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Stephen Forgacs photo
Andreas Lang receives an "infant scientist" degree from UBC President Martha Piper and Chancellor William Sauder
as his mother Carolyn Reitsma-Lang looks on. Eight children received the degrees during the Oct. 9 launch ofthe
university's Think About It awareness campaign to promote the diversity and value of UBC research. The children,
together with their parents, recently volunteered to help with Psychology Prof. Janet Werker's research into how
infants process speech. (See related story, page 3.)
wins B.C.
Metals, medicine and mobility.
These are the fields of expertise of
three members of UBCs community who
will receive Science Council of B.C. awards
at the B.C. Science and Technology
Awards Dinner Oct. 20.
Metals and Materials Engineering Prof.
Indira Samarasekera will receive the New
Frontiers in Research Award, while UBC
alumni Gary Birch and Dr. Bill Hunter will
receive the Young Innovator Award and
Industrial Innovation Award respectively.
Samarasekera, who holds the $ 1.5-
million Dofasco Chair in Steel Processing, explores factors influencing the
processing of metals and other materials,
so that existing processes can be improved or new processes implemented.
Samarasekera and her team have de-
See AWARDS Page 2
Campaign promotes
value of UBC research
UBC President Martha Piper conferred
her first "honorary degrees" on eight
diapered infants last week at the launch
of the UBC Research Awareness Campaign.
The one- to two-year-olds received
honorary "infant scientist" degrees in the
First Nations Longhouse from Chancellor
Bill Sauder and President Piper.
After tapping them each on the head
with a "Think About It" cap, the chancellor said that he looked forward to admitting them officially "in the new millenium."
The infants, together with their parents, recently volunteered to help with
Psychology Prof. Janet Werker's research
into how infants process speech.
Bernie Bressler, vice-president, Research, said the graduation ceremony
marked a lively beginning to an ongoing
effort to promote the diversity and value
of UBC research.
The university has a dual mission of
teaching and research," said Bressler.
"We have a responsibility to make the
public aware of linkages between the two
as well as the positive impact that UBC
research initiatives have on communities
locally, across Canada and abroad."
Bressler said that UBC conducts the
vast majority of research in the province
with more than 4,000 research projects
University researchers attract upwards
of $135 million each year from government, industry and foundations.
In the last 12 years, UBC research has
led to the creation of 71 spin-off compa
nies, employing 1,500 British Columbians
and generating close to $634 million in
Bressler lauded UBC's participation in
all 14 research networks in the federal
government's Networks of Centres of Excellence program, noting that the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network at UBC
recently had its funding extended for
seven years.
However, he said, researchers at UBC
and across Canada have serious concerns about their future, particularly in
the area of basic research.
He said cuts to the three federal granting councils — the Medical Research
Council of Canada (MRC), the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC) — are jeopardizing basic research across the country.
"A great deal of public attention has
been focused on the campus's physical
transformation over the past decade,"
said Bressler. "The purpose of this research awareness campaign is to trumpet the value and excellence of UBC's
intellectual infrastructure — its faculty,
staff, students and alumni."
The Board ofGovernors broke from its
regularly scheduled meeting to attend
the launch.
Board Chair Shirley Chan said board
members unanimously support the research awareness campaign "because research is one of the most important ways
Nobel laureate Smith
heads genome centre
UBC's Nobel prize winner Michael
Smith has been named director of the
first research centre in Canada devoted
to decoding human genes.
The $25-million Genome Sequence
Centre, a project of the B.C. Cancer
Agency, will be focused on cancer research. Headquartered in Vancouver, it
will collaborate with laboratories worldwide on the International Human Genome Project whose goal is to decode all
of the human genes by 2005.
"This unique effort will help Canada
make significant contributions to international science in general and to cancer treatment in particular," says Smith,
who is the Peter Wall Distinguished
Professor of Biotechnology at UBC.
"A genome sequence centre in B.C.
will attract activity in the biomedical
research sector and in industries. It will
encourage companies to work here and
take advantage of the technology and
information that will be developed."
Smith will lead a team of over 30
scientists from UBC, the B.C. Cancer
Research Centre, the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University to
establish the centre which is expected
to open in the fall of 1998.
Genome science identifies and decodes all of a living organism's genes.
By decoding the sequence of genes
in the human genome, which is estimated to contain 100,000 genes, and
identifying when the order is incorrect
scientists may find the cause of a
genetic disease.
UBC has already made significant
contributions to the International Human Genome Project through its participation in the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network which is based at the
Helping Hands
Canada's Year of Asia Pacific:  Students volunteer to help out at APEC '97
Physically Fit 4-5
Feature: There's more than games behind UBC's athletic successes
Tax Tackled 10
Forum: Economics Prof. Jon Kesselman argues it's time for a tax cut
hereditary material of life"
UBC GENETICIST; Genetics Society of Canada's
1997 Award of Excellence
UBC RESEARCH 2 UBC Reports ■ October 16,1997
Werker becomes associate
vice-president, Research
Janet Werker has been named
associate vice-president, Research, effective Nov. 1, 1997.
Her duties will include all aspects of the research portfolio,
with specific responsibilities for
initiatives in the social sciences
and humanities.
Werker is currently a professor of psychology and associate
dean in the Faculty of Arts.
"I look forward to working with
Dr. Werker and I know that she
will be a valuable addition to our
office," said Bernie Bressler, vice-
president, Research.
As a developmental psychologist, Werker has gained an international reputation for her
research examining the development processes in infancy that
make possible the emergence of
language. She has active laboratories both on the UBC campus and at Women's Hospital
and Health Centre of B.C.
Her research, which is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural
in nature, has received funding
from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC) and industry.
She has received several
awards for her research including the Alumni Prize for Research
in the Social Sciences in 1990,
and a Killam Research Prize in
In addition to her research
activities, Werker has taken part
in many service activities for the
granting councils, and is currently a group chair in the life
sciences and a member of
NSERC's standing committee on
research grants.
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some of their previous information so they can focus on learning words.
"They're efficient little problem-solvers," says Werker. "They
focus on what's needed and drop
what's not. It's an automatically
assured process in learning language."
To make the discovery, the researchers observed 64 babies' reactions to word-object pairings.
Brightly-coloured moving objects were shown on a monitor in
front of the baby. As objects appeared, they were paired with
the syllables "bih" and "dih,"
announced through a speaker.
When first exposed to the pairings, babies showed their attention by concentrating on the
screen. After the same pairings
had been seen repeatedly, their
attention wandered.
Werker and Stager watched
to see if babies noticed a difference when objects or syllables
were switched.
They didn't.
In a previous study Werker
had found babies at this stage
were capable of distinguishing
between the sounds "bih" and
"dih," yet in this study they acted
as if they were the same syllable.
"All their attention is focused
on matching the sound with the
object," says Stager. 'They're already working at full capacity.
To get the job done, some detail
gets ignored."
At ages three to four, when
word learning is no longer difficult, infants return to distinguishing between subtle phonetic differences.
Understanding these stages in
language development may be
useful in working with children
with delayed language or learning disabilities, says Werker.
veloped mathematical models to
predict the mechanical properties of hot-rolled steel, and have
studied the causes of defects in
the widely used continuous steel
casting process.
The mathematical models are
being tested at 14 steel companies in the U.S. and Canada.
She and her research team
have also made significant
contributions in the processing of aluminum, zinc, metal-
matrix composite materials
and semi-conductors such as
gallium arsenide. Each has
been a complex problem,
whose solution involved detailed analysis of heat flow
and stress. In every case, her
results have been directly
applicable to industry.
Gary Birch graduated from
UBC in 1988 with a PhD in
electrical engineering. Now executive director and director of
research and development at the
Neil Squire Foundation in
Burnaby, Birch has become a
well-known developer of new
computer-based technologies
and robotic systems for the disabled.
Birch is also an adjunct professor in electrical and computer engineering at SFU and UBC.
Bill Hunter was still a UBC
medical student when he
helped found Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 1992. He
saw an opportunity to develop
and commercialize novel research for chronic inflammatory diseases, and diseases
dependent on angiogenesis (the
process of new blood formation).
Now, less than five years later,
his Vancouver-based company
is valued at approximately $ 100
million and employs 36 people.
The company also has 10 active
research collaborations and
holds eight patents.
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this university serves the people
of British Columbia."
Bressler ended his remarks
by saying that the campaign
would not succeed without the
participation of all members of
the campus community.
"We all have a responsibility
to make the public aware of what
we do," Bressler said. "Whether
faculty, students, staff or alumni
—we must all become advocates
for UBC research."
Campaign co-ordinator
Charlie Ker of the UBC Public
Affairs Office said people can
learn more about UBC Research
through a Web site at
Ker said a series of radio and
print advertisements are being
proposed for the new year to give
people a better understanding of
the scope of UBC research and its
impact on people and communities throughout the province.
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Campus pitches
in to help cause
Even before the United Way's
campus campaign kick-off Oct.
7, first-year Forestry students had
raised $800 by selling apples.
Campaign Chair Peter Nault
of Plant Operations says he has
no doubt that UBC will meet its
goal of raising $310,000.
Throughout the campaign, a
variety of events and give-aways
are being held campus-wide.
Proceeds of faculty and staff
tickets sales to the Oct. 17 football match against the Alberta
Golden Bears will go to the
United Way thanks to UBC Ath
letics. The game starts at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 21 the First Nations
House of Learning hosts a
lunchtime salmon barbecue.
All donors will have a chance
to win the grand prize of a trip for
two to any Canadian Airlines
North American destination.
Besides helping 500,000
people in local communities,
the United Way directs donations designated to more than
1.000 registered charities
throughout Canada at no cost.
For information or to volunteer, call (604) 294-UWAY.
on UBC's role in
for the campus
and neighbouring
APEC '97
and its impact on the campus and community
Nov. 6, 1997
• 12:30-1:30pm, Angus 104
•7-8pm, Angus 104
2053 Main Mall
Topics will include:
• APEC initiatives at UBC
• Related work at MOA and Norman MacKenzie House
• Impact of the Nov. 25 APEC leaders' meeting on campus
buildings, traffic and parking
For further information on the meeting call Carolyn McLean, UBC APEC
Office, 822-2080; fax 822-1936; e-mail apec@unixg.ubc.ca
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Dirty laundry displays
compelling message
by Hilary Thomson
Stciff writer
A tumble of multi-coloured T-shirts,
paint brushes and felt pens litter the floor
of the Women Students' Office (WSO) as
small groups of women huddle over their
They are preparing exhibits to be shown
Nov. 6-10 in the gallery ofthe Student Union
Building (SUB) forthe Clothesline Project, an
international effort aimed at raising awareness about violence against women.
"It's a simple concept," says Kathryn
Pedersen, counsellor in the WSO and one
of the project organizers. "A clothesline
on which women can air out society's
'dirty laundry' — things we don't talk
about like sexual and physical abuse."
Each T-shirt carries symbolic messages about the creator's experience with
violence. Shirts are colour-coded to represent different types of violence: pink or
red shirts are associated with sexual
assault, blue or green with child abuse
and white or black shirts signify violent
death. The shirts are then hung from a
clothesline to create a visual statement
about violence against women.
The WSO is holding a series of workshops that provide not only materials for
shirtmakers but also a supportive environment in which to create them. Workshops are facilitated by WSO counsellors
and provide time and space for women to
create their own shirts in the company of
other survivors.
"We want to honour both the survivors
and victims of violence. This project helps
women break the silence about what
happened to them, supported by other
women," says Pedersen. "And if we can
increase awareness, that helps build a
personal and collective responsibility to
stop violence against women."
Over 1,000 people stopped to view last
month's Clothesline Project display on
SUB plaza and it had a strong emotional
impact on students, Pedersen says.
"We have a book full of comments
describing this year's show as amazing,
shocking, brave and disturbing. Many
students said they were unaware of the
incidence of violence and thanked us for
bringing the issue out in the open."
One in four women on campus reported that they have been sexually assaulted or raped according to a 1995
survey of UBC students conducted by
sociologist Dawn Currie, chair of Women's Studies.
UBC is the first Canadian campus to
participate in the international project
which started in the U.S. in 1990.
The next project workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the WSO in
Brock Hall. To arrange an individual session call the office at 822-2415.
Canada's Year
of Asia Pacific
Students gain valuable
experience by helping
Nearly 200 UBC students may get a ringside seat on history as volunteers
for APEC '97.
They are among the 1,250 people who have applied to be volunteers for
APEC, an economic forum for the discussion of trade issues that will bring
5,000 delegates from 18 Pacific Rim economies to Vancouver Nov. 19-25.
"The number of applicants who have come forward from UBC is a wonderful reflection of interest in APEC," said Mary MacKillop, manager, volunteer
programs at the APEC Canadian Co-ordinating Office.
Student volunteers are drawn from all areas of campus, she said, especially from International Relations, Asian Studies, Political Science and
Commerce and Business Administration.
One of them is Chris Gorman, a fourth-year Arts student majoring in Political
Science and History.
"I've always been interested in international affairs," Gorman says." I see this
as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience history in the making. It will
also give me hands-on experience that will be useful if I decide to pursue a career
in foreign affairs."
During APEC, the volunteers' duties may include crowd control, airport
meeting and greeting, staffing phone lines, working at the accreditation
centre for photos and identification, other clerical and administrative work
and helping out at gala dinners and receptions.
Most APEC events will take place at the Vancouver Trade and Convention
Centre, although the leaders will meet for one day at UBC's Museum of
Anthropology, Nov. 25.
MacKillop said the volunteer program was one of the ways in which to
involve the public, and especially young people, in APEC '97.
The city has really risen to the occasion," she said.
Volunteers were recruited through the Alma Mater Society's Volunteer
Connections program and other post-secondary institutions and high
schools throughout the Lower Mainland.
Applicants undergo a screening process similar to that of any other
volunteer program, which includes a security check for criminal records and
interviews to see how students' interests could be matched with specific
The program has many partners, including Volunteer Vancouver which is
participating in interviews.
As well as sharing in the excitement of an important international event,
volunteers will be invited to a thank-you reception with Prime Minister Jean
Due to an overwhelming response, volunteer applications are no longer
being accepted.
The next APEC public information meetings at UBC will take place on
Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in room 104 ofthe Henry Angus Building,
2053 Main Mall.
For more information on APEC, see page 16.
Hilary Thomson photo
The message on a T-shirt displayed recently as part of the Clothesline
Project captures a student's attention near SUB. The next display of the
ongoing project which aims to raise awareness of violence against women
takes place Nov. 6-10 in the SUB Art Gallery.
Diplomat captures
Great Trekker honour
Maurice Copithorne, this year's winner of the Great Trekker Award, joined
the Canadian Foreign Service after graduating with a UBC law degree to see a little
of the world, never intending to make a
career of being a diplomat.
"At the time," he says,
"working for the government didn't seem like a
very prestigious activity."
Today, much of his
spare time is dedicated to
conducting regular assessments of human
rights in Iran and reporting back to the International Law Commission
and the United Nations
General Assembly.
Copithorne will be
honoured for his international and community
service, and for his dedication to UBC and to UBC
students, at the Great Trekker Award
ceremony and reception in the Student
Union Building Art Gallery Oct. 20.
After 30 years of diplomatic missions
to Vietnam, Iran, Malaysia, and Hong
Kong, to name a few, he has seen a lot of
the world but has never forgotten his ties
to Vancouver, or to UBC, where he is now
a part-time professor of law.
Born in Vancouver, Copithorne remembers an active student life, where he
chaired the World University Service Committee and ran unsuccessfully for an
Alma Mater Society post.
As a diplomat, Copithorne watched
the Chinese cultural revolution unfold
from Beijing, where he helped open the
Canadian embassy in 1972.
He also served as ambassador to Austria and assistant undersecretary for Asia
Pacific — the most senior person dedicated to Asia Pacific affairs.
Three years as Canadian commissioner in
Hong Kong capped off his
career and Copithorne
and his wife returned to
settle inVancouver.
"I always knew I'd end
up back in Vancouver,"
he says.
Upon his return
Copithorne taught constitutional law and the
commercial law of Pacific
Rim countries for two
years as the Douglas
McKay Brown Visiting
Professor of Law at UBC.
The Great Trekker
award is given annually by the students of
UBC to a UBC graduate who has attained
eminence in his or her field. Past winners
include community activist Jim Green
and author and broadcaster Pierre Berton.
This year marks the 75th anniversary
of the Great Trek. On Oct. 28. 1922, a
student population of 1,200 marched
from the university's temporary Fairview
site to an unfinished Point Grey campus.
Their efforts helped convince the government to complete work which had
been idle for 15 years.
For information on the Great Trekker
Award Ceremony, and for tickets, call the
AMS at (604) 822-2050.
Researchers unlock
secrets of baby talk
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Baby talk. Is it idle infant banter or
part of an innate process of language
That's what UBC psychologists Prof.
Janet Werker and graduate student
Christine Stager are trying to find out.
"We know a lot about language acquisition around age two, but less
about the period between one and two
years," says Werker, who has spent
more than 20 years studying language
acquisition in infants. "We're interested in understanding how babies
move from being sensitive to the sounds
of language to mapping those sounds
onto words."
Until Werker and Stager published
the results of their most recent three-
year study in the scientific journal
Nature, researchers didn't know what
information babies stored as they
learned new words.
"We now realize they're storing less
than we thought," says Stager.
During their first year, babies listen
carefully to the sounds ofthe language
spoken around them. By 10 to 12
months they can distinguish between
consonants and vowels spoken in their
native language from the same syllables spoken in another language.
At around 14 months a change occurs.
Werker and Stager discovered that
at that point babies begin to ignore
See TALK Page 2 4 UBC Reports • October 16, 1997
Fit, fast and smart
T-Bird scholars have
zero time to waste
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
"She shoots, she scores," Laura
Bennion used to shout as she tumbled on
the carpet of her family home, clutching
a goalie's hockey stick.
Years later she realized that, although
not the most appropriate words for a
goalie, her childhood cry may have hinted
at the on-ice success that lay ahead.
Bennion, who plays centre for UBC's
varsity women's ice hockey team, and
Mike Dalziel, a pillar of the men's volleyball team, both developed their love of
sports at a young age. A further similarity
is the fact that while excelling in their
sport of choice, Bennion and Dalziel have
also excelled as students, consistently
earning Academic All-Canadian status
for maintaining academic averages of
better than 80 per cent.
"It's remarkable for a varsity athlete to
pull that off," says men's volleyball coach
Dale Ohman, noting the amount of time
the athletes have to spend practising and
Within days of returning from competition in Finland and Estonia, Dalziel was
hitting the books at the beginning of his
fourth year in Mechanical Engineering.
Since graduating among the top four B.C.
high school students in his year, Dalziel
has continued to earn grades in the high
80s and 90s.
"Mike's not your typical All-Canadian,
he's a phenomenon," says Ohman. "Mike's
combination of athleticism and scholarship is outstanding and unique among
the athletes I've coached."
Dalziel is also taking on a leadership role
on the team. His game has improved each
year to the point where he is now a formidable player at offense and defence. At 6-7,
Dalziel is able to attack from any position on
the court, with a spike serve and the ability
to spike from the front row and back.
Dalziel downplays his dual successes
citing "a few late nights here and there."
Volleyball practices take up at least three
hours a day, six days a week, and Saturdays are "a total write-off with the best
part of the day spent competing and
Last year he was involved with the
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Heavy Lift team, a group of students who
design and build a remote-controlled aircraft to certain specifications yet able to
lift as heavy a load as possible in competition with entries from across North
America. This year his design tasks are
smaller and more numerous. He and
fellow student Geoff Dosman, a keen
mountain biker, are currently designing
a light and strong carbon fibre brake
booster to improve bicycle braking power.
Bennion's accomplishments are
equally remarkable.
She played on her first team at age
eight after her mother signed her up for
boys' hockey as Larry rather than Laura.
The team coach was a willing accomplice
and the parents who grew wise to the
deception stayed quiet. By the next year
there were more opportunities for girls to
A Vancouver native and graduate of
Lord Byng High School, Bennion enrolled
in Arts at UBC and played junior varsity
basketball until shoulder injuries forced
her to stop.
Deciding to pursue an interest in journalism, she switched to Northeastern
University in Boston after second year
and skated back into the world of competitive hockey. While completing her
journalism degree, Bennion played varsity hockey, practising six days a week for
three years and earning consecutive athletic scholarships.
After graduation she returned to Vancouver and UBC where, while working as
editor of UBC's sports newspaper The
Point, she founded UBC's women's varsity ice hockey team. She also decided to
change careers.
Now in third-year medicine at UBC,
Bennion is well on her way to becoming a
doctor. And, with grades consistently in
the 80s, she also qualifies as an Academic All-Canadian.
"It's not at all unusual for medical
students to have interests beyond their
studies," she says. "A lot of students have
varied interests, from dance, to sports, to
the arts. You really need it just to keep
your sanity."
Bennion coached the hockey team for
its first two years, initially because she
wasn't a student, and for two more years
while the team progressed to the Division
1 level. Last season she turned over the
coaching to Steve Mathias and hit the ice
as centre. The team made the playoffs
before being knocked out by Bennion's
old club team, Britannia. This season
she's even more optimistic about the
team's chances.
"We've got a lot of first-year players
from Vancouver Island and the Fraser
Valley," she says. "I think our team is
going to challenge to win Division 1 this
Like Dalziel, Bennion doesn't have a
lot of time for activities other than athletics and studies during the school year.
And, like Dalziel, she takes the demands
of varsity sports and academia in stride.
"My time is pretty well structured," she
says. "I think the ability to do that came
from my experience at Northeastern because we were on the ice six days a week.
You couldn't afford to spend your free
time watching TV or goofing around. If I
wasn't playing hockey I would be involved
in some other sport or recreational activity."
There are roughly 625 varsity athletes at UBC who spend many hours
practising in their sport while also fulfilling the requirements of a range of
degree programs. At the end of the
1996-97 academic year, 79 of those
athletes were awarded Academic All-
Canadian status.
Northeastern University photo
Laura Bennion started playing hockey when she was eight years old. Today
she finds the time to balance playing centre on the UBC women's varsity ice
hockey team with medical school.
CIAU Academic All-Canadians
UBC congratulates its Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
Academic All-Canadians — student athletes who play on UBC's CIAU teams and
achieved 80 per cent or better in their
Sarah Adams, Track & Field
Lisa Archer, Soccer
Doris Bakgaard, Soccer
Nico Berg, Soccer
Duane Bieber, Track & Field
Tracy Brown, Track & Field
David Buchanan, Basketball
Kimberly Buker, Field Hockey
Carmel Burke, Basketball
Eric Butler, Basketball
Sarah Cherry, Swimming
Lindsay Clerkson, Soccer
Matthew Coley, Track & Field
Michael Dalziel, Volleyball
Erin Digitale, Swimming
Brad Edgington, Ice Hockey
Jeff Fallows, Volleyball
Erin Fennel. Basketball
Christopher Franks, Soccer
Leslie Gold, Track & Field
Melanie Griswold, Volleyball
Shahid Gul, Track & Field
Ann Harada, Field Hockey
Strachan Hartley, Football
Paul Heilbuth, Track & Field
Nicola Higgins, Swimming
Brady Ibbetson, Basketball
Jennifer Keefer. Track & Field
Andrew Kemper. Ice Hockey
David Kennedy, Track & Field
Nicole Krause, Soccer
Christopher Lennon, Football
Samara Lewis, Track & Field
Heather MacDonald, Track & Field
Lesley Magnus, Field Hockey
Noa Mallek, Track & Field
Melanie McKean, Field Hockey
Jessica Mills, Basketball
Suzanne Muldoon, Track & Field
Andrew Newton, Football
Ed Ng, Swimming
Jennifer Rauh, Volleyball
Jennifer Regan, Field Hockey
Alex Seal, Track & Field
Casey Souter, Football
Devon Stevens, Track & Field
Pavel Suchanek, Ice Hockey
Andrea Thompson, Swimming
Oliver Utting, Track & Field
Michael Viers, Track & Field
Laura Wiggin, Track & Field
Matthew Wiggin, Track & Field
Carl Williamson, Soccer UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997 5
UBC's student athletes play the field
and hit the books
Steve Chan photo
A formidable opponent on UBC's men's volleyball team, Mike Dalziel
maintains high grades as he works towards his degree in Mechanical
Catch th
Thunderbird Home Events 1997
e action
Nov. 4
For times and locations, call the 24-
• Women's Basketball vs. Trinity
hour T-Bird hotline at 822-BIRD.
Oct. 17
Nov. 7-8
• Football vs. Alberta
• Ice Hockey vs. Lethbridge
Oct. 18-19
Nov. 8
• Women's Field Hockey Tournament
• Men's Basketball vs. Seattle Pacific
Oct. 21
Nov. 14-15
• Men's Basketball vs. Trinity Western
• Ice Hockey vs. Manitoba
Oct. 24-25
• Men's/Women's Volleyball vs.
• Ice Hockey vs. Calgary
• Men's/Women's Volleyball vs.
Nov. 21-22
• Men's/Women's Basketball vs.
Oct. 25
• Men's/Women's Soccer vs.
Nov. 28-29
• Men's/Women's Basketball vs.
Oct. 26
• Men's/Women's Soccer vs. Calgary
• Ice Hockey vs. Brandon
Oct. 31
Dec. 6
• Men's Basketball vs. Manitoba
• Women's Basketball vs. SFU
• Football vs. Manitoba
Dec. 27-29
Nov. 1
• Women's Ice Hockey Evelyn Lett
• Men's Basketball vs. Seattle Blue
Dec. 28-30
Nov. 1-2
• Ice Hockey Father Bauer Hockey
• Men's/Women's Volleyball vs.
• Men's Volleyball Rucanor Thunderball XH
Program counts on
more than cheers
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
UBC Thunderbird Mark Nohra recently
broke the UBC football record for rushing
and receiving yardage in a single game,
covering a total of 297 yards that included four catches and two touchdowns.
Bob Philip, c 'rector of Athletics and
Recreation at UBC, was in the stands
with hundreds of other fans cheering on
Nohra and the T-Birds as the team trampled the Calgary Dinosaurs on the way to
Philip, like Nohra. has been a forceful
player in the success and well-being of
athletics at UBC.
UBC's varsity teams have won 37 national championships,
second in Canada only
to the University of Toronto, and compete nationally and internationally, sometimes dominating a sport at the Canadian university level for
years in a row. The department's Recreation
and Intramurals programs draw student participants by the thousands — Philip estimates
as many as 15,000 to
20.000 UBC students
participated in events or
programs organized or
associated with the department last year.
Participation in the Athletics and Recreation programs at UBC extends well
beyond the student body, as members of
the Lower Mainland community take part
in a range of summer camps and programs offered through Community Sports,
and use campus facilities such as the
Aquatic Centre and Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre. Hundreds of UBC faculty
and staff also make use of Athletics and
Recreation programs and facilities daily.
The Student Recreation Centre now
hosts as many as 1,500 students per day
during peak periods, dropping to 1,100
daily in the off season. The Bird Coop
fitness facility boasts a mostly student
membership of 7,000, while the recently
opened tennis centre has 2,500 members. New programs, such as the Changing Aging and Executive Fitness which
will begin next month, reflect the department's efforts to provide services for faculty and staff as well as students.
"We really want to make sure that
there are things for people to do on campus," says Philip. "Particularly people
who live on campus."
Athletics and Recreation is a UBC
ancillary and within two years will operate without any subsidy from the university's operating budget. This year that
subsidy accounts for a small percentage
ofthe department's $ 10-million budget.
Student fees make up about one-third of
the budget and the balance is raised
through programs such as the summer
camps. Renting facilities such as
Thunderbird Stadium for events which
this year included pop concerts like singer
Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair. Edgefest
and Another Roadside Attraction, contribute further to the budget.
"It's very much a business now. We're
not in a situation where somebody says
'Here's some money, make some programs.' We spend a lot of time trying to be
marketable," Philip says. "We're very successful in Intramurals and Recreation in
providing programs that are cost effective."
The success of the recreation programs helps defray the costs of other
programs and varsity sports such as football. Golf, on the other hand, is completely self-sufficient thanks to outside
"Varsity sports in Canada are highly
subsidized," Philip says. "Some sports,
like men's basketball
would break even with
an average attendance
of 1,500 per game, so
making a profit is not
out ofthe question. But
football, with four or five
home games, could not
cover its costs even if
you filled Thunderbird
Stadium every game."
Philip is active in fund
raising, working with
Bryce Matheson. the department's full-time
fundraiser. UBC
alumnus and volunteer
Marty Zlotnik. and the
university's Business
Relations Office to raise
both awareness of and support for UBC
athletics. Vancouver, says Philip, is a
tough market when it comes to getting
spectators out to games, thanks to the
presence of National Hockey League and
National Basketball Association franchises and other entertainment options.
Television, he adds, is also a major competitor for sport audiences.
On the recruiting front, UBC has been
successful in bringing many ofthe country's best young athletes — some of Olympic calibre — to campus. But, bound by
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) rules regarding entrance scholarships, UBC often has trouble competing
against American schools for students.
Philip finds it ironic that Canadian students are drawn to U.S. schools with big
sports scholarships when, in reality, the
relatively low cost to students of education at a Canadian university means students who accept scholarships to compete in the U.S. do not necessarily come
out any further ahead financially.
There is room for changes in the regulations regarding recruitment, scholarships and eligibility, and change, says
Philip, may come. In the meantime, UBC
will continue to provide students with an
opportunity to compete nationally and
internationally at the highest possible
"We do have a number of advantages
when it comes to recruiting Canadian
students." Philip says. "One of those is
the range and reputation of our athletic
programs. Another is UBC's excellent
academic reputation. UBC remains the
first choice of a lot of students." 6 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997
October 19 through November 1
Sunday, Oct. 19
Dance Performance
Bangra With PAAR. Punjabi Artist Association of Richmond. MOA
from 2:30-4pm. Call 822-5087.
II Giardino Armonico Baroque
Ensemble. Chan Centre, Chan
Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Tickets $18-28 available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311, Chan
Centre box office info line 822-
2697 or at the door.
Green College Performing
Arts Group
Pieces For Piano. Elanor Avalof,
pianist. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Monday, Oct. 20
Dow Lecture in Analytical
Ion/Ion Reactions In The Paul
Trap: Fundamental And Applied
Considerations For Bio-Analysis.
Scott McLuckey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Chemistry D-
225 (centre block) at 11:30am.
Call 822-3266.
Distinguished Medical
Research Lecture
Sports Medicine In The 21 st Century. Dr. Douglas Clement. IRC
#5from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Faculty Development
Departmental Roles In The Everyday Life Of Your Graduate Program. Various speakers. Faculty
Development Seminar Rm, David
Lam Bsmt from 2:30-4pm. Call
IAM Distinguished
Colloquium Series
Inverse Boundary Problems.
Gunther Uhlmann, Mathematics, U ofWashington. CSCI 311
at 3:30pm. Call 822-4584.
Mechanical Engineering
UBC Engineering Physics: Our
Outreach To Industry. Ed Auld,
Engineering Physics. CEME 1202
from 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
The Soft Kinase, Protein Phosphatase 1, And Transcriptional
Control In Yeast. Marian Carlson,
Medicine, Columbia U. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call Dr. Sadowski 822-
Astronomy Seminar
Using The James Clerk Maxwell
Telescope To Find Out What's
Cool InThe Universe. Lome Avery.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call 822-2267
or 822-2802.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
R.V. Cuerrier, AIDS, And The
Erosion Of Consent. Craig Jones,
Law. Green College at 5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Science And Society
What Do We Measure When We
Measure Behaviour? Recent Debates About Aggression. Helen
Longino, Women's Studies, U of
Minnesota. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Faculty Development
Time And Stress Management.
Ingrid Price. Faculty Development
Seminar Rm, David Lam Bsmt from
9am-noon. Call 822-9149.
Faculty of Medicine and
Dept. of Pediatrics Seminar
Muscle Cell Adhesion in Mouse
Muscle Dystrophy Models. Dr. Eva
Engvall, La Jolla Cancer Research
Center, The Burnham Institute.
Research Institute for Children's
and Women's Health. 202-950 W.
28th Ave from noon-lpm. CallZoe
Gavureau 875-2315.
Storage Lipid Metabolism In The
Marine Diatom Phaeodactylum
Tricornutum. Tony Larson,
Botany. BioSciences 2000 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Some Issues In Scientific Reasoning: A Research Case Study Involving Cyclosporine In Renal Transplant Patients. Marc Levine, Pharmaceutical Sciences. IRC #3 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Lectures in Modern
Understanding Gaseous Bio-Polymer Ions: Intellectual Challenges
With Practical Implications. Scott
McLuckey, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory. Chemistry B-250
(southwing)at lpm. Refreshments
from 12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Faculty Development
Marking And Grading. Janice
Johnson. Faculty Development
Seminar Rm, David Lam Bsmt from
2-5pm. Call 822-9149.
Science and Society
Discussion: Behaviour, Measurement And Understanding. Helen
Longino, Women's Studies, U of
Minnesota. Green College at
3:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Faculty of Medicine and
Gairdner Foundation
Cell Adhesion In Cancer. Dr. Errki
Ruoslahti, The Burnham Institute. Vancouver Cancer Centre
John Jambor Rm, 600 W. 10th
Ave from 4-5pm. Call Zoe
Gavureau at 875-2315.
Green College Speakers
Birthdays And Success: The Relative Age Effect. Roger Bamsley, VP
Academic, St. Thomas U. Green
College at 5:30pm. Reception
Graham House from 4:45-5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Video Screening And
Comedy Improvisation
Dreams Of The Night Cleaners
(video). Mental Floss (comedy
group). MOA from 7-8:30pm. Call
First Nations Discussion
A Talk About His Art. Laurence
Paul Yuxweluptin, painter. Green
College at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Lateral Retinacular Release And
Complications. Dr. J.P. McConkey,
Dr. Jordan Leith. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud. at
7am. Call 875-4192.
Wednesday Noon Hours. Eric
Wilson, cello; Edward Norman, organ. Music Recital Hallat 12:30pm.
$3 at door. Call 822-5574.
Faculty Development
Writing Reference Letters That
Work. Rosemary Redfield; Laurie
Ricou. Faculty Development Semi
nar Rm, David Lam Bsmt from 1 -
3pm. Call 822-9149.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Research Seminar
Canadian Early Amniocentesis
Trial: Preliminary Results. BC
Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call
Ecology, Evolution and
Centre for Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Patterns On The Plate: Founder
Events And Adaptive Radiation In
Hawaiian Spiders. Rosemary
Gillespie. U of Hawaii. Family and
Nutritional Sciences 60 at 4:30pm.
Refreshments Hut B-8 at 4:10pm.
Call 822-3957.
The Interdisciplinary
[ Conversations About Creating
: Understandings OfThe Land. Jo
j Ann Archibald, moderator: panel
| discussion. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-0549.
Thursday, Oct. 23
The Underpainter. Jane Urquhart.
Frederic Wood Theatre at 12:30pm.
$10; students/seniors $8. Call
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Methane Hydrates In The Deep
Sea Floor: Implications For Global
Change. Bruce A Buffett. Geological Sciences 330-A at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3278.
Seminars in Biological
Insular Conservation: The Hawaiian Islands As An Extreme. Rosemary Gillespie, U of Hawaii.
MacMillan 166from2:30-3:30pm.
Call 822-9695.
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Software Engineering - Are We
There Yet? Philippe Kruchten,
Rational Software Corp. CICSR/
CS 208 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-6894.
Medieval and Renaissance
Criticism As Contamination.
Edward Pechter, English,
Concordia U. Green College at
4:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Alumni/Sports Dinner
Alumni Achievement And Sports
Hall Of Fame Dinner. President
Martha Piper, guest speaker. Hyatt
Regency at 6pm. $125/ticket
$1000/table of 8. Tax receipts
available. Call 822-3313.
Green College Special
The Crisis Of Liberality: A Plea For
Civic Capitalism. John O'Neill,
Sociology, York U. Green College
at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Marion Woodward Lecture
Nursing Care Makes A Difference
— Rhetoric Or Reality? Ellen
Hodnett, Nursing, U of Toronto;
Heather M. Reisman, director, Mt.
Sinai Hosp. Perinatal Nursing Research Unit. IRC #6 at 8pm. Call
Friday, Oct. 24
Organizational Justice. Dr. David
Matheson. B.C.'s Children's Hosp.
Mather 253 from 9- 10am. Call 822-
Grand Rounds
Rewards And Challenges Of
Pediatric Renal Transplantation.
Dr. Robert B. Ettenger, Pediatric
Nephrology, UCLA Centre Health
Sciences. GF Strong Aud. at 9am.
Call 875-2307.
Class Of'42 Reunion. Cecil Green
Park House from 12-3pm. Call
Doreen Walker 738-8519.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Exposure To Wood Dust And Micro-organisms Among Sawmill
Workers. Paul Demers, Susan
Kennedy. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
UBC, Koerner G-279 (ground
floor) from 12:30- 1:30pm. Call
Daphne Marlatt, poet and novelist. Buchanan Penthouse at
12:30pm. Call 822-4225 or 822-
Reading From Her Latest Work
And Discussion. Pieke
Biermann, German novelist.
Buchanan B-212 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-6403.
United Nations' Day Seminar
Can The UN Meet The Challenges
1 Of the 21st Century? Robert
! Fowler, ambassador. Curtis 101,
from   2:30-3:30pm.   Call   732-
Weekly Seminar
Fluid Mechanics of Hydrocyclones.
Sheau-Ling Ho, Chemical Engineering. ChemEng 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Maximum Principle And Symmetry For PDEs. Changfeng Gui,
Mathematics. Mathematics 100 at
3:30pm. Refreshments Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call 822-
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Third Derivatives Of The Gibbs
Free Energy In Aqueous Solution.
Dr. Yoshi Koga, Chemistry, Chemistry D-225 (center block) at 4pm.
Call 822-3266.
Opera In Concert. UBC Opera
Ensemble with UBC Choral Union. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Saturday, Oct. 25
Opera In Concert. UBC Opera
Ensemble with UBC Choral Union. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Vancouver Institute Lecture
Urban Countryside - Rural Metropolis. Dean Moura Quayle, Agricultural Sciences. IRC #2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-4636.
Sunday, Oct. 26
Film Screening
First Generations. Iswar Lai, director. MOA from 2:30-4pm. Call
Green College Performing
Arts Group
The Attic. Natalie Meisner, writer
and director. Green College at
8pm. Call 822-1878.
European Union Chamber Orchestra. Chan Centre, Chan Shun
Concert Hall at 8pm. Tickets $18-
$28 through Ticketmaster 280-
3311 or at the door. Chan Centre
box office lpm on performance
days or Saturdays from noon-
5pm. Call 822-2697.
Monday, Oct. 27
Faculty Development
Breakfast Seminar
University-Wide Policies For
Graduate Supervision. Graham
Kelsey. Faculty Development
Seminar Rm, David Lam Bsmt
from 8-9am. Call 822-9149.
Bio-Mega Bochringer
Ingelheim Lecture
Methodological Developments In
Organic Synthesis. Andrew
Myers, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. Chemistry
D-225 (centre block) at 11:30am.
Call 822-3266.
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Challenges At
TRIUMF. EwartBlackmore, Head
AcceleratorTechnoIogy Division,
TRIUMF. CEME 1202 from 3:30-
4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Biochemistry And
Molecular Biology
Discussion Group Seminar
Regulation OfThe Structure And
Function Of Protein Kinase C.
Alexandra Newton, Pharmacology,
U of California. IRC #4 at 3:45pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Michelle Illing 822-5097.
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
Date With A Witch: A Philosophical And Historical Journey Into
The Origins And Significance Of
Halloween. David Lertzman,
Community and Regional Planning. Green College at 5:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Green College Special
Bengali Poets In Translation.
Sukanta Chaudhuri, Jadavpur
U, U of Alberta. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
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university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251 Ceeil
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is noon, October 21. UBC Reports • October 16, 1997 7
The 1996/97 fiscal year saw many significant initiatives and achievements at UBC.
Student Community
Despite government cutbacks, the University achieved increases in both undergraduate and graduate student enrollment. Undergraduate enrollment increased by 6.2%
and graduate student enrollment increased by 1.3%. Scholarships and bursaries
awarded from University funds totaled $20.8 million, an increase of $2.0 million, or
14%, over the 1995/96 fiscal year.
The University has also been active on the international front during the year.
International students indicated overwhelming interest in UBC at several educational
fairs held throughout Asia earlier this year. UBC was the largest draw at fairs in
Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, attended by about 8,100
students in total. Student demand for information on English language programs,
engineering, business and computer science was particularly high. The University's
goal is to expand spaces for full fee paying international students in undergraduate
and first professional programs to a maximum of 10% above established enrollment
quotas. Increasing the number of international students on campus will raise the
University's profile in the international community and enrich the UBC experience for
all students. It is intended that increased international enrollment will put no
additional strain on existing resources. International students will be charged
market-based fees, established with consideration given to program costs and market
conditions. No student from British Columbia or Canada will be displaced to
accommodate international enrollment and admission standards will be at least as
high for international students as for Canadian students.
The University holds equity in 28 knowledge-based companies, 27 of which were
created from UBC research. The market value of these holdings at March 31, 1997
was $6.9 million, a 17% increase from the same time in 1996 when the University
carried shares in 23 companies. The formation of new high technology companies is
a natural progression of UBC's research activities and represents an important
stream of revenue. This revenue takes the form of related research contracts,
royalties and equity, and in turn supports ongoing research.
UBC participates in Discovery Parks Inc. (DPI) in collaboration with Simon Fraser
University, the University of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology
and the Science Council of B.C. In 1994, DPI built the Gerald McGavin Building at
UBC to house newly formed companies engaged in the commercialization of UBC
technology. These companies pay market based rent, the proceeds of which are
funneled back into UBC research programs. DPI is now upgrading the former
Agriculture Canada building on campus to provide expansion space for these rapidly
growing companies. The University is also actively considering construction of
additional facilities to house other small companies whose entrepreneurship is
primarily based on UBC technologies.
Community Planning
During the year, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, in conjunction with UBC,
introduced the first Official Community Plan (OCP) for the University. The OCP
envisages the development of a vibrant, attractive university community over a 35-
40 year period and focuses on transportation, housing and community service issues.
The Official Community Plan is intended to facilitate the utilization ofthe University's
land resource to support academic activities and to continue to build an endowment
to sustain the University's margin of excellence.
UBC is emerging from an unprecedented development boom which has added over
50 buildings during the past 10 years. Most recently, the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts, through the generous donations ofthe Chan Shun family, opened
in May, 1997 to unanimous acclaim for its superb acoustics and outstanding
architecture. The Chan Centre was made possible through a partnership of
individuals, corporations, the University and the Government of British Columbia
and sets a precedent for future collaborations of this kind.
The new Walter C. Koerner Library, a state-of-the-art facility wired for the future,
opened in March, 1997. In addition to providing desperately needed space for UBC's
rich and diverse collections, this library provides on-line access to information from
around the globe. The $24.0 million project is the first stage of a long-term
redevelopment plan for the UBC library system. Future phases will allow the
relocation of all material currently housed in the Main Library, the third largest
research library in Canada. UBC's library holdings comprise more than nine million
items, ranging from rare Babylonian clay tablets to CD-ROMS and on-line resources.
Alumni and Friends
An increasing number of UBC alumni and friends realize the vital role that they play
in the life of the University. Their contributions provide key support for UBC's
commitment to service through excellence. Donations from the private sector play a
significant role in building on UBC's strengths and providing opportunities for new
initiatives. In 1996/97, donations totaling more than $66 million were received in
operating, capital and endowment funding for projects across the campus.
The UBC Infrastructure plan was implemented during the year. This plan is a
comprehensive strategy to provide funding for municipal infrastructure services,
such as exterior lighting, roads, pathways, landscape, sewers and community
services to the greater university community. Under the plan guidelines, the
University and its ancillary enterprises and campus tenants contribute towards the
cost of providing infrastructure services. The plan is being phased in over ten years,
beginning with 1996/97. and provides for an appropriate level of investment to
maintain and sustain the infrastructure over the long term.
Administrative Systems
In order to address changing technological requirements and provide the University
community with significantly improved access to planning and management information, the University has embarked upon a major administrative systems development
project. Better distribution of information will be facilitated through re-development
of administrative applications in four major areas: Finance (including Budgeting and
Purchasing), Human Resources, Student Services and Alumni/Development. The
technology component ofthe project will see a migration from a mainframe computer
to a distributed operating environment, and this migration will result in savings
sufficient to fund the project.
Accounting Changes
Over the past two years, UBC has modified and augmented its financial statements
to provide more useful information to readers and to conform with the new standards
of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Although adoption of these
standards is not mandatory until the fiscal year ending March 31, 1998, UBC has
taken a leadership role by implementing these changes beginning with last year's
financial statements.
Total revenues for the 1996/97 fiscal year increased by $9.0 million over 1995/96.
Provincial support to the University's general purpose operations initially remained
frozen at the 1995/96 level. However, late in the fiscal year, government informed the
universities of a one-time clawback amounting to $1.3 million for UBC. Federal
government research grants received also fell by $9.5 million. This drop was partially
offset by increases in provincial and industry research support. As well, sales and
service revenue increased by $14.1 million. Sales and service revenue includes
revenues from ancillary enterprises and revenue earned by the UBC Real Estate
Corporation of $16.0 million, up by $9.5 million from 1995/96. Tuition fee revenue
also increased by $4.1 million, or 4.8% over 1995/96, attributable solely to enrollment
increases. Tuition fees have been frozen by the provincial government for the 1996/
97 and 1997/98 academic years. Despite funding reductions, the University remains
committed to continuing to provide excellence in education and research.
The University's Statement of Revenue, Expenses and Changes in Operating Equity
shows an excess of revenues over expenses of $15.7 million for the 1996/97 fiscal
year. After allocations, transfers and reserves, operating equity is in a deficit balance
of $1.8 million for the year.
The following charts provide a visual representation of total revenues by source and
total expenses by type for the year ended March 31, 1997.
Total Revenue by Source
for the y ear ended March 31, 1997
(millions or dollars)
Provincial Operating 272 (36.9%)
Tuition & Related Fees 90 (12.2%)
Other Gov't. Grants 133 (18.1%)
& Contracts
[her Investment 5 (0.7%)
ndowment 33 (4.5%)
lies & Services 144 (19.5%)
Other Grants, 60 (8.1%)
Contracts & Donations
Total Revenue $737
Total Expenses by Type
for the year ended March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Salaries 405 (56.1%)
Other const its of:
Benefits 56 (7.8%)
Depreciation   45 (6.2%)
Supplies & Sundries 41 (5.7%)
nterest 45 (6.2%)
Cost of Goods Sold 31   (4.3%)
ither 99 (13.7%)
Renovation* & Alterations
Travel & Field Trips
Scholarship*. Fellowships and Bursaries
Grants to Other Agencies
Professional Fees
Total Expenses $722 8 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997
General Purpose Operating Fund
The general purpose operating fund includes the operating grant from the province,
credit course tuition fees and other central revenues. These revenues are used to
support the core academic purpose ofthe University. The following charts summarize
revenues by source and expenses by category.
General Purpose Operating
Revenue by Source
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Provincial Operating 272 (79.5%)
Investment Income 6 (1.8%)
•ales and Services 8 (2.3%)
uition 55 (16.1%)
Other f (0.3%)
Total Revenue $342
General Purpose Operating
Expenses by Category
for the year ended March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Academic 235 (67.7%)
Plant 34 (9.8%)
ieneral 5 (1.4%)
tudent Awards 16 (4.6%)
& Services
Administration 24 (6.9%)
xternal Affairs 5 (1.5%)
.ibrary 28 (8.1%)
Total Expenses $347
Specific Purposes Fund
The Specific Purposes fund accounts for monies received for specific purposes as
stipulated by the donors or granting agencies and includes income earned on the
Endowment Principal. This fund also includes fee-for-service operations and
continuing studies.
(a) Fee-For-Service:
Fee-for-service activities provide additional revenue to faculties to support their
academic and research initiatives. Fee-for-service revenues account for $58.9
million or 8% of total University revenues. These activities ended the year with
an excess of revenues overexpenditures of $1.7 million. Tables 5 and 6 outline
revenues by faculty and expenses by category.
(b) Continuing Studies
Credit and non-credit courses are offered through UBC Continuing Studies which
is comprised ofthe departments ofthe Centre for Continuing Education (CCE),
UBC Access and the Office of Extra Sessional Studies (OESS). Non-credit courses
are also offered by the Office ofthe Coordinator of Health Sciences, the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration and several other faculties.
CCE offers non-credit courses in such diverse subjects as computer information
technology, environmental studies, and English and foreign language skills.
Educational travel is available to students interested in widening their knowledge
in a practical way.
Distance education credit courses are offered through UBC Access which designs,
produces and delivers programs throughout the province. The UBC Access office
coordinates their expertise with faculties to provide credit courses. As part of
B.C.'s Open University, UBC Access courses are applicable towards an Open
University degree, thus providing more flexible study options for students.
The Faculty of Commerce offers continuing education in two main areas - Real
Estate Programmes and Executive Programmes.
Revenue by Faculty
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions ol dollars)
Medicine 38 (64.4%)
orestry 2 (3.4%)
gricultural Sciences 2 (3.4%)
idministration 2 (3.4%)
xternal Affairs 2 (3.4%)
ItudentAid 2 (3.4%)
Library 2 (3.4%)
Total Revenue $59
her   9 (15.2%)
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Expenses by Category
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Academic 46 (80.7%)
Academic consists of:
Agricultural Sciences
Graduate Studies
lant Operations 1 (1.8%)
xternal Affairs 2 (3.5%)
Administration 2 (3.5%)
tudent Awards 4 (7.0%)
ibrary 2 (3.5%)
Total Expenses $57
Real Estate Programmes offer distance education for licensing and professional
designation for individuals in the real estate industry. Executive Programmes
offer management seminars in a variety of delivery formats ranging from corporate
seminar offerings to a three-week residential program and programs targeted for
offshore students.
Health Sciences' non-credit programs include continuing dental, pharmacutical,
nutritional and medical education for members of the health care community.
The following charts (Tables 7 and 8) outline continuing studies revenues by
source and expenses by category.
Continuing Studies
Revenue by Source
for the y ear ended  March 31,1997
(millions of dollars)
Continuing Studies 17 (60.7%)
Health Sciences 2 (7.1%)
her 1  (3.6%)
acuity of Commerce 8 (28.6%)
Total Revenue $28 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997 9
Continuing Studies
Expenses by Type
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Salaries » Benefits 17 (60.7%)
Travel and Field Trips 3 (10.7%)
'rofe&sional Fees 2 (7.1%)
lupplies & Sundries S (17.9%)
Other 1  (3.6%)
Total Expenses $28
(c) The University's Endowment
Endowments consist of restricted donations to the University and internal
allocations, the principal of which is required to be maintained intact in
perpetuity. The investment income generated from endowments must be used in
accordance with the various purposes established by the donors or the Board of
Governors. University policy stipulates that the economic value of the endowments must be protected by limiting the amount of income that may be expended
The endowments have grown significantly over the past ten years from a book
value of $117.8 million to $423.2 million (see graph below). The market values
of all endowments held for the benefit of UBC total $483.9 million at March 31,
1997. The growth in the endowment is attributable primarily to the University's
major fund raising campaign, the leasing of university property for the construction of market housing and return on investments.
Of the total endowment funds, $95.6 million is designated for scholarships and
bursaries (1996 - $83.7 million).
The University, through its investment managers and associated foundations,
invests in a balanced portfolio of securities including short term instruments,
bonds, mortgages and equities. Income from these investments totaled $35.3
million in 1997, one of the best earning years in UBC's history. Of this, $14.3
million was reinvested in the endowment fund. An additional $16.8 million was
expended on student awards and academic and research programs as specified
by donors. Endowment income includes returns on investments held by UBC and
those held by the Vancouver Foundation, the UBC Foundation and the Advanced
Wood Products Funding Society for the benefit of the University.
Schedule of Endowment Funds
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions ot dollars)
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Foundation       Foundation       Funding Society
Value - 483.9)
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As at March 31
Sponsored Research Fund
New research awarded to UBC during the year was $134.0 million (1995/96 - $139.0
million). Research awards are recorded as revenue when the monies are received,
rather than when the award is announced. This creates a difference between research
revenue, as reported in the schedule, and research awards.
Increases in provincial research funding through Forest Renewal BC, and industry
research awards partially compensated for a drop of $9.5 million in federal government funding. UBC researchers continue to be well supported in peer-reviewed grant
funding at the national level, where UBC ranks in the top three in every competition.
The following charts (Table 10 and 11) show research awards by source and by faculty.
Figures reported exclude funds transferred to other institutions for collaborative and
networked research but include funds administered by affiliated hospitals for UBC
faculty members ($7.1 million).
Research Awards by Source
for the y ear ended   March 31,1997
(millions ot dollars)
Province of B.C. 14 (10.5%)
Industry 31 (23.1%)
Other 2 (1.5%).
Canadian Societies,   18(13.4%)
Foundations, &
.S. & Foreign 6 (4.5%)
Federal Government 63 (47.0%)
Total Research Awards $134
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Research Awards by Faculty
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Medicine 53 (39.6%)
Graduate Studies 4 (3.0%)
Forestry   9 (6.7%)
Other consists of:
Agricultural Sciences
Commerce & Business Admin
Health Sciences
Pharmaceutical Sciences
pplied Science 14 (10.4%)
Hher 17 (12.7%)
Arts 5 (3.7%)
Total Research Awards $134
Ancillary Enterprises Fund
Ancillary enterprises provide goods and services to the University community. They
are financially self-sufficient enterprises, operating without subsidies from the
University. The following departments of the University function as ancillaries:
Food Services
Housing and Conferences
Parking and Transportation
Athletics and Recreation
UBC Press
Media Services
Applied Research and Evaluation Services
University Computing and Telecommunications
Green College (housing and residence component)
Biomedical Communications
Plant Operations (utilities component)
Biomedical Communications and the Utility division of Plant Operations became
ancillaries during the year. The entire Plant Operations department will be operating
as an ancillary commencing with the 1997/98 year.
Total revenue for all the ancillaries increased in 1997 to $130.0 million from $110.0
million in 1996, primarily due to the addition of the two new ancillaries. Table 12
demonstrates the relative size of each ancillary operation based on annual revenue.
Capital Fund
In addition to the Chan Centre, made possible by the generous donation of $ 10 million
from the Chan family, the University is home to a number of significant capital
projects which are currently under construction.
The first phase of the future Creative Arts Centre is scheduled for completion in
November 1997. Phase one will house the new SingTao School of Journalism, which
will be accepting its first students in September 1998. The school will offer an
integrated program that combines graduate study in academic disciplines with
advanced training in the profession of journalism. It will be the first graduate school
of journalism in Western Canada and the only one in Canada to emphasize advanced
academic studies. Graduates ofthe program will receive the Master of Journalism
(M.J.) degree. This project has been funded entirely through the private sector. 10 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997
The opening of phase one of St. John's College UBC in September 1997 provides
residential and resource space for graduate students and post doctoral fellows. The
total cost ofthe project is estimated at $14.8 million, $9.0 million of which was raised
through the private sector with the balance funded through the operations of St.
John's. The mission of St. John's College UBC is to create an atmosphere that
encourages the interaction of graduate students from many countries and to enhance
international understanding and cooperation.
The new Forest Sciences Centre, currently under construction, will place UBC in a
world class position in forestry and related sciences. The $49.0 million facility will
house the Faculty of Forestry and associated research centres. Funded primarily by
the Province of British Columbia, the facility will accommodate a new undergraduate
co-operative education program, a new professional master's program and other
continuing education programs designed to meet the training needs of the forestry
The first phase of the Continuing Studies building opened in Sept. 1997 providing
language labs, classrooms, seminar space and teaching support areas. This $8.7
million facility is designed to support the expanding Continuing Studies department
and to allow increased enrollment in the English Language Institute programs. The
project is funded entirely by Continuing Studies.
Capital fund expenses, totaling $100.8 million, cover the cost of new construction,
renovations and equipment, and interest and principal payments on capital borrowings.
Ancillary Enterprises
for the y ear ended   March 31, 1997
(millions of dollars)
Housing & Conferences 30
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Athletics & Recreation 8 (6.2%)
Applied Research a Evaluation Services
Biomedical Communications
Green Col lege
Media Services
UBC Press
'        Total Revenue $130
Cutting top bracket tax rates
makes economic sense
by Jon Kesselman
Jon Kesselman is a professor of
economics and director of the UBC
Centre for Research on Economic and
Social Policy. An earlier version of this
article appeared in The Financial
Now that the election campaign
rhetoric is behind us, we can consider the real needs for tax policy in
It is increasingly recognized that
broad tax cuts will be possible in two
or three years, but the wisdom of
cutting taxes now to stimulate
demand has not been settled.
Government deficits have not yet
been vanquished, and pressures are
building to restore public funds for
health care and other services.
Nevertheless, a special type of tax
cut would be justified immediately to
stimulate supply, improve incentives,
and enhance economic efficiency. It
is a cut in the marginal tax rates
faced by top bracket taxpayers.
While this change is not the end-all
for tax reform, it is a pressing need
that can be achieved at modest if any
revenue cost.
Top bracket taxpayers — those
with taxable incomes above roughly
$75,000 — are relatively small as a
group but highly influential in the
economy's performance. They face
marginal tax rates exceeding 50 per
cent in all provinces except Alberta,
which has a top rate of 46 per cent.
B.C. has the highest combined
federal-provincial marginal tax rate,
at 54 per cent.
Cutting tax rates for upper
earners poses obvious political
difficulties, even for right-of-centre
parties. In the last B.C. election campaign, the Liberals proposed a 15 per
cent cut in provincial income taxes, but
remarkably, they would have left the
top marginal tax rate unchanged.
Ontario's Tory income tax cuts are
being offset in part by a new surcharge
on those at higher incomes, which will
still leave the top marginal rate at
nearly 50 per cent when fully implemented.
Economic analysis for Canada and
the U.S. has found the costs of imposing high marginal tax rates to be very
large. With B.C.'s income surtaxes, for
example, the loss of valued economic
activity has been estimated at $65 or
more for each extra dollar of tax
revenue. Using plausible assumptions
about behavioural responses, the costs
are found to be infinite; that is, tax
revenues would actually be increased
by cuts in the top bracket marginal
These strong results can be explained by individuals' actions to
curtail their taxable incomes when
confronted with very high tax rates.
They will reduce their work effort,
substitute untaxed production of home
services for taxed market work, take
more compensation in untaxed fringe
benefits, decline promotions, postpone
the sale of appreciated assets, invest in
legal tax shelters {including home
equity), and find ways to evade taxes.
Clearly, no one benefits if tax rates
are set so high that revenue is actually
decreased. Even short of these rates,
the costs to the economy in reduced
supply of productive labour and capital
services and entrepreneurial activity is
high. Employment is reduced for other
individuals at more modest wage and
skill levels, which in turn reduces the
income and sales taxes that they pay.
High tax rates on upper incomes
further discourage the location and
expansion of business in Canada as
opposed to lower taxed locales. Canada
becomes less attractive to potential
immigrants with special skills, business acumen, and high wealth. B.C.
has lost immigrants and their economic
stimulus from our high income tax
rates combined with the new reporting
rules for foreign assets.
Why can't politicians appreciate
these economic truths and moderate
the top tax rates? They are captives of
rhetoric about "tax equity," which in
common usage assumes that ever
higher tax rates on upper earners is
necessarily equitable. But if those
higher rates do not produce greater
revenues, or if they do so only at great
cost to the economy, we are all victims
of the rhetoric.
A desirable target for top marginal
tax rates would be in the low 40 per
cent range. This could be achieved by
cuts in the federal top tax rates, along
with elimination of the high income
surtax rates applied in provinces such
as B.C., Ontario, and Saskatchewan.
These moves would place Canada in
the company of other major Western
The top U.S. marginal tax rate is
39.6 per cent, though this arises only
for taxable incomes above $264,000
US, or about $370,000 Cdn—five times
the threshold for top rates in Canada.
(Most states also impose an income tax
but at much lower rates than the
Canadian provincial taxes.) In Britain
the top marginal income tax rate is 40
per cent. New Zealand cut its top rate
from 66 to 33 per cent, with beneficial
effects on productivity and real wages.
Even egalitarian, heavily taxed
Sweden has come to appreciate the
damaging effects of high tax rates. Its
top marginal rate on labour earnings
is now down to 51 per cent, and
capital incomes face a flat tax rate of
just 30 per cent. Germany's plans to
cut its top tax rate from 53 to 39 per
cent were scuttled this year by the
Social Democratic opposition on the
grounds of "tax equity."
For those concerned about the
loss of equity from reducing the top
tax rate, the response is twofold.
First, since taxing at very high
rates is generating little if any
incremental revenue, the loss of
equity would be more symbolic than
Second, if there were much
revenue loss, other taxes could be
applied to those at upper income and
wealth levels — such as taxes on
higher valued homes, cars, and
estates — with significantly less
damage to the economy.
The burden of high tax rates on
managerial, professional, and technical workers is shifted partially into
higher prices for the goods and
services they produce. Cutting those
tax rates will increase their productive supply and thereby yield price
cuts that benefit consumers at all
income levels. Lower dental and legal
fees, for example, will be welcomed
by moderate income families.
High marginal tax rates also cause
upper earners to press the political
process for special tax preferences.
Moderating top tax rates would
enhance the ability of governments to
apply a broadly based income tax.
Hence, reducing high tax rates may
itself be a prerequisite to more
fundamental tax reforms to accompany the broader tax cuts that will
become feasible in the coming years. UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997 11
October 19 through November 1
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Positive Interactions In Plant
Communities. Ray Callaway, U
of Montana. BioSciences 2000
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Your Will: Leaving Nothing To
Chance. Gail Black. Black &
Benjamin. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, UBC, Koerner McLeod
Boardroom at 12:30pm. Call 822-
7384 or 875-4917.
UBC Humanists' Society
The History Of Humanism. Glenn
Hardie. Buchanan D-205 at
12:30pm. Doughnuts. Call 739-
Lectures In Modern
Mechanistic And Synthetic Studies OfThe Enediyne Antibiotics.
Andrew Myers, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology.
Chemistry B-250 (south wing) at
lpm. Refreshments from
12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
The Impact Of Friedrich
Schleiermacher On Contemporary Thought. Olav Slaymaker,
Geography. Buchanan Low Rise
Penthouse at 4:15pm. Coffee at
4pm. Call 822-4351.
Statistics Seminar
An Introductory Survey To Uni-  '
form Design. Dr. HM Ngai, Statistics. CSCI 301 from4-5:30pm.
Refreshments, bring your mug.
Call 822-0570.
Green College Speakers'
The Name Of The Game: Methodological And Philosophical
Implications OfThe Metaphor Of
Games In The Social Sciences.
Vinay Gidwani. Green College at
5:30pm. Reception Graham
House from 4:45-5:30pm. Call
Multimedia Presentation
From History To Story. Sarjeet
Jagpal; Phinder Dulai: Sadhu
Binning. MOA from 7-8:30pm.
Call 822-5087.
Theatre at UBC
Aunt Dan And Lemon. Charles
Siegel, director. Frederic Wood
Theatre at 7:30pm. Continues to
Nov 15. Call 822-2678.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Orthopaedics Grand
Long Bone Fracture Stabilization
In Polytrauma Patients. Dr. P.
Blachut, Orthopaedics; Dr. John
Harper, Anaesthesia: Dr. Robert
Meek; Orthopaedics; Dr. Paul
Vaidya, Orthopaedics; Dr. Richard Simons, Trauma Service.
Vancouver Hosp/HSC, Eye Care
Centre Aud. at 7am. Call 875-
Wednesday Noon Hours. Joan
Rowland, piano. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $3 at door. Call
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminar
Fetal Lung Liquid With Fireproof
Slides. Dr. Anthony Perks, Obstetrics/Gynaecology. BC Women's Hosp 2N35 at 2pm. Call
Ecology, Evolution And
Centre For Biodiversity
Research Seminars
Competition And Character Displacement In Sticklebacks: Experimental Tests Of Prehistoric
Interactions With The Ancestral
Marine Form. John Pritchard, Zoology. Family and Nutritional Sciences 60at 4:30pm. Refreshments
Hut B-8 at 4:10pm. Call 822-
19th Century Studies
Flatland Revisited, Or, The Return
Of The Fourth Dimension. Richard Cavell, English, Green College
at 8pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Oct. 30
Science First Lecture Series
Molecular Secrets Of Life. Dr.
George Spiegelman, Microbiology/Immunology. IRC #4 from
12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments at
door bring your lunch. Call 822-
Science And Society
Making Connections: The Politics
Of Neurosciences In The
Connectionist Revolution. Bill
Keith, Communications, Oregon
State U. Buchanan 218 at
12:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Science And Society
From The Perfect Language To The
Ideal Machine: The Rhetoric Of
Logic In Artificial Intelligence. Bill
Keith, Communications, Oregon
State U. Green College at 4pm.
Call 822-1878.
Invited Speaker Seminar
Unifying The User And Kernel
Environments. Dr. Richard
Draves, Microsoft Corp. CICSR/
CS 208 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Law And Society Seminar
Emergence Of Family Discourse
And Charter Jurisprudence.
Hester Lessard, Law, U of Victoria.
Green College at 8pm. Call 822-
Friday, Oct. 31
Grand Rounds
New Approaches To Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome Diagnosis And Treatment. Dr. Sterling Clarren, Dr.
Robert A. Aldrich, U ofWashington. GF Strong Aud. at 9am. Call
Comparative Literature
Estonian Literature After (Regained) Independence. Jeuri
Talvet, U of Tartu, Estonia. Green
College at noon. Call 822-1878.
Band Festival. UBC Jazz Ensemble, Fred Stride, director. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call 822-
Cytochrome P450 Peroxide/
Peroxygenase - Dependent Metabolic Activation of Xenabiotics.
Dr. M Reza Amari, Pharmaceutical Sciences. Cunningham 160
from 12:30-1:20pm. Call 822-
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Prevention And Early Intervention For Back Injuries. Annalee
Yassi, U of Manitoba. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, UBC Koerner G-279
(ground floor) from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-9861.
Weekly Seminar
Effect Of Tertiary Coagulation And
Flocculation Treatment On
Bleached Kraft Mill Effluent Quality. Andrew Hodsgon, Chemical
Engineering. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Fractures And Frontiers. Anthony
Peirce, Mathematics. Mathematics 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call
Physical Chemistry Seminar
Chemical Equilibria In Capillary
Electrophoresis. David Chen,
Chemistry. Chemistry D-225
(center block) at 4pm. Call 822-
Band Festival. 15th Field Artillery Band, Richard van Slyke,
director; Pacific Wind Ensemble, David Branter, director.
Chan Centre at 7:30pm. Call
Next calendar deadline: Oct. 21
Saturday, Nov. 1
Band Festival. UBC Symphonic
Wind Ensemble, Martin
Berinbaum, director. Chan
Centre at 7:30pm. Call 822-
Cecil And Ida Green
i From Homosexual To Bisexual:
Erotic Dissonance At The End
Of The Century. Jonathan
Dollimore, Graduate Research
Centre forthe Humanities, Sussex U. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call
! 822-4636.
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday, Osborne Centre,
Gym A from 12:30-1:30pm. No
fees. Drop-ins and regular
attendees welcome for friendly
competitive games. Call 822-4479
or e-mail: kdcs@unixg.ubc.ca.
Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Theodore Gericault. The Alien
Body: Tradition In Chaos.
Masterworks from the Louvre,
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Bibliotheque
Nationale, Paris. Continues to Oct.
19. Adults $5, seniors/students
$3.50. Faculty/students/staff,
free. Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery, Tues-Fri from 10am-5pm,
Sat-Sun from noon-5pm. Call 822-
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
Weekly sales of furniture, computers, scientific etc. held every
Wednesday from noon-Spm. SERF,
Task Force Building, 2352 Health
Sciences Mall. Call 822-2582.
Faculty Development
Would you like to talk with an
experienced faculty member, one
on one, about your teaching concerns? Call the Centre for Faculty
Development and Instructional
Services at 822-0828 and ask for
the Teaching Support Group.
UBC Zen Society
Each Monday during term (except
holidays) Meditation Session.
Asian Centre Tea Gallery from
l:30-2:20pm. All welcome. Call
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? Help us find out!
We are looking for parents with
babies between four to 15 months
of age to participate in language
development studies. If you are
interested in bringing your baby
for a one-hour visit, please call Dr.
Janet Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for
UBC Medical School
Needs male and female volunteer
patients of any age, either healthy
or ill to help students learn how to
interview and complete a physical
examination (external only). The
total time for each teaching session is between two-four hours,
Tues-Thurs. p.m. Travel expenses
will be paid. Call Vancouver Hospital/HSC 875-5943.
Do You Have Patellar
Tendinitis (Jumper's Knee)?
Subjects are required for a study
that will be using a nuclear medicine technique to examine the presence of inflammatory cells at the
patellar tendon. Subjects aged 20-
35 years with unilateral patellar
tendinitis symptoms are encouraged to contact Dr. Maclntyre at
10th Annual B.C. HIV/AIDS
HIV In Canada Today. Learning
From Each Other. October 26-28,
1997. Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver. Designed as a skills building format for individuals from a
variety of backgrounds concerned
about HIV and AIDS. Sponsored
by Continuing Education in the
Health Sciences, UBC. For further
information call (604) 822-4965 or
fax (604) 822-4835 or e-mail:
Museum of Anthropology
Current Exhibits. Written In The
Earth. An exhibit exploring the
roots of Coast Salish Art. Continues to Dec. 31. From Under The
Delta: Wet-Site Archaeology In The
Lower Fraser Region Of BC. Continues to April 1/98. 6393 N.W.
Marine Drive. Hours of operation
are Wed.-Sun llam-5pm. Tuesday llam-9pm. Free 5-9pm. Call
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) volunteers needed. If your first language
is English and your hearing is
relatively good, we need your participation in studies examining
hearing and communication abilities. All studies take place at UBC.
Hearing screened. Honorarium
paid. Please call The Hearing Lab,
The Clinical Research Support
Group which operates under the
auspices of the Department of
Health Care and Epidemiology
provides       methodological,
biostatistical, computational
and analytical support for
health researchers. For an appointment please call Laurel
Slaney at 822-4530.
14th International Seating
Feb 26-28/98. Pre-Symposium
Workshop, Feb. 25/98. Vancouver, B.C. Call (604) 822-4965. E-
mail: elaine@cehs.ubc.ca.
Parents with Toddlers
Did you know your child is a
word-learning expert? Help us
learn how children come to be so
skilled at learning new words!
We are looking for children (two-
fouryearsold) and their parent(s)
to participate in language studies. Ifyou are interested in bringing your child for a forty five
minute visit please call Dr.
Geoffrey Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology at
UBC, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
Boomerang Family
The Counselling Psychology Department is looking for adults
who have returned home to live.
They and their parents are invited to participate in a study
focusing on the experience, inter-personal relations and responses to this change in the
family. Involves confidential interviews. Please call Michele at
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 preregister for the tours at lease one
week in advance by calling (604)
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Botanist, chemists win top
prizes for work in their fields
Botany Prof. Anthony Griffiths
received the Genetics Society of
Canada Award of Excellence.
In addition to his research on
Neurospora plasmids, Griffiths
is seriously concerned with
teaching at the undergraduate
level and in schools. He is senior
author of the top-selling genetics textbook. Introduction to Genetic Analysis, now in its sixth
edition. He is also on the board
of directors of the Association for
the Promotion and Advancement
UBC's own to play
innovation role
Prof. Keith Brimacombe, director of UBC's Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering, has
been appointed president and
chief executive officer of the
Canada Foundation for Innovation.
The foundation was created
in the 1997 federal budget as
an independent organization
to support innovation and research. It will provide financial
support for the modernization
of research infrastructure at
Canadian post-secondary educational institutions and research hospitals in the areas
of health, environment, science
and engineering.
Brimacombe forged his reputation in industry and academia
by combining complex mathematical modelling with fundamental studies of physical and
chemical phenomena, and direct measurement of industrial
processes, particularly in Canadian steel mills.
Earlier this year he was
awarded the Canada Gold
Medal for Science and Engineering, the nation's top award
in the field, sponsored by the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC).
Foundation Chair John
Evans also announced the appointments of nine new members ofthe foundation including
UBC microbiology Prof. Julia
Levy, a founder of QLT Photo-
therapeutics Inc. UBC President
Martha Piper was appointed as
a member earlier this year.
Brimacombe will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs
designed to modernize Canada's research infrastructure.
They will also build partnerships with the private, voluntary and public sectors to invest in research infrastructure
projects in Canadian institutions.
of Science Education (APASE), a
non-profit organization that focuses on science and environmental education at the elementary level.
Griffiths is currently secretary of the International Genetics Federation.
Chemistry Prof. Brian James
has received the E.W.R. Steacie
Award in Chemistry for distinguished contributions to the field.
James' research interests focus on the utilization of cheap
and abundant common gases
such as hydrogen, oxygen, and
carbon monoxide. In the presence of suitable metal-based
catalysts in solution (so-called
homogeneous catalysts), the
gases react with organic compounds and can generate, for
example, materials of value such
as pharmaceuticals and
Chemistry Prof. Don Douglas
has received the Fisher Scientific
Award for his contributions to
analytical chemistry and particularly to mass spectrometry. He
has also been elected a Fellow of
the Chemical Institute of Canada.
Douglas holds the NSERC-SCIEX
Industrial Chair in the Dept. of
His current research interests
include new techniques in mass
spectrometry for determination
of trace elements, new instrumentation for mass spectrometry
and the development of new mass
spectrometric methods for the
study of structures of
Whiplash education
effort to hit the road
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
in the
Whiplash  is  a pain
It's responsible for more than
50,000 soft-tissue injury claims
costing close to $500 million in
B.C. every year.
And it hurts.
That's why this fall representatives
from UBC's
began working with doctors in communities throughout B.C. to design a new education program
focused on whiplash-related
neck and back injuries.
Called the B.C. Whiplash Initiative, the program will be the
largest continuing medical education effort in the province's
"Management of whiplash is
evolving," says Dr. David
Lirenman, director of Continuing Medical Education.
"We now recognize that prolonged bed rest and the use of
neck collars may actually delay
recovery. We're recommending
early exercise for most whiplash
The program will set out the
broad range of problems commonly referred to as whiplash
and offer a system for classifying symptoms according to severity.
Neck   and   shoulder   pain.
headache and dizziness, nerve
tingling in the arms, difficulty
swallowing, and visual or hearing problems are just some of
the symptoms that may be experienced following a whiplash
The program will also cover
therapy techniques, guidelines
for writing medical-legal reports
and suggestions for preventing
neck pain.
Organizers expect doctors who
have been
by their peers as effective educators will start conducting 25
half-day and one-day sessions
late this fall.
The initiative will also include
teleconferences for doctors in
rural locations, an interactive
Internet site, an expanded whiplash curriculum for undergraduate medical students and one-
hour sessions presented by the
B.C. branch of the College of
Family Physicians of Canada.
The program was developed
in association with the Faculty
of Undergraduate Medical Education, the Dept. of Family Practice, and the College of Family
Physicians of Canada. It is one
of more than 40 different programs offered by Continuing
Medical Education.
The initiative is supported
through an educational grant
from the Insurance Corporation
of B.C.
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Stephen Forgacs photo
Petrologists Prof. Kelly Russell and Maya Kopylova examine a sample from a
diamond-bearing kimberlite in the Northwest Territories. Kopylova uses an
electron microprobe to chemically analyse rocks carried from deep in the
earth's mantle to the surface by kimberlite magma. Thermodynamic equations
then provide clues to whether the kimberlite is likely to contain diamonds.
Forests earn passing
grade, says report
A panel of experts led by Forestry
Prof. Gordon Baskerville gave Canada's National Forest Strategy Coalition
a passing grade after its first five years
of operation.
Baskerville, head of the Forest Resources Management Dept., says Canada
is making reasonable progress towards
the coalition's goal of sustainable forest
"In 1992 it was clear that we were not
making the most of forest resources. Now
there are areas of tremendous progress,
but there are still some big holes," he
While the panel is pleased that the
total area of protected forests has expanded, they express some doubt as to
whether the protected areas truly represent the full diversity of forest ecosystems.
The panel also lauds the development
of a national framework of indicators and
criteria for the sustainability of forest
management. According to the panel, the
framework helps address the urgent need
for objective measures for testing and
demonstrating sustainability.
Among the coalition's commitments
that remain unfulfilled is the need for a
complete ecological classification of forest lands to deal with the many different
forest ecosystems in Canada. The panel
notes progress in this area, but only in
certain parts of the country.
Another of the coalition's unfinished
tasks is the completion of forest inventories that include information about values other than timber, such as water
resources, and wildlife and their
habitats.The panel warns that without
regular inventories, there is no way to
quantify problems or to measure the
progress of solutions.
The coalition, comprised of more than
90 organizations across Canada representing industry, governments, environmentalists, aboriginal groups and academics, formed in 1992.
At that time, they made some  100
commitments to form the five-year plan
know as the Canada Forest Accord.
The four-member panel included: Al
Davidson, assistant deputy minister,
Parks Canada; Daniel Lamarre, former
president of the National Forest Capital
of Canada; and Hollis Murray, former
assistant director general for the Forestry
Dept. of the United Nations.
When the coalition presents its new
five-year accord in February, Baskerville
hopes several issues will draw special
attention. He cites: creating ways to allow First Nations people to contribute
more to sustainable forest management;
finding effective ways to measure sustainable levels of valued forest components other than timber, such as wildlife
populations; training foresters in the
rapidly evolving knowledge base needed
to attain sustainable forest management;
and encouraging private woodlot owners
to embrace sustainable forest management practices.
Diamond researchers
first to publish findings
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
UBC researchers are about to make
diamond exploration history with the
publication of evidence supporting claims
that the Slave region in Canada's Northwest Territories may hold the biggest
diamond find of the century.
What is most intriguing, however, is
that the research results — critical to the
diamond exploration industry — are being published, said Prof. Kelly Russell,
head of UBC's Igneous Petrology Lab.
"Our discoveries and results on the
Slave mantle are new to science. The
irony is, however, that many industry
labs have similar scientific results which
will never be published," he said. "Our
corporate sponsor, Canamara Geological, is remarkable in that they have
provided us with valuable samples and
are allowing us to publish the results
more or less immediately.
"The major corporations won't give
you the rocks. They're afraid of giving up
a competitive edge. We're getting rocks
that most petrologists would die for."
By analysing rock samples forced to
the surface of the 2.6-billion-year-old
Slave craton — a very stable portion of
the earth's crust and upper mantle — in
explosive torrents of molten rock called
kimberlite, petrologist Maya Kopylova
and Russell have constructed detailed
geotherms—geological profiles of the
earth's temperature with increasing
depth and pressure. They are also gaining insight into the composition of the
earth's mantle in the region beneath the
Slave craton.
"We're changing the view of the Slave
mantle. Rather than a homogenous region ofthe deep earth, we are showing it
to be diverse in composition and highly
disorganized," said Kopylova, who studied in Russia and Australia and did post
doctoral work in South Africa before
coming to UBC.
Information obtained by studying
kimberlite samples and their xenoliths
(chips of mantle material) suggests the
kimberlite pipes in the region are characteristic of those in which diamonds
can be found.
A kimberlite pipe is formed as
kimberlite magma travels rapidly, from
depths as great as 400 km, toward the
earth's surface. From a depth of one or
two kilometres, the molten material explodes violently through the earth's crust,
carrying fragments of mantle rock that it
has collected along the way and, in the
right conditions, possibly diamonds to
the surface. The magma falls back to
earth forming a mound of rock on the
surface at the top ofthe conical kimberlite
The geotherms show that at least some
of the kimberlite pipes in the region,
which originated between 52 and 400
million years ago, passed through depths
and conditions in which diamond deposits are formed.
In South Africa, the world leader in
diamond production, kimberlite pipes can
be as large as 800 metres in diameter at
the surface. In contrast, the kimberlite
pipes in the Slave craton tend to be no
larger than 100 metres in diameter.
Millenniums of glaciation and erosion
have worn away the upper portion of the
cone, leaving a progressively narrower
portion exposed. Glaciers often carried
material from the kimberlite pipes thousands of kilometres, leaving kimberlite
debris along the way, before dumping
their burdens of rock into the ocean.
The kimberlite samples Kopylova and
Russell have examined came from a
kimberlite pipe known as Jericho and
held by Canamara Geological, a Canadian company that is one of several
companies who have acquired land in
the region.
Foreign rocks, pieces of the earth's
mantle and crust carried to the surface
with the molten kimberlite, have provided the researchers with valuable information. The rocks include primarily
peridotite, which comprises the bulk of
the earth's mantle, eclogite, which makes
up the rest ofthe mantle, and limestone
which provides clues as to age.
Kopylova uses the Dept. of Earth and
Ocean Sciences' electron microprobe to
perform chemical analysis of the minerals from mantle xenoliths. Using her
findings, she has succeeded in mapping
a "diamond window." where mantle pressures and temperatures are right for
diamond formation.
And, by comparing geotherms derived
from analysis of the Jericho pipe to
geotherms from other kimberlite pipes in
North America and South Africa,
Kopylova and Russell can determine
whether other Canadian pipes are likely
to have visited diamond deposits, generally at about 120 km beneath the surface, on the voyage upwards.
This information might have made
the search for diamonds undertaken by
Charles Fipke somewhat easier.
Fipke, who graduated from UBC with
a BSc in 1973, is credited with the initial
discovery ofthe diamond-rich area. Fipke
spent 20 years exploring the Northwest
Territories, said Russell, before finding
glacial mineral deposits that hinted at
the presence of kimberlites and possibly
diamonds at their point of origin. Using
the direction of glacial flow as a guide, he
then travelled 1,200 km up-ice to find
the kimberlite pipes in the Slave craton
Genetic Centre of Excellence gets
federal funding guaranteed to 2005
The Canadian Genetic Diseases Network (CGDN), a national Centre of Excellence based at UBC, has been awarded
$18 million in research funding by the
federal government.
The award allows the network to continue research into human genetic disease for the next four years, with renewed funding committed for an additional three years to 2005.
Funding was recommended by an international peer review panel.
"This award ensures that Canadian
scientists remain at the forefront in international human genetic disease research," says network founder Prof.
Michael Hayden of the Dept. of Medical
Genetics. "It will also form a basis for
strengthening our ongoing partnerships
with Canadian industry and the scientific and academic communities nationwide."
Funding will be directed into an expanded research program, called From
Genes to Therapies — a comprehensive
and interdisciplinary approach to genetic diseases research.
The program's four interrelated research themes will focus on gene identification, gene function, development of
clinical therapies and assessment of genetic susceptibility to disease.
Since its founding in 1990, CGDN
research has discovered genes connected
with diseases such as Alzheimer's,
Huntington disease, and breast and ovarian cancer. The research has also led to
the launch of six biotechnology compa
nies, including NeuroVir Inc., which is
located at UBC.
Seven network scientists are based in
British Columbia — at UBC, B.C.'s Children's Hospital and the University of
Victoria. They are part of a network of 50
members and their research teams, located at 18 universities, hospitals and
research centres across Canada.
CGDN has provided an interdisciplinary training environment for over 300
Approximately 60 per cent of Canadians will develop or die from a
disease with a significant genetic component.
The recent award brings the federal
government's total investment in CGDN
to over $50 million. 14 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997
News Digest
UBC scientists have received $5.5 million in grants from the
Medical Research Council of Canada (MRC)—the fourth largest
MRC funding award in Canada and the largest in Western Canada
this year.
The funding includes 25 operating grants which support individual research over a one to five year period.
Investigations funded by the grants range from studies of
posture and movement in Parkinson's disease to research on the
effects of anesthetic on neurons in the front of the brain and
include researchers in biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and
rehabilitation sciences.
A five-year award totalling $ 152,950 was given to the Faculty of
Medicine for a graduate student working on an MRC-funded
research project.
Four fellowship awards of $90,000 each over three years have
also been given to cancer researcher Carolina Abramovich, medical
geneticist Abigail Hackam, zoologist Gordon W. Hiebert and biochemist Mark W. Paetzel.
The grants UBC scientists received were surpassed only by the
universities of Toronto and Montreal and McGill University.
UBC research has created 71 spin-off companies during the last
12 years employing close to 1,500 people and attracting almost
$634 million in private investment.
The MRC is the major federal agency funding health research
and training at Canadian universities, research institutes and
teaching hospitals.
UBC alumnus and Chancellor Emeritus Donovan Francis Miller
died Sept. 30. He was 80.
Miller, who served as chancellor from 1975 to 1978, had a long
record of involvement with the university.
He attended UBC after serving with the Royal Canadian Naval
Volunteers Reserve during the Second World War and graduated
with a bachelor's degree in Commerce and Business Administration
in 1947.
He joined the Canadian Fishing Company Ltd. the same year as
manager of personnel and industrial relations and progressed
through the company's ranks, becoming president and general
manager in 1966 and vice-chairman ofthe board in 1974.
At UBC, he served as chair of the UBC Alumni Annual Giving
Committee in 1958, president ofthe Alumni Association in 1960,
and as a member of Senate from 1962 to 1970. He was a member
ofthe Board ofGovernors from 1963-72.
He was awarded the Order of Canada and an honorary doctor of
laws from UBC. He is survived by his wife Katherine Mary Miller,
their four children and other family members.
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Violinist Marc Destrube (left), Michelle Spellar and other members of the Pacific Baroque
Orchestra will make music at the School of Music's Recital Hall Sunday afternoons this fall.
UBC's first resident ensemble
goes for baroque this fall
The Pacific Baroque Orchestra, a professional Vancouver
group recently named UBC's first
ensemble in residence, will play
a series of concerts on campus
beginning Oct. 19.
The group performs 17th- and
18th-century music using period instruments and performance practices.
Their UBC appearances mark
a new level of association with
the School of Music. Faculty
members John Sawyer, Doreen
Oke and school director Jesse
Read have been involved since
the group's inception in 1991.
They were joined recently by
Marc Destrube.
As well, several UBC music
students have played in the orchestra after training in period
instrument performance in the
school's Collegium Musicum program, which Sawyer directs.
Last season, four UBC students — past and present—
played with the orchestra, and
over the past several years about
nine students have been involved.
Pacific Baroque Orchestra was
in residence for a week last summer during the annual Vancouver
Early Music Workshop organized
by Early Music Vancouver.
Future joint ventures could
involve workshops for UBC students with international soloists
engaged by the orchestra for its
The 1997-98 season features
Sunday afternoon concerts at
the School of Music's Recital
Hall, which follow Friday or Saturday evening performances at
St. Mark's Trinity Church in
The first concert features concertos by J.S.Bach, with soloists
Destrube and oboist Sand
Dalton, on Oct. 18 and 19.
For information on future concerts, call the School of Music at
Experts warn Fraser Basin
on edge of ecological ruin
by Sean Kelly
Staff writer
A little more than a century
ago the area extending from Vancouver to the town of Hope was a
forest of giant trees with extensive swamps and wetlands along
the river courses.
That area is now being swallowed by the growing metropolis
of Greater Vancouver, and the
newly released $2.4 million
Fraser Basin Ecosystem Study
warns that present trends are
leading us directly away from
environmental sustainability.
The lower Fraser Basin exemplifies all the social, environmental and economic problems
of modern industrial nations,"
says Prof. Michael Healey, principal investigator and an ecologist with the Institute for Resources and Environment.
"Rapid population growth,
changing ethnic makeup, conflict between rural and urban
lifestyles, and clashes with aboriginal peoples struggling to
maintain traditional ways are
problems which are not going
away and it is high time that we
faced up to them."
The researchers call for changes
to the way we manage population,
land and resources, consumption
and waste management.
Indicators of serious environmental decline cited in the report include high nitrogen pollution in groundwaters and the
presence of visible abnormalities on more than 90 per cent of
the fish samples taken from the
Fraser River.
As many as 50 streams in the
greater Vancouver area that
once supported runs of Pacific
salmon have been turned into
storm sewers, and many of the
remaining streams are being
degraded because of pollution
from automobiles, agriculture
and other sources.
The study also indicates a
high level of concern among British Columbians about environmental problems, but suggests
concern doesn't always translate into action.
Only 14 per cent of people
surveyed said they use public
transit, even though that is the
activity with the greatest benefit
to the environment.
The infrastructure isn't responsive to alternate kinds of
behavior," explains Healey.
He suggests that the infrastructure would be improved if
governments paid up front to
improve rapid transit instead of
waiting until ridership increases.
The four-year study involved
23 experts from 20 disciplines at
the university, including planning, geography, sociology, fisheries, economics, commerce, biological sciences, social sciences
and medicine. More than 40
graduate students took part.
The team makes 44 recommendations intended to help
governments and individuals
move towards sustainability, including:
• Each community should
reduce its dependence on resources belonging to other communities and nations.
• The federal government
should develop more effective
indicators of environmental and
social well-being. The indicators
used now, such as gross domestic product, often misrepresent
the costs of resource depletion
as a benefit.
• Individuals should use
their purchasing power to support environmentally and socially
friendly products and manufacturing products.
Funding for the study was
provided by the federal government's Green Plan.
Details ofthe report are available on the Institute's Web site
at www.ire.ubc.ca/ecoresearch.
Copies of the complete report
are available from the Institute
of Resources and Environment
by calling (604) 822-4705.
by staff writers
Prof. Herbert Rosengarten has been appointed Executive Director in UBC's President's Office.
Rosengarten served as head of the English Dept. from
1987 to 1997, was president ofthe Faculty Association, and
sits on Senate. He has also participated on many search,
advisory and review committees at UBC and for various
provincial bodies.
As executive director, he will be responsible for assisting
the president and vice-presidents on a variety of strategic
initiatives; interacting with external and internal constituents including students, faculty, staff, members of the Board
of Governors and Senate, as well as with university visitors,
government officials and members of the Canadian and
international business community; overseeing projects, and
undertaking research and analysis on a wide variety of
Max Cynader has been named head of the new Brain
and Spinal Cord Research Centre.
A winner ofthe Science Council of B.C.'s Gold Medal
in Health Sciences in 1995 for his research in visual development, Cynader is also a fellow of the Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research.
Last year, he and fellow UBC scientists launched
NeuroVir, a biotechnology company which provides gene
therapy for brain tumours, other cancers and diseases of the
nervous system.
Located at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences
Centre (VHHSC), UBC site, the centre will focus on researching central nervous system disorders including Parkinson's
disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord
repair and vision impairment.
Cynader will continue to be director of research in the
Dept. of Ophthalmology where he investigates how the brain
processes visual and auditory information.
ichelle Lamberson, a lecturer in the Dept. of Earth
and Ocean Sciences and educational technology
coordinator for the
Faculty of Science, has been
recognized by the Geological
Society of America (GSA), in
partnership with Educom,
for her efforts to improve
undergraduate teaching and
learning through the effective application of information and communications
The 1997 Educom Medal
Awards program winner was
cited for her innovative uses
of technology and for her
efforts to disseminate her
findings which have benefited the educational
process within the field of geology.
Lamberson's pioneering work on World Wide Web resources for undergraduate geoscientists serves as a model for
educators seeking to maximize the Web's teaching potential.
The site Lamberson developed for Earth and Ocean Sciences
(www.science.ubc.ca/~eoswr/) includes course Web sites,
interactive learning modules, exercises, discipline-specific
databases, and developer tools.
Dr. Lawrence Green, professor of Health Care and
Epidemiology and director of the Institute for Health
Promotion Research, received the Advocacy Award
from the Association of State and Territorial Directors of
Health Promotion and Public Health Education at their
recent annual meeting in Atlanta.
The association recognized Green for his contributions to
the advancement of health promotion and education through
scientific contributions to policy and practice.
The award is made jointly with the U.S. Centres for
Disease Control.
Dr. Charles Kerr has been appointed to the Heart and
Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiology.
Funded by the foundation with assistance from
individuals, organizations, and the B.C. government, the $1-
million chair will focus on improving education and research
into strokes and heart disease.
A specialist in irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia. Ken-
has served as head of Cardiology since 1988. A graduate of
UBC's Faculty of Medicine, he joined the faculty in 1981.
Kerr is currently chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Cardio/Cerebrovascular Research Advisory Council. 16 UBC Reports ■ October 16, 1997
1 907 L'ANNCE
APEC '97
Canada 1997
What is APEC and APEC '97?
Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) is an economic forum at which issues
such as trade initiatives, trade barriers and customs procedures are discussed.
Meetings are held each year in one ofthe 18 APEC member economies. Canada is host
for this year's meeting.
The Vancouver APEC meetings begin Nov. 19 with several days of meetings for senior
officials and ministers responsible for trade and foreign affairs at the Vancouver Trade
and Convention Centre (VTCC).
On Monday, Nov. 24, APEC leaders meet in the VTCC, followed by a meeting the next
day, Nov. 25, at UBC in the Museum of Anthropology, with a luncheon at Norman
MacKenzie House.
The reason for the one-day meeting is to provide a retreat setting where leaders and
their senior advisers can meet in relative isolation. A similar retreat was held at APEC
'96 in Manila. APEC '97 is being funded by the federal government and corporate
APEC initiatives at UBC
There is a strong academic link to APEC. A number of UBC's professors have provided
essential background materials for ministerial meetings leading up to the leaders'
meeting. Others are involved in related conferences on Asia Pacific issues. Students
are also involved, with many acting as volunteers for the leaders' meeting. Other
students are organizing conferences and forums to heighten awareness and understanding within the university community on issues ranging from trade liberalization
to human rights.
Other benefits that will leave a lasting legacy include a number of initiatives which
will be announced in coming weeks, such as an exhibit of Asian art at MOA,
undergraduate and graduate scholarships, a chair in Buddhist Studies, a Centre for
Contemporary Islamic Studies and a program in Australian-Canadian relations.
As well, about 20 UBC faculty and graduate students are involved in the People's
Summit, an alternative, parallel conference to APEC.
UBC believes that APEC will give the university an international profile similar in
scope to the global attention brought by Michael Smith's Nobel Prize and the 1993
Clinton-Yeltsin Summit. With about 3,000 media expected for APEC, media coverage
will bring UBC to the attention of the world.
Impact on campus
An area ofthe north-west corner of campus will be most directly affected — especially
from 6 p.m., Nov. 24, to 6 p.m., Nov. 25 — but within that area the impact will vary.
For example, the Museum of Anthropology will be closed to the public beginning Nov.
19. More information on the exact nature of the effects will be available at the Nov.
6 public information meeting.
Traffic will be affected in several ways. Chancellor Boulevard traffic will be re-routed
onto Wesbrook Mall. Approaching campus from the south, Marine Drive traffic will
be re-routed through Gate 6.
The Rose Garden Parkade will be closed. Students whose parking passes restrict them
to the Rose Garden Parkade will be given special allowances to park elsewhere. Witii
the temporary loss of 900 parking spaces, it is strongly suggested that commuters use
car pools or transit, or perhaps even avoid the campus if possible on Nov. 25.
Residents of Green College will not be prohibited from entering or leaving their homes,
although there may be some restrictions, such as when motorcades are passing by.
Site proposal overviews
At one time, it was hoped that one legacy of the APEC meeting would be an ethno-
botanical garden at MOA. However, fund raising did not meet expectations, so now
the focus is on maintenance and clean-up ofthe existing landscaping and pathways.
The reflecting pool at the rear ofthe museum will be filled with water for Nov. 25. Public
Works Canada conducted seepage testing to ensure that this would not jeopardize the
integrity of nearby slopes.
In Norman MacKenzie House, work is proceeding on renovations to the atrium.
Interior walls which blocked views through the old atrium have been removed and the
exterior glazing and walls replaced, providing a more open and functional space with
ocean views. Funds for the atrium were donated by National Glass.
The boundary noted in the map above outlines the area of campus that will be affected by the APEC '97 leaders' meeting Nov. 25. Access in this area will be restricted or prohibited for the
day. More details will be available at the public meeting to be held Thursday, Nov. 6 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Angus 104, 2053 Main Mall.
- Find out more
PUbllC Meeting: More information about APEC and UBC's involvement will be available at a public
meeting to be held Thursday Nov. 6 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. in Angus 104, 2053 Main Mall. Forfurther   J
information on the meeting call Carolyn McLean, UBC APEC Office, 822-2080; fax 822-1936; e-mail apec@ unixg.ubc.ca.
Wob psge: Information can also be found on the Web at www.ubc.ca under "News, Events, and Attractions."


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