1.0118452.json
JSON-LD: ubcreports-1.0118452-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubcreports-1.0118452-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubcreports-1.0118452-rdf.json
Turtle: ubcreports-1.0118452-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubcreports-1.0118452-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubcreports-1.0118452-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

 VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER     I 8      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001
3 Play fair
What do Lego robots have
to teach students?
8  Fall finish
Years of study reap results
for ubc graduates THE    UNIVERSITY   OF    BRITISH    COLUMBIA
ubc sews up silver spot
in national standings
Ranking moves up in
student body categories
has secured second position overall in rankings of Canada's medical/doctoral universities, according to the annual survey published
this week in Maclean's magazine.
"We are pleased that our second
spot in the Maclean's rankings reflects the fact that ubc is one of
Canada's outstanding national educational resources," said ubc
President Martha Piper.
"Earning the silver spot in these
rankings for the third year in a row
shows that students, faculty and
staff are deeply committed to
ubc's Trek 2000 vision of a great
university in a great city."
The key strategies of Trek 2000
include improved access to education through greater financial support for students, encouraging
curricula that include opportunities for undergraduate research,
and attracting top faculty.
The University of Toronto again
placed first overall in the category,
which ranks 15 universities with a
broad range of PhD programs and
research as well as medical
schools. Queen's University placed
For the second year running,
ubc was ranked first in percentage
of faculty with PhDs and in faculty
receiving humanities and social
science research grants.
ubc improved or maintained its
see Rankings, page 2
Students keen on
community: report
Focus groups suggest ways
to bring students into loop
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
they can get involved in campus
life is the key to building a stronger ubc community according to a
draft report prepared for the business process re-engineering team
Zoologist Canada's
professor ofthe year
He creates excitement for
learning: vice-president
zoology assoc. prof. Lee Gass's
reputation as one of Canada's foremost university educators has advanced even further with the
Council for Advancement and
Support of Education (case) naming him the top Canadian Professor ofthe Year.
Gass was unanimously chosen
from among 16 nominees from Canadian universities.
The award recognizes Gass's
dedication to undergraduate
teaching and service to the university, community, and teaching profession.
"This is a great honour for Lee
and wonderful news for ubc," says
vice-president, Academic, Barry
McBride. "Lee has and will continue to create an excitement for
learning that is infectious."
A faculty member since 1974,
Gass was a member of the Science
One planning team and is the cur-
Award-winner Assoc. Prof. Lee Gass
rent director of the Integrated Sciences Program, as well as a teacher
in both the Coordinated Sciences
and Integrated Sciences programs.
He has also maintained an active
research career, but closed his lab
two years ago in order to devote the
remainder of his career to teaching
and faculty development.
Gass received a University Killam Teaching Prize and a 3M
Teaching Fellowship in 1999.
The case award is sponsored by
the Royal Bank.
Interview with Gass, see page 3
in the Student Recruitment Office
and for vice-president, Students,
Brian Sullivan.
Based on input from student
groups and administrators across
campus, the report, Building a
Campus Community: The Community ubc, puts forward several recommendations to improve the
quality of university life for students.
"The original focus ofthe report
was to help set the direction for
student recruitment," says Janet
Teasdale, director, Student Development.
"We wanted to address the importance of building the ubc community in order to attract potential students. And current students identified community as
something they want to talk about
and take leadership in building."
The findings in the report will be
a tool to help people all over campus begin a dialogue about what it
means to build a community and
how to do that, says Teasdale.
Some of the suggestions for
community building include creating a stronger visual identity for
the university, establishing a buddy or mentorship program and
emphasizing the importance of
personal contact between students and university staff.
The report also identifies better communications between
myriad groups on campus as the
key to bringing students into the
It calls for the establishment of
a Centre for Student Involvement
to act as an information clearing
house, and for the vice-president,
Students, and the Alma Mater Society president to send out monthly joint e-mail encouraging student involvement.
Another recommendation is to
see Report, page 2
be square Associate vice-president, Continuing Studies, Jane Hutton (left)
and ubc at Robson Square business manager Melissa Picher display one of
the advertising posters now in downtown bus shelters and Skytrain stations.
ubc at Robson Square's official opening Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 will feature more
than 80 events and presentations reflecting the best of ubc The open house
includes a Best of ubc speakers series. For a schedule of Best of ubc speakers
see the Calendar in this issue. For a complete listing of Robson Square Open
House events, visit www.robsonsquare.ubc.ca. Richard Lam photo
War crimes prosecutor
receives degree Nov. 22
Rwanda, Yugoslavia
proving grounds for justice
one of Canada's leading jurists
and international law experts will
be awarded an honorary degree
during Fall Congregation Nov. 22.
Supreme Court Justice Louise
Arbour earned international recognition in 1996 when she was appointed by the United Nations Security Council to serve as prosecutor for the International Criminal
Tribunals for Rwanda and the
former Yugoslavia.
"Even at her relatively young age,
she has a record of accomplishment
and dedication to Canadian and international law that is second to
none," says Law Dean Joost Blom.
More than 2,560 students will
receive their degrees during Fall
Congregation Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.
Degrees will be awarded in eight
ceremonies at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts.
Born and educated in Montreal,
Arbour was called to the Quebec
bar in 1971 and served as a faculty
member and associate dean of
Supreme Courtjustice Louise Arbour
York University's Osgoode Hall
Law School.
While there, she also served as
vice-president of the Canadian
Civil Liberties Association.
Arbour was appointed judge of
the Ontario High Court of Justice
in 1987 and also served on the Ontario Court of Appeal. She was
elected to the Supreme Court of
Canada in 1999.
ubc graduates lead the
way. See page 8 I     UBC     REPORTS     |     NOVEMBER    15,    2001
Remove car access, not
pool, suggests reader
It is hard to see how the proposed
relocation ofthe bus loop and outdoor pool is going to create a more
"pedestrian-friendly area," as
claimed in your report of Nov. 1.
The pool and loop are perfectly
well placed where they are. Why
undergo the huge upheaval of
moving them?
The main motive for the plan
seems to be the inclusion of "commercial, institutional and residential space," not concern for pedestrians, who would be better served
by much tighter restrictions on vehicle traffic generally on campus.
Car access to campus has greatly increased over the last 10 years,
and inevitably some vehicles are
driven fast and aggressively. The
effective way to get a more pedestrian-friendly campus is by limiting access strictly to authorized
vehicles, not by moving the pool
and bus loop.
Prof. Graham Good
English Dept.
Wanted, Excellent Teachers
The University is again recognising excellence in teaching through the awarding of teaching prizes to faculty members. Two prize winners from the Faculty
of Applied Science will he selected for 2002.
Eligibility: The prizes are open to full-time tenure-track faculty in Architecture, Engineering or Nursing who have five or more years of teaching experience at ubc
Criteria: The awards will recognise sustained teaching accomplishments at
all levels at ubc, and will focus on those faculty who have demonstrated that
they are able to motivate students and are responsive to students' intellectual needs, or have developed innovative laboratory or lecture materials.
Nomination process: Students, alumni or faculty members may nominate
candidates to the Head of their department, the Director of their School, or
the Head ofthe unit in which the nominee teaches. Letters of nomination
and supporting information may also be sent directly to:
Prof. Nemy Banthia
Chair, Killam Self.ction Committee 2001-2002
Dept. of Civil Engineering
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
E-mail: banthia@civil.ubc.ca, Tel: 604-822-9541
Deadline: jan. 11,2002
Winners: Winners will be identified in early 2002, and will also be honoured
during the Spring Convocation in May.
For further information about the awards, please contact the Dean's Office,
Faculty of Applied Science, your Department or School office, or the Selection Committee Chair.
Continued from page 1
create a celebration, such as ubc
Day, to bring the whole ubc community together, possibly on the
anniversary ofthe 1922 Great Trek
march to Point Grey to establish
the ubc campus.
Earlier this year, 75 students,
faculty and staff brainstormed on
ideas to build a stronger ubc community in focus groups and
through e-mail questionnaires.
The draft report will be presented to the Campus Advisory Board
on Student Development later this
A copy of the report will be
available at www.vpstudents.
Continued from page 1
status in five of the seven Student
Body categories.
Key gains include a move from
eighth to third in the proportion of
students who graduate and moving
from third to second spot in terms
of students whose average is 75 per
cent or higher, ubc also maintained second place for the average
entering grades for students.
The Maclean's ranking measures
the undergraduate experience at
Canadian universities, comparing
post-secondary institutions in
three groupings: medical/doctoral,
comprehensive and primarily undergraduate.
more information
Visit www.macleans.ca
Donate your old vehicle to
Call 1-888-350-5437 or visit
Berkowitz & Associates
Consulting Inc.
Statistical Consulting
research design • data analysis • sampling • forecasting
-~^"■™~"—    Jonathan Berkowitz, Ph.D    ~"^^—^—^-
4160 Staulo Crescent, Vancouver, B.C., V6N 3S2
Office: (604) 263-1508 Fax: (604) 263-1708
ubc reports
Published twice monthly
(monthly in December, May,
June, July and August) by:
ubc Public Affairs Office
310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver BC, v6t izi.
Tel: 604-UBC-lNFO (604-822-4636)
Fax: 604-822-2684
Website: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca
ubc Reports welcomes the submission of letters and opinion
pieces. Opinions and advertising
published in ubc Reports do not
necessarily reflect official university policy. Material may be
reprinted in whole or in part with
appropriate credit to ubc Reports.
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 to
the ubc Public Affairs Office (address above); by fax to 822-2684;
or by e-mail to Janet.ansell@ubc.ca
Scott Macrae
(scott.macrae@u bc.ca)
Janet Ansell
Michelle Cook
(michelle.cook@u bc.ca)
Hilary Thomson
Don Wells
(don. wells@u bc.ca)
Natalie Lisik
publications mail
agreement number 1689851
maCri more, than
we're a studio space
we re a suuaio space —
mm m m mm ^
• multimedia
• photography
• videoconferencing
• television production
Educational INJew Media
Planning • Management • Creative
www. telestudios. ubc. ca
Wax - it
Histology Services
Providing Plastic and Wax sections for the research community
George Spurr RT
RI.A'l"                               Kevin Gibbon   ART FIBMS
Phone   (604)82
2-1595                                  Phone   (604)856-7370
F.-mail   gspurrU?
nterchange.ubc.ca           E-mail   gibbowax@telus.net
www. bookstore, ubc. ca
Nov 30
Dec  1
Save 20%
on almost
of the
• Regular-priced General Books
•UBC Textbooks
•Additional 20% off Sale Books
•Gifware • Sportswear
•Seasonal Decorations
• Stationery • Art & Design Materials
See in-store signs for exceptions
Monday- Friday 9:30AM - 5PM • Saturday 11AM - 5PM
6200 University Blvd., Vancouver.B.C. V6T 1Z4
(604) 822-2665 • www.bookstore.ubc.ca IC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001      |     3
then and now  Are you in this picture? If so, you'll want to attend UBC Childcare Services 10th anniversary
celebration, A Legacy of Caring, Saturday, Nov. 24 from 3-5 p.m. at 2881 Acadia Rd. All families, staff and alumni of
ubc child-care programs are welcome to attend the reunion which will feature displays of old photos, videos and
refreshments. More than 400 children annually attend the 16 child-care programs comprising ubc Childcare Services
for the children of faculty, staff, students and members ofthe community. For more information about the reunion,
call 604-822-6238. ubc Childcare Services photo
Students, robots pair up
for timely lessons in etnics
Class looks beyond Battlebots to tackle technology issues
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
children have been using Lego
building blocks to snap together
skyscrapers and cars since 1932,
but a ubc Philosophy professor
has found a novel use for one ofthe
world's most imaginative play toys.
Prof. Peter Danielson, who holds
the Mary and Maurice Young Professorship in the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Centre for Applied
Ethics, has incorporated the classic plastic blocks into the curriculum for his graduate seminar, Ethics for Robots.
But the Lego pieces Danielson
uses don't come from starter sets.
In his class, multidisciplinary
teams of seminar students construct sophisticated Lego Mind-
storm robots to compete in mini
ethics games.
Unlike in the popular tv show
Battlebots, these competitions
don't involve robots dueling each
other to the death. The challenges
include getting the robots to work
together to rescue a victim, find a
landmine, or escape a fire in a
crowded theatre.
The robots are the focus for
solving different ethical problems
presented to students each week.
"New technology is like manna
from heaven." explains Danielson
while activating a pair of wheeled
robots on the desk in front of him.
"When someone drops manna on
you, you've got to figure out what
you want to do with it.
"Our society's rapid adoption of
advanced technologies has created
new ethical problems, even as it
solves others." he says. "We have to
ask what our rules are going to be."
Danielson says that getting the
robots to compete addresses two
levels of applied ethics challenges.
On one level, building, or modeling, a robot to perform specific
tasks demonstrates that the ability to construct a purely competi
tive "battlebot" may allow players
to destroy other robots to "win" a
game, but it isn't likely to solve any
ethical problems.
Danielson's aim is to engage students in gentler games to show
them that agents like robots can
be designed to compete with moral features such as constraint and
concern for others.
"Technology is just like nature,"
Danielson says. "When it comes
out ofthe box, it doesn't care about
us. It's amoral and risky, and in the
seminar, students take that technology and produce something
that is moral, sociable and able to
get along with others and with us."
On a second level, the seminar
allows students to experience the
problems of negotiating and main-
Philosophy Prof. Peter Danielson
taining social contracts for building robots together and having
competitions with them.
Danielson hopes the lessons
learned from the weekly robot
games will teach students how to
create ethically better technology,
as well as use new technology to
improve their ethics.
Sustainable quest
makes public debut
Web, Science World sites
for public participation
by Michelle Cook staffwriter
will you recycle this copy of
ubc Reports after you've finished
reading it, or toss it into the garbage bin? We know that many of
the choices we make today will
have an impact on our world in the
years to come, but would we
change the way we do things now
if we could peer into the future and
see the effects of our choices on
On Nov. 28, members ofthe community will have the chance to help
answer that question when the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Sustainable Development Research Institute (sdri) launches the public participation phase of its Georgia Basin Futures Project (gbfp) at
Vancouver's Science World.
Now at its halfway mark, the
five-year project is exploring ways
of achieving long-term sustainability in the region with the help of
a computer-based envisioning tool
called quest.
With the look and appeal of a
computer game, quest gets users
to enter their individual prefer
ences on housing, transportation,
food and energv sources, and other
lifestyle choices. It then generates
scenarios to show the environmental, social and economic consequences of these decisions.
"quest gives people context for
the choices they make," says John
Robinson, head ofthe gbfp team.
"Over the next two and a half
years, our goal is to get tens of
thousands of adults and students
to play it to provide us with their
vision ofthe region, and a rich picture of the things people care
about and what they want and
don't want in their future."
John Robinson
Researchers will then have a database, Robinson explains, to
determine ways to achieve those
scenarios, and give senior decision- makers the information they
need to set priorities and policy
direction. The analysis will also
include a look at whether computer games are an effective way to
get people thinking about sustainable development, and change
their views and behaviour.
quest has been in development
since 1994, but the Internet-based
game making its debut Nov. 28 is
the most comprehensive version
yet. with multiple levels of play and
hundreds of possible choices.
Anyone with access to the Web
can play by visiting the gbfp Web
site at www.basinfutures.net.
The Georgia Basin Futures Project
is funded by a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council grant, and $3.5 million in
cash and contributions from sdri's
community partners including Environment Canada, the Shell Foundation, Science World, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, bc Hydro,
the David Suzuki Foundation, the
provincial government, and the Vancouver Sun.
Call sdri at 604-822-8198 or visit
Award affirms teaching matters, says Gass
Professor dreams of building true learning communities
Interview Don Wells, staffwriter
The most significant aspect is
that the award acknowledges that
teaching matters.
After decades of second-class
citizenship for valuing my teaching as highly as research, it is wonderful to know that teaching can,
in fact, matter greatly. In addition,
my involvement in faculty development over the last decade has
made me aware that many others
also value teaching highly, and I
know that an award like this can
help to bring them the support
and acknowledgement that they
need and deserve.
In that sense, the award is as
much a reminder to all of us that
teaching matters as it is an ac
knowledgement of my own accomplishments.
We have achieved a lot at ubc
and elsewhere to make undergraduate education more vibrant, engaging, and effective than before,
but we still have a long way to go.
Our most dramatic achievements
have been to develop strong interdisciplinary programs in several faculties, but these reach relatively small
numbers of students. An enormous
challenge will be to apply the insights
we've gained in those programs to
larger numbers of students.
I hope to spend the rest of my
career    sharing    insights    we've
gained about building true learning communities at the undergraduate level with others at ubc
and elsewhere.
Three challenges are particularly important.
How can we ensure interactive
engagement among students
about problems that they experience as real and important? This
kind of teamwork is the most important pedagogical factor in
achieving conceptual understanding by students of Science, and I
suspect that it is similarly important in other disciplines.
How can faculties and other
high-level units within universities
develop effective interdisciplinary
approaches to the content of
courses, and how can they support
and co-ordinate those efforts?
This is a big question, and it implies kinds and degrees of co-operation and collaboration that are
anything but traditional.
How can interdisciplinary
teams of faculty work together in
the classroom to achieve both of
the above objectives?
Again, this extremely effective
approach flies in the face of academic tradition.
We know how to make it work,
but those lessons were hard-won
and are worth sharing.
In the Nov. 1 issue, an article on the
Web-based e-business portal suggested the service is being developed by ITServices. The portal is
the work of a number of project
partners on campus and is an ins-
tution-wide collaborative project. 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001
Concert Band Festival
High School Honour Bands. Chan
Centre at 1:30pm. Call 604-822-5574.
Pacific Spirit Concerts
Chopin, Schubert & Schumann - Pre-
Concert Talk. Robert Silverman,
piano. Music Recital Hall at 2pm.
Concert at 3pm. $2o/$io. Call
Opera Tea. ubc Opera Ensemble. Sage
Bistro from 3-5pm. $2o/$io. To
reserve seating, call 604-822-5574.
Christmas Gift Fair
sub from gam-spm. Continues to
Nov. 23. Call 604-822-2901.
Towards An Area Of Freedom,
Security And Justice? The Theory
And Praxis of eu Asylum And
Refugee Policies. Nicholas Busch,
researcher; journalist. St. John's
College Lecture Hall 1080 from
5-6:3opm. Refreshments. Call
Thematic Lecture
From The Heart: A Relational Approach To Conflict. Michelle LeBaron,
Institute for Conflict Analysis and
Resolution. George Mason u. Green
College at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Club Meeting
Faculty Women's Club Christmas
Boutique And Tearoom. Cecil Green
Park House from ioam-2pm. Call
Sally Palm 604-222-2950.
Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
Interesting Case Presentations. Dr.
Marcel F.S. Dvorak, vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. from 7-8am. Call
Wednesday Noon Hours. Alexander
Korsantia, piano. Music Recital Hall
from i2noon-ipm. $4. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Burden Of Illness Scoring System For
Pre-Eclampsia. Dr. Rajashree
Devarakonda. bc Women's Hosp.
2N35 from 2-3pm. Call
Association Of Professors
Emeritii Lecture
About Images Of Justice. Hon. Mark
de Weerdt, retired Judge, bc Supreme
ubc Student Composers. Music-
Recital Hall from i2noon-ipm. Call
Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture
Memories Are Made Of This. Prof.
Steven Rose, Brain and Behaviour
Group, Open u. Hennings 202 at
lanoon. Call 604-822-5675.
Comparative Literature
Kierkegaard And The Apocalypse.
Prof. Bruce Kirmmse, History,
Connecticut College. Green College
Coach House from i2:30-2pm. Call
604-822-5158 or 604-822-1878..
Sustainability Co-ordinator
Program Lecture
Why Homo Sapiens Is Inherently
Unsustainable (And How To Fix It).
Prof. William Rees, Community and
Regional Planning. Asian Centre Aud.
from I2:30pm-2pm. Bring your lunch.
Call 604-822-0273.
Calling all
UBC Authors!
Are you the author/editor
of a book, or the creator of
a video, cd, cd-rom, or
electronic book published
between January 2001
and December 2001?
If so, we would like to hear
from you so that you can be
included in the
12th Annual Reception &
other events for UBC authors
scheduled for
UBC Authors Week,
March 11-15,2002.
The Reception, hosted by
President Martha Piper and
University Librarian
Catherine Quinlan,
will be held March 12,2002.
Ifyou are a UBC author,
please contact
Margaret Friesen
Koerner Library, Room 218F
1958 Main Mall
emaikmfriesen @ interchange.ubc.ca
by Dec. 15,2001.
Eulachon Fishery Culture. Teresa
Ryan. Library Processing Centre 424
from i2noon-i.3opm. Call 604-822-
Regulation Of ras InT-Cells-Get A
grp. James Stone, u of Alberta.
Wesbrook 100 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Botany Seminar
Understanding The Language Of Diatoms: Chlorophyll fluorescence As An
Indicator Of Physiological Stress In
Pseudo-Nitzschia Sp. Rana El-Sabaa-
wi. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Prof. Suning Wang, Queen's
University. Chemistry B-250 from
i2:45-ipm. Refreshments at 12:45pm.
Call 604-822-3341.
Earth And Ocean Sciences Seminar
The Visible Geophysical Bathtub.
W.K.W. (Bill) Li, Bedford Institute of
Oceanography. BioSciences 1465 from
3:30-4:30pm. Call 604-822-5406.
Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture
The Molecular Mechanism Of Memory Formation. Prof. Steven Rose, director, Brain and Behaviour Research
Group, Open u. Wesbrook 201 at 4pm.
Reception Green College Coach
House from 6-6:3opm. Call 604-822-
Green College Speaker Series
Can Your Food Give You Alzheimer's
Disease: The Role Of Environmental
Neurotoxins. Christopher Shaw, Ophthalmology. Green College at 5pm.
Call 604-822-1878.
Biotechnology Career Workshop
Deans For Genes. Various speakers.
First Nations Longhouse from 6-
8:30pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-
Fireside Chat
Science And Social Behaviour. Prof.
Steven Rose, director, Brain and Behaviour Research Group, Open u.
Green College Graham House at
7:30pm. Call 604-822-5675 or 604-
Court. Cecil Green Park House at
2pm. Refreshments at 1:15pm. Call
Applied Ethics Colloquium
The Contribution of Religious Studies
to Ethics and Public Policy. Harold
Coward, Indian Philosophy, u of
Victoria. Hennings 304 from 2-4pm.
Call 604-822-8625.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Developing An Educational And
Support Intervention To Enhance
Family Advocacy Skills: A Lesson In
The Politics And Pragmatics Of
Participatory Research. Assoc. Prof.
Barbara Paterson. ubc Hosp.. Koerner
Pavilion T-206 from 3-4pm. Call 604-
Physics Undergraduate Lecture
Ducted Tip Hydrofoils and Ducted
Tip Propellers: Cavitation and
Efficiency Improvements. Sheldon
Green, Mechanical Engineering.
Hennings 318 at 5pm. Refreshments.
Call 604-822-3116.
Fall Congregation
Chan Centre at 8:30am., nam, 1:30pm
and 4pm. Continues to Nov. 23. Call
ubc-info (604-822-4636).
Earth And Ocean Sciences
The Nature Of Global Atmospheric
Motions: The Story Unfolds. Konel
Pandolfo. GeoSciences 330-A from
i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-5406.
Start Me Up. Prof. Pieter R. Cullis,
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
senior vice-president. Research, Inex
Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
Chemistry 250 from nam-i2noon.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-9357.
Physics Colloquium
Hendrik Schon, Bell Labs. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Call 604-822-3853.
Regent College Workshop
Is This A Holy War? Islam, Jihad, And
Obedience To God. John Stackhouse,
Theology. Regent College at 7:30pm.
Call 604-224-3245.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Grand Rounds
How Secure Is Our Food? Herb
Barbolet, founder, executive director,
Farm Folk/City Folk Society. Mather
253 from 9-ioam. Call 604-822-2772.
UBC Contemporary Players. Music
Recital Hall from i2noon-ipm. Call
United Way Talk
Recent Experiences In India. Doug
Paterson, Agricultural Sciences. MacMillan 160 at i2noon. Call
Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture
ptsd: There Is A New Generation Of
Casualties Out There. Retired Lt. Gen.
Romeo Dallaire. Buchanan b Penthouse at i2noon. Call 604-822-5675.
Occupational and Environmental
Hygiene Seminar
Air Pollution From Traffic And The
Development Of Childhood Asthma.
Assoc. Prof. Michael Brauer.
BioSciences 2321 from i2:30-i:30pm.
Call 604-822-9861.
Public Seminar
First Nations Fisheries In bc. Arnie
Narcisse, bc Aboriginal Fisheries
Commission. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
Room from iiam-i2:3opm. Call 604-
Geography Colloquium
Baking The Tundra: Results From A
Decade Of Experimental Warming.
Greg Henry. Geography 212 from 3-
4pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-2663.
Women's Self-Defence Training
Rape Aggression Defense (had). CsL
Trish Gagne, rcmp; Tom Claxton,
Campus Security, sub second floor
from ioam-6pm. Continues to Nov. 25.
$20 faculty/staff; $10 students; $50
public. To register, e-mail tclaxton@
security.ubc.ca. Call 604-822-0211.
UBC Child Care Reunion
ubc Child Care Programs - A Legacy
Of Caring. 2881 Acadia Rd. from 3-
5pm. Call 604-822-6238.
ubc Chamber Strings. Chan Centre
from 8-iopm. Call 604-822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Is Conflict Resolution The New
Peacekeeping? Are There Casualties
Involved? Retired Lt. Gen. irc #2 at
8:15pm. Call 604-822-4636.
Spirit of Islam Lecture
The Writing On the Wall: Islam In the
Public Sphere. Amyn Sajoo, Insitute
of Ismaili Studies, London, moa at
2pm. Free with admission. Call 604-
Next deadline: noon, Nov. 20
Christmas Gift Fair
sub from 9am-5pm. Continues to
Nov. 30. Call 604-822-2901.
Green College Special Lecture
Academic Research And The Corporate Community. Don Welsh, Physiology and Biophysics, Smooth Muscle
Research Group, u of Calgary. Green
College at 5pm. Call 604-822-1878.
Member Speaker Series
What Is A Good Teacher? Philosophical Ruminations On Public Education. Scott Priestman, Educational
Studies. Green College at 7:45pm. Call
The Ins And Outs Of Chinese
Language And Culture Translation.
Prof.Jan Walls, sfu. St.John's College
Fairmont Social Lounge from 8-
9:30pm. Call 604-822-8781.
Shop In The Garden
Christmas At The Shop In The Garden. Wreaths And Tree Ornaments.
ubc Botanical Garden from 10am-
4:30pm. Continues to Dec. 15. Call
From Desire To Resistance. Sylvie
Belanger, artist. Lasserre 102 from
i2noon-2pm. Call 604-822-2757.
Graduate Seminar
Ecotourism And Protected Areas.
Peter Rossing Nielson. Library
Processing Centre 424 from i2noon-
1:30pm. Call 604-822-9249.
Mating, Morphogenesis And
Virulence In Smut Fungi. Nancy Lee,
Kronstad Lab. Wesbrook 100 from
i2:30-i:3opm. Call 604-822-3301.
The Chilean Approach To Human
Security. His Excellency Alvaro
Zuniga, Chilean Ambassador to
Canada. Liu Centre Multi Purpose
Room from i2:30-2pm. Call 604-822-
Botany Seminar
Biological And Chemical Studies On
Fungal-Insect Interactions In South
Coastal bc. Eduardojovel. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call 604-822-2133.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Radioactive Beams And The
Synthesis Of Super Heavy Elements.
Mark Stoyer, Lawrence Livermore
Lab. Chemistry B-250 from 12:45-
1:45pm. Refreshments available at
12:30pm. Call 604-822-3341.
Cosmology And The Role Of
Presuppositions In Science. David van
Baak, Physics, Calvin College.
Buchanan Penthouse B-500 from 4-
5:15pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-
Epidemiology Grand Rounds
The Use Of Administrative Databases
To Assess Outcomes In Orthopaedics.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: 604-UBC-iNFO
(604-822-4636). Fax: 604-822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.
publicaffairs.ubc.ca. Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space. Deadline for the Nov. 29 issue of
ubc Reports—which covers the period Dec. 2 to Dec. 15—is noon, Nov. 20. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001      |     5
Dr. Nelson Greidanus. vgh, Eye Care
Centre Aud. from 7-8am. Call 604-
Chemical And Biological Engineering
A Practical Example Of Bayesian Belief Networks As A Method Of Modelling And Predicting Benthic Impact
Associated With Marine Aquaculture.
Nara Mehlenbacher. ChemEng 206 at
i2noon. Call 604-822-3238.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Effect Of Electrofusion Parameters
And Donor Cell Size On Bovine
Embryo Nuclear Transfer. Ki Yon Kim.
bc Women's Hosp. 2N35 from 2-3pm.
Call 604-875-3108.
Physics Undergraduate Lecture
Cosmology Douglas Scott. Hennings
318 at 5pm. Refreshments. Call 604-
Green College Writer-ln-Residence
Poetry Reading. Nadine King Chambers, poet. Green College at 8pm. Call
Earth And Ocean Sciences
Whales And Wild Salmon: The
Consequences Of An Ecological
Perspective In The 21st Century.
Alexandra Morton, Raincoast
Research. GeoSciences 330-A from
i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-5406.
United Way Talk
Travels In Ladakh. David Shackleton,
Agricultural Sciences. MacMillan 160
at i2noon. Call 604-822-8929.
ICICS Distinguished Lecture
Tangible Bits: Towards A Seamless
Interface Between People, Bits And
Atoms. Hiroshi Ishii, founder, director
Tangible Media Group, mit Media
Lab. cicsr/cs 208 from 4-5:3opm.
Call 604-822-6894.
Physics Colloquium
Ned Khan. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call
Law And Society
An Aural History Of Property: Images
Of Ownership In Music. Bruce Ziff, u
of Alberta. Green College at 5pm. Call
Open House
ubc At Robson Square. 800 Robson
St. from 9am-6pm. Continues Dec. 1.
Call ubc-info (604-822-4636).
Health Care And Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Use Of Molecular Epidemiology
Techniques In TB Control. Kevin
Elwood, respirologist, director, tb
ControlBC Centre for Disease Control.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Call 604-
Public Seminar
A Web Of Small Tensions. Robert
Francis, Aquatic and Fishery Science,
u of Washington. Hut B-8 Ralf Yorque
Room from nam-i2:3opm. Call 604-
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Determinants Of Dust Exposure In
BC Sawmills: A Comparison Of Two
Predictive Models. Melissa Friesen,
occupational hygienist, bc Cancer
Control Agency. BioSciences 2321
from i2:30-i:30pm. Call 604-822-9861.
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
The Role OfThe Liu Centre And Current Foreign Policy Issues. Lloyd Axworthy, Liu Centre. Robson Square
Theatre from i:30-2:30pm. Call 604-
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
Dynamic Growth Entrepreneurship:
Building ForThe Future. Daniel Muzyka, dean, Commerce and Business
Administration. Robson Square Theatre from 3-4pm. Call 604-822-4636.
Geography Colloquium
Reflections Of Colonial Power And Its
Discontents. Cole Harris. Geography
212 from 3-4pm. Refreshments. Call
Continuity And Discontinuity Of
Confucian Tradition In Late Choson
Korean Society. Prof. Kim In-Geol,
Seoul National u. ck Choi Seminar
room from 3:30-5pm. Call
Earth And Ocean Sciences Seminar
Ice Sheets And The Ocean
Thermohaline Circulation (THC)
During Glacial Periods. Lawrence A.
Mysak, Atmospheric and Oceanic
Sciences, McGill u. GeoSciences 330-
A from 4-5pm. Call 604-822-5406.
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
The Question Of Biography. Prof. Ira
B. Nadel, English. Robson Square Theatre from 4:30-5:30pm. Call 604-822-
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
Biotechnology: Myths And Realities.
Prof. Sid Katz, Pharmacology. Robson
Square Theatre from 7-8pm. Call
The Dream Of Gerontius. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 604-822-5574.
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
aids Update. Dr. Michael
O'Shaughnessy, Pathology, director,
bc Centre for Excellence; Dr. Martin
Schecter, Canada Research Chair in
hiv/aids and Urban Population
Health. Robson Square Theatre at
9:30am. Call 604-822-4636..
Nig    UBC Elections
Call for Nominations
UBC Senate: Alumni Representatives
Alumni of The University of British Columbia are encouraged to run for eleven positions on
the UBC Senate. Candidates for these Convocation Senator positions may not be current
UBC faculty members. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
UBC Chancellor
Nominations are being accepted for the position of Chancellor of The University of British
Columbia. UBC's Convocation elects the Chancellor. The Convocation primarily consists of
UBC graduates and full-time faculty members. Persons applying for the position of Chancellor may not be currently employed by a university. Nominations are due at Enrolment Services by 4 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Nomination forms for these positions are available at Enrolment Services, Brock Hall,
2016 -1874 East Mall, ubc.
For further information, or to download nomination forms, please visit
Notice of election
An election will be held to elect at-large representatives of full-time faculty members to the
ubc Senate and Board of Governors.
Candidate information will be available on the ubc Elections Web site www.students.ubc.ca/
events/elections after Nov. 19.
Polls will be open for voting from Nov. 27 to Dec. 17.
Voters may vote on the Internet by visiting the ubc Elections Web site or may request paper
ballots by sending an e-mail to elections.information@ubc.ca
Best Of U BC Speaker Series
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Transportation. Gordon Lovegrove, various
speakers. Robson Square Theatre at
nam. Call 604-822-4636.
Best Of U BC Speaker Series
Astronomy And The Cosmos. Jaymie
Matthews; Stephane Courteau, Physics and Astronomy. Robson Square
Theatre at 12:30pm. Call 604-822-
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
Keeping Ahead OfThe Bugs. Prof.
Brett Finlay, Biotechnology Laboratory. Robson Square Theatre at 2pm.
Call 604-822-4636.
Best Of U BC Speaker Series
Body And Soul. David Tarrant, Agricultural Sciences. Robson Square
Theatre at 3:30pm. Call 604-822-4636.
Best Of UBC Speaker Series
The Brain, The Next Frontier. Max
Cynader, director. Brain Research
Centre. Robson Square 2C.400 from
3:30-4:30pm. Call 604-822-4636.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Insects As Friends And Foes. Prof.
Judith Myers, Zoology, ibc #2 at
8:15pm. Call 604-822-4636.
Want to make a difference?
Ifyou are a ubc faculty or staff member and interested in helping your department make sustainable choices, consider becoming a Sustainability Co-ordinator. Please contact Kara Ko at 604-822-0273
or kara.ko@ubc.ca.
If you would like more information about sustainability at
ubc or sustainability issues please visit our Web site:
West Coast Suites
at The University of British Columbia
Here is the perfect alternative for a stay in Vancouver. Surrounded by the
spectacular beauty of the UBC campus, our fully-equipped, quality suites
offer convenience and comfort for visiting lecturers, professors, family,
friends or anyone who wants to stay on Vancouver's west side. Close to
restaurants and recreation both on and off campus, and only 20 minutes
from downtown Vancouver, the West Coast Suites is a wonderful retreat from
which to visit friends or make your stay on business a pleasure.
Reservations   Tel 604 822 1000    Fax 604 822 1001
5961 Student Union Boulevard Vancouver   BC   V6T 2C9
IUSC.J Conferences and
l^jp Accommodation
a\ The University of British Columbia
Open Year-Round
Convenient On-Campus Location
An Affordable,
Fully-Equipped Suite
Right on Campus
Stay, work and play
In our forest by the sea. We offer the best range of affordable
accommodation, meeting space and conference services in the
Lower Mainland. Come find out why.
5961 Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver   BC  V6T 2C9
Tel 604 822 1000
Fax 604 822 1001
Croup Sales and
Conference Services
Tel 604 822 1060
Fax 604 822 1069
[y|p| Conferences and
>HP< Accommodation
at The University of British Columbia
NOVEMBER    15,    2001
Holy War topic of talk
Regent College Theology Prof.
John Stackhouse will lead a discussion Nov. 22 to help people understand the events of Sept. 11 and its
Called "Is This a Holy War? Islam, Jihad, and Obedience to God,"
the discussion begins at 7:30 p.m.
at Regent College.
For more information, call 604-
224-3245 or visit www.regent-
colege.edu or www.JohnStackhouse.
White Ribbon breakfast
The ubc community will hold a
breakfast Thursday, Nov. 29 to
raise awareness of men's violence
against women.
The event is part of the White
Ribbon campaign, launched in re
sponse to the shooting of 14 women students at the Ecole Polytech-
nique in Montreal in 1989.
The pancake breakfast will be
held in the second-floor sub Par-
tyroom from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is a minimum $2 donation.
Funds will support women's
groups that address the issue of
violence against women and services for abused women.
For more information, call 604-
822-2181 or e-mail safewalk(®
Exchange award
The UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic
Exchange Program has been
named the Outstanding Program
in International Education for
2001 in the university category by
the Canadian Bureau for International Education (cbie).
The program brings 100 Japanese students from Ritsumeikan
University in Kyoto to live and
study with ubc students for a year.
Dunbar Eyecare
Dr. Caroline Kriekenbeek
Peak performance demands
excellent vision.
For a complete vision and eye health exam, please
call (604) 263-8874
Suite #2 -3554 West41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C.
(just minutes away from campus)
j roup
Digital Colour!
Phone 604-822-5769 for more information.
HOUSE A perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest lecturers or other university members
who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of ubc. 4103
W. io,h Ave., Vancouver, bc, V6R
2H2. Call or fax 604-222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. Minutes to ubc. On
main bus routes. Close to shops
and restaurants. Includes tv, tea
and coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. Call 604-
222-3461. Fax 604-222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $60
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 604-822-8660 for more information and availability.
affordable fully-equipped suite
right on campus. Spacious one BR
suites with kitchen, balcony, TV
and telephone. Ideal for visiting
lecturers, colleagues and families.
2001 rates from $M9/night.  ubc
discounts available. Visit www.
westcoastsuites.com. Call
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms
avail. Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close to main bus routes,
shopping and dining. Weekly and
monthly rates avail. Call
ROOMS Private rooms on campus
forvisitors to ubc on academic business. Private bath, double bed, telephone, TV, fridge, in-room coffee.
Dinner five days per week. Breakfast
seven days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and availability 604-822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
superior hotel or kitchenette style
rooms and suites. All rooms have private bath, queen bed, voice mail, cable tv and Internet-linked PC. Beautiful
view of sea and mountains. For rates
and reservations www.pwias.ubc.ca.
Call 604-822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36. Meals
or meal plans are avail, in the school
cafeteria. For more information call
604-822-9031 or 604-822-9490.
TO SUBLET Jan.-July 2002. One br
in the West end close to English Bay.
Fully furnished, gas f/p, w/d, d/w.
n/p, n/s. $i,20o/mo. Call
chalet, on idyllic Mayne Island (Gulf
Islands) furnished, all appliances, w/
w carpets, three br, two bath,
Jacuzzi, f/p, tv, rumpus room. Lease,
ref. $75o/mo. Walk to ferry. See
portfolio or view by appt. Call/fax
Computer SOS
(Service On Site)
Specializing in the installation of secure and reliable
departmental internet access with Firewall, Router,
Web and Mail Servers. Also workstation tune-ups,
virus removal and data migration services.
Mail: gordonw@interchange.ubc.ca
Web: http://gwinfo.dhs.org      Phone: 604-736-5127
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences. aquaculture
604-264 -9918 DONALD@PORTAL.CA
Deadline: for the Nov. 29 issue: 12 noon, Nov. 20.
Enquiries: 604-UBC-iNFO (604-822-4636) ■ Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes GST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
Reliable professional gentleman with
references, will housesit for you.
Long or short-term appointments
accepted. Call Leonard 604-734-0515.
Bed And Breakfast
Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site www.bbcanada.
com/locarnobeach. Call 604-341-4975.
neighbourhood club. Enjoy a round of
golf, book a banquet, or meeting or
simply enjoy the warmth and hospitality at the Westward Ho! We're open
for lunch and dinner seven days a
week and Sunday brunch. Try something new today. Call 604-224-7799.
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwin Jackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
guarantee. 5 day/40 hr. (Dec. 5-9)
tesol teacher certification course (or
by correspondence). Web
www.canadianglobal.net. free information package, (888) 270-2941.
Located in the University Village,
#207 - 5728 University Blvd. Dr. Chris
Hodgson (physician), for appointment call 604-222-2273 (222-CARE).
Dr. Charles Borton (dentist), please
call 604-838-6684 (604-83-TOOTH).
repair all men's and women's dress
shoes. Rockport, Timberland, Cole
Haan, Red Wing, Johnston and
Murphy Birkenstock, etc. We sell all
shoe care, laces, insole and also cut
keys. 4465 W. 10th Ave. (Sasamat
and 10th Ave.) 10 per cent off for ubc
students. Call 604-224-3615.
a fine bookbinding studio.
Handcrafted books and albums.
Unique gifts. Design services for personal publishing projects. For a free
design catalogue, e-mail bookworks
@canada.com. Call 604-714-0101.
Appropriate action = joining Science
Connection to meet science-literate
singles (ages 20s-8os). Visit www.
sciconnect.com. Call (800) 667-5179.
editor (PhD) offers editing, shaping,
proofreading: scholarly papers, articles, journals, books, proceedings,
Web sites. 20 yrs. experience, most
subjects. Touching-up minor English
problems a specialty. Hourly rate,
prompt. Course work not accepted.
E-mail dharrison@direct.ca. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001
United funds edge to goal
Response phenomenal,
says campaign chair
fifteen days and counting —
that's all the time left to make this
year's United Way fundraising goal
of $395,000. But with $336,000 already raised, organizers are confi
dent that ubc will hit the target.
"So far the campaign has been a
phenomenal success," says Michelle
McCaughran, ubc campaign chair.
"ubc's United Way campaign is one
of the largest in the Lower Mainland and despite the cancellation of
this year's kick-off breakfast due to
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, people
www.rsc.ca: dec i
www.canadacouncil.ca: dec i
• order of Canada: www.gg.ca/honours/order_e.html:
ongoing. Next appointments made New Year's Day.
For assistance with applications, call the Office ofthe
Vice-President, Research, at 604-822-0234.
Ancient People
of the Arctic
Now in pb
Robert McGhee
$24.95 pb
The cold, dry Arctic climate
preserves artifacts from thousands
of years ago ... McGhee articulately
conveys the wonder finding such a
scene inspires.
- Renee Hulan, Canadian Literature
Richly illustrated with photographs
of many of the artifacts ... this book
presents an evocative picture ofthe
first Arctic inhabitants.
NSN Newsletter
w w w , « » t p r €; § a , e a
Available at UBC Bookstore or contact Raincoast Books
at Tel: 1-800-561-8583 or custserv@raincoast.com
Retiring Within 5 Years?
Don Proteau
B.Comm, CFP, RFP
Senior Financial
Planning Advisor
Frank Danielson
Senior Financial
Planning Advisor
♦• Complimentary consultations available for UBC Faculty and Staff ■
♦ Retirement and Estate planning ♦
♦ UBC pension expertise ♦
♦ References available ♦
"/ am completely satisfied with the service I am receiving from Don."
M. Dale Kinknde, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UBC
"Frank ami Don made me feel very comfortable with their advice and long range
planning. Their knoivlcdge of the faculty pension plan is also a plus for UBC
Dr. j. H. McNeill, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Call or e-mail to be put on our campus seminar invitation list!
The Assante symbol is a registered trademark of Assante Corporation, used under license
© 2000 Assante Financial Management Ltd. All rights reserved.
have come up with creative ways to
raise funds."
Campus Security patrol members will be approaching motorists Nov. 22 offering cookies, coffee
and gentle reminders to turn in
pledge forms.
For those with wanderlust, the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences is
hosting a series of travel presentations this month.
Assoc. Prof. Doug Patterson
talks about his recent experiences
in India on Nov. 16. Assoc. Dean
David Shackleton describes his
travels in Ladakh on Nov. 23, and
graduate student Shawn Taylor recalls his adventures with grizzlies
and mountain goats on Nov. 29.
All presentations take place at
noon in Room 160 ofthe MacMillan Building. Admission is by donation.
Even after the campaign is officially wrapped up, the Alma Mater
Society will be organizing a casino
night Jan. 25 with proceeds going
to United Way.
For more information, visit the
ubc United Way Web site at
United Way
Honour Roll
Janet Teasdale is the new director, Student Development in Student Development and Services
(formerly Student Services).
Teasdale will be responsible
for the overall development and
management of student development programs including orientation programs, peer programs,
and student success. Student Development will also establish student development officers in faculties and other units.
Teasdale was formerly first-
year co-ordinator, Office of the
Vice-President, Students.
Psychology Prof. Ken Craig has
received the American Pain Society 2002 Jeffrey Lawson Award
for Advocacy in Children's Pain
The award recognizes advocacy efforts to improve management of pain in children.
Craig was honoured for his
work in developing widely used
measures for assessing and understanding pain in babies and
young children experiencing
pain from injuries, disease, and
medical procedures.
Deborah Robinson is the new
associate registrar, Student Recruitment, Admissions and
Awards in Enrolment Services.
Her responsibilities include
providing leadership and direction in the areas of undergraduate student recruitment, admissions and awards. She will also
Prof. Sid Katz
work with faculties to co-ordinate enrolment planning to
achieve the university's admission goals.
Robinson was previously assistant dean, Strategic and Academic Planning, in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof.
Sid Katz has been named executive director, Community Affairs.
The objectives of the new position are to strengthen the integration of ubc more visibly into
the community by creating substantive programs and building
meaningful relationships that
make academia and university
research more approachable and
accessible to the university community, government, media and
the community at large.
The position has been jointly
created by the vice-president, Research, and the vice-president,
External and Legal Affairs.
Holiday Event
Celebrate in Style...
Holiday Banquet
Elegant banquet moms
seasonally decorated to
accomodate your party of
up to 200 people.
University Golf Club.mur net
5 J 85 I niversity Bfcd Hmcom^i
Holiday Lunch Buffet
A festivity in itselff*
Reserve your December
datenaw for groups of
2®0peoph     Jf*-^.*
604224-7799    *'.
1 ^> 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     15,     2001
Arts graduate Mark Versfeld combined medal-winning performances in the
pool, team leadership and top marks in the classroom. Don Wells photo
Stellar student in
the swim of things
Student example of all the
great things that can
happen in university sport',
says coach
by Don Wells staffwriter
with the graduation of Faculty
of Arts student and varsity swimmer Mark Versfeld, ubc will bid
adieu to one ofthe most outstanding athletes in its 86-year history.
But it won't just be the 28 international medals his coaches and
teammates will remember him for
or the 11 national titles.
Above all, they will remember
him for his leadership and selfless
"As team captain, it was the little things he did that were noticeable — posting team goals, getting
the guys together to visit a sick
teammate and always offering to
assist the coaching staff in anyway
possible," says ubc head swim
coach Tom Johnson. "He is an example of all the great things that
can happen in university sport."
The 25-year-old Economics major and native of Fort McMurray
also set an example in the classroom.
In each of his five years at ubc
he was named a Royal Bank Academic All Canadian for maintaining a grade point average in excess
of 80 per cent in a course of full-
time study while competing as a
varsity athlete.
His crowning academic achievement occurred just weeks ago,
when he was honoured as Western
Canada's top Royal Bank Academic All Canadian for 2000-2001, selected from a list of nominees from
11 other universities.
"ubc had everything I wanted,"
he says when asked why he chose
ubc over the multitude of Canadi
an and us schools that tried to recruit him. "It was a respected
school and had the best atmosphere in Canada to train."
The year after he came to ubc,
the men's swim team won the first
of four consecutive national university championships. Between
1997 and '99 he won silver and
bronze medals in backstroke at the
Pan Pacific and World Championships, two gold at the Commonwealth Games and earned a spot on
Canada's 2000 Olympic team.
He wrapped up his university
swim career last March by winning
the Bobby Gaul Trophy as the most
outstanding graduating male athlete. He holds a total of five ubc
records, as well as one Canada
West, one Canadian and one Commonwealth Games record.
He also contributed to community activities undertaken by the
Thunderbird Athlete's Council, including visits to Lower Mainland
elementary schools designed to
encourage kids to pursue sport
and education.
His wide-ranging curiosity also
compelled him to pursue other
non-sport activities, including
serving as vice-president of an investment club he helped form.
Somehow he has found the time to
dabble as a painter.
Versfeld remains uncertain
about career plans, but says his
broad-based education will equip
him for life after his competitive
career is over.
"Before I decide, I'll want to take
a big breath and make sure it's the
right thing," he says. "I feel like I've
been given all the tools to go in any
For the time being, that direction
is Manchester and the 2002 Commonwealth Games where he will
close out his competitive career,
and one of the most remarkable
chapters in ubc sport history.
ubc graduates prepare to make
waves in talent pools
Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate Lucy Marzban says her academic career
started to happen all of a sudden for her after an introduction to ubc Prof.
John McNeill. Hilary Thomson photo
A PhD in breakthroughs
Promising young researcher fled war-weary Iran to
pursue passion for lab work in a peaceful country
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
it's taken about four years but
Lucy Marzban is finally getting
used to Vancouver rain.
"I couldn't believe it when I
came here—I've never seen so
much rain," says the Iranian-born
graduate who will receive a PhD in
Pharmaceutical Sciences during
Fall Congregation this month.
She originally wanted to be a
physician and was encouraged by
her grandfather, a surgeon. She began working toward a medical degree in 1989 during Iran's eight-
year war with Iraq.
Night bombing disrupted
studies and sleep, and with hospital
staff dispatched to the country's
borders to treat casualties, many
students volunteered for hospital
shifts while attending university.
Marzban obtained the equivalent of a medical degree in laboratory medicine from Tehran University in 1994 with the second-highest mark in the class. After graduation, she worked as a research
assistant at the Diabetes Research
Centre affiliated with the university and supervised a medical laboratory at the Health and Therapeutic Centre at Iran University.
"I liked medicine but I loved the
bench work," she says of her studies.
She decided to pursue medical
laboratory science in an English-
speaking country and says she
chose Canada for its reputation as
a peaceful and hospitable country.
Marzban arrived alone in Vancouver in May 1997 not knowing a single person in the country.
Her search for a doctoral supervisor began late in the academic
year and it began to look as though
she might have to return to Iran
when she was introduced to Prof.
John McNeill of the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
McNeill explores how vanadium, a naturally occurring element
used to strengthen steel, can be
used as a therapeutic agent to treat
diabetes. Marzban had studied the
mechanisms of gestational diabetes for her medical degree.
"I was so lucky to work with Dr.
McNeill — everything started to
happen all of a sudden," she says.
She made a breakthrough discovery while at the lab.
Researchers had been focusing
on muscle cells to test some aspects of vanadium's therapeutic
properties, but were frustrated at
the lack of response. Marzban suggested using diabetic liver cells.
The approach worked and
changed the whole research picture, according to McNeill.
Now working as a post-doctoral
student in Pathology Asst. Prof.
Bruce Verchere's lab, Marzban
studies diabetes in children.
She relaxes by playing the piano
at Thunderbird Residence lounge
when she can and swimming at
ubc's Aquatic Centre.
An enthusiastic skier who
learned on the slopes ofthe Aborz
Mountains in northern Iran, she is
pleased that her move to Vancouver gives her access to some excellent skiing.
After her post-doctoral work
Marzban hopes to pursue an academic career — maybe even here
in Vancouver now that she's finally
used to the rain.
More than 2,560 students will graduate during ubc s Fall Congregation Nov. 22 and 23
in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. For a complete schedule of ceremonies visit


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items