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 VOLUME     47     |      NUMBER    5     |      MARCH     8,     2001
4 Trade and Tibet
A Political Science student
argues for a free Tibet
12 Tune up
Prof. Marcello Veiga starts
his lessons with a song
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Humanities, science
scholars earn Killams
Recipients will be recognized at Chan Centre gala tonight
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
early Greeks is the focus of research for Prof. Shirley Sullivan,
one of 10 ubc Killam Research
Prize winners who will be recognized at Celebrate the Stars, a gala
event to be held this evening at the
Chan Centre as part of Research
Awareness Week.
The $5,000 individual prizes are
equally divided between arts and
sciences disciplines.
"I am honoured to have my work
recognized," says Sullivan, a faculty member in the Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious
Studies since 1972. "In the humanities particularly, one wonders if
one's work is making an impact.
It's gratifying to have the commitment to research acknowledged."
Sullivan studies the cognitive
process and its relationship to personality as described in poetry, literature, philosophy and drama of
the Archaic Age (750-450 bce).
The early Greeks' view of personality has similarities to eastern
thought, she says, in that the self
was understood to be compartmentalized into a variety of faculties such as insight, emotion or decision-making that could operate
independently and simultaneously
with no single integrated psyche.
Sullivan has studied how this view
gradually evolved to match our
current understanding of self and
personality which was first described by Plato.
Nineteen ubc researchers are among those named
Canada Research Chairs. See Researchers page 3.
When she started her research
and first understood the many elements that comprise the early
Greek notion of psyche, Sullivan
admits she was a little alarmed at
the work that lay before her.
"I thought 'this is going to take
my whole life'—and it has," she
says, adding that she has never
tired of her subject and that colleagues' support and research
achievements have provided a
model of encouragement.
The ubc alumna has written
five books on her subject and says
the Killam prize will allow her to
study abroad, preferably at Oxford.
She is currently studying Euripides' play The Hippolytus, looking at
how differences in the way charac-
see Killam page 2
Vanpools ease campus commute
Fleet comprises nearly one-third of vanpools in the gvrd
by Andy Poon staffwriter
CONNIE    FABRO    KNOWS    a    good
travel deal when she sees one.
Tor the better part of the past
decade, she has managed travel
contracts for the university as the
travel manager in the Purchasing
Dept. so it's no surprise that she
commutes each day to the university from her home in White Rock
via a vanpool.
"There are a whole bunch of us
going to one place for work and
with so many cars on the road, it's
silly that we are each in our own
cars driving to the same place," she
says. "And then you add the expense of parking and such in driving your own car and it makes
sense to vanpool."
Fabro travels in an eight-person
vanpool arranged through the Jack
Bell Foundation, a partner of the
university's Trek Program Centre.
When it isn't her turn to do the
driving, she typically spends the
50-minute morning commute
reading or resting.
"It's pretty quiet in the mornings. People seem to want very lit
tle conversation then," she laughs.
"And it's nice to have someone else
do the driving; it takes the tension
Gord Lovegrove, director of
Transportation Planning, says that
the university's vanpool has grown
to 26 vehicles from 16 in November
1997—an increase of more than 50
per cent.
The campus vanpool comprises
nearly one-third of the Greater
Vancouver Regional District's van-
pool fleet. The Jack Bell Foundation partnered with ubc to form
one of the first vanpool programs
in the gvrd in 1992.
"It's a good return for investment for transportation for ubc,"
says Lovegrove. "It's reducing congestion and air pollution and getting people to campus in a less
stressed way. It helps ubc create a
more livable community and helps
to attract and retain faculty, students and staff—all important factors in Trek 2000, the university's
vision document."
Lovegrove says that as a result of
the university's strategic transportation plan—officially approved by
Vanpooler Connie Fabro
ubc's Board of Governors in November 1999—significant progress
has been made towards meeting
the university's goal to decrease
the number of single occupant vehicles travelling to campus by 20
per cent in the next few years.
"There's an increase of 23 per
cent more transit service to campus," says Lovegrove. "That's 21 per
cent more riders or 23,000 people
taking transit to and from ubc
each day."
Additional transit achievements include more than 500 staff
discount transit passes issued and
more than 5,000 participants in
the student Fastrax program. The
program allows one-zone transit
passes to be extended through
three zones.
see Commute page 2
Classics Prof. Shirley Sullivan is among the 10 UBC faculty to receive this year's
Killam research prizes. The prizes, worth $5,000, recognize scholars from
both the arts and sciences. Hilary Thomson photo
B.C. government
promises funding
Cut in tuition fees to be
accompanied by increased
dollars for universities
the province will compensate
universities for a five per cent tuition decrease, according to a recent provincial government announcement.
The announcement also acknowledged the indirect costs of
research by committing $23 million
from the current fiscal year's budget. An equal amount from this
year's budget is committed to new
equipment and library purchases.
"This step is a significant investment in people and ideas," says ubc
President Martha Piper, who also
chairs the University Presidents'
Council of b.c. "Increasing opportunities for education and research
is arguably the most important investment a government can make
toward developing a strong economy and a robust society."
"The priority given to university
research is very encouraging," Piper adds. "The support will help position not only ubc but the whole
province to compete effectively in
the rapidly evolving knowledge-
based economy. We look forward
to continued investments in research excellence in B.C."
"We are certainly optimistic
see Tuition page 2 I      UBC     REPORTS
Continued from page 1
While all of this may mean more
bus riders, Lovegrove expects that
the shift in class start times this
fall will help relieve commuters of
crowded buses during the morning rush.
Lovegrove concedes that the
proposed U-Trek card—a transit
pass with bundled car, vanpool
parking and bike benefits—will
not likely be ready this year, as the
university, Translink and the ams
have yet to resolve the issue of
price for the cards.
"But the U-Trek card is not
dead," Lovegrove says. He points
out that a student referendum on
the issue may still be held sometime in the next academic year.
For Fabro, there has been an additional benefit to sharing a vehicle with other ubc faculty and staff
members twice a day.
"We've got a good mix of people
in the van from all over the campus," she says. "It helps to be able to
share ideas from around the university and it adds to my own un
derstanding of how others look at
issues on campus."
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Continued from page 1
about the premier's promise to
make British Columbia the education province of Canada," says
Alma Mater Society President Erfan Kazemi. "The five per cent tuition rollback will undoubtedly
save students money in the short
term. However, in order to prepare
for their education financially, students need to know what their tuition will be in next three to five
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The Office of the Vice-President, Research, is providing the leadership required to meet both the
challenges and opportunities articulated in the Trek 2000 vision documents and those presented by
new Federal and Provincial funding programs such as cfi, cihr, bckdf, Genome bc and the Canada
Research Chairs. New opportunities within sshrc and nserc are also critical to ubc's research
The Associate Vice-President, Research, will support the full range of activities of the office with
particular responsibility for research associated with cihr, sshrc, Genome bc, and cfi.
Nominations and applications are invited for this position.
The Associate Vice-President, Research will report to the Vice-President, Research. The individual,
who will have a broad knowledge of both the academic and administrative sides of ubc, will play a
leadership role in promoting and managing research on campus and at the affiliated teaching
hospitals. Responsibilities will include:
develop a health research strategy for ubc and enhance ubc's success at cihr and cfi with the
support of cfi and cihr co-ordinators
assist academic units to form and exploit research collaborations and liaisons
develop policies and procedures for the effective management of research within new funding
developing programs to enhance the competitiveness of faculty at federal research competitions
work with other service units on campus to provide the best support for the research community
(e.g. finance, human resources, purchasing, development and fund raising, research services, uilo
•    analysis of research opportunities
The Associate Vice-President, Research, will work closely with the associate deans, Research, and
will have the support ofthe Research Services' and University-Industry Liaison staff.
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are
encouraged to apply. Applications and nominations should be submitted to Marcia Lang in the
Office ofthe Vice-President, Research, by April 1, 2001. Applicants should submit current cv's and
the names of three referees.
Continued from page 1
ters make decisions contribute to
conflict and tragedy.
Other ubc Killam Research
Prize recipients are: Fine Arts Prof.
John O'Brian; Psychology Prof.
Eric Eich; Psychology Assoc. Prof.
David Geoffrey Hall; Computer
Science Prof. David Kirkpatrick;
Computer Science Prof. Alan
Mackworth; Chemical Engineering Prof. James Piret; Anatomy
Prof. Joanne Weinberg; Geography Prof. Graeme Wynn: and Statistics Prof. James Zidek.
Also announced are the Izaac
Walton Killam Memorial Fellowships. The fellowships top up faculty salaries by up to $15,000 during sabbatical leaves. Scholars also
receive a $3,000 grant for research
and travel expenses.
Recipients are: Sociology Assoc.
Prof. Dawn Currie; History Assoc.
Prof. Caroline Ford; Geography
Prof. Derek Gregory; Statistics
Assoc. Prof. Paul Gustafson; Psychology Assoc. Prof. D. Geoffrey
Hall; Biotechnology Prof. Wilfred
Jefferies; Asian Studies Assoc.
Prof. Ross King; Physics and Astronomy Assoc. Prof.Janis McKenna; Law Asst. Prof. Judith Mosoff,
Physics and Astronomy Asst. Prof.
Douglas Scott.
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Program aimed at attracting and
keeping top researchers at ubc
Researchers among latest stars to shine
i am very pleased to introduce to the campus community the first ubc recipients ofthe Canada Research Chairs Program. As you will see, these
individuals represent research excellence in health, natural sciences, technology, social sciences and humanities.
ubc placed among the top three universities in Canada in the inaugural appointment of these funded research positions with 19 chairs allotted
ofthe first 199 offered. Gaining more than 10 per cent of available chairs is a real endorsement of ubcs ability to bring the best and brightest minds
together. The appointments are the first installment of 163 such positions to be named at ubc over the next five years.
The crc program offers exciting opportunities to attract and keep top-level investigators from across Canada and internationally.
With this new investment, our capacity for generating new knowledge and transferring this knowledge to students, to society and to commercial enterprises is enormously strengthened.
I congratulate all the recipients, their research teams and those who provided academic and administrative support to enable their success.
I would also like to formally acknowledge the contribution of our president, Martha Piper, for her role in the creation of this program by the
federal government that will ultimately help to sustain and improve our quality of life.
Prof. Indira Samarasekera
Vice-President, Research
First round sees 19 chairs appointed
Designed to build Canada's research capacity, the Canada Research Chairs program
will invest $900 million over five years to establish 2,000 chairs in Canadian
universities, their affiliated research institutes and hospitals. Appointment ofthe
chairs is based on nominations from the universities.
economics prof. Paul Beaudry
studies comparisons of economic
change to help inform social and
economic policy. He explores
North American and European experiences surrounding issues such
as plummeting incomes for less
skilled workers, impact of burdensome student loans and gender
equality in the workplace.
Izak Benbasat, a professor of
Commerce and Business Administration, looks at the design of human-computer interfaces and
seeks to improve the communication between information technologies and users. His work has relevance for e-commerce and building better business-customer
Prof. John R. Grace of the
Chemical and Biological Engineering Dept., investigates two crucial
environmental issues: the emission of gases that cause acid rain
and the overproduction of greenhouse gases. His work will contribute to preventing climate change
and, improving Canada's energy
sustainability and aid in the search
for cleaner energy sources.
Babak Hamidzadeh, an assistant professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, explores
ways to improve production, storage, search and retrieval, transmission, synchronization, and presentation of segments that interact in
multimedia systems. He will work
in collaboration with researchers
in ubc's Microelectronics and Information Technology cluster.
Robert E.W. Hancock is a professor of Microbiology and Immunology who specializes in antibiotic resistance and combating life-
threatening superbugs. He examines the way groups of amino acids
called peptides interact with bacteria and their potential as a new
class of infection-fighting drugs.
He also looks at the role of genomics in antibiotic resistance.
Medical Genetics Prof. Michael
Hayden investigates the relationship between genes and disease.
His work has concentrated on two
areas: a predictive test for the inherited Huntington's disease; and
identifying new genes associated
with high density lipoprotein or
good cholesterol. He has also set
up the only national program in
the world that seeks to determine
the psychological effects of genetic testing on patients.
Geography Prof. David Ley
studies the effects of immigration
on Canada's cities. He aims to assess how well immigrants integrate economically and whether
immigrant communities or enclaves across Canada increase immigrant poverty. His work will help
inform immigration policy.
Computer Science Prof. Alan
Mackworth investigates artificial
intelligence. The creator of soccer-
playing robots that help explore the
nature of perception and reasoning,
he aims to build a model that links
neuroscience and cognitive systems using computational intelligence. His research helps scientists
understand vision systems for navigation and problem solving.
Robert S. Molday is a professor
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Ophthalmology. He
studies the molecular, cellular and
genetic interplay that leads to disease affecting vision. He is an expert on macular degeneration —
the leading cause of blindness in
the developed world. His work will
contribute to better diagnostic
methods and new treatments for
diseases ofthe retina.
Prof. Christopher Overall of
Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, recently discovered a new protein that acts in the body as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and
may be useful in developing new
drugs to fight cancer, arthritis and
other chronic inflammatory diseases. His work investigates a family of
tissue and inflammatory enzymes
that are produced by cells and act
like molecular shears enabling cancer to spread in the body. New information could control or even
prevent the progression of diseases
including cancer, arthritis and hiv.
Computer Science Prof. Nicholas Pippenger studies problems
with classical computer technologies as well as looking at how to
move beyond the reach of conventional computers to quantum
computing. His research into
mathematical calculations of
changes in computerized shapes
will contribute to areas ranging
from the study of dna to the creation of advanced materials.
Prof. Tim Salcudean of Electrical and Computer Engineering develops computer interfaces that
convey the forces of touch. These
interfaces allow users to feel and
apply the forces of interaction
while manipulating remote or virtual environments. His work has
enormous practical applications
from the operating room table to
the remote operation of forestry
and mining equipment.
Zoology Prof. Dolph Schluter
studies sticklebacks, a group of
fish found in b.c.'s lakes and
streams that have evolved in thousands of variants of the original
species. By mapping their genes
and evolutionary progress, Schluter is building a model that can help
scientists understand how species
become vulnerable to extinction.
Prof. John Schrader directs
ubc's Biomedical Research Centre.
His research involves determining
the signals the immune system
cells send to each other and how
these signals might go wrong in a
process known as a faulty immune
response. A better understanding
of immune response could aid in
therapies for diseases such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
Curriculum Studies Prof. Peter
C. Seixas documents the sense of
historical consciousness for high
school students and teachers.
Looking at historical narratives
found in texts, films, museum exhibits and other media, he will explore how versions of the past interact. Findings will help inform
public debate about the teaching
of Canadian and world history.
Medical Genetics Assoc. Prof.
Elizabeth Simpson explores the
links between genetics, brain development and behaviour. She is designing new models that will help illumi
nate the role of genetic mutations in
disorders such as schizophrenia, dyslexia and pathological violence. Her
work may lead to new diagnostic
techniques and drug therapies for
specific brain disorders.
Dr. A.Jon Stoessl, a professor of
Neurology, uses new imaging technology to investigate the cause and
effects of Parkinson's disease. Positron Emission Tomography (pet)
scanning offers detailed images of
the brain's neural pathways that
show how living brains are affected
by and compensate for the damage
caused by the disease. He will also
try to determine if there are occupational risk factors for the disease.
The new knowledge will aid in developing diagnostic tools and treatment guidelines.
Mark Vessey, an associate professor of English, is a Canadian literary and religious historian who
studies how the Bible and other
Christian writing influence culture
and civilizations. One important
aspect of his work concerns how
scripture has influenced encounters between European and indigenous North American peoples
and how those experiences are
portrayed in Canadian literature,
art and drama.
Janet Werker is a professor of
Psychology who studies normal infant language development. Her
documentation of the earliest
stages of language learning will
contribute to the early detection
and treatment of children with
language development problems.
She also studies language development in bilingual and multilingual
children, premature infants, and
those genetically at risk for delayed
language development.
For more information on the
program and full profiles ofthe
chairholder visit the Web site at
www.chairs.gc.ca. UBC     REPORTS
Student speaks out for human rights
A ubc student suggests
other students incorporate
their education as a tool to
effect change
by Kate Woznow
in mid-february, rather than
spending the time writing my midterm for International Relations
260,1 joined a trio of Canadian students who decided to create an international incident of our own.
Freya Putt, Sam Price and myself, all members of the organization Students for a Free Tibet, participated in a public action directed towards members of the Team
Canada trade delegation in Beijing,
We were protesting China's 52-
year occupation of Tibet and the
absence of this issue from the
Team Canada agenda.
Our action is referred to as a direct action. It is a tactic used by
non-government organizations to
propel an issue of concern into the
national spotlight, hopefully attracting media attention.
Unfurling a banner in the lobby
area within the vicinity of an international signing ceremony celebrating $1.4 billion worth of business deals, and having the event
covered by national media outlets
is deemed a successful action.
The publicity and reaction this
action has received will hopefully
benefit the six million Tibetans
who continue to live under the repression of the Chinese government.
The momentum created by this
action will continue to direct our
efforts towards a peaceful resolution to this situation, unlike the
prime minister's human rights
speeches in China which by now
have probably been forgotten by
his hosts.
My interest in Tibet arose as a
result of a visit I made there in
After graduating from high
school, a friend and myself, feeling
unsure of our academic pursuits in
university, decided to work abroad
in China.
We spent 10 months traveling
and working in the country before
joining my father in the western
city of Chengdu, China and from
there flew to Lhasa, Tibet.
Having no previous exposure to
the political situation and history
of this region, my first thought was
how different Tibet and Tibetans
were from their Chinese neighbours.
Within Lhasa there is a very distinctive divide between the Chinese
quarter and the Tibetan quarter.
Equally evident was the tense
atmosphere especially prevalent in
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Travels in Tibet and the determination ofthe country's people to preserve their culture left second-year Political
Science student Kate Woznow with a desire to help the cause for a free Tibet. Kate Woznow photo
the larger Tibetan cities where
many of the pro-independence
demonstrations have taken place.
It was a relief to leave this tension for the scenic countryside but
the poverty of the local inhabitants, mostly nomads, and the ever-
present evidence of Chinese soldiers was unavoidable.
The determination I saw exercised by the Tibetan people to preserve their unique culture left me
with a desire to help their cause.
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to become pro-active in the Students for a Free Tibet (sft) chapter which has been operating since
Our chapter is one of the more
than 600 sft chapters worldwide.
Becoming involved with a group of
students who shared my concern
for the Tibet situation has become
a central focus of my university experience.
Through my work with this
group, I have experienced an education far beyond the constraints of
our beautiful, yet isolated campus.
Students become very focused
on the subject material they are
studying. However, it is important
that we incorporate, whenever
possible, our education as a tool to
effect change.
If I learned one thing from my
recent experience in Beijing, Canadian students are fortunate for the
daily freedoms we take for granted.
This is not to say that human
rights abuses do not occur in Canada. Some of them have taken
place on the very land where our
campus is located.
But, students have the power to
speak out.
Because we cannot always rely
on our government officials and
the business community to speak
out for those citizens who are silent and do not share our
freedoms, I believe it is our responsibility to be heard.
Kate Woznow, a second-year
Political Science student, captured,
world media attention when she
and a fellow protestor staged a
brief human rights protest in the
lobby of a Beijing hotel where
Prime Minister Jean Chretien's
Team Canada trade delegation
was meeting with Chinese firms.
She is president of Students for a
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New scholarships to
draw top students
Alma Mater Society payroll administrator Marnie Craft (left) and Applied Sciences student Andrew Tinka are among
the 21 faculty, staff and students to be honoured by students with Just Desserts awards this year. Hilary Thomson photos
Bank donates seed money
to provide opportunities
for young scholars
four new undergraduate scholarships each valued at $40,000 over
four years will be awarded this fall
as a result ofthe largest gift to date
by a bank to the university.
A Si-35-million gift from the
Bank of Montreal will result in the
annual ubc Bank of Montreal National Scholarships aimed at attracting outstanding undergraduate students from across Canada
to UBC
The gift will be matched by the
university to create a $2.7-million
"ubc: and Bank of Montreal
share the belief that our nation's
future social vitality and economic-
prosperity will depend on the opportunities that we provide young
Students serve up sweet recognition
Awards recognize individuals' contributions to student
growth and success, says Alma Mater Society president
some of ubc's unsung heroes
have received Just Desserts
Awards in recognition of their willingness to go above and beyond
the call of duty.
"It's a two-way street," says Erfan
Kazemi, president of the Alma
Mater Society (ams).
"These individuals do a lot to
contribute to student growth and
success. This is an opportunity to
let them know how much we value
their efforts."
In a student tradition begun in
1985, student societies across campus nominate faculty, staff and
student award winners. This year
there are 21 recipients.
Marnie Craft takes great pride
in "making people happy every
second Friday" in her role as payroll administrator for the ams. Itis
a position she has held for the past
25 years.
"I love the challenge of continuously keeping up with new government rules and regulations, the
constantly evolving ams, and the
opportunity of learning the new
software for payroll computer systems," says Craft.
Watching the student executives and service coordinators
grow to become much more confident with their leadership skills is
her favourite part of the job.
Andrew Tinka was recognized
for his contribution to student life
as the president ofthe Engineering
Physics Club and editor of the Engineering Undergraduate Society
newspaper, which he helped to rejuvenate this past year.
"I'm honoured to be recognized
for my efforts, but it really wasn't
such hard work—I just tried to
have as much fun as I could this
year," says the fifth-year Engineering student.
Tinka credits the hard work of a
team of students who help to produce NEUspaper each month.
In his role as editor, he looks forward to reading the articles written
by his colleagues, as it's an opportunity to learn from different per
Among the other faculty, staff
and students to win Just Desserts
Awards are: Mechanical Engineering Assoc. Prof. A. Bruce Dun-
woody; English instructor Peter
Dickinson; Germanic Studies Prof.
Emerita Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, Geography Prof. Cole Harris;
Political Science lecturer Don
Maclnnis, English Prof. William
New; History Asst. Prof. Stephen
Straker, Psychology Prof. Peter
Suedfeld; Tara Stewart, Graduate
Students' Society; School of Human
Kinetics systems analyst CliffStor-
lund; Faculty of Law career development officer Danielle Raymond;
Pharmaceutical Sciences lecturer
Colleen Brady; former registrar Richard Spencer; Science Assoc.
Dean Paul Harrison; Microbiology
lecturer Tracy Kion; Math Prof.
Philip Loewen; Microbiology lecturer Diane Oorebeek; Physics
and Astronomy Assoc. Prof. Kristin
Schleich; and Microbiology lecturer Karen Smith.
people today," says ubc President
Martha Piper.
"We are extremely pleased to expand the university's financial aid
program to provide additional access for outstanding students to
undergraduate education through
this partnership."
The ubc Bank of Montreal
scholarships will rank among the
premier university awards in Canada.
They will enhance ubc's position as one ofthe top universities
in the country for scholarships and
bursary dollars available to students.
"Our support for learning is not
just a matter of philanthropy or
good corporate citizenship." says
Tony Comper. chair and chief executive officer. Bank of Montreal. "It
also makes good business sense."
The new scholarships will be
awarded to students entering ubc
from high school or transferring
from other institutions who demonstrate academic excellence in
combination with significant contributions to the community
through volunteerism, athletics, or
artistic excellence.
In four years, the annual scholarships will result in a total of 16
ubc Bank of Montreal National
scholars on campus each year.
"These scholarships emphasize
the bank's commitment not only to
learning, but also to reflecting the
diversity of the country and the
people of this great city. In this way,
they will also reflect Bank of Montreal's own commitment to workforce diversity," says Rob Pearce,
president, Personal and Commercial Banking Distribution for the
Bank of Montreal.
Doctor heads to China on trip back in time
Pioneering father built medical unit in northern China
in his own version of the Orient
Express, Dr. Donald Paty, director
of ubc's Multiple Sclerosis Research Programs, is about to head
to China on a sentimental journey.
Paty, his son Breay and his nephew Philip—also physicians—will
travel in April to Changzhou in
southern China to honour the
achievements of his late father, Dr.
Robert Morris Paty.
In 1924 — more than a decade
before Canadian doctor Norman
Bethune started a medical unit in
northern China—34-year-old Robert arrived from Atlanta to serve as
a medical missionary with the
Southern Methodist Church.
"My father was something of an
adventurer," says Donald. "My
mother, too—she was only 19 at the
time they went to China."
Within one year, Robert became
fluent in Chinese and took over direction of the area's hospital when
his predecessor died of typhus. In
1933, only nine years after his arrival, he had raised enough money
through a nation-wide tour of the
u.s. to found and build a new 300-
bed hospital.
The Patys made their home in
China and most of their five children, including Donald, were born
there. Family photos show the eminent neurologist as a toddler in
the arms of his amah in front of
impressive hospital buildings
whose verandahs are reminiscent
ofthe family's Old South roots.
In 1940 Americans were asked
to leave the country and the Patys
returned to the u.s. to settle in
Georgia. Robert returned to China
after the Second World War for 18
months. He later worked in New
York, Asia and Africa and retired at
age 75. He died in 1983.
And now, 77 years after Robert's
arrival, the three doctors have
been asked by that same hospital
in Changzhou to give a medical
symposium in honour ofthe man
who is famous there for his contributions to medical care.
With obvious pride, Paty points
to a framed certificate on the wall
of his office that is written in Chinese characters.
"That's my dad's lifetime honorary membership in the Chinese
medical association," he says, adding that he inherited some of his
father's wanderlust and moved
with his wife and young family to
Borneo at the outset of his own
medical career.
The three Paty doctors will each
give a short talk at the memorial
symposium on their specialty topics.
Donald will present a seminar
on diagnosis and follow-up of multiple sclerosis with an emphasis on
magnetic resonance imaging.
Breay, a fellow in endocrinology
at the University of Washington
Dr. Robert Paty (front left) at clinic
will discuss diabetes and pancreas
islet cell transplants.
Philip, a cancer surgeon working in New York City, will make a
presentation on future directions
in research and treatment for
colorectal cancer.
Robert Paty and his three medical descendants all graduated
from Emory College University in
Atlanta, Ga. Breay is also a ubc
medical graduate. UBC     REPORTS
MARCH     8,     200I
Art Show
Ecozoic Art Prize. Barbara Zeiler. sub
Art Gallery from ioam-4pm. Call
Music At The Chan
International Sejong Soloists. Leon
Fleisher, piano. Chan Centre at 3pm.
Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for
more information 822-2697.
Leon Fleisher, piano. Music Recital
Hall at 7:30pm. $3- $5. Call 822-5574.
Spirit Of Women 2000
University Hill Congregation Epiphany Chapel at 7:30pm. $20.
Various artists. Call 224-3384.
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor. Old Aud.
at 7pm. $5. Call 822-5574.
Essay Writing Information Session
mi.a Documentation And The Research Essay. Buchanan A-102 from
i2:30-i:3opm. Call 822-1986.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Beethoven: Septet, Opus 20. Chan
Centre Chamber Players. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4. Call 822-5574.
Germanic And
Comparative Literature
Wagner's "Flying Dutchman" In Context. Floyd St.Clair, French; Karl Za-
enker, German; Doug Tuck,
Board Secretary at least 24 hours before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca prior to the meeting. Call 822-2127.
Distinguished Lecture Series
Immunophenotyping In Acute
Leukemia: Beyond Lineage Assignment. Prof. Michael J. Borowitz, Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine. von/Eye Care Centre Aud.
from 8-9am. Call 875-2490.
Europe/Canadian Studies Lecture
Recasting European And Canadian
History: Transcultural States, Nations And People. Dirk Hoerder, u of
Bremen. Buchanan B Penthouse from
i2noon-2pm. Light lunch. Call
Human Rights In West Papua (Irian
Jaya, Indonesia). John Rumbiak, Institute for Human Rights Study and
Advocacy, ck Choi 120 from 12:30-
3:30pm. Call 822-4688.
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor. Old Aud. at
3:30pm. $5. Call 822-5574.
Astronomy Seminar
tba. Rosie Wyse. Hennings 318 at
4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call
Green College Special Lecture
Intimacy And Embodiment At The
Interface. Sidney Fels, Electrical and
Computer Engineering. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Public Lecture
Daring To Dream: How A ubc Grad
Built A World-Class Winery Turning
Adversity Into Opportunity. Anthony
von Mandl, proprietor, Mission Hill
Family Estate Winery. David Lam
Centre from 5:3o-7pm. Call 822-1219.
Health Services And
Policy Research Seminar
Finding Avenues For Evidence-Based
Policy. Asst. Prof. Rebecca Warburton,
School of Public Administration,
uvic. irc #414 from i2noon-ipm. Call
Botany Seminar
The Structure Of Annual Plant
Community In The Negev Desert.
Chris Lortie. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Philosophy/Psychology Seminar
Consciousness: What Psychologists
Can Learn From Philosophies. Prof.
Fred Dretske, Duke u. Buchanan B
Penthouse at 4pm. Call 822-5675.
Statistics Seminar
Nonparametric Testing For A
Monotone Hazard Function: Making
A Global Test Local. Klinck 301 from
4-5:3opm. Refreshments (bring your
own mug). Call 822-0570.
Museum Of Anthropology
Public Program
Spring id Clinic, moa Archeology Lab
from 7:30-gpm. Call 822-2567.
Vancouver Opera; Andrew Busza,
English, moderator. BuTo 218 from
i2:30-i:2opm. Call 822-4060.
Green Lecture In Philosophy
Why Are We Conscious? Prof. Fred
Dretske, Duke u. Buchanan D-239 at
12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
The State Of Health OfThe World's
Children. Prof. Michael Sear. Pediatrics. IRC #414 from i2:3o-i:20pm. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Regulation Of Morphogenesis In
Ovarian Surface Epithelium And Its
Derivatives. Michelle Woo. B.C.'s
Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor. Old Aud. at
3:30pm. $5. Call 822-5574.
Geography Colloquium
Parks Canada And The International
Donation Of Wildlife, 1915-70. Alan
MacEarchern, Okanagan u College.
Geography 201 at 3:30pm. Call
Asian Research Seminar
Frustrated Transnationalism? The
Case OfThe Chinese In The Philippines, 1949-75. Edgar Wickberg. ck
Choi 120 from 4:30-6pm. Call
Public Lecture
Elements Of Precaution: The Future
Of gm Foods. Prof. Brian Ellis, Agricultural Sciences. Scarfe 100 from
7-gpm. Call 822-1219.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Creating Community In A Divided
World.Jean Vanier. St. Andrews-Wesley United Church, 1012 Nelson St.
vst. To register e-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 822-9815 or 434-1933 (ext. 44).
A Special Graduate Conference On
South Asia, ck Choi 120 from 9am-
4:30pm. Call 221-6186.
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open Session begins at 8am. oab
Board and Senate room. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-come, first-
served basis on application to the
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Devon Fornelli, percussion. Chan
Centre at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Feminist Legal Studies Lecture Series
Equality Jurisprudence Under Section
15 OfThe Charter, And Its Impact On
Women's Equality. Lynn Smith, b.c.
Supreme Court. Curtis 157 from 12:30-
2:00pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Molecular Analysis Of Two Nitrate
Transporter Gene Families (AtNRTi
and AtNRT2) Of Arabidopsis Thal-
iana. Mamoru Okamoto. BioSciences
2000 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Representing Clouds In Global Climate Models. Philip Austin. GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm. Call
Philosophy Seminar
How Do You Know You Are Not A
Zombie? Prof. Fred Dretske, Duke u.
Buchanan B-216 at 1pm. Call 822-5675.
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor. Music Recital Hall at 3:30pm. $5. Call 822-5574.
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor; Masterclass students. Old Aud. at 7pm. $5.
Call 822-5574-
Continuing Studies Public Lecture
The Avant-Garde: Still Shocking After
All These Years. Laura Lamb, artist.
University Women's Club, 1489 McRae
Ave. from 7:30-gpm. $64.20 (adults);
$58.85 (seniors); $32.10 (students).
Call 822-1444.
Fireside Chat At Green College
Is Seeing Believing? Prof. Fred Dretske, Duke u. Green College Graham
House at 7:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Mental Health Reforms - An Update.
Mather 253 from 9-ioam. Paid
parking available in B Lot. Call
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Using Ecopath To Model The English
Channel/La Manche. Richard Stan
ford; Bycatch Of Sharks In Pelagic
Longline Fisheries. Julia Baum; Seminar Evaluation Of Harbour Porpoise
Population Status Off Southern Vancouver Island. Anna Hall, Marine
Mammal Research Unit. Hut B-8, Ralf
Yorque room from n:30am-ipm. Call
Friday Noon Hours @ Main
Irish Music. Main Library Dobson
Room at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Occupational Hygiene In Costa Rica:
The New Challenges. Carlos Mata.
Costa Rican Institute of Technology.
ubc Hosp., Koerner Theatre G-279
from i2:30-i:30pm. Call 822-9861 or
Earth & Ocean Sciences Seminar
Tertiary Magmatism In Central B.C.
(Nechako River Area): Progress And
Problems. Bob Anderson, Geological
Survey of Canada. GeoSciences 330-A
from 3:30-4.3opm. Call 822-8610.
Chemical And Biological
Engineering Seminar
Kinetic Studies On Methane And
Carbon Dioxide Hydrate Forming
Systems. Phillip Servio. ChemEng 206
at 3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Annual General Meeting
Graduate Student Society agm 2001.
Thea Koerner House Ballroom at
5:30pm. Doors open at 5:15pm. Dinner
and meeting at 5:30pm. Student id
required. Call 822-6850.
Music Concert
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor. Chan Centre at 8pm. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster or at the Chan Centre
Box Office. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Animal Minds. Prof. Fred Dretske,
Philosophy, Duke u. irc #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-4636.
Pacific Spirit Concert
Song Circle. Various artists. Music
Recital Hall from 2pm. $io-$20. Call
Art Show
Ericka Chemko. sub Art Gallery from
ioam-4pm. Call 822-2901.
India And South Asia
Research Seminar
Gandhi And Tagore. Prof. Trichar
Rukmani, Hindu Studies, Concordia
u. ck Choi 120 from i2noon-i:3opm.
Call 822-4688.
ubc Student Composers. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Astronomy Seminar
Starbursts: A Cosmological Perspective. Tim Heckman. Hennings 318 at
4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Evolutionary Radiations Of Tarweeds
And Silverswords: Clausen. Keck And
Hiesey Revisited. Bruce Baldwin, u of
California. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Sedgewick Lecture
The Generation Of Caliban. Jonathan
Goldberg, Johns Hopkins u. St. John's
College lounge from 3:30-4:3opm.
Call 822-9824.
Statistics Seminar
Psychometric Theory: Statistical
Methodology For The Analysis Of
Measurement Data. B. Zumbo, Measurement, Evaluation and Research
Methodology Program. Klinck 301
from 4-5:3opm. Refreshments (bring
your own mug). Call 822-0570.
Museum Of Anthropology
Public Program
Haida Research Report. Irene Mills,
Trisha Collison. moa Theatre Gallery
from 7-8:3opm. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday Noon Hours
A Children's Choir From The World Of
Children's Festival. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. $4. Call 822-5574.
Another Look At Human
Development Colloquium
B-Vitamins And The Health Of bc
Women: How Do We Measure Up?
Asst. Prof. Ryna Levy Milne, Family
Studies, irc #414 from i2:30-i:20pm.
Call 822-6593.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
OGnRHII-Induced mapk Activation
And Characteristics In hgi.cs. Xi-
aoming Zhu. B.C.'s Women's Hosp.
2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Nursing Leadership And Oncology
Nursing Practice. Lynn Stevenson, bc
Cancer Agency, ubc Hosp., Koerner
Pavilion T-182 from 3-4pm. Call
Geography Colloquium
Reflections On The ndp's Forest Policy, 1991-2000. Who Is To Blame? The
Local Or The Global? Roger Hayter,
sfu. Geography 201 at 3:30pm. Call
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at
8pm. Call 822-2951.
Transformations Of
Europe Studies Lecture
Politics, Identity, And Football In Stalin's Gotham: Spartak, The Party And
Moscow Working Men. Prof. Bob
Edelman, History, u of California.
Buchanan B-216 from i2noon-2pm.
Light lunch. Call 822-1452.
ubc Jazz Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and ofFcampus 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 March 22 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period March 25 to April 7—is noon, March 13. UBC      REPORTS      |       MARCH
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Unity 1918. Kevin Kerr, Playwright.
Buchanan B-226 from 1230-ipm. Call
ubc Chamber Strings. Chan Centre
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Earth And
Ocean Sciences Colloquium
Combining And Calibrating The
Geophysical And Geochemical
Inversion Problem In Dynamic
Continental Crust. A Processes-
Oriented Investigation OfThe ivrea
Zone Crustal Section, Northern Italy.
Geroge Bergantz, u of Washington.
GeoSciences 330-A at 12:30pm. Call
Alternative And
Integrated Medical Seminar
Ayurvedic Medicine. Sivakumar Var-
ma, Chopra Centre for Well Being.
IRC#5 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call
Forestry Public Lecture
Science In Service In Society: The
Role Of Research. Peter Farnham,
vice-president. Forestry and Raw Materials Research, Christine Dean, director, Western Timberlands
Research, Weyerhaeuser. ForSciences
1005 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2727.
Joan Carlisle Irving Lecture
Trauma, Gender And The Politics Of
National Filiation: Australia And
Moffatt's Night Cries. E. Ann Kaplan,
State u of New York. Lasserre 102 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2757.
Botany Seminar
Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence To
Investigate Nutrient Stress In Oceanic
Diatoms. Rana El-Sabaawi. BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call 822-2133.
The Blue Kate (China), ck Choi 120
from i-3pm. Call 822-4688.
Intercultural Studies In Asia Seminar
Gender And Development: One Man's
Cross-Cultural Perspective. Shiraz
Ramji, sfu. ck Choi 129 from 1:30pm
to 2:30pm. Call 822-4688.
Walter S. Owen Lecture
Legal Governance And Social Relations: Empowering Agents And The
Limits Of Law. Prof. Alan J. Hunt. Curtis 101/102 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Reception to follow. Call 822-3151.
UBC Young Alumni Event
From Backpacks to Briefcases. Cecil
Green Park House from 7- 9pm. $20.
Refreshments. Call 822-3313.
Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Stephen Andrews: Likeness. Belkin
Art Gallery from 8-10 pm. Call
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Public Health Information System.
Layton Engwer, bc Centre for Disease
Control. Mather 253 from 9-ioam.
Paid parking available in B Lot. Call
Art Exhibition
Stephen Andrews: Likeness. Belkin
Art Gallery from ioam-5pm. Call
The Role Of National Marine Conservation Areas In Conservation Of Marine Biodiversity. Tom Tomascik,
Parks Canada. Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque
room from n:3oam-ipm. Call
ubc Korean Ensemble. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Research In Agricultural Health And
Safety At The University Of
Washington Pacific Northwest
Agricultural And Health Center. Matt
Keifer. co-director, ubc Hosp.,
Koerner Pavilion G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861 or 822-0585.
Mathematics Colloquium
Phase Transit ions In Computer Science. Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research. Mathematics 100 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments, Mathematics Annex
1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Chemical And
Biological Engineering Seminar
Overlapping Effects Of Cytokines (il-
3 and gm-csf) On The Growth And
Proliferation Of Hematopoietic Cells.
Muhammad Arshad Chaudry.
ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm. Call
International House
Multicultural Festival
Festiva 2001. International House
from 5-iopm. $3-$5. Call 822-1265.
Operatic Excerpts, ubc Opera Ensemble, ubc Choral Union, ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Chan Centre
at 8pm. Continues March 24 at 8pm.
Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Politics And Education: Reflections
On Current Dilemmas. Michael
Stevenson, president, sfu. iac #2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
Habitat For Humanity UBC
Is looking for volunteers. Come help
out on the construction site and build
homes for low-income families - no
skills required. For more information
and to register for an orientation, e-
mail habitat@vancouver.net or call
Family Career Development Project
Parents and adolescents are invited to
participate together in research that
addresses how parents and adolescents talk about the youth's future. If
your family faces challenges such as
unemployment or illness, call 822-
4919 to participate.
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? We are looking for
children (one to five years old) and
their parent(s) to participate in
language studies in the Psychology
Dept. You and your child and a
trained researcher will play a word
game using puppets and toys or
pictures. During your visit, you will
remain with your child at all times. If
you (or someone you know) might be
interested in bringing your child for a
30-minute visit to our research
playroom, please contact Dr. Hall's
Language Development Centre at
Born Between 1930 And 1976?
The Adult Development And Psycho-
metrics Lab at ubc is looking for men
and women born between 1930 and
1976 to participate in a series of focus
groups looking at what it means to be
your age today. Call Rick 822-5250.
Participants Wanted
Are you a postmenopausal woman
with Type 11 diabetes interested in
beginning an exercise program? St.
Paul's Hospital Healthy Heart Program and Diabetes Centre are recruiting participants who do not smoke or
use insulin, for a research project on
the effect of exercise on diabetes for
women. Call Darcye Cuff 806-8601.
The university's crest has taken many forms over the years. Public Affairs staff will
offer a seminar on the university's new visual identity and how to use it in
communication materials tomorrow, Friday, March g. The seminar will be held from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Board and Senate room ofthe Old Administration
Building. To reserve a Space, Call UBC-INFO (822-4636). Dianne Longson photos
Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Landscape paintings by leading British artist, Peter Doig. Continues to
March n. Tuesday to Friday, from
ioam-5pm, Saturday i2noon-spm,
Sunday i2noon-5pm (Closed Mondays and statutory holidays). Call
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole above the Rose Garden
on Thursdays at 12:45pm. Look for a
small group of people who are
carrying binoculars and bird books,
(and bring your own, ifyou have
them). Call 822-9149.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
ubc/SL Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call 875-2886.
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. Ifyou
are a healthy person of the age 50
years or older, we are also in need of
several people to participate as part
of a non-Parkinson's comparison
group. Call Todd Woodward, Psychology Dept. at 822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Psychology Dept. requires female
volunteers who have experienced
unwanted sexual activity to participate in a research project. Ifyou 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 protected.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
Attributed To Edenshaw: Identifying
The Hand OfThe Artist; Two Case
Studies: Northwest Coast Art. Continues to Aug. 31. Conversations: The Tec-
son Philippine Collection. Continues
to Sept. 3. Wed.-Sun. nam-5pm, Tues.
to 9pm (5-gpm free). Call 822-5087.
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.
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. Its main purpose is
to raise funds for student scholarships.
There are 19 different interest groups
within the club, ranging from art appreciation and bridge to hiking. 'To join
call Elizabeth 'Towers, president, at
224-5877 or Gwyneth Westwick, membership at 263-6612.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vc.h seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Call Kenna Sleigh 875-5555 ext. 62366.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every
Monday and Thursday from 7-9pm in
the Osborne Gym. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control.
Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Leave message at 878-7060.
Statistical Consulting
And Research Lab (SCARL)
scabi. offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to
researchers. Resources include
expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of
statistical software. Web site
www.stat.ubc.cu/scarl. e-mail
scarl(«,stat.ubc.ca or call 822-4037.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours ofthe Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts are held every
'Thursday. Participants are asked to
meet in the Chan Centre main lobby
at lpm. Special group tours can be
booked through www.chancentre.
com or at 822-1815.
The Birds of British Columbia
Volume 4 Passerines
Wood-Warblers through Old World Sparrows
An exciting conclusion to
over two decades of research,
this final volume provides
unprecedented coverage of
102 species of passerines.
This volume also includes a
summary of the data from
all four volumes and looks at
conservation challenges
facing birds in the 21st
"A landmark in British
Columbia and Canadian
-Henri Ouellet, Curator of
Ornithology, Canadian
Museum of Nature
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Available through your local bookstore,
or Raincoast Books:
Tel: 1-800-561-8583 / Fax: 1-800-565-3770
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A recent survey of how adults from different cultural backgrounds talk to their
children will help speech pathologists tailor educational and counselling
practices to more effectively fit the family's needs, says Audiology and Speech
Sciences Prof. Judith Johnston. Hilary Thomson photo
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Study suggests different
tack for learning disorders
Cultural differences in how adults talk to children need
to be considered, say speech researchers
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
This special combination of language and behaviour that adults
use to talk to young children has
been re-examined from a cultural
perspective in a recent study completed at ubc's School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine.
The survey of 97 Chinese-Canadian and western mothers in Vancouver uncovered different beliefs
and practices when it comes to language interactions with children.
"Cultural differences become
particularly important when children have learning disorders," says
Prof. Judith Johnston who conducted the study with PhD student
Mei Yin Wong. "We need to know
about these differences if we are to
offer parents advice that is culturally appropriate and useful."
Speech language pathologists
work intensively with parents on
parent-child interaction patterns
that foster language learning. Advice to parents has largely been
based on research with western
families, however, and cultural influences were virtually ignored.
Chinese-speaking Canadians
form the second-largest client
base for speech language pathologists in Vancouver after English
speakers. There are few Cantonese-speaking speech therapists.
Mothers of children two to four
years old responded to the 32-item
survey that was developed in both
English and Chinese. The survey
looked at beliefs and practices regarding the value of talking with
children, methods of parental
teaching, including children in
adult conversations, and other issues.
Researchers found that Chinese-Canadian survey respondents agreed more strongly than
western mothers that young children learn best when they are given instruction and that young children should always be encouraged
to communicate with words rather than gestures.
Western mothers believed more
strongly than Chinese-Canadian
respondents that using baby talk
hampers a child's language learning, that young children learn im-
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portant things while playing, and
that children should be included in
conversations with adults outside
the family.
Differences in practices included more use of picture books or
flash cards to teach language
amongst Chinese-Canadian mothers. Western mothers tend to favour reading a storybook at bedtime, talking about what happened during the day and repeating what the child says while
adding new words to build language skills.
"This information has real clinical implications," says Johnston,
who is a developmental psychologist as well as a speech language
"In areas where western practices are not appropriate, we can help
Chinese-Canadian families find
practices from within their culture
that will have the same effects. A
better cultural fit means our edu
cational and counselling programs
will be more effective."
For example, storytelling in a
Chinese-Canadian family might
replace book reading in a Western
Designing a survey where nothing "got lost in translation" was a
challenge, says Johnston.
She and Wong consulted with
child language scholars and also
with speech language pathologists
and social workers from both cultural groups. In addition to developing the survey in both languages, it was translated into Chinese
and back into English twice to ensure the highest degree of comparability.
About three to five per cent of
young Canadian children have language learning difficulties, according to a recent study.
Support for this study was provided in part by the Community
Care Foundation, an organization
that seeks to maintain, protect
and improve the community's
medical and health-care services.
Social workers build
skills close to home
Program aims to increase
number with advanced
clinical, management skills
social workers in b.c.'s Interior
are now working on their Master
of Social Work (msw) at home.
A three-year, part-time program
is being offered through distance
"We're interested in increasing
the number of msw graduates in
the province because they go into
advanced clinical practice and into
policy and management positions.
In this way they meet the continuing demand for social workers in
the province and provide the professional leadership that is required," says Prof. Graham Riches,
director of the School of Social
Work and Family Studies.
Part ofthe program's objective is
to try to serve the Okanagan and
Cariboo regions, Riches says.
The northern part of the province is served through a graduate
program in social work at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Impetus for the program came
from the heads of University College of the Cariboo (ucc) and
Okanagan University College
(ouc), says Prof. Roopchand See-
baran, co-ordinator ofthe distance
education program.
"They told us that there's a real
demand for the graduate program
in the areas they service," he says.
"Two public meetings were held
and almost 100 people attended
each one. We were told that was a
fraction ofthe interested people."
The program relies on a combination of face-to-face and on-line
courses. It makes use of faculty resources and facilities from ouc,
ucc and ubc. The on-line courses
are provided with the assistance of
the ubc's Distance Education and
Technology Centre.
Twenty-four students who are
unable to leave the area to attend
university full-time are now halfway through the program.
Student Carrie McNeely says the
program is perfect for her because
she has a large family and works
full-time at Royal Inland Hospital
in Kamloops.
The program requires a serious
commitment of time. McNeely
spends two evenings a week and
one day on the weekend studying
and doing assignments.
"My family supports me completely and picks up the slack
around the house," she says.
As part ofthe program, McNeely
and the other students must attend three three-day weekend
workshops for each course.
"It's quite a marathon. You're really exhausted when the weekend
is over," she says.
Students are spread out over a
huge area, including Salmon Arm,
Trail, Williams Lake and Nelson.
The Master of Social Work program, which is self-funded, will be
evaluated this summer to measure
its success in meeting its objectives. UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH
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Conference to focus on
inquiry-based learning
Fourth-year Computer Engineering student Amy Au-Yeung is among the many
ubc Golden Key Honour Society students who volunteer every week at a
Vancouver elementary school. The society recognizes and encourages
scholastic achievement through chapters at universities worldwide. Daria
Wojnarski photo
Approach promotes
critical thinking and
problem solving
maximizing thf. educational experiences of students is the focus
ofthe first ubc Learning Conference to be held May 14-15 in the
Great Hall of the First Nations
House of Learning and Ponderosa
Called Bringing the Excitement
of Discovery to Student Learning,
the conference will explore inquiry-based learning strategies in
which students' learning processes
mirror research processes. Effective use of these strategies encourages such skills as critical thinking
and problem solving in learners.
The conference is sponsored by
the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (tag) and the President's Office.
Volunteers champion learning
In a school in which English is a second language for
most, student volunteers help make a difference
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD      Amy      Au-
Yeung wants to pass on her enthusiasm about university to children
in elementary school.
That's one of the reasons why
she spends several hours a week
doing volunteer work at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in
"I do this work because I like
kids and it's more meaningful than
sitting at home watching tv," says
Au-Yeung, a fourth-year ubc Computer Engineering student. "This
is an inner city school and some of
the kids don't think about life after
high school. They know I go to university and I want them to see it as
a possibility."
Au-Yeung assists Grade 2 teacher Karen Dixon by doing one-to-
one work with the students and
leading groups in projects.
Dixon appreciates the help.
"There are numerous benefits. A
lot of children here don't regularly
receive one-to-one or small group
instruction. It's great for the chil-
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dren to be with someone who's attending university when many of
their parents are new to the country and struggling to make a living," says Dixon.
Eighty percent of the students
at Queen Alexandra Elementary
School are English as a Second
Language (esl) students.
"When children are esl they often don't have the same enrichment opportunities to be read to in
English and so aren't getting the
same exposure as non-ESL students to the English language,"
says Dixon. "The volunteers help
develop the children's vocabulary
and reading strategies."
Most of the volunteers in Dixon's class, including Au-Yeung, are
members ofthe ubc chapter ofthe
Golden Key International Honour
The society is a non-profit,
academic honours organization
founded by students for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement.
It facilitates interaction among
high-achieving students from diverse faculties and degree programs within universities and reinforces students' contact with academic staff through chapter programs.
Membership is based on academic merit and limited to the top
15 per cent of bachelor's degree students.
"Golden Key volunteers are very
reliable and they tend to be younger than other volunteers—more
like an older brother or sister to
these children," says Dixon.
The volunteer work doesn't mean
Au-Yeung has let her marks slip.
"If I'm really busy with midterms or projects I can cancel. I try
not to because I do miss the kids,"
she says.
"The purpose ofthe conference
is to discover what's happening on
campus with regards to inquiry-
based learning and find out what's
working and how it can be improved," says conference co-ordinator Ingrid Price.
Participants will have opportunities to learn from each other via
a series of concurrent sessions.
Gary Poole, director of tag,
hopes both proponents and critics
of inquiry-based learning will attend the conference, which will
also be open to students.
The conference will also include
keynote addresses from speakers
chosen for their prominence in the
area of inquiry-based learning.
Bruce Alberts, president of the
National Academy of Sciences and
a member ofthe Boyer Commission
on undergraduate education, is
among the scheduled speakers.
Brief proposals for sessions are
welcome from faculty, stall and students. Proposals should be sent to
Ingrid Price, conference co-ordinator by fax to (604) 822-9826 or e-mail
to ingrid.price^ubc.ca bv March 9.
For more information on the
conference and proposal guidelines visit www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
Health researchers
receive $5 million
Expectant mothers, hiv
patients will be focus of
two clinical trials
by Andy Poon staffwriter
ubc researchers were successful in gaining almost $5 million in
funding for clinical trials from the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (cihr) in its most recent
round of competition.
Patricia Janssen has received
$i.3-million over two years from
cihr for clinical trials examining
early labour support at home for
expecting mothers.
Janssen, an assistant clinical
professor in the Faculty of Medicine's Dept. of Family Practice and
an adjunct faculty member in the
School of Nursing, will compare
whether a telephone consultation
or a home visit by nurses yields
better results in advising women
in early labour on the best time to
go into a hospital.
"If a pregnant woman comes
into the hospital before labour is
established she is in an environment where she is less active and
eating and drinking less than she
would be at home," says Janssen.
"She may also be inclined to take
pain medication which she
wouldn't have if she were at home.
These factors may increase her
risk of having a Cesarean section."
Janssen says the current system
of telephone triage—telephone
conversations between hospital
staff and expecting mothers—results in 40 per cent of first-time
moms being admitted to hospital
before labour is established.
Janssen is working with co-investigators Nursing Prof. Elaine
Carty, doctors Joel Singer, Michael
Klein, and John Zupancic of the
Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Douglas Keith Still of Surrey Memorial
Hospital on the study. The clinical
trial is expected to begin in late
Asst. Prof. Patriciajanssen
spring at B.C. Women's Hospital
and Health Centre and Surrey Memorial Hospital.
The Canadian hiv Trials Network, which is centred at ubc under the direction of Dr. Martin
Schechter, and researchers at the
University of Ottawa were awarded
$3.7 million over four years by cihr
to conduct a controlled clinical trial to determine the best management of people with advanced hiv
infection for whom the best available aids drug cocktails have failed.
"These new drugs have been a
quantum leap forward in aids
treatment, but now they are beginning to fail because of their toxicity and the ability of h 1 v to develop
resistance to them," says Schechter. "There is a worldwide search
for answers. It is gratifying to see
this international trial, which was
developed here in Canada, come to
fruition through cihr fundingand
help to lead the way."
Schechter, who heads ubc's
Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology, will work with researchers
from the U.K. and the u.s. in the
multinational trial.
cihr is the major federal agency responsible for funding health
research in Canada. It has replaced
the Medical Research Council of
Canada and Health Canada's National Health Research and Development Program. IO     I      UBC     REPORTS      |      MARCH
The Institute of Asian Research is seeking applications from within
the university for the post of director of the Centre for Korean
Research. Applicants should hold academic appointments at ubc
and have a demonstrated record of research on Korea. The
successful applicant will be expected to take up the appointment
on July 1, 2001.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop research
programs focusing on Korea, seek funding from external donors
for the programs of the Centre for Korean Research, organize
conferences and seminars on the centre's research interests and
projects, administer the budget ofthe centre, and chair the centre's
management committee. The centre director will be expected to
collaborate with the director ofthe Institute of Asian Research in
developing inter-centre and interdisciplinary teaching and research
initiatives. The centre director will also serve on the council ofthe
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
The appointment will be for a fixed term of three to five years. The
deadline for applications is March 31,2001. Applicants should send
a letter describing their interest in the position, a curriculum vitae,
and the names and postal and e-mail addresses of three references
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lifelong learning environment
Video, still images, 3D models among types of learning
materials that will be made available
by Andy Poon staffwriter
ubc has joined a $3.4-million, nationwide test project aimed at improving the access and usefulness
of Canada's high-tech network infrastructure for educators and students.
The project—dubbed belle
for Broadband Enabled Lifelong
Learning F.nvironment—is designed to make quality, peer-reviewed multimedia learning materials such as video, still images,
three-dimensional models, and
virtual environments at participating universities and colleges across
the nation available to a broader
"For example, the customized
course packages individual professors have developed that are sold
at university bookstores may be
made available online," says Jim
Tom, director, Networks, at ubc's
ubc is among the 10 post-secondary institutions participating
in the project in which each school
is working to digitize, classify and
make available current and new
forms of multimedia learning materials on-line.
As part of the test effort, each
institution will install and run a
special workstation connected to
the national high-speed research
network, CA*net3, to allow stu-
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multimedia learning materials.
Tom says that ubc has spent a
year developing and building a system to store learning materials for
this purpose.
"It's mostly printed materials at
this point but we want to also be
able to eventually share multi-media materials and to reuse and re-
purpose learning materials generated at one institution with another for greater efficiency and collaboration between universities." says
In addition to ubc, the participating schools include the Banff
Centre for the Arts, McGill University's Faculty of Medicine, Northern Alberta Institute for Technology, Seneca@York, Sheridan College, the University of Alberta, the
University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, and the Vancouver Film School.
The belle project is being led
by Netera Alliance, a not-for-profit
corporation charged with developing and managing Alberta's advanced Internet network. The
project is supported by a $i.7-mil-
lion grant from canarik Inc., Canada's advanced Internet development organization, with matching
funds from the participating institutions.
The test project is due to wrap
up in February next year.
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Music Prof. Stephen Chatman's
Tarn's Dream is the first- ever Canadian work to be short listed as
a semi-finalist in the Masterprize
international composition competition.
The n-minute work is one of 12
orchestral works selected from
1,131 entries from 62 countries in
the global competition for new
music based in London, England.
All semi-finalist works will be
broadcast beginning in April
through bbc Radio 3, European
Broadcasting Union members,
and radio networks throughout
the world.
The worldwide potential audience is 150 million listeners.
The first place winner in Masterprize receives $70,000.
Zoology Assoc. Prof. Sarah Otto
has been awarded a 2001 Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council (nserc) Steacie
Fellowship for her contribution
to new knowledge in evolutionary genetics.
Otto's research covers a broad
range of theoretical questions
about the evolution of genomes
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changes in animal population
affect evolution rates. This information will assist in the conser-
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A faculty member since 1995.
Otto is one of six fellowship recipients from universities across
Canada. She will be able to pursue her research full-time over
the next two years with support
from the award and from ubc.
nserc Steacie Fellowships are
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engineers who have earned their
doctorate within the last 12 years.
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A mission accompanies
singing mining professor
Rock and soul
by Bruce Mason staff" writer
students rush to a few remaining
seats, fighting their way through
faculty, staff and assorted fans lining the hallway outside the engineering lecture theatre.
Up front, Marcello Veiga, an assistant professor of Mining and
Mineral Process Engineering, consults his notes — musical notes.
He paces, tuning a small four-
string guitar to the harmonica
held around his neck as he passes
out tambourines and other percussion instruments.
Cale Dubois, a fourth-year student, picks through a chord progression on the guitar he has
brought to the Mining 519 lecture
to jam with the professor.
Feet tap, and faces smile as infectious bossa nova and samba
rhythms fill the air. The duo sing
Cat Stevens' "Father and Son" from
hand-written lyrics propped up on
the podium.
Veiga's classically trained voice
soars above the rest, clear and clean
as the streams he envisions, solid as
the earth he wants to protect. It is
the voice of an experienced performer with something to say.
"Music encourages my students
to get to class on time and helps
me capture their undivided attention," says Veiga, a world authority
on mercury pollution. He will
bounce a ball off walls if he senses
he is losing his students, he says.
An orchestrated series of wisecracks, cartoons and skits make
that highly unlikely.
"What really sets Marcello apart
from many professors is his obvious passion for teaching and his
natural sense of humor which is
never far away," says Dubois.
A bell is barely audible over a
rousing version of The Eagles' "Hotel California." Hoots and applause
signal the start of another lecture
in Mining and the Environment.
When the music stops, the lecturer doesn't miss a beat and the
message starts, delivered with the
same full measure of gentle intensity and good humour. If Veiga has
his way, the perceptions of every
student will be altered in the hour-
long lecture.
"My responsibility to students is
to get them thinking about ethical
behaviour, which has been sadly
lacking in the history of engineering," says the Brazilian-born Veiga.
He spent more than a decade in
the mining industry after earning
a metallurgical engineering degree
from the Catholic University of Rio
de Janeiro and a master's degree in
environmental geochemistry from
Federal Fluminense University.
"It's essential that the profession
address the conflict our work often
causes in communities."
The great-grandson of the
former president of Brazil and the
grandson and son of cabinet ministers, he sensed something wrong
with  an  industry that was  not
"Because most of ubc's mining
graduates will most likely work in
areas such as South America, Africa and Indonesia, they must be fully aware of how powerful a motivator poverty is," he says.
"They must learn that people respect the environment in different
ways. It is not enough to just say,
'Stop doing that!' This is just one of
many, many cultural issues and
sensitivities," he explains.
A cartoon ofthe legend of Pocahontas with a cast of an army of
miners wreaking havoc on the environment illustrates Veiga's approach. It is not just another cartoon he tells his classes as he assigns an analysis of the portrayal of
villainous miners as homework.
He also asks them to sift
through the media for stories
about the negative impact of their
chosen profession and to play min-
MiningAsst. Prof. Marcello Veiga tunes up his class with
a cavaquinho as a prelude to discussing the effects of
poverty and the ethics of engineering. Bruce Mason photo
aware it affects the lives of billions
of people worldwide, during and
after operations.
His concern led to serving on
United Nations missions in various South American countries and
to ubc where he earned a phD in
1994. He joined the faculty three
years later.
"Approximately 13 million miners in 55 countries are involved in
artisanal mining, using mercury to
recover gold," he says. "Entire families depend on it for their very survival. Daily life for many women
and children includes separating
poisonous mercury from gold with
their bare hands."
he has photographs, hundreds
of them, transferred to electronic
images. They seem like visions
from other worlds, virtually impossible to comprehend as they flicker across a computer screen.
"What is lacking most in Canadian education is a deep understanding of poverty, which is the main
cause of environmental problems
ofthe planet," says Veiga, who delivered a special lecture — Mercury in
the Andes: An Appalling Tale of
Misunderstandings and Blunders
— at Green College last month.
ers or environmentalists in skits in
"This is real. It's serious. And I
have lived the stories I tell," says
Veiga, who was given a piece of a
net, removed from the waters
around Minamata, Japan in 1997,
in recognition of his ongoing work
For more than 20 years the net
held back mercury-infested fish
which caused horrific human
suffering in the '50s and '60s. He is
regularly called to Peru and other
places to monitor mercury spills.
Veiga also acts locally.
Canadians have an ambivalent
attitude to mining, but consume 10
tonnnes of mineral products each
every year.
The release of selenium from
this country's coal mines is one
area of his research and he formed
the Centre for Responsible Mining
to encourage students to tackle
such issues as corporate responsibility for the tragic impact of closures in Canada's mining communities.
He takes his work and the university home.
His wife Sonia, a former student,
earned a phD in Metallurgical Engineering in a joint exchange pro
gram between ubc and the University of Sao Paulo. Daughter Mariana
is a first-year ubc Biology student
and son Victor is a student at University Hill Secondary, where Veiga
sometimes gives presentations.
And he assumes his share ofthe
university's role in the community.
A past president of Vancouver's
Brazilian Community Association,
he organized soccer matches between local Brazilian teams and
colleagues and students in his department under the team banner,
"The Rest ofthe World."
to focus on the burning ofthe Amazon rainforest, Veiga sounded an
alert in an article in Nature magazine about the dangers of mercury
contained in trees, which was being released into the atmosphere.
It was front-page news in Brazil.
He also warned that jewellers
working with gold were polluting
the air with mercury.
Veiga is one of 30 researchers
from 10 departments in ubc's Centre for Environmental Research in
Minerals, Metals and Materials.
The group is close to helping to
solve a terrible Canadian mining
pollution problem at Britannia
Beach where 600 kilograms of copper and zinc has leaked into Howe
Sound every day since 1974.
An innovative 1,000-year plug
devised by the team will hopefully
seal the mine permanently this
Typically Veiga's role is unorthodox and inventive. He is experimenting with earthworms to determine metal bioaccumulation
and how far pollutants move up in
the food chain.
Music is essential to his own life.
It paid for his education and he
spent a full year trying, in vain, to
make a living from performing at
weddings and other venues.
Self-taught on the harmonica
since the age of 10, he learned to
play guitar with his mother at 14,
and now wants to spend more
time playing and singing with other musicians. He practices daily on
instruments such as the stringed
cavaquinho and continually expands his repertoire.
"I love all music. It is a powerful
means of communication," he says,
"but I have learned not to sing opera to my students. It puts them to


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