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 THE  UNIVERSITY  OF BRITISH  COLUMBIA
T TBC REPORTS
July 9, 1998
Find UBC Reports on the Web at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca
Stephen Forgacs photo
Elementary school students participating in a GEERing UP summer
science and engineering camp at UBC test saiboats they constructed.
Their next assignment — to build an electric car.
Children tackle science,
engineering, hands-on
Elementary school students from
across the Lower Mainland are getting
hands-on experience in science and engineering this summer thanks to
GEERing UP, a program developed by
UBC engineering students.
The program reaches thousands of
students each summer through classroom visits and camps held at UBC.
"We're trying to teach kids through
hands-on activities," says GEERing UP's
Walter Rosin, one of the UBC students
running the program.
Some of the activities used by GEERing
UP at the grades 2 to 4 levels include
construction of sailboats, electric cars and
airplanes, all of which involve lessons in
science and engineering.
Now in its third year, the non-profit
program runs week-long summer camps
to the end of August. Camps are open to
students entering Grade 2 to leaving Grade
7. While there is a registration fee of $125,
full and partial bursaries are also available.
As registration fees make up only one-
third of the operating budget, GEERing
UP relies on the generous support of
sponsors to operate the program.
For more information call (604) 822-
2858, e-mail geering-up@unixg.ubc.ca
or visit the Web site at www.apsc.ubc.ca/
geeringup.
Study aims to root out
trouble with perfection
Volunteers are needed for a study that
will measure the effectiveness of group
psychotherapy in treating perfectionism
and its related symptoms, such as depression and anxiety.
Perfectionism becomes a problem when
people feel they must be flawless to feel
adequate or worthy, says Paul Hewitt,
associate professor in the Dept. of Psychology. Such excessive expectations can
lead to increased feelings of failure.
In previous studies, Hewitt has linked
perfectionism to social ills such as depression, alcoholism, sexual dysfunction,
eating disorders and suicide.
This latest study, part of graduate
student Carol Flynn's PhD thesis, will
examine if perfectionists can benefit from
group therapy and will attempt to predict
which patients would benefit most.
Hewitt says he has made gains with
people troubled by perfectionist tendencies during one-on-one therapy and hopes
to translate this into a group format.
"We expect to see some really positive
benefits," he says.
The study, which starts this month,
will involve about 60-70 people receiving
treatment in small groups during 12
weekly sessions.
Under Hewitt's supervision, sessions
will be led by senior-level clinical psychology PhD students.
The sessions will provide study subjects with information that will help them
to understand perfectionism and will also
give them the opportunity to discuss personal issues.
Anyone interested in taking part in the
study should call (604) 822-0932.
Students apply cutting-
edge research to work
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Paul Hiom says he has found the best
of both worlds as he plans to pursue his
master's degree through the Centre of
Operations Excellence (COE).
The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration program combines
work experience and classroom teaching,
but adds cutting-edge applied research.
In fact, Hiom, other graduate students
and faculty in the program work closely
with private companies to solve complex
management operations problems.
"COE really fills the gap," says Hiom.
"You don't have to choose between education and getting work experience. You
can do both at once while preparing for a
career."
COE's aim is to share knowledge, skills
and practices between academics and
industry while sponsoring an applied
master's program in management science and information technology.
The overall goal of the program is to
improve the efficiency of companies
through the design and implementation
of state-of-the-art operations — those
processes used to produce and deliver
goods and services.
The COE graduate program was
modeled on similar programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
the University of Montreal, which respectively focus on manufacturing and transportation.
UBC faculty members also sought input from corporate partners such as
BCTEL, BCTEL Mobility, BC Gas, Canadian Airlines, Weldwood of Canada,
VanCity Credit Union, Avcorp Industries
and the Workers' Compensation Board
while developing the program. Several of
these companies have become partners,
offering students a variety of opportunities.
"We look for projects that apply cutting-edge research while providing practical educational experiences for our students," says Prof. Martin Puterman, COE's
See EXCELLENCE Page 2
Space-bound plankton
aid global warming study
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
UBC researchers are sending
zooplankton, tiny animals near the bottom of the ocean food chain, into orbit in
a quest to gain a better understanding of
the world's oceans' ability to counter global warming.
Oceanographer Al Lewis and research
technician Lara Chatters Fandrich will
send zooplankton into space on a coming
shuttle mission to study the role that
gravity plays in guiding them from the
oceans' depths to the surface. The
zooplankton serve as tiny carbon couriers, ferrying carbon from the surface to
the oceans' depths where it is stored.
"Oceans cover two-thirds of the globe
and, because most of the world's vegetation is found in the ocean, are collectively
responsible for consuming more carbon
than all land plants combined," says
Lewis, a professor in the Dept. of Earth
and Ocean Sciences.
As couriers, zooplankton are an important component in the oceans' buffering ability for greenhouse gases. Through
photosynthesis, phytoplankton — tiny
plants that live close to the surface in vast
numbers — take up carbon that has been
absorbed at the ocean's surface from
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Zooplankton venture to the surface from
depths as great as 300 metres to feed on
phytoplankton before returning to deeper
water where the carbon is released.
Exactly how these tiny animals navigate on their migrations to the surface to
feed is not clear, although the fact that
they often migrate in darkness suggests
sunlight is not solely responsible. Rather,
Lewis believes zooplankton are guided by
gravity. But many of these zooplankton
lack anything resembling an inner ear,
which gives most animals a sense of
gravity.
"In designing an experiment to test the
role of gravity it is important to remove or
See ZOOPLANKTON Page 2
Inside
Cleaner Commute
UBC faculty, staff and students explore alternative ways of getting to campus
Superior Suburbia
The key to better suburbs may be in our past, says Prof. Patrick Condon
Question of Degrees 5
Forum: Will universities award degrees in the future? Michael Skolnik asks
"living mathematics with The
Electronic Mathematician"
— NASSIF GHOUSSOUB
UBC MATHEMATICIAN; Pacific Institute
of Mathematical Sciences
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Letters
Program puts
merit first says
Equity AVP
Editor:
In "Gender Equity Needs
Balance" (UBC Reports, June
11, 1998), Frank G. Sterle
claims UBC has a "gender
equity" program that requires
half of all professors to be
women. Thus, according to Mr.
Sterle, "half of all post-secondary spaces [should] be reserved
for men/boys."
In actuality, UBC does not
have a "gender equity" program. Rather it has an employment equity program, and
contrary to Mr. Sterle, this
program was not forced on
UBC by "intense left-wing
Excellence
Continued from Page 1
director and founder.
Some COE projects to date
include:
• Development of software
tools to enable the Workers' Compensation Board's call centre to
face problems with staff scheduling and customer waiting
times.
• Development of a management queuing tool to help solve
production problems for Avcorp
Industries, a Richmond-based
supplier of aerospace assemblies
for aircraft manufacturers such
as Boeing, de Havilland and
McDonnell-Douglas.
COE is sponsoring a new 16-
month Master of Science in Business Administration degree program beginning this September.
About 20 students will be admitted to the program next fall
and many of them will receive
financial support of up to $ 17,000.
As well as regular classwork,
the students will work with a
partner organization throughout
the school year, serve a four-
month internship with the same
company and write a detailed
report on the results of their
projects.
With a $50,000 grant from
UBC's Discretionary Research
Fund and funding from participating companies, COE is on its
way to becoming financially self-
sufficient.
Zooplankton
Continued from Page 1
at least reduce gravitational
forces for a period long enough
to obtain meaningful results,"
Lewis says. This is where the
space shuttle comes in — a
micrograviry laboratory that permits examination of the role of
gravity in swimming and orientation."
Lewis and Fandrich will send
zooplankton skyward in small
transparent chambers where
their swimming and orientation
will be videotaped for study. Half
of the plankton will spend the
mission in low gravity, while the
other half will be subj ect to gravitational forces similar to those
on Earth.
A better understanding of how
the world's oceans process carbon can help in determining the
magnitude of the greenhouse
effect and what can be done to
minimize its impact, says Lewis.
LETTERS POLICY
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university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
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elements in our educational
institutions and media" but
rather mandated by law in
1986 by a Conservative federal
government.
UBC's employment equity
program does not require that
50 per cent of faculty be
female. Instead, through
educational workshops and
consultations, the Equity
Office encourages departments
to achieve a gender representation that parallels the gender
representation in the pool of
qualified applicants for specific
job openings.
University Policies 2 and 20
both require that the equity
program be consistent with the
merit principle. The program
achieves consistency by
requiring university departments to strive to attract as
many qualified applicants as
possible and to choose the
most meritorious among them,
irrespective of gender. Accordingly, the program does not
embrace "alternate standards"
of the sort that Canadians
associate with affirmative
action in the United States.
Mr. Sterle argues that if
"gender equity" rules hiring at
UBC, then it also should rule
UBC's admissions policy. Were
such the case, UBC would
deny admission to better-
qualified students in order to
grant admission to less well-
qualified students, thereby
abandoning the University's
long-standing policy of admitting on the basis of merit.
I believe UBC should
continue to hire new faculty
and admit new students
according to the merit principle.
Sharon E. Kahn
Assoc. Vice-President, Equity
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Provost's Office
• Associate Vice-President,
Planning
• Associate Vice-President,
Academic Programs
The Provost's Office is being re-organized to provide the
planning and leadership required to meet the challenges and
opportunities articulated in the TREK 2000 vision document.
The Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Faculty Relations positions will be changed to Associate Vice-President,
Planning and Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs.
Nominations and applications are invited for each position.
Associate Vice-President, Planning
The Associate Vice-President, Planning will report to the
Provost and the Vice-President, Research. Responsibilities
will include:
• developing budget models for the Provost's portfolio
• planning faculty renewal
• establishing criteria for budget allocation
• analysis of research funding
• benchmarking instruction costs
The Associate Vice-President, Planning, will work closely
with the deans and will have support of the Budget and
Planning and Research Services staff.
Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs
The Associate Vice-President, Academic Programs, will report
to the Provost. The individual will play a leadership role in
developing and implementing new approaches to learning and
in establishing new educational programs that respond to the
needs of students and society. Responsibilities include:
• guiding the development of a learner-centred approach to
learning
• facilitating the establishment of programs that are interdisciplinary, interactive, have an international component and
integrate research
• developing criteria for evaluating teaching
• overseeing the Faculty Development and Instructional Services Program
• chairing the Advisory Committee on the Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund
• setting priorities and goals for the use of information technology
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
Applications and nominations should be submitted to
Charlotte Passmore in the Provost's Office by Sept. 1, 1998.
Applicants should submit current C Vs and the names of three
referees.
Liking and learning mathematics in the intermediate grades is important in
preparing children for careers in science and technology. Computer games
created by Maria Klawe's research group have helped boys and girls acquire
skill and confidence with computers while stimulating their interest in mathematical concepts. Klawe pays particular attention to gender issues because a disproportionate number of girls lose interest in math, science and
computers. Klawe's pioneering work brings together teachers and children
with researchers in computer science and education.
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Hilary Thomson photo
Ready for takeoff, cyclists (1-r) Rob MacDonald of the UBC Trek program, Ted
Buehler, graduate student in the School of Community and Regional
Planning and Richard Andrews of Our Community Bikes!, a non-profit bike
shop, show off the first of the AMS Bike Co-op fleet, one of the alternative
modes of transportation seen on campus during Clean Air Day.
'Herculean' effort keeps
Senate ticking
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
A task of Herculean proportions is how
some members of Senate describe it.
Fran Medley just calls it her job.
As assistant secretary of Senate for
almost three decades. Medley is regarded as the keeper of all knowledge,
according to Registrar and Secretary of
Senate Richard Spencer.
"The help she gives is rock solid," he
says. "She provides wisdom and a steady hand
and does it with good
humor, too."
Medley is responsible
for awealth of detail critical to the orderly running of Senate. Since
1969, she has prepared
the agenda and minutes
of Senate and a number
of its committees.
Meeting deadlines,
keeping extensive
records and having a
knowledge of Senate
precedent are critical.
Since faculty elects a new Senate every
three years. Medley provides much-
needed continuity, Spencer says.
But she almost didn't take the job.
In 1967, Medley, recently arrived in
Canada from Yorkshire, was advised
by a neighbor not to take a job at UBC
because "they don't pay much."
She decided to find out for herself.
Her first job was in the Ceremonies
Office. After two years, she moved to
her current position, a job she has held
for 29 years. Medley finds that the
interaction with people is the best part
of the job.
"You have to be a good listener —
you need to feel empathy."
Her mother instinct gets triggered,
Medley says, when she works with the 17
student senators elected each year.
MP Svend Robinson was a UBC student senator in the early to mid-70s, a
Medley
time of student unrest. Medley recalls
him as an eloquent advocate for students; Robinson recalls her as an inspirational guide.
"She went out of her way to lead me
through every nook and cranny of the
process — receiving that kind of support meant a lot to me," he says.
He admired Medley's ability to navigate her way through the academic
politics of the time — complexities that
made Parliament seem like a piece of
cake by comparison, he
says.
An admitted stickler
for accuracy, Medley says
the biggest challenge of
the job is keeping the
records straight for the
nine Senate meetings
held each year.
Packages of documents
can contain as many as
150 pages. Medley has developed an indexing system that allows her to answer queries quickly —
an activity she prides herself on.
Expertise in organizing information
has also helped Medley in her studies. A
part-time student at UBC since 1989,
she is just finishing the third year of a
bachelor's degree in English.
"It was what I always wanted to do
because I felt I'd missed something."
Taking regular classes with students
who are about the same age as her
grandchildren keeps her feeling young,
she says.
The Alma Mater Society gave Medley
aJust Desserts award in 1995 in recognition of her support to students. She
has also received a 75th Anniversary
Medal and the President's Service Award
for Excellence.
At the May Senate meeting she was
presented with a certificate of merit by
President Martha Piper and a watch from
the student senators.
Medley retires in October.
Commuters clean air
in campus challenge
We're hoping they might
make it a habit."
Everyone's able to breathe a little easier
thanks to more than 650 registered UBC
Commuter Challenge participants who
walked, cycled, carpooled or rode the bus
to campus recently on Clean Air Day.
Participation tripled from last year with
commuters from 45 UBC departments
involved.
"Besides registered entrants, we estimate another 2,000 people tried out some
alternative transportation   mode     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
that  day.   Once
people  see  how
easy it is,  we're
hoping they might
make       it       a
habit,"says  Rob
MacDonald,     a     	
graduate research
assistant working with UBC Trek who
helped organize the event.
If commuters use alternative transportation even one day per week, UBC
will be able to reach its target of 20 per
cent single occupancy vehicle reduction,
says MacDonald.
Departments were challenged to have
as many participants as possible use
environmentally sound transportation on
Clean Air Day.
Those taking top prize for participation among departments with 25 or more
members included Advanced Materials
and Process Engineering, Oral Health
Sciences and Civil Engineering.
Taking top place among departments
with 24 or fewer members were Purchasing, the Centre for Research in Women's
Studies and Gender Relations, the Locksmiths' shop in UBC Plant Operations,
the Women Students'  Office  and the
-Rob MacDonald
French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
Dept. The last four had 100 per cent
participation.
The first-ever UBC Great Trekker designations were conferred on Carole
Forsythe of Awards and Financial Aid
who has made a daily bus commute from
Kerrisdale since 1985, and daily bike
commuters Dennis Matisz, a project designer at UBC Plant Operations and Maria
Erhardt, secretary
^^^^^^^^^^^^       to the president.
Great Trekkers
were nominated by
their peers for their
excellent track
record of using alternative transpor-
  tation. Nominations were judged
by UBC Trek staff members.
A variety of community sponsors provided prizes for the event. Prizes included
bike helmets, bike lockers, and transit
passes. All participants received coupons
for cinnamon buns.
The event, organized by the UBC Trek
program, Plant Operations' Waste Management, and the Student Environment Centre,
was part of Greater Vancouver Regional
District's Bike to Work Week and was designed to help improve local air quality.
UBC's Trek program was created to
promote sustainable transportation alternatives at the university and beyond.
The next Clean Air Day will be held in
September.
For more information contact the UBC
Trek office at (604) 827-TREK, the
carpool/vanpool hotline at (604) 827-
RIDE or visit the Trek web site at
www.trek.ubc.ca.
Past points to better
suburbs, says study
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Real estate developers and urban planners in Vancouver's suburbs could reduce both cost and environmental impact by revisiting the layout of some of the
city's earliest residential developments, a
UBC study suggests.
The study, undertaken by Prof. Patrick
Condon, who holds UBC's James Taylor
Chair in Landscape and Livable Environments, found that by reducing standard
parcel size, allowing more than one dwelling
unit per lot in some cases, and returning to
the traditional block arrangement of narrow
streets with permeable, unpaved shoulders
and lanes, designers could reduce single-
family housing costs by as much as 30 per
cent while reducing environmental impact
primarily related to run-off.
"There really isn't any mystery to this,"
says Condon. "Traditional neighborhoods
built before World War II commonly supplied this many homes per acre. It was
only when we changed over to wide streets,
wide frontages, eliminated lanes, and required deep front yard set-backs that we
lost the land-use efficiency we once had."
In the study, Condon compared a typical single-family development in Surrey,
B.C. with a more sustainable alternative
— a hypothetical plan for a real site, also
in Surrey.
By reducing lot size from the suburban standard to 25 to 35 feet by 100 feet
developers could fit more than 10 single-
family or duplex dwellings, each with
private yards, on each acre of land,
Condon says.
This increased density has important
implications for making municipal services such as transit more workable. Greater
density can also make possible conven
ience stores within walking distance of
most homes.
"We will never get people out of cars
until we give them something to walk to.
People will be forced to use their car to
satisfy even their simplest needs unless
you have a sufficient number of customers per acre to support frequent transit
service and to support a mom and pop
store where your kid can get a popsicle,"
Condon says.
Other features, such as narrow streets
bordered by permeable surfaces such as
crushed gravel, allow for streetside parking while allowing water to return to the
soil and streams before being channeled
away in storm drains. This return of moisture to the soil ensures stream levels
remain high enough to support fish and
other animals year-round.
The size of the homes, whether single-
family or semi-detached, also plays an
important role in reducing costs, Condon
says, adding that slightly smaller homes
can still meet the needs of residents.
'The cost of the average home on each
site in the study was also dramatically
different, with the 2,300-square-foot
home on a typical site costing more than
30 per cent more than a home of nearly
equal interior space in the more sustainable community," he says.
The study received funding from the
Real Estate Foundation of B.C..the City of
Surrey, and the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and was jointly sponsored
by UBC and the Fraser Valley Real Estate
Board.
Condon recently presented the study's
findings during a workshop in Surrey to a
capacity crowd of planners, engineers,
developers, real estate agents and federal,
provincial and municipal government representatives and members of the public. 4 UBC Reports • July 9, 1998
Calendar
July 12 through August 15
Monday, July 13
Green College Member
Speakers' Series
The Dark Arts: Campaign Management, Election Ethics and
Backroom Shenanigans. Andrew
Steele, Political Science. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Varsity
4375 W. lOtii A«a*ue at 7pm.
ReoeptHm to feUfcw at First Na-
ttoisLDe^r«»«»e. 030, Benefits to
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sary. CaB for tickets 822-21 IS.
Tuesday, July 14
Statistics Seminar
Stochastic Comparisons Of
Spacings And Order Statistics.
Subhash C. Kochar, Indian Statistical Institute. CSCI 301 from
4-5:30pm. Coffee, please bring
your own mug. Call 822-0570.
Chalmer's Institute Lecture
Writing To The Spouse From
Prison: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and
Vaclav Havel. Martin
Rumscheidt, Atlantic School of
Theology. Vancouver School of
Theology Epiphany Chapel at
7:30pm. Free-will offering requested. Call 822-9816.
Wednesday, July 15
Noted Scholars' Lecture
The Return Of Community Values - An Agenda For Centralization And Illiberalism? Mike
Bottery, U of Hull. Scarfe 310 at
1:30pm. Call 822-9136.
Thursday, July 16
Board of Governors Meeting
Open Session Begins At 8am.
Fifteen tickets are available on a
flrst-come, first-served basis on
application to the Board Secretary at least 24 hrs before each
meeting. OAB Board and Senate
room. Call 822-2127.
Biotechnology Laboratory
Seminars
Cell Division In Plant Growth Control. Peter W. Doemer, The Salk
Institute. Wesbrook 201 from
3:30-4:30pm. Call Doug Kilburn
822-5115.
Chalmer's Institute Lecture
TBA. Herb George, Native Ministries Consortium. Vancouver
School of Theology Epiphany
Chapel at 7:30pm. Offering requested. Call 822-9816.
Friday, July 17
Biotechnology Laboratory
Seminars
From Genome Maps To DNA Sequence: A Worm's-Eye View OfThe
Human Genome Project. Marco A.
Marra, Washington U. Wesbrook
201 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call Doug
Kilburn 822-5115.
Monday, July 20
Green College Member
Speakers' Series
TBA. MarcelaSaldivia-Berglund,
Hispanic and Italian Studies.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call
822-1878.
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Tuesday, July 21
Noted Scholars' Lecture
Discursive Bias In Administering
Education For Diversity. David
Corson, Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education. Scarfe 310
at 12noon. Call 822-9136.
Chalmer's Institute Lecture
A Feminist In Need Of Names For
God. Dorothee Solle, writer and
theologian. Vancouver School of
Theology Epiphany Chapel at
7:30pm. Offering requested. Call
822-9816.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
A Musical Evening With Emil Chau.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. presentation. Chan
Shun Concert Hall at 7pm. Call
822-2697 or Ticketmaster 280-
3311.
Wednesday, July 22
Asian Centre Exhibition
The Image Of Korean Women. Korean Women Visual Designer's
Association Presentation. Asian
Centre from llam-5pm. Continues to Jul. 30. Call 822-0810.
Thursday, July 23
Noted Scholars' Lecture
Educational Standards And Alternative Assessment. John P.
Portelli, Acadia U. Scarfe 310 at
12noon. Call 822-9136.
Chalmer's Institute Lecture
The World As Theatre Of God's
Glory. Beldan C. Lane, St. Louis
U. Vancouver School of Theology
Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. Offering requested. Call 822-9816.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Baroque Program. Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra. Chan Shun
Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 822-
2697 or Ticketmaster 280-3311.
Friday, July 24
Inauguration Ceremony
The Chinese History And Culture
Educational Foundation For Youth
(North America). Various speakers from Commerce and Business
Administration. Chan Shun Concert Hall at 2:30pm. Call 822-
2697
Monday, July 27
Regent College Lecture
Series
An Invention Of Influences: On
TryingTo Live A Writer's Life. Rudy
Wiebe, author. Regent College from
9:30-10:30am. Continues to Jul.
30. $160. Call 228-1820.
Green College Member
Speakers' Series
Is World Politics Returning To The
Middle Ages? New Medievalism In
International Relations Theory.
Mickey Fabry, Political Science.
Green College at 5:30pm. Call 822-
1878.
Next calendar deadline:
Aug. 4
Wednesday, July 29
Faculty Mentoring Mini-
Retreat
ATime To Connect. Cecil Green Park
House from 9:30am-2:30pm. RSVP
bye-mail: estelle.pagetubc.caorcall
822-0831.
Noted Scholars' Lecture
Adult Education, Training And
Development In Transition: A
South African Perspective. Shirley
Walters, U ofWestern Cape. Scarfe
310 at 1:30pm. Call 822-9136.
Heading By Author
AnEveningWith Rudy Wiebe: Readings From Stolen Life. Rudy Wiebe,
author. Regent College Atrium from
7:30-9pm. Call 228-1820.
Thursday, July 30
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Chan Shun Concert Hall at 8pm.
Call 822-2697 or Ticketmaster
280-3311.
Saturday, Aug. 1
Asian Centre Exhibition
Chinese Calligraphy And Painting.
Richmond Chinese Calligraphy And
Painting Club. Asian Centre from
1 lam-5pm. Continues to Aug. 8.
Call 275-8970 or 822-0810.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
Noted Scholars' Lecture
Eurocentric Values In The Classroom: Are They Related To The
Under-achievement Of Minority
Students? Duane Brown, U of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Scarfe 310 at 12noon. Call 822-
9136.
Thursday, Aug. 6
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Tchaikovsky. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Chan Shun
Concert Hall at 8pm. Call 822-
2697 or Ticketmaster 280-3311.
Monday, Aug. 10
Asian Centre Exhibition
Teachers Association Of Canada
Scottish Dancing Teachers Conference. Asian Centre from
9:30am-12:30pm: 2-5pm. Continues to Aug. 22. Call 822-1062.
Thursday, Aug. 13
Noted Scholars' Lecture
Teacher Training Via The
Internet In Korea. Young-Kyun
Baek, Korean National U of Education. Scarfe 310 at 12noon.
Call 922-9136.
Notices
UBC Campus Tours
The School and College Liaison
Office offers guided walking tours
of the UBC campus most Friday
mornings. The tours begin at
9:30am and run for 90 minutes.
Interested students must pre-reg-
ister for the tours at least one week
in advance. Call 822-4319.
UBC Botanical Garden Tours
The gardens are open from 10am-
6pm. Tours given by The Friends of
the Garden every Wednesday and
Saturday at 1 lam. Inquiries (gardens) 822-9666, (shop) 822-4529.
Museum Of Anthropology
Exhibitions
Recalling The Past: A Selection Of
Early Chinese Art From the Victor
ShawCollection; Vereinigung: Nuu-
chah-nulth/Gitxsan artist Connie
Sterritt; Transitions: A Traveling
Exhibit of First Nations And Inuit
Art: From Under The Delta: Wet-
Site Archaeology In The Lower
Fraser Region Of British Columbia:
Cannery Days: A Chapter In The
Lives OfThe Heiltsuk; Hereditary
Chiefs Of Haida Gwaii; Attributed
To Edenshaw: IdentifyingThe Hand
OfThe Artist. MOA Cafe now open
daily 10am-4pm throughout the
summer. Call 822-5087.
BC SMILE
The British Columbia Seniors Medication Information Line (BC SMILE)
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 10am-
4pm. Call 822-1330 or e-mail
smileubc@unixg.ubc.ca.
Cut Flower Sale
Every Friday during the summer -
carnations, zinnia, aster, sunflower.
Wholesale prices. Cut-Cash-Carry.
Horticulture Greenhouse from
11 am-lpm. Call 822-3283.
UBC Weight Loss 8tudy
We are looking for overweight
males/females between the ages
of 20-45 to participate in a new
research study using metabolic
stimulants to promote weight loss.
For more information, call Romolo
439-0453.
Parent-Child Relationship
Study
Mattering To Children. Are you a
parent of a child who is still in
school? Would you like to help me
understand how parents know that
they are important? I am conducting a survey of parents' understanding of how they know they
matter to their children. Complete
the survey at home and return by
pre-paid mail. Call Sheila Marshall
822-5672.
Peer Program Recruitment
Canadian UBC students with an
urge to become involved in the
international community wanted
to get together with an international UBC student twice per
month and do things during the
1998/99 academic year. Fill out
an application form at International House or call 822-5021.
Chan Centre Summer Tours
Monday to Friday at 11:30 am at the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
at UBC (across from the Museum of
Anthropology). Meet us in the lobby
for a half-hour tour of UBC's newest
performing arts gem. To book special
tours call 822-2697.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Conference
Finding Common Ground: Working Together For The Future. Nov.
19-21 at the Coast Plaza Suite
Hotel at Stanley Park. E-mail:
elaine@cehs.ubc.ca or call Elaine
Liau 822-4965.
UBC Community Sport
Summer Programs
UBC Community Sport Services programs provide a unique experience
for the development of participants of
all ages. Qualified instructors, positive atmosphere, variety of facilities.
E-mail: fairplay@unixg. ubc.ca or call
822-3688.
UBC Fencing Club
UBC Fencing Club meets every
Wednesday and Friday at 7pm in
Osborne Gym A. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Leave message at 878-7060.
Science Summer Camps
UBC Physics Outreach Program -
Phenomenal Physics. Hennings 208.
Continues to Jul. 30. E-mail: Maria
Trache at mtrache@physics.ubc.ca
or call 822-3675.
Telephone Book Recycling
Phonebooks can be recycled in the
paperproductsbins. For more info,
contact Waste Management at
recycle@unixg.ubc.ca or 822-3827.
Intercultural Studies
UBC Certificate in Intercultural
Studies Summer Institute offers a
creative week of focused skills development that combines face-to-
face workshops with on-line coaching. August 17-21. Website: http: /
/itrc.cstudies.ubc.ca/summer or
call 822-1437.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery Exhibition
Recent acquisitions to the UBC
Photography Collection.Tues.-Fri.:
lOam- 12noon; Sat-Sun 12noon-
5pm. UBC staff, faculty and students free with valid ID. Call 822-
2759.
Engineering Day Camp
For Kids
GEERing Up! UBC Engineering
For Kids. CEME 2206 from 9am-
4pm. Week-long. $125/week for
children entering Grade 2 to leaving Grade 7.
Hong Kong Women
Young women who are members
of Hong Kong astronaut (parents
in Hong Kong and children in
Canada) or Hong Kong immigrant
families (parents and children in
Canada) are required for a study
examining their personal and
family decisions. Call Kimi
Tanaka 254-4158 or Dr. Phyllis
Johnson 822-4300.
Psychology Research
Dr. Johnston's UBC Psychology
Lab is looking for 5-12 year olds
for research on the ways younger
and older children respond to
questions about cartoons and
stories with different answer
choices. Call 822-9037.
UBC REPORTS
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The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events cm campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
from the IJBCEHibBc Affairs Office, 310-6251 Cecil Green
Park Road. Vancouver B.C.. V6T1Z1. Phone: 822-3131.
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available on the UBC
Reports Web page at http://www.publieanairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the August 13 issue of UBC Reports ~
which covers the period August 16 to September 5—is
noon, August 4. UBC Reports ■ July 9, 1998 5
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Ethical Guidelines
for Preferred Supplier
Agreements
UBC is inviting input from the campus community on the
draft Ethical Guidelines for Preferred Supplier Agreements.
Comments will be incorporated into a revised document
for approval by the Board of Governors at their November
meeting.
The draft guidelines are available on the World Wide Web
at http://www. external-affairs.ubc.ca/ethicguide.html
and will be published in UBC Reports in September. We
welcome your comments to October 9, 1998. You may
reach us:
by mail:   Business Relations Office
201 - 6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver BC   V6T 1Z2
by fax:      (604) 822-8102
by e-mail:lisa.fedorak@ubc.ca
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Crash Test
Gavin Wilson photo
A plane crash "victim" is removed from the wreckage by emergency personnel during an
emergency scenario held recently on campus. The exercise, in which a commuter plane
carrying up to 17 passengers and crew is supposed to have crashed in the forest on UBC's
south campus, is aimed at providing an opportunity to test and practise interagency cooperation in an emergency situation. "Scenarios like this provide an important opportunity
to test, practise and improve existing plans," says Jody Sydor, UBC's emergency
planning co-ordinator. The scenario involved Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences
Centre, B.C. Ambulance Service, RCMP, Vancouver Fire Dept., Vancouver International
Airport Authority, and UBC staff from the departments of Health, Safety and Environment,
Parking and Transportation and Campus Security, and Public Affairs.
Forum
What will a 21st-century university be?
by Michael Skolnik
Michael Skolnik is a professor at the
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The
following is excerpted from a recent
colloquium at Green College in which
he summarized major themes in
current writing on trends in higher
education in the 21st century.
In the past few years there have
been a number of articles, books,
and monographs which purport to
describe what higher education will
look like in the 21st century.
One of the major themes found in
this literature is that the key educational structure of the future may not
be the institution at all, but the
learning network.
The most catchy versions of the
learning network are Internet-related,
and technology is usually portrayed as
an integral aspect, but the concept is
not restricted to electronic interaction.
If networks which cut across post-
secondary institutions replace colleges
and universities as the principal structures for learning, then the instructional
function of higher education will be
catching up with where the research
function has been for a long time.
A scholar's main lines of communication about her research are with colleagues outside the institution where she
is employed. Indeed, some professors may
not be able to find anyone at their own
institution with whom they can have a
serious conversation about their research.
As the instruction function emulates
the research function in this manner,
though, the consequences for institutions could be quite destabilizing.
In the past, the centripetal force of
instructional activity has counterbalanced
the centrifugal force of research activity. It
will be very hard for the centre to hold
when both instruction and research are
exerting centrifugal pressure.
Because it is organized through
networks, the evaluation of research is
done by extra-institutional bodies, such as
granting agencies and academic journals,
rather than by universities themselves.
Academic departments have thus shifted
the primary responsibility for making
tenure decisions to editorial boards of
scholarly journals.
When universities undertake faculty
evaluation, the only component of the
evaluation which they realty do themselves
is evaluation of teaching (and service,
insofar as anyone bothers evaluating it). If
the network replaces the institution as the
primary vehicle for learning in the 21st
century, then there will be a need for new
evaluation mechanisms appropriate to the
learning network like we have now for
research networks.
This is not just a matter of inspecting the quality of individual courses,
although that in itself will be a big job
with courses flying through cyberspace
like a battle scene from Star Wars.
What could be as important as
accrediting individual courses would be
attesting that combinations of courses
from different suppliers — universities,
community colleges, technical institutes, employers, private course
vendors, etc. — fit together with
sufficient coherence, breadth, and
complementarity to qualify for a
certificate, diploma, or degree.
Just as the principal forms of
recognition of research come from
bodies other than universities, it may
well be that in the 21st century, the
principal forms of recognition of
learning also will come from bodies
outside the university.
Accordingly, in the 21st century,
the most appropriate agent to award
degrees may not be the university,
but new agencies which specialize
in evaluation, accreditation, and
certification.
Post-secondary institutions may
be specializing in the production
and delivery of components, rather
than providing everything that goes
into a degree for most learners; and
besides, credit for prior learning
and for experience is likely to be a
normal part of most degrees in
future.
Also, as one of many suppliers
competing to have their products
included in the set of experiences
which would constitute some
learner's degree, a university will
have a conflict of interest if it continues to have the role also of deciding
what combination of learning
experiences qualify for a degree.
Such a separation of the instructional function from the certification function would be an extension of the practice which already
exists with respect to much professional education. 6 UBC Reports ■ July 9, 1998
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Honorary degree
nominations for 1999
The Tributes Committee is seeking nominations of outstanding
candidates for honorary degrees to be awarded in 1999.
Nominations or requests for nomination forms should be mailed
to: Secretary, Tributes Committee, c/o Ceremonies and Events
Office, 6323 Cecil Green Park Road, Campus Zone I.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 28, 1998.
Classified
Technology-based
Distributed Learning
Aimed at academics, instructional designers, instructors and program
administrators in post-secondary education, the following courses use
the Internet to enable participants to learn on-line about technology-
based distributed learning. Delivered internationally, these courses represent two of five graduate-level courses which can be taken individually or as part of a UBC Certificate in Technology-Based Distrbuted Learning developed in collaboration with the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico. Participants should be highly proficient in English
and comfortable with using e-mail, Netscape 3.1 and a computer keyboard. Maximum enrolment is 100 per course with a ratio of 20 participants per instructor.
On-line Courses Start Sept 8,1998:
DEV&DESIGN
Developing, designing and delivering
technology-based distributed learning.
PLAN&MAN
Planning and managing distributed learning.
Tutors include: Tony Bates, PhD, Mark Bullen, PhD, Tony Kaye, PhD,
Diane Janes, MEd
Courses end Dec. 4, 1998.
To register or for more information:
Web: http://itesm.cstudies.ubc.ca/info/
E-mail: heather.francis@ubc.ca
Applications should be received by Aug. 17, 1998
Apply EARLY as enrolment is limited!
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is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the August 13 issue of UBC Reports is noon, August 4.
Accommodation
POINT GREY GUEST HOUSE 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.
TINA'S GUEST HOUSE Elegant
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Include TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
GREEN COLLEGE GUEST HOUSE
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $52
plus $14/day for meals Sun-Thurs,
Call 822-8660- for more
information and availability.
BROWN'S    BY   UBC    B&B
Comfortable and relaxing
accommodation close to UBC in
quiet area. Quality breakfasts,
queen-sized beds, private bath
available. Satisfaction assured for
your friends or professional guests.
Reasonable rates. Call 222-8073.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful BC
mountains, Burrard inlet and city.
Clean, comfortable. Use of living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Min. to UBC, shops and city. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax (604) 224-6914.
UBC CONFERENCE CENTRE Studio
and 1 BR guest suites with
equipped kitchen, TV and
telephone. Centrally located
near SUB, aquatic centre and
transit. Suites $59-$121. Single
rooms with shared bath available
to August $30-$33. Call 822-1010.
PENNY FARTHING INN 2855 West
6th. Heritage House, antiques,
wood floors, original stained glass.
Ten min. to UBC and downtown.
Two blocks from restaurants,
buses. Scrumptious full breakfasts.
Entertaining cats. Views. Phones
in rooms. Call 739-9002. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com.
B  &  B  BY  LOCARNO  BEACH
Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only, please. Call 341-4975.
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CAMILLA   HOUSE   Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN B&B
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
centrally located viewhome. Large
rooms with private baths, TV,
phones, tea/coffee, fridge. Full
breakfast, close to UBC, downtown
and bus routes. 3466 W. 15th Ave.
Call 737-2526 or fax 727-2750.
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE Looking for
summer accommodation?
Private rooms available forvisitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Competitive rates.
Meals are included 5 days per
week. Call for information and
availability 822-8788.	
POINT GREY Fully furnished and
equipped 2 BR main floor of quiet
house. Excellent location near
UBC, Jericho Beach, schools and
shops. H/W floors, skylights, 2
decks, F/P, D/W, shared W/D. N/
S, pets ok. Available Aug. 1 or
Sept. 1. $2200 includes util. and
cable, discount for year or more.
Call 734-4553.	
WATERFRONT RETREAT Waterfront
cottage, fully winterized, fully-
equipped on Mayne Island.
Available Sep. 1 '98 to Jun. 30
"99. Choice location. $750/mo.
plus util, E-mail Nonie Lyon:
nvlyon@pipcom.com or call
Geoff Lyon 874-4647	
VERY QUIET New 2 BR basement
suite 1200 s.f. 4 new appliances.
Point Grey area. N/S, N/Pets.
$1300 includes heat and hydro. 1
year lease. Aug. 1. Call 228-1057.
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
ensuite in elegant, spacious
home, 2 blocks to Jericho Beach/
Vancouver YachtClub. Gourmet
breakfast. Central location to
downtown/UBC. N/S. Also,
private 1 BR vacation garden
suite available. Call 221-0551.
DUNBAR AREA Close to UBC and
bus. 4 BR, 2 full bath, 5 appliances,
basement, and deck. $1700/mo.
excluding util. Available Aug. 1.
Call 228-1380.	
PILLOW AND PORRIDGE GUEST
SUITES, 2859 Manitoba Street.
Heritage houses, central
location, 1, 2, and 3 BR self
contained apartments, fully
equipped kitchens, theme
decorated, telephones, cable tv.
Separate entrances. Daily,
weekly, monthly rates. E-mail:
pillow@uniserve.com, call 879-
8977 or fax 879-8966.
Alan Donald, Ph.D.
Biostatistical Consultant
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
101-5805 Balsam Street, Vancouver, V6M 4B9
264 -9918 donald@portal.ca
Accommodation
LARGE FURNISHED Equipped suite
in Kitsilano available for shortterm
summer rentals. Good
neighborhood, 2 bus routes,
parking, use of W/D. $350-$450/
wk., or Bed & Breakfast $65/night.
N/S please. Call 734-5734 or
pager 667-5544.
2 BR Fully furnished new house in
Kitsilano. Antiques, gorgeous
view. Available mid-Aug.
Everything at your doorstep, UBC,
water, downtown. Call 940-2800.
WONDERFUL SAFE Quiet, private,
tasteful, furnished accommodation
in Kitsilano for visiting profs/grad
students. Available Aug. - term/
terms. Buses, shops all close by. Call
737-2677.	
OVERNIGHT orshortterm stays while
looking for accommodation forthe
fall term, visiting Vancouver or
relatives. Beautiful, furnished,
reasonable. Close to UBC, transit,
shops. Call 737-2966.	
SEPARATE FLOOR Of a Heritage
house on the beach in Kitsilano
near UBC, buses, theatre, shops,
etc. Well appointed, quiet and
private. Call 737-2966.	
FURNISHED Heritage style
townhouse. 2 BR and den, 2 bath,
H/W floor, F/P, 2 balconies, 5
appliances,   heat   and   util.
included. Available Aug. or Sep.
Require 6 mo. and 1 year lease.
$2100. Call Rosanne 737-0897.
SEEKING 2 to 3 BR modest house
near UBC for a mature family Sep.
1 v98. Prefer long term lease. E-
mail lgeorge@bc.sympatico.ca
or call 250-370-7038.
UBC FACULTY MEMBERS who are
looking to optimize their RRSP,
Faculty pension and retirement
options call Don Proteau, RFP or
Doug Hodgins, RFP of the HLP
Financial Group for a
complimentary consultation.
Investments available on a no-load
basis. Call for our free newsletter.
Serving faculty members since 1982.
Call 687-7526. E-mail:
dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca
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GAMBIER ISLAND 8 beautiful
acres - forest and meadows with
5 BR character home plus studio
and rental suite. Easy walk from
ferry. Great B&B. $299,000. Call
Sharon Petzold, Prudential Sussex
1-888-466-2277. UBC Reports ■ July 9, 1998 7
Hilary Thomson photo
Record Recovery
Chemistry graduate student Nick Stoynov was presented
with a 1998 Environmental Merit Award from the Dept.
of Health, Safety and the Environment for his
participation in the solvent recovery program. Stoynov
uses recovered acetone to clean glassware in the
laboratory. During 1997 and the first quarter of 1998,
Stoynov prevented the release into the environment of
500 litres of acetone by reusing the recovered product.
Environmental Merit Awards recognize individuals who
make a conscious and consistent effort to protect the
environment or who reduce the environmental impact
of activities at UBC.
English
award
honours
Colbeck
An English Dept. graduate
scholarship has been established
in memory of Assoc. Prof. Emerita
Mabel Mackenzie Colbeck.
A UBC alumna, Colbeck spent
20 years teaching in the department and was regarded as one of
its most dynamic and exciting
members.
She was best known for teaching English survey courses and
was particularly knowledgeable
about the ballad writers of her
homeland, Scotland. Well into
her 80s, she was asked to read
the poetry of Robbie Burns at
the annual Faculty Club Burns
Supper.
Colbeck also worked as a j our-
nalist, author and broadcaster,
creating a CBC radio program in
the early 1940s that focused on
women's issues.
Though she officially retired
in 1966, she continued to teach
until 1971. She died last fall at
the age of 98.
Those wishing to contribute
to the Mabel Mackenzie Colbeck
Graduate Scholarship in English may contact the UBC Development Office at 822-8900 for
more information.
New centres concentrate
on aboriginal, global health
UBC faculty and students will
be tackling health issues from
Mount Currie to Mozambique
with the establishment of two
new health centres — the Institute of Aboriginal Health (IAH)
and the Centre for International
Health (CIH).
The IAH's primary goal, developed through broad consultation with aboriginal communities in B.C., is to support the
education of aboriginal health
professionals.
"University-trained aboriginal
health professionals are urgently
needed since demand outstrips
supply, particularly in health
services,'' says UBC Co-ordinator
of Health Sciences, Prof. John
Gilbert.
A partnership of the First
Nations House of Learning
(FNHL) and the Office of the Co
ordinator of Health Sciences
(OCHS). the institute will develop undergraduate and graduate health sciences courses specifically targeted to aboriginal
students. Members will also conduct and co-ordinate research
at UBC, and act as advocates
and develop a support network
for aboriginal health workers in
communities throughout B.C.
and across Canada.
Research and education activities will integrate aboriginal
healing traditions and practices.
The institute's academic programs and respectful research
with First Nations communities
will also help to expand the student services and programs we
provide in the FNHL's Division of
First Nations Health Careers,"
says Jo-Ann Archibald, director
of the FNHL.
International health research,
education and services are the
focus of the Centre for International Health (CIH). The centre
provides a structure for the existing UBC community of faculty
and students concerned about
world health issues.
"We want to move from pockets
of international activities within a
number of health-related areas toward a coherent international
health strategy," says Gilbert. The
centre will help to demonstrate
UBC's commitment to international
and global health."
The centre, a unit of the OCHS,
will support research spanning
several disciplines, organize formal education activities, provide
networking and communication
forums and promote exchange
opportunities for students and
faculty.
In Memoriam
Kay Stockholder: 1928-98
Voice for literature and liberties
Kay Stockholder, a professor
emerita of English and former
president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, died of ovarian
cancer June 18.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Stockholder charted her own course,
attending Hunter College against
her mother's wishes and graduating with a BA in English literature. After a brief period when
she edited a trade magazine and
taught at a girls' school, she
went on to get her MA in English
literature from Columbia University in New York and then
accepted a fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.
In Seattle, she began an intellectual romance with Freud and
Shakespeare which lasted for the
rest of her life.
By the mid-1960s. Stockholder was working full-time in
English at UBC. During the next
three decades she taught in the
English Dept. and the Arts One
program, and served terms as a
member of the university Senate
and the executive of the Faculty
Association.
In 1991, four years prior to
her retirement from UBC, she
became active in the B.C. Civil
Liberties Association. She was
elected its president in 1995 but
stepped down from that post a
few months ago due to illness.
She is survived by her partner
Norman Epstein, her three children, Jessica, Maia and Peter,
and her former husband Fred.
People
by staff writers
L
ynn Smith. UBC's dean of Law from 1991-97, has
been appointed a B.C.
'Supreme Court judge.
She will replace Supreme
Court Justice Kenneth
MacKenzie, who has been
appointed to the B.C. Court of
Appeal.
Before joining the Faculty
of Law faculty in 1981, Smith
clerked for the chief justice of
B.C. and practiced general
litigation with Shrum Liddle
and Hebenton in Vancouver.
In 1994, Canadian Lawyer
magazine named Smith one of
the 20 most powerful lawyers
in Canada.
The appointments were
made in June by Federal Justice Minister and Attorney-
General Anne McLellan.
Smith
UBC Economics Prof. Jonathan Kesselman has
been honoured with the 1998 Douglas Purvis Prize
for excellence in writing on Canadian economic
policy. Kesselman received the prize and $10,000 at the
recent annual meeting of the Canadian Economics Association in Ottawa.
Kesselman's treatise "General Payroll Taxes: Economics, Politics, and Design" was viewed by the selection
committee as a landmark contribution to an area of public
finance long neglected by academic and economic policy
analysts.
It includes a proposal to replace the GST with a general
payroll tax. The selection committee says the monograph,
published by the Canadian Tax Foundation, will have a
significant and lasting impact on policy thinking about
payroll taxes in Canada and abroad.
Fourth-year Arts student Melanie Little won $1,500
towards UBC tuition as the grand prize winner in
the UBC Bookstore's Read About It! Write About It!
Book Review Competition. She reviewed Stuart Mclean's
Stories from the Vinyl Cafe.
Runners-up Christine Adkins, Brett Gubisic and
Michael Lewkonia each received $150 in Bookstore gift
certificates.
U
BC Electrical Engineering Prof. Guy Dumont is the
first recipient of the Universal Dynamics Prize for
Leadership in Process Control Technology. Dumont
pioneered the development of
a general purpose "smart"
controller for industrial use.
The controller is being
used in a broad range of
commercial industries from
pulp and paper to glass
manufacturing and brewing.
Universal Dynamics
President Steve Hagemoen
says Dumont's 20 years of
groundbreaking research
and technological innovations are dramatically
improving the way plants
control manufacturing
processes.
The Richmond B.C.
company supplies high-technology systems and engineering
services to heavy industry around the world.
Dumont
UBC Prof. Thomas Cavalier-Smith, a leading
botany researcher, has been elected to the Royal
Society of London, one of the highest honours in
the British academic community.
Cavalier-Smith is internationally known for his work in
the area of early molecular evolution. He has reformed the
classification of single-celled creatures such as Protozoa
and established a sixth kingdom of life, the Chromista.
which includes the kelps and other brown seaweeds.
He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada last
November. Cavalier-Smith was educated at Cambridge and
London universities and came to UBC nine years ago as a
Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
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