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 Happy Holidays
Photo by Media Servicer
It's time to deck the halls once again as UBC prepares for the holiday season. Liz Howard, a volunteer at the UBC Botanical Garden,
displays some ofthe Christmas decorations now on sale at the Shop-in-the-Garden.
on student
UBC's Board ofGovernors has added its
voice to those asking that the federal government revoke a three per cent administrative
fee on Canada Student Loans.
The new fee, approved in August to help
the federal government recoup losses on defaulted student loans, has been widely criticized by student financial aid offices across
the country.
The board decided to take the action at its
November meeting, following a similar motion by UBC's senate earlier in the month.
About 7,000 UBC students depend on loans
to help them cover the expenses of attending
The fee, which can be as much as $ 107, is
payable only on the federal portion of student
New skills urged for biotechnology grads
Universities should give basic business training to
graduate students in
biotechnology, private sector representatives told a recent conference on biotechnology and industry held at UBC.
"What we need from universities,
as well as innovative basic research, is
a generation of extremely well-trained
researchers," said John Vose, assistant vice-president of technology development at Connaught Laboratories
Ltd., a French-owned manufacturer of
vaccines that began as a University of
Toronto spin-off company.
Vose was speaking at the first UBC
Biotechnology Industry Day, sponsored by the offices of the Associate
Vice-President of Research for the
Health Sciences and University-Industry Liaison.
The event was held to acquaint
university researchers with the needs
and expectations of biotechnology
companies. Speakers addressed issues
such as intellectual property and legal
issues, clinical evaluation, commercialization and basic and developmental research.
Vose said the most significant contributions universities can make to the
biotechnology industry are creative,
innovative ideas, leading edge research
and technological breakthroughs.
But he said it also important that
graduate students receive training in
basic management and business skills,
as well as communications. In the
private sector, they need to be flexible
in order to function well in teams,
Vose said.
Werner Wolf, vice-president of research and development for the German company Boehringer Mannheim
GmbH, agreed graduates need better
communications skills to cope with
the teamwork-oriented private sector.
Wolf said that academic programs
and training do not promote the interpersonal skills needed in situations
where "other people are depending on
you and you are depending on other
Other speakers, including Julia
Levy, who is acting president of
Quadra Logic Technologies Ltd. and
holds an industrial fellowship in UBC s
Microbiology Department, said the
regulatory complexities and astronomical costs of developmental research make for a
very different research environment, especially in
the pharmaceutical
"Those of us
coming from the
university environment and who think
that it's easy or a
simple process to
commercialize something you've
developed have a lot of learning to
do. It's a very humbling experience," she said.
Pholo by Media Services
Julia Levy speaks at biotechnology conference.
"The cost of doing the developmental aspects of the research are
See Entrepreneurial on Page 2
UBC researchers are hot on
tie trafl of a vaccine foramaior
parasitic disease. Page 2
A behind-the-scenes look at
the recent production of
Romeo end Juliet. Around*
About, page 3
linguists mix science and hu-
mar«ea ^studying Native languages. Fomm, page 8
National study calls for HIV housing
The availability of adequate housing for persons with HIV reduces the
risk of transmission of the disease in
the community, a national study has
But a critical need for suitable
accommodation still exists for Canadians infected with the HIV virus, the
study said.
"Housing plays an integral role in
both health protection and health promotion," said Sharon Manson Willms,
principal investigator of the study,
who also is a faculty associate with
UBC's Centre for Human Settlements
and a professor in UBC's School of
Social Work.
"For persons with HTV infection, both
health protection and health promotion
strategies are needed in order to prevent
further transmission of the disease."
The creation of a federally funded
disability pension, payable to persons
with HTV infection, new housing funding, improvements to home care support
services and reduction of waiting lists for
entry into care facilities are among the
survey's 25 recommendations.
A total of 152 interviews, in 22 com
munities across Canada, were conducted
between August 1990 and March, 1991.
The study is the first to examine the housing needs of persons with HJV.
The research team included Michael
Hayes, a geography professor at Simon
Fraser University and David Hulchanski,
a professor of social work at the University of Toronto.
Homosexual men, hemophiliacs,
women with HIV, injection drug users and sex trade workers were surveyed. Only hemophiliacs reported
having few housing-related problems.
Young injection drug users are the
least served by existing services, the
report said, followed by women with
children, and persons who were impoverished before testing positive for
HIV infection.
Fourteen specialized housing
projects targeted exclusively at persons with HIV were identified by the
survey. They ranged from rooming
houses, with no support services, to
hospice accommodation with full
medical staffing. The majority are
located in B.C., Ontario and Quebec.
The study was funded by Health
and Welfare Canada. 2    UBC REPORTS December 12.1991
Scientists closer to vaccine for 'Gulf War' disease
A team of UBC researchers is a step closer to
developing a vaccine for leishmania, one of the
world's major parasitic diseases.
"We have identified one of the main antigens involved in the immune response to
leishmania," said Rob McMaster, an associate
professor of Medical Genetics, and principal
investigator of the study. "It may form part of a
future vaccine."
Symptoms of leishmania range from simple,
self-healing skin ulcers to severe, life-threatening fever, anemia and suppression of the immune system.
McMaster has been analysing the biology of
the leishmania parasite, and the immune response to it since 1985, in an attempt to assess
potential vaccines. He is working in collaboration with Dr. Neil Reiner, an associate professor
of Medicine in UBC's Department of Infectious
Diseases, and with laboratories in Nairobi, Brazil, London and Seattle.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an estimated 12 million cases of
leishmania in 80 countries throughout Africa,
the Middle East and Central and South America
last year. The organization identified another
350 million people as being at risk.
WHO estimates the actual number of cases
to be three to five times higher as the disease is
prominent in remote areas, and in poor countries
where other health problems are of higher priority.
Although the disease is not endemic to North
America, cases among U.S. military personnel
returning from the Gulf War were discovered
recently by the American Red Cross. No incidence of infection among Canadian troops has
been reported.
Approximately 20 species of leishmania are
known to infect humans. It is contracted through
the bite of infected female sandflies which have
fed from animals or humans carrying the disease. The parasite infiltrates the white blood
cells, or immune cells, where it then reproduces. Apart fromblood transfusions, leishmania
is not infectious.
The most common form of the disease is
found in Africa and Asia, and manifest as skin
lesions, which frequently heal without treatment. Although permanent scarring occurs, it
immunizes its victims to further infection with
the same type of leishmania. It does not, however, immunize against different species of the
The most lethal form of the disease, known
as visceral leishmania, is most commonly found
in India and the Sudan. Antimony, a heavy
Photo by Media Services
Rob McMaster heads a team of researchers working on a vaccine for leishmania.
metal drug which is hard on the internal organs
and can be extremely poisonous, is currently the
only treatment for this type of the disease, which
affects the liver and spleen.
McMaster said a vaccine for leishmania is still
several years from being developed. The research team is being funded by the Medical
Research Council of Canada and WHO.
Projects to manage
Pacific resources
UBC has been called upon by the
Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA) to play a significant
role in the management of the vast
ocean resources in the Pacific Rim.
A group of projects, collectively
called Asia Pacific Ocean Cooperation (APOC), has been established to
help resolve political, environmental, economic, legal and strategic issues in the Pacific Rim.
"APOC is an umbrella project that
brings together three established bodies to ensure a more cohesive approach to the management of ocean
resources in the Pacific," said Economics Professor Gordon Munro,
chair of one of the networks, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (PECC) Task Force in Fisheries
The other two bodies are the South
China Sea (SCS) informal working
group, chaired by Law Professor Ian
Townsend-Gault, director of UBC's
Centre for Asian Legal Studies, and
the South East Asia Program for Ocean
Law and Policy (SEAPOL), which
will be chaired by University of Victoria Professor Douglas Johnston ofthe
Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.
Munro said the Pacific Rim is characterized by a variety of countries of
different size and different levels of
economic development.
"Bringing about effective, co-operative management of the region's
ocean resources provides an immense
challenge often made more difficult
by conflicting jurisdictional claims,"
Munro said.
Townsend-Gault pointed out that
the islands in the South China Sea,
for example, represent a major threat
of war and are in an area of inevitable
"The confidence shown in Canada's expertise in ocean development
— and UBC in particular — has advanced this country's role in encouraging international co-operation," said
"The South China Sea area urgently requires this sort of initiative,
and the countries concerned are part
of the project."
UBC will be responsible for the
overall management and co-ordination of all project activities. The
university will work directly on the
PECC Task Force and the SCS. The
University of Victoria will be responsible for SEAPOL, where it is
already established.
The project is funded by CIDA
with a budget of $3.9 million. The
project duration is Ihree years for
SCS and SEAPOL and five years lor
the PECC Task Force.
The 1991 UBC campus
United Way campaign still
needs your help to reach
this year's goal of $280,000.
To date, $260,000 has been
raised. Cash contributions
and pledges through payroll
deduction may be made until Dec. 31. Please support
the United Way of the Lower
Mainland, a leader in helping those in need. For more
information, call Eilis
Courtney at 822-6192.
Srivastava starts
second term as VP.
K. D. Srivastava has been appointed to a second four-year term as
vice-president, student and academic
Srivastava joined UBC in 1983 as
head of the Department of Electrical
Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science. He was first appointed
to the office of vice-president, Student
and Academic Services, in 1987.
Prior to joining UBC, Srivastava
spent 17 years at the University of
Waterloo in Ontario as a professor of
electrical engineering. He also served
in various academic and administrative positions with the university.
As vice-president, Student and
Academic Services, Srivastava is responsible for 15 units, including the
Library, Athletics and Sport Services,
Women Students' Office, the Disability Resource Centre, UBC Press and
the Registrar's Office.
"I think the campus now views
these units, which provide the infrastructure for many valuable services,
as a critical component to the university, and as having a high priority
with the administration," he said.
Srivastava believes that continuing to improve the quality of service
provided by these units must be kept
at the forefront.
"The units are becoming more
conscious that service and quality of
service is of great importance to the
campus," he said.
"To ensure high standards for
themselves, they need to collaborate
with one another and with other units
on campus. Constant feedback from
the campus community and periodic
review of their efforts to authenticate
the service they are providing are
also necessary."
Other top priorities Srivastava has
identified include strengthening the
liaison function between his office
and student groups on campus, such
as the Alma Mater Society and the
Graduate Students Society, and improving UBC's information, data,
communications and computing infrastructure.
Srivastava said he was honored to
accept a second term, which runs
until December, 1995, and was looking forward to continuing in what he
described as a "challenging" job.
Entrepreneurial spirit needed
for developmental research
Photo by Media Service
APOC chairs Ian Townsend-Gault, left, and Gordon Munro .
Continued from Page 1
Levy said a pharmaceutical company can spend anywhere from S100
to $200 million to develop a product.
They then expect a reasonable return
within a couple years of introducing
the product.
Charles Gray, scientific affairs
manager of the Seattle-based company Zymogenetics. said it can take
12 years to bring a new drug from the
first basic research to the marketplace, largely due to clinical trials
and the regulatory approval process.
Because of the time and cost involved,  developmental  research
must be market-driven, several
speakers said.
"The goal of developmental research is the product," said Wolf.
"You have to be focused — don't go
chasing after scientific rabbits."
University researchers were also
warned to become more aware of
patent protection.
"As an academic, the first thing
you want to do is talk about your new
discoveries, but when in doubt, you
should try to protect yourself," said
Gray said his company likes
to  work  with  universities  that
have an up-to-date intellectual
property philosophy. Familiar
with research being conducted at
many universities, he said UBC
"stacks up very favorably" with
other institutions.
"But you're missing a little bit of
the entrepreneurial spirit," he said.
Bernie Bressler, UBC's associate
vice-president of research for the
Health Sciences, said $11 million in
clinical trials were conducted at the
university and its affiliated teaching
hospitals this year, and plans are to
double or triple that figure in the next
few years. UBC REPORTS December 12.1991
Campus hours change
for the holiday season
'Tis the season — for revised hours
of operation for UBC buildings and
services during the holidays.
All UBC libraries will be closed
Dec. 25, 26 and Jan 1. Normal hours
resume Jan. 6, Jan. 2 for Woodward
and Hospital Libraries.
From Dec. 19-Jan. 5, the following libraries will be open from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. weekdays:
Asian, Crane, Curriculum Lab,
Fine Arts, Government Publications,
MacMillan, Main, Map, Music,
Sedgewick, Social Work, Special
Collections, and Wilson Recordings.
In addition, the Crane Library will
be closed from Dec. 21-Jan 6; the
Data Library will be open from 9
a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; the Law Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. weekdays, except Dec. 19 when
it will be open from 8 a.m.-l 1 p.m.
and Dec. 20 when it will be open from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Math Library
will be open weekdays from 2 p.m.-
5 p.m.; the Social Work Library will
be open from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Dec. 19;
and the Woodward Library will be
open from 9 a.m.-5p.m. weekdays
from Dec. 19-Jan. 1, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Jan. 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 3, and noon-
6 p.m. Jan. 4-5.
Hours at the Museum of Anthropology will stay the same during the
holidays. The museum is open Tues-
day's from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. and
Wednesdays through Sunday from 11
a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is closed
Mondays and will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre will close for Christmas Eve,
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New
Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Swimmers should note the Aquatic
Centre will be closed Christmas Day
and Boxing Day, as well as Jan. 1 and
Jan. 5. There will be public swimming
Jan. 2-4 from noon to 4 p.m. and 7-10
Persian Festival
Media Services
Shiva Salimkhani, left, and Nazgol Deravian wore traditional dress to the recent Festival of Persian
Culture. A display of musical instruments was one ofthe many attractions at the Asian Centre event.
Around & About
Backstage with
Romeo and Juliet
UBC's Theatre Department had
a definite hit on its hands with the
recent sold-out run of Romeo and
Juliet. But like a swan gliding
across a lake, the polished and apparently effortless performance
6,500 people saw on stage was the
result of some serious paddling going on just out of sight.
It's 7 o'clock on a November
night at Frederic Wood Theatre.
Onstage, actors are warming up, a
process involving  anything
from reciting lines, to singing.
to playful wrestling.
Backstage, staff technician
Rob Moser checks the air pressure in a tank inside one of the "~
set pieces. Compressed air is
used to raise and lower the casters
under one ofthe pieces, which will
be moved many times during the
The technical resources of Freddy
Wood theatre may not be state-of-the-
art, but the set for this play has caused
much excitement. Master's of Fine
Arts candidate Cricket Price has designed the innovative set as her thesis,
and crew and cast are impressed by the
results. Instructors are pleased that
the theatre program has produced student work of this calibre.
With rehearsals over and the play
up and running, producing the show
each night is an all-student affair,
except for Moser's presence. Director Neil Freeman, a Theatre professor, and technical director Ian
Pratt, a Theatre instructor, only occasionally attend performances once the
show has opened. Cast and crew are
expected to draw on their training to
deal with the inevitable crises that
arise during any production.
Responsibility for making the show
run each night falls to stage manager
Pamela Jakobs, a third-year Bachelor of
Fine Arts (BFA) student. If one of the
leads comes down with laryngitis, or the
revolving stage stops revolving, she must
deal with the situation.
Producing the show each
night is an all-student affair.
In a booth above the audience, Jakobs
preparestocalltheshow. Duringthenext
three-and-a-half hours, she will give almost 200 cues over the headset to direct
the technical crew's sound and lighting
changes and call the actors from their
waiting room.
As the curtain rises, second-year
BFA student Tanya Dargel stands in
the wings, ready to go onstage in her
first role at Frederic Wood Theatre.
Like all BFA students, she spent her
first year of the program watching,
learning, practising, but not appearing
in a mainstage production. Now she
waits, slightly nervous, but mostly
excited about putting to use the acting skills she has worked to develop.
Certain moments in the play stand
out for the audience, or crew, or both.        performance.
Final-year BFA student Kelly
Aisenstat steals one scene when he
unfiatteringly mimics various unseen
characters' physical attributes. The
audience roars with laughter and
claps its approval.
The sword fight just before intermission draws many of the unin-
volved actors to the wings to watch,
even though they've probably seen it
a dozen times before. The menacing
rasp and clang of the swordplay,
choreographed by professional fight
director Tony Simotes, are precise and convincing.
Students are also involved
in much of the costume and
props preparation.    Theatre
■"■"     staff members design these
elements and supervise their
production, but students are encouraged to pitch in on various shows to
learn the different theatre skills.
During the final scene, third-year
BFA student Tom Scholte, as Romeo,
paces in the wings. He is preparing
for the death scene by focusing himself and regulating his breathing, so
that he will give full value to each
line, and not peak too soon. Scholte
refers to this as "completion of impulse." Just as each play in a football
game must be complete unto itself, a
theatre production's overall success
depends on properly executing each
individual segment.
A few minutes later, the cast takes
its bows and heads offstage, buzzing
with the rush of another successful
Photo hy Chns Gallagher
Tom Scholte and Laara Sadiq perform the famous balcony scene.
November also marked the close of
Norman Young's career in the Department of Theatre. Young joined
the department in 1960 as technical
director and became a well-known
figure on campus. To quote from a
tribute in the program guide to Romeo
and Juliet, "His influence will remain
here at UBC but his presence will be
Similar sentiments might be expressed about Young's chum Norman Watt, director of Extra-Sessional Studies and another long-time
campus figure, who also retired in
November. 4    UBC REPORTS December 12.1991
December 15 -
January 11
Biostatistics Research Group
Testing For Homogeneity Of Proportions
In The Presence Of Clustering. Prof.
Allan Donner, Epidemiology/Biostatistics,
U. of Western Ontario. Angus 223 at
11am. Call 822-2829/2234.
Chemistry Visiting Scientist
Investigations Of The
Of Nucleosides. Dr.
Ronald Parry, Chemistry,
Rice U., Houston, TX.
Chemistry 225, Centre
Block at 11:30am. Call 822-4511.
Biochemistry Discussion
Group Seminar
Protein—Protein And Protein—DNA Interaction Involved In Mu DNA Transposition. Dr. George Chaconas, Biochemistry, U. of Western Ontario. IRC #1 at
3:45pm. Call Dr. Ivan Sadowski at 822-
Medical Genetics Seminar
Approach To Identifying Gene Products
Expressed During Development In The
Visual Cortex. Shiv Prasad, PhD, Ophthalmology. IRC #1 from 4:30-5:30pm.
Refreshments at 4:15pm. Call 822-5312.
Surgery Grand Rounds
Alternative Therapies For
Peripheral Atherosclerosis. Drs. Y. Hsiang,
A.J. Salvian and J.D.S.
Reid, all Surgery. G.F.
Strong Rehab. Centre at
Call 875-4136.
Rehabilitation Medicine Lunch
Hour Lecture
A Mother's Work: A Feminist Perspective
On Home Health Care For A Child With
Chronic Disability. Gelya Frank, PhD,
associate professor, Occupational
Therapy, U. of Southern California. University Hospital, UBC Site's Koerner Pavilion, floor 3, lab 8 from 12:30-1:20pm.
Call 822-7399.
UBC Reports is the faculty and
staff newspaper of tbe University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
the UBC Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2.
Telephone 822-3131.
Advertising inquiries: 822-6163.
Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Ass't Editor: Paula Martin
Contributors: Ron Burke, Connie
Filletti, Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
and Gavin Wilson.
Jf%     Please
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For events in the period January 12 to January 26, notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on proper Calendar forms
no later than noon on Monday, December 30, to the Community Relations Office, Room 207, 6328 Memorial Rd., Old
Administration Building. For more information call 822-3131. The next edition of UBC Reports will be published January 9.
Notices exceeding 35 words may be edited. The number of items for each faculty or department will be limited to four per issue.
Drug Research Study
Maleandfemale volunteers
required for Genital Herpes Treatment Study.
Sponsoring physician: Dr.
Stephen Sacks, Medicine/
Infectious Diseases.  Call
Physiology Seminar Series WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 \       Portuguese Map Exhibit Heart/Lung Response Study
ANP And The Circulatory System. Dr. R.
Woods, Baker Institute, Melbourne, Australia. IRC #4 at 3pm. Call Dr. A Buchan
at 822-2083.
Alumni Association Christmas
Enjoy refreshments at
Cecil Green Park and bring
along a donation to the
Food Bank. CGP from 2-
5pm. Call 822-3313.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20   ]f
Obstetrics/Gynaecology Grand
Shaughnessy Hospital Morbidity And
Mortality Review. Dr. John Booth; Dr.
Dale Steele. University Hospital,
Shaughnessy Site D308 at 8am Call
Pediatrics Resident Case
TBA. Dr. Carolyn Davis, co-chief resident. G.F. Strong Rehab. Centre at 9am.
Call A.C. Ferguson at 875-2118.
Mechanical Engineering Oral
Qualitative Description Of
The RMP Process.
Christine Forget,
MEngineering candidate.
Pulp/Paper Centre 101 at
9:30am. Call 822-3238.
FRIDAY, DEC. 27    |
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Cancelled. Call 875-2118.
FRIDAY, JAN. 3    1
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Cancelled. Call 875-2118.
TUESDAY. JAN. 7    |
International Resource Management Seminar
Beijing-Imperial City Of Capitalist Capital-Planning For Sustainability In A Metropolitan Area. Prof. A. Laquian, director, Centre for Human Settlement. Library Processing Centre Seminar Room,
4th Floor from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-
Theological Evening Lecture
Reading The Bible From The Underside
Dr. Rene Padilla, general secretary, Latin
American Theological Fraternity, Buenos
Aires, Argentina. Regent College Main
Floor Auditorium from 8-9:30pm. Call
Geography Colloquium
Planning As The Framework Of Power.
Margo Huxley, senior lecturer, Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Geography 201 at
3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call
Classics Illustrated Lecture
SevillaLaNueva: A Spanish Settlement On Jamaica
(1509-1534). Robyn
Woodward, Vancouver
project director. The Vancouver Museum at 8pm.
Call 822-5484.
Physics Colloquium
New Results From The Gamma Ray Observatory. Don Kniffen, NASA. Hennings
201 at 4pm. Call 822-3853.
[     FRIDAY, JAN. 10" ~j
Biotechnology Seminar
Introduction To Fuzzy Logic. Dr. Yu Qian,
post doctoral fellow, Pulp/Paper Centre.
ChemEngineering 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Botanical Gardens Christmas
Green/dried wreaths, gifts
for family and friends,
books, tools, baskets and
pots. Shop-ln-The-Garden
daily from 11 am-5pm. Call
UBC Speakers Bureau
Would your group like to know more about
topics ranging from Literature in British
Columbia to Forest Regeneration? More
than 300 topics to choose from. Call 822-
6167 (24-hr. ans. machine).
Graduate Student Centre
Live entertainment every Friday in the
Fireside Lounge from 8-11 pm. Call 822-
Carpool Matching
A service for faculty, staff and students.
Call Karen Pope, Dean's Office, Applied
Science at 822-3701 and find your area
Call For Former UBC Athletes
w«aw| Athletics is updating its
#™«S%..I mailing  list  of former
athletic team  players:
,   ....    | to  programs  in  place
today.   If you qualify or
are knowledgeable in the location of
any other past player, call 822-8921
after 4:30pm.
Under the auspices of the Portugese consulate and presented by Hispanic/Italian
Studies: Portuguese Cartography And
The Construction Of The Image Of The
World. Opens Dec. 19 at 2pm in the Asian
Centre Gallery; introductory remarks by
Dr. Alfred Siemems, Geography. Continues until Jan. 10. Call 822-2268.
Piano Masterclass/Recital
Leon Fleisher, piano. Music Recital Hall
on Sat., Jan. 11 at 7pm and Sun., Jan. 12
at 2pm. Call 822-5574.
Fine Arts Gallery
Open Tues.-Fri. from
10am-5pm. Saturdays
12pm-5pm on. Free admission. Main Library. Call
Health Sciences Bookshop
Open Saturday
The Bookshop is open Mon.-Sat. from
9:30am-5pm in the Medical Student/
Alumni Centre at Heather and 12th Ave.
Call 879-8547.
Executive Programmes
Two day business seminar, Dec. 18-
19: Optimizing Warehouse Operations, $895. E.D. MacPhee Executive Conference Centre. Call 822-
Statistical Consulting/Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. Forms for appointments available in Ponderosa Annex C-
210. Call 822-4037.
Dentistry Treatment Program
Participants with no natural teeth of their
own needed for complete denture treatment. Patients accepted will be treated
next Feb.-May. Call 822-5668, Mon.-Fri.
from 10am-3pm, (excluding Dec. 23-
Muscle Soreness Study
Volunteers, ages 20-45
yrs. required for a study
of muscle soreness af-
| ter exercise. If you primarily walk as a form of
exercise, or are not exercising at present, call Donna
Maclntyre at Rehab Medicine, 822-
High Blood Pressure Clinic
Volunteers (over 18 years) needed,
treated or not, to participate in clinical drug trials. Call Dr. J. Wright or
Mrs. Nancy Ruedy in Medicine at
Seniors Hypertension Study
Volunteers aged 60-80 years with
mild to moderate hypertension,
treated or not, needed to participate
in a high blood pressure study. Call
Dr. Wright or Nancy Ruedy in Medicine at 822-7134.
At rest and during exercise. Volunteers age
45-75 years, all fitness levels, required. No
maximal testing. Scheduledatyourconven-
ience. Call Fiona Manning, Schoolof Rehab.
Medicine, 822-7708.
Lung Disease Study
Subjects with emphysema or fibrosis
needed to investigate means of improving
lung function without drugs. Call Fiona
Manning, School of Rehab Medicine, 822-
Counselling Psychology
Research Study
Clerical workers needed to pareticipate in
a study on work and stress. Involves
completion of one questionnaire a month
for three months. Call Karen Flood at 822-
Memory/Aging Study
Participants between the ages of 35-45
years or 65 and ove needed for study
examining qualitative changes in memory.
Kenny 1220. Call Paul Schmidt in Psychology at 822-2140.
Retirement Study
Women concerned about retirement planning needed for an 8-week Retirement
Preparation seminar. Call Sara Cornish in
Counselling Psychology at 931-5052.
Personality Study
Volunteers aged 30 or more needed to
complete a personality questionnaire.
Required, 2 visits, about 3 hours total.
Participants receive a free personality
assessment and a $20 stipend. Call
Janice in Dr. Livesley's office, Psychiatry,
Detwiller 2N2, 822-7895.
PMS Research Study
Volunteers needed for a study of an
investigational medication to treat PMS.
Call Doug Keller, Psychiatry, University
Hospital, Shaughnessy Site at 822-7318.
Dermatology Acne Study
Volunteers between 14-35 years with
moderate facial acne needed for 4 visits
during a three month period. Honorarium
paid. Call Sherry at 874-8138.
Sun-Damaged Skin Study
Participants needed between ages of 35-70 for 9
visits over 36 weeks. Not
to have not used retinoids
for the past year. Honorarium will be paid. Call
Sherry in Dermatology at 874-8138.
Eczema Study
Volunteers 12 years of age or older needed
for 4 visits over a three week period.
Honorarium paid. Call Sherry in Dermatology at 874-8138.
Stress/Blood Pressure Study
Participate in UBC Psychology research and
learn how you r body responds to stress. Call
Dr. Wolfgang Linden at 822-3800.
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CAPITAL PLAN 1991/92 - 2000/01
Computer Science)
This facility will provide space for the
primary academic computing units: the
Departments of Computer Science and
Electrical Engineering, and the Centre
for Integrated Computer Systems Research. Increased external research
funding will facilitate collaborative research among several university departments. The facility will enhance
research efforts by providing space for
projects involving the university and industrial partners.
Project Budget: $18,000,000
Furniture Equipment: $1,750,000
Design Date: 1990-04-01
Tender Date: 1991-09-01
Construction Date: 1991-10-01
Original estimate of $15.1 million (September 1988 dollars) inflated at 0.8%
per month to September 1990. No further inflation shown.   Project cost excludes furniture and equipment cost.
Occupancy date 1993.
This facility will provide controlled disposal service to SFU, UVic and UBC for
handling of liquid and pathological
wastes. Outdated existing incinerators
will be replaced by two "state-of-the-art"
units capable of safely and efficiently
burning the noted wastes.    Effective
stack scrubbers are included in the
project so that all contaminants will be
removed from stack effluent.
Project Budget: $5,500,000
Design Date: 1990-04-01
Tender Date: 1991-09-01
Construction Date: 1991 -11 -01
Original estimate of $5.0 million (September 1989 dollars) reassessed by
quantity survey to July 1991.   Project
cost inclusive of all major equipment.
Occupancy date 1993.
This important facility will provide critical space in which to carry design
projects through the process development stages to the industrial prototype
level. It will also meet the urgent needs
of continuing faculty, technical support
staff and graduate students for shared
office and laboratory space.   The required expensive pieces of capital equipment cannot be justified on the basis of
individual research programs or single
discipline efforts.   In response to the
need for interdisciplinary efforts and
shared resources, this project would
create an adequately equipped multi-
disciplinary centre for materials science
at UBC.   It would include faculty and
students from six departments in the
Faculties of Science and Applied Science, as well as from TRIUMF.
Project Budget: $20,380,000
Furniture Equipment: $1,821,000
Design Date: 1991-07-01
Tender Date: 1992-07-01
Construction Date: 1992-09-01
Original estimate of $17.1 million (September 1988 dollars) inflated at 0.8%
per month to September 1990. No fur
ther inflation shown. Project cost excluding furniture and equipment cost.
Occupancy date 1994.
4. SCARFE BLDG. (Expansion/
Renovation Phase I)
An addition to the Scarfe Building is
urgently required to replace substandard temporary buildings presently occupied by the Faculty and to consolidate
activities presently housed in nineteen
locations. This new construction must
take place ahead of, and concurrently
with, renovations and deferred maintenance upgrading to the Scarfe Building
in order to allow for functional and cost
effective development. Deferred maintenance and renovation costs associated with this project are included in
Phase II.
Project Budget: $12,000,000
Design Date: 1991-07-01
Tender Date:  1992-09-01
Construction Date: 1992-11 -01
Phase I only (September 1991 dollars). Furniture & equipment costs to be
determined. Occupancy date 1995.
and Education)
Expanded facilities for Forestry and
related Sciences at UBC will accommodate new areas of research and education such as timber engineering, harvesting robotics and remote sensing by
satellite. Programs housed in this facility will develop interests in forestry research among faculties and with industry and government agencies. The Pacific Centre will place UBC in a world
class position in Forestry and related
Project Budget: $43,840,000
Design Date: 1992-04-01
Tender Date: 1993-09-01
Construction Date: 1993-12-01
Original allowance of $40 million (September 1989 dollars) inflated at 0.8%
per month to September 1990. No further inflation shown. Furniture and equipment costs to be determined.   Occupancy date 1996.
6. JACK BELL RESEARCH LABORATORIES (Interior Finishing) (Previously included under general heading
of Health Sciences Facilities)
Unfinished space is being provided at
Vancouver General Hospital for medical research by UBC departments and
staff. The space is currently being constructed and funds to furnish and equip
the space are urgently required.  Current UBC policy suggests that funds to
complete this space should flow through
the university side of the partnerships
and hence from the Ministry of Advanced
Education. This will be the only spaced
provided by UBC at the VGH site.
Project Budget: $6,375,000
Design Date: 1992-04-01
Tender Date: 1992-06-01
Construction Date: 1992-08-01
Project cost inclusive of all major
equipment.  Estimates are in September 1991 dollars. Occupancy date 1994.
This is a continuation of the project
that began in 1991.
Project Budget: $8,000,000
Design Date: 1992-04-01
Tender Date: 1994-05-01
Construction Date: 1994-07-01
Allowance for phase II.   During the
Phase I studies, this allowance will be
tested and adjusted according to conditions found. Occupancy date 1995.
This facility is required in order to
accommodate activities presently located in substandard space and requiring expansion. Proposed area of project
is 5800 m2 of construction adjacent to
and over an existing building.
Project Budget: $18,500,000
Design Date: 1993-04-01
Tender Date: 1994-04-01
Construction Date: 1994-06-01
This allowance of $18.5 million (September 1991 dollars) is based on knowledge gained from our recent NCE/Book-
store project.   Estimates for furniture
and equipmentto be determined. Occupancy date 1995.
This facility is required to address
space deficiencies and laboratory requirements of departmental research
and teaching activity. Area of the project
is estimated to be 3250 m2 net (1.6 net
to gross = 5200 m2 gross.)
Project Budget: $15,600,000
Design Date: 1993-06
Tender Date: 1994-06
Construction Date: 1994-08
Allowance only (September 1991
dollars.)    Estimates for furniture and
equipment to be determined.   Occupancy date 1996.
This facility will be required to
replace an existing, seismically deficient building which houses Geophysics and Astronomy, and to accommodate Oceanography.
Through providing physical links to
the Geology Building, it is anticipated that requirements for teaching, research and support space will
lead to the development of an integrated Earth Sciences Centre, including a fully functional observatory.    At this time the final area
requirements are not known.
Project Budget: $25,000,000
Design Date: 1994-04
Tender Date: 1995-05
Construction Date: 1995-07
Allowance only (September 1991
dollars.) Occupancy date 1997.
II (Brock Hall)
The facility will be the second
phase of the Student Services Centre Project (funded in 1990), and will
result in consolidation of all administrative services for students in one
location.    Phase II is required in
order to reconstruct the existing
structure (Brock Hall) which cannot
be functionally modified in a manner
which is economically feasible.
Project Budget: $9,250,000
Design Date: 1995-04
Tender Date: 1996-07
Construction Date: 1996-09
Original allowance of $8.3 million
(September 1989 dollars) reassessed
to $9.25 million in September 1991 dollars. Occupancy date 1998.
This project will consist of several
portions of new construction including
space for laboratories, allied Health
Sciences and health promotion in several locations, at an assumed cost of
$43 million, including finishing of the
Jack Bell Research laboratories.   Following development of the new space,
there will be significant renovations required through existing Health Sciences
space totalling 7500 m2 (approx. 11250
m2 gross.) At this time, estimates are
not available for this work.
Project Budget: $36,625,000
Design Date: 1996-04
Tender Date: 1997-11
Construction Date: 1998-01
Allowance only (September 1991
dollars.) Occupancy date 2000.
An addition to the Faculty of Law will
be required in order to house faculty
offices and research and support space,
as well as to provide additional teaching
facilities. Project based on:
1. Replacement of existing and provision of some new facilities, 4600 m2.
2. Renovation of existing facilities,
7000 m2, at approximately 25% cost of
new facilities.
Project Budget: $12,700,000
Design Date: 1997-04
Tender Date: 1998-06
Construction Date: 1998-08
This allowance of $12.7 million (September 1991 dollars)   based on unit
costs of new construction global budget
of $2000/m2. Occupancy date 2000.
This project will consist of one or
more facilities required in order to address the requirement for adequate instructional space appropriately distributed on the campus.
Project Budget: $5,500,000
Design Date: 1997-05
Tender Date: 1998-07
Construction Date:  1998-09
Allowance only (September 1991
dollars.) Occupancy date 2000.
This project will consist of one or
more facilities, as yet undefined, which
will be required in order to provide additional research space required on the
Project Budget: $44,000,000
Design Date: 1998-04
Tender Date: 1999-07
Construction Date: 1999-09
Original allowance of $40.0 million
(September 1989 dollars) reassessed
at $44.0 million in September 1991 dollars.
In preparing for Phase I Library Centre development, additional needs were
discovered largely due to inadequacies
of the Main UBC Library building (itself a
collection of four separate structures.) It
is now urgent that the UBC Library, a
provincial and national resource, be rehoused in more environmentally friendly
and functionally effective space. At this
time, the problem is known to be large
but quantification has only just begun. UNIVERSITY     OF     BRITISH     COLUMBIA
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Project Budget: $40,000,000
Design Date: 1999-04
Tender Date: 2000-06
Construction Date: 2000-08
September 1991 dollars. Occupancy
date after 2001.
Renovation/upgrading of the five
wings and tower of the Buchanan complex is, in part, overdue at this time, and
will be an urgent problem by the turn of
the century. It is likely that a phased
program over eight to ten years will be
required to service these facilities for the
future. A major first phase should begin
as soon as possible.
Project Budget: $25,000,000
Design Date: 2000-04
Tender Date: 2000-07
Construction Date: 2001-09
September 1991 dollars. Occupancy
date after 2001.
Restoration and upgrading of the historic Chemistry Building, located at the
heart of the university, is long overdue.
Occupancy date of this project will enable the preservation of a principle campus facility, the functional reorganization of its space and the modernization
of its services.
Project Budget: $25,000,000
Design Date: 2000-04
Tender Date: 2000-07
Construction Date: 2001-09
September 1991 dollars. Occupancy
date after 2001.
Total Project Budget Major Capital
Projects: $371,270,000
Total Furniture Equipment Major
Capital Projects: $3,571,000
This facility will provide space for a
specialty library serving the Faculty of
Commerce and a research centre. This
complex will play a key role in Canadian
research, teaching and international
trade initiatives.
Project Budget: $8,224,000
Design Date: 1989-04-01
Tender Date: 1990-09-01
Construction Date: 1991-11-01
UBC Campaign contribution is $4.112
million.   Provincial government contribution is $4,112 million.  Original estimate of $6.9 million (September 1988
dollars) inflated at 0.8% per month to
September 1990.   Project completion
expected by March 1992.
This facility is intended to consolidate
services and programs addressing the
needs of Native students on the campus.
Project Budget: $4,400,000
Design Date: 1990-09
Tender Date: 1991-09
Construction Date: 1991 -11
Original allowance of $4.0 million
(September 1988 dollars) upgraded to
$4.4 million in late 1990.   UBC Campaign contribution is $2.2 million. Provincial government contribution is $2.2
million. Occupancy date 1992.
This facility will provide residential
and resource space for approximately
100 graduate and post doctoral fellows.
This complex will play a key role in the
development of the university in advanced research and academic initiatives.
Project Budget: $14,000,000
Design Date: 1990-09-01
Tender Date: 1992-04-01
Construction Date: 1992-06-01
Project allowance of $14.0 million is
expressed in March 1990 dollars. UBC
Campaign contribution is $7.0 million.
Provincial government contribution is
$7.0 million. Occupancy date 1993.
The present UBC Fine Arts Gallery is
located in the basement of the Main
Library. It consists of approximately
3,000 sq. ft. of low-ceiling display space,
with inadequate office, preparation and
storage areas. Despite these conditions the gallery has, over the years,
provided a valued program of exhibitions for scholars, tourists and the public. With new facilities, the gallery will
establish a more visible presence and
enlarge its contribution to the cultural life
of the university and Vancouver by providing professionally mounted exhibitions. The proposal for new space meets
international standards for display, security, care, handling, conservation and
storage of materials and artwork.
Project Budget: $3,000,000
Design Date: 1991-02-01
Tender Date: 1992-05-01
Construction Date: 1992-07-01
Original allowance of $3.0 million is
expressed in 1989 dollars. UBC Campaign contribution is $1.5 million. Provincial government contribution is $1.5
million. Occupancy date 1994.
Already noted for its creative achievements in writing, theatre, music and fine
arts, UBC needs to expand its ability to
contribute to the community in both its
established fields and in the areas of
increasing economic importance to the
province, such as film production. Studio space for the Fine Arts, Music and
Theatre departments is inadequate.
These departments do not have access
to appropriate space to meet their specialized needs. A new Creative Arts
Centre will provide efficient, centralized
space for practice, performance, workshops and instruction.
Project Budget: $15,700,000
Design Date: 1991-02-01
Tender Date: 1992-07-01
Construction Date: 1992-09-01
Original allowance of $10.4 million
has been revised through program adjustment to $15.7 million expressed in
September 1989 dollars.   UBC Campaign contribution is $7.85 million. Provincial government contribution is $7.85
million. Occupancy date 1994.
Currently, the largest facility for performances at UBC is the Old Auditorium, constructed as a temporary building in the 1920s. The new Concert and
Assembly Halls will meet the university's needs for ceremonial functions,
music and theatre programs. With a
capacity of 1,400 seats in the larger
house and 700 seats in the smaller
house, these facilities will also meet
specific needs in Greater Vancouver for
mid-size performance halls, with potential operating cost recovery for the university.
Project Budget: $13,000,000
Design Date: 1991-08-01
Tender Date: 1992-11-01
Construction Date: 1993-01-01
Original allowance of $15.0 million
has been revised through program adjustment to $13.0 million expressed in
September 1989 dollars.   UBC Campaign contribution is $6.5 million. Provincial government contribution is $6.5
million. Occupancy date 1994.
The UBC Library is a provincial and
national resource. As B.C.'s primary
research library, it is used extensively
by professionals from Simon Fraser
University, University of Victoria, teaching hospitals, colleges and schools
across the province. The information
explosion and the development of collections and new technologies has created an urgent need for additional service and storage space.
Project Budget: $24,000,000
Design Date: 1991-10-01
Tender Date: 1993-01-01
Construction Date: 1993-03-01
Original allowance of $24.0 million is
expressed in September 1989 dollars. UBC
Campaign contribution is $12 million. Provincial government contribution is $12 million. Occupancy date 1995.
This facility is urgently required to accommodate the extensive intramural activities of
the UBC Student Community.   It is not
intended that this replace existing facilities
for high performance athletics.
Project Budget: $8,000,000
Design Date: 1992-06
Tender Date: 1993-06
Construction Date: 1993-08
Project allowanceis$8.0millionexpressed
in September 1990 dollars.   UBC Alma
Mater Society contribution is $4.0 million
and provincial government contribution is
$4.0 million. Occupancy date 1995.
This project will include resource and
research space required to support programs involving Asian Studies, as well
as an expansion of the Asian Library.
Project Budget: $6,500,000
Design Date:  1992-10
Tender Date:  1994-02
Construction Date: 1994-04
Project estimate is $6.5 million expressed in June 1990 dollars.    UBC
Campaign contribution is $3.25 million.
Provincial government contribution is
$3.25 million. Occupancy date 1995.
Total Project Budget Campaign
Projects: $96,824,000
There is chronic need for new and
upgraded Greenhouses and Environmental Growth Chambers in several areas of the campus. A program of providing a distributed system of new facilities can be implemented over time at a rate of $1
million per year.
Project Budget: $1,000,000
Design Date:  1992-04
Project allowance per year ongoing
for ten plus years (September 1991 dollars.) Tender dates and construction
starts progressive. Total expected to be
approximately $10,000,000. Completion after 2001.
There is a chronic need for new
and upgraded Animal Care Facilities in several areas of the campus.
A program of providing a distributed
system of new facilities can be implemented over time at a rate of $1
million per year.
Project Budget: $1,000,000
Design Date: 1992-04
Project allowance per year ongoing
for ten plus years (September 1991 dollars.) Tender dates and construction
starts progressive. Total expected to be
approximately $10,000,000. Completion after 2001.
Total Project Budget Minor Capital
Projects: $2,000,000
Project Budget: $6,875,000.
Completed. Occupancy 1992.
Project Budget: $10,000,000
Tender Date:  1991-09
Construction Start:   1991-11
Completed. Occupancy 1993.
Project Budget: $7,100,000
Completed. Occupancy 1992.
Design Date:  1991-10
Tender Date:  1992-06
Construction Start:  1992-08
Completed. Occupancy 1992.
Total Project Budget Additional
Projects: $31,175,000
Tobedeteremined. Occupancy 1994.
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Schechter wins award for AIDS research!
Dr. Martin Schechter. associate professor
of Health Care and Epidemiology, has been
honored with the National
Health Scientist Award
for AIDS.
The award, presented
for only the second time,
is the highest recognition
bestowed by the federal
government's National
Health Research Development Program for
AIDS research.
Schechter's main areas of study are the
epidemiology of HIV infection and AIDS, the
natural history of HIV infection, and AIDS
clinical trials.
The $120,000 award will provide salary
support for junior researchers to work with
Schechter over the next two years.
The B.C. branch ofthe Canadian Society of
Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) recently honored
Professor Emeritus John Hlynka with a special award for his outstanding contributions to
hospital pharmacy and pharmacy education in
the province.
Hlynka was instrumental in pioneering sev
eral major programs in the field, including the
hospital pharmacy residency programs in
UBC's affiliated teaching hospitals, drug usage review programs and the B.C. Drug and
Poison Information Centre.
He was first appointed to UBC as an associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences in 1970, became a full professor in
1975 and retired earlier this year.
While serving as the first chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacy at UBC's Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hlynka developed
several undergraduate courses for the division,
now required of all senior students.
The CSHP provides leadership in all aspects of pharmacy practice in hospitals and
related health care settings.
The society promotes the provision of patient-focused pharmacy services, sets standards of pharmacy practice for hospitals, provides continuing training, education and competence assurance programs, and encourages
and supports pharmacy-related research in B.C.
Animal Science Professor Robert Blair has
been named co-editor-in-chief of Animal Feed
Science and Technology, an international scientific journal produced by the publishing house
Elsevier of the Netherlands.
Blair, who recently stepped down as head of
the department after seven years, has published
more than 200 papers and articles on animal and
poultry nutrition during his academic career.
He is a member of several professional societies and served on two U.S. National Research
Council committees dealing with animal nutrition. He is a past-president of the western branch
of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and
is currently president of the World Association
for Animal Production.
Field hockey coach
Gail Wilson has been
awarded a 3M Coaching
Canada Award for outstanding coaching
Wilson has guided the
women's field hockey
team since 1977. The
team has won five gold
medals, two silver and Wilson
two bronze at the national
championships under her guidance.
Wilson, who is also involved in player development and organization at the local, provincial and national levels, graduated from the
University of Toronto in 1968. She came
to UBC in 1977 to pursue a Master's
degree in physical education.
Commerce and Business Administration Professor Tae Oum has been appointed to two international advisory
Oum. chair of the  I'"*"*" r }
faculty's Transportation Division, will
serve as a member
of the International
Advisory Panel for
Korea Telecommunications Authority.
The panel was
formed in order to
prepare for the in- Oum
creasing  competition resulting from the opening up of the
Korean telecommunications market.
In addition, Oum will serve as a transportation planning advisor for the Netherlands Ministry of Transportation and Public Works. He will advise the ministry on
evaluating research project proposals on
transportation planning.
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UBC has awarded the contract for
construction ofthe $3.3 million First
Nations Longhouse to Heatherbrae
Construction of Richmond.
Work began Nov. 18 at the site,
located between West and Lower Malls
and adjacent to Ponderosa Annexes.
The longhouse will be built using
elements of traditional Coast Salish
design and will be constructed almost entirely of western red cedar.
The design is by Larry McFarland,
Architects, of Vancouver.
To prepare the site, members of
the First Nations community and invited guests attended a sacred ceremony where food and a blanket were
burned in a Coast Salish ritual of
thanks to the spirits of ancestors who
inhabit the area.
The longhouse has been described
as a home-away-from-home where
First Nations students will be able to
maintain their sense of community in
an appropriate environment.
It will contain student services, offices and assembly halls for UBC's
growing First Nations community.
Completion is expected in late 1992.
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m 8    UBCREPORTS December 12,1991
Science and Humanity:
guistic Research on First
Nations Languages
Patricia Shaw, an associate professor in UBC's Department of Linguistics, has been studying the languages of First Nations peoples in
Canada since the mid-1970s. The
following is an excerpt from a paper
Shaw delivered at the recent President's Workshop on Native Studies.
Linguistics has been said to be the
most scientific of the humanities,
and the most humanistic of the sciences.
Both the scientific and humanistic facets of the discipline are defined in particularly compelling and
fundamentally challenging terms by
linguistic research on the First Nations languages of Canada.
On the scientific side, the
unparalleled diversity and
strikingly unique features of
the complex linguistic systems of the dozens of different indigenous languages in
British Columbia alone constitute anextraordinary resource. BC
native languages are classified into
eight distinct, genetically unrelated
language families, making this province one ofthe most diverse linguistic areas in the entire world. Questions of the historical origins of this
plurality constitute only one fertile
domain for scientific inquiry.
Another is the potential which
these languages hold for deepening
our insights into language as a
uniquely human and universally human cognitive system.
Most of our current understanding of what human languages are
like (how they are structured, how
they function, what universal properties they share) is built on data
from the world's so-called "major"
languages and from the "classical"
languages of eastern and western literary traditions. Consequently, study of
the First Nations languages can contribute significantly to defining amore
broad-based model of our human language capacity.
For example, Tahltan — an
Athapaskan language spoken by fewer
than 40 people in the Stikine and
Spatzizi area of northern BC — has
one of the most elaborate, and therefore most theoretically revealing, consonant harmony systems in the world:
an understanding of the tightly constrained interactions within this system has contributed in several ways to
our knowledge ofthe appropriate representation of speech sounds and characteristic constraints on how they can
interact with one another.
Other BC First Nations languages
At the rate things are going, close to 90
per cent of the world' s 5,000 languages
may disappear in the coming century.
such as Nisgha (a Tsimshianic language, spoken in the Nass Valley) and
Bella Coola ( a Salish language, spoken up the coast) are renowned for
having extraordinarily long sequences
of consonants in their words, to the
extent that Bella Coola has some words
with no vowels in them at all.
Research (with generous support
of SSHRCC) into the various properties of these languages has led to several significant discoveries regarding
the form and role of syllables in organizing sequences of sounds.
These are but a few examples ofthe
scientific role of linguistic research on
First Nations languages.
Turning to the humanistic side of
this research enterprise, the indigenous
languages of this geographic area
embody the cognitive and cultural
heritage of nations sustained for centuries by the richness of their oral
Throughout the world, minority
languages are disappearing at an
alarming rate: the global perspective on imminent linguistic extinction is one of sheer crisis. Some
experts say that at the rate things are
going, close to 90 per cent of the
world's 5,000 languages may disappear in the coming century.
The overwhelming question -
which must be faced not only by
linguistics as a discipline, but also by
humanity — is: What can we do?
Documentation and archiving are
minimal, but by no means trivial,
goals. First, these activities entail
sophisticated training, ideally of Native language speakers themselves,
in elicitation, recording, transcription, interpretation, and
Secondly, the utility of the
database depends on reliable
and appropriate equipment and
facilities for audio/video recording, acoustic analysis, long-term archiving, and access to communities where
the languages are spoken.
Thirdly, the compilation of
dictionaries, grammars, texts,
classifications of domains of
knowledge and thought
(ethnobotany, traditional medicine, myths, oral histories, etc.)
provide invaluable research
tools and cultural resources for
But ultimately, no such database
- no matter how elaborate - can
possibly represent, let alone replace,
the complex body of linguistic
knowledge internalized by Native
Preservation of the world's linguistic diversity must be the higher
order goal.
Club ranks swell
to record number
Set to celebrate its 10th anniversary,
UBC's Pacific Rim Club is on a roll.
While membership in the past has
hovered around 100, numbers this year
have soared to an all-time high of close to
280, making it the biggest club of its kind
in Canada.
"Don't ask me why," says club President Christine Judd. a fourth-year international relations student.
"I guess people are
finally getting the
message that the
East is going to
play a big part
in the future
of this province and the
whole country."
For a modest $10 fee, the
mixed group of
professors and students receive a club newsletter and access
to a myriad of social events such as
dances, cooking classes and forays to
Whistler and beyond.
But the mainstay of club activity remains a weekly lecture series held every
Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in
the Asian Centre auditorium.
Lunchtime talks this term have covered Canadian trade with Korea, journalism in Asia and art in Papua New Guinea.
Moreover, the impressive list of speakers
has included the head of a major marketing firm in Hong Kong, products manager of B.C. Packers Ltd., and executive
directors ofthe Vancouver Board ofTrade
and the Asian Pacific Division of the
Ministry of International Trade.
"We aim high." said Judd, who added
the club is trying to get Lt.-Gov. David
Lam to address its upcoming corporate
wine and cheese party downtown.
The opportunity to "schmooze" with
influencial business people linked to the
Pacific Rim region makes the club particularly popular withcommercestudents
looking for job opportunities.
While it boasts representation from
almost every faculty on campus, Judd said most
members are from
the Faculty of Arts,
with the majority
of these being associated in some
way with Asian
Department of
Asian Studies, isn't
surprised by the
club's surge in popularity.
Duke said interest in Asian language
and non-language courses remains keen
even though enrolments have had to be
trimmed. For example, 240 applicants
competed this year for 60 openings in a
first-year Chinese language class. Similarly, close to 150 potential students were
turned away from a first-year Japanese
The department currendy has 21 full-
time faculty teaching and researching on
Japan, China. South Asia, Southeast Asia
and Korea.
With both the federal and provincial
governments proclaiming the need for
closer ties with the region, Judd believes
club ranks will continue to swell.
Those interested in joining can cell
822-6401 for more information.
Sixteen-page booklet includes biographies, photos, phone numbers, committee rosters, deputy ministers and other information
useful for people doing business with the provincial government.
Send $26.75 (includes $1.75 GST) to:
Maitland Publications, 7 Cook St., Victoria, B.C. V8V 3W6
Discounts available on bulk orders - call 360-4(153
Christmas i jkc Chcrrv Pound < ;ikc Mincemeat Turt.% Traditional Scottish Shortbread
Get Your Christmas Shopping Lists Ready.'
UBC's famous homestyle
opens December 9th to
December 19th, 1991-
at the Ponderosa Cafeteria or Lickety Split Muffin Shop
(at the entrance to SubWay Cafeteria)
Shop in person 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Order by phone 10:00 a.m. lo 3:00 p.m. 822-5717
I Bl \* hipped slion Hrcad Christmas Iniil liars Pecan Nut Bars Peanut Butler Bars Rum Halls
UBC Geological Museum
Collector Shop
(Geological Sciences Building)
A Special Christmas Sale
The Collector Shop offers fine mineral specimens and
fossils at a special 10 % discount (old stock at 25% off) on:
Thursday, December 19.1991
12:00 pm to 9:30 pm
In Search for a Tropical Arctic" , a 30 min. video describing the discovery
of a fossil forest in Canada's Arctic, will be shown at 8:15 pm.
As well, a selection of these fossils, including hands on material,
will be on display.


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