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VANCOUVER       8,       B.C.
Ur,  Robert U.  Hamilton,
School of Librarianship,
Campus Kail
Plans for new construction to
accommodate the faculty of dentistry at the University of British
Columbia have been announced by
President John   B.  Macdonald.
A building costing approximately
$2 million will be constructed at
the corner of Wesbrook Crescent
and University Boulevard to provide teaching, research, and clinical facilities for the faculty.
In addition, adjacent medical sciences buildings, where dental  students   will   receive   instruction   in
'the basic medtot.acleoccs, will be«-
The architectural firm of Thompson, Berwick and Pratt are currently preparing working drawings
for the developments. It is expected
that tenders will be called early
in 1964 subject to completion of
financial arrangements. Expected
completion date of the faculty of
dentistry building is • the autumn
of 1965.
The faculty of dentistry building
will be constructed on the site of
the UBC Health Sciences Centre
which will eventually include a
University   teaching   hospital.
The three-storey faculty of dentistry building will contain 67,000
square feet of space. The building
is planned to permit the addition
of two additional storeys in the
The ground floor of the building
will include facilities for dental
surgery, graduate and post-graduate clinics in children's dentistry
and orthodontics, research laboratories, and the school of dental
hygiene. On the same floor will be
two 40-seat lecture theatres and
student facilities.
The second floor will contain
patient reception and waiting areas,
diagnosis and radiology clinics, the
technology teaching laboratory,
and the main clinic, containing 80
In the latter area students will
carry out all clinical practices except diagnosis, radiology and surgery. Demonstrations and seminar
rooms, research laboratories, and
the records room are also located
on this floor.
On the third floor are teaching
laboratories for oral biology and a
selfcontained postgraduate clinic, a
laboratory and a dispensary. Research laboratories, offices and
seminar rooms are also located on
this floor.
ntlstry  building,  shown   above,  will   be
~ Boulevard   and   Wesbrook   Cresoent.
Expected  completion  date of the building, which will  provide clinical,  research
and teaching facilities for the faculty, is the autumn of 1965.
constructed   at the  corner  of :Un
VOLUME  9 —  No. 6
NOV.   -   DEC,      1963
A centre for teacher-training,
observation, and research in the
behaviour and development of
handicapped children opened in
October  at   UBC.
The centre, the only one of its
kind in Canada, is the second study
centre created by UBC's Child
Study Council, which welds together all campus activities dealing with the study of children.
The Association for Retarded
Children of B.C. has contributed a
total of $25,000 toward the cost of
opening the centre. The Williamson Foundation made an additional
grant of $5,000.
Like the Council's earlier creation, the Child Study Centre for
normal children, the handicapped
centre will be used by UBC students in the fields of education,
psychology, medicine, nursing, and
social work for observation and
research   purposes.
Dr. David Kendall, chairman of
the management committee of the
centre, said the first class at the
centre would enrol up to eight
children aged four to seven. They
will be referred to the centre
through the departments of paediatrics and psychiatry in UBC's
medical faculty.
All the students will be mentally
retarded with IQ's in the 50 to 70
range,  Dr.   Kendall   said.
"Children with IQ's in this range
can be educated," Dr. Kendall said,
"and our aim is to explore and
develop teaching methods and materials which meet the educational
needs of children of this type."
The methods developed at the
UBC centre will be part of the
teacher training program in the
faculty   of  education,   Dr.   Kendall
added, and the results of research
at the centre will be carried to
other parts of the province by
graduating  teachers.
"We want to know, for instance,
whether children of this type do
better in the classroom or at home,"
said Dr. Kendall. "If the home environment seems more suitable,
then obviously we are going to
have to concentrate on parental
In any case, parents of children
enrolled in the first class will come
to the centre frequently to hear
lectures and discuss special problems as well as observe their own
Another problem to be investigated at the centre is whether or
not handicapped children perform
better or worse when mixed with
normal   children.
All classes at the centre will be
small, Dr. Kendall said, so that the
supervisory staff can give individual attention to children and so
that individual observation is possible.
Future plans call for the expansion of the centre in terms of numbers and types of handicapped.
"Not only will we be investigating
the problems of a wide range of
handicapped children, but there is
a great deal to be done with special groups such as the blind and
the  non-reader," Dr.  Kendall  said.
Dr. Charlotte David, assistant
professor in the UBC faculty of
education, will be in charge of the
day-to-day operations of the centre. Two other persons with experience in teaching the handicapped will assist her.
University   of
reached a ltec-
students —J an
ord ti
increase   ot   more
cent oSi
Every faculty In the University
showed an increase in enrolment
with the exception of applied science which declined from 1242
students in 1962-63 to 1183 students
in the current year.
The faculty of arts remains the
largest in the University with 4945
students enrolled. Last year, when
arts was combined with science,
the total enrolment of the "com-
bin&f'facttttres was'6731. -
Combined enrolment in the two
faculties, which are now separated
administratively, is 7731, an increase of 1000 over last year.
Enrolment by faculties for the
current year, with last year's figures in  brackets,  is as follows:
Arts, 4945; science, 2786; applied
science, 1183 (1242); agriculture,
203 (191); law, 253 (227); pharmacy,
160 (147); medicine, 277 (243); forestry, 192 (186); education, 3001
(2415); commerce and business administration, 633 (616); graduate
studies, 835 (744); unclassified, 252
committee to
define goals
for UBC
Establishment of an academic
goals committee to define academic
objectives for the University of
British Columbia has been announced by President John B.
Purpose of the committee, President Macdonald said, is to evaluate
UBC's present resources, identify
major problems, and examine proposals for overcoming these problems  in future years.
President Macdonald said UBC's
future role in higher education in
B.C. would be examined, and consideration given to changes in
structure and curriculum necessitated by past experience and new
A broad statement of University
goals to act as a guide for further
study will be completed early in
1964,  the   president  added.
Committee members are President Macdonald, acting Dean of
Arts S. N. F. Chant, Prof. Cyril
Belshaw, Prof. John D. Chapman,
Prof. D. Harold Copp, Prof. K. C.
Mann, Dr. John M. Norris, and
Prof.   Robert   F.   Scagel.
President Macdonald said the
committee will report at frequent
intervals to a large panel of consultants with representatives from
each  faculty. CRITICAL
What follows is part of the remarks of the chancellor, Dr. Phyllis G. Ross. C.B.E., at the University's
fall   congregation   ceremonies   on   November   1.
The most encouraging and at the same time
alarming fact now and for the next decade or
more is the unprecedented increase in demand
for higher education. The predictions of enrolment in the universities and colleges of British
Columbia by 1970-71 vary between 32,000 and
37,000 in the age-group 18-21. A new university,
Simon Fraser, is being created to help meet this
extraordinary demand, and we hope and expect
it will be open in the fall of 1965. Such a tour de
force—the planning, building and staffing of a
major university within something less than two
years—is a challenge to test even the Chancellor
which Simon Fraser is privileged to have; but if
it can be done, Dr. Shrum will do it.
I do not in any way minimize the role Simon
Fraser wiJI play in solving the gravest of all the
problems .which face us: the nightmare of not
being able to accept properly qualified young
men and women who seek higher education. Yet
not for a moment must anyone become complacent about the magnitude of the tasks which lie
ahead. Nothing short of the full implementation
of the recent report on higher education in the
Province, and, what is most important, within the
time schedule proposed, can save us from near
disaster and indeed make the nightmare I mention a reality.
Already I see indications that a wise, respected
and progressive Academic Board is required to
aid in the overall program for higher education,
and I would urge the Provincial Government to
establish the board, for which there is provision
in the new Universities Act which came into
force^ on July 1. Likewise, there is immediate
need for the appointment of the Advisory Board,
also*'provided for in the Universities Act, to
ensure an equitable division of government
grants among the universities.
(On November 21, the Honourable Leslie Peterson,
Minister of Education for B.C., announced the establishment of the Academic Board and the appointment to the
Board of the following persons: Dr. H. L. Campbell,
retired school inspector; T. N. Beaupre, lumber company
head; Harry M. Evans, registrar of the department of
education; Richard Lester, retiring president of the B.C.
School Trustees Association: Acting dean of arts S. N. F.
Chant and Prof. Ian McTaggart-Cowan, representing
UBC, and Prof. R. T. Wallace and Prof. R. J. Bishop,
representing the University of Victoria.)
The Advisory Board, acting in the role of a
Grants Committee and having before it the
recommendations of the Academic Board, would
ensure that available monies for higher education
are fairly allocated. Autonomy and self-government for the various universities within the
system of higher education advocated for the
Province does not mean that each can go its
separate way without regard for the needs of
the whole. That way lies inefficiency, waste of
men, money and materials, and, what is most
important, misuse of human beings and their
Let me cite some very real, some very critical
problems which need immediate investigation by
the Academic Board.
If the Senate of the University of British
Columbia decides to raise its entrance standards
by requiring a 60 per cent average from Grade
12, what will be the direct and immediate effects
for the students of the Province, for the University of Victoria, for Simon Fraser when it
opens its doors, for Notre Dame University in
Will the funds assigned from provincial
sources to the capital and operating budget of
Simon Fraser University be provided at the expense of existing institutions?
Will certain universities be encouraged to
specialize in particular areas of study, or will
there be expensive, probably ineffective, and
wasteful duplication of facilities?
What is the optimum size for the University
of British Columbia, for the University of Victoria, for Simon Fraser? Is it wise to continue
the operation of Grade 13 programs throughout
the Province if, as we hope, there will be at least
two more regional colleges to serve areas outside
the  Island  and the  Lower  Mainland?
Finally, to complete' my brief catalogue of
questions, what of that nearly insuperable problem—the provision of qualified and experienced
staff to teach our students, when we remember
that it may take up to ten years of university
education  to  prepare a university  professor?
Perhaps each and all of these problems can
be resolved quickly and efficiently; I do not pretend they cannot, nor do I wish to be alarmist.
Yet I am certain that the need for the Academic
Board and the Advisory Board is immediate, that
they must begin their work without delay, and
that they must enjoy the selfless co-operation of
every person and agency concerned with higher
education in the Province.
This University has just recently undertaken
a critical study of its' own academic future: its
achievements, its immediate intentions, its aims
and academic goals. This study promises to be a
searching and candid self-evaluation after a period of unprecedented expansion. I know that the
President, Dr. Macdonald, and the members of
faculty who are engaged in this important study
intend that it should be as searching and dispassionate as possible; for individuals and institutions, if they have a will to progress and improve, must stop now and then to criticize,
weigh and measure their purposes.
We are all aware that there is criticism everywhere of the mania for planning in contemporary
society, particularly planning in committees. Yet
no human institution which merits our esteem
can evolve by the simple process of spontaneous
generation nor can it mature in a sprawling,
sporadic way. I am personally delighted that such
a study has been undertaken here on the campus.
I hope that out of it will come new and energizing
ideas by which the whole academic community
will profit.
In a more tangible way, and by evidence
which immediately presents itself to the eye, our
plans for the physical development of the campus
are meeting at least our most immediate needs.
Over the last year six new buildings costing more
than five million dollars have been completed.
The new four-storied structure for the Department of Electrical Engineering will provide facilities urgently required by one of the most progressive and respected departments of the university. A new wing has been added to the
Physics building at a cost of nearly one and a
half million dollars, while the Chemistry building
has also been extended to provide classrooms and
laboratories for senior undergraduate work in
organic,   inorganic   and   physical   chemistry.
To the social facilities of the University we
have added a new cafeteria and commissary
kitchen to ease the shortage of dining facilities
for our students; and earlier this year we extended recreational facilities with a new Winter
Sports Centre for hockey and curling. Finally,
the new Frederic Wood Theatre, the second unit
of the Fine Arts Centre, was officially opened on
September 19 by President Emeritus Norman
MacKenzie. The theatre is named for one of the
legendary figures in our University's history,
Professor F. G. C. Wood, who did so much to
encourage the growth and development of theatre
on the campus and throughout British Columbia.
It is a most impressive and beautiful building, in
which Miss Somerset and her colleagues in the
Department of Theatre may teach an art which
brings such pleasure for the mind and satisfaction of the spirit.
VOLUME 9 — No. 6
NOV.   -   DEC,      1963
What follous are the remarks of President John B.
Macdonald at the recent ceremonies marking the opening of the new Hebb building, named for the first head
of the UBC physics department.
It is always with a sense of accomplishment
that a university opens a new building. The
feeling is natural enough because a building is
a tangible evidence of growth. We must always
ask ourselves, however, is growth synonymous
with accomplishment? Mere increase in size is
obviously not enough. Indeed, under some circumstances, it can mean the antithesis of accomplishment.
Happily that is not the case today. The new
building for physics marks not only growth in
size, but a record of continuing accomplishment
by the department of physics at UBC. The beginning of that record coincided with the appointment to the faculty of Thomas Carlyle Hebb in
1916. Dr. Hebb served UBC for 22 years, 18 of
them as the head of the department. He laid the
firm foundations of today's modern department
and it is fitting that his name be forever associated with this new building. It is fitting not
only in memory of Dr. Hebb but also because
we must associate progress with people, not with
buildings. The man comes first—the scientist, the
teacher, the leader. Without the accomplishment
and inspiration of dedicated teachers there would
be ho demand for the building which we are
opening today.
I remember in one of C. P. Snow's early
novels, I think it was 'The Search,' the hero was
a physicist living in the twenties and thirties in
the heady atmosphere of the Cambridge laboratories. Snow made his hero philosophize and the
philosophizing included a speculation that the
major accomplishments of physics were in the
past and that all that was left for future physicists was a mopping-up job, just the task of
tidying loose ends. Perhaps physics really looked
that way to some men in those days, though in
retrospect it seems hard to believe.
The undergraduate physics lab of the late
thirties, when I was a student, was a simple place
indeed. We learned about light and about electromagnetic waves, about Boyle's law, Newton's laws_
and Archimedes' principle, and the equipment
provided was simple and primitive, like Newton's
apple or Archimedes' bath tub. An enterprising
and adventurous student could learn about buoyancy with bath tub gin and at the same time
learn  more than the laws of physics.
The years that have passed since those days
have shown that Snow's hero was very, very
wrong and that even for the undergraduate, the
simple instruments can no longer suffice. The
rate of discovery has never been faster and in
the unbelievable fantasy world of modern physics
new opportunities abound. Our world literally has
been turned topsy turvey by the work of the
physicist. Physics is a discipline of extremes.
The infinite vastness of stellar space and radio-
telescopes, the infinite smallness of the arrangement of molecules in the genetic code of life, the
principle of uncertainty contrasted with the precision of submicroscopic electronic circuits held
within the fragment of a single crystal, the
strange behavior of matter at near absolute zero
temperatures where fluids can lose all viscosity
and climb a vertical wall, and where metals can
conduct electric current with no resistance, the
equally strange fourth state of matter at extremely high temperatures where atoms lose their
electrons and where hydrogen fusion may some
day be controlled, the minute precision of laser
light instrumentation focusing concentrated energy on a point contrasted with the enormous
instrumentation of giant reactors where costs are
measured in megabucks.
Physics is a world where celestial orbits are
becoming a matter of life and death, where
"Cloud 9" is close to home, and where a trip to
the moon or another planet will shortly be more
than a science-fiction fairy story. This is the
world of physics and the Hebb Building is the
cradle of physics for next year's magicians.
Where they will take us no one knows, but what
we do know is that within these walls will thrive
the stuff that dreams are made of. And the
dreams will come true. professor
urges new
A UBC professor says the Canadian government should gjve consideration to the appointment of
a minister for cultural affairs.
Prof. Earle Birney, chairman of
UBC's creative writing department
and one of Canada's best known
novelists and poets, has made the
suggestion following a six month
visit to Mexico, South America,
and the West Indies. x
Prof. Birney was travelling under
the auspices of the Canada Council, which last year awarded him
a senior arts fellowship. Purpose
of the fellowships is to allow
writers to travel and work on projects.
"When I applied," Prof. Birney
said, "I wanted to find a quiet
place in Europe to work on another
book of poetry, but I also offered
to lecture abroad on contemporary
Canadian literature. The Council
asked me to spend the first part
of my leave in Latin America and
the West Indies."
Dr. Birney's travels began in
June, 1962, in Mexico City, where
he first brushed up on his Spanish
before embarking on a lecture tour
which began in Mexico City and
ended six months later in Jamaica
after visits to Louisiana, Peru,
Chili and Trinidad.
He gave nearly 40 lectures and
poetry readings to university students and service clubs, and appeared on numerous radio and television programs during his journey.
"Everywhere I went," said Prof.
Birney, "I found there was a great
blank about Canadian literature
and~art." In the West Indies particularly, he said, there was great
curiosity   about  Canada.
There were reasonably large audiences at all his lectures, Prof.
Birney said, and many persons,
particularly in South' America, expressed surprise that Canada was
developing so many interesting
Canada, he added, has no cultural
attaches abroad and, as a result,
there are very limited opportunities for people in these areas to
learn about Canadian intellectual
and cultural   life.
There really is no reason why
information of this sort should not
be available in these areas, he said,
since there is a ready made network for facilitating arrangements
through  Canadian   embassies.
The Canada Council, Prof. Birney said, is to be congratulated
for making the first move in an
attempt to fill the cultural void
about Canada which exists abroad.
Prof. Birney also suggested that
Canada should arrange for the exchange of writers and artists from
these areas as a way of disseminating Canadian culture and expanding the cultural horizons of
our own writers.
Following his lecture tour Prof.
Birney travelled to England and
Europe where he completed a new
book of poems to be published next
spring, and began work on a book
about the novelist Malcolm  Lowry.
Lowry, author of the widely-
acclaimed novel "Under the Volcano," which he worked on while
living at Dollarton, near Vancouver, died in 1957. His unpublished
manuscripts were purchased by
UBC in  1961.
On this journey back to Vancouver, Prof. Birney recorded his own
poetry for broadcast over a New
York radio station, lectured at Cornell University, and read his poetry
to a Toronto poetry group.
VOLUME  9 —  No. 6
NOV.   -   DEC,      1963
SIR WILLIAM SLATER, left, immediate past president of the British Royal
Institute of Chemistry, holds the Meldola Medal, which he presented to Dr.
James Trotter, right, associate professor of chemistry at UBC, recently. The
medal is awarded annually by the Institute to a chemist who is a British
subject under the age of 30 and who has done distinguished research. The
published work of the recipient serves as the basis for judging. This is the
first time the medal has been awarded to a person working in a Commonwealth country outside Great Britain. Dr. Trotter, who joined the UBC
Faculty in 1960, works in the field of X-ray crystallography, a field of
chemistry dealing  with the  structure of large  molecules.
The first major work ever done
in British Columbia on lampreys
is being carried out at UBC by a
former  high  school  teacher.
For the past three years, F. T.
"Tony" Pletcher, a former biology
and general science teacher in
Vancouver, has been investigating
the life cycle of the fish, which
may be on the increase in  B.C.
The Pacific lamprey, which attaches itself to salmon ard other
edible fish with a sucker-like
mouth and then sucks out the
blood and body fluids, appears to
be on the increase in two Vancouver   Island  lakes.
They are Cowichan Lake, west
of Duncan, and Elsie Lake, north
of Port Alberni, Pletcher says. The
B.C. Game Commission is presently
carrying out a survey of Elsie
Lake to see if there has been a
marked increase in the activities
of the predator.
If the lamprey threatens the fish
population of the lakes, scientists
may use a lampricide called TFM
(3 trifluormethyl - 4 - nitrophenol),
which has been used in eastern
Canada where the lamprey has almost totally destroyed the fishing
industry  on  the  Great  Lakes.
TFM kills only lamprey and its
larvae, Pletcher says, and is harmless to humans and other fish.
The lamprey, Pletcher says, is
not an eel as is commonly thought,
but belongs to the most primitive
jawless fishes. It has no jaws or
bones, only cartilage, a single nostril, and seven gill pores.
Unlike higher orders of fish, the
lamprey has no true paired fins for
propulsion   and  steering.
As a result of Pletcher's studies,
it is now known that lampreys
have a much wider range in B.C.
than was previously thought.
They are found to be the most
abundant fish resident in the
streams of the lower Fraser valley
and travel up the Fraser as far
as Lillooet. They are also found
in the Skeena and Bulkley river
systems   and   have   penetrated   to
Babine   Lake,  mid-way  between
Prince Rupert and  Prince George.
Adult lampreys, which grow up
to 27 inches in length, can negotiate formidable rapids and other
barriers with ease on their way to
spawn in fresh water, Pletcher
says. When they grow tired, they
simply attach themselves to rocks
until  they  regain  strength.
When lampreys reach their.
spawning grounds they attach
themselves to rocks of more than
twice their own weight and movs
them aside to create a nest whe-e
the female lays up to 100.000 eggs.
After fertilization by the male.
both adult lampreys die.
The lamprey larvae, which hatch
in 11 to 20 days, remain in the
sand on the stream bottom for
about a month. They emerge at
night and float down-stream to
muddy areas where they again
burrow in and feed on microscopic
plant life and other inorganic material. The larvae look Iiks earth
worms but are not eaten by most
In five years the sea lamprey
grows to between four and six
inches in length and is ready to
go to sea. At this point the fish
develop the sucking hood and
teeth which it uses to attach itself
to other fish.
The Pacific lamprey spends from
one to two years in salt water.
Pletcher says, but ve-y little is
known about their movements.
Some stay in th3 Gulf of Georgia,
while others have been found attached to their prey 50 miles to
Lamprey scars have also been
found on whales and it seems
likely that they are capable of
travelling   great  distances.
Lampreys locate their prey by
using a sense of smell and radar.
They nearly always attach themselves to their victims near the
heart and just behind the head
where they remain attached by
suction and sharp teeth which run
around the rim of the hood.
An interior tooth tongue rasps a
hole in the flesh, and the lamprey
then injects an anti-coagulant
which will keep the blood of the
victim flowing for more than a
week. Eventually the lamprey will
detach itself and search for other
prey. The victim, meanwhile, is
usually badly weakened and often
new head
named for
The appointment of Dr. G. H. N.
Towers as head of the department
of biology and botany at UBC has
been announced by President John
B. Macdonald.
Dr. Towers, who is senior research officer at the Atlantic Regional Laboratory of the National
Research Council in Halifax, will
take up his appointment on July
1,   1964,  President Macdonald said.
Dr. Towers succeeds Dr. Thomas
M. C. Taylor, who has resigned as
head of the UBC department to
devote his full time to teaching
and research.
Dr. Taylor, who joined the UBC
faculty in 1946 and was appointed
head of biology and botany department in 1954, said he planned to
devote much of his time to writing
a book on the flora of B.C., for
which he has been collecting material and specimens for the past
17 years.
Dr. Towers is a graduate of McGill University, where he received
the degrees of bachelor of science
with first class honours in botany
in 1950, and master of science in
botany in 1951.
Dr. Towers did further postgraduate work in plant physiology
at Cornell University, which
awarded him the degree of doctor
of philosophy in  1954.
Dr. Towers was successively an
assistant and associate professor
in the botany department at McGill University from 1953 until
1962. From May to August in 1954
and 1958 he was a research associate at National Research Council
laboratories in Ottawa and Saskatoon.
Dr. Towers has also taught at
Dalhousie University since his appointment to NCR's Atlantic regional laboratory in Halifax in
1962. He is a member of numerous
professional societies and has
written nearly 30 research papers
in  the  area  of  plant biochemistry.
The resignation of Dr. Bruce D.
Graham as head of the department of paediatrics in the faculty
of medicine at UBC has also been
announced by President Macdonald.
Dr. Graham, who has been a
member of the UBC faculty since
1959, will join the staff of the Ohio
State University in Columbus,
Ohio, on January 1. 1964. as professor and chairman of the department of paediatrics and chief of
staff of the Children's Hospital
Dr. Graham said he would leave
UBC and Vancouver "with a real
sense of regret." He said his new
post was a challenging one which
offered great opportunities for research which is necessary if a high
standard of care is to be developed
in the treatment of children's
One of the biggest attractions,
he added, is the fact that Ohio
State University has associated
with it a 400-bed closed children's
hospital where research and treatment techniques are developed.
Dr. Graham is a graduate of the
University of Alabama, where he
received his bachelor of arts degree in 1939 and Vanderbilt University, where he obtained his
medical   degree   in   1942.
From 1942 until his appointment
to the UBC faculty in 1959, Dr.
Graham was associated with the
paediatrics department of the University of Michigan in Ann
Arbour. the faculty
of the faculty of law, has been
appointed dean of the faculty of
law at the University of Western
Ontario, in London, Ont. He will
take up his new post in the summer of 1964.
head of the metallurgy department,
was awarded the Alumni Medal of
the Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Toronto
at a dinner in his honour in Toronto during October.
The medal was awarded to Prof.
Forward for outstanding achievements in the field of metallurgy.
Prof. Forward is internationally
known for his research in the field.
the faculty of forestry, has been
named the annual invitation speaker of the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C. He is the
first of a series of speakers selected
to visit branches of the Association
to discuss various aspects of the
B.C. economy.
LEONARD M. STALEY, assistant professor of agriculture engineering, attended meetings of the
Pacific Northwest section of the
American Society of Agricultural
Engineers in Portland during October.
Mr. Staley will become president
of the Pacific Northwest section
of the Society when it convenes
in Vancouver in October of 1964.
GORDON SELMAN, associate
director of the UBC extension department, visited the extra-mural
divisions of several British Universities during November as a guest
of the British Council. He also
visited the adult education division
of UNESCO in Paris before returning  to Vancouver.
DR. LLOYD SLIND, associate
professor of music, conducted a
music workshop in London, On-
«KMt recently. The purpose of the
workshop was to demonstrate the
enrichment of classroom music and
to help teachers realize the full
music  potential   in  their  students.
MONTROSE SOMMERS, assistant professor in the faculty of
commerce, has been awarded the
degree of doctor of business administration by the University of
faculty of education, gave the first
of eight lectures at the University
of California in a series entitled
"The schools and society in foreign countries." His topic was
"Education and social and economic development in western Europe:   an   historical   overview."
DR. D. H. COPP, head of the
department of physiology, is currently president of the Canadian
Physiological Society.
DR. H. V. WARREN, professor
of geology, took part in a symposium sponsored by the Geochemi-
cal Society on the "Relation. of
geology and trace element distribution to nutritional problems," in
New York during November.
A paper co-authored by Prof.
Warren and R. E. Delavault was
read by Prof. Warren at the meeting. An evening session of the
symposium was co-chaired by Prof.
Warren and an official of the U.S.
Public   Health   Service.
Following the New York meetings, Dr. Warren visited Montreal
where he gave a progress report
on research to the executive of
the Multiple Sclerosis Society of
English department, has been
awarded the degree of doctor of
philosophy by the University of
DR. J. E. B. RYAN, counsellor
in the office of student services
and a lecturer in the psychology
department, is the new president
of the B.C. Psychological Association.
professor to
study Russia
An associate professor of geography and Slavonic studies at
UBC has been awarded a $12,900
research fellowship for advanced
research at the University of California in  Berkeley.
Dr. David J. M. Hooson, who
joined the UBC faculty in 1960, has
received the fellowship from the
Centre for Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of
He will work on topics in Russian historical geography while on
leave of absence from UBC next
year. He will also lecture on Soviet geography in the geography
department at the University of
California. ~~
Dr. Hooson is a graduate of Oxford, where he obtained his bachelor of arts degree in 1950, and
London University, where he was
awarded the degree of doctor of
philosophy in  1955.
Before joining the UBC faculty,
Dr. Hooson lectured at the University of Glasgow and the University
of Maryland.
In addition to a number of articles on Soviet geography, Dr. Hooson is the author of a book entitled
"A new Soviet heartland?" to be
published in the spring of 1964. He
is in the process of writing two
other books on Russian geography.
MCA includes
UBC in plan
UBC is the only Canadian university to be included in an extensive scholarship plan announced
by MCA, one of America's leading
film organizations.
MCA has established an $850
scholarship at 15 American universities and UBC. The award is
to be made to the student who is
considered to show outstanding
promise as a playwright in any
media including the stage, cinema,
television, and radio.
The first MCA award will be
made in 1964, Professor Earle Birney, head of UBC's creative writing   department,   has   announced.
American universities included
in the plan are Stanford, Yale,
Cornell, Michigan and Brandeis
University. Prof. Birney said the
staff in the creative writing department would select the winner.
"The decision of MCA to include
UBC in the scholarship plan is
recognition of the fact that UBC
offers the most extensive creative
writing program in Canada," Prof.
Birney said.
The Mackenzie River delta area
in Canada's far north could be a
major exporter of vegetable crops
according to a University of British
Columbia professor who spent the
summer there.
Prof. Vladimir J. Krajina, of
UBC's biology and botany department, says the soil in the area is
quite suitable for the production
of vegetable crops, and the only
limiting factor to producing sufficient quantities for export would
be the high cost of transportation.
Certainly the population of the
delta area could be greatly increased and made self-sufficient
with locally-grown crops, he added.
Crop production is feasible despite the fact that the growing season in the area lasts only two
months, Prof. Krajina adds. A compensating factor is the almost continuous daylight in the northern
regions during the summer.
With two graduate students, Dr.
Krajina spent two months ranging
over 6,400 square miles on both
sides of the delta area mapping
bioclimatic zones and collecting
soil   and   plant  specimens.
He has returned with more than
1,000 pounds of material — the
bulk of it soil samples. These samples will be analysed for every
possible element necessary for
plant growth.
To get to out-of-the-way places
Dr. Krajina and his assistants chartered aircraft which set them down
on remote lakes and returned at
specified times to pick them up.
Dr. Krajina's field research was
supported by grants from the federal government's department of
northern affairs and UBC's Arctic
and alpine research committee.
A second team of scientists from
UBC's geography department spent
three months in the same area
after navigating a freight canoe
1,000 miles down the Mackenzie
River from Fort Providence near
Great Slave Lake to the Arctic
During their journey down the
river, Prof. J. Ross Mackay and
Dr. John Stager took water temperatures to be used in plotting
the progress of breakup of ice and
freezeup on the river.
In the delta area near the Arctic
Ocean they spent two months investigating the origin, age, and
distribution of ground ice. These
are layers of ice, some 20 to 30
feet thick, underlying large areas
of the delta and adjacent areas,
arjd which may be 20,000 or more
years  old.
They also investigated pingos, or
ice cored hills, which occur
throughout the Mackenzie delta
Funds to support their summer
research came from the geographical branch of the federal government's department of mines and
technical surveys, the National Research Council, the northern affairs
department, and UBC's Arctic and
alpine  research   committee.
Vol. 9, No. 6 — Nov. - Dec,
1963. Authorized as second
class mail by the Post Office
Department, Ottawa, and for
payment of postage in cash.
Published by the University
of British Columbia and distributed free of charge to
friends and graduates of the
University. Permission is
granted for the material appearing herein to be reprinted
freely. James A. Banham,
editor; Laree Spray Heide,
assistant editor. The editor
welcomes letters, which
should be addressed to the
Information Office, U. B. C,
Vancouver   8.
A $2,307,309 contract for construction of a multi-purpose classroom
and office building at UBC has
been awarded by the board of governors to Farmer Construction.
The building, to be constructed
at the corner of the Main Mall and
University Boulevard, will house
the faculty of commerce and the
social sciences departments of the
faculty of arts.
Total cost of the building, including services, furnishings and other
equipment, will be $2,896,392. Expected completion date is the summer of 1965.
The building will consist of an
eight-storey office block fronting
on University Boulevard and a
four-storey classroom block on the
main mall. Attached to the classroom wing will be two lecture theatres each  seating 300 students.
The lecture wing will contain 12
classrooms with seating accommodation ranging from 45 to 100 persons. The wing will also contain
seven laboratories, ten seminar
rooms, six project rooms and five
departmental  reading rooms.
Faculty of arts departments to
be housed in the new unit are psychology, sociology, anthropology,
political science, economics, and
the Institute of Industrial Relations. Architects for the project
are Thompson, Berwick and Pratt
degree awarded
noted author
The noted American" Negro
novelist and essayist James Baldwin was one of two persons who
received honorary degrees at
UBC's fall congregation November
Mr. Baldwin was awarded the
degree of doctor of letters.
Dr. Malcolm Hebb, a UBC graduate who now heads the physics
research division of the General
Electric Company in New York,
received the degree of doctor of
science and gave the congregation
Dr. Hebb also opened the new
physics building at UBC during
his visit to Vancouver. The new
building, which contains a 450-seat
amphitheatre, is named for his
father, the late Thomas Hebb, first
head of the physics department
and a UBC faculty member from
1916 until his death in 1938.
At the same ceremony, the original physics building was named
for the late Albert Hennings, a
UBC physics professor for 29 years
from 1919 until 1948. Dr. Hennings
devoted the last years of his career
at UBC to designing the first
physics   building, opened   in   1947.
VOLUME  9 —  No. 6
NOV.   -   DEC,      1963


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