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 THE  UNIVERSITY OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
UBCREPORTS
Deans
named
for Arts,
Grad
Studies
The faculties of Arts and Graduate
Studies have appointed new deans for
concurrent six-year terms.
Effective July 1, English Prof. Shirley
Neuman, from the University of Alberta,
and UBC Prof. Frieda Granot are the
deans of Arts and Graduate Studies respectively.
"I know that in Dr. Neuman and Dr.
Granot we have outstanding advocates
for the faculties of Arts and Graduate
Studies and for the university. I am certain they will maintain the tradition of
strong leadership and will work with others to advance both disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning," said Dan Birch,
vice-president, Academic and Provost.
Neuman, who chaired the English
Dept. at the University of Alberta, successfully undertook several new initiatives including the introduction of full
funding for PhD students, the creation of
team-taught interdisciplinary modular
graduate courses and the expansion of
undergraduate
studies. She
was also responsible for
developing, implementing and
chairing the
university's
Women's Studies Program.
In addition,
Neuman served
on many of the
University of
Alberta's senior
administrative committees including the
Research Policy Committee, the President's Advisory Committee of Chairs, the
Academic Planning Committee, the General Faculties Council and Senate.
She is a past president of the Association of Canadian College and University
Teachers of English and ofthe Canadian
Association of Chairs of English. She also
served as vice-president of the Aid to
Scholarly Publications Program and as
an executive member of the Canadian
Federation for the Humanities.
Neuman currently is the president of
the Academy of Humanities and Social
Sciences ofthe Royal Society of Canada.
The founding editor of Canadian literary presses NeWest and Longspoon,
Neuman's research interests include autobiography, Canadian literature and
women's writing. She is presently beginning work on a biography of Canadian
poet and novelist bpNichol.
Granot joined UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration in
See DEANS Page 4
Frieda Granot
Sailing For Gold
Second-year medicine student Paul Hannam (left) steers his 470 sailboat through choppy waters while crew
member Bill Storey, a 1995 graduate from the School of Human Kinetics, enjoys the view from a trapeze. The duo
recently won a berth on the Canadian Olympic team heading to Atlanta. Swimmer Sarah Evanetz (third-year Arts)
will compete in Atlanta in the 100-metre butterfly and 1996 human kinetics graduate, runner Jeff Schiebler, will
compete in the 3,000-metre event. Sprinter Harry Warren was UBC's first Olympian in 1928.
St. John's University alumni
welcome new college at UBC
Construction has begun on St. John's
College at UBC, fulfilling a life-long dream
for graduates of St. John's University,
which was closed in Shanghai 44 years
ago.
Graduates led by the St. John's University Alumni Association, Hong Kong,
along with chapters in Taipei, Singapore,
Strangway to
receive Order
of Canada
UBC President David Strangway has
been named to the
Order of Canada.
Strangway was
one of 24 people appointed officers of
the order, the second of its three
ranks. As well, 45
people were named
members and three
people were named
companions of the
order, the highest
rank.
The honours will be presented by Governor-General Romeo LeBlanc in an investiture ceremony later this year at his
official residence, Rideau Hall.
Strangway completes his second term
See ORDER Page 2
David Strangway
Vancouver and throughout North
America, have collaborated with UBC to
find a home for the college on the Point
Grey campus.
Building on the success of UBC's first
graduate college, Green College, St. John's
will be a $16-million residential college
for master's and PhD students, senior
scholars and distinguished visitors.
A focus on internationalism is the
unifying theme of the new college, which
will sponsor or offer workshops, think
tanks, seminars and small conferences
focusing on international issues. The college will also complement UBC's new Liu
Centre for International Studies.
The goal is to attract outstanding international students to create a true international community that will enhance
understanding and result in a strong
commitment to international co-operation.
'This international focus should help
St. John's College capture the imagination ofthe university. It will build a group
of alumni with the outlook and background needed to promote future international co-operation and linkages." said
UBC President David Strangway.
When the first phase opens in September, 1997 with 33 students, it will, like its
namesake, draw students from China,
other parts of Asia, the West and around
the world.
Two more phases are planned to house
a total of 178 students by Sept. 1999, the
120th anniversary of the founding of the
original St. John's University.
Established by American missionar-
See ST. JOHN'S Page 4
Inside
Good Company
Five UBC faculty members are elected to the Royal Society of Canada
Heart Hope 5
A UBC spin-off company is working to prevent heart attack deaths
Explosive Lessons 11
An emergency drill brings teams together to practise for the real thing
Alien Invaders 12
Judy Myers seeks ways to tackle problem plants and insects in B.C. 2 UBC Reports - July 11, 1996
Letters
BA good, but
skills better
Editor:
I read with deep amusement
Prof. Robert Allen's The
Economic Benefits of Post-
Secondary Training and
Education." (UBC Reports
supplement, May 2).
In spite of Allen's ivory
tower statistics, those of us
with university degrees who
are living in the real world
have arrived at very different
conclusions than he has,
based on real life experience.
University liberal arts graduates rarely find employment in
their fields, usually find
themselves under employed
and under paid, and are
usually rejected for many
positions because they are
considered over-educated and
less flexible than non-graduates. (I base my findings upon
the countless hundreds of
graduates with whom I've
spoken over the last few years).
Conversely, a very significant number of students who
have attended university either
pursue a professional diploma
LETTERS POLICY
UBC Reports welcomes letters to the editor on topics relevant to the
university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
before publication date. Submit letters in person or by mail to the UBC
Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C.,
V6T 1Z1, by fax to 822-2684 or by e-mail to paula.martin@ubc.ca.
after graduation, or drop out of
university to pursue a professional program, because they
discover that the benefit of a
university education is badly
overrated, and next to useless
in an ever-shrinking job
market. The reality is that the
job market is becoming more
and more super-specialized
and technological. And if Prof.
Allen is not convinced of this,
he should try beating the
pavement in search of a job in
today's working world without
specialized high-tech skills.
Most employers may view a
degree as an added plus when
they hire new people, but they
are going to look at one's
practical experience and skills
first. The bottom line for them
is always going to be productivity and dollar signs.
In short, a degree is nice to
have, but it is like a sugar-
coated candy that is becoming
too impractical and cost-
prohibitive to pursue in today's
high-tech economy.
Brian McGregor-Foxcroft, BA
Vancouver
GSS Executive
raises concerns
Editor:
On June 3, the GSS Executive
suspended with pay Dale Reid,
manager of the graduate
lounge (Koerner's), and hired a
forensic auditing firm (estimated cost: $5-7,000) to
investigate certain questions in
relation to its operations.
While responsibility for staff
relationships normally rests
with the Lounge Committee, on
this occasion the Executive
assumed emergency powers.
They then called an extraordinary meeting of the GSS
Council for June 6, 1996.
Entering the meeting with
absolutely no background
material, councillors were told
that the meeting was to be in
camera, that they were not
allowed to have copies of any
materials relevant to the issue,
and that they were prohibited
from divulging to outsiders any
information proffered at the
meeting. Faced with the
prospect of Executive resignation, councillors were asked to
retroactively ratify Executive
actions. After two hours of
discussion, the motion was
passed.
As a councillor, I have a
number of concerns with these
actions. First, whether action
by Executive decree was
necessary given that the GSS
Lounge Committee has authority over staff, including the
manager. Second, whether the
request for an audit should
have been made at a regular
meeting, upon recommendation of the Lounge Committee.
Third, whether the refusal to
provide councillors with copies
of any materials pertinent to
the Executive's actions was
appropriate in circumstances
where informed debate and
decision-making are desirable.
Fourth, whether the restriction
on disclosure by councillors
was compatible with their
representative function.
The last action extended to the
staff at Koerner's who were
told verbally and in writing by
Executive members on June 3
that if they communicated in
any way with Dale Reid they
could be subject to dismissal.
In light of this, all of the staff
signed a petition urging
council to insist upon the
resignation of those members
of the Executive who initiated
the investigation of Reid if no
significant wrongdoing on his
part is revealed.
It seems strangely coincidental
that this costly investigation
comes at a time when the
Executive has come under
criticism for the running deficit
and mounting debt ($120,000)
that has not been addressed.
Whether or not anything is
revealed, the Executive will
have at least diverted attention
away from their own poor
performance with respect to
overall budgeting, GSS management of Koerner's and use
of GSS resources. Meanwhile
the increasing alienation of the
graduate student body from
the GSS goes unabated.
David G. Murphy, Graduate
Student Society Councillor-
Political Science
Halide light
shines superior
Editor:
This is in support of a letter
by Ian Fisher [UBC Reports,
Feb. 22). He argues that
sodium lighting is vastly
inferior to halide. We (the
Department of Anthropology
and Sociology) have been
trying for years to get adequate
lighting around our building
and particularly along the
bush-lined path between us
and the Museum of Anthropology. In one of the discussions
by the departmental safety
committee of the various
options, the question of the
relative safety of sodium
against incandescent was
raised but not answered.
Since, in addition to lower
illumination, sodium distorts
colour, we decided that one is
less likely to see someone
hiding in the bushes than if
lighting is incandescent or
halide. We have been unable to
find any research that would
refute this expectation. The
problems in our area are
exacerbated by a historic
aesthetic principle that specified lighting at waist height
rather than having an elevated
source. Incandescent lighting
at waist height is worse, i.e..
less safe, than elevated sodium
lights; but neither of these is
acceptable against the alternative of elevated incandescent or
halide.
Braxton M. Alfred
Associate Professor
Anthropology and Sociology
Order
Continued from Page 1
as president one year from now.
He has held the position since
1985.
As well, Education Prof.
Emeritus Gordon Smith was
named a member ofthe Order of
Canada.
Smith is known for his support and encouragement of
young talent as a founder and
patron of the Artists for Kids
Trust.
John Lang Nichol, a supporter
of UBC's Movement Disorder
Clinic, was named a Companion
of the Order.
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begin 1996 team building
Prof. Ray Hall, from the Dept.
of Theatre and Film, and
Margaret Sayer of University
Computing Services, have been
named co-chairs ofthe 1996 UBC
United Way Campaign.
Both have been active in previous campaigns and are currently planning, organizing and
building the team of volunteers
for the campaign kick-off on Sept.
26.
Volunteers are needed at the
department, service unit and
faculty levels. A calendar of campus events will be published in
UBC Reports leading up to the
start of the campaign.
To join the fun and be a United
Way volunteer please contact Ray
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UBC Reports is published twice monthly (monthly in
December, June, July and August) for the entire university
community by the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. It is
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Managing Editor: Paula Martin (paula.martin@ubc.ca)
Editor/Production: Janet Ansell (janet.ansell@ubc.ca)
Contributors: Connie Bagshaw (connie.bagshaw@ubc.ca),
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports • July 11, 1996 3
Stephen Forgacs photo
A team of UBC engineering students beat a field of American and Canadian
competitors to win the SAE Aerodesign competition held in April in Los
Angeles. The team members include: (l-r) Terence Fan, Elaine Oum, Chris
Elyva, Kevin Wilder, Matt Rektor and (not pictured) Mike Baker, Geoff
Cattrall and Kristen Durham.
Engineering team soars
to victory in U.S. skies
by Stephen Forgacs
Kevin Wilder
Staff writer
A radio-controlled aircraft built by a
team of eight UBC engineering students
soared to victory over a field of American
and Canadian competitors in an aircraft
• design and heavy lift competition in Los
Angeles recently.
The Society of Advanced Mobility Land
Sea Air Space (SAE) Aerodesign Competition requires that competitors attempt to
design, build and fly a model aircraft
capable of lifting the
maximum  possible    ^^^^^^^^^^
payload given certain
design constraints.
UBC's team won
awards for best design
and best overall, beating 30 competitors
from the western region as well as the top
team from the East.
This is the fifth year
a UBC team has taken
part in the nine-year-
old competition, and
the third time it has
won.
Team leader Kevin
Wilder,  who  gradu-
ated in May from Mechanical Engineering, is a veteran team
member and team pilot. He credits hours
of hard work and team effort for the
victory.
"We use a practical design philosophy
as opposed to an academic one. We tried
to identify good common sense areas to
focus on, whereas other teams try a lot of
whiz-bang fancy stuff," Wilder said. "We
tried to get as much performance out of
every part as we could."
The team did score some competition
firsts though, particularly with the design of a constant speed propeller system
similar in principle to that used in the
Dash 8 aircraft. Although the team did
not use the constant speed propeller in
competition—-they couldn't get the bearings required—they scored top marks for
their technical report and design. Other
design features included low rolling resistance wheels, a larger wing and lightweight components.
The competition is divided into two
categories: design and flight. The design
portion comprises a written report on the
rationale ofthe project, engineering draw-
"We tried to identify
good common sense
areas to focus on,
whereas other teams try
a lot of whiz-bang fancy
stuff. We tried to get as
much performance out
of every part as we
could."
ings ofthe aircraft and an oral presenta
tion. The flight portion is concerned with
the amount of payload lifted by the plane
and the accuracy of the performance
prediction.
UBC's plane lifted 12 kilograms, almost half a kilogram more than predicted. One other compelitor lifted slightly
more, while the plane that lifted the most
weight took off with 13 kilograms.
"We could have lifted  more,"  said
Wilder,  adding that smoother runway
conditions at the competition than at the
Pitt Meadows airport where the test flights
were   carried   out
      meant   the   team
never needed to push
the airplane to get it
off the ground with
the predicted pay-
load. Flying with con-
siderably more
weight than the predicted amount would
have cost the team
points.
Prior to the competition, the team
flew between 20 and
40 test flights using
a prototype plane.
The     competition
      plane was tested only
twice before the competition.
'The prototype flew so well we knew
the competition plane would fly without
problems." Wilder said.
The team was very well prepared for
the competition following the test flights
and after putting between 40 and 70
hours a week into the design and construction of the plane between September 1995 and the competition.
"We were very well organized this year, "
said team member Chris Elyea, a graduate student in Metals and Materials Engineering. "Kevin's four years of experience at the competition helped us, as did
having an incredibly dedicated team."
Team members other than Wilder and
Elyea include: Mike Baker, Geoff Cattrall,
Kristen Durham, Terence Fan, Elaine
Oum and Matt Rektor, all engineering
students.
Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof.
Sheldon Green served as supervisor.
Mechanical Engineering Instructor Dean
Leonard worked closely with the team
and has been involved with UBC's efforts
since it first entered a team in the competition.
Royal Society
honours faculty
achievements
Five UBC faculty members have been
elected to the Royal Society of Canada.
Professors Ira Nadel, Julian Davies,
Nicholas Pippenger, Anthony Sinclair and
F.J.R. (Max) Taylor are among 60 new
fellows who will be formally inducted into
the society at a ceremony in Ottawa in
November.
The mandate of the Royal Society of
Canada is to promote and develop learning and research in the arts and sciences.
This is achieved through the work of its
three academies: the Academie de lettres
et des sciences humaines, the Academy
of Humanities and Social Sciences, and
the Academy of Science.
Prof. Ira Nadel, Dept. of
English, is the sole UBC faculty member to be elected to
the Academy of Humanities
and Social Sciences this year.
He has written extensively on
19th-century authors such
as Pater, Trollope, Dickens,
Thackeray, George Eliot.
Wilkie Collins, and Queen
Victoria. His Biography: Fiction Fact and Form has been
praised as one of the best
modern examinations of biography as a literary genre and for the
new level to which it raises discussion of
biography. His Joyce and the Jews has
been well received for it historical and
cultural breadth, its convincing argument, and its objective scholarship. He
has just completed a major biography of
Leonard Cohen and is beginning a biography of the American poet Louis
Zukofsky.
Prof. Julian Davies, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, and three other
UBC professors were elected to the Academy of Science. Davies, a prominent
microbiologist, has worked in both
academia and industry. During his long
career in science his research has focused on studies of antibiotics, and antibiotic resistance. Recently his work has
focused on analyses of microbial diversity. He is a fellow of the Royal Society,
and winner of the Hoechst-Roussel and
Thom awards, two leading prizes in infectious diseases and industrial microbiology, respectively.
Julian Davies
Prof. Nicholas Pippenger, Dept. of
Computer Science, is a world leader in
theoretical computer science and is a
notable expert on switching networks. He
has also made fundamental contributions to Boolean circuit complexity and
the theory of parallel computation. He is
noted both for technical prowess and
mathematical erudition in his use of tools
from mathematical analysis, algebra,
combinatorics, probability theory, coding theory, and information theory.
Prof. Anthony Sinclair, Dept. of Zoology, is widely acknowledged as a world
leader in ecosystem dynamics. He is pivotal to an innovative interdisciplinary
study (ranging from molecular biology to ecology) aimed
at biological control of pest
populations. He is also one of
the world's leading experts
on population regulation of
both animals and humans.
His work during the past three
r * k««^ decades on east African large
Oh ,m ^ mammals has broadened into
' ^m, *M analysis of long-term ecosys-
,^^^J tern dynamics, including the
role of humans, and sets new
standards for the field, while
his work on the boreal forests of the
Yukon has opened up new avenues into
the chemical ecology of plants and population dynamics of their herbivores.
Prof. Max Taylor, Dept. of Botany
and Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, has contributed s'ignificantly to
understanding of the systematics, ul-
trastructure, evolution and applied biology of dinoflagellates (a group of micro-organisms most frequently involved
in the harmful phenomenon known collectively as red tide). He has a strong
interest in early cell evolution and developed the Serial Endosymbiosis
Theory which is the most widely accepted view of the origin of mitochondria and chloroplasts. He was an active
promoter of the field of protistology,
which includes protozoa and algae. In
conjunction with this he was the
cofounder of the International Society
for Evolutionary Protistology and recently founded the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae.
Astronaut touches
down on campus
Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau
helped kick off a month-long educational
program for 52 of Canada's top high
school math and science students this
month at UBC.
Students in the Shad Valley program
and members of the public were treated
to a video and slide presentation by the
famous Canadian space pioneer at UBC's
Hebb Theatre. Afterwards, Garneau
fielded questions from the audience.
Garneau made his second flight into
space on May 19 for a 10-day mission
which showcased Canadian experiments
and the use ofthe Canadarm, the Canadian-built robot arm used to retrieve satellites. One of Garneau's responsibilities
during the flight was to monitor a UBC-
based study which looked at how zero
gravity affected the early muscle development of starfish embryos.
The Shad Valley program, which this
year celebrates its 10th anniversary at
UBC, immerses some of Canada's brightest young minds in the world of science,
technology and entrepreneurship. Students are selected for the program on the
basis of their academic achievements and
leadership potential.
Shad Valley Director Alice Cassidy said
the program is supported by Canadian
businesses who place students in jobs for
the month of August upon completion of
the Shad program.
Cassidy said one ofthe themes for this
year's program is Greening the Environment.
"The students will be working to solve
real problems that face our community
from the planning of bicycle routes to
overall green space allocation," she said.
Cassidy added that the students will also
design products aimed at helping people
with physical disabilities. 4 UBC Reports • July 11, 1996
St. John's
Continued from Page 1
ies in 1879, St. John's University was one of China's great
educational institutions for more
than 70 years. Since the university closed its doors in 1952, St.
John's graduates, known as
Johanneans, have looked for an
opportunity to rekindle the spirit
of their alma mater and its motto.
Light and Truth.
Although they still want to reestablish the university at its
original site one day, Johanneans
— whose numbers include some
of the most important leaders of
government, industry, commerce
and the media in East Asia and
around the world—welcome the
opportunity to continue their
traditions at UBC.
Among the reasons that UBC
is an ideal location for the college
are its status as one ofthe leading research universities on the
continent, its strengths in teaching and research on Asia and
Vancouver's strategic location as
an international crossroads.
The college will be consistent
with both the historical character of St. John's University and
the future needs of UBC graduate students.
Student admission will be
based on academic merit and
the desire to reflect the global
community in which students
from different parts of the world
will learn from each other in a
collegial setting.
Places at the college will be
reserved for visiting graduate
students, exchange students and
visiting scholars from other
countries. Links will also be
sought with undergraduates interested in international issues,
for example, those enrolled in
the International Relations program.
St. John's College UBC, will
be financially self-sufficient.
Construction will be funded by
donations from Johanneans and
other donors, and a mortgage
taken out by the university. Student and resident fees will provide funds for operation, seminars and other activities of the
college. An endowment will create scholarships.
UBC provided the one-hectare site for the college near the
corner of University Boulevard
and Lower Mall, at Gate 6. Symbolically, the site is near the
Pacific Ocean facing Asia.
Blake to head
Faculty Association
for two-year term
Zoology Prof. Robert Blake has
been elected president of UBC's
Faculty Association for a two-
year term. He has served as the
association's vice-president for
the past two years.
Mary Russell, Social Work,
an ex-officio member of last year's
executive committee and chair
of the Personnel Services Committee, replaces Blake in the vice-
president's position.
Billie Housego, Educational
Psychology and Special Education, was re-elected to a third
term as the association's secretary. David Walker, Chemistry, one of last year's members-at-large, will serve as
treasurer.
George Spiegelman, Microbi
ology, Ross Labile, English, and
Ann Dusing, Classics, return as
members-at-large for another
year. Joining them are newly-
elected Nicolas Jaeger, Electrical Engineering, Paul Marantz,
Political Science, and Angela
Redish, Economics.
Elected again as an ex-officio
member is Norma Wieland, Germanic Studies, who was reaffirmed as chair of the Salaries
and Economic Benefits Committee.
Serving their first terms as
ex-officio members are Terry
Crawford, Botany/Zoology, who
will chair the Status of Women
Committee, and Gloria Joachim,
Nursing, as chair of the Personnel Services Committee.
Martin Dee photo
UBC President David Strangway (r) and Ramon de la
Pena. Rector ofthe Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios
Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, sign a letter of
intent to develop a joint academic program during the
visit to B.C. last month of Mexican President Ernesto
Zedillo. The joint program may include a residence,
similar to Ritsumeikan House, and jointly developed
academic and intercultural programs for undergraduate
students.
Martin Dee photo
Guests at a concrete-pouring ceremony at the site of St. John's College sign their names
in the concrete. Many ofthe guests were graduates ofthe original St. John's University in
Shanghai, who led a fund-raising campaign for the UBC facility. St. John's, a residential
college for graduate students and visiting scholars, will focus on international issues.
Deans
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1975 after completing an interdisciplinary PhD in mathematics, computer science and business administration from the
University ofTexas at Austin.
An associate dean of Graduate Studies for the last five
years, Granot's own research
covers both theoretical and applied aspects in areas such as
discrete mathematics,  math
ematical programming, game
theory and network flows. In
1986, she was awarded the
Advisory Council Chair Professor in Management Science in
the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration.
Granot is also a member of
UBC's Institute of Applied
Mathematics and is associated
with the research unit Forest
Economics and Policy Analy-
At UBC, Granot has worked
with the PhD and MBA committees, was a member of the new
MBA Core Committee and chairs
the Faculty of Commerce committee on research development.
She has successfully chaired the
Faculty of Graduate Studies
fundraising committee and
serves on the faculty's long-range
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New drug responds to
signs of heart attack
by Gavin Wilson
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Graduate students work with Prof. Michael Walker in his
campus lab, where basic research is conducted that could
lead to the development of pharmaceuticals by Walker's
spin-off company. Students are (l-r) Penelope Poyah, Mariah
Walker and Sandro Wong.
Staff writer
A UBC spin-off company is
developing drugs that could save
the lives of many of the half a
million heart attack victims who
die each year in North America.
Rhythm Search Developments Ltd. was founded four
years ago based on the research
of Michael Walker, a professor in
the Dept. of Pharmacology and
Therapeutics. It is now a wholly-
owned  subsidiary  of Nortran
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Pharmaceuticals.
Nortran's main focus is the
development of antiarrhythmic
drugs to prevent ventricular
arrhythmias, which are the major cause of sudden cardiac death
in heart attack victims.
"We want to get drugs out
there that are significantly better than anything on the market
now," Walker said.
A heart attack occurs when one
ofthe heart's arteries is blocked by
a blood clot. This chokes off the
blood supply and precious oxygen
to a part ofthe heart muscle, which
then begins to die.
As the muscle dies, it generates aberrant electrical activity
which can interfere with the
heart's normal electrical signal.
This may result in ventricular
fibrillation, in which the heart
ceases its normal rhythmic beating and begins to quiver uncontrollably.
The heart cannot pump blood
in this state and the victim dies
within minutes.
In a hospital, a patient can
have a regular heart rhythm restored with a defibrillator—the
device that uses paddles to give
patients an electric shock. Otherwise, there are existing
antiarrhythmic drugs, but their
benefits are severely limited by
adverse side effects.
Researchers in Walker's lab
have designed drugs that prevent the damaged portion of the
heart from generating abnormal
electrical activity, without causing toxic side effects.
This new type of
antiarrhythmic remains dormant until activated by the specific conditions found during a
heart attack in dying tissues,
dramatically increasing a patient's chance of survival.
"We think we can make a drug
that's safe enough to give as a
pill a day to the millions of people who are at risk of a heart
attack, in the same way people
take aspirin or cholesterol-reducing drugs," Walker said.
The first generation of these
antiarrhythmic drugs will enter
clinical trials in China and Brazil later this year, but Nortran
has much greater expectations
of subsequent generations of
drugs now in the pipeline.
Other UBC scientists, Dr.
David Quastel, a professor in
Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
and Dr. Bernard MacLeod, associate professor in the Dept. of
Anesthesia, have collaborated to
develop novel analgesics which
appear to work differently than
existing analgesics.
In association with Nortran, a
first generation compound could
go into clinical trials in Vancouver by the end of the year.
Conference aims
at reducing toll
of major disasters
Nine years ago a tornado
swept through Edmonton killing
26 people, half of whom died in a
mobile home park in the northeast end of the city.
According to PhD candidate
Laurie Pearce, of UBC's School
of Community and Regional
Planning, it took almost one hour
before rescuers realized that the
mobile homes had been wiped
out.
"Communications from the
top part of the city were cut off
and response teams went to the
industrial centre and residential
areas to the south," said Pearce.
"If they'd properly completed a
hazard and risk analysis they
would have known that the mobile home park was incredibly
vulnerable."
Pearce will make a presentation about who is most vulnerable during a natural disaster at
Pan Pacific Hazards '96, an international trade show and conference taking place July 29-
Aug. 2 at the Vancouver Trade
and Convention Centre.
Pan Pacific Hazards '96 - focusing particularly on earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis - has been organized as a
major Canadian contribution
supporting the United Nations
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR).
The conference includes 300
key speakers from 20 countries
who are experts in topics ranging from business recovery challenges in the aftermath of a ma
jor earthquake to the importance
of telecommunications in disaster preparedness programs.
Among the trade show's more
than 80 exhibits are a simulated
earthquake experience in the
"Quakey Shakey Van" from the
Los Angeles Fire Department.
For her own research, Pearce
has examined hundreds of natural and person-induced hazard
scenarios with an aim to developing programs to reduce "social vulnerabilities."
Some examples of social
vulnerabilities are: inability to
read English; dependency of senior citizens and young children
on others for help: citizens in
poor health, on medication or
suffering from respiratory diseases; and people with little or
no money to cope after a disaster
strikes.
In the case of the Edmonton
tornado, Pearce said most ofthe
people killed in the mobile home
park were low-income seniors
over the age of 55 or youths
under 18.
"I'm alerting people to things
that they might not think of
right away in the ev^nt of a
disaster so that vulnerabilities
are built into preparedness
programs," said Pearce. "Certain groups have to be targeted
for assistance before and after
a disaster strikes."
The conference, organized in
part by UBC's Disaster Preparedness Resources Centre, will
be open to the public on July 3 1. 6 UBC Reports • July 11, 1996
Calendar
July 14 through August 17
Monday, July 15
Science Summer Camp
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Science Summer Camp For Kids
Ages 8-13. One week sessions
from July 8 - Aug. 2. Hebb,
9:30am-4:30pm. For camp and
fee information call 822-3853.
Tuesday, July 16
Kathak Dance Performance
Evening With Joanna Das,
Kathak Dancer. Museum of Anthropology theatre gallery,
7:30pm. Call 822-5087.
School of Theology Lecture
Series
Coming Among Us: Ministry With
Native People. Martin Brokenleg,
Augustana College. S. Dakota.
Chapel of the Epiphany. 6050
Chancellor Blvd. 7:30pm. Call
228-9031 ext. 221.	
Wednesday, July 17
Lunchtime Concert
San Diego Youth Symphony. UBC
Bookstore outdoor plaza,
12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Thursday, July 18
Seminar
Thrombosis And Thrombolysis In
Atherogenesis. Dr. Alexandra
Lucas, U of Alberta. IRC#4, 12-
1:30pm. Call 822-4838.
School of Theology Lecture
Series
Renewing The Congregation For
The 21 st Century. Patrick Keifert.
Luther Seminary, St. Paul. Chapel
of the Epiphany, 6050 Chancellor Boulevard, 7:30pm. Call 228-
9031 ext. 221.
Lunchtime Concert
UBC Summer Music Institute
Concert Band. UBC Bookstore
outdoorplaza, 12:30pm. Call 822-
2665.
UBC Board of Governors
Meeting
Old Administration Building,
Board and Senate Room, 6328
Memorial Road. Open session
begins at 9am.	
Monday, July 22
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Restriction Of Developmental
Competence By The Drosophila
Melanogaster Tramstrack Protein. Dr. Andrew Travers, Lab of
Molecular Biology Medical Research Council, Cambridge.
IRC#5, 2:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-3317.
Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology Seminar
The Interaction of Cytochrome c
and Cytochrome c Oxidase Analysed By Resonance Raman
Spectroscopy. Peter Hildebrandt,
Max-Planck Institute, Mulheim.
IRC#4,3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call 822-9871.
Continuing Studies Hands-
On Workshop
Brainwaves - This is Math. July
22-26. Ron Klassen. MEd CEME,
1212, lOam-noon. $120, forages
10-12. Call 822-1450.
Continuing Studies Hands-
On Workshop
Brainwaves - Chemistry I. July
22-26. Ron Klassen, MEd Scarfe,
1207, l:30-3:30pm. $120.00,
for ages 10-12. Call 822-1450.
Tuesday, July 23
Lecture
Science And Classical Archaeology: A Perfect Match. William R.
Biers, U. of Missouri. Columbia.
Museum of Anthropology theatre
gallery. 7:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-2889.
School of Theology Lecture
Series
The Odd Couple: Jezebel and
Elijah. Phyllis Trible, Union Theological Seminary, NewYork. Chapel
ofthe Epiphany. 6050 Chancellor
Boulevard, 7:30pm. Call 228-9031
ext. 221.	
Thursday, July 25
Centre for the Study of
Curriculum and Instruction
Lecture
Deconstructing Differences In African-American And European-
American Adolescents' Perspectives On U.S. History. Terrie
Epstein, U of Michigan. Scarfe310,
3pm. Call 822-6502.
School of Theology Lecture
Series
New Landscapes In The  Heart:
Worship As The Transfiguration
Of Imagination. Thomas H.
Troeger, Iliff School of Theology,
Denver. Chapel of the Epiphany,
6050 Chancellor Blvd, 7:30pm.
Call 228-9031 ext. 221.
Monday, July 29
Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology Seminar
Leucine Zippers As Simple Models
To Study The Kinetics And Thermodynamics Of Protein Association And Folding. Hans Bosshard,
Biochemical Institute, U of Zurich. IRC#4, 3:45pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-9871.
Continuing Studies Hands-
On Workshop
Brainwaves - Chemistry II. July
29-August 2. Ron Klassen, M.Ed.
Scarfe, 1207, l:30-3:30pm.
$120.00, forages 11-13. Call 822-
1450.
Continuing Studies
Workshop in Nelson, B.C.
Local Leadership For Sustainable
Communities. July 29-Aug. 3. In
partnership with the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C.
Food, accommodation and trans
portation to Nelson not included.
Full brochure 822-1450. To regis-
ter 736-8118. _^
Thursday, Aug. 1
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 1. Part I - Microsoft Windows 95. Kevin Pashuk. CEME,
2206. I:30-4:30pmor6-9pm. $70
by July 18, $80 after. All modules
$450 by July 18. after $500. Call
822-3347.
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 1. Part II - Creating Presentation With Impact. Kevin
Pashuk. CEME. 2206. 1:30-
4:30pm or 6-9pm. $70 by July 18,
$80 after. All modules $450 by
July 18, after$500. Call 822-3347.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 2. Implementing A Document Management Strategy.
Edward Un. CEME, 2206, 1:30-
4:30pm or 6-9prn. $70 by July 18,
$80 after. All modules $450 by
July 18. after $500. Call 822-3347.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 3. Using Modems For
Business And Professional Communication. Edward Un. CEME,
2206. l:30-4:30pm or 6-9pm.
$70 by July 18. $80 after. All
modules $450 bv July 18, after
$500. Call 822-3347.	
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 4. Database/Contact
Management Software. Nick
Springate. CEME, 2206, 1:30-
4:30pm or 6 9pm. $70 by July
18, $80 after. All modules $450
by July 18, after $500. Call 822-
3347.	
Thursday, Aug. 15
Computer Application
Information Series
Module 5. Desktop Publishing.
Nancy Johnson. CEME, 2206,
1:30-4:30pm or 6-9pm. $70 by
July 18. $80 after. All modules
$450 by July 18, after$500. Call
822-3347.
Notices
Volleyball
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday, Osborne Centre.
Gym A, 12-lpm during July and
August. No fees. Drop-ins and
regular attendees welcome for
friendly competitive games. Call
822-4479 or e-mail: kdcs®
unixg.ubc.ca.
Free Tai Chi at Grad Centre
Mondays from 6-7pm and Thursdays 12:45-2pm. Double Tai Chi
system along with basic Chi Kung
exercise. Taught by John Camp.
Can join or drop in anytime. Call
822-3203.
Free Meditation Classes at
Grad Centre
Tuesdays, Penthouse 7:30-
8:30pm. Meditation practice will
be followed with discussion,
breathing, visualization and more.
The Sri Chinmou Society. Can join
or drop in anytime. Call 822-3203.
Free Trager Movement
Classes at Grad Centre
Wednesdays, Penthouse, from
6:30-7:30pm. Practice simple, effortless movements that release
stress, recreate feelings of alive-
ness and enhance lightness and
flexibility. Tutor Michael Madrone.
Join, or drop in. Call 822-3203.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery
Exhibition by local artist Attila
Richard Lukacs until Aug. 14/96.
A travelling exhibition organized
by the Musee d'art contemporain
de Montreal. Tues. - Fri. 10am-
5pm; Sat., 12-5pm. 1825 Main
Mall. Call 822-2759.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
Weekly sales of furniture, computers, scientific etc. held every
Wednesday, noon-5pm. SERF.
Task Force Building. 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2582 for
information.
Studies in Hearing and
Communication
Senior (65 years or older) and Junior (20-30 years) volunteers
needed. Participants will attend
up to three one-hour appointments
at UBC. Experiments will examine
different aspects of hearing and
communication abilities. Honorarium for some studies. Please
call the Hearing Lab. 822-9474.
Parents in Long-Term Care
Study
Daughters with a parent in a care
facility are invited to participate.
Study focuses on the challenges of
visiting/providing care and its effect on well-being. Involves interviews/responses to questionnaires. Call Allison, Counselling
Psychology at 946-7803.
Chronic Low Back Pain
Research
The Dept. of Counselling Psychology is looking for women with
chronic low back pain to volunteer
to participate in a research project.
Ifyou are a woman 19 years of age
or older, have had low back pain
for at least six months, experience
back pain on a daily basis, have a
spouse or partner living with you,
and would be willing to invest approximately 10 minutes a day for
30 days, please call 987-3574 for
more information. All information
will be kept strictly confidential.
Physics Summer Camp for
Kids
Last chance for Science Summer
Camps for students ages 8-13.
The Physics Outreach Program in
the Department of Physics and
Astronomy is holding four one-
week sessions beginning July 8.
For camp and fee information, call
822-3853 or 822-9107.
Garden Hours
Nitobe Memorial Garden, Botanical Garden and the Shop-in-the-
Garden are open 10am-6pm daily
(including weekends) until Oct. 13.
Call 822-9666 (gardens), 822-4529
(shop).
Guided Tours of Botanical
Garden
By Friends of the Garden. Every
Wednesday and Saturday, lpm,
until Oct. 13. Free with admission. Call 822-9666.
English Language Institute
Homestay. English-speaking families are needed to host international students participating in ELI
programs for periods of two to six
weeks. Remuneration is $22/
night. Call 822-1537.
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? Help us find out!
We are looking for parents with
babies between one and 14 months
of age to participate in language
development studies. If you are
interested in bringing your baby
for a one hour visit, please call Dr.
Janet Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Department of Psychology,
UBC, 822-6408 (ask for Nancy).
The Anxiety Disorders Unit
At Vancouver Hospital on the UBC
campus is about to begin a major
treatment study for obsessive compulsive disorder. Free psychological treatment is provided. For information, please call 822-1788.
Faculty Development
Would you like to talk with an
experienced faculty member, one
on one, about your teaching concerns? Call the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional
Services at 822-0828 and ask for
the Teaching Support Group.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Study
Participants required to take part
in clinical dermatology trial at Division of Dermatology, 855 West
10 Avenue. Requirements, 50
years of age and older, within 72
hours of onset of first skin rash.
Maximum 13 visits over 24 week
period. Free medication and
honorarium given. For further
Information call 875-5296.
Diabetes 1997 Conference
The Young Diabetic.
Interprofessional Continuing
Education Conference will take
place Friday, April 4 and Saturday, Apr. 5, '97, in Vancouver, for
all health professionals interested
and Involved in diabetic care.For
information call 822-2626.
Vancouver Hospital Studies
Volunteers are needed as control
group for research study. Study
involves two test sessions. Each
test session will involve two test
days and will be one week apart
- total time 16 hours. Volunteers
should be between the ages of
18-65 and will be paid $100 for
the completion of both test sessions. For information call 822-
7321.
International Student
Orientation Week
August 26-30, 1996. International House. If interested in volunteering contact Wendy Ma at
International House 822-5021.
All new international students
welcome.
HUBC REPORTS
CALENDAR POLICY AND DEADLINES
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone:
822-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
Submissions for the Calendars Notices section may be
limited due to space.
Deadline for the August 15 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period August 1$ to September 7 — is
noon, August 6. UBC Reports ■ July 11, 1996 7
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
COMMUNICATIONS REPORT 1995-96
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
July 11, 1996
Dear Colleagues:
Here for your review is the Communications Report 1995-96
prepared by the university's Public Affairs Office. The report
outlines communications programs and services provided by the
External Affairs Division to support administration, faculties,
departments and other campus units.
We welcome your feedback and comments.
Sincerely,
Peter W. Ufford
Vice-President, External Affairs
Overview
UBC's Public Affairs Office, housed within the University Relations Department, is
responsible for communicating UBC's mission, key messages and values to both
its internal community of faculty, staff and students and to the broader external
community. It coordinates its programs and messages in concert with other units
ofthe External Affairs Division, administration, faculties, and campus departments and units.
The office builds its programs upon several foundations, most notably the Policy
on Communications, approved by the Board ofGovernors in May 1994, which
formally acknowledges UBC's responsibility to keep its many communities informed and ensure two-way dialogue.
Programs are also built on the UBC Communications Plan, finalized in January
1995, which was developed with widespread campus input and designed to
respond to the changing communications environment in which UBC operates.
The plan includes five emphases: internal communication, two-way communication, external communication, critical issues management and a public information centre.
Public Affairs Office workplans are based on providing service, listening to constituents and on self-evaluation. Monitoring and assessment components are
built into each program area.
1996-96 in review
In response to challenges facing UBC, this was a year of change for the Public
Affairs Office, including major administrative reorganization, evolving roles and
responsibilities, and ever-increasing critical issues management. In 1995-96,
Public Affairs:
Administrative changes
• Moved from its longtime home in the Old Administration Building to Cecil
Green Park House
• Changed its name from Media Relations and Publications to Public Affairs
Office to reflect UBC's expanding communications priorities
• Reorganized staff positions to more properly reflect additional responsibilities
• Integrated communications services with other External Affairs Division units
Evolving Roles and Responsibilities
• Developed strategies to deal with Freedom of Information legislation and its
effect on UBC and its handling of public issues
• Played a key role in the strategic development of the Official Community Plan
(OCP)
• Provided support to senior administration on GVRD and City of Vancouver-
related issues
Critical Issues Management
• McEwen Political Science Report
• OCP-related development issues
• Coca Cola Corporate Sponsorship Agreement
• Mr. Tube Steak labour issue
• Open House 1995
In 1995/96, the Public Affairs Office focused its efforts on defining and developing
strategies for communicating UBC's mission and key messages to its internal and
external audiences. The office was integral in the positioning of UBC's Official
Community Plan process, one of the most critical issues facing the university and
its future. The office played a strategic role in liaising with the GVRD, consultants, the Planning Advisory Committee and the public over the OCP. This role will
continue into the next year as the plan is finalized and enacted.
The office took the Board of Governors' communications policy and brought it to
life through communications strategies for issues such as international student
tuition, university funding and domestic tuition, as well as for other university-
wide initiatives such as Open House '95.
Another focus was the continued integration of services with other External
Affairs units through communications collaboration and events planning. The
Donor Relations unit of the Development Department was amalgamated with
Public Affairs by year end.
Looking ahead
UBC's relationships with its many constituencies are key to its long-term institutional health and in 1996/97, we will continue to strengthen these relationships by:
• Assisting in the development of a public process for physical planning and
development at UBC
• Creating consistent key messages and applying them throughout the communications process
• Emphasizing two-way communications and creating continuing opportunities
for dialogue
• Publicizing the valuable teaching, research and other contributions of UBC's
faculty and staff to the province of BC and beyond
• Continuing implementation of the long-range communications plan for UBC.
The plan includes effective and affordable strategies for enhancing UBC's two-
way communication with internal and external communities. These strategies
focus on communicating UBC's mission and contributions to local, regional,
national and international audiences
• Continuing to assist with UBC's relationship with the GVRD on the future
development of the campus as part of a larger community
• Continuing to provide support to faculties and to administration through the
growing demand for communications marketing services, including media
relations, speech writing, publications such as UBC Reports, critical issues
management, public awareness campaigns, and community events
Audiences and messages
UBC communicates with many varied audiences, including:
internal (on-campus): faculty, staff, students
external (local, regional, provincial, national and international)
alumni
government (municipal/provincial/federal)
donors (individual/corporate/foundation)
business/industry sector
media (print/radio/TV/wire/magazine)
public (UEL, regional/provincial/national/international)
organized labour
friends of UBC
visitors to campus
UBC's messages reflect its mission statement and the goals set for the university.
These many messages, for different audiences, include:
• UBC is a world-class educational and research facility
• UBC is open and accountable, is meeting and serving community needs, and is
encouraging input and participation
• UBC fosters and contributes social, economic, scientific, cultural and educational benefits to society
• UBC plays a leadership role in advancing British Columbia on the provincial,
national and international scene
• UBC's faculty, staff and students are part of a unique community and their
participation in the university is valued
Communications services
The External Affairs Division utilizes a wide variety of means to communicate
UBC's mission and messages and create opportunities for two-way dialogue,
including:
UBC Reports—tabloid newspaper published 21 times annually, circulation
37,000, includes UBC Gazette, policy and other inserts
Media Releases—more than 150 research, teaching and policy announcements
annually
Phone contact—200 calls per day, about 50,000 annually
Placement of UBC's people and stories—hundreds
annually in TV, radio and print media
News conferences
Daily Clips Service—200 packages per year, 1,000 items
Facts and Figures university brochure
Alumni Chronicle, newsletters and events
Public process and meetings
Report to the Community—Vancouver Sun and Province
President's tours
Open House and Homecoming events
Contributions to faculty/departmental newsletters
President's Reports
Speakers Bureau
Media training services
Communications consultation
Campus Tours
UBC experts contact service
Brochures and other publications
Speech writing services
Congregation
MLA/MP visits
Donor publications
ViewUBC electronic network
Personal contact/one-on-one meetings
Video productions 8 UBC Reports' • July 11, 1996
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC GAZETTE
The Board ofGovernors took thefollowing actions at its meeting held on May
23, 1996.
STRATEGIC PLANNING
& PROPERTY
Official Community Plan
It was agreed that a GVRD/UBC Task
Force on the Official Community Plan
would be established with three
representatives from each Board.
Members from the UBC Board are:  Dr.
Joanne Emerman. Mr. Harold Kalke
and Mr. Michael Partridge. The task
force was instructed to work with staff
to prepare a revised Memorandum of
Understanding for consideration of the
GVRD and UBC Boards at their June
meetings. The MOU will encompass:
• Terms of Reference and timelines for
the Governance Study as prepared
by GVRD to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs with the support of UBC.
• Interim arrangements regarding UBC
land use decisions.
• Continued best efforts for completion
of the Official Community Plan by
Fall 1996 with resolution ofthe
outstanding issues.
Minor Capital and Cyclical Maintenance Budgets
The Minor Capital ($7,959,000) and
Cyclical Maintenance ($6,019,000)
budgets for 1996/97 were approved by
the Board.
FINANCE
Thefollowing 1996-97 operating
budgets, and any rate changes contained therein, were approved.
• Co-operative Education - Faculty of
Applied Science
• Faculty of Science Co-op Education
Program
• Medical Student Alumni Centre
• NCE Administration Office
• UBC-Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program
• Student Aid Fund (Non Core)
• Teacher Education Expansion
• Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
• Internal Awards in the Humanities
and Social Sciences.
• Continuing Studies
TRIUMF-Contribution Agreement
The Board approved of the contribution
agreement towards the operation of
TRIUMF, noting that the contribution
from the Federal Government (per
National Research Council and Western
Economic Diversification) is
$165,590,000 over 5 years.
Fees
The Board approved the following
changes to fees:
In the case of tuition fees for continuing professional education, the charging of up to double the on-campus
undergraduate course tuition fee for
courses offered at a distance.
The proposed new fee for the Genetic
Counsellor Training Program.
At the request of the Graduate Student
Society, the Capital Improvement Fee of
$5.00 per graduate student per year
was continued for a further two years
i.e., 1996-98.
The Board approved the introduction of
a $200 cancellation fee for single
student residence applicants who have
accepted and prepaid the first instalment of their winter session residence
room fees, and subsequently cancel
their room assignment between August
2nd.  Exceptions to this cancellation fee
are to be granted where the assigned
student receives notification after
August Is" that he/she was not admitted ti  the University, or where substan-
tiatec medical reasons prevent the
student from attending the University.
The establishment of new tuition fees
for Non-C madian Students in the
Faculty ol Dentistry were approved.
The Board approved the 1996/97
Special Fee increases as proposed.  The
fees pertain to a variety of student-
related fees such as photocopying, field
trips, laboratory fees. etc.
The Board passed the following resolution:   'That the base tuition fee,
exclusive of special fees, for 1996-97
remain at the level charged in 1995-96
i.e. $76.50 - ($2.68 + $3.06) = $70.76,
rounded to $70.75."
ACADEMIC & STUDENT AFFAIRS
Acting on Senate recommendations, the
Board approved the following:
• Prizes, Scholarships and Bursaries
• Curriculum Proposals
• Enrolment Plans. Quotas and
Targets for 1996-97
APPOINTMENTS
Dr. Paul J. Harrison was re-appointed
to the Management Council of the
Western Canadian Universities Marine
Biological Society for the period July 1.
1996 to June 30, 1998.
Dr. Sidney Mindess was appointed as
Associate Vice President, Academic for
an initial term of four years from July
1, 1996. through June 30, 2000.
The Board approved the confirmed
appointment of Lucia Cheung.
OTHER
Prior to the establishment of the
Presidential Search Committee, the
Board of Governors commissioned a
survey by Angus Reid Group (Vancouver) with respect to the profile of the
next President of UBC.  The Board of
Governors wanted to share the conclusion of the survey with the community
and thank the particpants for their
contribution. The conclusion of the
survey follows:
'To conclude, what are the key elements of the next UBC president's
profile? What are the clues, the
evidence, on which to select the right
candidate?
• Firstly, the candidate must possess a
blend ofthe essential C.E.O. skills
discussed.  To recap, the individual
must understand the business, have
excellent communications and
people-skills, be able to establish
and articulate a vision, and know
how to effectively manage a large
university.
• Secondly, the candidate should have
a diversity of interests and professional experience.   A well-rounded
person is always an asset.   In an
May 1996
The Board of Governors at its meeting
of May 23. 1996 approved the following recommendations and received
notice about thefollowing items:
APPOINTMENTS
Errol Durbach, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, July 1, 1996 to June 30,
1997.
Susan B. Watts, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Forestry, July 1, 1995 to June
30, 1999.
Raymond John Cole, Acting Director, School of Architecture, July 1,
1996 to Dec 31, 1996.
A. P. Watkinson, Head, Department
of Chemical & Bio-Resource Engineering, April 1, 1996 to June 30,
1997.
Graeme Wynn, Head, Department of
Geography, July 1, 1996 to June 30.
2002.
Alan Tully, Head, Department of History, July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001.
Kenneth Carty, Head, Department
of Political Science, July 1, 1996 to
June 30. 2001.
Terence McGee, Director, Institute
of Asian Research, July 1, 1996 to
June 30, 1997.
Valerie Raoul, Director, Centre for
Research in Women's Studies & Gender Relations, July 1, 1997 to June
30, 2002.
Veronica Strong-Boag, Director, Centre for Research in Women's Studies
& Gender Relations, July 1, 1996 to
June 30, 1997.
Robert M. Ellis, Head, Department of
Earth and Ocean Sciences, April 1,
1996 to June 30, 2001.
Charles Menzies, Instructor I, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, July 1. 1996 to June 30, 1998.
Kevin McNeilly, Assistant Professor,
Department of English, July 1, 1996
to June 30, 1999.
Barbara Arneil, Assistant Professor,
Department of Political Science, July
1, 1996 to June 30, 1999.
Liisa Ann Margaret Galea, Assistant
Professor, Department of Psychology,
Jan 1, 1997 to June 30, 2000.
Mark Schaller, Assistant Professor,
Department of Psychology, July  1,
1996 to June 30, 1999.
John J. Borrows, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, July 1, 1996 to
June 30, 1999.
Anthony P. Cheung, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics &
Gynaecology, Aug. 1, 1996 to June
30, 1999.
Peter Joseph O'Brien, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics,
Jan 1, 1996 to June 30, 1999.
Maureen O'Donnell, Assistant Pro
fessor, Department of Paediatrics, Jan
1, 1996 to June 30, 1999.
Thomas G< Beach, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, July 1,
1996 to June 30, 1999.
Philip Clement, Professor, Department of Pathology, Jan 1, 1996
(tenured).
Derek de Sa, Professor, Department
of Pathology, July 1, 1996 (tenured).
William Schreiber, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Jan 1,
1996 (tenured).
Martin J. Trotter, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, July 1,
1996 to June 30. 1999.
Janice Eng, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Jan 1, 1997 to
June 30, 2000.
Darlene M. Redenbach, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, July
1. 1996 to June 30. 1999.
Thomas J. Keane, Professor, Department of Surgery, July 1, 1996
(tenured).
Roy A. Purssell, Assistant Professor,
Department of Surgery, Jan. 1, 1996
to June 30, 1999.
RESIGNATIONS
Muhammad Iqbal, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, June
29, 1996.
George A. Gray. Assistant Professor,
Department of Anthropology & Sociology, June 30, 1996.
J. A. S. Evans, Professor. Department
of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious
Studies June 29. 1996.
Fred E. Stockholder, Assistant Professor, Department of English, June
29, 1996.
Richard E. Copley, Senior Instructor, Department of Geography, June
29, 1996.
Sunil Dutta, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, June 30, 1996.
Lawrence Jones, Professor, Faculty
of Commerce & Business Administration, June 29, 1996.
John D. Friesen, Professor, Department of Counselling Psychology, Aug.
31, 1996.
Reza Tabrizchi, Assistant Professor,
Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, April 30, 1996.
John R. Sams, Associate Dean (continues as Professor in Chemistry), Faculty of Science, June 30, 1996.
Diana Kent, General Librarian, Library, June 29, 1996.
DEATHS
The Board learned, with regret, the
death of:
Lily Van Leeuwen, Senior Instructor,
Department of Microbiology, Apr. 13,
1996.
ideal world, the person should have
both private and public sector
experience.
Thirdly, the candidate should have a
proven track record in university
administration. While this person
does not need to have been a university president, the candidate should
have experience at the senior administrative level.
Lastly, the successful candidate
should have an outstanding history
of achievements across a wide
category of areas, especially in
academics." UBC Reports • July 11, 1996 9
Raven Cape
MOA photo
More than 400 people attended a fashion show
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Museum of
Anthropology's opening in its current location. Canada's
foremost First Nations designer Dorothy Grant displayed
her work including the Raven Cape shown above. The
Museum of Anthropology was designed by B.C. architect
Arthur Erickson and draws thousands of visitors from
around the world each year. The museum is renowned
for its setting, design and extensive collection.
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522-3392 10 UBC Reports ■ July 11,1996
Mindess named
associate VP,
Academic
Prof. Sidney Mindess has been
appointed associate vice-president. Academic, for a four-year
term starting July 1. He replaces
Dr. William Webber who has
served in the position since 1990.
"Prof. Mindess' broad knowledge of the university, its policies and practices together with
his experience in academic research and administration make
him an ideal choice for the job,"
said President David Strangway.
"Dr. Webber's commitment to
the university during his tenure
was unwavering as were his efforts to foster a sense of
collegiality on campus. He set
the standard."
Mindess, a professor in UBC's
Dept. of Civil Engineering, has
served the university in numerous administrative posts since
joining the faculty in 1969.
He was president of the Faculty Association in 1985-86 and
served two terms on the Board of
Governors from 1987-93 as one
of two faculty representatives.
Since 1988, his administrative duties in the Faculty of Applied Science have included director of the Engineering Core
Program and associate dean.
Among his accomplishments are
the development of annual semi-
Sidney Mindess
nars for science teachers and
women secondary students who
are considering careers in engineering. He also developed an
access program for First Nations
students interested in engineering, forestry or agricultural sciences.
Prof. Mindess' research interests include the chemistry of
cement, concrete technology,
materials testing and the fracture mechanics of concrete and
wood. For the past six years he
has been a principal investigator
in the Network of Centres of Excellence - Concrete Canada.
Stephen Forgacs photo
Prior to closing his UBC lab, Michael Smith gathered there with 16 of the research
associates and technicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and a visitng professor
with whom he has worked in past years.
Nobel Laureate heads south
tor year's sabbatical at U of W
UBC's Nobel Prize-winning
professor Michael Smith has
been elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of
Sciences, the most prestigious
scientific organization in the
United States.
Academy members are elected
in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achieve
ments in original research. The
academy has about 1,800 members and 300 foreign associates,
of whom 124 have won Nobel
Prizes. Smith also recently received three more honorary degrees —from the Universite de
Montreal, the University of Alberta and Carleton University.
Meanwhile, Smith is prepar
ing to close his lab at the Biotechnology Laboratory and spend
a year's sabbatical at the University of Washington, where he
will resume his research activities after several years of administrative duties at UBC.
Smith will continue his research when he returns to UBC
the following year.
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Gavin Wilson photo
Firefighters taking part in a UBC drill use hoses and brushes to
"decontaminate" a life-like mannequin while a colleague looks on. The drill
is an annual exercise conducted to test emergency response on campus. The
mannequin was used to mimic a research technician who had been hurt in
a lab explosion and contaminated with simulated radioactive isotope and
biohazardous material.
Emergency drill
offers opportunity
to test responses
A graduate student and a research
technician are working in a campus lab
on a quiet summer morning. Suddenly,
there's an explosion
that knocks the re- ^mm^hbm^^h
search technician to
the floor, unconscious.
His shaken colleague calls 822-4567
— the UBC hazardous materials emergency response
number.
"There's been an
explosion involving
hazardous materials
in the Wesbrook
building," she says,
"and someone's been
hurt."
That was the scenario used in recent
elaborate emergency drill organized by
UBC's Dept. of Health. Safety and Environment.
Code-named Operation Solstice and
held on the first full day of summer,
June 21. the drill co-ordinated the efforts of Health. Safety and Environment, Parking and Security Services,
"If everything runs
perfectly, then it's not
worth doing the drill in
the first place. The goal
is to always find ways
of improving what we
do."
Dorit Mason
Public Affairs, the Vancouver Fire Dept.
and its Hazardous Materials Response
Team, the RCMP. B.C. Ambulance Service and Vancouver
w^^^^^m—m Hospital. UBC Pavilion.
"These exercises
are really valuable in
determining the sequence of events and
what we need to
work on in emergency planning,"
said Dorit Mason,
environmental and
emergency planning
officer in Health,
Safety and Environ-
ment.
"If everything
runs perfectly, then it's not worth doing the drill in the first place. The goal
is to always find ways of improving
what we do."
The emergency scenario was especially useful this year because it marks
the first time it has been conducted
with the Vancouver Fire Dept., which
now services the campus after absorbing the UEL Fire Dept.
People
by staff writers
Bill Bruneau, a professor of Educational Studies, has been elected
president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
for a one-year term.
Bruneau,  a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of
Saskatchewan, joined the UBC faculty in 1971. He served as vice-president of
CAUT in 1994/95, is a past president ofthe UBC Faculty Association and a former
school trustee for the City of Vancouver.
Bruneau's areas of research include the history of universities and performance indicators in higher education.
Prof. Michael Ames, director ofthe Museum of Anthropology (MOA). has
been named a fellow of the Canadian Museums Association.
The lifetime designation recognizes his contribution
to the museum profession and to the work of the association.
Ames succeeded founding MOA director Harry Hawthorn in 1974 and is credited with guiding its development
into one of the world's most prominent research and
educational museums. He recently presided over the 20th
anniversary marking the museum's move to its current
home.
A professor in the Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology,
Ames is renowned for his teaching and publishing on the
topics of anthropology, museums, public culture and for
his research in Sri Lanka, India and British Columbia.
Ames
UBC doctoral candidate Mia Johnson is among the scholars selected by
the Getty Center for Education in the Arts to receive a 1996 fellowship
in art education.
The fellowship was established in 1991 to support research in discipline-based
art education. A program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the California-based centre
annually awards eight fellowships worth $12,500 U.S. each.
Johnson, a student in the Faculty of Education, is preparing a dissertation on
the conventions of computer artists.
PhD and EdD students in Canada and the United States who are exploring the
role of the visual arts in education or related fields of the humanities are eligible
to apply for the fellowship. Applicants must demonstrate that their work promises
to make a substantial and original contribution to discipline-based art education
and their dissertation proposals must be approved by their doctoral committees.
Deadline for the 1997 fellowships is Nov. 1. 1996. For more information, call
(310) 395-0388, fax (310) 451-8750 or send e-mail to epaul@getty.edu
Roopchand Seebaran, an assistant professor in the School of Social
Work, has won the inaugural Honourable David C. Lam Award, presented by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Seebaran was  honoured  for his  dedication  to  advancing the values of
multiculturalism and fostering cultural diversity.
He was presented with the award at the United Way's annual general meeting,
held May 30.
Douglas Bonn, assistant professor in the Dept. of Physics, is one of 100
young scientists in the U.S. and Canada to receive a 1996 Sloan
Research Fellowship worth $35,000 over two years. The new fellows,
who are involved in research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computer
science, mathematics, neuroscience and economics, are drawn from faculties
at 54 colleges and universities.
Bonn plans to use the Sloan grant to support his research which probes the
fundamental properties and applications of high-temperature superconductors.
The 40-year-old Sloan Research Fellowship Program, administered by the New
York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was created as a means of encouraging
research by young scholars. Former Sloan Fellows include 19 Nobel Prize winners.
Terry Snutch has won the 1996 International Albrecht Fleckenstein
Award for his groundbreaking work in neurobiology.
The $45,000 award was presented at a recent ceremony in Germany.
Sponsored by Bayer AG, the award is given every two years to promote scientific
work in calcium channel antagonism and modulation.
Excessive calcium in cells is responsible for many diseases and conditions like
strokes, migraine headaches, epilepsy and various cardiovascular diseases.
Snutch, a biochemist and neurobiologist, has investigated new calcium
channels in the central nervous system, describing their molecular basis and how
they are regulated—an enormous contribution to understanding the role of
calcium in cells.
Snutch is an associate professor in the Biotechnology Laboratory and departments of Neuroscience and Zoology. 12 UBC Reports • July 11, 1996
Profile
Getting the Bugs Out
Ecologist Judy Myers hunts for exotic pests and 'alien invaders'
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Tent caterpillars worship sunshine
and will climb to the top of trees
to find it.
On this particular day though, no
climbing is necessary as tents fronting
the east side of Northwest Marine Drive
are drenched in sun.
Judy Myers' face is inches away
from a roadside tent laden with motionless, basking caterpillars. Like sentries
caught napping, 100 or more fuzzy
bodies snap to attention as Myers
coughs in their direction.
"Neat, eh?," says the career insect
ecologist and recent associate dean of
science. She explains that the colony's
mass reflex to raise a collective periscope when disturbed by sound deters
incoming flies from landing and laying
eggs.
Myers' affinity for insects is evident
upon entering her office in the modest
confines of Hut B-8 on Main Mall.
Visitors are greeted by a colourful tree
of hand-puppets: a brown cockroach, a
caterpillar that transforms into a
butterfly, a lightning bug that glows in
the dark and a Venus fly trap. These
are the tools she uses in school programs to convey her message that bugs
are beautiful. The key, she says, is to
look at them as individuals.
Myers wasn't born a bug lover.
She admits that she couldn't
stand touching specimens
collected for a Grade 11 science project.
After graduating with a BSc in
biology from a small college in her
home state of Pennsylvania, Myers
promptly won a scholarship to study
ecology at the prestigious Woods Hole
Marine Biological Station in Cape Cod,
Massachusetts. Studying the interactions between marine animals and
plants proved a turning point.
"Ecology was practically unheard of
in 1963 and the Woods Hole experience
really opened my eyes to what science
was all about," she says. "I made my
mind up then to become a field biologist."
A fascination for insects was cultivated a year later when she met two
biologists who invited her to Trinidad
where they were studying Queen
butterflies. A summer of chasing
butterflies and dodging snakes in a
prickly pineapple patch was enough to
get Myers hooked. She went on to
complete a master's degree on the
courting ritual of Florida Queen
butterflies looking specifically at how
females received the male scent and
what role the male perfume played in
the mating process.
UBC offered Myers the chance to
apply the basic biological research she
undertook for her graduate degrees to
biological control of agricultural
problems. With a cross appointment to
the departments of Plant Science and
Zoology in 1972, Myers began investigating the "alien invaders" she says
threaten Canada's agriculture, forestry
and quality of life.
Charles Ker photo
Judy Myers developed an affinity for insects while studying butterflies in
Trinidad. At UBC, she applies her expertise in an effort to find ways to
control plant and insect invaders, such as the tent caterpillars shown above,
that pose a threat to B.C. ecosystems.
Knapweed, purple loosestrife, tansy
ragwort, European craneflies, thrips
and winter moths are just a few of the
exotic pests Myers and her graduate
students attempt to control through
the introduction of natural enemies.
On the weed front, Myers has on
ongoing battle with knapweed
which continues to run rampant over rangeland in the interior of
the province. The low-nutrient weed is
taking over from grass and proving to
be a costly concern for cattle ranchers.
While the success rate for biological
control of weeds stands at just 15 per
cent, Myers knows it can be highly
successful. An example is tansy
ragwort, an introduced pasture weed
which can be poisonous to cows. A
small beetle brought in from Europe
has successfully thwarted tansy
ragwort in the Fraser Valley by attacking the plant year round.
"A lot of research is sold to the
public as potentially providing a
miraculous solution," says Myers. "If
we were totally honest, we'd say that
we do basic research because sometimes things fall out that you'd never
predict, that you would never imagine
to be useful down the line."
But Myers is concerned that not
enough restrictions are being
placed on the introduction of
plants from exotic lands. Nearly a
quarter of B.C.'s plants have been
introduced from other parts of the
world, an influx which has had detrimental effects on the province's natural
diversity.  Myers believes B.C. should
be maintaining its own natural plant
resources and using them more in local
landscape projects.
Myers' research into tent caterpillars
on the university south campus lands
and the Gulf Islands is aimed at
understanding the 10-year population
cycles of the insects. The summer of
1996 is a peak period in the cycle and
Myers is set on finding out how one
enemy of the caterpillars, a nuclear
polyhedral virus, spreads and influences the insect populations. Its effect
on caterpillars is similar to what the
Ebola virus does to humans.
"It essentially causes them to
disintegrate," says Myers. She adds
that scientists are trying to develop
virus sprays targeted at specific insect
pests and harmless to others.
In 1992, Myers spoke out against
Agriculture Canada's spraying program
to combat the Asian Gypsy Moth in
Vancouver.
"For me the issue was not the safety
of the spray for humans, but that other
caterpillars, perhaps even rare species,
were killed over a large area," she says.
"Ifyou value biodiversity, then you
don't spray large areas with insecticide
unless absolutely necessary."
Myers credits her success in
science to the teaching and
encouragement she received
early in her education. Since 1990, she
has been offering support and encouragement to UBC students as associate
dean for the Promotion of Women in
Science.
When she accepted the position,
women represented just three per cent
of science faculty members, 40 per cent
of science undergraduates and 25 per
cent  of the graduate students. As
Myers steps down from the associate
deanship, female faculty have more
than doubled and close to 60 per cent
of incoming first-year students are
women. At the graduate level, 40 per
cent of master's students are female
while female doctoral candidates
remain at a low 24 per cent. Myers also
notes with satisfaction that women
make up about half of the students
majoring in mathematics at UBC.
Several projects initiated by Myers
have contributed to the rise in numbers
of women in science. Among these is a
Faculty of Science teaching evaluation
program and a mentoring program for
all first-year students. She has also
spearheaded a poster campaign to be
launched this autumn for all labs and
classrooms outlining the rights and
privileges in academic situations.
Myers says the poster will "drive
home the necessity of mutual respect
among faculty, staff and students
regardless of sex, race or position in
the university hierarchy."
For now, Myers is anxious to explore
the rugged 35-acre plot she and her
family purchased on Saturna Island.
Forty years ago, graduate students in
zoology used to go to this area for field
trips. Myers and her husband, zoology
colleague Jamie Smith, look forward to
reintroducing students to the local
song birds, insects and natural history
of the Gulf Islands. As for her son's two
Madagascar hissing cockroaches, they
will remain in Vancouver. Says Myers:
"We aren't taking any chances of
releasing any more aliens."

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