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V AN COUVER      8,       B.C.
The Senate of the University of
British Columbia has approved
new regulations affecting admission and re-admission to the University.
The regulations are effective immediately and will apply to students entering the University in
September, 1964.
The new regulations are as follows:
To be eligible for admission a
student must have full standing on
High School Graduation (University Programme) of British Columbia. (Students from outside British
Columbia are required to present
a minimum standing equivalent to
Grade 13 B.C.). The University
will admit, however, only those
students whose records indicate
that they have a reasonable chance
of success.
The University will accept, to
the first year of University following Grade 12, students in the following categories:
(A) students from an accredited
secondary school who are recommended in each subject of Grade
12 on first attempt;
(B) students who obtain on first
attempt an average of 60 per cent
in a full set of examinations (English 40, literature and language,
and the terminal examinations in
three major subjects) conducted
by the B.C. Department of Education;
(C) students selected from those
who do not come in categories (a)
and (b) but whose overall secondary school reports, in the opinion
of the University, are satisfactory.*
(A) A student who passes in
fewer than 6 units (2 courses) in
the first year of University following Grade 12 will not be permitted
to re-enrol at University to repeat
the studies of that year. Consideration will be given to re-admitting
a student in this category following
his satisfactory completion of
Grade 13 or its equivalent. A student who passes 6 units, while
not receiving credit in the year,
may re-enrol on probation to repeat his studies but during the
subsequent session may be required to withdraw at any time
for unsatisfactory  progress.
(B) A student in the first year
who obtains credit for only 9 units
on a full program will be re-admitted on probation but during the
subsequent session may be required at any time to withdraw
for unsatisfactory progress.
Mr. Ba-3il F. Stuart-otubbs,
4243 W. 14th Ave., BA 52
Vancouver S, B. C.
(C) A student at any level of
University study who fails for a
second time whether in repeating
a year or in a later year, will be required to withdraw from the University; he may be re-admitted
after a period of at least one year
if his appeal to Senate is supported
by the Committee on Admissions
of the Faculty concerned and upheld by Senate.*
(I) Experience has shown that
approximately 50 per cent of students admitted with a standing, in
the range 50-60 per cent have a
reasonable chance of success in
the first year. The University will
seek to select and.admit these students.
(II) There is evidence to indicate that some students who require two or more attempts to
complete successfully an academic
subject or subjects of their Grade
12 program have little chance of
success at University. The University will attempt to identify and
reject these applicants.
(III) Present regulations require
the withdrawal of a student who
fails in consecutive years but in
the faculty of arts, for example,
these regulations would not prohibit alternate passing and failing.
UBC's Board of Governors announced on January 20 that student fees would be increased between $50 and $60, according to
The fee increases will be effective July 1, 1964, and provide for
an increase in summer session fees
The Board of Governors said the
decision to increase fees was taken*
in the light of UBC's financial requirements, the necessity of increasing revenues from all sources,
the present relationship of student
fees at UBC to those elsewhere
in Canada (in general, UBC fees
are significantly lower than the
national average), and the availability of bursaries and loan funds
for the support of qualified students who need assistance.
Faculties in which fees have
been increased by $50 are as follows: arts, science, agriculture,
education, commerce and business
administration, and graduate
Faculties in which fees have increased $60 are: applied science,
law, medicine, pharmacy and forestry.
It is expected that the fee increase will result in an increase
of between $750,000 and $1,000,000
in UBC revenues. UBC's last fee
increase occurred in 1959 when all
fees were increased by $100.
named dean
of faculty
President John B. Macdonald
has announced the appointment of
Dr. Kaspar Naegele, professor of
sociology at UBC, as dean of the
faculty of arts.
Dr. Naegele, who takes up his
new position on April 1st, succeeds Dean S. N. F. Chant, who
served as dean of the combined
faculty of arts and science from
1945 to 1962.
"Dean Chant agreed to stay on
as dean of arts at my request,"
Dr. Macdonald said, "and I am
particularly grateful for the great
help and wise guidance he has
given to me personally and to the
University throughout his tenure
of office.
"To replace Dean Chant is a
formidable task. The qualifications
which we looked for in the new
dean were significant scholarly accomplishment and intellectual distinction, evidence of imagination
and initiative, dedication to academic excellence and administrative ability. I am delighted that
after searching very widely, a faculty committee unanimously recommended Dr. Naegele's appointment. He is an unusually able
teacher, a person of sensitive perception and broad interests, and a
recognized scholar.
"I welcome his appointment with
enthusiasm and confidence. I am
sure that he will stimulate the
faculty to reach new levels of creative work  and scholarship."
Dr. Naegele was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on February 16,
1923. He obtained his bachelor of
arts degree with first class honours
in sociology from McGill University in 1945.
He carried out postgraduate
work at Columbia University, New
York, where he obtained his
master of arts degree in 1947. Harvard University awarded Dr.
Naegele the doctor of philosophy
degree in 1952.
As an undergraduate and graduate student Dr. Naegele was
awarded a number of fellowships
and scholarships, including the
Solvay  Fellowship at McGill, The
University Fellowship at Columbia, and the Sigmund Livingston
Fellowship and Charles Holtzer
Scholarship at Harvard.
Dr. Naegele was an instructor
and assistant professor of sociology at the University of New
Brunswick in 1945-46 and 1947-48.
At Harvard he served as an instructor in sociology and a research associate in mental health
from 1951 to 1953.
In 1953 and 1954 Dr. Naegele was
the recipient of a Rockfeller grant
which took him to the Institute of
Sociology at the University of Oslo
in  Norway as a visiting professor.
He joined the faculty of the
University of British Columbia in
1954 as an assistant professor. He
was appointed associate professor
in 1958 and full professor this year.
In 1958 Dr. Naegele became the
first Canadian scholar to be
awarded a fellowship by the Centre for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford
He spent a year at the Institute
doing research and working on a
set of essays dealing With social
roles as studied by himself and his
students in the previous four
Dr. Naegele is a fellow of the
American Sociological Society and
a member of the Canadian Political Science Association. He is a
former assistant editor of the American Journal of Sociology and a
former associate editor of the
American Sociological  Review.
He has published a large number of essays and articles on sociological subjects and made contributions to a number of noted
books in the field of sociology.
dean resigns
to return
to industry
Dean Thomas Wright, head of
UBC's faculty of forestry, has resigned to return to industry.
He will rejoin the firm of Canadian Forest Products as general
manager of timber lands and logging. At the time of his appointment to his UBC post, Dean
Wright was chief forester and manager of timber lands for that
Dean Wright was appointed he&d
of forestry in August, 1962. His
resignation is effective June 30
this year.
He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Duke
University, and before joining
UBC's forestry department, then
a part of the faculty of applied
science, in 1939, Dean Wright was
employed by the U.S. Forest
Dean Wright was a member of
the UBC faculty until 1947 when
he was appointed chief forester
for  Canadian   Forest   Products.
VOLUME 10 — No. 1
JAN. - FEB., 1964
_» THE
(What follows is the partial text of an address by
Dr. Phyllis G. Ross, C.B.E., chancellor of the University,
which was delivered to a number of branches of the
Canadian Clubs of British Columbia recently).
My prime interest in universities has always
been in the progress and welfare of students;
and I am rather afraid that, in planning our
systems of education, we too often think of
students in terms of their numbers, the problems
they generate, the demands they create for more
facilities, more books, > more spaces in laboratories. In others words, the sheer logistics of
education may confound us, may preoccupy us
to the extent that we lose sight of the student —
his needs, his hopes, his aspirations, his worries,
his concerns, and, what is more distressing, his
existence  as   a  separate   and   unique   individual.
But size is upon us — insistent, overwhelming,
urgent in the demands it makes. No force can
stop the new welcome surge of interest in higher
education, and anyone who protests against it is
struggling against progress and evolution. Yet
somehow and by some means we must continue
to guarantee the right of students as individuals
to an education which is of truly superior quality
and value. No university should become paternalistic. By that I mean we must not coddle or
over-protect our students, since one of the principal missions of universities from the Age of
Abelard to the Age of the Atom has been to
lead human beings to self-directed, independent
inquiry into the world of ideas. The more rapidly
students can be brought to the stage where they
seek, find and evaluate for themselves and by
themselves through critical discrimination, the
better. And so, as an academic community, we
declare our students to be adults; we endow
them with maturity; we urge them to create
themselves. Yet all of them need guidance, encouragement, and inspiration, not only during the
first year which is so critical but throughout the
whole of their academic careers. It is easy to
become lost in a large university, easy to believe
that no one cares about the welfare of individuals. The University of British Columbia, for
example, is the fourth largest city in the Province
following Vancouver, Victoria and. New Westminster. It has 14,700 students registered in the current session, a teaching staff of all ranks of 1,400,
an employed staff of 1,000. To the bewildered
freshman, then, it can appear a formidable citadel.
The catch-phrase of the last decade "sense of
belonging" or "togetherness" long ago fell victim
to the wits and the cynics. Deservedly so, I am
sure you will agree, because it smacks too much
of the cliche and the hackneyed sentimentality
one shudders to find in journals designed for
mass consumption. And yet such sentiment has
a measure of validity, because the need to be
identified both as an individual and as a member of a group of one's peers lies within all of
us, and in particular in young persons who are
reaching out after maturity and independence at
a time when, through the very chemistry of their
blood, they are troubled to explain themselves;
the world; the world's institutions, ideas and
This problem becomes one of. critical importance in all universities, and it is not capable of
ready or easy solution. It can be eased by providing a better staff-student ratio in the lecture
halls, by strengthening and extending counselling
services, by fostering closer ties between professors and students. While no one must ever lose
sight of the fact that students attend university
for very serious purposes, the formal atmosphere
of-the «tMsroom and the laboratory is *nly pert
of the process of education for which universities are responsible. An academic community is
also a great civilizing and socializing force, encouraging young people to develop broad catholic interests and tastes. For that reason, social
and recreational facilities are an integral part of
university life, and it is imperative that we provide suitable physical surroundings in which students may exchange ideas, test their ideas and
beliefs against those of others, meet and come to
know persons from varying backgrounds and
various ethnic groups.
JAN.    -    FEB.
No. 1
This is perhaps best accomplished by means
of residence and commonrooms and dining halls
where students can gather, debate and discuss
once the formal lectures of the classroom are
over. On the whole, residence programmes have
emerged to any appreciable extent only during
the last ten years in Canada, although many
European universities, notably Oxford and Cambridge, have traditions which go back centuries.
But everywhere across Canada today there is a
concerted effort to provide more accommodation.
Still, the demand far exceeds what we can provide or hope to provide as the number of students seeking education beyond the high school
nearly doubles between now and the end of the
decade. Meanwhile the vast majority of our students are obliged to commute daily — often up
to an hour's travel time by car each way — or
" live outside the University in houses and apartments which vary from good to barely tolerable.
To me personally it is deplorable that universities breed a race of commuters, commuters who
disappear immediately after lectures and so miss
the rich life of the academic community which
is such a vital, transforming force. For them,
university becomes a kind of daily job, nothing
more, and so much of the "side effects" of education are lost. v
Our sociologists and economists have given
wide currency of late to the terms "affluent
society" and "opulent society"; and behind this
is the widespread assumption that every citizen
in Canada participates in this so-called national
affluence or opulence. While we are much more
blessed with physical comforts than the majority
of nations, not all Canadians by any means live
a life of financial and social security. Despite the
fact that Canadian universities are not and never
have been places to which only the sons and
daughters of the rich go, the hoary legend that
students lead a life of ease and comparative
luxury, playing away their time and talents, still
finds wide acceptance. I'm not sure where this
legend began; I do know, however, that it has
little basis in reality. Nearly all our students
attend at considerable sacrifice to themselves and
their families, and nearly all must seek summer
or other part-time employment in order to pay
their costs of tuition, their board and room, and
other essential expenses. Yet this Hollywoodian
portrait of what modern student jargon would
call "Joe College" and a more remote jargon
"a good-time Charlie" continues to persist and
be accepted. May I assure you that I know few
undergraduates who drive Alfa Romeos between
classes, winter in Mexico, or do their Christmas
shopping  at Tiffany's.
For most Canadian undergraduates education
is obtained with considerable difficulty. Basically
I have no objection to students helping to provide the funds for their years at university. Young
men and women seek independence — independence of the mind and financial independence —
in order to guarantee their own dignity and so
prove their maturity. I am still old-fashioned
enough to believe that those things in life which
are hard-won are the most satisfying and that
what we obtain too easily or too readily brings
only hollow pleasures. Yet, as the costs of university education increase year by year, it becomes more and more difficult for students to
earn their way. Even if a student is prepared to
live at a mere subsistence level, he cannot possibly pay tuition fees (now $364.00 on the average), clothe himself, pay room and board, or
enjoy even a spartan social existence with less
than about $1,500 a year. There are remarkably
few jobs which will permit him to earn that sum
during the summer; and some students have
much difficulty in finding jobs of any kind. This
is notably true in the case of young women,
who, whatever they do by way of temporary
employment, are paid  much  less than the men.
The need for scholarship and loan funds, then,
grows from year to year. Our provincial government showed great wisdom in its "money for
marks" program instituted about five years ago,
and the provincial Student Aid Loan Fund has
permitted many a young scholar to complete his
education when otherwise he would have been
obliged to abandon it Private individuals, commercial concerns, service clubs, and philanthropic
organizations an also increasing their gifts and
bequests to scholarship programs, and we are
grateful for their interest and imagination. But
all of this is not enough, for if but one student
worthy of support is denied an education for
financial reasons, then society is guilty of robbing
him of something of his power and potential. We
must try to reach an ever larger number of
deserving young men and women who now live
a kind of marginal existence which is far from
conducive to peace of mind or good performance
in  academic work.
Scholarships, prizes, bursaries, loans — this is
not public largesse to a few citizens, this is not
coddling, this is not preferential treatment, this
is not a form of "social welfare". It is the best
investment for money I know, because we will
flourish as a society and as a nation in proportion as we seek out, encourage, and reward those
young people who will contribute their skills
and talents to us all over the next forty or fifty
years of their  lives . . .
I have been talking at some length today about
myths and legends: let me try to explode yet
another. Again, I believe the myth to be Hollywoodian in origin, and I refer to the unfounded
belief that, apart from being wealthy, students
of college age live a kind of dream, a life apart
from the mainstream of ordinary existence, that
their primary goal is self-indulgence, that they
show little concern for the ills which beset the
world. Perhaps you may think I put the idea too
extravagantly, but you would be surprised at the
flow of letters to the University after a minor
escapade by students finds it way into the press.
Of course, most of the letters come from outraged citizens — more often than not they stress
the word "taxpayers" — who believe that their
standard of conduct is as pure as refined gold and
so should become the norm for us all! It is true
that there are incidents from fime to time which
we all regret, but the delinquencies of the few
must not be taken for the social and moral behaviour of the many who are serious and hardworking young  men  and  women  . .  .
Far from having superficial or flippant attitudes towards social needs and social problems,
the Canadian student 1963 shows a depth of
interest and concern for the course of world
events which even those who dream of the golden
age of universities do not possess. This interest
and concern is reflected in many ways: in the
imaginative seminars and symposiums students
arrange for themselves without help from the
teaching faculty; in their preoccupation with the
work of international organizations such as the
United Nations, UNESCO, the International House
movement, and literally dozens of clubs and
discussion groups which centre around economic,
social and political problems. It reveals itself,
too, in the support students give to agencies
working for the amelioration of human suffering,
particularly in less fortunate lands. Here I am
thinking of such things as the International Red
Cross, drives for victims of flood and famine,
and those students who volunteer for service
abroad through CUSO or Crossroads Africa. And
all of this is carried out with an efficiency, directness, organizational flair, and a sense of responsibility which never ceases to impress me.
The young men and women now enrolled in
our colleges and universities are the citizens of
a new age: the Age of the Atom. Almost without
exception each was born in the last two decades
which have produced such revolutionary, in some
cases awesome changes: nuclear fission, flight into
space, computer sciences, data processing, spectacular inventions in electronics, break-throughs
in medicine, in social services, in all of the natural sciences. They are also the children of the
Age of Anxiety, with all that that implies; widespread social and political unrest, particularly in
the emerging nations; the ceaseless struggle for
power between nations; colliding ideologies, racial
discrimination, the fear of famine as the world's
population explodes^and over and above all, conditioning all our actions, the black brooding
eagle of war.
These are confused and tortured times for us
all, but how much more for our children who
inherit a world they never made but in which
they must live. In such times, at such a tempo, it
is impossible for our students to wear the mask
of humour which legend would pretend they
wear. This is not some carefree carnival. This
is a world of raw and brutal reality, in which
crude action by one group or one nation can
bring horrific consequences for all others. And
so the Canadian Student 1963 bears a fearsome
responsibility. Together with his counterparts
across the world he will shortly be called upon
to bring the benefits of his learning to the service
of a world community. The university, with but
one exception — the Church — is the only truly
international institution which cuts across boundaries imposed by political considerations, which
freely exchanges information and advice, which
is dedicated primarily to the ennobling of man,
to transforming him, to assisting him in his slow
ascent to wisdom and peace. The men and women who work in universities, whether as senior
scholars or as junior scholars, must be dedicated
to such goals; and such goals are capable of
realization if those who today are learners but
who are tomorrow the learned are encouraged
to seek their true level as scholars and take their
real measure as men. library aims
at million
The University of British Columbia library needs 1,000,000 volumes
if it is to become a first class graduate institution, Dr. James Ranz,
UBC's librarian, says in his annual report to the University
The consequence of not reaching
an immediate goal of 1,000,000 volumes by 1970 will mean placing a
real limit on the possibilities of
development for the entire University, Dr. Ranz says.
"A first rate University is impossible without a first-rate library," Dr. Ranz says.
It is equally true, he adds, that
a university with a first-rate library can scarcely escape being
itself first-rate, which should be
encouraging to UBC which is well
on its way toward having a good
library with its present collection
of slightly less than 600,000 volumes.
"It is pleasant to report," Dr.
Ranz says, "that with the increase
for the current year and that requested for next year, the library
is pretty much on schedule with
its program to reach 1,000,000 or
more volumes by 1970."
Other consequences of not reaching this goal, he says, are the reluctance of outstanding scholars to
come to and remain at UBC, and
the blocking of efforts to provide
quality education and excellence.
A second immediate goal for the
UBC library is the provision of
adequate space to house books and
seat readers. By 1970, when UBC's
student population is about 17,000,
we must be able to seat not less
than one-third of these, or 6000
persons, he says.
Additional space can probably
best be provided through the creation of substantial branches of
the University library in locations
near departments using them, and
through the provision of reading
rooms and study halls in buildings
being  erected,  he  says.
During the past year the library's resources were increased
by 35,792 fully catalogued books
and periodicals, Dr. Ranz reports,
bringing the library's holdings to
560,720 volumes and uncounted
numbers of government documents, maps, newspapers, pictures
and prints.
A record $292,247 was spent to
obtain new materials—an increase
of $50,000 over the previous year—
and students and faculty charged
out a record 653,091 books—a ten
per cent increase over the previous year and a 40 per cent increase over the past two years.
Dr. Ranz was UBC librarian
from June 1, 1962, until December
31, 1963. He resigned to return to
the University of Wyoming as dean
of academic affairs.
grads plan
third seminar
"New horizons in business education and research" will be the
theme of the third annual Commerce Alumni division seminar at
UBC's International House February 29.
The day-long seminar will feature talks on municipal finance,
financial statements, and institutional investing by UBC faculty
members. Featured speaker at the
noon hour luncheon in the Faculty
Club will be Dean Kermit Hanson,
of the college of business administration at the University of Washington.
The seminar fee of $7.50 includes
Regisration for the seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. Dean Neil Perry,
head of the UBC's commerce faculty, will officially open the seminar at 9:15.
The afternoon session of the
seminar will feature small discussion groups on a variety of topics.
Chairman of the committee arranging the seminar is Isadore
Wolfe, a UBC commerce and law
women, shown in architect's sketch above, will cost
$5,682,000, and is one of four projects totalling $11,259,853
currently under construction on the UBC campus. Other
projects are a new multi-purpose classroom and office
building for the faculty of commerce and social sciences
departments of the faculty of arts costing $2,896,392; two
A University of British Columbia professor has been named director of a national research program to assess the participation
of Indians in the social and economic life of Canada.
Prof. H. B. Hawthorn, head of
UBC's anthropology department, is
director of the project, which is
supported by a grant of $150,000
from the federal government. Associate director of the project is Dr.
Adelard Tremblay of Laval University.
The Hon. Guy Favreau, director
of citizenship and immigration and
superintendent general of Indian
affairs, in announcing the project
in the House of Commons, said
the study would provide a body of
knowledge to assist in establishing
guide-lines for future policy and
planning required to promote the
welfare and progress of Canadian
The project will cover four major areas concerning Indians: economic development, advancement in
education, responsibilities that exist at various government levels,
and band councils and the development of self-government.
Other matters to be investigated
are employment opportunities, job
placement, training and relevant
work values; the relationship of
economic development to enterprise, skills, capital and resources,
and to specialist guidance and control; welfare and other services;
housing and community planning,
social organization and overall systems of Indian attitude and belief.
Specialists and research assistants located in various universities and research centers
throughout Canada will be appointed to undertake aspects of
the research.
Prof. Hawthorn has been a member of the UBC faculty since 1947
and was appointed head of the
department of anthropology and
sociology in 1956.
A native of New Zealand, he
was educated at Otago University
and Auckland University College.
He received the degree of doctor
of philosophy from Yale in 1941.
He has written a number of outstanding works on native peoples
and directed regional surveys of
. the social and economic life of Indians and other ethnic groups.
From 1950 to 1952 Prof. Hawthorn served as chairman and editor of the Doukhobor - Research
Committee established by the provincial government
Dr. Tremblay is an authority on
community planning and has had
wide experience in sociological
VOLUME 10 — No. 1
JAN.    -    FEB.,    1964
2,4-D AIDS
To most people 2,4-D means
For a growing number of farmers in North America and Europe,
however, 2,4-D combined with mineral nutrients means bigger,
healthier crops.
The discovery that 2,4-D can be
a boon to agriculture by stimulation of growth and yield stems
from years of careful research and
testing carried out at the University of British Columbia by Professor D. J. Wort, of the department
of biology and botany.
2,4-D, developed during world
war two as a potential killer of
enemy crops, is basically a plant
hormone capable of stimulating
growth. Used in high concentrations it is a plant killer and is
widely used to keeps fields and
gardens weed free.
But used in minute quantities in
sprays and dusts and combined
with minerals essential to plant
growth, 2,4-D has been responsible
for extraordinary increases in
crops, such as potatoes, corn, sugar
beets, beans and peas.
Not only is there an increase in
crop yield and quality, but disease is decreased and the healing
rate for crops damaged in the
digging process is greatly speeded
up. Additional benefits in the case
of potatoes are that colour is improved and much longer storage
periods are possible than in the
case of untreated plants.
new wings for the faculty of education building costing
$1,767,461, and a new bio-medical library on the site of
the health sciences centre valued at $950,000. Currently
on the drawing boards are three additional projects to
cost approximately $4,500,000. They are a building for the
faculty of dentistry, a building for the faculties of forestry
and agriculture, and  interior  library construction.
Dr. Wort's work with 2,4-D began in 1950 as part of a project
dealing with the stimulation and
retardation of plant growth. After
testing a number of substances it
was decided to concentrate on 2,4-
D because it was not only cheap
and easily manufactured, but non-
Dr. Wort explains that 2,4-D,
combined with such minerals as
iron, copper, zinc, manganese, and
boron, helps plants in two ways.
"In some way which we don't
yet understand fully," he says, "the
metals take away the killing action
of 2,4-D and yet allow it to retain
its hormonal action when used in
proper concentrations."
Not only must the plants be
sprayed or dusted at the right moment in their growth cycle, but
the percentage of 2,4-D in the mixture must be adjusted for particular crops. Despite numerous failures in early experiments, Dr.
Wort persisted in his trials and
gradually evolved formulas suitable for each kind of crop.
Until 1957, UBC was the only
center in the world where experiments were being carried out using 2,4-D as a stimulator of plant
That year Dr. Wort read a paper
on his experiments before a scientific meeting in Hamburg. "There
was tremendous interest in our
experiments," Dr. Wort says, "and
many scientists admitted that they
had simply never thought of 2,4-D
as a growth stimulant, particularly
in combination with metallic salts."
Since then Dr. Wort's formulas
for various crops have been marketed commercially and are in
widespread use in North and South
Dakota and Iowa in the United
States as well as England and
During a visit to England and
Scotland last summer Dr. Wort
found that 90 per cent of those using the formulas reported favorable jncreases in crops. Some potato growers have reported increases
of up to three tons per acre, he
The success of the UBC experiments has stimulated research in
other centers, Dr. Wort reports.
Intensive work in the same field
is under way at the University of
California's agricultural college at
Davis, California and a $10,000
Ph.D. scholarship for work on 2,4-D
nutrient dusts has been established
at the University of Leeds, in
Dr. Wort holds no patents for
the manufacture of the dusts and
feels that companies profiting from
sales are meeting their responsibilities by establishing scholarships and research funds at various
"At UBC," he says, "we have received about $20,000 from manufacturers and processors for work
in this field and in England the
makers are putting ten per cent of
their  profits  into  research."
At UBC Dr. Wort is directing
the work of five graduate students
in further investigations which are
outgrowths of earlier experiments.
"We are now intent," he says "on
explaining in terms of basic
science that which by trial and error, we found to work." •--&■""■■ r.^..- "-■
«*" of   medicine  and   PROF.   FRANK
FORWARD, head of the metallurgy department, have been appointed to the advisory committee
on science and medicine for the
World's Fair to be held in Montreal
W» 1967.
The committee, made up of leading doctors and scientists in Canada, will rule on what scientific
and medical exhibits will be displayed at the fair.
of education, and PROF. C. E.
SMITH, of the same faculty, were
members of a party of six Canadian educators which toured Russia for 14 days beginning November 30 to observe the Russian education system.
The trip was arranged by the
Canada-USSR Association, with
the cooperation of the Society for
Cultural Relations with Foreign
Countries in Moscow.
the first sod for a men's residence
to be named in his honour at the
University of New Brunswick,
where he was honorary professor
in international law from September, 1963, until the end of the year.
The sod-turning ceremony was
the opening event of a campaign
to raise $11 million over the next
five years.
the dept of metallurgy, is the new
president of the Association of
Professional Engineers of B.C.
DR. S. WAH LEUNG, dean of
dentistry, has been appointed a
consultant to the National Board
of Dental Examiners of the American Dental Association in helping
to prepare board examinations.
head of the Asian studies dept,
was one of four Canadian delegates to meetings of the International Congress of Orientalists in
New Delhi, India, January 4 to 10.
Following the conference Prof.
Holland travelled in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and
Japan to confer with scholars in
the Asian studies field and purchase material for the UBC library.
dean of pharmacy, was one of four
persons honoured in November at
the annual Grey Cup dinner in
Vancouver for many years of executive guidance and organization in
Canadian football.
Dean Matthews served as secretary and president of the Alberta
Rugby Union in the 1920s and organized the junior program in that
province. He was elected to the
board of governors of the Western
Canada Rugby Football Union and
was a founding officer and eventually president of the Western
Canada Inter-collegiate Rugby
He was elected CRU president
in 1942 and was instrumental in
negotiations which led to the B.C.
LiOns gaining membership in the
Dean Matthews was also active
in inter-collegiate athletics and
served for many years as chairman of the Men's Athletic Committee at UBC.
department of civil engineering,
has been elected president of the
Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific
region, for a two-year term.
DR. IAN H. WARREN, research
associate in metallurgy, and MAN-
GALORE N. SHETTY, a graduate
student in the same department,
have jointly received honourable
mention for their entry, in the annual Lucas metallography competition conducted during the 1963
Metals-Material show in Cleveland.
gets award
The National Research Council
of Canada has announced that Dr.
Neil Bartlett, associate professor
of chemistry at the University of
British Columbia, has been named
first recipient of the Council's new
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.
The senior research award, established by the National Research
Council in March, 1963, perpetuates the name of Dr. E. W. R.
Steacie, president of the Council
from 1952 to 1962, and one of Canada's best-known and most distinguished scientists.
The purpose of the Fellowship
is to give outstanding and promising young staff members at Canadian universities the opportunity
to spend two or three years in
uninterrupted research.
During his tenure of the award,
Dr. Bartlett will be relieved of all
teaching and administrative duties.
He will receive his normal University salary, paid in equal shares
by the University of British Columbia and by the National Research
Dr. Bartlett, who is 31, achieved
world-wide fame in October, 1962,
when he prepared the first true
compound of the rare gas xenon.
By successfully combining xenon
with another gas to form a stable
chemical compound, a reaction previously regarded as impossible,
Dr. Bartlett not only overthrew a
number of existing theories on
chemical bonding, but also opened
up a whole new field of scientific
investigation. As a result of his
work with Xenon, the chemistry
of the rare gases is now being
studied in laboratories all over the
Dr. Bartlett came to Canada
from Enqland in 1958, when he
joined UBC as a lecturer in chemistry. A native of Newcastle-upon-
Tyne, he holds the degrees of BSc
and PhD from the University of
He is the author of 20 scientific
papers, and in May, 1963, was
named first Noranda Lecturer of
the Chemical  Institute of Canada.
VOLUME 10 — No. 1
JAN.    -    FEB.,    1964
death takes
two noted
UBC figures
Two well-known UBC figures
died in the latter part of 1963.
They were Father Henry Carr,
founder of St Mark's College,
UBC's affiliated Roman Catholic
residence college, and Dean Emeritus Myron Weaver, first dean of
the UBC faculty of medicine.
Father Carr, who died at the
age of 83 on November 28, founded
St. Mark's College in 1958 and
served as principal until his retirement in 1961.
Before coming to UBC in 1951
to teach classics and philosophy,
Father Carr taught at St Michael's
College, Toronto; Assumption College, Windsor; St Thomas More
College, Saskatoon, and St Basil's
Seminary, Toronto.
He was founder and first president of the Pontifical Institute of
Medieval Studies, Toronto, and
superior-general of the Basilian
Fathers teaching order.
Dean Weaver, first dean of medicine at UBC from 1948 to 1956, died
Christmas day in Schenectady,
New York, where he was dean of
graduate studies at Union College.
He was 63.
Dean Weaver, who resigned as
dean of medicine at UBC because
of ill health, was a graduate of
the University of Chicago, where
he received his Ph.D. and medical
degree. He was assistant dean of
the medical school at the University of Minnesota before joining
the UBC faculty.
Dean Weaver last visited Vancouver in 1961 to receive an honorary doctor of science degree at
fall congregation and take part in
the opening of the three new medical sciences buildings on University Boulevard.
grants total
$12,300 for
Grants totalling $12,300 have
been awarded to three researchers
at the University of British Columbia by the Muscular Dystrophy
Association of Canada.
A grant of $9,300,has been made
to Prof. Jacob Biely, chairman of
the department of poultry science,
and Mrs. Beryl March, an assistant
professor in the same department,
to compare the chemical composition and microscopic structure in
the muscles of normal chickens
and a strain of dystrophic
The comparison will be carried
out through analysis of the fatty
acid composition in the muscle
cells of the two types of chickens.
A second grant of $3,000 has
been awarded to Dr. Christina J.
Nichol, a research associate in
UBC's Kinsmen Research Laboratory.
Dr. Nichol will compare differences in muscle chemistry between
normal and dystrophic mice in a
strain which carry muscular dystrophy as a genetic disease.
A second purpose of her study
is to test a variety of compounds
which may arrest the progress of
the disease in mice.
Dr. Nichol also plans to continue
work on methods of detecting human carriers of muscular dystrophy through analysis of a
muscle enzyme known as creatine
kinase, found in the blood stream
of muscular dystroDhy patients
and some carriers of the disease.
Vol. 10, No. 1 — Jan.. Feb.,
1964. 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.
for UBC
President John B. Macdonald has
announced the gift to the University of an outstanding collection
of books and manuscripts on the
history of medicine and science,
through the generosity of Mr. and
Mrs. P. A. Woodward's Foundation.
The President noted that no
sooner had construction commenced
on the Woodward Biomedical Library on the campus than negotiations were opened for the acquisition of the collection brought together over the past 40 years by
Dr. Chauncey Leake of San Francisco, retiring president of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The collection is regarded by experts at the University as one of
the greatest literary treasures ever
to come to Canada. It places UBC's
holdings-in this field next to those
of McGill University in Montreal,
where the Osier Library has become internationally famous for
the 7,600 volumes collected by Sir
William Osier and left in his will
to his alma mater.
The P. A. Woodward Collection
contains 3,500 items which could
not be assembled again because
of the great scarcity and uniqueness of many of the early volumes.
The oldest printed book in the
collection dates from 1496.
The highlights of the rare items
are first editions of Vesalius' "Fabric of the Human Body" — 1543; .
Newton's "Optics" — 1704; and William Harvey's great work on embryology, "De Generations" — 1651.
The first English edition of the
works of the great French surgeon
Ambroise Pare is also to be found
in the collection, along with the
works of Thomas Willis, the teacher of Christopher Wren, the first
editions of Charles Darwin's works,
and the early and halting paper
of Frederick Banting announcing
his discovery of insulin.
open house
planned for
March 6-7
UBC's triennial "Open House"
will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7.
Every faculty, department
school, institute, and student organization, is now feverishly preparing plans for exhibits.
Centerpiece of the two-day event
will be a "Tower of man" to be
erected on the main mall of the
University. Design is being carried
out by students of the school of
Open House planners expect that
nearly 100,000 persons will attend
the event
greeks plan
1964 songfest
Eighteen UBC fraternities and
sororities will take part in the
annual Greek Letter Societies
Songfest in the Queen Elizabeth
auditorium on Friday, February
Tickets for the concert, which
begins at 8 p.m., will be available
at the Vancouver Ticket Center at
the QET, at the AMS offic in
Brock Hall, and at th~ doot on
the evening of the performance.
Ticket prices are $1.25 for the
general public and $1 for students.


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