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Bright Idea
Sean Kelly photo
Fourth-year Human Kinetics student and residence life adviser Shawna
Pentland puts up lights on the trees outside Fairview Residence to help
make her part of campus shine a little brighter in winter's darkness.
Students, staff and faculty are decorating trees and windows as part of
the Innovation '97 Lights Festival which continues until Jan. 9.
Campus fund boosts
humanities research
UBC researchers in the social sciences
and humanities are finding opportunities to undertake new research projects
or projects outside their recognized fields
of expertise with support from the Hampton Research Fund.
The fund was created by the university
in 1994 to provide financial support to
innovative research in the humanities
and social sciences.
Drawn from an endowment created
with funds received from the Hampton
Place residential development, the Hampton Research Fund has grown from
$300,000 in 1994/95 to its current level
of $900,000 per year.
"The Hampton fund has been positioned to support bright new research
ideas which may be perceived as too risky
by traditional funding sources," says Prof.
Tony Dorcey, chair of the Humanities
and Social Sciences and Hampton Research Fund committee.
Tannis MacBeth, a professor in the
Dept. of Psychology, is one of 24 researchers who received support from the
Hampton Research Fund this year.
MacBeth will interview dozens of sets of
identical and fraternal twins about the family
environment they grew up in and the relationships they have, or have had, with partners. By analysing and comparing interview
transcripts MacBeth hopes to take a step
toward determining the relative roles of environmental factors and inborn characteristics such as temperament in an individual's
ability to engage in and maintain close emotional relationships.
"This will be the first study of adult
twins' attachment relationships using
interview methodology," says MacBeth,
who has undertaken previous questionnaire-based research on attachment relationships as part of the UBC Twin Project
led by Psychiatry professors John Livesley
and Kerry Jang.
Awards from the Hampton Research
Fund are made to research projects in
three categories: humanities, fine arts
and performing arts; social science and
economics; and applied interdisciplinary
research and public policy.
Other examples of projects funded include Fine Arts Asst. Prof. Maureen Ryan's
project "History and Trauma: Violations and
Body Politics in Graphic Works of Theodore
Gericault," and Economics Prof. Samuel Ho's
project "Leaving the Good Earth — The
Transformation of Rural China."
Dorcey says first grants from UBC can
allow researchers to establish a research
program and gain results to prove the
worth of their research to organizations
such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
The committee is also developing what
Dorcey sees as an important role in helping researchers make their funding proposals more attractive to outside funding
sources. Several proposals critiqued initially by the committee later succeeded in
gaining funding from other sources.
The fund awarded more than $743,000
earlier this year. The $ 157,000 remaining
will be used to support applications seeking funding under the SSHRC's Major
Collaborative Research Initiatives program.
Adult twins who are interested in participating in MacBeth's research can contact her at 822-4826.
Survey ranks UBC
tops for reputation
UBC claimed the top spot for best
overall reputation among Canadian medical/doctoral universities, according to
Maclean's magazine's annual ranking of
Canadian universities.
According to the rankings, UBC's reputation for innovation is growing and the
university remains very highly regarded
by Canadians. Under the reputation heading of "most innovative," UBC took a big
step up — from fourth last year to second
this year behind McMaster University.
UBC also scored well in the reputation
category under the heading "leaders of
tomorrow" where it placed second to the
University of Alberta.
The magazine bases its reputation results on a survey of more than 3,400 high
school guidance counselors, academic
administrators and chief executive officers of major corporations across Canada.
Top marks in the medical /doctoral
category for overall ranking — which
measures factors such as class size,
alumni support, operating budget and
faculty awards — went to the University
of Toronto for the third consecutive year,
followed by Queen's, McGill and UBC.
UBC has placed fourth in the category for
six consecutive years.
UBC President Martha Piper is featured in the issue's lead article, which
draws attention to the Think About It
campaign designed to raise awareness of
UBC research and the university in general. The article, titled "Measuring Excellence," highlights Piper's emphasis on
research-based learning and the rethinking of undergraduate education.
The article also draws attention to the
financial challenges faced by Canadian
universities and to the decline in government support of post-secondary education in Canada since 1993.
Among the criteria used to determine
Maclean's overall ranking, UBC placed
first in the percentage of faculty with
PhDs and the number of social sciences
and humanities grants received in addition to reputation. UBC ranked second in
student awards, medical and science
grants, and student services, and third in
international graduate students and total library holdings.
Simon Fraser University was again
ranked first in the comprehensive category which ranks 13 universities offering a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Victoria
remained in third place in that category,
after the University of Guelph.
The survey ranks universities on the
composition and academic achievements
of the student body, library resources,
class size, percentage of tenured professors who teach first-year courses, calibre of faculty and success in securing
research grants.
Australian Studies a
first for Canada
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A Centre for Australian Studies —
the first of its kind in Canada — will be
created at UBC in collaboration with
post-secondary institutions in Australia
and with the support of the private
The centre is one of the university-
supported APEC initiatives that will benefit students, teaching and scholarly
research at UBC. Leaders of the 18 Asia
Pacific Economic Co-operation economies met at UBC's Museum of Anthropology Nov. 25.
As well as creating a series of legacies, the APEC meeting is expected to
strengthen UBC's position as one of
Canada's leading institutions for higher
learning in Asia Pacific affairs and serve
to reinforce the university's links with
Asia and other APEC economies.
The establishment of UBC's Centre
for Australian Studies was announced
Nov. 26 at a plaque unveiling held at
the centre's site in the Institute of Asian
The Centre for Australian Studies is
a key component of an expanded program of Canada-Asia Pacific research
See STUDIES Page 2
Bacteria Bust
Prof. Brett Finlay and team crack the devious infiltration methods of E. coli
Work Ethic 4
What businesses do isn't all that matters, says Assoc. Prof. Wayne Norman
Forget Farming 8
Ag. Sci. Dean Moura Quayle suggests taking a new look at a core faculty
"walls withstanding
earthquakes and wind"
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UBC RESEARCH 2 UBC Reports • November 27, 1997
Parking fees fly
in face of
I'll admit it: I drove in to
UBC today as I am heading off
to Seattle this afternoon.
Paying only $2 per day in the
B-Lot certainly makes it
affordable and convenient.
But perhaps it makes it too
affordable and too convenient.
Living in Kitsilano, I can
easily ride my bike or take a
bus, which I do most days,
reducing the numbers of cars
on the city streets and at UBC.
However, at $3 (a little less if I
remember to buy my tickets),
the round-trip bus fare ex-
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ceeds the cost of parking by 50
per cent! Thus, the new, lower
parking fee flies in the face of
UBC's commitment to reduce
single-occupancy vehicle traffic
to campus by 20 per cent.
Bus service in Vancouver is
by no means perfect. However,
for persons, like myself, living
within one zone of UBC — all
of the western part of the city
and downtown — the service is
more than adequate.
The last thing the university
should be doing is encouraging
us to drive. Therefore, at a
minimum, the cost of parking
should be greater than that of
single-zone round-trip bus fare
and more on the order of the
cost of a two-zone fare.
This would be a good first
step in moving UBC to a more
rational transportation policy
in support of its commitments
laid out in the Official Community Plan and in the broader
goals expressed in its Sustainable Development Policy.
Dale S. Rothman
Sustainable Development
Research Institute
Continued from Page 1
initiatives at UBC's Institute of
Asian Research, and builds on
the already strong and vibrant
network of academic relationships between UBC and Australian academic institutions.
Australia and Canada share
many similarities, and intensive
research into common issues
could inform public policy choices
in both countries. For example,
the two nations share similar legal systems, immigration patterns, aboriginal issues, federal
political systems and a reliance
on primary resources. Both also
face the economic and political
challenges of globalization.
The UBC centre will be established in collaboration with a
number of Australian post-secondary institutions. Among
those expressing interest are the
Australian National University,
the universities of Melbourne,
New South Wales, Sydney and
Queensland, Bond University
and Monash University.
UBC also welcomes the participation of other Australian
post-secondary institutions with
which it has existing agreements
for the exchange of faculty and
staff, including Edith Cowan
University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Adelaide and Western
Australia University.
Monash University will be involved in the first initiative of
the Centre for Australian Studies — a conference to be held at
UBC in the fall of 1998 that will
be jointly sponsored by UBC's
Institute of Asian Research,
headed by Prof. Terry McGee,
and the Monash Asia Institute,
headed by Prof. John Mackay.
The conference will examine how
Canada and Australia approach
their economic, social and political relations with Asia.
The centre is also receiving
support and encouragement
from the private sector. In Australia, North Limited, a resource
management company which is
now owner of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, has indicated a
keen interest to be involved.
Environmental and sustainable development issues, including natural resources policy and
management, are expected to
be among the initial focuses of
the centre.
Other research collaborations
may build on existing UBC scholarship — occurring in the faculties of Law, Arts, Education and
Commerce and Business Administration — involving the
comparative study of Canada's
and Australia's literature, federal systems, energy policies,
legal histories, urban experiences and multiculturalism policies and practices.
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Campaign makes
final push
With most United Way campus events set to wrap up by
Dec. 15, the 1997 UBC campaign is into the final stretch.
"We're more than two-thirds of
the way to our goal of $310,000,"
says campaign chair Peter Nault
of Plant Operations. "If you've set
aside your pledge card, now is the
time to fill it out."
Those who get their pledge card
in before Dec. 10 have a chance to
win a trip for two to anywhere
to goal
Canadian Airlines flies.
Traditional fund-raising events
such as the Plant Operations Bake
Sale, which raised $2,000, have
helped bring the goal closer.
Proceeds from a holiday season gift-wrapping service at the
UBC Bookstore will also go to
United Way. The service, staffed
by volunteers, will operate from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov.
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in the rain to review her notes among fallen leaves in fror
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Economics study reaps
million-dollar funding
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
The distribution of material well-being
in Canada and Canadians' attitudes towards inequality and related public policies, are among the subjects of a UBC-led
interdisciplinary research project that
recently won a $1.25 million grant from
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Bernie Bressler, vice-president, Research, called the SSHRC award "a significant achievement for UBC."
The award reflects the high calibre of
our applied and policy-oriented social
science research," Bressler said.
The UBC team, led by Economics Prof.
Jonathan Kesselman, competed against
22 proposals for funding under SSHRC's
Major Collaborative Research Initiatives
(MCRI) Program. Normally only one such
award is made annually.
The five-year study, titled "Equality,
Security, and Community: Explaining and
Improving the Distribution of Weil-Being
in Canada," involves 12 UBC researchers
from the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as
the faculties of Law and Commerce and
Business Administration.
They are joined by seven researchers
from Simon Fraser, Queen's, and
Dalhousie universities, the University of
Montreal, and Statistics Canada.
Kesselman, who is also director of
UBC's Centre for Research on Economic
and Social Policy, says the researchers
will examine how economic, political and
social factors, as well as people's attitudes, have affected the inequality and
insecurity experienced by Canadians.
"The distribution of well-being in
Canada is the result of shifting socioeconomic forces and public policy," he
says. "We hope that by understanding
the way these elements have interacted
in the past, we can improve economic
equality and security in the future."
As part of the research, Canadians will
be polled on such topics as incomes, job
security, taxation, connectedness to community organizations, attitudes towards
the efficacy of governments, and involvement in political groups.
One of the keys to landing funding from
SSHRC was UBC's financial commitment
to the study well before the application to
SSHRC was made, says Kesselman.
"SSHRC's MCRI program looks for significant institutional support, although
they don't specify a particular amount,"
he says. "We were able to leverage university funds to obtain larger amounts of
external funding. This is important news
for UBC faculty members wondering how
to finance larger projects in these days of
constrained research funding."
Of the total project budget of $1.75
million over five years, $500,000 comes
from sources other than SSHRC, including the university's Hampton Research
Fund, the Faculty of Arts, the office of the
vice-president, Research, and the Dept. of
Economics, as well as government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Student fellowship
lasting APEC legacy
UBC has announced the creation of an
APEC Graduate Fellowship established
with $250,000 from the President's Fund,
an endowment which supports various
campus initiatives.
The new fellowship, which will provide
$15,000 each year for a graduate student, commemorates the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Economic Leaders'
Meeting. The leaders met at UBC's Museum of Anthropology Nov. 25.
The APEC Graduate Fellowship is one
of a number of university-supported APEC
initiatives that will benefit students, teaching and scholarly research at UBC.
"It is fellowships such as this that help
to maintain UBC's ability to attract the
most academically capable students from
around the world," said Daniel Birch,
vice-president, Academic and Provost.
University graduate fellowships are
among the most prestigious awards offered at UBC. They are open to any graduate student with superior academic qualifications and are unrestricted by program
or area of study.
Linkages may also be made between
the fellowship and St. John's College
UBC or Green College, both of which
provide a broad international focus across
many academic disciplines.
About one-quarter of UBC's graduate
students are here on international visas,
drawn from dozens of countries around
the world, including all of the APEC
Breakthrough could
lead to E. coli vaccine
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
A new understanding of how E. coli
bacteria bond to host cells may lead to the
creation of a vaccine against strains of
the bacteria that cause potentially fatal
diarrhea in children, as well as hamburger disease, salmonella and dysentery.
A research team in UBC's Biotechnology Laboratory, led by Prof. Brett Finlay,
has discovered that enteropathogenic
Eschericia coli (E. coli), which causes a
million infant deaths worldwide a year,
inserts a chemical advance party into a
host's intestinal cells to prepare a hospitable landing site for the bacteria.
Researchers previously believed that
the receptor, a protein which allows the
E. coli bacteria to adhere to a host's
intestinal cell walls, existed within the
host cells.
"All our biochemical data said it was a
host membrane protein," says Finlay.
"We thought the bacteria come in, stick to
the cell, and then send signals that get
the cell warmed up so it can bind properly. But the bacteria are far more devious than that."
Finlay found that rather than making
use of a host protein, the bacteria fire a
soluble bacterial protein into the host cell
membrane. The protein is then modified
in the host cell membrane to form a
perfect landing site for intimin, a bacterial surface molecule that binds with the
host cell surface.
'That's completely unprecedented. We
know of no other pathogen that inserts its
own receptor."
Finlay calls the process, in which a
soluble bacterial protein is inserted into a
host cell membrane, "biochemically completely absurd."
Ironically, the bacteria's self-sufficiency
may prove its downfall. Having identified
the bacterial protein, Finlay says it may
take only one or two years to develop
vaccines that will prevent the transmis
sion of the bacterial protein to the host
cell. This would prevent E. coli from binding to the host cell, forcing it to be passed
from the system.
Vaccines could be used to prevent the
infection of cows with the bacteria, and
thus prevent the transmission of the bacteria to beef consumers. Or. vaccines
could be used to inoculate humans against
the bacteria.
"What's become apparent is the machinery that E. coli uses to shovel these
proteins out is very similar to the machinery used by many other pathogens
such as salmonella, shigella, which causes
dysentery, and yersinia, which causes
bubonic plague and major food poisoning
in Vancouver."
Finlay calls the discovery "typical science." On a hunch, Brendan Kenny, who
was doing post-doctoral work in the Biotechnology Laboratory, tracked a bacterial protein which appeared to be inserted into host cells.
"The scepticism in the lab was huge at
first," says Finlay. "The concept has never
been explored before. Luck, skill, perseverance — it has all the elements of a
typical science story.
"Yet this is probably one of the biggest
things we've ever found in the whole field
because it will now make people consider
that pathogenic organisms, bacteria,
parasites, maybe even viruses, can basically encode their own receptor. Then
they can put their receptor in a host cell
and capitalize on it."
Earlier this year, Finlay received
$275,000 US from the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute to further research into
the genesis of bacterial infections — innovative work combining genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology. He is a member of the Canadian
Bacterial Diseases Network (CBDN) of
the Networks of Centres of Excellence.
Finlay looks at molecules which aid
and abet the passage of disease-causing
bacteria in the human body. His focus
has been on salmonella and E. coli.
Pigskin T-Birds triumph
in Vanier Cup victory
For the first time in a decade, the
UBC Thunderbirds have brought home
the holy grail of Canadian university
football, the Vanier Cup. The T-Birds
defeated the Ottawa Gee Gees 39-23 in
the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics
Union (CIAU) championship game in
Toronto Nov. 22.
Running back Mark Nohra returned
to the field with a vengeance after being
sidelined during the Western and Atlantic championship games with a knee
injury to help quarterback Shawn Olson
lead the 'Birds to the title for the first
time since 1986 and bring home the
university's third Vanier Cup.
Nohra was unstoppable, carrying the
ball 29 times for 166 yards and scoring
touchdowns from one and 19 yards. His
efforts earned him the game's Bruce
Coulter Award for outstanding player.
The victory caps a stellar season for
the Thunderbirds and comes just one
week after they defeated the MountAllison
Mounties In the Atlantic Bowl in Halifax
and two weeks after the team crushed
Calgary at UBC to win the Canada West
championship title, the Hardy Cup.
UBC finished regular season play 5-
1 -2 with the only losses coming against
last year's Vanier Cup winners, the
Saskatchewan Huskies.
UBC won the Vanier Cup in 1982
and 1986. In 1987, the team made it to
the Vanier Cup game but was defeated
by McGill.
Nohra's performance this season drew
national attention and earned him the
Hec Crighton Trophy for Outstanding
Player of the Year. The top rusher in the
Canada West conference, he set three
school records Oct 25 in Calgary including the most carries in a single game (48),
mostyards rushing (351), and mostyards
total offence (413). His 48 carries also
established a new conference record. He
was injured in the final season game
against Manitoba Oct. 31.
Olson has shown further proof of his
talent this year. In 1996, the second-
year pivot had a remarkable debut coming off the bench mid-way through the
season. He has continued to perform
throughout the 1997 season, showing
in Atlantic and Western finals that he
could lead the team's offensive efforts
without the workhorse Nohra.
Offensive tackle Bob Beveridge received
a CIAU nomination for outstanding
lineman. Coach Casey Smith, who was
named Canada West Coach of the Year,
was nominated for CIAU Coach of the Year.
Nohra, Beveridge and offensive lineman
Jim Cooper were named All-Canadians.
Smith also joins nine of his T-Bird
players on the CIAU all-star team. All-
star team members from the T-Birds
include Smith, Beveridge, Cooper,
Nohra. wide receiver Brad Coutts, tackle
Travis Fehler. linebackers Dan Elliott
and Stewart Scherck, halfback Strachan
Hartley and cornerback Curtis Galick. 4 UBC Reports • November 27, 1997
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Location:    The Coast Plaza at Stanley Park
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Telephone: (604) 822-2626; Fax: (604) 822-4835
E-mail: elaine@cehs.ubc.ca
Brochure available December 1997.
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5)
prize winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 1998.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more
years of teaching at UBC. The three years include 1997-98.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at
all levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate
supervision, and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni
may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be in writing and signed
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may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office
of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan B-130.
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Jan. 26,1998. Submit nominations
to the Department, School or Program Office in which the
nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
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Sean Kelly photo
Ethics is as much a cultural issue as an individual one, says Assoc. Prof. Wayne Norman,
the first holder of the Chair in Business Ethics in the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration. He tries to teach his students to understand what's needed to build an
ethically sensitive culture for employees.
Business ethics not a cut
and dried issue, says chair
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
When an employee of a local
firm was caught on video stealing a pickup truck full of goods
from his company's depot, he
was fired immediately. But the
union grieved on his behalf, and
reluctantly, the company gave
him his job back.
Assoc. Prof. Wayne Norman,
the first holder of the Centre for
Applied Ethics' Chair in Business Ethics in the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration, has been confronting
his MBA students with real-life
scenarios such as this one, which
was discovered by one of Norman's colleagues.
He says many students see
this problem as an example of
what's wrong with unions, but
Norman challenges them to look
beyond the basic dilemma.
In this example, it turns out
that just before the meeting to
hear the grievance, the union
presented the company with a
long list of "thefts" by managers.
These thefts ranged from the
president having improvements
done to his property by employ
ees on company time to managers padding expense accounts.
The union pleaded that theft was
tolerated in the company.
The employees' theft was
obviously inexcusable, but I
think the union had a point,"
says Norman. "The managers no
doubt felt entitled to a freebie
now and then. But the result
was an organization that had
abdicated moral authority."
Norman says he wants his
students to learn that business
ethics is not just about exhorting people to do the right thing,
or giving them theories to help
resolve nasty ethical dilemmas.
"It is most importantly about
understanding how to foster an
ethically sensitive organizational
With those lessons in mind,
Norman says he plans to write a
"radically different business ethics textbook" — one focusing
less on formulas, and more on
the conditions that give rise to
ethical problems in the
There is a tremendous amount
of interest in business ethics
and questions of moral authority in business, according to Prof.
Michael McDonald, director of
the Centre for Applied Ethics.
"More and more, business
leaders realize that long-term
success requires building a
sound ethical culture within
the organization and in relation to the company's
stakeholders in the community," says McDonald.
Acting Dean of Commerce and
Business Administration Derek
Atkins says no introduction to
business would be complete
without a significant section of
ethics material. He expects Norman's professional expertise and
research credentials to enhance
the faculty's ethics teaching.
Norman's appointments to the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, and the
Chair in Business Ethics, follow
several years teaching philosophy at the University of Ottawa.
His research interests include
the ethics of foreign investment
as well as ethical problems in
large organizations.
The Chair in Business Ethics
was endowed by W. Maurice
Young, the former chief executive
officer of Finning Tractor and
Whistler Mountain Ski Company.
Shootout unfit end for
would-be soccer champs
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
Sports quiz. In what sport
can a team out-shoot an opponent 20-0 and still lose?
The answer is soccer, and members of the UBC Thunderbirds
men's team are still shaking their
heads after a penalty kick loss to
the McGill Redmen in the finals of
the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) soccer championship tournament in Halifax earlier this month.
"It's no way to decide a championship," says coach Mike Mosher.
"We were confident going into the
shootout, but McGill came away
with it — that's the cruelty of the
penalty kick system."
The previously undefeated and
top-ranked T-Birds lived up to their
reputation in the championship
game, out-shooting the Redmen
20-0 during 90 minutes of regulation time. But they failed to finish
several golden opportunities to put
the ball past red-hot McGill goalkeeper Jason Forsythe, who was
named the tournament's most valuable player.
The game was still scoreless
after 30 minutes of overtime,
and the teams headed into a
sudden death penalty kick
shootout. The Redmen came out
ahead 5-4 to take the gold medal.
Despite the defeat, Mosher is
proud of his team.
"Before the tournament, we
talked about doing the little
things that separate a champion
from a runner-up, and we did all
those things," he says. "We can
hold our heads high."
The Birds began the tournament with a 1-0 win over number
two-ranked Western Ontario on a
goal byTroy Wood, whowas named
Thunderbirds' player of the game.
Wood was the goalscorer again as
the team reached the championship game by defeating Dalhousie
1-0. Chris Franks set up the goal
against Dalhousie and was named
to the CIAU's first all-star team.
Brother Mike Franks was named a
second team all-star after recording his second shutout of the tournament.
UBC was favoured to win the
tournament after capping off an
undefeated season by beating
the University of Alberta 2-0 in
the Canada West finals. Calendar
UBC Reports • November 27, 1997 5
Sunday, Nov. 30
Christmas At The Shop In
The Garden
Fresh Festive Wreaths, Baskets
And Tree Ornaments Made By
The Friends Of The Garden. Give
a gift that keeps on growing,
choose a live tree or plant this
year. Botanical Garden while
quantities last. Call 822-4529.
Indian Editorial Cartoons. 60
years of Indian editorial cartoons
by three generations of India's
first cartoonists. Asian Centre
Aud. from 12-5pm. Continues to
Dec. 12. Call 822-0810.
Christmas Bakeshop '97
Place Your Orders. Orders can
be picked up or shop in person.
Free delivery on campus for $75
order or more. Pacific Spirit Place
from ll:30-2pm. Continues to
Dec. 16. Call 822-6828.
World And Aboriginal AIDS
Awareness Day
Readings, Video Screening,
Names Quilts Viewing. Various
speakers. MOA Great Hall from
2-5pm. Admission by donation.
Refreshments. Call 822-5087.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Memorial Reading For Poet
Charles Lillard. Colleagues and
Friends. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Monday, Dec. 1
Astronomy Seminar
Andrew Jaffe, CFPA, Berkley.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-2267.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Cantor And Borges: The Frightful Dynasties Of Infinity. Enrique
Lemus, Commerce. Green College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Faculty Women's Club
Christmas Boutique And Luncheon. Cecil Green Park House from
10am-2pm. Call 222-1134.
Animal Science Seminar
Effects Of Unilateral Ovariectomy
On Follicular Dynamics, Plasma
Gonadotropin, Progesterone,
IGF-I Concentrations, Ovulation
And Pregnancy Rates In Cattle.
Mahesh Mohan. MacMillan 160
at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Oceanography Seminar
The Role Of Iron In Fish Deaths
Due To Harmful Algal Blooms.
Charles Trick, Plant Sciences, U
of Western Ontario. BioSciences
1465 at 3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Centre For Applied Ethics
The Missing Voice In Genetic
Risk: Adolescent Experiences.
Jessica Eas ton. Interdisciplinary
Studies. Angus 415 from 4-6pm.
Call 822-5139.
Statistics Seminar
The Use Of Robust Methods In
Geostatistics. Lola Ugarte; Ana
Fernandez Militino, Statistics,
Publica de Navarra U. CSCI 301
from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments,
bring your mug. Call 822-0570.
Art Exhibition Opening
Recalling The Past: A Selection
Of Early Chinese Art From the
Victor Shaw Collection. MOA
Lobby from 7-9pm. Call 822-
Wednesday, Dec. 3
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Current Concepts In Posterior
Tibial Tendon Ruptures. Dr. J.
Chris Coetzee, Prince George Regional Hosp. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Dickens Christmas Lunch At
Cecil Green Park
Full Buffet And Plum PuddingToo!
Two seatings. 11:30am:  1:30pm.
Continues to Dec 5. $20.95. Call
! for reservations 822-2018.
Meet The Author Of Unhealthy
Societies: The Afflictions Of Inequality. Richard G. Wilkinson,
Trafford Centre for Medical Re-
j search, U of Sussex. Mather 253
at 1:30pm. Call 822-6014.
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Truffles, Fire And A Tropical
Mycophagist: Ecology Of The
Northern Bettong In Fire-Prone
West Sclerophyll Forest. Karl
Vernes, James Cook U. Family
and Nutritional Sciences 60 at
4:30pm. Refreshments Hut B-8 at
4:10pm. Call 822-3957.
Thursday, Dec. 4
Continuing Education
Basic Trade And Business Management Of Intellectual Property.
Various speakers. Koerner Library
216 from 9am-5pm. Continues to
Dec 5. $460 includes course material, lunch, certificate. Call 822-
UBC Faculty Pension Plan
Informational Session
Basic Principles Of Investing. Rob
Heinkel, vice-chair, Faculty Pension Plan Board of Trustees.
Buchanan A-104 from 12:30-
2:30pm. Call 822-0685.
Policy Issues In Post-
Secondary Education In B.C.
The Demand And Supply Of Post-
Secondary Education And Training In British Columbia. Robert
Allen, Economics. Green College
at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Friday, Dec. 5
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
A Qualitative Study Of Cervical
Cancer In Acculturated Chinese
Women In Vancouver. Dr. Greg
Hislop, Cancer Control Research
Program, BC Cancer Agency.
Mather 253 from 9-10am. Paid
parking avail, in Lot B. Call 822-
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
The Implications Of Foetal
Echocardiography. Various speakers. GF Strong Aud. at 9am. Call
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Lowering Wood Dust Exposures
In Small Businesses: An Intervention Study. Lisa Brosseau, U of
Minnesota. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
UBC Koemer G-279 (ground floor)
from 12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-
Saturday, Dec. 6
Vancouver Institute Lecture
And Concert
On Performing Beethoven. Prof.
Robert Silverman, Music. Chan
Centre at 8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Monday, Dec. 8
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Why The Worm Turned Green: The
Use Of Transgenic Nematodes As
Biomonitors For Environmental
Pollution. Helen David, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
First Nations Discussion
The Amazing Sameness Of The
Other, Or, How ListeningTo Haida
Oral Literature Turns Society Inside Out. Robert Bringhurst. Green
College at 4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Economic Analysis In Orthopaedics. Dr. K. Stothers, Orthopaedics.
Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Cal 875-4192.
Food Services Christmas
Old Fashioned Christmas Lunch.
Pacific Spirit Place Cafeteria from
llam-2pm. $5.95 includes GST.
Call for reservations 822-3461.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting Of The Senate.
UBC's Academic Parliament.
Curtis 102 at 8pm. Call 822-2127.
Thursday, Dec. 11
Board of Governors Meeting
Open Session Begins At 8am. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-
come, first-served basis on application to the Board Secretary at
least 24 hrs before each meeting.
OAB Board and Senate room. Call
Food Services Christmas
Old Fashioned Christmas Lunch.
Pacific Spirit Place Cafeteria from
llam-2pm. $5.95 includes GST.
Call for reservations 822-3461.
Governing Modern Societies
Divide And Rule: The Modern State
System As A Regime Of Population
Management. Barry Hindess, Australian National U. Green College
at 5pm. Reception Graham House
from 4:15-5pm. Call 822-1878.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Jeanne Lamon, Director. Chan
Centre at 8pm. $25-$35. Tickets
available through Ticketmaster or
at the door. Call 280-3311.
Friday, Dec. 12
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Creating Change At BC Women's :
First Births Quality Improvement
Project. Dr. Michael Klein, Head,
Family Practice, BC Children's and
Women's Health Centre; Stefan
Grzybowski, Director Research,
Family Practice. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Glucose: The Food For Thought.
Dr. Robert Forsyth, Neurology, BC
Children's Health Centre. GF Strong
Aud. at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Saturday, Dec. 13
The St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Chan Centre at 8pm. $18-$28.
Tickets available through
Ticketmaster or at the door. Call
Museum of Anthropology
Current Exhibits. Written In The
Earth. An exhibit exploring the
roots of Coast Salish Art. Continues to Dec. 31. From Under The
Delta: Wet-Site Archaeology In The
Lower Fraser Region Of BC. Continues to April 1/98. 6393 N.W.
Marine Drive. Hours of operation
are: Wed.-Sun. 1 lam-5pm: Tues.,
1 lam-9pm (free 5-9pm). Call 822-
Art Exhibition
Roy Arden: A Selection Of Works
From 1991-97. Arden's subject is
the landscape of the economy, as
it appears through the everyday
surface of his local surroundings.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun
12-5pm. Continues to Dec 21;
Jan 2-25. UBC students, staff,
faculty free with valid ID. Call
Children's Art Program
The UBC Dept. of Curriculum
Studies, Art Education,  invites
children 7-10 to participate in a
unique visual art program at the
UBC Child Study Centre Mondays 5-6:15pm. Feb 2-Mar 30/
98. Call 822-5321.
Art Exhibition
Recalling The Past: A Selection
Of Early Chinese Art From the
Victor Shaw Collection. MOA. Dec
2 - Aug 31: Wed-Sun. 11am-
5pm: Tues llam-9pm (free 5-
9pm). Call 822-5087.
UBC Food Services
Christmas Hours of
I Nov 28-Dec 13. Barn Coffee Shop
: from 7:30am-4pm; Yum Yum's
Dec 1-5 from 7:45am-3pm, Dec
8-12 from 7:45am-2pm, Dec 12-
31 closed; Pacific Spirit Place
Cafeteria from 7:30am-2pm;
Trekkers Restaurant from 11am-
2pm; The Express at Trekkers
Dec 1-4 from 7:30am-7pm, Dec
5-19 from 7:30am-4:30pm. For
a complete list call 822-3663 or
visit www.foodserv.ubc.ca.
Green College invites applications from members of the UBC
community to hold an interdisciplinary thematic lecture series
during the 1998-99 academic year. The series can be on any
interdisciplinary theme, and should consist of eight lectures spread
over the period September 1998 to March 1999. It is expected that
the organizers Will edit and publish an anthology based on the
series. The College will support travel expenses of invited lecturers, and publication of an anthology with a university press based
on the series. Wherever possible, applicants should seek co-
sponsorship of the series with other relevant bodies.
Applications must include the following:
1. Title of the series and a list of proposed speakers and topics.
2. A budget that estimates the total cost of least expensive
excursion airfares for all invited speakers. (Speakers will be
accommodated at Green College. No honoraria will be
3. Actual or potential co-sponsors.
Only one lecture series will be funded. Questions about this
program should be directed to Carolyn Andersson, Event Coordinator. Email: cmtander@interchange.ubc.ca.
Please send completed applications by no later than January
31, 1998 to:
The Academic Committee, Green College,
6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available
on the UBC Reports Web page at http://www.ubc.ca under
*News.' Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the
Calendar's Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the December 11 issue of UBC Reports**
which covers the period December 14 to January 10—
is noon, December 2. 6 UBC Reports • November 27, 1997
News Digest
The university detachment of the RCMP and campus security
have seized a number of stolen parking permits from students as
part of an ongoing investigation into permit thefts.
Campus motorists are reminded that parking permits are nontransferable and should be purchased only from the campus office
of Parking and Transportation, Campus Security.
Anyone found in possession of a stolen parking permit will be
subject to a criminal investigation, police warn.
Violators will also have their vehicles impounded by campus
security and will be assessed outstanding lines and payments for
parking privileges.
The debut of Continuing Studies' new Certificate in Internet
Marketing program attracted more than twice as many applicants
as there were spaces this fall. Continuing Studies will offer a second
session in the spring.
"This program has hit a nerve with marketers who see the
innovative possibilities for marketing communications and electronic commerce the Internet provides," says William Koty, Manager
of Internet Programs for Continuing Studies.
Developed with co-operation from UBC Executive Programs and
industry leaders and tailored to working individuals, the program
curriculum includes Web instruction, lectures, computer workshops, and individual and team projects.
The registration deadline for the next six-month program is Jan.
A public information session will be held Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. in the
Roundhouse Community Centre. Register to attend by calling (604)
822-1431. Those unable to attend the information session can
receive a free handbook by calling the same number.
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Subject: 'The Creative and Responsible Use of
Choose your own focus, e.g. Literature,
Art, Capitalism, Philosophy, the Environment, Interpersonal Relations, Economics, History etc.
Eligibility: Open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate
and graduate UBC students.
Deadline: Friday, 29 May, 1998
Prize Awarded: Friday, 25 September, 1998
Prize: $1000
Application forms may be picked up Monday to Friday, 10am
to 4pm at St. Mark's College, 5935 lona Drive, at the extreme
northeast corner of the campus.
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The classified advertising rate is $ 16.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the December 11, 1997 issue of UBC Reports is noon, December 2.
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC. V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 222-4104.
accom. in Pt. Grey area. Minutes to
UBC. On main bus routes. Close to
shops and restaurants. Incl TV, tea
and coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available. Call
222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $52,
plus $14/day for meals Sun.-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BROWN'S BY UBC B&B Rooms for
rent short or long term in a
comfortable house very close to
UBC. Prefer graduate, mature
students. Call 222-8073.
BAMBURY    LANE    Bed    and
breakfast. View of beautiful BC
mountains, Burrard Inlet and city.
Clean, comfortable. Use of living
rm, dining rm, and kitchen.
Minutes to UBC, shops and city.
Daily, weekly and winter rates.
Call or fax (604) 224-6914.
one BR guest suites with
equipped kitchen, balcony, TV
and telephone. Centrally
located on Student Union
Boulevard, near SUB, Aquatic
Centre and transit. Ideal for UBC
lecturers or campus visitors. 1997
rates- $81 -$110/night. Call (604)
6th. Heritage house, antiques,wood
floors, original stained glass. Ten
minutes to UBC and downtown.
Two blocks from restaurants, buses.
Scrumptious full breakfasts,
Entertaining cats. Views. Phones in
rooms. Call (604)739-9002. E-
to UBC along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighborhood. Near
buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only, please^Call 341-4975.
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
centrally located view home. I_g.
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routes. $50-70sgl; $80dbl. Callorfax
JASMINE'S Peaceful location for
this private, comfortable double
with ensuite bath and separate
entrance, 10 min. from UBC.
Nightly and weekly rates. Short
walk to buses, cafes, shopping,
cinema, and forest trails. Call 224-
DELUXE 2 BR apt. on campus
avail. Jan 1/98. Pool, exercise
centre, u/g parking. $1500/mo.
util. not incl. Call (604) 947-0396.
LARGE 2 BR 2 bath top floor
corner! Brand new prestigious
(Wyndham Hall) bldg. 6 appl,
gas f/p, 2 parking spc, 2
balconies, SW exposure. Min 1 yr
lease. Ref required. Avail Dec 1 /
97. Call Chris Hopkins 943-3478.
suite, Nelson/Burrard. "Elektra" -
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10,000 s.f. facilities. Bright, view,
spacious, spotless. Close to
Robson. Avail, immed. Former
tenants incl Phantom performers.
$1000 + util. Call 228-8368.
FURNISHED HOUSE 2 BR (2000 s.f.)
on park. 15 min from UBC. Avail
mid-Jan to mid Aug. $2000/mo +
util. Call 734-7337.
furnished beachside 1 BR
bungalow with 1 BR self-
contained guest suite in garden.
Avail May 9-July 18/98. Only
$4500 for 10-week period. For
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alarm, vacuum, w/d, close to
transit. Suit one n/s person. $750/
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WHISTLER4BRhome. New, bright,
spacious. Beautiful kitchen, w/d,
no pets, n/s. Quiet area in
Bayshores. For rent on weekends
or weekly rates. Call 538-2933.
VISITING DOCTOR on leave back
to Europe offers pkg of everything
you need to survive in
Vancouver; simple furniture, bed,
kitchenware, TV, car (Hyundai).
Ideal for new visitor to UBC. Avail
Jan 1 /98. Take over apt. at most
beautiful location, downtown
terrific view of English Bay. $ 1000/
mo. Call 681-1408.
Selinda's famous but discrete,
tasteful hospitality and attractive
rates make this your first choice
for short or long stays in the Point
Grey/UBC area. Call or fax 222-
looking to optimize their RRSP,
Faculty pension and retirement
options call Don Proteau, RFP or
Doug Hodgins, RFP of the HLP
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PRESCHOOL available for 3 and
4 year olds, Mornings or
afternoons. UBC Child Care
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Stephen Forgacs photo
Behind the clean, practical lines of campus buildings such as the Buchanan Building
pictured here rests a major international architectural movement, which in the 1940s and
'50s aimed to put human needs first.
Campus' modernist jewels
on display in VAG show
The construction of the
Wesbrook Building in 1947 was
an important milestone in UBC's
architectural history. It was the
first of many modernist buildings constructed on campus
during the city's modernist era.
Among the buildings now considered gems of the era are War
Memorial Gymnasium (1949),
Buchanan Building (1956), the
Lasserre Fine Arts and Architecture Building (1958) and the
Koerner Graduate Student Centre (1959).
"UBC has one of the finest
collections of modernist architecture of the 1940s and '50s,"
says Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe,
a UBC Fine Arts professor and
author of The New Spirit: Modern
Architecture in Vancouver, 1938-
1963. The book deals extensively
with Vancouver's modernist architecture in text, drawings and
photographs. One section, "Modernizing the University of British
Columbia," deals with buildings
constructed at UBC during the
period and the thinking that led
to their construction.
Windsor-Liscombe's book was
published to serve as a cata- •
logue in support of an exhibition
of the same name at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition
continues to Jan. 18.
In buildings viewed by some
as stark and without character,
Windsor-Liscombe points to details such as the angling of the
stairways in Buchanan Building
and the Anglo-Dutch appearance
of the rear of the Wesbrook Building as features that add depth
and character while helping define some of the forces that made
the architecture of the period
The ideals that guided and
inspired the modernist architects
who flocked to Vancouver during the '30s, '40s and '50s
stemmed from the development
of new technologies, materials
and processes coupled with a
social consciousness. This combination led to the design and
construction of buildings meant
to serve people.
Fred Lasserre, founding director of UBC's School of Architecture, urged that neo-Gothic
design be set aside in favour of
the practical.
Charles J. Thompson, was architect to UBC in the '40s when
the university was in dire need of
new buildings due to the enrolment of war veterans. He needed
to decide between "imitation
Gothic or frankly and honestly
modem," wrote Lasserre. "You
may be able to justify a sentimental compromise with true Gothic
as in the library, but it is impossible to justify a compromise with
Modern. Modern means honestly
expressing the needs of today,
through the frank and economical use of structure and materials in contemporary language."
"The idea was to
provide facilities
that would allow
people to grow..."
— Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe
This sense of practicality and
service provided architectural
"The idea was to provide facilities that would allow people
to grow as people, to be educated
— to provide good spaces for
people to use," says Windsor-
He cites architect Bruno Taut
who said: "Where utility has been
fully solved, there is beauty."
Indeed, the disciplined look of
UBC's new buildings earned recognition, such as a Massey Silver Medal awarded for the War
Memorial Gym and a Gold Medal
for the Koerner Graduate Student Centre.
The book also highlights residential and institutional structures close to campus including
St. Anselm's Anglican Church
on University Boulevard, University Hill Secondary School at
the south end of Acadia Road,
and the University Endowment
Lands home of the former UBC
chancellor, the late Hon. Nathan
The New Spirit also deals extensively with many of the city's
historical buildings, including
libraries, churches, banks, hospitals, office buildings and private homes.
By 1963, says Windsor-
Liscombe, modernism was moving into a new phase, leaving
behind the "heroic" modernism
of the post-war era for a return to
a "monumental" and self-conscious interpretation of architecture such as the Simon Fraser
University campus.
"At the heart of the problem
with modernism was the extent
to which you could adopt the
industrial to human ends," says
Windsor-Liscombe was recently recognized for The New
Spirit with the 1997 City of Vancouver Book Award. The award
is given to the author of the book
that best contributes to the appreciation and understanding of
The book is available at the
UBC Bookstore and other Vancouver bookstores.
For information on the exhibition, call the Vancouver Art
Gallery at 662-4719 for recorded
information or 662-4700 during
office hours.
by staff writers
Former UBC President David Strangway has
become the only non-Korean to win the First Order
of Civil Merit from the government of South Korea.
The order is awarded to individuals who have contributed to Korea's international standing and its people's
Strangway was recognized for his contributions to the
advancement of Korean studies in Canada, particularly
for his leadership in establishing the Centre for Korean
Research in the Institute of Asian Research.
The award ceremony took place in Seoul earlier this
Jim McEwen. a UBC adjunct professor of electrical
engineering, has won the $100,000 Manning
Award for the invention of a microprocessor-controlled
surgical tourniquet.
McEwen, a biomedical engineer, designed the Automatic
Tourniquet System after witnessing complications resulting
from tourniquet use while he was director of biomedical
engineering at Vancouver Hospital. The microprocessor-
controlled tourniquet makes it possible to apply the lowest
pressure possible needed to keep an area bloodless. McEwen
estimates that versions of his device are being used daily in
16,000 surgical procedures around the world.
McEwen is president of Western Clinical Engineering Ltd.
He received his doctorate from UBC in 1975.
The Manning Awards were set up in Alberta in 1982 with
money raised from private donations to honour Canadian
innovation. The awards were named for former Alberta
premier Ernest Manning.
UBC neurologist Dr. Juhn Wada has received the
Distinguished Research Recognition Award from the
Japan Epilepsy Research Foundation in Tokyo.
Wada, a professor emeritus in the Dept. of Psychiatry,
was honoured for his outstanding research achievements
which include a diagnostic test, now known as the Wada
test, to help brain surgeons assess speech and memory
function. He also developed a new surgical treatment for
epilepsy patients and identified genetic links in both epilepsy and human language development.
Wada is the first recipient of the award which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Japanese Foundation.
Approximately 50 Japanese medical scientists have
trained with Wada at UBC. Many have gone on to become
leaders in the fields of epilepsy, neurology and neurosurgery
in Japan.
Wada is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and its
equivalent in Japan, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold
and Silver Star.
Book buyer pens journal to
aid fellow cancer patients
by Hilary Thomson
Stoff writer
As senior general book buyer
for the UBC Bookstore, Jennifer
Pike knows you can't tell a book
by its cover.
Unless you wrote it yourself.
Pike has just published her first
book, A Safe Place—A Journal for
Women with Breast Cancer.
Part journal, part workbook,
part coping hints, the book was
a cathartic experience for Pike.
Diagnosed with breast cancer
in 1993, she spent six months
undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In her book. Pike talks
about living with cancer as being
"in a bizarre twilight, a kind of
underworld of which you were
probably not conscious before."
She started writing her own
journal to bring order to what she
describes as emotional chaos.
"My journal was my safe
place," she says.
Her publisher, Raincoast
Books, aware of Pike's experience as a cancer survivor and
previous work as a freelance journalist, approached her in 1995
to write the book. Pike interviewed 14 women in various
stages of the disease and used
quotations from some of them in
the book. She also spoke to researchers, psychiatrists, cancer
specialists, nurses and other
health care professionals.
"It was difficult to revisit those
emotions — I felt I was done with
it," she says.
She credits both the women
she interviewed and the medical
profession, especially medical
social workers and nurses, for
support in writing the book,
which she completed in just four
Pike hopes A Safe Place will
help breast cancer patients and
their families in communities
where resources such as support groups may not be available.
Emphasizing that it's not intended as a substitute for professional therapy. Pike says the
book can serve as do-it-yourself
life support, emotional first aid
or a companion. It offers some
medical information, hints on
coping with treatment and questions designed to help women
start writing in the journal about
their own experiences and feelings.
The final two chapters contain a suggested reading list and
a description of other resources
such as cancer information services, volunteer visitor programs,
videos and Internet sources.
B.C. has the third highest
incidence of breast cancer in
Canada. It is estimated that
2,500 women will be diagnosed
this year and 540 will die.
A Safe Place- A Journal for
Women with Breast Cancer is
available at the UBC Bookstore
and other bookstores. 8 UBC Reports • November 27,1997
Agricultural Sciences?
Think again, says dean
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Agricultural Sciences. What does that
mean to you?
Chances are, says the faculty's new
dean, Moura Quayle, the impression that
many people have of the faculty poorly
reflects the range of expertise  and  activity
within its variety of pro-
grams   and   departments.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, one
of UBC's founding faculties, is in the early
stages of a process that
will bring about a transformation, including an
emphasis on interdisciplinary research and
education, stronger relationships with the
community outside the
university and even a
new name for the faculty.
"While many of us in the faculty have
roots and research interests in the areas
of agriculture and food production, we
need to set what we do in a much broader
context. We have to become, in a sense, a
marketer of the importance of food and
agriculture as it exists in the context of
being a resource system," Quayle says.
"We have to be able to say to students:
'Are you interested in being part of a
faculty that is engaged in critical problem
solving for the planet's future?'"
Changes, says Quayle, are necessary
to reposition the faculty to better meet
the needs and interests of students, to
allow the faculty to address global issues
related to sustainable land and food systems in an interdisciplinary context.
"I've spent many hours during the past
months speaking with our faculty members, students, representatives of industry and government, and others. It is very
clear that we need to transform the faculty in order to take advantage of the
knowledge base we have," Quayle says.
The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
includes the departments of Agricultural
Economics, Animal Science, Food Science, Plant Science, and Soil Science as
well as the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences and the Landscape Architecture Program.
Quayle, former director of the faculty's
Landscape Architecture Program, has
involved faculty members and administrative staff in a process of rethinking the
structure and role of the faculty. Staff,
students and faculty members formed 14
interdisciplinary groups, or circles, to
examine issues and areas such as the
Botanical Garden, graduate programs,
continuing education outreach, and land
This process has led to the creation of
four new larger circles: sustainable resource systems; family, community and
place; food and nutrition systems; and the
faculty core.
Faculty, staff and
student members of
each of these new circles will deal with a
number of challenges,
including trying to determine which undergraduate and graduate
programs should be
maintained, created or
Other challenges include finding ways to
integrate different models of education delivery
and suggesting new
names for a transformed faculty.
"In one sense we're ahead of the game
in that we have an interdisciplinary faculty. What we need to do is to make sure
we use that foundation to deliver programs that are relevant to today's students, that use our collective expertise to
address global issues, and that provide
our graduates with knowledge and thinking skills that will make them invaluable
as employees and decision makers."
Quayle says that students should emerge
from the faculty as potential employees who
can think on their feet and can view resource
issues in a broader context.
"We need to remember that we're
partnering with university colleges who
can deliver some of the more technical
and production-related people that those
industries need. We have to find an appropriate niche and really build on it."
A "transformed" faculty, she says, will
be more global and interdisciplinary in its
outlook; combine research, teaching and
outreach as components of the learning
process at all levels; emphasize problem-
solving and provide an environment for
intellectual debate; and build connections
within the university and with external
workplaces, industry, and the national
and international research community.
'This is a difficult juncture," says
Quayle. "But I think that in the past we've
balked at it because it hasn't been clear
where we want to go. The process we're
now engaged in will give us more shape
and the ability to determine what we
should be doing, and how we should be
doing it."
Simon Pulfrey photo
Working to help ensure children such as these were saved from starvation
in a country racked by civil strife was all in a day's work for second-year
medical student Simon Pulfrey. But nothing, he says, could have prepared
him for the horrific things he saw.
Student spends spare
time fighting famine
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Spending three months fending off
starvation in a war-ravaged African country isn't anyone's idea of a summer holiday.
Yet second-year medical student
Simon Pulfrey didn't hesitate to spend
his summer organizing feeding centres
in the former Zaire in central Africa.
From May to August he worked as a
nutritional expert for Medecins Sans
Frontiers (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, a private international humanitarian organization providing emergency
medical aid.
MSF doesn't usually hire medical students. However, a master's degree in
nutrition, the ability to speak French
and previous experience with other aid
agencies working in Nepal and Tibet
made Pulfrey a good fit for the job.
"I like the challenge of raw situations
where there's an elemental need," says
Pulfrey. "It both intimidates and motivates me."
The day he arrived in Goma in the
northeast part of Zaire, rebel forces overthrew the government. So after only six
days in Africa, Pulfrey was evacuated
back to Canada. He returned to Zaire 10
days later when the situation was less
During a seven-month rebel campaign,
thousands of villagers fled their homes
for the jungle to escape the fighting.
Farmers whose crops had been looted
New Science Chairs support marine,
minerals and bio-chemistry research
Three professors in the Faculty of Science have been appointed to new chairs
in minerals and the environment, biological chemistry, and the ocean environment.
Earth and Ocean Sciences Prof. Paul
J. Harrison has been appointed to the
Chair in the Ocean Environment and its
Living Resources. Harrison is a biological
oceanographer specializing in the ocean's
primary productivity and its regulation
by various environmental factors. He is a
fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and
past recipient of a UBC Killam Research
Research undertaken by the chair will
lead to a better understanding of the
factors governing ocean productivity and
to an increased understanding of marine
ecosystems and their biological, social
and  economic importance.   Harrison's
appointment to the chair will allow the
department to appoint a junior faculty
member in the area of ocean environment
and its living resources.
The chair was created with the support of an anonymous donor and supplemented by donations from the David and
Lucile Packard Foundation, the Dept. of
Fisheries and Oceans, contributions from
faculty, staff and friends of the Dept. of
Earth and Ocean Sciences and a matching donation from the Province of British
Earth and Ocean Sciences Prof. Les
Smith has been appointed to the Cominco
Chair in Minerals and the Environment.
Smith is recognized internationally for
his research in hydrogeology. He has
received numerous awards for his work
including an NSERC EWR Steacie Fellowship for outstanding contributions in
geological science and a UBC Killam Research Prize. Smith's appointment will
also allow the department to recruit a
junior faculty member in the area of
minerals and environment.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Prof.
Stephen Withers has received a five-year
appointment to the Gobind Khorana Chair
in Biological Chemistry.
Wither's research focuses on the area
of enzyme mechanisms, and particularly
enzymes which break down
polysaccharides — sugar polymers such
as cellulose or starch. Part of his research, including work on the degradation of cellulose, has been in association
with the Protein Engineering Network,
one of the Networks of Centres of Excellence. Wither is a recent recipient of the
Chemical Institute of Canada's Hoffman-
Laroche Award.
were afraid to return to their fields because of bombing and gunfire, Pulfrey
"It was chaotic," he says. "There were
pockets of displaced ethnic groups living
in dense jungle with no road connections. People were cut off from food and
starving, especially the children."
Although rebel forces had seized the
capital of Kinshasa, fighting continued
as the army secured its hold on the
Pulfrey worked with an MSF doctor
and about 100 local staff including
nurses, nutritionists, radio operators and
security guards to get food to villagers.
Travelling in convoy through combat
zones, the team covered an area about
half the size of Vancouver Island. They
set up tents, kitchens, beds, latrines and
food security to create temporary feeding
Pulfrey surveyed villagers, collecting
data on the rates and causes of local
malnutrition and death. He evaluated
the information and reported it to UNICEF
and the World Food Program, triggering
shipments of food from Europe, which
MSF workers trucked to the feeding stations.
Most of the recipients were children
six months to five years old. They were
prioritized according to a ratio of height
to weight. Those who could be helped
were given high energy meals eight times
a day.
"In three days they'd be dead or getting better," Pulfrey says.
Besides malnutrition the children suffered from HIV, measles, malaria, tuberculosis and meningitis.
Pulfrey says he was shocked at how
he learned to distance himself from the
"Nothing could have prepared me emotionally for the horrific things I saw. I had
never witnessed that degree of conflict,
that hatred before."
But being part of a group trying to
make a difference helped him through
the experience.
"When eyes that had been dull started
to sparkle a bit — that was wonderful."
Setting up the centres under hostile
conditions gave him a sense of accomplishment, he says.
"I tapped into resources I don't normally use."
Pulfrey also feels privileged to have
witnessed such an intense appreciation
of life.
"I really gained respect for how people
can suffer so much and still have a drive
to continue living."
While he may work abroad again
Pulfrey plans to go into family medicine
after graduation:


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