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3 Class acts
Twenty-two faculty are
in a class of their own
12 Leading lights
A student-initiated project
inspires youth worldwide
VOLUME 46  I  NUMBER 9  |  MAY II, 2000
,jgC Archives aenai
ubc reports
UBC lands 160
research chairs
Injection of new federal
research funds will help
attract faculty, says new
vice-president, Besearch
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
160 research chairs valued at $120
million over five years, according
to allocations recently announced
by administrators ofthe new Canada Research Chairs (crc) program, part of this year's federal
"This new funding is critical to
retaining and recruiting outstanding faculty, an important component of our Trek 2000 strategy,"
says Indira Samarasekera, ubc's
new vice-president, Research.
"It will strengthen research capacity and help build research excellence at a time when faculty retirements are projected to increase. The program is visionary in
scope as it focuses on people and
allows us to build human capital
vital for the future well-being of
This year ubc has been allocated funding for 29 chairs valued at
$4.4 million. Faculties are developing proposals for these chairs in a
broad range of areas.
The program provides for two
types of chairs, ubc will receive
funding of $200,000 for Tier 1
chairs that are intended for senior
professorial appointments of indi
viduals who are internationally
recognized as leaders in their
fields. Tier 11 chairs, designed to attract future research stars, will be
funded at a level of $100,000.
Universities will also have the
opportunity to request Canada
Foundation for Innovation (cfi)
support for infrastructure in their
chair nominations.
ubc will submit its nominations
for chairs in the fall and the first
funding decisions are planned for
mid-December. Nominations will
be integrated with the university's
strategic research plan now being
developed in consultation with the
faculties and due to be completed
in September.
A total of 242 chairs have been
made available to b.c. universities
over the five-year period. Forty-
eight chairs will go to Simon Fraser
University, 29 to the University of
Victoria and five to the University
of Northern British Columbia for a
total of $181.5 million in funding.
Funding for each crc chair will
flow to the university once the candidate has been approved through
a rigorous peer-review process and
has taken up the appointment.
The crc program aims to create
2,000 new research chairs over the
next five years through a total federal government investment of
$900 million.
The program is administered by
the three federal granting councils
—the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural
see Research, page 2
B.C.'s best students
choose university
Service-minded young
scholars select to pursue
higher education at ubc
EIGHTY   PER   CENT   OF   B.C.S   top
high school graduates have chosen
to study at ubc.
Twelve ofthe 15 students selected as the best student in each of
the province's college regions in
the Premier's Excellence Awards
will study at the university.
"We are proud that tomorrow's
leaders are choosing ubc to ad
vance their learning and skills,"
says Brian Sullivan, vice-president, Students. "These talented
students from throughout the
province will quickly become
active participants in our vibrant, dynamic university environment."
Nine of the students will study
science, two are in Arts, and one in
Applied Science.
"We're absolutely delighted to
have so many of these exceptionally talented students in our faculty,"
see Students, page 2
sure footed  More than 5,600 freshly minted graduates will be striding forth into the world from the hallowed halls
of ubc after Spring Congregation ceremonies May 24-31. Degrees from 12 faculties will be handed out in 21 separate
ceremonies taking place over six days at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Eleven honorary degrees will also be
conferred.John Chongphoto
Class of 2000 first to
get degree and story
The timing ofthe
journalism school's first
graduates couldn't be
better, says its director
by Bruce Mason staff writer
the information age has continued to change exponentially
since Western Canada's only graduate school in journalism opened
its doors in September 1998. The
first 17 graduates to earn a ubc
Master of Journalism degree now
have the skills to seize some brand
new opportunities.
They are among more than
5,600 graduates who will receive
degrees in the first Congregation
of the millennium at the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts,
May 24-31.
"It's a great time to be graduating with this degree," says Prof.
Donna  Logan,  director  of the
School of Journalism. "People who
will provide the content in the information age are in very high demand. I am confident all our graduates will find work in this fascinating field."
Logan's extensive experience is
typical ofthe school's faculty. It includes senior positions at The
Montreal Star and the cbc, most
recently as regional director for
b.c. and vice-president, Media Accountability, for all of the public
broadcaster's services in English,
French, radio and television.
She says widespread predictions
that newspapers would become
anachronisms in new media were
fundamentally flawed. Instead they
maintain a key role as a database
for all media. In fact, newspapers
are evolving at the leading edge of
global technology. Electronic versions appear daily as the familiar
daily is being transformed into virtual tv stations and other incarnations.
School ofjournalism Class of 2000
"The journalism profession is
growing," says Logan. "Here in
Canada, a circulation war between
the new The National Post and The
Globe and Mail continues to create
new jobs. So do innovations such
as zoned editions, designed to
compete with new information
Many factors set the ubc journalism graduates apart. They are
critical thinkers trained in the
fundamentals of researching, reporting and writing for all media
and in the day-to-day operation
see First, page 2
' Graduates build community, pages 5-8 • Congregation schedule, page 9 I      UBC     REPORTS
First class
Continued from page 1
of a newsroom. They are also
schooled in contemporary journalistic issues, ethics and responsibilities as well as deadlines, interview techniques and
the need for accuracy.
The philosophy of the school is
that journalists need superior
academic skills as well as excellent
journalistic skills. Required courses
are one-third academic.
The faculty include visiting lecturer Peter C. Newman, one of
Canada's best-known journalists,
authors and editors, Assoc. Prof.
Stephen Ward, a former Canadian
Press foreign correspondent and
bureau chief, and a long list of leading journalists who are associated
with the school.
Student research has emphasized current journalistic issues,
especially the impact of new media on conventional communication.
Seminars, conferences and special lecturers involving the public
have a similar focus. Brown bag
lunch sessions alone have provided
a warehouse of journalistic insight
and experience from the world's
leading journalists.
"An outstanding success," is how
Logan categorizes the first class
Honorary degree nominations
for 2001
The Tributes Committee is seeking nominations of outstanding
candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded in 2001.
Nominations or requests for nomination forms should be mailed
to: Chair, Tributes Committee, c/o Ceremonies and Events Office,
2029 West Mall, Campus Zone 2. deadline for nominations
is Friday, June 30, 2000.
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school, which is part ofthe Faculty
of Arts and governed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The entrance requirements include superior performance at the
baccalaureate level and some in
the class will capitalize on their expertise by reporting in specialized
areas such as law or science. Others will raise the standards in traditional venues or excel in unimag-
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You're only as good as your last
story is an old journalism cliche.
"Work terms included Time
Magazine, The Hong Kong Standard, wire services and national television networks, newspapers in
Vancouver and Regina," reports Logan. "The uniform response from
the editors has been rave reviews.
We have high expectations."
Continued from page 1
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ubc reports
Continued from page 1
says Science Dean Maria Klawe.
"We know they will excel in academic areas and will join the many
other science students who make
outstanding service contributions
to the university and community
each year."
Established in 1986, the awards
are based on students' academic
achievements and outstanding
service to their communities and
schools. They include a medal of
recognition and a $5,000 scholarship to attend a b.c. university, college or institute.
The students who chose ubc
are: Ryan Alkins, Sardis; Pavanjeet
Bhatti, Kitimat; Laura Blue, Victoria; Carly Buchanan, North Vancouver; Anna Chau, Vancouver;
Andrew Home, Kamloops; Beverley Martin, Nanaimo; Jared
Mawhorter, Prince George; Catherine Neish, Penticton; Melissa
Tan, Coquitlam; Erik Weins, Langley; and Amanda Wilmer, Grand
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MAY     II,     2 O 0 O
Top teachers set the
stage for education
One ofthe campuses top teachers wants students to
know you can look foolish and still make a point
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
a unique hybrid of improvisa-
tional theatre and speech language
pathology is what students can expect to find in Barbara Bern-
hardt's classes.
An associate professor in the
School of Audiology and Speech
Sciences, Bernhardt is one of 22
faculty members to receive University Killam Teaching Prizes during
Spring Congregation.
Losing inhibitions and learning
to take risks to help children overcome communication disorders is
a critical skill for speech language
pathologists, says Bernhardt.
That's where the 'Good Speech
Fairy' comes in.
Bernhardt uses the costumed
character, complete with magic
wand, to foster students' creativity.
"They need to know you can
look foolish and still make a point,"
says Bernhardt, who was a clinical
speech pathologist before joining
the school in 1990. "When they're
working with kids, they'll need
that spontaneity and sense of fun."
A regular student at improv theatre classes, she uses the mental
and verbal agility learned there to
teach students how to incorporate
fun role-playing into their interactions with kids.
In addition to the 'Good Speech
Fairy,' she uses the 'Fun Lab,' a
light-hearted title for the phonetics lab. The lab sees students engaging each other in activities that
teach children how to produce the
phonetics or sounds of adult language.
Speech language pathology includes a broad scope of communication disorders ranging from
structural problems such as cleft
palate to cognitive difficulties or
impairment from hearing loss.
Many clients are children.
Determined to tie real-life interactions to theoretical frameworks,
Bernhardt recently brought children and parents into the classroom to work with pairs of students over a period of three
months. Students ordinarily do
not become actively involved in assessment and treatment with clients until their external placements after first year.
"I'm committed to the philosophy that you learn what you do,"
says the teacher of three graduate
courses. "I wanted to take students
to a level beyond a discussion of
case studies."
Students, parents and children
responded enthusiastically to the
experiment, she adds.
Self-described as "far off the
norm as an academic," Bernhardt
initially studied modern languages
but was encouraged by one of her
professors to find her social conscience. Speech language pathology offered her a helping career and
teaching has allowed her to positively influence others, she says.
Outside the classroom, Bernhardt maintains a small clinical
ubc's little engine that
could, does
Canadian Business ■ May 1, p. 49
Over two decades ubc's University-Industry Liaison Office (uilo)
has spun off a whopping 90 companies. That alone makes it the No.
1 incubator in Canada. But on top
of that, David Jones and his colleagues have filed a staggering 800
patents in biotechnology, medical
sciences and engineering on behalf
of ubc. And about 80 per cent of all
the companies they've spun off remain active, a survivability rate up
there with the portfolios of the
hottest venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.
"ubc is the most successful office of its type in Canada, and
probably one of the very few at the
top of North America," says West-
port Innovations ceo David Demers, adding that his company
wouldn't even be here today if it
weren't for the uilo.
b.c. universities provide
base for industry
The Province ■ April 30, p. A41
"The strength of the Canadian biotechnology industry is its superb
academic base," says Bruce
Schmidt, chairman ofthe B.C. Biotechnology Alliance, the umbrella
group that represents more than
80 companies in the sector.
More than 60 per cent of biotech companies here are spun out
of b.c. universities or started by
B.C. scientists.
Competitive edge
honed by education
The Globe and Mail ■ May 3, Commentary
Economic and technological transformations are completely altering
the way we do business. In the
former economy, for example, money followed resources; today it follows knowledge and people. In this
environment, a strong education
system and access to lifelong learning are guarantors of social harmony and prosperity.
practice and collaborates with
community groups in researching
the effectiveness of speech therapies for children. She is also involved in ubc interdisciplinary
studies looking at issues such as
the role of computer technology in
speech language pathology.
Killam Teaching Prize winners
are selected by their faculties
based on recommendations from
students and colleagues. A prize of
$5,000 from endowment sources is
given to each winner.
Prize citations offer a snapshot
of teaching at ubc:
Genetics ethicist Prof. Michael
Burgess of Graduate Studies is
said to epitomize the interdisciplinary vision ofthe faculty. Graduate
students from areas ranging from
nursing to philosophy say Burgess
shows that ethics is not just about
theorizing, but how we live.
Revolutionizing the way in
which conversational Italian is
taught at ubc is how students describe the work of Luisa Canuto,
sessional instructor in French,
Hispanic and Italian Studies.
Forestry Assoc. Prof. Scott
Hinch passionately believes that
students must become stewards of
all natural resources, not just trees.
He was instrumental in expanding
the aquatic ecology and fisheries
conservation curriculum.
Serguei Novocelskii, a sessional instructor in the Dept. of
Mathematics, was an award-winning university teacher in Russia
who has given many ubc students a mathematical awakening, helped them overcome anxieties and develop a passion for
Asian Studies Prof. Daniel
Overmyer has been known to conduct tutorials on Chinese funeral
practices from his sickbed and is
respected by students for his promotion of empathetic thinking.
Other Killam Teaching Prize recipients for 2000 include:
Faculty of Applied Science:
Avrum Soudack, Electrical and
Computer Engineering; Kevin
Smith, Chemical Engineering •
Faculty of Arts: Thomas Kemple,
Anthropology and Sociology; Peter
Loeffler, Theatre, Film and Creative Writing; Robert McDonald,
History • Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration: Keith
Head ■ Faculty of Dentistry: Edward Putnins, Oral Biological and
Medical Sciences • Faculty of Education: Marilyn Chapman, Language and Literacy Education; Linda Farr Darling, Curriculum Studies • Faculty of Graduate Studies:
Kenneth Craig, Psychology • Faculty of Law: Liz Edinger, associate
dean • Faculty of Medicine: Andrew Seal, Surgery; Niamh Kelly,
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine • Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences: Mary Ensom • Faculty of
Science: Geoffrey Herring, Chemistry; Philip Loewen, Mathematics.
One of 22 faculty members to receive a Killam Teaching Prize, Speech
Sciences Assoc Prof. Barbara Bernhardt works wonders in the classroom with
her magic wand. The prop is part of a costumed character she uses to foster
students' creativity. Hilary Thomson photo
Putting students
first earns awards
Geography and Commerce
recognized for innovations
lauded for her tireless commitment
to helping students succeed and a
graduate student who spearheaded
a drive for student health and dental benefits are among the winners
of this year's student development
English instructor Judy Brown
and Psychology phD candidate
Candace Hofmann were named recipients ofthe Margaret Fulton Individual Award. The award recognizes individuals on campus who
have made a significant contribution to students' lives.
"It's a lovely surprise," says
In addition to teaching, Brown
spends up to 10 hours a week advising students. She also finds the
time to recruit faculty members for
Imagine ubc's year-long mentoring
program for first-year students .
Hofmann worked on the Alma
Mater Society/ Graduate Student
Society Health and Dental Plan
which was launched in January.
Her efforts are cited as being instrumental.
The Geography Dept. received
the Alfred Scow Undergraduate
Program Award. Its proposed
course, Geography 447, would see
students perform fieldwork in the
The Faculty of Commerce mba
program received the Peter Larkin
Graduate Program Award for its
unique 15-month program, most
notably a 13-week course which
Judy Brown (left), Candace Hofmann
combines seven key business disciplines.
The Helen McCrae Student Service Award was given to the Alma
Mater Society Tutoring Services
and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences Teaching Support Group.
Tutoring Services made improvements to its first-year tutoring services. Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a peer-teaching program and a Web site which allows
teachers to share information,
tools and techniques.
The awards are named in honour of former members ofthe university community who have made
major contributions to student life
at ubc.
Established in 1998 by the Campus Advisory Board on Student Development (cabsd), they recognize
contributions to the student experience and learning environment at
ubc. The board comprises representatives from across campus.
Twenty-three nominations were
submitted for the awards. 4     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     II,     2000
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Wesbrook 100 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments. Call Dr. W. Jefferies at
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
British Columbia Longitudinal Study
On The Effects Of Prenatal Alcohol
And Tobacco Exposure And Socio
Demographic Risk Conditions:
Methods And Preliminary Results.
Anne George, Institute of Health
Promotion Research. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Paid parking available
in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Gene, Gene-Gene And Gene-
Environment Interactions In The
Etiology Of Human Obesity. Claude
Bouchard, executive director,
Pennington Biomedical Research
Centre, Louisiana State u. gf Strong
Aud. from 9-ioam. Call 875-2307.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Dreams And Soul-Healing. Janet
Cawley, reverend, vst from 7pm.
Continues to June 16 from 8:30am-
3pm. To register e-mail cl@vst.edu.
Call 822-9815.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Linking Research And
Regionalization: Health Decision
Making. Jim Frankish, Brenda Kwan,
Institute of Health Promotion
Research. Mather 253 from 9-ioam.
Paid parking available in Lot B. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Hope In The Face Of Reality. Dr.
Caron Strahlendorf, oncologist, B.C.
Children's Hosp. gf Strong Aud. from
9-ioam. Call 875-2307.
B.C. Youth Parliament's
Dessert And Auction
Ninth Annual Dessert And Auction.
The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton at
7:30pm. Proceeds to Camp Phoenix
for underprivileged kids. $21; $ 36 pair.
E-mail communiryfundraising@
bcyp.bcxa. Call 737-4335-
Food Services Summer Hours
ubc Food Services summer hours
continue to Aug. 28. See our ad in this
issue, visit www.foodserv.ubc.ca or
call 822-3663 (ubc-food).
UBC Campus Tours
Summer walking tours ofthe campus
will be operating from Monday to
Friday from loam-ipm on a drop-in
basis. For large groups or special
request tours, you may also book
ahead by calling 822-8687 (ubc-
tour) between 8:3oam-4:30pm.
TRIUMF Public Tours
Tours are available every Wednesday
and Friday to May 31 starting at lpm
(last approx. one hr. 15 min). Group
tours may be arranged by calling the
triumf Information Office 222-7355.
Cognition And Emotion Study
Seeking participants to explore the
cognitive effects of emotion. Earn $5
by completing a questionnaire. Some
participants will be invited to earn
$25 more in two 60-90 minute
sessions. Call 822-2022.
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Tone: Lessons of Solitude. Morris and
Helen Belkin Art Gallery. ioam-5pm.
Continues to June 4. Open from
Tuesday-Friday ioam-5pm; Saturday-
Sunday from i2noon-5pm.
Admission: $3 adults; $2 seniors; free
for students, ubc faculty and staff
with valid id. Visit the Web site at
www.belkin-gallery.ubc.ca or call
Gardens' Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open to October 2000
from ioam-6pm daily (including
weekends). Inquiries for the gardens
should call 822-9666 and for the Shop
in the Garden 822-4529.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration
and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought...Sage is open Monday
through Friday from nam-2pm. Tapas
will be served on the patio from May 15
to Oct. 15 from the hours of 3:30-8pm.
Our luncheon menu changes weekly
and features a wide selection of wines
by the quarter litre and glass. For
reservations please call 822-1500.
Research Study
Volunteer subjects needed for study
on aging and speech understanding.
Must be native English speakers 18-30
or 60-80 years old with good hearing
in both ears. Involves one two-hour
session on ubc campus. $15
honorarium. Call Wendy Lam at 263-
0677 or e-mail wendylam@
Premenstrual Asthma Study
uBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study
on estrogen's effects on asthma
symptoms and lung function. Must
be 18-45 years of age, non-smokers,
and not taking birth control pills.
Honorarium and free peak flow meter
provided. If interested, please call
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with
Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at
understanding how Parkinson's may
affect complex activities such as
managing multiple tasks.
Participation involves performing
fairly simple tasks, some of which
involve responding verbally to
computer, screen displays. The
general goal of this work is to develop
effective methods of coping with
Parkinson's. If you are a healthy
person ofthe age 50 years or older, we
are also in need of several people to
participate in this study as part of a
non-Parkinson's comparison group. If
you would like to participate or
require more information, please
contact Todd Woodward, Psychology
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female
volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity, to participate
in a research project. If you have ever
had sex with someone when you didn't
want to, because the other person
continued the event when you said no,
forced or threatened to force you, or
because you were given alcohol or
drugs, and you would be interested in
helping us with our research, please call
822-9028. Confidentiality and privacy
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Attributed To Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist. Continues to
July 31. Three Case Studies Northwest
Coast Art. Continues to Sept. 10.
Raven's Reprise: Contemporary Works
by First Nations Artists. Continues to
Jan. 31 2001. Conversations: The
Tecson Philippine Collection.
www.moa.ubc.ca or call 822-5087 or
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging child
behaviours? We are asking parents of
7-14-year-olds to tell us by completing
an anonymous, 30-minute
questionnaire. You can receive the
results. Please call Assoc. Prof.
Johnston's lab, 822-9037.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the June 15 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period June 18 tojuly 15—is noon, June 6. UBC      REPORTS      |      MAY     II,     2000      |      5
Graduates build community
Tomorrows leaders take charge of their future in disciplines ranging from law to animal welfare
A dance for social justice
A mother, dancer, filmmaker and now lawyer finds her
own beat seeking opportunities to "build a better world"
From providing legal advice for abused women to pro bono work for nonprofit organizations, Law graduate Mojdeh Shahriari, seen here with son
Tascha, seeksjustice. Bruce Mason photo
by Bruce Mason staff writer
tascha is quick to answer.
"I'm three-years-eight-months
So what about his mother's new
Law degree?
"I guess she's my mother and a
lawyer now. We still dance."
"I made fundamental changes
when he arrived," says Mojdeh
Shahriari, dancer, filmmaker and
single mother with an intense passion for social justice.
"I'm proud and honoured to
have volunteered with the Law
Students' Legal Advice Program
(lslap)," she says. "I've worked
with abused women, people with
welfare and employment insurance problems and some who were
in a lot of trouble, but couldn't
afford a lawyer."
lslap is a student initiative in
the Faculty of Law which provides free legal advice and repre-
Graduate prescribes flexibility
Mentor helps inspire Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate
to residency at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
was just the first of many communities that make up Elaine Chong's
"I think the word community is
defined by people rather than places," says the Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate. "My different facets put me in a multitude of communities—I guess I really can be in
two places at one time."
Attracted to Pharmaceutical
Sciences because it offered "a flexible degree," Chong has established
her own multi-disciplinary sphere
of students, teachers, mentors and
Her academic credits include numerous scholarships and honours.
A1999/2000 Wesbrook Scholar, she
is one of the first pharmacy students to be awarded this distinction. She is also an executive member of ubc's chapter of the Golden
Key National Honour Society, an international group of academic top
Thanks to last year's studentship with pharmaceutical manufacturer Janssen-Ortho Inc., she
has also explored clinical research,
sales and marketing and medical
information services.
Working at Children's and Women's Health Centre of b.c. with clinical researcher Mary Ensom—
someone she describes as inspirational—helped convince Chong to
specialize in hospital pharmacy.
She is about to start a one-year residency at Toronto's Hospital for Sick
"My residency gives me the
chance to practise pharmaceutical
care on the wards—it will open
doors to further professional development," says Chong, who is
also a fluent Cantonese speaker.
Her intellectual demands are
balanced by what she describes as
"a huge part of my life"—music.
An accomplished performer
and teacher who started playing
piano at age three, Chong regular-
Elaine Chong
ly performs with her sister, Gina,
also a Pharmaceutical Sciences
After her residency, Chong plans
to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy
degree as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy and sees herself in a career that combines
teaching, research and clinical
"Coming to ubc made me a
small fish in a big pond," she says.
"I'll miss the comfortable pond I
came from, but I'm looking forward to the expanse of ocean
sentation to the poor and disadvantaged. In 30 years it has
grown into a non-profit organization of 150 dedicated volunteer
student clinicians staffing more
than 25 legal clinics across the
Greater Vancouver Regional District year-round.
Shahriari was also the first director of Pro Bono Students Canada at ubc, which provides volunteer law students for non-profit organizations.
"I left my native Iran for political
reasons in the mid-'8os and pursued the only double honours
bachelor's degree in Film Studies
and Sociology ever at ubc," she recalls. Comfortable in the combination of art and advocacy that film
provided, she earned a master's de
gree in Film Studies in 1994.
"As an independent filmmaker I
could say what I had to say and
survive by finding odd jobs," she
says. "But the financial pressures
of raising a child forced me to consider options. Law wasn't too alien
and would provide opportunities
to help build a better world."
The courses were technical
and corporate. There was more
memorization than discussion
and critical analysis. But she excelled in small group seminars
and lslap.
"I'm finding my balance," says
Shahriari, who is now articling
with the law firm Peterson Stark.
Schooled in Persian dance, she
founded the local dance troupe
Atash 10 years ago. Tascha is
among the 15 to 35 member/performers.
"We danced on tv," he reports,
beaming from her embrace.
Educator's vision eives
hometown global voice
Mario Lopez plans to open
an English school when he
returns to Oaxaca, Mexico
by Bruce Mason staff writer
he is the first of his family's nine
children to be educated outside
Mexico and Mario Lopez's goal is
that others from his country will
seize global opportunities. He is
establishing a Spanish/English
school in his hometown Oaxaca
for lower income people.
Research for his master's degree in
Language and Literacy Education
explored parental views of the value
of literacy education in his hometown. He will apply what he learned
at ubc about emergent literacy to design his school's curriculum.
"English schools only exist for
the elite," he explains. "Mine will
educate lower and middle class
students so that they can get better jobs in tourism and other
areas, or go on to university which
requires English in upper levels.
Without it, they can't compete."
Mario recalls his mother saying,
"Your education is your job. It is
your responsibility to be somebody. Take it."
Parental  encouragement paid
Mario Lopez
off. Among the Lopez children are
two accountants, a chemist, a dental technician, an architect, two
secretaries and a teacher.
"My research found very strong
support for literacy and English education among all the socio-economic classes in Oaxaca," he says.
Mario arrived in b.c. with a
scholarship to the Canadian International College. He immediately
began organizing exchanges between Canadian teachers and
Mexican students, which eventually involved 25 teachers.
Two of the teachers, Clayton
see School page 6 6      |      UBC      REPORTS      |      MAY     II,     2000
Part of a new generation of biotechnology scientists, Kim MacDonald looks
forward to engaging in the debate set off by science's attempt to find new
solutions to old agricultural problems.  Bruce Mason photo
Onus on society,
says biotech grad
"Everyone is affected and
understandably many
people are frightened,"
says Kim MacDonald
by Bruce Mason staff writer
"the beauty and magic we see
every day such as flowers blooming and other wonders are recapitulated at the sub-microscopic level," says Kim MacDonald, who has
earned a Master of Science degree.
Typical of students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, MacDonald s education and future is multi-
Part of a new generation of biotechnology scientists who have
touched off global debate—particularly regarding genetically modified foods—he looks forward to
engaging in ongoing dialogue.
"We are rapidly discovering the
functions of many genes and applying this knowledge to old agricultural problems," he says. "Our
very sustenance is involved, everyone is affected and understandably, many people are frightened."
"To make appropriate decisions,
we have to consider all of society's
needs," MacDonald adds.
Well aware that scientists must
communicate, he wants to teach
courses to the general public.
Rather than indoctrinate, he hopes
to share information, to ask questions and learn.
MacDonald is also part of a generation of highly trained Canadians being courted by global corporations. Many job opportunities
exist south ofthe border.
"Money alone won't provide
what I want and it's too much of a
compromise to give up my family
and everything I have in Canada,"
explains the avid mountain biker,
hiker, camper and skier who grew
up in Horseshoe Bay. A skater
since age six, he competed at the
national level until several years
It was then that MacDonald
threw himself into genetics and
began research with Brian Ellis, a
professor of Agricultural Sciences
and co-chair of ubc s Biotechnology Laboratory. Ellis was recently
selected for Canada's Expert Panel
on the Future of Food Biotechnology
MacDonald is currently working as a research assistant in the
lab of another ubc pioneer, geneticist Jim Kronstad, an associate
professor of Plant Science, Microbiology and Immunology in the Biotechnology Laboratory. He is involved in a project to understand
causes of fungal meningitis.
"Science has the ability to offer
solutions," MacDonald says, "but
all of society must decide which
ones we will embrace."
Engineer sets mentorship
gears in motion for others
She didn't know any female engineers growing up, but
she's making sure today's youngsters will
by Andy Poon staff writer
civil engineering co-op student Rozlyn Bubela's fascination
with building things began at the
tender age of eight when she and
her older sister helped their father
build their family cabin on Quesnel
"We didn't do the actual hammering but we did help with the
strategy—things like how far did
we want it to be from the water
and such," recounts Bubela.
With her father an auto mechanic and her mother a teacher, it
seems natural for Bubela to embrace a profession that would involve hands-on work, problem-
solving and learning.
The 23-year-old Dean's Honour
List student, who admits to a
fondness for number puzzles and
math competitions, says she
doesn't recall knowing any female
engineers when she was a young
"Women in particular may have
the skills for engineering but not
the support or know about the opportunities out there for them, especially at a young age," Bubela
She is doing something about
Besides speaking at conferences
encouraging young women to consider sciences and engineering as a
career option, she set up a Women
in Engineering Web link off the
ubc homepage and is active in the
Scientists and Innovators in the
Schools (sis) program.
sis, a Science World and B.C. Information, Science and Technology Agency initiative, brings volunteer scientists, engineers and technologists into the province's elementary and high schools to give
demonstrations to spark students'
"I am hoping to get some teachers in Quesnel to tap into this resource," says the former 1993/94
Miss Quesnel whose sister Teresa
also won the title the previous
And while Bubela—the undergraduate winner of the 1999 Premier's Awards for Young Women in
Science—has been interviewing
with companies as graduation
nears, she is leaning towards working on a master's degree in structural and earthquake engineering,
most likely at ubc.
"If you want to work in Canada
and you want to work in seismic,
you should be in b.c."
Rozlyn Bubela
Hands-on teaching
informs career choice
Graduate goes to the front
ofthe class to teach first-
year calculus
by Andy Poon staffwriter
as the end of the school year
drew near, 21-year-old Scott Mac-
Lachlan was busy preparing for exams but with a twist. Not only was
the Computer Science and Mathematics student studying for exams; he was also drafting one.
"It's a lot harder than you think
to put together an exam," says Mac-
Lachlan, who has the distinction of
being the only undergraduate instructing his own section of a
course in the Faculty of Science.
This year, he taught about 30 students Math 100, the introductory
calculus course at ubc.
MacLachlan admits to being
nervous when he faced his first
class in January but he says the
butterflies disappeared almost immediately.
"As soon as I put the chalk to the
chalkboard and got going, the
nervousness disappeared," he says.
"I really love it. The feedback you
get from students and the chance
to teach them about math is something I enjoy."
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and Susan Knowlton, offered to
help him out with room and board
and he supported himself as a
graduate research assistant in
ubc's Language Education Research Centre. He also worked as a
peer adviser for his department
and helped plan and develop a
graduate student conference which
included 25 presentations of student work from the University of
Washington and ubc.
"He is quite extraordinary," says
Education Prof. Lee Gunderson.
"Not only did he organize social
events to make the department
more welcoming, he is renowned
for his guitar playing, his singing in
different languages, and his dancing. He has a talent for getting others, including faculty, up on the
dance floor."
Mario is now encouraging others to get involved in his school. He
will need English books which are
expensive in Mexico. His e-mail
address is lopezmario@hotmail.
Scott MacLachlan
Student evaluations of Mac-
Lachlan's performance have been
overwhelmingly positive says
Mathematics Dept. head Prof.
George Bluman.
"He's done a fabulous job," says
Bluman. "He's one of our best instructors."
Although MacLachlan excels
academically, he has also managed
to find time to be heavily involved
in student politics as well as volunteering in the community.
The recipient of numerous
scholarships and awards, MacLachlan has twice been named a
Wesbrook Scholar at ubc. The
honour is given each year to the
top 20 undergraduate students at
ubc. Recipients are selected on the
basis of academic achievement
and community leadership.
MacLachlan was a student sen-
ator-at-large on the ubc Senate
this year and served on the board
of directors ofthe Alma Mater Society. He is also a member of the
executive of the 2000 Grad Class
Council and volunteered with Vancouver's South Slope Family ymca.
"I am really interested in getting
involved and getting things done,"
says MacLachlan.
He will start a doctorate degree
in Applied Mathematics at the
University of Colorado this fall
with the goal to eventually become
a professor. UBC     REPORTS
MAY     II.
Training has teeth
at home and abroad
Volunteer experience
reinforces pair's
commitment to studies
and chosen profession
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
providing dental care to under-served communities is not an
unusual dentistry assignment—
except when it means treating inmates in African prisons.
Faculty of Dentistry graduates
Cindee Dupuis and Joey Dahl-
strom spent two weeks last May
practising dentistry in Benin, a
French-speaking country located
west of Nigeria that has about the
same population as B.C.
"We became interested in volunteering abroad after hearing
about a faculty member's trip,"
says Dahlstrom.
"We both felt a need to renew
our commitment to the profession
and this project gave us that opportunity."
The pair joined a 17-person
team organized by a non-profit
U.S. society. It included an oral surgeon, doctors, a pharmacist, nurses and physical therapists.
Together the group travelled
through the country treating inmates at six ofthe country's seven
prisons. Each prison held from
200-1,500 inmates.
Because of the prisoners' poor
dental health, extractions were the
treatment of choice.
"I pulled more teeth in one day
than in all of my third-year oral surgery rotations," says Dupuis, who
estimates they each extracted
about 20 teeth per 12-hour day, often working in 40 degree heat.
There was no electricity available so they operated using flashlights with instruments and supplies brought from home. Lawn
furniture took the place of dental
chairs, buckets served as spitoons
and flies came in droves.
But the primitive conditions
didn't matter to inmates who had
never before been visited by a
health-care team.
"These prisoners were some of
the nicest, most appreciative
patients," says Dahlstrom. "They
thanked us by singing or giving us
a piece of fruit."
After returning home, the pair
picked up their studies and their
sports. Both are members of their
faculty's ball hockey team which
recently earned the gold medal in
intramural competition. Dupuis
also plays ice hockey and Dahlstrom is a marathon runner.
"The experience in Benin was
very satisfying from a professional perspective," says Dupuis. "It
showed me that all this studying
could help me be of real service."
Both graduates enjoyed the Beninese culture's emphasis on social
interaction and family relationships and were impressed by people's happiness and generosity despite poor living conditions.
A job in her hometown of Duncan is Dahlstrom's next stop and
Dupuis is working in Salmon Arm.
They may not make it back to
Africa, but they agree that volunteer assignments will always be
part of their professional life.
Pulling teeth in 40 degree heat near the heart of Africa was an experience Dentistry graduates Joey Dahlstrom (left)
and Cindee Dupuis are unlikely to forget. Hilary Thomson photo
'Forests forever' pledges scholar
Nothing will keep this conservationist out of the woods
by Andy Poon staff writer
slogging through rough,
wooded terrain with a backpack
under a hot sun gathering plant
samples may not be everybody's
A mission in medicine
Sense of purpose compels
pursuit of family medicine
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
inspiration and perspective
are two words Winnie Su uses a lot.
And listening to the medical graduate describe her world, it's easy to
understand why.
As an undergraduate at Simon
Fraser University (sfu) she heard
the experiences of two medical
missionaries. It convinced her to
abandon plans to become a veterinarian and switch to medicine.
"I was inspired by what they had
done and what they believed," says
Su. "I love animals, but felt called
to pursue medicine—it held a
greater sense of purpose for me."
A lifelong Vancouver resident,
Su is headed for a two-year residency in family medicine in Lower
Mainland hospitals and community clinics.
Majoring in biology at sfu—
where she made the honour roll for
her last three years—gave her ex-
Winnie Su
cellent academic preparation for
medicine which she has supplemented with community volunteer activities.
A palliative care course at Burnaby Hospice Society prepared Su—
one of the youngest people in the
class—to offer emotional support
to bereaved people in her community.
"That experience gave me a lot
of perspective," she says. "It made
me think about where I stand and
taught me acceptance of different
Fluent in Mandarin, Su has
worked with young Asian immigrants, tutoring in language and
academic subjects. For the past
seven years, she has counselled
and created programs for youth at
her church where she also leads
Bible study classes and plays the
One of three daughters in a musical family and a piano and theory teacher for eight years, she finds
music inspiring and an excellent
stress reliever, along with painting
and drawing.
Although Su has been involved
in research for the last six years—
both basic science and doctor-patient communications—her passion is clinical care.
"I want to be involved in the full
scope of care from delivering babies to working with older people,"
she says.
After establishing a suburban
practice, Su hopes to share her perspective and inspiration by working on medical missions.
idea of a delightful afternoon. For
Forestry graduate Myriam Bloem-
hard though, it's something she enjoys and would like to share with
"Once you've been out there in
the woods and you've experienced
how peaceful and beautiful it is,
you want it to be around forever,"
says Bloemhard, describing why
she chose to pursue a degree in
natural resource conservation.
She plans on a career in conservation policy interpretation, development and public education after
The self-proclaimed nature lover
hasn't let a visual impairment—
she has some vision in her right eye
but none in her left—impede her
Bloemhard completed a rigorous 15-credit field school and spent
five months last fall in Canberra,
Australia as an international exchange student studying forestry
economics and German at the
Australia National University. During that time, she backpacked and
hiked around southern Australia
for a month.
"It doesn't slow me down at all,"
says the likeable 27-year-old of her
limited vision—the result of a
childhood infection when she was
two-and-a-half years old. "If the
terrain gets really rough, I just use
a walking stick."
In fact, Bloemhard doesn't let
much slow her down. Case in
point: since November she has had
a two-hour commute by bus and
Skytrain from her home in Langley
to attend classes at ubc.
Myriam Bloemhard
Bloemhard was the founder and
president of the university's vip
(Visually Impaired Persons) Club
in 1997-98.
"I thought it was important to
raise awareness ofthe issues facing
visually-impaired people at ubc,"
she says. Besides bringing speakers
to campus to talk about careers
and options for visually-impaired
students, Bloemhard is proud of
the input that the club played in
ensuring that new computers in
the Crane Resource Centre addressed the needs of the visually
Having organized and presented talks to elementary students on
environmental issues, Bloemhard
is looking forward to raising
awareness for environmental causes and issues professionally.
"In Canada we are so lucky that
we have old growth forest left. In
Europe, it's virtually gone. We
must keep that from happening." 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      MAY     II,     2000
Campus experience
began with daycare
Ian Clayton, one of the first 17 to graduate from ubc's School ofjournalism, is part of a new wave of journalists, keen
to provide context and perspective in the content-hungry Information Age. Bruce Mason photo
Lawyer turned scribe
learns all the write stuff
Stints with cbc Newsworld and advanced studies lay
groundwork for graduate to make people aware of issues
by Bruce Mason staff writer
on the 21st century and share stories which will influence your life.
"I want to inform, provide context, perspective and objectivity on
important issues to help make
people aware so they can respond,"
says Clayton. He is one ofthe first
17 graduates to earn a master's degree from the ubc School ofjournalism in the Faculty of Arts.
To get in and stay in the program—Western Canada's only
graduate school for journalism,
which emphasizes advanced academic study as well as practice—
required hard work.
The son of two professors, Clayton earned a Bachelor of Arts from
the University of Manitoba in his
hometown of Winnipeg, and discovered a love of writing and telling stories while working on the
student newspaper. That lingered
as he completed a law degree at
the University of Manitoba.
"I wanted to communicate with
more people on a wide range of
topics," says Clayton, explaining
why he enrolled at the school when
it opened in 1998.
He interned at cbc Newsworld
in Toronto, where he wrote for
newscasts, worked on Counter-
spin and Newsworld Today and
wrote for cbc's Internet site.
A work term at Vancouver's Canadian Press bureau provided
background for his thesis on the
future of wire services in the highly charged Information Age.
"Deadlines are disappearing as
news is covered in real time, online," he says. "Content is needed to
feed technology's rapid growth.
You could say the message is becoming the medium."
Clayton won't be confined to a
law beat. Arts, sports, news, and
business are equally appealing
when you strive for "an accurate
take and not being boring."
He credits the School ofjournalism for providing a once-in-a-ca-
reer opportunity to look in-depth
at the myriad issues he faces as a
journalist. The best in the business
have lined up to share insights
with the class. One-third of the
credits Clayton earned were in disciplines outside journalism.
Clayton and his colleagues are
good news for Canadians who
complain about the media. Watch
for his byline.
If the university offers him
a challenging position, he
might never leave, says
Commerce grad Jesse Sims
by Andy Poon staff writer
jesse sims, this year's co-recipi-
ent of the Alumni Association's
Outstanding Student Award, began his formal education at ubc as
a toddler.
"I attended my first classes at
ubc at Canada Goose Daycare,"
laughs the 22-year-old Bachelor of
Commerce student. "I'll really miss
this place when I graduate. If ubc
offers me a challenging position I
might never leave."
Every member of his family has
taken classes at the university. His
father completed his pho in Forestry in the early '80s; his mother
took psychology courses; his sister
is currently doing an interdisciplinary ph.D; his brother-in-law is in
Law; and his niece is in daycare.
Sims moved to Ontario at age
five, but returned to b.c. for university in part because the Registrar's Office sent letters and a
scholarship offer that were "by far
the most friendly and encouraging" compared to those from other universities he applied to.
A former Ontario Ski Team
member, Sims spent much of his
time during high school travelling
and competing internationally,
leaving him little opportunity to
get involved in student activities.
He set about to change that at ubc.
He quickly joined the Commerce Undergraduate Society and
the Alma Mater Society. He
chaired the 1999 ubc International Business Conference and co-
chaired the event this year.
Jesse Sims
Sims values his experience in organizing the conferences. Each
was attended by more than 400
delegates. He cites in particular
the contact he had with keynote
speakers such as pollster Angus
Reid and top executives from
Nortel, Seagate Software, Bombardier and Electronic Arts.
"They are down-to-earth people
who have kept in touch. They are
inspiring," he says.
Last March he was the sole student representative on the President's Leaders' Roundtable, sharing his opinions on issues critical
for the university's future success
with ubc President Martha Piper
and selected b.c. industry chief executives.
Sims has worked extensively on
campus, most recently at the ubc
trek Program Centre to develop
the ubc Transportation Guide and
much-anticipated u-pass system ■
to encourage commuting options
among faculty, staff and students.
In the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration, he has
worked as a teaching assistant, a
research assistant, to the associate
dean and as an alumni assistant.
Animal welfare unbridles career plans
Kymberly McLeod follows her passion thanks to an
innovative program that combines ethics and research
by Bruce Mason staff writer
kymberly mcleod is a third-gen-
eration ubc graduate with a
unique degree and future career.
Motivated by a lifelong love of
animals she has earned a Bachelor
of Science from the innovative Animal Welfare Program in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
The program was established in
1995 to address the compelling issues in the debate over the humane treatment of animals in agriculture, research, sport and companionship.
"I grew up with pets and help
train a six-year-old thoroughbred
horse, Angel, which I ride at least
three times a week," she says. "I
have always been concerned about
the quality of their lives and want
to do anything I can to improve the
existence of all animals."
A shortage of objective measures, balanced research and public
education has slowed the search
for practical solutions to animal
welfare problems and informed
consensus building.
McLeod hopes to help change
all that by becoming a teacher and
sharing what she has learned
through public education.
"Human beings need to be able
to assess the emotional well-being
of animals, to improve animal welfare as well as the efficiency of animal agriculture," she says. "We
must find ways to reduce and refine the use of animals in biomedical research and find a middle
ground and practical solution to a
wide range of issues concerning
animal welfare."
Working closely with ubc's Animal Care Centre, she is conducting a
research project to improve the
quality of life for the 400,000 laboratory rats used in Canada every year.
"I am carefully studying the enclosures in which they give birth,"
she says. "We want to find the optimum size, amount of light, bedding
material and play toys which interest them, to create an environment
which is as natural as possible."
Led by internationally recognized animal scientists Prof. David
Fraser and Assoc. Prof. Dan Weary,
the Animal Welfare Program
benefits from links with other academic units such as the Centre for
Applied Ethics and biologists and
medical researchers.
It takes advantage of ubc's extensive expertise in economics, law
Kymberly McLeod
and international trade. And it
works actively with its sponsoring
organizations including the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the B.C. Veterinary Medical
Association and other organizations throughout the province and
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Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-
Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd).
ptsd is caused by events such as
physical or sexual assault, and motor
vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic
Stress Clinic at 822-8040.
Research Study
We are seeking healthy 8-12-year-olds
and their mothers to take part in a
psychology study to find out more
about how children learn about hurts
and pains. For more information, call
Prof. Craig's lab 822-5280.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's ofF-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main
purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club
is to raise funds for student
scholarships. There are 19 different
Some 70 graduates will pass through a ceremonial door located on the north side of
the First Nations House of Learning on Saturday, May 27th. Since the official opening
ofthe Longhouse in 1993, hundreds of First Nations graduates have marked their
achievement in this way. The door features an eagle design carved by First Nations
artist Lyle Wilson. Dianne London photo
interest groups within the club,
ranging from art appreciation and
bridge to hiking. Do come and join us!
Call Barbara Tait, president 224-0938;
Gwyneth Westwick, membership
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the
relationship types of fraternal and
identical female twins. If you can help
by completing some questionnaires
and being interviewed about
relationships, please e-mail:
tmacbeth@cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call
Tannis MacBeth, Psychology
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing university students
are invited to discuss their post-
secondary experiences for a phD
study. Involves interviews and the
option of jotting down thoughts twice
weekly over a three-week period.
Honorarium to be provided. Contact
Ruth Warick, graduate student, in the
Dept. of Educational Services, ubc.
Call/fax 224-4198 or e-mail
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with
appropriate signs and barriers,
however sometimes unauthorized
individuals remove these signs and
barriers. Please approach work sites
cautiously and respect signs and/or
work crew instructions to avoid
potential harm. Potential hazards
including falling, electrical shock,
burns, and other harmful events. If
you have any questions concerning a
ubc Utilities work site, please call
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out. We are
looking for parents with babies
between four and 21 months of age,
including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language
development studies. If you are
interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre,
Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words. We are looking
for children (two-four years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in
language studies. If you are interested
in bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof. Geoffrey
Hall's Language Development Centre,
Psychology, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
The British Columbia Seniors
Medication Information Line (bc
smile), answered by licensed
pharmacists, is a free telephone
hotline established to assist seniors,
their families and caregivers with any
medication-related questions
including side effects, drug
interactions, and the misuses of
prescription and non-prescription
drugs when it is not possible to direct
such questions to their regular
pharmacist or physician. Monday to
Friday ioam-4pm. Call 822-1330 or
e-mail smileubc@unixg.ubc.ca.
Schedule of Congregation ceremonies
MAY    24    THROUGH     MAY    31
All ceremonies take place in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts. A
general reception follows each ceremony at the Buchanan Building quadrangle.
Arts (Psychology), phD, ma, ba
Arts (Asian Area Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese, Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, Classics, Comparative
Literature, Economics, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Religion and Literature,
Religious Studies, South Asian Languages, Women's Studies), Social
Work PhD, ma, msw, ba, bsw
Arts (English, Environmental Studies,
Family Science), phD, ma, ba
Arts (Anthropology, Art History, Creative Writing, Film, Fine Arts, French,
Italian, Italian Studies, Journalism,
Latin American Studies, Music, Music
Arts, Romance Languages Studies,
Sociology, Spanish, Theatre), phD,
bmus; Diplomas: Applied Creative
Non-Fiction, Film Studies and Art
History, French Translation
Honorary degree: Atom Egoyan
8 pm
Baccalaureate Concert
Arts (General ba Program, Geography, German, History), phD, ma, ba
Honorary degree: Walter Hardwick
Arts (International Relations, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medieval
Studies, Modern European Studies,
Philosophy, Political Science, Speech
Sciences), Library, Archival and Information Studies, phD, ma, mas, mlis,
ba, Diploma in Applied Linguistics
Science [Biochemistry, Physiology,
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (bsc
only), Biopsychology, Microbiology
and Immunology, Integrated Sciences], PhD, MSC, bsc
Science (Astronomy, Atmospheric
Science, Chemistry, Climatology,
Earth Science, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Oceanography, Geological Sciences, Geomorphology,
Geophysics, Geophysics/Astronomy,
Hydrology/Soil, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physics; General Science with concentrations in any of
the above), phD, msc, bsc, Diploma in
Honorary degree: Myer Bloom
Science (Biology Options: Cell Biolo
gy, Cell/Genetics Biology, Genetics,
General Biology), phD, msc, bsc
Science [Botany, Zoology (msc/pIid),
Freshwater Science, Biology Options:
Aquacultural Science, Animal, Conservation, Ecology, Marine Biology,
Plant; General Science (Life Science
or concentrations in any ofthe
above); Nutritional Sciences], phD,
msc, bsc
Science [Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Statistics; General
Science (with Mathematical, Computer Science or Statistics concentrations)], phD, msc, bsc
Applied Science (Bio-Resource,
Chemical, Electrical, Fire Protection,
Metals and Materials Engineering
and Engineering Physics), phD, masc,
MEng, msc, basc
Honorary degrees: Edith and Patrick
Applied Science (Civil, Geological,
Mechanical, Mining and Mineral
Processing Engineering), phD, masc,
MEng, msc, basc
Honorary degree: John Wheeler
1:30 pm
Architecture, Community and Re
gional Planning, Nursing, phD, masa,
MArch, ma (Planning), msc, msn
(Planning), BArch, bsn
Honorary degree: Alice Baumgart
Agricultural Sciences, Family and Nutritional Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Studies, Landscape Architecture, Occupational Hygiene, Resource Management and Environmental Studies,
(Agr), bsc (Dietet), Diploma in Agricultural Sciences in conjunction with
Malaspina University-College (Management of Aquaculture Systems)
Honorary degree: Robert Mundell
Dentistry, Human Kinetics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, phD, PharmD, mhk,
(Pharm), Diploma in Periodontics
Honorary degree: Henry Friesen
Audiology and Speech Sciences, Biochemistry (phD's and msc's only), Genetics, Medicine, Neuroscience,
Physiology (phDs and msc's only),
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
(phDs and msc's only), Rehabilitation
Sciences, pIid, mha, mhsc, msc, md,
MD/phD, bmlsc, bsc (ot), bsc (pt)
Honorary degree: William Webber
Education, pIid, ma, MEd, EdD, BEd
(Elementary Program), BEd (Middle
Years), BEd (Secondary Program),
Diplomas in Education
Forestry, Law, phD, masc, mf, msc,
msn, bsf, bsc (Forestry), llm, llb,
llb/mba, bsc (Natural Resource
Conservation), bsc (Wood Products),
Diploma in Forestry (Advanced Silviculture), Forest Engineering
Commerce and Business Administration (BCom: Accounting, Commerce
and Economics, Finance, General
Business Management, International
Business Management), BCom
Honorary degree: Robert Ho
Commerce and Business Administration (Graduate Programs, and BCom:
Industrial Relations Management,
Management Information Systems,
Marketing, Transportation and Logistics, Urban Land Economics) phD,
mba, msc (Bus. Admin.), BCom, Diploma in Urban Land Economics
related information
For information on this year's
honorary degree recipients, see
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Silviculture institute
shines at awards
ubc's Silviculture and Forest Engineering Institute of B.C. won in the
education-academic achievement
category during the fourth annual
British Columbia Forests Excellence Awards.
Eleven awards were handed out
to individuals and groups in nine
categories in recognition of their
contributions to improvements,
innovation and renewal of the
province's forest sector.
The Institute offers diploma
programs for professionals practising in the areas of forest engineering as well as advanced silviculture. In addition, the Institute has
initiated a Technical Module Program in Advanced Silviculture for
forest technologists and techni-
Plant sale offers
perennial favourites
ubc's Friends ofthe Garden (fogs)
are once again staging their major
fund-raiser, the annual Perennial
Plant Sale on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14.
One ofthe attractions is free admission to the Botanical Garden,
where Canada's largest rhododen
dron collection is in full bloom.
Among the many free activities for
children is potting up a sunflower
to take home.
The main attraction is more
than 12,000 plants of the highest
quality, propagated by fogs and
sold at reasonable prices with expert advice.
The event takes place from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Botanical Garden, 6804 Southwest Marine Dr.
Pay parking is available in lots B6
and B7 north ofthe garden.
Some of us will be
gazing at the stars
The nation's leading astronomers
will converge on campus later this
month to tackle some ofthe oldest
mysteries of the universe.
ubc will play host to more than
125 of Canada's astronomy experts
during the annual meeting of the
Canadian Astronomical Society/
Societe Canadienne d'Astronomy
(casca) from May 24-28.
"We are literally coming together to tackle where we came from—
the origins of the universe," says
Jaymie Matthews, one of the
event's organizers.
Matthews, an assistant professor
of Astronomy and Physics, says
some of the topics that the scientists will shed new light upon are
the Big Bang theory, how old the
sun is and what caused the sun and
Earth to appear in the universe.
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H O U S E A perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university members who visit throughout the year.
Close to ubc and other Vancouver
attractions, a tasteful representation of our city and of ubc 4103
w. 10th Ave., Vancouver, bc, v6r
2H2. Call or fax 222-4104.
Elegant accommodation in Point
Grey area. min. to ubc On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes tv, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites available for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, tv and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
2855 w. 6th Ave. Heritage house,
antiques, wood floors, original
stained glass, io min. to ubc and
downtown. Two blocks from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighbourhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-smokers only
please. Call 341-4975.
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes tv,
private phone and bathroom.
Weekly reduced rates. Call
737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, available for visitors attending ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, tv,
fridge, and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
PETER WALL INSTITUTE University Centre. Residence offering superior hotel or kitchenette style rooms
and suites. All rooms have private
bath, queen bed, voice mail, cable tv
and Internet-linked PC Beautiful view
of sea and mountains. For rates and
reservations call 822-4782.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
available. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are available in
the school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
FRANCE Ultimate vacation central
Paris one br apt. Close to Paris one br
apt. Close to Avignon Provence two br
house. Accommodates six people. All
fully furnished. Call 738-1876.
ONE BR with spectacular view of
mountains and harbor available
fromjune 15-Sept. 15. $775/1710. incl.
hydro, parking and pool. Located on
Kits Point, this would be ideal for
visiting faculty members. Damage
deposit req. Call 731-0727.
with homey comfortable environment
forvisitors to ubc and hospital. Located near hospital. Rates $40-$8o/
night and weekly rates. Call 222-1062.
character home two blocks from
beach, close to ubc Stunning views
of water, mountains, city. Three br
(main ensuite) with one br apt. n/s.
June 23-Aug. 1 (5 weeks). $2800. Call
822-5236; 222-4435.
FOR RENT from May 15. Quaint
three br West Point Grey family
home, close to ubc, schools, 10th
Ave. shopping. Bright h/w floors,
lovely garden with gazebo and garden studio suitable for office. $1850/
mo. Call 222-1354.
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
Deadline: for the June 15 issue: 12 noon, June 6.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes gst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to use Reports) or journal voucher.
SUBLET spacious, fully-furnished,
bright one br apt. July and August in
beautiful Tudor style building. 14th
and Hemlock. $850/010. incl. heat,
hot water, cable, hydro and local
calls. To view call Crista 736-0861.
UBC GATES Furnished heritage
house, three br, den, two bath. Close
to ubc, shops, schools, parks. Aug. 15
'oo-Aug. 15 '01. Lease req.
n/p, n/s. $225o/mo. incl. util.,
gardening. E-mail iozier@physics.
ubc.ca; call 228-9874; 822-6356.
area. Three br house, 40 mi. West of
Manhattan, 50 min. by bus or train.
Within reach of n.j. shore, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington. Avail.
June 27 to July 20. E-mail morgan.
bennett@worldnet.att.net. Call
(973) 301-0938.
VACATION ACCOMMODATION False Creek Area, close to
seawall and Granville Island, two br
townhouse, fully equipped. Avail.
July 29-Aug. 26. $50o/wk. E-mail
feijoa@interchange.ubc.ca or call
one br condo avail. June, July, August. $i45o/mo. Fully furnished.
Close to buses and skytrain. Call
style home near ubc Ideal for
budget-conscious visitors, single or
couple. Short stays welcome. Walk
to the beach, shopping, services.
Amenities, sundeck, casual atmosphere. Call 871-1492.
housesitting in Kerrisdale, Point
Grey, Kitsilano and/or North Vancouver area startingjune 1 for short
or long term. Call collect (416)
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RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide you with free retirement projections. Call for a complimentary
meeting at my office or yours! Don
Proteau, BCom, cfp, rfp. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or call
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Actor, former councillor
garner alumni awards
Environmentalist, medical
researchers among winners
will receive ubc's annual alumni
awards include an Order of Canada recipient, academic, business
and political leaders, outstanding
students and an award-winning
Nicola Cavendish (ba '76) and
George Puil (ba '52, BF.d 53) are
this year's winners of the Alumni
Award of Distinction.
Cavendish, one of Canada's finest actors, is often referred to as a
"national treasure."
The winner of three Jesse Richardson Awards for Outstanding
Performance in a lead role and a
past recipient ofthe Montreal Critics Award for Best Actress, she has
given more than 1,000 live performances during her storied acting career.
Puil has long been associated
with municipal politics, serving as
an elected member ofthe Vancouver City Council since 1976. He is
presently the chair of both
Translink and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
goes to May Brown (mpe '6i, lld
'87) and David Suzuki.
Brown served on the Vancouver
City Council for a decade beginning
in 1977. Long involved in youth work
and physical education, Brown has
received numerous awards, including the Order of Canada.
Suzuki has won acclaim for his
work with the cbc and is a strong
advocate for environmental issues.
The prolific broadcaster was a professor in ubc's Dept. of Zoology.
Dr. Donald McKenzie (mpe '72,
md '77) is the recipient ofthe Faculty Citation Community Service
During his research into the
effects of exercise on breast cancer
patients, the Family Practice professor came up with the Abreast in
A Boat program of rehabilitation
and information. The program
sees breast cancer survivors participate in dragon boat racing.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award goes to Paul Rosenau
(ma '87, mla '87) and Bruce
Verchere (bsc '83, msc '87, phD'91).
Rosenau, an adjunct professor
in the School of Community and
Regional Planning, has spearheaded a rethinking of standard land
development models.
Verchere, an assistant professor
of Pathology, has received wide
recognition for his research into
diabetes. He is the first non-European to have been awarded the Albert Renold Fellowship from the
European Association for the
Study of Diabetes.
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Service Award winner is Lyall
Knott (BCom' 71, llb '72).
His extensive voluntary service
to ubc includes chairing the Unit-
Actor Nicola Cavendish
ed Way campaign and serving on
the President's advisory committee on developing a downtown
presence for the university.
The Outstanding Student Award
winners are Geordie Aitken and
Jesse Sims.
Aitken, a fourth-year English
honours co-op student, developed
a workshop which helps secondary school students identify personal goals and values.
Sims, who graduates this month
from Commerce, has served as the
chair of the ubc International
Business Conference and worked
for the ubc trek Program Centre.
The Alumni Award for Research
winner is Donald Brooks (bsc '64,
msc '67). The director of Graduate
Studies for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Brooks' experiments have flown on four space
Former city councillor May Brown
shuttle missions. He has also published approximately 150 papers
about the basic biochemistry of individuals at risk for cardiac disease
and diabetes.
The Honorary Alumnus Award
recipient is Harold Kalke. A former
chair of the ubc's Board of Governors, Kalke has a long association
with community-based organizations with a focus on neighbourhoods, urban planning and development issues.
The awards will be presented at
a dinner reception at the Westin
Bayshore on Nov. 2. ubc Athletics
Hall of Fame inductees will also be
related information
For more information, call (604)
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Experienced staff of medicaltechnologists and scientists.
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Honour Roll
Robert Evans has been honoured with a Career Achievement Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of b.c. (cufa/bc) for his
contribution to the study of
health-care economics.
The award is given annually by
cufa/bc which represents about
3,600 faculty, professional librarians and other academic staff at
b.c.'s public universities.
A professor of Economics and
faculty member at the ubc Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Evans is widely regarded as the single most influential academic in Canadian
health-care policy development.
One of five aboriginal students
who have won scholarships
through the Royal Bank's Native
Student Awards Program will be
attending ubc this fall.
Kailee Horbatch of Port Al-
berni will receive $4,000 annually for educational expenses for a
maximum of four years as part of
the award. The award winners
were selected on the basis of
Economics Prof. Robert Evans
their academic and personal
achievements as well as their financial need. The competition
was open to Inuit and Metis high
school students as well as status
or non-status aboriginal Canadians.
Royal Bank launched the program in 1992 to recognize and
help fund the post-secondary
studies of outstanding native
students across Canada.
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The Dept. of Surgery at The University of British Columbia is
seeking an outstanding academic clinician to serve as the Head
of the Division of Urology. The individual we seek is expected to
plan, manage and implement academic programs that foster the
professional and scholarly growth of a multi-institutional
division, and to provide leadership to the Division's faculty.
Applicants should have attained national and international
stature in the field of Urology, and demonstrate a record of
excellence in scholarship, clinical service, and academic administration. The applicant should have a minimum of 15 years
clinical experience and have both clinical and basic science
research experience. The incumbent will have overall responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate education within the
Division and be expected to promote the development of
research programs of appropriate breadth and depth for a
University division of national stature. This is a tenure track
position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and
qualifications. Anticipated start date will be 1st July, 2000.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Interested applicants should forward a letter of application and
updated curriculum vitae by 31st May, 2000 to:
Dr. Richard J. Finley,
Head, Dept. of Surgery
920 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.
Recipients of this year's President's Service Award for Excellence are (1-r)
Elaine Liau, Donna Chin, Prof. David Holm, George McLaughlin and Gayle
Smith.John Chongphoto
Editor, faculty guru
earn service awards
Recipients recognized for
making a difference
five members of the university
community are being recognized
for their outstanding contributions to ubc and campus life as recipients of this year's President's
Service Award for Excellence.
Each recipient will receive a gold
medal and $5,000 in a presentation during Spring Congregation
Donna Chin began her career
on campus 23 years ago as a secretary in the English Dept. so it is fitting that she returned to the Faculty of Arts in 1996 as managing
editor of Canadian Literature, one
ofthe country's pre-eminent literary journals.
Chin has been credited with
providing quick and imaginative
solutions in her responsibility for
the production and financial management of the journal. She has
been praised for her good judgement and initiative in her dealings
with subscribers, agencies, contributors, reviewers and members
ofthe public.
In a career that spans more than
30 years at ubc, Zoology Prof.
David Holm has become renowned for providing help and
support for students in the faculty.
With calm assurance and good
humour, the former associate dean
of student services in the Faculty
of Science has helped many undergraduates through rough patches
in their lives and is widely regarded as the faculty guru on student
Elaine Liau started her career on
Student youth project
resonates around globe
campus in 1973 as a secretary for
Plant Operations. Within a year, she
shifted to Continuing Education in
the Health Sciences where she has
remained for the past 26 years.
As director of Interprofessional
Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences, she co-ordinates
local, national and international
conferences for professionals, educators and students across multiple health disciplines. She has been
cited for her creativity and enthusiasm, organizing as many as 10
conferences a year.
Throughout the years, George
McLaughlin has devoted numerous hours to helping improve the
well-being of his fellow university
Chief among his activities is his
involvement with the Canadian
Union for Public Employees Local
116. He has also served on ubc's
Board of Governors, the staff pension plan, and on the executive of
the Association of Administrative
and Professional Staff.
A facility manager for Plant Operations, McLaughlin started as an
electrician on campus in 1977.
Gayle Smith, executive co-ordinator in the Office ofthe Vice President, Academic and Provost, is
cited as someone who knows just
about everything there is to know
about how ubc works.
In her 31 years on campus, she
has amassed an immense amount
of knowledge about its people, policies, procedures and history.
While she is noted for her deep
commitment to the university and
its people, Smith has also devoted
many years to the United Way
Audacious idea takes hold
from Tibet to Tanzania
by Bruce Mason staff"writer
the youth millennium Project
(ymp) hasn't changed the world—
not yet—but more than 4,000
youth have begun 80 innovative
projects in 35 countries on five
That's a start, say the organizers
ofthe ubc/unicef project, which
was officially launched in April.
And it's proof positive that the
world's young people—particularly in developing countries—are apprehensive about their future and
are eager to get involved on a
grassroots level.
"We knew it was an audacious
idea," say ymp co-founders Rebecca Slate and Justine Wiltshire, "but
we decided to do something about
the ongoing universal tragedy that
young people feel that they have
no control over the world's future."
"This project is a testament to
what young people can accomplish if they are given an opportunity to exercise their ideas," says
ubc President Martha Piper.
After graduating from ubc in
June 1998 in Education and Law,
respectively, Slate and Wiltshire
conceived the project in which
people aged 11-14 in every country
would be invited to discuss global
issues of concern to them and to
create local action plans.
A year later, ymp was wholeheartedly   endorsed   at   unicef
headquarters in New York and the
invitation went out to 190 countries
in 70 languages through the organization's international offices.
Almost immediately, youth in
Vietnam started raising money for
school supplies. In Sierra Leone, an
education campaign on a peace
agreement began after nine years of
civil war. The subject of a similar
campaign in Azerbaijan is hiv/
aids. Villages are being cleaned up
in Estonia, funds are being raised
for Mozambique in Germany, and
trees are being planted in Tanzania.
At ubc's Liu Centre for the
Study of Global Issues, where Slate
and Wiltshire work with a small
army of dedicated volunteers and
work-study students, word has
been received that 500 Tibetan
children living in exile in India
have joined ymp. In Namibia,
youth have pledged to eradicate
poverty in their village by 2020.
"Although we do use the Internet, much of this overwhelming response is on pencil and paper and
from Africa and South America,"
reports Slate. "People are honoured to be invited and take us
more seriously because we communicate in their local language."
A team of 100 volunteer translators work on the project.
In July 2001, Slate and Wiltshire
intend to bring a boy and a girl—
randomly selected from a ymp
group in each country—to attend
a Youth Millennium Conference at
ymp is currently raising $3 million
for the conference. The President's
Slate (left) and Wiltshire
Office has had an immediate response from 14 universities to provide financial and other support.
ymp implements four specific
rights from the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the
Child: the rights to express views,
receive information, education, and
preparation for a responsible life.
"In too many countries, children
are subject to dreadful abuse or
neglect, ranging from forced military service or physical labour to
denial of education and protection
from physical harm," says Law
Prof. Ivan Head, former director of
the Liu Centre. "By encouraging
youth to act in concerted, constructive fashion, and by raising
awareness of the Convention on
the Rights of the Child, this remarkable project contributes to a
better future for children and societies everywhere."
For more information on the
project, call (604) 822-5028, or
e-mail ymp@interchange.ubc.ca.
Spin-off seeks quantum leap
Can computers get any
faster? A ubc Physics
graduate is working on it
by Andy Poon staff writer
a 20-something chap has just
picked up his new pc and is driving home with it in the front seat of
his convertible. One arm is slung
lovingly over the box. He drives by
a billboard that heralds the model
he has as the latest, fastest thing in
computing land. Big smile.
One problem—workers are just
then covering up the poster with another that shows there is now a faster model available. The smile quickly
disappears from our guy's face.
That television ad depicts a scenario that people know all too well,
but Geordie Rose can see a future
when it will no longer happen.
Maybe by 2012.
That's because the size of transistors on computer chips will have
become as small as they can get
"That's extremely bad for chip
manufacturers because it will become very difficult to increase the
speed of computers," says the ubc
Physics doctoral graduate. "If they
stop producing a faster chip, there
isn't a reason for you to go out and
buy a faster computer."
But Rose isn't about to let that
happen. His ubc spin-off company
is researching how to use a new
type of "quantum" transistor to
process and store information.
As co-founder and president of
D-Wave Systems Inc., he is working on developing an integrated
circuit that will operate using the
laws of the microscopic world in a
so-called quantum computer that
could crunch numbers many billion times faster than even the
fastest supercomputers built using
current technologies.
Instead of representing binary
code—the is and o's that computer chips use to represent data—in
regular transistors, quantum computers will use specially designed
transistors called quantum bits, or
qubits, to do the same thing.
One major difference though—a
qubit can be both o and 1 at the
same time. That opens up a new
realm of possibilities for computing
with one main benefit being a dramatic increase in computing speed.
The first practical applications
of quantum computers will likely
be in genomics and bio-informatics—the use of information technology in identifying genes. An understanding ofthe building blocks
of life and the mechanisms of disease could be worth billions to the
biotech industry.
"I believe that quantum computing is at the state now that regular computing was about 40 years
ago when Intel was born," Rose
says. "It is also the most profound
and difficult technical project that
mankind has ever embarked on."
If D-Wave succeeds, it would hit
computing like a tsunami. Companies such as ibm, nec, ntt, Xerox
and Hewlett-Packard are among
those currently devoting resources
towards quantum computing.


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