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VOLUME  51   I  NUMBER  9   I  SEPTEMBER  7,2005
2 UBC in the News
4 UBC's New Green Buildings 6 New Faces 7 Babies Teach Empathy 9 New VP Research
Welcome UBC Okanagan
On Thursday, September i, the Okanagan Nation Alliance
welcomed UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College to their
traditional territory. The special cermony, featuring
drummers, singers and dancers, was held at the UBC
Okanagan gymnasium.
After months of preparation, UBC Okanagan is welcoming
its first students this month, with orientations for returning
students and first-year students held on September 6 and 7.
The official opening ceremony will be held on September 8. The day will include the
following events:
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Campus life showcase
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Opening ceremony
3p.m. - 5 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Academic colloquium with presidents of four
international universities
Free music concert featuring Judith Forst, UBC School of Music
and Penticton Academy of Music students
For tickets to the colloquium and concert, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/opening and use
code OPEN6. View the opening ceremony, starting at 12:30, via webcast at
www.ubc.ca/webcast  □
UBC Okanagan Facts and Figures
• UBC Okanagan is welcoming 3,500 new undergraduate and graduate students
(projected Sept., 2005).
• UBC Okanagan's faculty has grown to 215 since the campus was officially
established in July. That includes 18 new faculty members who come from
across Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
• Since last year, the UBC Okanagan campus has added a third floor to its Arts
and Sciences buildings to accommodate student body growth. A campus master
plan is being submitted to the UBC Board of Governors for approval.
• UBC Okanagan features several new undergraduate academic programs
including engineering, management and pre-pharmacy. A variety of graduate
programs are being established, the largest of which is a new Master of
Education program.
Engineer Discovers Vastly Improved
Antenna Design
Electrical engineering prof. Matt Yedlin is investigating many potential applications
for the fleur-de-lis antenna.
UBC electrical engineers have developed a
three-dimensional, ultra-wideband antenna
that could significantly improve wireless
data transmission for anything from
commercial to military communications.
The uniquely shaped antenna -
resembling the fleur-de-lis (FDL) - not
only covers a much wider range of
bandwidth than conventional antennas, it
produces stable, uniform signals
unsurpassed by any existing models.
Invented by recent UBC PhD graduate
Kim Dotto, who built the prototype in his
garage using copper sheets, the FDL
antenna's flared, hornlike structure has
undergone rigorous testing at UBC, the
France Telecom Research and
Development Laboratory, and the
Laboratoire D'Electronique, Antenne et
Telecomunications at the Universite de
"We've been able to confirm the FDL
antenna's capacity to handle frequency
transmissions from two to 26 gigahertz
(GHz)," says Matt Yedlin, an associate
professor in the Dept. of Electrical and
Computer Engineering and Dotto's PhD
"To put that in perspective, cellular
phones work at around 1.8GHz. Space
communications - such as MOST
(Microvariability and Oscillation of
STars), Canada's first space telescope -
come in at 2GHz," says Yedlin. "Other
satellite transmissions range from four
to 12GHz."
"In measurement applications, the
FDL antenna covers a bandwidth range
that would normally require 30 calibrated antennas," says Yedlin, who is taking
the FDL south of the border for field
tests with Seattle Wireless this fall.
The groundbreaking design, which had
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More than 30 per cent of Western Canadian youth think their provinces
should consider splitting from Canada.
Brain Proteins Affect Memory
The discovery of an association
between low levels of brain proteins called complexins and
impairments in memory and
other cognitive functions in people with schizophrenia could lead
to new treatments for the illness,
reports Maclean s Magazine.
"If we can successfully treat
the cognitive problems associated
with schizophrenia, there is a
much better chance of a successful recovery from this illness,"
says Dr. Bill Honer, a schizophrenia researcher at UBC.
Survival Instincts Took Over
UBC psychiatry professor Steven
Taylor says the primitive, survival
instinct that swept over some of
the desperate passengers of Air
France Flight 258 - after the
plane skidded off a Toronto run
way and burst into flames August
2 - have evolved with us from the
earliest days of life on the planet.
" We have a bunch of primitive
reflexes in which we exhibit
behaviour like animals in certain
situations," Taylor explained to
The Globe and Mail.
Some Westerners Think
Splitting from Canada Should
be Explored
According to a recent poll, more
than one-third of Westerners
under the age of 30 think their
provinces should consider quitting
Canada, reports the National
Gerald Baier, a UBC professor
of political science, said young
people are more likely to support
the idea of sovereignty because
they are often more open-minded
than older generations.
"The question doesn't ask them
to state support for the idea of
sovereignty but for the idea of
exploring it. Why shouldn't you
look into all ideas? It might even
be a matter of idealism."
Canadian Cops Track Pregnancy
as Factor in Homicide
Police departments across Canada
have started specifying on homicide forms whether slain women
were pregnant.
A study by the U.S. Centres for
Disease Control published this
year in the American Journal of
Public Health concluded homicide
is a leading cause of pregnancy-
associated injury deaths in the
U.S., reports Can West News
" I think there's reason to be
alarmed and concerned and presume that there will be some relationship (to U.S. rates), but it is a
different context,'" says Colleen
Varcoe, an expert on women and
violence and an associate professor of nursing at UBC. □
The August issue of UBC
Reports reported on two
researchers who have
developed a unique robotic
jaw. The article neglected to
acknowledge a third researcher
involved in the project,
linguistics professor Eric
Vatikiotis-Bateson. □
UBC United Way Kicks Off
The 2005 UBC United Way Campaign will kick
off in mid-September raising essential dollars for
the United Way ofthe Lower Mainland, an
umbrella organization that provides funding to
a variety of social services organizations.
This year organizers are emphasizing the
connection between the United Way and Trek
2010, UBC's strategic vision document. As an
organization committed to the community, the
United Way embodies the values of community
involvement and social responsibility that Trek
2010 promotes, says Eilis Courtney, Senior
Coordinator for UBC United Way.
Thanks to the generosity of the campus
community, last year's campaign exceeded the goal
of $525,000 by almost $2,000.
"We want to continue to build on that
outstanding success by increasing the awareness
of United Way throughout campus," says
Courtney. "One way of doing this is increasing
the number of volunteers in the campaign. This is
a great opportunity for staff, faculty and students
to build their leadership, public speaking and event
planning skills."
For more information, contact Laura Laverdure,
UBC United Way Campaign Coordinator
at 604-822-8929, e-mail united.way@ubc.ca
or visit www.unitedway.ubc.ca □
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Green Buildings Sprouting up at UBC
UBC's campus is getting greener
with the completion of two new
institutional buildings: the Life
Sciences Centre (LSC) and the
Fred Kaiser Building, both of which
are loaded with innovative sustainability features that save both
money and the environment.
The $ 110 million Life Sciences
Centre is the largest building at
UBC and was built to accommodate the Expanded Medical
Education Program, which will
nearly double the number of
medical school graduates in the
province to 224 by 2009. Featuring
state-of-the-art labs, the LSC also
houses two auditoria with
high-speed video conferencing capability, which enables UBC medical
students in Vancouver, Victoria and
Prince George to attend lectures
and interact in real time.
Lesser known high-tech features,
however, will likely earn LSC a
Gold Certification on the U.S.
Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED)
rating system - making it the first
educational building in Canada to
achieve this high standard.
Teresa Coady, one of the architects who headed the design of LSC,
says an annual saving of 5,500,000
kWh of electricity and nearly
$200,000 in energy costs can be
attributed to a dynamic monitoring
and automatic "smart" system that
reacts to the external environment.
"To balance the need for ample
lighting and energy efficiency,
photoelectric sensors are installed
throughout the premises," says
Coady. "They automatically adjust
interior lighting based on the
amount of natural daylight that
comes through windows and atrium
Sustainability practices were also
implemented throughout the
construction of the 40,000-sq.
metre LSC.
" Eighty per cent of the
construction waste was salvaged
and recycled," says Coady. "In
addition, the design incorporated
10 per cent recycled and 30 per cent
local materials to minimize the
impact on the environment."
Some of LSC's sustainability
features - natural ventilation,
automatic lighting system, and
sensor-controlled faucets - have also
been adopted by the Fred Kaiser
Building, which will officially open
this month and will house the Dept.
of Electrical and Computer
Designed to be a "living laboratory" for engineering students, the
5,370 sq. meter, $20-million facility
is built over an existing lab so that
little green space was affected. It
even takes advantage of neighbouring deciduous trees to provide shading for the bottom two floors during summer while allowing daylight
to penetrate in the winter.
"By using some unconventional
materials, such as light-coloured
roof stone, exposed concrete ceilings, a fused ceramic pattern on the
exterior glazing, and plasma cut
steel for the rooftop sunshades, we
The UBC Life Sciences Centre is not only the largest building on campus,
it's also one of the "greenest."
make the materials' natural
properties work for us in terms of
conserving or maximizing energy,"
says Mike McColl of
Omicron/Architects Alliance, who
is the head architect on the project.
Photovoltaic cells have already
been installed on the skylights to
store solar power for emergency
lighting, and the UBC Campus
Sustainability Office is now working to outfit the building with a
hydrogen fuel cell that would provide back-up power. Both features
will also serve as educational tools
for electrical engineering students.
"As a result, this building
contributes 2,500 tons, or 35 per
cent less greenhouse gas emission
annually than a traditional building
of comparable size and function,"
says McColl.
Freda Pagani, director of the UBC
Campus Sustainability Office, says
the key to good sustainable building
design is employing sustainability
features without sacrificing comfort
or cost efficiency.
"We've reached a point in sustainability where effective sustainability
features can be rolled out seamlessly
at equal or even lower capital costs,"
says Pagani. "So you can have your
cake and eat it, too."
Not to mention big savings on
operating costs, she adds. "In a way,
good sustainability practices are like
a gift that keeps on giving." □
Education Prof Designs Better
Learning Spaces
UBC education professor Samia Khan.
UBC's new campus buildings are
not only green, they have been
planned to enhance learning.
The UBC computer science
department recently asked UBC
education professor Samia Khan, an
expert in designing learning spaces,
to help shape its new Learning
Centre. The department wanted a
space where students could put into
practice the theories they were
learning and overcome technical
hurdles with a helping hand from
teaching assistants.
"Current research shows that
learning is a dynamic and collaborative process," says Khan. "The
part I contributed to the discussion
was how students can construct
knowledge individually, in groups
and with digital technology, and
how that learning can be assessed."
Khan says the exchange translated into a flexible space where furniture on wheels can be easily reconfigured into single workstations or
clusters to foster group learning.
Electrical outlets and data ports run
the length of the surrounding walls
to provide students easy access
throughout the Centre.
A resource centre for undergraduates, the new Learning Centre was
unveiled at the July 2005 opening
of a $40 million building expansion
called the Institute for Computing,
Information and Cognitive
Systems/Computer Science
(ICICS/CS) Addition.
Khan says technology can
complement and extend the
physical spaces for high school and
university classrooms.
"For example, in science where
it's essential for students to test
ideas and build models, a
simulation or remote access to
scientific instruments from hundreds of kilometres away can
extend laboratory and classroom
spaces so learning can be fostered
anytime and anywhere."
Khan is researching these types
of hybrid learning spaces with high
schools in Surrey and Langley.
"We want to develop science
classrooms that are both
face-to-face and virtual."
As well, Khan is working with
education faculty and staff to
design a new science education
wing at the UBC Scarfe Building. □
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Building a Strong Foundation
First-year Arts students benefit from small cohorts, cross-discipline teaching, by Lorraine chan
UBC's Foundations program acts like a hothouse incubator,
equipping first-year UBC Arts students with research, writing and
thinking skills they can draw on throughout their undergraduate
years and beyond.
Created in 2000, the interdisciplinary learning model has inspired
programs at Carleton University, Simon Fraser University and the
University of Wollongong in Australia.
Foundations students benefit from small cohorts and cross-
discipline teaching. The program combines the humanities — English
history and philosophy — with social sciences, which include
anthropology, sociology, geography, psychology, classical studies and
political science.
This year's courses focus on timely issues such as the impact of
globalization on culture and scientific versus non-scientific forms of
Spanning two terms, Foundations is worth 24 credits, allowing
students to select six credits of electives from the general arts
curriculum to earn the required 30 credits to complete first year.
The program is open to all first-year Arts students, who number
about 2,000 each year. Foundations enrols annual cohorts of 120
to 200 students.
Foundations Director Ron Fedoruk says the program pushes
students to view the world through multiple lenses and to also make
sense of that complexity.
"One ofthe key ideas is that
students are creators, as well as
consumers, of culture," says
Fedoruk, a theatre professor
who also teaches Foundations
He says the program prods
students to think for themselves
and to own their ideas. "They're
encouraged to defend their
position, they're encouraged to
argue with us."
"It's messy, robust, sometimes
adversarial," says Fedoruk with
a wry grin. "It's not sitting
around listening to jewels drop
from the professor's mouth. But
it makes the students more
engaged with learning"
Faculty feedback shows this
approach works, says Fedoruk.
"We hear from faculty who
teach senior classes that they can
recognize a Foundations student
because they create a welcomed
dynamic in seminar classes."
Fedoruk explains that by third
or fourth year, students are
expected to present material and
to defend an argument with a
"That can be quite intimidating for some undergraduates.
But students coming out of
Foundations are already comfortable with the process."
Students also get used to dissent and strong opinions among
their instructors. Foundations
offers three courses, each taught
by a cross-discipline team of
three professors who collaborate
on the theme, ideas and content.
Foundations also has nine or
more teaching assistants (TAs),
who in Fedoruk's view are
"remarkably well-travelled and
well read," to act as seminar discussion leaders, mentors and
writing tutors.
Students are put through a
rigorous weekly pace of three
two-hour lectures and three
two-hour seminars. While the
lectures address the entire
cohorts of 100 or more
students, the seminars are
limited to 20 where TAs and
students further discuss the
course material.
Fedoruk says the intense
interaction forges a sense of
community among the student
cohorts and their instructors.
"These associations tend to
continue throughout their BA
so they feel connected to the
student body and to the university in a way that students in a
regular program don't get.
That's as important as any other
factor in the future success of
Foundations students." □
UBC education student Sasha Wiley enrolled
in Foundations during 2001. She says the
program's warm, collegial relationships made
her see her professors as mentors.
"Foundations broke down the barriers
between the kids and the instructors. That
approach made me more likely to get to
know my profs in my later years."
UBC sessional instructor Larissa Petrillo
witnessed Wiley's growth in Foundations.
"It's wonderful to work so closely with
students one-on-one. You see their progress
over the entire year in their ideas, writing,
arguments and confidence in speaking at
Petrillo, who holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies, says it's a huge advantage for
students to receive continual feedback from
one source.
"First-year students often don't see benefits
until after the fact, when they're out there
and there's no community, no personal
connection in the same way there is in
Foundations with the person who's marking
their work."
For Wiley, that degree of personal
attention sharpened her academic edge.
"I came out of Foundations writing
excellent papers. It's the only place in
university where professors and TAs worked
with me for an entire year to write a good
paper and to construct a strong argument."
Further, Wiley says the intellectual
curiosity and diversity of views at
Foundations inspired her to become a
"I got such a big picture view from having
professors from different disciplines and
from the different ways they look at the
world," says Wiley. "I want to bring that
breadth and open mindedness to high school
education." □
Foundations' close camaraderie and one-on-one mentoring help first-year students flourish, says alumna Sasha Wiley (1) and UBC sessional instructor Larissa Petrillo.
UBC an Innovator in Cross-Discipline Learning
UBC's Arts One is the grand-
daddy of interdisciplinary programs. Since 1967, it has been
helping first-year students integrate their studies of the
humanities, which consist of
English, philosophy and history.
The program differs from UBC
Arts' other cross-disciplinary
program, Foundations, which
combines humanities with the
social sciences.
Arts One maintains high standards and sets a fast pace.
Students are expected to read
every book on the reading list,
participate in all lectures, semi
nars and tutorials and write a
1,500-word paper every two
weeks. The program is worth 18
credits, allowing students 12
credits of electives.
Enrolling a total of 200 students, Arts One divides them
into two separate groups with
different instructors, timetables
and subject matter. The students
attend weekly lectures as
cohorts of 100. They also attend
weekly seminars in groups of 20
or less. To hone their writing
skills, students meet in groups
of four each week with a teaching assistant to read and critique
each other's papers.
Science One asks students to
jump into scientific inquiry with
both feet. The program integrates first-year studies of the
traditional sciences:   biology,
chemistry, mathematics and
physics. By choosing appropriate electives, students meet the
requirements for entry into all
second-year science programs
and pharmaceutical sciences.
An interdisciplinary faculty
team teaches Science One courses. The program combines small
classes, lectures, tutorials, laboratories and field trips. Students
undertake a major independent
research project.
Worth 27 credits and spanning two terms, the program
stresses conceptual learning,
and creative problem solving.
Students are expected to ask
questions, suggest solutions and
defend their ideas, visions and
Science One provides students
with communications skills and
places the onus on students to
acquire knowledge and to
develop the skills and initiative
to create their own careers and
opportunities. □ UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER  /,  2005  |  5
New Faces at UBC
Left to right: Matilde Bombardini, Neil Cashman, Liane Gabora, Handel Wright, Troy Visser, David Gillen, Colleen Varcoe.
UBC economics professor Matilde
Bombardini shows that she's willing to go the extra distance for
her field even it means watching
257 episodes of an Italian game
show called Affari Tuoi, or "Your
Bombardini focuses on
international trade policy
particularly how industrial sectors
lobby government. However, she
says the television show gave her
a perfect chance to study how
people respond to risk.
" Research on risk aversion has
wide application to both micro
and macroeconomics, says
Bombardini, who recently
completed her PhD in economics
from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology.
" It can measure the cost of
business cycles. It can quantify
the loss for consumers and
workers due to the uncertainty
faced during booms and
recessions," adds Bombardini.
A native of Bologna, Italy
Bombardini says the game show's
premise is simple.
"The hosts give participants
one of 20 boxes. Each contain
cash amounts that vary from one
cent to 500,000 Euros ($749,000
She says players then must
decide whether to keep their own
box, trade it for another box, or
accept the host's offer of a definite
sum of money.
"To mount that kind of
controlled study would be
expensive. But here it all was on
the television show. I can analyze
different samples based on gender
or age groups."
Neurology Prof. Neil Cashman,
a Canadian leader in neurodegenerative diseases, was recruited to
UBC from Toronto this spring to
establish a program of research
into protein misfolding diseases
such as amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS). He will direct the
new Vancouver Coastal Health
ALS Centre, which is focused on
research and treatment of the
ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease that eventually paralyzes limbs and muscles of speech,
swallowing and respiration. There
are about 2,500 Canadians living
with ALS, for which there is no
cure and only limited treatment.
"We'll also be looking for new
drug and immunological therapies
to defeat these devastating
diseases," says Cashman, who is
Canada Research Chair in
Neurodegeneration and Protein
Misfolding Diseases.
Protein misfolding also plays a
role in Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's diseases and it is
implicated in prion (infectious
protein) diseases such as mad cow
disease and similar human illnesses, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease (CJD).
Symptoms of CJD include
anxiety, depression, withdrawal
and behavioural changes. The
disease progresses to include
motor difficulties, involuntary
movements and mental deterioration. Patients may live for only
about one year after onset of
Proteins, the fundamental
component of living cells, are made
up of long chains of amino acids
which loop or fold about each
other in a specific three-
dimensional structure. Misfolded
proteins can cause disease in
surrounding cells.
Cashman's research labs at the
Brain Research Centre at UBC
Hospital and at UBC's Life Sciences
Institute are the first labs west of
Ontario dedicated to
investigating misfolding diseases.
Liane Gabora is introducing courses on the psychology of creativity
and evolutionary psychology at
UBC Okanagan this year. Her
research focuses on the evolution of
culture and its underlying cognitive
mechanisms - it's part theoretical,
part experimental, and part
computer modeling.
Gabora, who has a PhD in
cognitive science, moved north this
summer from the University of
California, Berkeley, to join UBC
Okanagan's new Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences.
"UBC Okanagan combines the
benefits of a large, established
university with the buzz and
fertility of a cozy hideaway think
tank, which amounts to an
unprecedented opportunity for
cutting-edge interdisciplinary
collaboration," Gabora says.
" I am fascinated by the creativity
ofthe human mind, by how adept
we are at taking something and
putting our own spin on it to suit
our own needs," she notes. "Other
species occasionally invent something new, but they do not cumulatively build on each other's inventions. They may have culture, but it
doesn't evolve."
In exploring this, Gabora turns
to several fields, including psychology, biology, anthropology and
"To figure out when, where, and
why we become so creative
requires some digging (literally as
well as metaphorically) from different fields. An interdisciplinary
approach enables you to bring
tools and perspectives from different disciplines to bear on your
question of interest," Gabora says.
"As an example, some — though
not all — ideas developed to
describe the evolution of biological
species also apply to the evolution
of cultural ideas and artifacts."
Gabora places high value on
collaborating with other
researchers, and working with students. "Trading secrets is one thing
that helps academics avoid getting
stuck in a rut. Another is teaching.
Students see things with a fresh
eye; they keep professors on
their toes."
Gabora is also working on a
book titled Thought Tapestries:
Origin and Evolution of the
Creative Mind.
How do youth in Canada and the
United States navigate issues of
race, culture and national identity?
Handel Wright, a new UBC
education professor, says incidents
like the London bombings in July
have made this question and others
about race and cultural identity
even more pressing.
" I believe similar questions
related to multiculturalism and
social cohesion are likely to be
revived both here and in the
United States," says Wright.
Originally from Sierra Leone,
Wright completed his M.A. in
English at the University of
Windsor, an M. Ed. at Queen's
University and a Ph.D in Education
at the Ontario Institute for Studies
in Education, University of
Toronto. For the past 10 years,
Wright taught at the University of
Tennessee where helped to create
North America's first named cultural studies of education program.
As Canada Research Chair,
Wright is establishing the Centre
for Culture, Identity and Education
at UBC. The centre will focus on
cultural studies and multiculturalism, forging international, national
and community links.
Wright's own research looks at
complex new youth identities and
compares multiculturalism in
Canada with that of the U.S.
Focusing on mixed-raced,
multilingual, immigrant, culturally
hybrid, or multiethnic youth,
Wright will compare how high
school students in Vancouver and
Seattle see themselves in relation
to their peers, communities and
After a year and a half teaching
at the University of Melbourne in
Australia, visual perception
researcher Troy Visser has joined
the faculty of UBC Okanagan's
Irving K. Barber School of Arts
and Sciences as assistant professor
of psychology. "My research interests are in perception and our ability to perceive sequences of objects
in the world - if you are driving,
for example, you look at a series of
signs, cars, and pedestrians," he
says. " Looking at something,
though, is not the same as being
aware of what's going on. I'm
interested in what we're aware of
and when." He explains that after
focusing attention on one thing -
say, a car on the road ahead - the
human brain may take half a second before it can shift its attention
to something else, such as a ball
bouncing onto the road. It's a bit
like blinking your eyes, attention-
wise. Visser points out that in a
moving car you travel quite a distance in that half-second interval,
so understanding more about this
"attentional blink" is quite important. The goal, says Visser, is to
take things learned in the lab to
places where attention is very
important. " If I can make the driving environment a little safer, that's
great," he says. Air traffic controllers, too, could benefit from
visual perception research.
Visser, who earned his PhD in
psychology from UBC, looks
forward to teaching at UBC
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a U.S. patent issued this June,
emerges at a time when the
communications industry is
desperately seeking ways to
expand radio frequencies in order
to keep up with tremendous
growth in the demand for
wireless technology.
The FDL antenna's ultra-wide
bandwidth not only provides a
more cost-effective alternative to
current infrastructure - it costs as
little as a dollar each to manufacture - the uniformity of its
frequency response opens the
door to many new applications.
"The most obvious use is
ultra-secure communications for
military operations," says
Yedlin. "The FDL antenna
enables transmission to be
spread over a much wider range
of frequencies, making electronic
jamming virtually impossible."
Other applications being
investigated include landmine
detection, medical imaging -
with the potential to augment
X-rays and CT scans - and
non-destructive environmental
surveying, such as locating pipes
and cable embedded in concrete.
"We're also considering using
the FDL antenna as an
inexpensive alternative to radio
frequency imaging, a technique
that might have huge implications for forestry," says Yedlin.
The new radio frequency imaging technique employs a new
mathematical algorithm,
developed by PhD candidate
Kim Lam, to process the
reflected and transmitted waves
from a target, such as a tree, to
image its interiors. This imaging
requires the utilization of the
ultra-wideband of frequencies
and uniform response provided
by the FDL antenna.
" In a selective logging application, foresters could use the FDL
antenna to image trees in  the
potential harvest area. The
information from the images can
contribute to better planning and
ensuring that only the highest-
quality lumber is harvested,
reducing waste and maximizing
foliage and regeneration." □
Scholarship Provides Unique Opportunity for International Students
Esther Maunze decided very early
on in life that scoring exceptional
grades would be the only way
she'd make something of herself.
Growing up in a SOS
Children's Village in Zimbabwe, a
branch of an international child
welfare organization which provides homes and education for
orphaned or abandoned children
and teenagers, Maunze knew
hard work at school would eventually pay off and provide her
with the opportunity to live and
work overseas.
" In Africa, most people want to
go abroad to study because we
think that's where all the opportunities are," she explains. "As
the first-born in my family, it was
my responsibility to do well. I
have three younger siblings and I
wanted to show them that if you
work hard, anything is possible."
Maunze's determination began
to pay off when she was accepted
at the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner
International College in Ghana, a
school that prepares gifted children from SOS Children's
Villages for advanced education.
And her dream to live overseas
finally materialized three years
ago when she was offered a full
scholarship to pursue her post-
secondary education at UBC.
With a long history of community service, leadership roles and
an outstanding academic record,
Maunze was a strong candidate
for a UBC International Leader
of Tomorrow Award (ILOT).
" I was in my final year at high
school when I heard about the
award," says the fourth-year
political science student. "My
school counselor encouraged me
to apply, and within 48 hours, my
application was in the mail."
The award, first launched in
2001, provides financial support
for a number of gifted international undergraduate students,
who would otherwise be unable
to pursue post-secondary education without substantial financial
"When I first got the e-mail
from UBC congratulating me on
the award, I honestly thought it
was spam," she confesses. "When
I finally realized it was for real, I
was thrilled. I would never have
been able to come to Canada
without a scholarship or some
means of financial aid."
Maunze's award provides her
with $24,000 a year to pay for
tuition fees, board and one
annual trip home, and she
receives help from her guardians
at SOS as well.
Over the past five years, 77
awards have been offered to students from countries as far away
as Kenya, Palestine, Guatemala,
Bangladesh and Bosnia, says
Don Wehrung, director of UBC's
International Student Initiative
(ISI), the team responsible for
promoting the university to
potential applicants overseas.
The award ranges in value
between $14,000 and $34,000
per academic year, and the
amount is reviewed and adjusted
annually to reflect any changes
in a student's financial
"The award was developed to
the school fund the $1.5 million
provided in international student
assistance for this program.
Based on the success of the
ILOT award, ISI has also been
fund-raising over the past year to
initiate a new humanitarian
award that would financially
enable international students
from disadvantaged circumstances to attend UBC, without
having to show a long track of
community involvement.
"We have found that students
from war-torn areas or other
disadvantaged circumstances
don't often have the luxury to
volunteer their time in community efforts or take on leadership
roles," explains Wehrung.
For her part, Maunze believes
awards like the one she received
are essential to ensuring a diverse
community at post-secondary
institutions, and she is a strong
advocate for greater international
student representation on
"We have found that students from war-torn
areas or other disadvantaged circumstances don't
often have the luxury to volunteer their time in
community efforts or take on leadership roles."
enhance the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the student
body, and to promote a greater
understanding of global issues
for faculty, staff and students
alike," explains Wehrung.
"Our Board of Governors has
approved expanding spaces for
international students in undergraduate programs to up to 15
per cent of total enrolment from
a wide diversity of countries by
2015, and we've interpreted that
mandate to seek diversity in
recruitment from all over the
world, not just from countries
with the biggest markets."
Including new registrants for
September 2005, there are currently 3,384 international students enrolled in undergraduate,
visiting student and exchange
programs at UBC, and 1,689
graduate students, representing
more than 12 per cent of the
total enrolment.
As part of the university's
commitment not to use B.C.
provincial government grants to
subsidize the education of international undergraduates, some
6.7 per cent of annual international tuition fees collected by
Over the past two years,
Maunze has served as
International Student
Coordinator with the undergraduate student government. She has
also been an active organizer and
participant in Africa Awareness
Week on campus.
" Our international student
body at UBC is continually growing, so I wanted to help ensure
that all students are represented
on campus and feel like they
belong to the campus community, regardless of where they come
from," she says.
She's also taking her role as an
international leader of tomorrow
seriously, and would like to take
on an internship in development
work next year, and hopefully
return to Zimbabwe one day and
run for political office.
"The first thing I wanted to
ensure was that my siblings
would follow my lead and take
school seriously," she explains.
"Now that they're all doing well,
I'd like to contribute to society in
some way and I think development work or public service are
the best ways to achieve that." □
Esther Maunze, a 4th-year political science student, enjoys UBC's
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Seen here with her son, Gray, UBC professor Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is leading national and international research on empathy training for children between ages three and 14 years.
Prof Examines Baby's Power to Teach Empathy
Babies are adorable, but can
they also effect powerful social
UBC professor Kimberly
Schonert-Reichl says her studies
show that babies can teach
children empathy and help to
stem the cruelty and bullying
that can snake through
classrooms and playgrounds.
Schonert-Reichl is an education and counselling psychology
professor who has devoted 20
years to understanding the
social, emotional and moral
development of children. Since
2000, she has been evaluating
the effectiveness of Roots of
Empathy, an innovative program that invites babies and
parents into elementary schools.
"A lot of social empathy
instruction is contrived. But
when you bring a real live
human being into the classroom,
it's really authentic. Children are
invited to talk about the baby's
feelings and that legitimizes
their own feelings," observes
A mother of two young boys,
Schonert-Reichl says it's
immensely moving to watch
students bond with infants.
Aimed at children between the
ages of three and 14 years, the
program sets up monthly visits
over an entire school year.
"The kids who are the loudest, toughest, or most vulnerable, they're the ones who connect the most with the baby."
Roots of Empathy is delivered
in eight provinces, including
"The kids who are the loudest, toughest, or most vulnerable,
they're the ones who connect the most with the baby."
B.C., by a Toronto-based, nonprofit organization of the same
name. The program is currently
running in 1,100 classrooms in
rural, urban and Aboriginal
communities, reaching a total of
28,500 children. More than
68,000 children across Canada
have participated in the program
since its inception in 2000.
To date, 150 B.C. schools have
taken part in the Roots of
Empathy training. The B.C.
Government was so impressed
with the results, it recently
committed $1.27 million to
expand the program to every
school in the province over the
next four years.
Schonert-Reichl is not affiliated with or paid by the Roots of
Empathy organization, but she
says it's a privilege to test theory
against such " a well-run and
fantastic program." She explains
that trained instructors use the
baby's classroom visits to cue
specific lessons that range from
respecting others to infant
"I couldn't have asked for
better findings," she says
beaming. "In one of our studies,
we found an 88 per cent decrease
in aggression for children who
participated in the Roots of
Empathy program - the aggression can include behaviour such
as violence, anger or gossiping."
Schonert-Reichl stresses the
program's preventative value.
"For children who had not taken
part in the program, their
aggression actually increased by
50 per cent."
She says those findings came
from a study that compared five
Roots of Empathy classrooms
with five control classrooms.
Researchers conducted individual
interviews with each ofthe 132
elementary school children prior
to and after the test period. The
children were asked a series of
questions that tested their social
and emotional understanding. As
well, teachers rated the children
before and after the study on
nine dimensions of aggressive
and positive behaviors.
Roots of Empathy founder
Mary Gordon says the UBC
studies have aided the program's
growth. A former kindergarten
teacher, Gordon first piloted the
program in 1996 at two Toronto
"When we incorporated in
2000, we set out as one of our
goals that we'd be an evidence-
based organization, that
although we know our program
works, we would also have the
data to back it up," says
"Well, Kim's studies completely complement and validate our
goals. Kim has set the gold
standard for research. We don't
run any programs without her
Working with Schonert-Reichl
on the studies are Clyde
Hertzman, a renowned UBC
health care and epidemiology
professor, and an extensive team
of education graduate students.
The project has won funding
from UBC Hampton Research
Grant Fund, the Human Early
Learning Partnership (HELP)
and the B.C. Medical Services
Foundation of the Vancouver
Directed by Hertzman, HELP
is an interdisciplinary network of
faculty, researchers and graduate
students from B.C.'s four major
universities. It links scholars,
government and communities in
creating and applying new
knowledge about early childhood
The Roots of Empathy success
story has triggered international
interest. Japan ran a small Roots
of Empathy pilot in 2003.
Australian schools are currently
running the program and New
Zealand will launch a pilot in
2006. Gordon says UBC will play
a pivotal role throughout the
"To maintain the integrity of
the program and the high standards of research and evaluation,
we're using the baselines Kim has
established. She'll be co-ordinating all the data gathered on
foreign soil," remarks Gordon.
Within Canada, Schonert-
Reichl says the next Roots of
Empathy study will explore long-
term effects of empathy training.
"We want to measure the
impact on children over a three-
year period after they've had
exposure to Roots of Empathy."
As well, Schonert-Reichl says
the research team will start
assessing the program's impact
on academic achievement. "We'd
love to show that it not only
makes you a nicer person, it
makes you do better in school."
Gordon concurs this study
will affirm a true strength of the
"People go nuts when we say
we can decrease bullying. But
what's most encouraging to me is
that when children are kinder
and more empathic, they're freed
up to learn. It changes the entire
tone of the classroom."
Note: Roots of Empathy
founder Mary Gordon has been
invited by the UBC Alumni
Association to speak at Magee
High School in Vancouver on
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Okanagan. His wife, Jeneva Ohan,
is a clinical psychology researcher
and will also join the UBC
Okanagan faculty in January.
" One of the reasons we chose to
come here is because we knew the
quality of research and teaching
that goes on here," says Visser.
"We have the opportunity to get in
on the ground floor in an environment that's student- and research-
focused, dynamic and interdisciplinary - in addition to being in one
of the most beautiful parts of the
world we could imagine."
UBC Sauder School of Business
students intent on understanding
the complex arena of transportation operations and logistics are
finding an excellent resource in
professor David Gillen. An internationally acclaimed expert, Gillen is
the director for Sauder's Centre for
Transportation Studies.
" Given the rising fuel costs and
tighter security measures, clear
policies and practice of
transportation studies and supply
management are more necessary
than ever," says Gillen.
Gillen adds the federal
government must play a stronger
role in defining those polices.   "Itis
imperative that we have a national
transportation policy that is going
to facilitate Canada's access to
world markets."
The federal government also
needs to be much more involved in
urban transportation issues, says
Gillen, pointing to "Canada's
commitment under Kyoto and the
demographics that will shift more
retirees to urban areas."
Gillen has published more than
100 books, technical reports and
journal papers in various areas of
transportation economics and
Canadian and U.S. transportation
He has acted as a consultant for
the governments of Canada, the
United States, Germany, the UK,
Ireland, Thailand and Ghana, as
well as airlines, airports and
private sector companies.
Gillen holds a Ph.D. in
Economics from the University of
Toronto. He held prior teaching
appointments at the University of
Alberta, Queens University
University of California, Berkeley
and Wilfrid Laurier University.
A research-rich environment is
what drew Colleen Varcoe to
UBC's School of Nursing.
A UBC alumna, Varcoe joined
the faculty in April, after working
at the University of Victoria for
eight years.
"UBC's nursing school is a
Canadian leader in research and I
wanted to be part of that," says
Varcoe. "I also wanted the chance
to work with students in the
school's excellent graduate
Her research includes
investigations of aboriginal health,
violence against women, and
health-care economics.
" Coming to UBC has allowed
me to connect with experienced
researchers. It was the research
environment I was looking for,"
says Varcoe.
She has joined a research team,
headed by Nursing Prof. Joan
Bottorff, (leaving to become dean
of the Faculty of Health and Social
Development at UBC Okanagan)
that is looking at tobacco control
among pregnant women and
mothers of the Gitksan First
Nation in northwestern B.C.
She is also involved in two collaborative projects. Working with
researchers in the Faculty of
Medicine and Education, she is
studying rural aboriginal maternal
care. In addition, Varcoe and a
team of investigators from universities across Canada are examining
the effects of violence on women,
including both health effects and
the economic impact of leaving an
abusive partner.
Passionate about promoting
ethical practice, Varcoe has taught
an undergraduate course in nursing ethics. She will teach a
graduate course in health policy
this fall.
To balance her busy professional
life, Varcoe likes to feel the wind
beneath her wings. An avid
paraglider, she and her partner run
a paragliding school from their
recreational property in the Fraser
"The sense of freedom is
amazing - it helps me keep my
perspective." □ UBC  REPORTS  |  SEPTEMBER  /,  2005  |  9
John Hepburn plans to strengthen link between research collaborations with other countries and other international exchanges at UBC.
New VP Research Describes Growing Global Vision
A monster research enterprise
that also advances student learning is how UBC's new vice-president, Research, describes his
vision for the university.
Prof. John Hepburn, a laser
scientist, takes over from acting
vice-president, Research, David
Dolphin on Oct. 1. A UBC faculty member since 2001 and dean
of science since 2003, Hepburn
has a unique perspective on the
university's research activities.
UBC Reports recently talked
with Hepburn to learn more
about his ideas for UBC
Q. What do you mean by monster
research enterprise?
I mean research dominance
across a wide range of disciplines, such that UBC is recognized as one of the leading centres for scholarly work and
applied research. We're already
excellent in many areas of
research - but I think our impact
can be even greater.
Q. What can be done to change a
common perception of conflict
between teaching and research?
It drives me crazy that when people say teaching, they only mean
classroom instruction. Guiding
and training students and post-
docs in a research lab is
advanced teaching, but almost
never gets counted as teaching.
We need to create mechanisms
where students at all levels can
participate in the excitement of
discovery. Whenever students are
part of the process of inquiry,
they are learning - whether it's in
a lab or a classroom.
Q. But isn't there a conflict
between research and teaching
for undergrads?
There doesn't need to be, if we
build on our successes in involving undergrads in research. I'd
like to see even first-year students exposed to the big research
ideas on this campus.
Researchers should be challenged
to explain their work to undergrads so they want to get
involved in research. By the same
token, administrators have to
appreciate that including undergrads in research means substantial investments of time and
money. It needs to be supported
and included in teaching credits
for faculty.
Q. What does UBC Okanagan
need before it can be fully integrated into the university's
research enterprise?
The big challenge is infrastructure. Although very good
research was conducted at UBC
Okanagan when it was a college,
investigators haven't had
research tools that they need,
such as dedicated labs and a
research library. In addition, we
need to build a culture at UBC
Okanagan where research is
rewarded. At both campuses, we
have the challenge of involving
undergrads in research, but with
UBC Okanagan's smaller classes,
it may be easier to accomplish.
Q.How can the work of UBC's
social sciences and humanities
researchers be better understood
and promoted?
As with other areas, infrastructure, such as an excellent library,
is the first thing. But we also
need to make sure a research culture is nurtured among faculty
and students. Research should be
one of our primary tasks and if
everyone's thinking that way, it
generates excellent research. It
cuts both ways, though.
University administrators have to
recognize that good research is
hard work and provide suitable
rewards and motivation.
It's a fact of life that in many
areas of science and engineering,
particularly biomedical science,
research generates big bucks.
That leaves a sense of under-
appreciation among other
researchers, including basic scientists. So a common problem is
finding ways to recognize
research excellence independent
of research funding. It needs to
be valued because of its impact.
Much social science and
humanities research is not grant-
based. Researchers who seek
grants must "sell" their research
idea, which creates a culture of
self-promotion. We need to make
sure our non-funded researchers
don't get ignored in that culture.
Researchers also need to take
responsibility for their own
impact, to believe their own
research is excellent and tell
people about it. We can facilitate that, but they have to do it.
If you do nothing, you're going
to wait a long time for someone
to recognize your brilliance.
Q. What needs to be done to
better recognize the role of graduate students and post-doctoral
fellows in the research enterprise?
So much of the research done at
a university is done by grad students and post-docs. Getting the
world's best to come to UBC is
going to convert us into a monster research enterprise. Support
is critical, but not the only consideration. What motivates students is infrastructure and a performance environment that
enables them to do their best
research. That's key because it's
the basis for future jobs. It's a
virtuous circle - once you get
better grad students and infrastructure, the research quality
improves. Then, even more
excellent grad students are
attracted to the university and
you keep building on success.
Q. Is there priority attached to
building UBC's international
research reputation?
Yes, I think there has to be.
Recognition of excellence in
research has to be international
recognition. Our researchers,
and that includes students, have
to be out there in the world,
doing their research and promoting their research. If you want to
interact with world-class peers
you have to go outside Canada.
The federal government had to
cut back on operating costs for
international research in the
'90s. I think those investments
need to be made again. For a relatively small investment added to
money put forward by foreign
governments, we can get access
to a huge international network
of researchers.
Q. What will help create a monster research enterprise?
Consistent, continuing and
secure funding is needed from
the federal government. The
overall research climate is very
good, but funding has tended to
spike, which makes planning difficult. We need more funding for
operating and indirect costs of
More provincial government
engagement in university
research and graduate studies is
also needed. In Alberta, Ontario
and Quebec, the provincial government funds infrastructure,
centres of excellence, graduate
scholarships and provides other
significant funding. Signs are
good that our provincial government is looking for ways to help
us move forward.
The other component is industrial support of fundamental
research - this support hasn't
advanced in the last five years
and is one of the reasons Canada
lags behind other G-8 countries
in research and development. □ IO       I      UBC      REPORTS      |      SEPTEMBER     /,      2005
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Introducing the Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Imagine sailing across the South
Pacific aboard a cruise ship while
gaining academic credit towards a
Bachelor of Science degree at the
same time.
That's exactly what fourth-year
Global Resource Systems student
Jordan Marr did, and he didn't
have to pull any strings to convince anyone.
Last year, Marr was selected as
one of 12 Canadian participants in
the prestigious Ship for World
Youth (SWY), a unique international cultural exchange program
organized by the government of
Japan. The program brings
together over 200 youths from
around the world to learn about
international cooperation and
understanding, as well as to foster
cultural sensitivity and friendship.
"It does sound like all play, but
the trip allowed me to gather with
people from all over the world and
discuss environmental and sustainability issues in a cross-cultural
setting," Marr explains. "There
were courses offered on board and
round-table discussion groups that
were focused on a variety of
What excited Marr most about
the experience was learning about
and meeting different people from
all over the world. It didn't hurt
that his participation was encouraged by his faculty, and almost
necessary in order to graduate.
As part of the Global Resource
Systems program, students have to
complete an international experience requirement that can take the
form of an academic exchange,
field study or internship.
Offered by the Faculty of Land
and Food Systems (formerly
Agricultural Sciences), the program
combines a field of study such as
international development or
sustainable agriculture within a
specific region of the world, and
combines language skills, cultural
experience and real-life applications of global sustainability.
This five-year-old program and
students like Marr embody the
changing face of the newly named
Murray Isman, the faculty's
Dean pro tern, explains that as
global links between countries,
people, animals and shared natural
environments intensify, the need
for interdisciplinary, collaborative
and systems-based research at
universities has increased as well.
"The change from Agricultural
Sciences to Land and Food
Systems exemplifies the diversity
of our faculty in a world more
concerned about the interconnect-
edness of our land, food, water,
health and environment," he says.
"It also illustrates how the overlap of disciplines actively work to
provide the education, research
and knowledge necessary to ensure
the sustainable production of
healthy food and the responsible
use of natural resources."
The change in title is also part
of a larger international trend to
tackle misperceptions associated
with the word agriculture as being
primarily farming-related.
While the faculty still maintains
its agricultural roots, it was clear
from surveys that the name was
not encompassing enough to
represent its diversity - especially
when it came to potential students.
UBC is the third agricultural
faculty in Canada to achieve a
similar change in image, and follows the lead of numerous schools
in Australia and the United States.
M.Sc. Plant Science student Faride Unda with Exacum samples.
Pedagogical changes now
include an increasing focus on student-centred learning and practical
work experience, and the faculty is
also transforming its role at the
new UBC Okanagan campus with
plans to expand its agroecology
program to the school in the near
"Our faculty's role is to tackle
the fundamental issues of safe,
healthy and sustainable land and
food resources. These are the most
basic building blocks in society
and subjects everyone can relate
to," says Isman.
As one of UBC's three founding
faculties, Land and Food Systems
has had a long record of achievement on campus.
The UBC Faculty of Agriculture,
as it was until it changed to
Agricultural Sciences in 1969, in
the early days engaged in research
and education in plant, animal and
food related topics including
swine, poultry, dairy, and a range
of crops.
And while the faculty still
tackles issues concerning the production of healthy and sustainable
food, the emphasis has shifted to
encouraging students to approach
broader and integrated issues of
sustainable land and food systems
across international lines.
Marr says he was excited by the
interdisciplinary opportunities the
faculty presented.
"The greatest benefit I think is
connecting with people from a
variety of backgrounds and disciplines and learning about various
cultures and places," he explains.
"I do feel fortunate to be in the
program. Living in the city, you
often forget about basic societal
issues such as where food comes
from," he says. "The program has
really given me a sense of that and
has shown me that what affects
one person, will likely affect the
next as well, not just here, but also
across borders."
For more information, please
visit: www.landfood.ubc.ca □
The recent merger of three programs at the School of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture will make way for new joint and
interdisciplinary programs, and research opportunities this fall.
UBC's Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture
programs joined The School of Architecture in July 2005, and
the school will now offer four graduate degrees and one
undergraduate degree.
" Landscape architecture is constantly evolving to create healthy,
evocative places in complex environments," says Cynthia Girling,
Landscape Architecture Program Director.
"Aligning with architecture, our sister professional program,
is long overdue and will provide students and faculty with
numerous new opportunities."
The Landscape Architecture program was previously
administered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
(recently re-named the Faculty of Land and Food Systems).
The expanded School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
will continue to operate as a distinct, focused professional and
research unit within the Faculty of Applied Science. □
Creating the Extraordinary
The UBC People Plan discussion paper is a catalyst for establishing
the best people practices at the university.
Visit www.peopleplan.ca to review the People Plan discussion paper
and share your thoughts by:
• Completing the online survey
• Emailing your comments using the open comment online form.
• Attending a Focus Group session by registering online
For more information about the People Plan, contact the People Plan
Project Team at www.peopleplan.ubc.ca. If you do not have Internet
access, please call 604-822-4197.
Peter Wall Institute
for Advanced Studies
Exploratory Workshop Grant
The Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop
Program awards $15,000 to $25,000 to
interdisciplinary teams of UBC researchers to
create new research initiatives by bringing
outstanding international experts to the
University. Your proposal should be broadly
interdisciplinary and involve basic research.
The application deadline for die Fall 2005
competition is October 1, 2005.
For more information, please visit our website at
www.pmas. nbc. ca or call us at (604) 822-4782.
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Offering the International Baccalaureate
Primary Years and Diploma Programmes.
Centrally located. Access via sky train.
For information, call 604.436.0608 or visit www.stratfordhall.bc.ca
25th Anniversary of Terry Fox's
Marathon of Hope
The Terry Fox Foundation is pleased to be celebrating the
25th Anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope on Sunday,
September 18th. The citizens of BC and the Yukon will join
people from around the world as they walk, bike, run, wheel
and skate in the 25th Annual Terry Fox Run to contribute
to the $360 million that has been raised in Terry's honour
and keep his dream of beating cancer alive.
The Terry Fox Foundation is also launching the inaugural
National School Run that will take place on Friday, September
16th. At 9:00am PST, millions of students across Canada will
simultaneously participate in various fundraising activities and
runs at their respective schools to honour Terry Fox's legacy.
For more information on how to donate or participate in the
25th Annual Terry Fox Run, please contact the Terry Fox
Foundation at 1-888-836-9786, or bcyukon@terryfoxrun.org.
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Did you know?
Since 1998, despite a 19 per cent
increase in students, UBC has:
• Reduced C02 emissions from
buildings and transportation by
seven per cent
• Reduced energy use in core
and ancillary buildings by eight
per cent (for a savings of $5.4
• Decreased water use by 27 per
cent, enough to supply 5,000
homes for a year.
Showcasing Leadership
on Sustainability Street
The hodgepodge of overgrown
planters and aging signposts that
now characterize Stores Road
between Main Mall and West Mall
will soon be a thing of the past as
the collaborating minds of UBC's
sustainability community push
ahead with a plan to transform the
area into a Sustainability Street - a
working demonstration of sustainable design at UBC.
The departments of Land and
Building Services, Campus and
Community Planning, the Campus
Sustainability Office and the Design
Centre for Sustainability gathered
input from the UBC community to
determine how best to transform
this public space and demonstrate
the university's expertise in sustainability. This information, together
with university physical planning
policies, and innovative research projects on campus has become a set
of instructions for the design team. The area will be re-invented, re-landscaped, and re-paved to showcase best management practices for sustainable development such as the collection and re-use of water, alternative
energy, and unique landscape management practices.
Sustainability Street will be one of UBC's signature projects for the
upcoming World Urban Forum in June 2006.
Chancellor House Recognized for Design Excellence
Ramsay Worden Architects has received an Award of Excellence in Urban
Development for Chancellor House as the Best Low-Rise Development
2005 by the Urban Development Institute, Pacific Region. Located in University Town's Chancellor Place Neighbourhood, Chancellor House is a
UBC is recognized internationally as a leader in campus sustainability initiatives.
collection of terraced apartments
and duplex townhomes in a style
that responds to the neighborhood's
existing buildings - both heritage
and modern.
Ramsay Worden Architects has
designed several other buildings in
Chancellor Place, all for Intracorp
Developments. Environmental
responsibility was fundamental to
all decisions, and concepts for
Chancellor House set the direction
for all subsequent projects of
Intracorp in Chancellor Place
Winter Sports Centre
Goes Green
Planning is underway for a new
UBC Winter Sports Centre that will
be a secondary venue for Men's &
Women's Hockey for the Vancouver
2010 Olympics. The existing
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
has served UBC Athletics and the University community for 40 years,
but like any aging elite athlete the facility is in need of repair and
The new centre will be a multi-functional facility with two new ice
surfaces and the rehabilitation of the existing main rink. The $40.8m
facility ($30.8m contributed from the Vancouver Olympic Committee)
will have a new entry plaza from Wesbrook Mall & Thunderbird Blvd as
well as direct access to the athletic fields to the south. It will have
temporary Olympic seating for 7,000 people and permanent seating for
5,500. The project is to be designed to achieve the equivalent of a LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver building rating,
which ensures a high standard of energy efficiency.
Construction will be completed in January 2008.
Award winning and now-occupied Chancellor House.
Construction of the new Thunderbird Olympic Centre will
in 2006.
Why Own When You Can Share?
UBC's TREK Program Centre has introduced a new 12-month pilot
Shared Vehicle Program (SVP). The SVP operates using a web based
booking system that lets UBC staff and faculty who choose not to
commute to work via car, have access to a vehicle during work hours
for business meetings or research trips. Cars, trucks and vans are
rented via a convenient monthly billing service.
For further information visit: http://www.trek.ubc.ca/
University Public Events
The University Town community is invited to meet and greet fellow
members of the campus community and to get updates on such
initiatives as the new University Boulevard Neighbourhood and the
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a building
planned for UBC's Great Northern Way Campus that will showcase
state-of-the-art sustainable building and urban development practices.
Neighbouring community members are welcome too!
Open House: September 14, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., on the plaza at the
Northeast corner of the Student Union Building
Town Hall Meeting: September 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., in the Hebb
Theatre, 2045 East Mall. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Strategic Transportation Plan Approved
UBC's Board of Governors approved the University's 5-year Strategic
Transportation Plan (STP) in July. The plan includes a revised target to
reduce daily Single Occupancy Vehicle trips per person by 30 percent
from 1997 levels, and a new target to maintain daily automobile traffic
at or less than 1997 levels.
For further information visit: www.planning.ubc.ca/corebus/
Welcome Logan Laners!
On September 15th residents of University Town are invited to attend a
Hawthorn Place community BBQ. This annual event will feature food
and entertainment and will welcome the new residents of Logan Lane,
UBC's latest faculty and staff co-development townhouse venture. Visit
the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) website for further
details: www.myuna.ca
University Town  UBC External Affairs Office 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2  T: 604.822.6400  F: 604.822.8102  www.universitytown.ubc.ca


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