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Campus walking tours
UBC's Community Relations Office begins offering free
guided walking tours of the campus on Wednesday, May 6.
The tours, led this summer by UBC law student Peig
McTague, will be given at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday
through Friday. Highlights include visits to the Geology
Museum, the libraries, the Rose Garden and the Asian Centre,
but tours can also be personalized to meet the particular
interests of a group.
In addition to attracting tourists to UBC, Community
Relations hopes to bring extended care patients and shut-ins to
the campus for special tours this summer.
To book a free tour, call the Community Relations Office at
Council designate
Mr. Robert Wyman, UBC Chancellor for the past three years,
is UBC designate for the new University Advisory Council,
which replaces the Universities Council of B.C.
The new council will provide advice to the Minister of
Advanced Education and Job Training, Stanley Hagen, on
major issues affecting universities in British Columbia.
"I am very pleased that Mr. Wyman has agreed to do this on
behalf of UBC and the universities of British Columbia,"
president Strangway said. "He has served us well as chancellor
and has a very deep commitment to UBC."
In addition to Mr. Wyman, other appointees to the council
are: Mrs. Redina Hamilton, chairman, lawyer and former
member of the Universities Council; Dr. Alfred Fischer,
professor and former vice president, academic, University of
Victoria; Dr. George Ivany, vice president, academic, Simon
Fraser University; Mrs. Betty Meagher, former member of the
board of Fraser Valley College; Dr. Glen Farrell, president,
Knowledge Network; Ms. Melissa Clark, UBC student; Mr.
George Morfitt, former chairman, Universities Council; and Mrs.
Ethne Cullen, Victoria businesswoman and university lecturer.
Research forest opens
The Hon. Alex Fraser will be among representatives from
government, the forest industry and UBC who will take part in
the official opening of the UBC-Alex Fraser Research Forest in
Williams Lake today (April 30).
The 8,900-hectare research forest has been established as
a research, education and demonstration site to study the
integrated resource management of Interior forests. The
research forest is a cooperative effort between the provincial
government, UBC, and groups such as the the Cariboo Lumber
Manufacturers' Association, the B.C. Forestry Association, the
Cariboo Regional District and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.
Director of the facility is Prof. Donald Munro of UBC's Faculty
of Forestry, who also heads the UBC Research Forest in Maple
Ridge. The day-to-day operations of the Williams Lake facility
will be handled by Resident Forester Ken Day.
UBC Forestry Dean Robert Kennedy says the new research
forest meets a need in the province for hands-on research on
Interior forests.
Visit cancer centre
On May 9, for one day only, scientists and staff of the B.C.
Cancer Research Centre invite everyone to visit during Open
House. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. visitors can take a firsthand look at some of the latest advances in cancer research
and treatment.
Some of the most sophisticated equipment available for
cancer research will be on display and visitors will have an
opportunity to learn about the latest research in areas such as:
hereditary aspects of cancer, treatment planning with artificial
intelligence machines, occupational risk factors which may lead
to cancer, and treatment of deep-seated tumours using the
TRIUMF particle accelerator.
Operated and maintained by the B.C. Cancer Foundation,
the B.C. Cancer Research Centre is affiliated with UBC and the
Cancer Control Agency of B.C. Many of its 40 research
scientists and 130 support staff, including students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians, are associated with UBC's
Faculty of Medicine.
The B.C. Cancer Research Centre is located at 601 West
10th. Avenue. Free parking is available across the street.
Fire hall hosts tours
The University Endowment Lands Fire Department, located
at 2992 Wesbrook Mall, is offering tours for the public May 11 -
If your group would like to take a tour or attend a practise in
the Fire Safety House Escape, call Deputy Chief W.B Davidson
at 224-5415. Advance notice is required.
The committee organizing a Malcolm Lowry symposium to be held at UBC May 10 to 13 is shown in the
reading room of the Special Collections library looking over foreign editions of the Canadian author's
works.   Left to right are: Diana Brydon and Hilda Thomas, English Department; George Brandak,
Special Collections; graduate student Kathleen Scherf; Bill New and Sherrill Grace, English Department
and Anne Yandle, head, Special Collections.
English Department plans
Malcolm Lowry Symposium
Participants from all over the world will be attending the first
International Symposium on Canadian writer Malcolm Lowry
May 10-13 at UBC.
Bound to be an exciting literary occasion, "New Perspectives
on Malcolm Lowry will see 34 speakers and special guests
present papers and conduct workshops. Canadian poet and
novelist Robert Kroetsch will give the keynote address. A North
American premiere of British composer Graham Collier's Lowry-
inspired jazz, films on Lowry and two publisher's receptions will
be offered. The three-day event will conclude with a guided
bus tour to the North Shore, where a Lowry Memorial will be
unveiled in Cafes Park. Lowry lived in Dollarton from 1940 to
Lowry's international appeal is evident in the fact that
speakers are coming from England, Scotland, Belgium,
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Japan,
Mexico, the U.S. and across Canada.
Malcolm Lowry attracts two distinct groups of admirers,
according to Dr. Sherrill Grace of UBC's English department.
Dr. Grace is the author of The Voyage That Never Ends:
Malcolm Lowry's Fiction, which was published in 1982 by the
UBC Press. She is also a member of the committee organizing
the symposium.
"First, his appeal is literary," she says. "Under the Volcano is
a literary masterpiece. It is a work of the same stature' as the
works of James Joyce." The book attracts a very wide literary
audience, and cannot be overlooked by scholars who are
interested in 20th century literature.
"Second, there is the personality of the man," says Dr.
Grace. "He has had a cult attraction." People interested in
mysticism and the occult have been drawn to him through his
Dr. Grace adds that there is a third group of admirers, this
one composed of writers. "His prose style was exceedingly
fine, as was his use of language: he thought of himself as a
poet." He has influenced many writers, including Robert
Kroetsch and the American writer David Markson, who did the
first graduate thesis on Lowry, wrote a book about him, and will
participate in a Symposium panel called "Lowry — The
Biographical Perspective."
UBC is the ideal location for a Lowry symposium because of
the massive Lowry archive in Special Collections which is
regularly visited by scholars from all .over the world.
The workshops and panel discussions scheduled during the
symposium include "Lowry: The Man," "Volcano and the
Creative Process," "Volcano: Sources and Themes," "Lowry
and Contemporary Critical Theory," "Volcano and the Politics of
Form," 'Translating the Volcano: A Panel," 'The Lowryan
Muse," "Beyond the Volcano" and the closing panel and plenary
session, "Present Estate of the Strangely Comfortable
Members of the public are welcome to attend. The
registration fee is $80, $15 for students and seniors.
see photo Page Two
Community Relations
garners gold medal
for radio series
UBC's Community Relations Office has received a Gold
Medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of
Education for a 13-part radio mini-documentary series
produced last fall.
The series, entitled UBC Perspectives, beat out 46 other
entries in the radio programming category of the international
competition. The programs were produced by Lorie Chortyk of
the Community Relations Office and written by Vancouver
director and writer John Wright.
The council, an international organization of 2,800 members
based in Washington, D.C, described the UBC series as
"outstanding in quality and content".
Community Relations produced the series as a means of
promoting exciting research being carried out by UBC faculty
members. Each program is three minutes in length and
features an interview with a UBC faculty member, with opening
and closing narration by Dr. David Suzuki.
The award-winning series was distributed to 256 radio
stations across Canada in January by Broadcast News in
Toronto. Faculty members highlighted in the programs were
Prof. Michael Beddoes (Electrical Engineering) on talking
computers for the blind; Prof. Barry McBride (Microbiology) on
dentistry of the future; Prof. Rudy Haering (Physics) on the
invention of the Moli Battery; Prof. Beryl March (Animal Science)
on B.C.'s aquaculture industry; Dr. Jim McEwan (Biomedical
Engineering and Electrical Engineering) on robots in surgery;
Prof. Peter Larkin, UBC's vice-president for research, on
see Radio Page Six Senate-It's 'worth making it   work' says senator
by Jo Moss
In 1985 the Senate recommended to the
Board of Governors that the University
discontinue a number of programs to meet the
budget shortfall.
"It was the first university body in Canada,
to my knowledge, to recommend such an
extreme measure, and it was certainly the most
significant action that Senate has taken in my
time. It was also a most regrettable, reluctant,
and stressful experience for all involved," says
John Dennison, long-time senator and
professor in Administration and Adult Higher
Nine programs were discontinued as a
result of the action.
'There's a certain cynicism and criticism of
the Senate, some say that it doesn't address
the major issues of the university," Dr.
Dennison said. "But that was a major issue,
and Senate, after having explored all other
possibilities, made a final recommendation with
extreme regret to the Board of Governors,
which the board accepted."
UBC's Senate shares with the Board of
Governors the government of the university.
Established by the Universities Act in 1890, it
handles all academic business relating to
curriculum, instruction and education, such
things as the establishment of scholarships
prizes, any faculty department, chair or course
of instruction.
The Board is responsible for financial
matters. However, since university business
often falls into both categories a
recommendation by one body must often be
approved by the other. Amendments to the
University Act over the years have made the
membership separate with only the university
president and the chancellor serving ex-officio
on both Board and Senate. The president
serves as chairman of the Senate.
Senate has 87 members and because of its
size, much of the work is carried out by 13
standing committees, of which the budget
committee and the curriculum committee are
probably two of the busiest. "Senate is
obliged to establish these committees," Dr.
Dennison said. "But it is unusual for Senate
not to approve a committee's
When there is no standing committee to
take care of business arising in Senate, and
the matter at hand needs to be investigated
thoroughly, an ad hoc committee is formed.
One such committee is currently looking at the
policy of granting emeritus status to non-
academic members of the university
"Senate is often criticized by some people
for being too large, too unwieldy, and too
aloof," Dr. Dennison says. "Others, myself
included, believe ifs worth making Senate
work because it has the potential to influence
the academic quality of the university. Senate
is not simply an advisory body—it does have
some statutory power.
"Much of Senate's problems are with its
structure, it is a problem to function efficiently
and effectively in a large group and it is difficult
to engage in intimate debate. But to reduce
the size of Senate probably would result in a
reduction of the number of constituencies
represented. It would be unpopuar to exclude
some of these interested groups."
Senate has both elected and appointed
membership, the deans of faculties are there
by the nature of their position, while faculty
representatives are elected; 17 students also
serve on Senate, the result of amendments to
the University Act in I974. Despite being
elected by constituency, senators are expected
to represent the interest of the university at
large, rather than their particular group.
"I think all faculty members should serve on
Senate at least once in their careers," says Dr. -
Dennison. "It's important to know how
complex organizations such as the universities "r
work, and Senate can provide some useful        '
insights. Decision making doesnt rest entirely
on how the rules are written down, but how
persuasive the advocates are.
"Some think that Senate is boring, and it is
true that much of Senate business is very
routine. But there have been some spirited
debates, particularly when strong personalities
become staunch advocates of certain
positions. Ifs exciting, and worth hearing."
Impressive number of editors on UBC campus
The response to a recent UBC Reports item
('Update on editors'), which asked UBC faculty
who edit professional journals to step forward
and be recognized, was overwhelming. Some
fifty editors representing almost every field of
study contacted the Community Relations
Office. Many edit several publications
Sociology professor Dr. Robert Ratner, for
example, is associate editor of the Canadian
Review of Sociology and Anthropologv. a
member of the editorial executive of a new
publication The Journal of Human Justice and
faculty advisor for Canadian Criminology
Forum, published by UBC graduate students
and faculty.
In Psychology, Dr. Kenneth Craig edits the
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, and
Dr. James Steiger is editor of Multivariate
Behavioral Research, a quarterly publication
devoted to the application of statistical
methods in behavior research. Dr. Larry
Cochran, Counselling Psychology, is
consulting editor for The Canadian Journal of
Counselling and on the editorial board of the
International Journal of Personal Construct
Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies
publishes articles in English, French and
Gentian on any aspect of German literature
since the Middle Ages. Germanic Studies
professor Dr. Patrick O'Neill, has been editor
for two years.
Dr. Glen Dixon of the UBC Child Study
Centre has recently been appointed editor of
Canadian Children, the only Canadian journal
which focuses on the education and care of
young children. And, in a submission titled
"Editors in Hiding", Dr. Roger Boshier revealed
his editorship of Convergence, the journal of
the International Council of Adult Education
which publishes material on development
Director of the Centre for Continuing
Education Jindra Kulich has edited Lifelong
Learning: An Omnibus of Practice and
Research for 11 years and is on the editorial
board of a new publication The Canadian
Journal for the Study of Adult Education/Le
journal canadien pour les etudes de
I'education des adultes.
Dr. Peter Nemetz, commerce professor, is
the editor of the Journal of Business
Administration, published by UBC's Faculty of
Commerce and sent to subscribers in 36
countries world-wide. Dr. Dr. G.F. Schrack,
Electrical Engineering, currently edits two
computer journals: Computing Reviews, for
which he is category editor on computer
graphics; and Computer Graphics Forum, the
official journal of the European Association for
Computer Graphics.
The official quarterly of the Association of
Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, Forum, is
edited by dentistry professor Dr. Amil Shah;
and director of Audiology and Speech
Sciences, Dr. John Gilbert, is associate editor
for Brain and Language and Clinical Linguistics
and Phonetics, journals for which he reviews
about 3 manuscript submission each month.
Dean of Pharmacy Dr. John McNeill acts as
co-editor of the international Journal of
Pharmacological Methods, a publication
devoted to new methods in pharmacology. Dr.
Indrajit Desai, Family and Nutritional Sciences
professor, has recently been invited to serve as
contributing editor of Nutrition Reviews, a
journal published by the International Life
Sciences Institute and Nutrition Foundation
based in Washington, D.C.
In other areas of science, the botany
department submitted a list of eight faculty
who act as associate or assistant editors for
learned journals—the greatest number of
editors from any one department. Dr. Anthony
Glass edits Plant Physiology: Dr. Gilbert
Hughes Mvcolooia: Dr. Robert Turkington
Canadian Journal of Botany: Dr. lain Taylor
Canadian Journal of Botany: Dr. Anthony
Griffiths Canadian Journal of Genetics and
Cytology: Dr. Walter Schofield Journal of the
Hattori Botanical Laboratory: Dr. Neil Towers
Phytochemistrv. Journal of
Ethnopharmacology, Journal of Plant
Physiology: and Dr. Max Taylor Symbiosis-
Journal of Endocvtobiology and Cell Biology.
Journal of Biological Sciences.
UBC's micobiology department boasts five
editors. Dr. Richard Warren is section editor
for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology. Dr.
Robert Hancock edits Infection and Immunity.
Dr. Barry McBride edits Canadian Journal of
Microbiology, and Oral Microbiology and
Immunology: and Dr. Hung-Sia Teh is Ad Hoc
Reviewer for the Journal of Immunology
Medical Genetics professor Dr. Diana
Juriloff is one of 27 associate editors of The
Journal of Experimental Zoology. In Forestry,
Dr. Douglas Golding and Dean Robert
Kennedy are among 18 associate editors of the
Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Dr.
Kennedy also edits the German pulication
Wood Science and Technology, and
International Association of Wood Anatomists
Bulletin published in the Netherlands. Three
faculty members are among the 20 associate
editors of the Forestry Chronicle, the official
journal of the Canadian Institute of Forestry:
Dr. David Haley, Dr. Fred Bunnell, and Dr.
Peter Murtha.
Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Science Dr.
George Volkoff has been editor of Soviet
Physics - Uspekhi published by the American
Institute of Physics in Woodbury, N.Y. The
publication is a cover-to-cover translation of
one of the leading physics journals in the
U.S.S.R. Uspekhi Fizicheskikh Nauk. and is a
monthly review journal with articles covering a
range of topics in experimental and theoretical
The entire editorial staff of the Canadian
Journal of Chemical Engineering is at UBC, Dr.
Norman Epstein is editor and Drs. Paul
Watkinsonand Kenneth Pinder are associate
editors—the publishing staff is located in
Ottawa. Other editors in chemical engineering
include Dr. John Grace who is Canadian editor
for the international journal Chemical
Engineering Science and Dr. Richard Kerekes,
director of the Pulp and Paper Centre is
associate editor of Pulp and Paper Science-
Coal Preparation, a multinational journal is
edited by Dr. Janusz Laskowski, mining and
mineral process engineering. His colleague
Mr. Chuck Brawner edits Mining Science &
Technology a publication which covers
aspects of mining such as exploration, mine
safety and environmental control.
Chemistry professor Dr. Robert Perkins has
edited College Chemistry Canada, a
publication serving community college
chemistry teachers across the country, for
three years. Also in chemistry, Charles
McDowell is on the editorial board of The
Chemical Physics Letters. Journal of Molecular
Structure. Canadian Journal of Spectroscopy.
He has recently been appointed to the editorial
board of a new series of books called Topics
in Molecular Organization and Engineering to
be published in the Netherlands.
Students in the faculty of Law edit the UBC
Law Review, a bi-annual journal which began
in I949 as Leoal Notes. Law professor Albert
McClean currently edits the Canadian Bar
Review and colleagues Prof. Donald
MacDougall and Prof. Charles Bourne edit the
Canadian Journal of Family Law and the
Canadian Yearbook of International Law
Sessional lecturer in the English
department, Alison MacBean is editor of
Discovery a quarterly published by the \
Vancouver Natural History Society. And last,     v
but certainly not least, in the area of sports, Dr.
Robert Schutz is section editor of a publication
he describes as "the most widely circulated
research journal in the area of physical
education", the U.S. based Research Quarterly
for Exercise and Sport.
Editor's Note:   We are impressed!   The
number of editors on campus exceeded
our expectations.   Thanks for your
response to this final listing.
i -Hi---
"  «v;'
Pouring over the Malcolm Lowry papers in UBC's Special Collections are Dr. Sherrill
Grace of the English Department and student Kathleen Scherf who is doing her
doctoral thesis on Lowry.
2     UBC REPORTS April 30,1987 W\tf
Health today
- issues and experts
The disease is preventable
by Jo Moss
Contrary to what you may be hearing about
AIDS, there are only two ways for adults to
contract the virus and both of them are
That's the word from Dr. Martin Schechter,
assistant professor in Health Care and
Epidemiology and principal investigator of the
Vancouver Lymphadenopathy-AIDS study at
UBC. He is also on the National Advisory
Committee on AIDS.
"There's effectively only two ways an adult
can get AIDS," Dr. Schechter says. "One is by
sexual intercourse, anal or vaginal, between
males and females, or males and males. The
second way is by sharing contaminated
needles and that is much less of a problem in
Canada than it is in the U.S.
"People dont 'catch' AIDS the way they
catch flu or a cold, they have to go out and
'find' it. Thafs the irony of AIDS, it's not like
cancer, if everyone listens to the guidelines the
disease is 100 per cent preventable."
Myths and misconceptions still persist
however, one of the most recent being that
condoms are not effective in preventing
transmission of the virus. "If a condom is used
property it should be effective. Lab studies
show that the virus doesn't pass through a
standard latex condom," Dr. Schechter says.
And what about the possibility of
breakage? 'There is a slight possibility, but it's
very small," Dr. Schechter says. "Protection is
enhanced by the use of spermicides such as
nonoxynol-9 which kills the HIV virus."
One of the more prevalent—and
dangerous—myths is that heterosexuals are
not at risk.
"The risk of aquiring the AIDS virus is lower
in heterosexuals, but the myth that there is no
risk at all is wrong," Dr. Schechter says.
Researchers working on the AIDS study still
get calls from the public asking if AIDS is
transmissable by casual contact, from
restaurant waiters and food handlers for
example. According to Dr. Schechter, all
studies have demonstrated that transmission
Dr. Martin Schechter, AIDS expert, says there are only two ways an adult can get the
virus.   Protection is vital.
does not occur in this way.
With public information programs still in the
early stages, school programs have difficulty
getting off the ground because of the common
belief that sex education in schools will
promote promiscuity.
"That's a fallacy," says Dr. Schechter,
"there's overwhelming research which says
that sex education does not increase
He says a lot more needs to be done to
give people the facts about AIDS. "Funding is
slow for education programs and many of the
formal programs are not yet underway. People
are being educated through the media and the
distribution of pamphlets by health centres."
Transmission of the virus through blood
products is no longer a risk. All blood is now
tested for antibodies to the AIDS virus with a
virtually foolproof method.
"There is an extremely small chance that a
unit of blood may have been donated before
the antibody had developed, but that chance
is small, it is comparable to the chance of
being struck by lightning," Dr. Schechter says.
And if you were wondering what your
chances were of being infected with the AIDS
virus, Dr. Schechter has some optimistic
statistics. "The chances of a person not in a
high risk group carrying the AIDS virus is very
slim," Dr. Schechter says. " But if that person
continues to have casual or multiple sexual
partners those odds increase."
There are two basic guidelines for people
who are concerned about contracting AIDS.
"If someone is going to have sexual
intercourse with another person who might
conceivably have the AIDS virus, that person
should protect themselves; they should use a
condom." Dr. Schechter says. "If a person can
remove themselves from that situation
altogether—that's even better."
Breast cancer research
aimed at individual
For patients
UBC cancer videos
by Jerri Lee
Breast cancer, a leading cause of death for
women, is different in each patient, which is
why Dr. Joanne Emerman's research is
focused on individualizing treatment.
"One of the major problems," says Dr.
Emerman, a UBC professor of anatomy, "is
that each breast cancer is unique and we
cannot predict with confidence the most
appropriate form of treatment for the
Dr. Emerman's research is based on
laboratory tests of the patient's cancer cells. A
collagen gel culture is used to grow the cells in
a method first established in the Emerman
laboratory and now widely used throughout
the world. The cells are then exposed to
hormone or chemotherapies.
'This permits a rapid assessment of the
potential benefit of these agents and leads to a
rational selection of treatment."
To more accurately imitate conditions in the
patient's body Dr. Emerman introduced a
major improvement over previous studies by
culturing the cancer cells in the patient's
serum. Her research has shown that cells
behave differently in the presence of human
To test the validity of the system, we must
make clinical correlations. We are currently
correlating our data with clinicians at the
Cancer Control Agency."
She said that in a good number of the
cases there is a positive correlation between
the response in culture and the response of
the patient in therapy. But it will probably be
another year before a significant number of
correlations are made.
"If a positive correlation can be shown, we
can use this system to identify the appropriate
treatment for the individual. If the test showed
that a patient's cancer was resistant to a
particular type of chemotherapy, for example, it
would save them needless suffering," she said.
Dr. Emerman says the cure rate for
hormone and chemotherapy is very low, so
she and research assistant Darcy Wilkinson are
using the cell culture assay to identify
alternative types of therapy that centre on
modifying tumor behaviour. For example, the
behaviour of tumor cells in culture can be
modified with Vitaman A.
"If we can identify factors that modify tumor
behaviour, we can treat the cancer patient by
stopping the cells from dividing rather than
concentrating on cell kill," she said.
Dr. Emerman's research is funded by the
National Cancer Institute, the research arm of
the Canadian Cancer Society.
Dr. Joanne Emerman whose research is
centred on individualizing treatment for
breast cancer.
After two bouts with throat cancer, what
Bob Quintrell remembers most is how difficult it
was to get information on the disease. What
were his chances of surviving? What exactly is
cancer? What forms of therapy was he facing
and what side-effects would they have?
Now, with his cancer fully stopped by
surgery and radiation therapy, he and the staff
at UBC's Biomedical Communications
Department are producing a series of video
programs for cancer patients that answer the
very questions he had when he was first
diagnosed three years ago.
"When we looked at the situation closely,
we found there were hundreds of programs
telling you how not to get cancer," says
Biomedical Communications director Ian
Cameron. "But there were no programs
available that were directed specifically at the
•person who had cancer.
"What these programs are attempting to do
is to make the patient better informed."
Working closely together, Cameron,
associate director Quintrell, who is former host
of CBC television shows The Seven O'clock
Show and Hourglass, and Dr. Kevin Murphy, a
cancer specialist at St. Paul's Hospital, have
planned 12 half-hour programs on the
different forms of cancer, their treatments and
the options for the patient. Topics such as
leukemia, bone marrow transplants, lung
cancer and cancer of the colon will be
The first program, completed last
November, is a general overview of cancer that
is meant to be seen in conjunction with the
others. It was produced, directed and
narrated by Quintrell with funding from ICI
Pharma Ltd., a pharmaceutical company,
which also distributes the videotape free to any
individual or group.
Already, 900 copies have been distributed
across Canada and the U.S. and feedback
from cancer care professionals has been
enthusiastic. Copies of the tape are available
from the Biomedical Communications Dept. at
The next four programs soon to be
released are on breast cancer. Originally, only
one program was planned on the topic, but
Cameron says there is so much involved in the
treatment of breast cancer that they stretched it
to four parts: the initial discovery of the
disease, post-surgery recovery, the patient's
options if the cancer reappears and breast
The production crew interviewed 25
women in various stages of breast cancer for
the programs. Again, funding will come from
ICI Pharma.
Biomedical Communications has won two
bronze medals in international film festivals in
Switzerland and Denmark for two segments
from a similar series on epilepsy.
Public health
meeting here
May 8 and 9
A number of important public health issues
will be disucussed at the B.C. Public Health
Association annual general meeting, May 8
and 9 at the Instructional Resource Centre,
UBC. For information about registration call
Veronica Oxtoby at 228-2772.
Dr. Sam Sheps will chair the program
which will include: Dr. R. G. Mathias speaking
on the measles outbreak; health promotion
consultant Sharon Martin of the Vancouver
Health Department who will speak on health
education as a vehicle of community
development; Geoff Rowlands, Vancouver
Health Department will speak on Vancouver's
progressive smoking regulations and Shirley
Thompson, B.C. Lung Association, who will
speak on smoking in the workplace.
Leslie Wagman of AIDS Vancouver will
speak on sex education in schools and Dr.
Mike Rekart, B.C. AIDS Clinic, will present an
AIDS update.
A special presentation on health care in
Nicaragua will be offered by nurse Diana Lilly
of the Pine Street Clinic.
UBC REPORTS April 30,1987     3 Family medical history a key health factor
by Jerri Lee
A family medical history can be a priceless
gift, according to Dr. Judith Hall, a professor of
medical genetics at UBC and director of the
Clinical Genetics Unit at Grace Hospital.
"We try to help people understand how
important it is for them to know the medical
history of their family. They know they are of
German or French ancestory, that grandad
was a ship's captain, but frequently they do
not know what their grandparents or even their
parents died of. Yet, practically speaking, they
are likely to die from the same thing," says Dr.
She says knowing early enough that you
are predisposed to a disease can help to
decrease complications. And decreasing
complications can reduce health costs.
Studies show this approach can make a major
impact on the individual.
"It seems to me that grandparents have a
moral responsibility to inform the family about
disorders which have occurred in the family
and which family members may be at risk to
develop. If people know their family medical
history, they may be able to modify their
lifestyle at an early age which will be very
much to their own benefit."
She said a family doctor often can tell a
patient what to do to keep healthy and avoid a
disease to which they are predisposed.
Thousands of diseases and disorders, like
heart disease, strokes and some cancers, run
in families.   It is important to ask questions not
only of family members but of the physicians
who cared for them, she said.
"Why did your father have a stroke? Talk to
your father's doctor. Were there high lipids or
fat in the blood? High cholesterol runs in
familes but there is a lot you can do if you
have that predisposition. It may take 20 years
to accumulate the fat in the lining of blood
vessels which lead to strokes, but if you are
forewarned you can modify your diet. If high
blood pressure was the factor leading to a
stroke in your family, you can have your blood
pressure monitored regularly, go on a low salt
diet, receive medication and other treatment if
Geneticist Dr. Judith Hall says there are
Dr. Hall stresses the importance of an
'The more carefully we question the cause
of death, the more aware we can become of
our own and our children's risks.
"We are moving into an era where people
talk about things which used to be family
thousands of diseases which have a genetic factor.
secrets and not discussed. Today, families
need to talk about whether they want their
organs to be used for transplantation. If they
want to donate organs they might as well have
an autopsy which may help the whole family
know if there are familial conditions which can
be prevented or treated."
The medical genetics clinic provides
counselling to families who are predisposed to
congenital anomolies and other familial
disorders. Dr. Hall specializes in dwarfism as
well as working with the parents of children
born with spina bifida (open spine) and babies
with arthrogryposis—stiff joints.
Neurologist surveys
musicians' ailments
Phys Ed graduates
Writer's cramp and slot machine tendonitis-
-two common ailments resulting from a series
of repetitive actions that most people have
heard of. But who is familiar with pianists'
cramp, horn player's palsy or bassoonists
Musicians fall prey to a gamut of problems
by the nature of their profession. Whether
they're in a symphony orchestra or rock band,
play a clavichord or kazoo, they subject parts
of their body to exacting, patterned
movements that can take their toll in a variety
of ways.
Neurologist and clinical fellow, Dr. Robin
Fross, is surveying Vancouver musicians to
determine the kinds of injuries they encounter.
By distributing questionnaires to groups such
as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and
the UBC School of Music, and making them
available to musicians through music stores
and recording studios, Dr. Fross hopes to find
out if, for exarhple, certain musical techniques
cause a specific problem, and whether one
kind of musician has more problems than
"It's a difficult survey to carry out because
musicians are naturally reticent to admit they
have problems," Dr. Fross says. 'They are
afraid if someone finds out they will lose their
job. Some dont seek help because they have
minor injuries which come and go, but a small
injury can develop into a larger one if it goes
Previous studies of musicians have dealt
with large groups such as an orchestra
because that group is readily accessible. "But
what about rock musicians, singers, and jazz
bands?" Dr. Fross says. 'They also can
develop injuries from their playing."
Musicians' health problems are a relatively
new focus of medical treatment, says Dr.
Fross. And despite the fact that preliminary
studies indicate more than half of the active
musicians will have an injury that hampers
their play at some point in their career, the
medical community has largely ignored the
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specialized nature of the ailment.
"Musicians have to be treated in a different
way,"Dr. Fross says. "They are often told the
problem is all in their head, or that they must
stop playing. But for many musicians their
music is their livelihood, it's not as simple as
telling them to switch careers."
Dr. Fross says musicians have much in
common with athletes.
"Because their injuries are caused by the
rigors of striving for high performance,
musicians should receive the same care as
professional athletes," Dr. Fross says. "Not
only should they have access to specialized
treatment which treats their health problems in
a serious and knowledgable way, but
physicians need to better understand this
branch of medicine, make more accurate
diagnoses and devise preventative measures."
Recent graduates from UBC's physical
education and recreation program are enjoying
a wider variety of career opportunities after
graduation than did their earlier colleagues.
'The fitness and leisure services market has
changed dramatically in the last 10 years—it's
broadened tremendously," says school director
Dr. Robert Morford.
According to Dr. Morford only about 40 per
cent of current graduates go on to fill teaching
positions, the most common career choice for
former grads, the rest use their degree to
pursue careers in such areas as community
recreation, government, and research oriented
work in Canada and the United States.
"Our graduates now have an
entrepreneurial nature and use their degrees to
work in a greater variety of environments than
before," Dr. Morford said.
A change in the focus of the school of
physical education and recreation programs
over the last few years has kept pace with the
change in the sports market, and is the key to
producing these versatile students.
"We've moved away from the performance
aspect to one that is knowledge based, an
area in which we're becoming better
recognized," says Dr. Morford, 'There was little
sports research done in the school until six or
seven years ago; now different areas have
emerged as specialities and faculty are
teaching courses relating to their areas of
'The study of human physical performance,
sports and leisure is sometimes not treated
seriously in academic circles," says Dr.
Morford. "People think that because fitness
has to do with the body it's less important. But
fitness is an aspect of human behaviour and
research in this area does contribute
academically to a better understanding of
The University's growing reputation in
sports related research has led to a number of
national and regional teams to seek out their
Outdoor rentals   High-tech look at coaches
on campus
Now that summer's here, the campus
community will be taking time out for
recreation. And Rec UBC has expanded its
equipment rental department to accommodate
students and others interested in the great
Members of the community at large are
also welcome to use Rec UBC services which
includes rentals of tents, backpacks, stoves,
boots, rain gear, kayaks, mountain bikes and
more. More information is available by calling
228-3515 or 228-3996.
The shop, located in the basement
dispensary of the War Memorial Gym, will be
open beginning May 1 everyday except
Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Equipment prices and brochures are available
in the shop or at Room 203, War Memorial
Sports coaches—how effective are they?
Physical Education professor Dr. Ian Franks
would like to find out and he's applying
computer technology to get some answers.
In a recently completed pilot project, Dr.
Franks recorded every comment made by a
volleyball coach during a coaching practice.
More than 300 verbal comments were noted in
just one hour as well as such features as
whether the comments were positive or
negative, whether they addressed skills or
effort, and what was the volume of delivery.
'The results will be used by the Coaching
Association of Canada in their residential
clinics to modify coaching behaviour," said Dr.
Computerized coaching analysis developed
from Dr. Franks' research into the factors
which make a team successful. It also involves
applying computer technology to record the
moves of the players.
"We take a soccer match, for example, and
record each piece of information about the
game, sequentially. Any and every significant
aspect of the match is then on a database for
recall," Dr. Franks says. A coach can then ask
the computer for a specific analysis of the
team's performance such as how long they
were in the attacking zone or what the
successful moves were that led to a goal.
So far 1,000 top-calibre soccer matches
have been recorded in this way, all at the
national or international level, and the
technique has been applied to other sports
including fencing, wrestling and water polo.
Not only will the computer provide specific
information about team performance it will also
display it on a monitor screen.
Dr. Franks is currently working with several
national teams, developing probability models-
-an ideal sequence of events leading to a
successful performance—to incorporate in
coaching and training.
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Moderation suggested by caffeine study
By Lorie Chortyk
If you're one of those people who hates the
world before you've had your morning coffee,
there's good news from UBC's Food Science
Dr. David Kitts says the dangers of caffeine
may have been greatly exaggerated in earlier
scientific reports.
'The concentration of caffeine used in
some of the earlier studies was incredibly
high," says Dr. Kitts. "Blood levels from these
caffeine intakes are unlikely to be found in
Dr. Kitts and his colleagues began redoing
earlier experiments with lower, more realistic,
caffeine intake levels.
"We wanted to determine whether the
negative effects that had shown up previously
were a direct cause of the caffeine or were a
result of the unnaturally high concentrations
used in former experiments."
Dr. Kitts carried out experiments using
caffeine levels equivalent to the consumption
of three cups of coffee a day.
"Our results suggest that the long-term
effect of caffeine on the body is minimal with
moderate intake levels. These same results
are showing up in similar studies being earned
out across North America and Europe."
He points out, however, that caffeine affects
people differently depending on factors such
as age and diet.
"Higher caffeine levels can be found in
children and older people, in smokers, and in
people who are on medication," says Dr. Kitts.
"Blood levels of caffeine can also be higher in
people who have a low protein intake. Despite
the accessibility of nutritious foods in North
America, there is still a significant number of
people who are below the average daily
requirement for protein intake."
Dr. Kitts and his colleagues are involved in
several on-going studies on the effects of
caffeine, including research on caffeine and
cholesterol levels, and the effect on caffeine on
embryos and fetuses.
Dr. David Kitts, left, and Food Science
graduate student Joe Kanhai with a
variety of caffeine sources. Their
research shows caffeine effects can be
influenced by other factors.
Food irradiation concerns
Injured teens
over changed
by Lorie Chortyk
Teenagers and young adults with spinal
cord injuries need to feel better about their
bodies before they can successfully get on
with their lives.
That's one of the ideas that has emerged
from a study carried out by Marilyn Dewis, an
assistant professor in UBC's School of Nursing
and Valerie Leslie of the G.F. Strong
Rehabilitation Centre. The study focused on
the needs and concerns of young adults at the
centre involved in rehabilitation programs for
spinal cord injuries.
"We were concerned because some of the
young people, particularly those whose injuries
were quite recent, weren't participating as
actively as they could in the programs," says
Ms. Dewis.
'Through the study we discovered that
embarrassment about their bodies — changes
in physique, loss of bladder and bowel control
and concern about hygiene — was inhibiting
them from contact with other people."
Participants in the study were asked to rate
their feelings on a scale of one to five about
their loss of mobility, loss of bladder and bowel
control, impaired use of their arms, general
physique and sexual disfunctions. One to
two-hour interviews were then earned out to
discuss the patient's needs and concerns.
'The most distressing factor to them was
the loss of bladder and bowel control," says
Ms. Dewis. 'They were also very concerned
about changes in physique, in particular about
developing a protruding stomach, which often
occurs when control of abdominal muscles is
"We have to remember that all the normal
teenage concerns about appearance and body
image still exist, and are usually amplified, for
young people in wheelchairs. In several
cases, the change in their appearance was of
greater concern to them than their loss of
The most important need for young adults
with spinal injuries is to feel "like everyone
else," says Ms. Dewis. 'They will go to great
lengths to try and cover up their differences
and to fit in."
Ms. Dewis has set out recommendations for
caregivers working with spinal cord patients.
"We have to be very sensitive to their concerns
about hygiene, their desire for clothing that
camouflages parts of their body they may feel
self-conscious about, and their need to control
their body functions.
"If we can help them to feel as attractive
and independent as possible, their transition
back into the community will be much more
Quail unit
is largest
on continent
UBC animal scientist Kimberly Cheng is the
first to agree that good things come in small
Dr. Cheng is head of UBC's Quail Genetic
Stock Centre, where scientists are developing
new lines of quail for use in genetics research.
He says smaller poultry such as quail are
becoming more popular in North America as
an alternative to turkey and chicken.
The UBC quail unit, the largest facility of its
kind in North America, is supported by a grant
from the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada.  Each year
15,000 quail are raised at UBC for use in
scientific research across Canada and the
United States, and for teaching and
demonstration programmes in B.C.'s
universities, colleges and schools. The birds
are also sold to restaurants and the general
public in Vancouver, along with the almost
100,000 eggs produced each year at the unit.
"Quail is very similar to chicken in taste,"
says Dr. Cheng. "Ifs more popular in
metropolitan areas in Canada, because the
ethnic communities, particularly French, Italian,
East Indian, Greek and Oriental populations,
are used to quail as a staple food. Most North
Americans are just becoming familiar with it
Few issues have caused as much debate
among groups interested in nutrition and
health in the past year as the question of food
irradiation safety.
Drs. John Vanderstoep and Brent Skura of
UBC's Food Science Department recently
appeared before a House of Commons
standing committee on Consumer and
Corporate Affairs to discuss the issue along
with groups such as Mothers Against Nuke
Food, the Canadian Coalition to Stop Food
Irradiation and the Society Promoting
Environmental Conservation.
'There are a lot of misconceptions in the
public mind about the safety of food
irradiation," says Dr. Vanderstoep. "I think an
increased awareness of the factors involved in
the process would reduce some of the fears
that people have."
He says the biggest misconception people
have about irradiation is that it will cause
radioactivity in a food product. "Gamma rays,
the form of energy that is used in food
irradiation, are adequate to stop the
deterioration process in food, but are too low
to induce radioactivity in the product. Strict
guidelines are in place for the energy levels
that can be used to treat food."
He adds that neither the food nor food
handlers come in direct contact with the
energy source at any time during the process.
Other concerns people have about
irradiation, says Dr. Vanderstoep, revolve
around chemical alterations in the food and a
loss of nutrients. "What most people don't
realize is that these same factors occur in the
more traditional chemical and thermal food
"It's impossible to prove that any process or
product is completely safe. All we can do is
minimize the risk factors to the best of our
Dr. Vanderstoep says the main
disadvantage of irradiation as a preservation
technique is cost. "At the moment, it's cheaper
and as convenient to treat food using
chemicals or thermal treatment."
'Contractor's universe'
helps construction trade
Few Canadian industries are as competitive
and volatile as the construction industry.  But a
researcher in UBC's Civil Engineering
Department has developed a computer
program that is helping companies manage
construction projects with greater efficiency
and harmony.
Dr. Alan Russell has captured on computer
what he refers to as the contractor's universe'.
"We've analyzed how information flows
through the various people a contractor deals
with — from banks and surety companies to
the many sub-trades involved in a
construction project.
"Our goal was to develop a computer
model that would serve as a guide to
construction companies on how to manage
their time and financial resources efficiently. In
the field studies we've done, the program has
helped contractors bring projects in ahead of
schedule and under budget."
Dr. Russell says one of the difficulties in
construction management is that most of the
information and expertise in the business is
passed down by word of mouth.
'There is a tremendous amount of
experience out there, but it's not documented.
What we've tried to do is to gather this
experience and incorporate it, along with our
own ideas, into a prototype management
system that companies can use as a model."
Dr. Russell's model improves productivity in
a number of ways. For example, it
incorporates innovative planning tools to help
contractors quickly formulate alternative
construction plans, a process essential to
productivity improvement. The model is
particularly useful for projects that involve
repetitive tasks, such as high-rise buildings,
stadiums, bridges and rapid transit guideways.
One of the key goals, says Dr. Russell, is to
help create a better working relationship
among the client, the construction company
and the sub-trades involved in the project.
"We've set up a model where the three
parties establish work priorities and agree
ahead of time on reasonable time frames to
complete various tasks and reasonable cost
estimates. Then there are no surprises once
the project is under way and each party knows
what is expected of them."
Dr. Russell and his colleagues are
developing a strong training component to
help people in the industry understand the
"So far, companies participating in our field
testing have been enthusiastic about the
program. They've seen that better
management techniques directly affects their
profits," he said.
UBC REPORTS April 30, 1987     5
K UBC Conference Centre is host to the world
by David Morton
They will be coming from around the world:
Europe, China, U.S.S.R., Central and South
America, not to mention from every corner of
Canada and the U.S. And the University of
B.C. will play host to them all
They're conference delegates and there will
be an estimated 22,000 of them on campus
over the summer. They will be attending any
one of 141 different meetings scheduled to
take place from the beginning of May to the
end of August.
While numbers will be smaller than last
year, Susanne Nikles of UBC's Conference
Centre says 1987 will be a busy year for
conferences on campus. Last year, the
Conference Centre booked a record 194,229
room nights for UBC conferences, about
double that of most years.
Still, visitors to the campus could be
witness to any number of lectures, displays,
demonstrations and spectacles. The list of
conferences shows topics ranging from the
esoteric to the bizarre. Many of these will
include some activities open to the general
public, but others, because of their specialized
nature, will be open only to registered
members of the sponsoring association.
Here's a brief list of some of the
conferences coming to UBC this summer:
V-CON 15 — May 22-25. This conference
is for science fiction buffs and attracts fans
from across Canada and parts of the U.S.
Many delegates show up in costume from their
favourite sci-fi book or movie. Writers Sam
Moscovitz and Forrest Ackerman will be
speaking at the conference, among other
activities. The public may attend upon
purchase of the $20 membership.
Canadian Association of Physical Health
and Educational Recreation (C.A.P.H.E.R.) —
June 6-14. This international conference will
be discussing issues in sports and recreational
policy and will feature Federal Sports and
Recreation Minster, Otto Jelinek as one of its
speakers. This is expected to attract wide
media attention, including coverage by CBC's
The Journal.
World Conference on Indigenous People's
Education — June 8-13. This first-ever
conference focusses on educational issues for
native peoples from around the world and is
expected to attract a multi-national audience.
Open to the general public, there will be
lectures, workshops, displays and a special
dinner featuring foods from the cultures of the
indigenous peoples represented.
Canadian/American Astronomical Societies
— June 11-20. With the recent discovery of a
new supernova by a Canadian astronomer,
this conference will draw wide media
coverage, notably the PBS television science
program, Nova. Open to the public, this first
joint meeting of the Canadian and American
Astronomical Societies, will feature a special
lecture on High Resolution Imaging in
Astronomy on Tuesday, June 16.
North West Weavers Conference — June
21 -26. A meeting of the associated weavers'
guilds in the Pacific Northwest. There will be
public displays of woven works June 24-25 in
the War Memorial Gymnasium. A show of
competion pieces will be on view at the Asian
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Museum winner
Winner of the membership contest held during Open House by the Museum of Anthropology is Mrs.
Gerry Foulds, centre, who received as her prize, her choice of a framed print.   With the winner are
Louise Lupini, right, president of the MOA's Volunteer Associates and Vera Coombe who chairs the
membership committee.  New members who joined during Open House were eligible for the contest.
Librarian Mclnnes named to post
UBC's chief librarian, Douglas Mclnnes, has
been appointed president of the Canadian
Association of Research Libraries (CARL) for a
one-year term, effective June 1987. CARL is a
very important organization for research
libraries in Canada, dealing with major issues
that require library cooperation and information
exchange. Members are the Canadian
university libraries, the National Library of
Canada and Canada Institute for Scientific and
Technical Information (CISTI).
Prof. Oscar Sziklai of UBC's Forest
Science Department was named an Honorary
Life Member of the Northwest Scientific
Association at its annual meeting held at
Pacific Lutheran University last month. Prof.
Sziklai is known internationally for his work in
the field of forest genetics.
Danny Kon-WIng Lam, a seond-year Fine
Arts student, has won first prize in the B.C.
Canada Day Poster Contest, and is one of the
finalists in the running for the grand prize.
A total of 1,100 British Columbians entered
the contest. The grand prize is an all expense
paid trip to Ottawa for the winning artist and
his or her immediate family, who will be guests
of the Secretary of State on Parliament Hill for
Canada Day.
Microbiologist Dr. Julia G. Levy has been
appointed to the National Advisory Board on
Science and Industrial Technology. This
advisory board is part of a major thrust to
develop and improve Canada's Science and
Technology initiatives in both the public and
private sector. Dr. Levy's research centres on
the manipulation of the body's immunological
defense system to fight cancer and other
Debating Prize.
The students received $100.00 each.
Runners-up Lynne Charbonneau and Andrea
Brawner each got $50.00, and all four were
also taken to lunch at the Faculty Club, said
English professor Dr. Ronald C. Johnson.
Eighteen teams participated, debating the
resolution "that information about AIDS should
be a mandatory part of sex education in the
high schools."
The competition, which is open only to
English 100 students, got under way February
5, and the finals were held March 17.
It was established by retired UBC English
professor Jan de Bruyn in memory of his son.
Ethics course offered
Shelley Hulko and Dawn Rydeen are this
year's winners of the Frank de Bruyn Memorial
Personal traumas, professional dilemmas or
just a very topical curiosity about biomedical
issues in general all draw students to a course
in applied ethics offered by the philosophy
The course was developed by Dr. Earl
Winkler, who is on sabbatical this year, and is
currently taught by Dr. Joanne Yamaguchi.
"A substantial number of the people in the
class are from the health sciences," she says.
The rest are in arts, commerce, science —
sometimes engineering."
They are there to consider the moral
problems inextricably bound up with issues
such as abortion, euthanasia, surrogate
motherhood, organ transplants, genetic
engineering, behavior modification,
compulsory treatment, and experimentation
with human beings and animals.
"People express a great variety of reasons
for taking the course," says Dr. Yamaguchi,
who is with UBC's philosophy department.
"Some are facing a family trauma like
euthanasia, or a decision with respect to
Many of the health sciences students want
to figure out now how they will deal with
professional dilemmas certain to confront them
in the future. Others see the issues tackled in
Philosophy 407 as matters of public concern,
and want to come to some personal
conclusions about them.
Dr. Yamaguchi says there is a marked
difference between the attitudes of nursing and
pre-med students considering problems of
biomedical ethics.
'The nurses see themselves primarily as
care givers. For them, the question in a
difficult situation with a terminal patient is
whether 'care' is to be interpreted as
intervention or non-intervention."
Doctors, on the other hand, do not focus
on care. They are primarily motivated to save
lives at all cost, and are much more
interventionally oriented."
The nurses, however, argue that this might
change if doctors spent as much time with the
patients, and saw as much suffering, as nurses
do. Classroom discussion "is sometimes quite
heated," says Dr. Yamaguchi. "But generally
it's enlightening for all concerned."
She adds that more pre-med students take
the course now than in the past, and expects
this trend to continue. The media have
covered events such as surrogacy, organ
transplants and euthanasia as important social
issues. "When things become matters of
public concern, almost by definition they
become moral issues, because of the plurality
of values in the public sphere. And as the
public grows more concerned and
knowledgeable, there is increased pressure on
people in health care to be sensitive to nonmedical aspects of their work."
In Memoriam
Grace Macdonald
Vancouver choreographer and director
Grace Macdonald died April 4 at the age of 71.
Miss Macdonald was known throughout
Canada for her work with groups such as the
Vancouver Opera Association, the Vancouver
Ballet Society, Theatre Under the Stars, the
B.C. Lions Cheerleaders and her own school,
the Grace Macdonald School of Dance.
She was best known at UBC for her
association with the Musical Theatre Society
(MUSSOC) and the Frederic Wood Theatre.
Miss Macdonald first became involved with
the university in 1952, when she
choreographed MUSSOC's production of The
Red Mill. This show heralded a new age of
Broadway-style musical theatre on the
campus. During the next 33 years she
choreographed and/or directed almost all of
MUSSOC's productions, including such hits as
The Boyfriend. Half A Sixpence. Bye Bye
Birdie, Guvs & Dolls. West Side Story.
Oklahoma!, and the 1986 production of Fiddler
on the Roof, which was her last MUSSOC
Walter Quan, who was MUSSOC president
in 1986, says that Miss Macdonald will be
greatly missed. "Her enthusiasm, energy, wit
and love will be remembered by all the people
whom she touched over the years," he said.
Radio continued from Page One
university-industry liaison; Dr. Ray Andersen
(Oceanography and Chemistry) on anti-cancer
compounds found in marine animals; Mr. Sam
Stevens (Law) on UBC's Native Law Program;
Prof. Paul Gilmore (Computer Science) on
computer messaging; Prof. Ken Craig
(Psychology) on infants coping with pain; Prof.
William Oldham (Civil Engineering) on new
methods of waste treatment; Dr. Brian Pate
(Pharmaceutical Sciences and TRIUMF); and
Prof. Lazslo Paszner (Forest Harvesting and
Wood Science) on converting forest waste
products into liquid fuel.
A second UBC Perspectives series, which
focused on UBC research in the humanities
and social sciences, was produced by
Community Relations in March. Plans are
under way to produce additional programs.
6     UBC REPORTS April 30,1987 Intercollegiate sports season at   UBC most successful
by Steve Campbell
The past intercollegiate sports season at
UBC rates as one of the most successful in
! recent years. Thunderbirds athletes and
coaches brought home medals and honors
from national and international competition.
That's something that pleases Bob Hindmarch,
UBC director of athletics and sports services.
"We're really happy with the success of the
teams this past year. When the intercollegiate
teams do well, it's a good reflection on our
men's and women's athletic programs and
their directors. Everyone contributes to a
winning team," said Mr. Hindmarch.
Football and soccer teams captured the
Canadian national championships in Toronto
in November. Football defensive back Mark
Norman won the President's Trophy when he
was selected the Canadian university
defensive player of the year.
In soccer, the Thunderbirds captured their
third straight national title by defeating the
University of Toronto Blues 4 to zero in the
national final while the football team thrilled a
national television audience by edging the
Western Ontario Mustangs 25 to 23 in
Toronto's Varsity Stadium.
The Thunderbirds women's soccer team
took their fourth consecutive Canada West title
and will be aiming at the first-ever Canadian
Inter-university Athletic Union (CIAU) national
championship expected to take place this fall.
Other outstanding team results include the
rugby Thunderbirds rounding up the unofficial
North American university championship by
defeating the University of Victoria Vikings 17-
7 in the annual "Boot" cup game in February.
Team captain and national team flanker Roy
Radu will finish off his season with a trip to the
World Cup of rugby to be held in Australia and
New Zealand in May and June.
The Cinderella team was the men's
basketball team, which won the last 10 games
of the season to defeat the Victoria Vikings for
the Canada West championship—UBC's first
since 1975— and advance to the CIAU
national tournament in Halifax. There, second
year coach Bruce Enns' young team won two
games to advance to the final before being
downed by Brandon University 74-68 on
national television. Senior guard Paul
Johansson was selected an All-Canadian and
also rated an invitation to the national team
tryout camp in May from which the Olympic
team will be selected.
Individual honors went to soccer goalie
Brian Kennedy who capped an outstanding
career at UBC by being selected the Bobby
Gaul Trophy winner as UBC's outstanding
graduating male athlete. He backstopped the
Thunderbirds to three consecutive national
titles and was selected as the All-Canadian
goal-keeper in each of those years. This past
year he didn't allow a goal from the field.
Trackster Joanne Gaspard won the Marilyn
Pomfret Trophy as UBC's top women athlete at
the Women's Big Block and Awards Dinner at
the University Golf Course in March. She won
the CIAU 60-metre hurdles championship for
the second year in a row and finished an
outstanding season in fine fashion.
Top athletes Joanne Gaspard and Brian Kennedy.
Summer activities fun for all on UBC campus
UBC Is the place to be this summer, with
activities ranging from tennis, swimming
and racquet sports to Sunday teas, outdoor
concerts and summer stock theatre. Listed
below are some of the attractions and
upcoming events on campus. Make UBC a
part of your summer!
campus are offered weekdays at 10 a.m., 1
p.m. and 3 p.m. by UBC's Community
Relations Office. Tour highlights include the
Geology Museum, the Main Library, the
Aquatic Centre, the Rose Garden, the Asian
Centre and more. To book a tour, call 228-
* See the latest in dairy agriculture at UBC's
CENTRE. Free group tours offered weekdays
throughout the summer. For details, call 228-
* Visit TRIUMF, the world's largest cyclotron,
where sub-atomic particles are created for use
in leading edge research and cancer therapy.
Free tours offered twice a day, Monday
through Friday. To book a tour, call 222-1047.
* At the UBC OBSERVATORY you can view
solar flares, stars, sunspots and see equipment
used to monitor seismographic activity. For
details, call 228-2802.
* UBC's 5,157-hectare RESEARCH FOREST,
located in Maple Ridge, is a beautiful spot to
spend a summer day. You can explore the
forest trails on your own or take a guided tour
with a professional forester. For information
and directions, call 463-8148.
* UBC's SCHOOL OF MUSIC offers its annual
concert series "Music for a Summer's Evening"
on seven consecutive Thursdays from July 2
through Aug. 12. The free concerts begin at 8
p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building
(early arrival is recommended). For details on
music performances, call 228-3131.
houses one of the most impressive collections
of Northwest Coast Indian artifacts in the
world. The museum also sponsors special
exhibits, programs and events throughout the
year. Open Tuesday through Sunday, with
free admission on Tuesdays. For details, call
* Minerals, fossils, even an 80-million-year-
old Lambeosaurus dinosaur skeleton are on
display at UBC's GEOLOGY MUSEUM,
located in the foyer of the Geological Sciences
Building. An impressive collection of fossils
and crystals are on sale at the Collector's
Shop. Museum is open weekdays from 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 228-5586 for details.
* A visit to UBC's ASIAN CENTRE is the next
best thing to a trip to the Orient. Adjacent to
the Japanese Nitobe Garden, this spectacular
Small boy, big bell. The bell is at the Asian Centre, one of the many beauty spots <
campus for visitors of all ages.
building is a major Vancouver centre for Asian
activities. The Japanese Bell Tower at the
entrance to the centre is a must for
photographers. Call 228-2746 for more
round performances of traditional and
experimental theatre. UBC's summer stock
company will perform four plays this year:
Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death
opens May 27 and runs through June 6; Loot
by Joe Orton runs June 17-27; Michel
Tremblay's Bonjour La, Boniour will be staged
July 8-18; and the final show, Barry
Broadfoot's Ten Lost Years, runs July 29 to
Aug. 8.  For ticket information, call 228-2678.
* OLDE ENGLISH TEAS are offered every
Sunday afternoon at Cecil Green Park, a
beautiful turn-of-the-century mansion
overlooking Georgia Strait, beginning May 3.
Tea sittings are at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Reservations (228-2018) are recommended.
* Take a stroll through UBC's beautiful
located on Stadium Road, features many
specialized garden areas and a Garden Shop
with unique gift items. The Japanese Nitobe
Garden, located behind the Asian Centre, is a
visitor's delight with its delicate landscaping
and authentic Japanese teahouse. Call 228-
4208 for hours.
* UBC's AQUATIC CENTRE features two 50-
metre indoor and outdoor swimming pools,
saunas and steam rooms, a whirlpool and a
. comlete fitness centre. Call 228-4521 for 24-
hour pool information.
* Tennis enthusiasts are invited to make use of
the extensive indoor and outdoor tennis
facilities (including grass courts) at UBC's
TENNIS CENTRE. Club memberships, a pro
shop and year-round lessons available. For
more information, call 228-4396.
* If you'd like to improve your golf swing,
practise your hockey skills or even brush up
on your fencing moves, the COMMUNITY
offers a wide range of sports programs for
children and adults throughout the summer.
Call 228-3688 for details.
* Squash and racquetball facilities are
available year-round at the THUNDERBIRD
call 228-6125.
UBC REPORTS April 30, 1987     7 UBC Calendar
B.C. Cancer Research Centre Seminar
Steroids in Reproduction and Cancer. Dr. John P.
Wiebe, Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario.
Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research Centre, 601
West 10th Ave. 12:00 noon.
Field Trip and Lecture
Owls of British Columbia. Dick Cannings, Curator,
Cowan Vertebrate Museum. Sponsored by Centre for
Continuing Education. $12. For more information, call
222-5237. Room 2449, Biological Sciences Bldg. 7:30
Applied Science Seminars
Large Scale Computing for the University Environment.
Dr. Thomas J. Harrison. Room 228, McLeod Building.
12:30 p.m.
IBM 3090 Vector Facility - Design and Performance
Perspectives. Dr. Thomas J. Harrison. Room 228,
McLeod Building. 3:30 p.m.
4th Annual Research Day
Sponsored by UBC School of Nursing. Major presenter,
Dr. Ann Hilton. Other papers to be given by faculty and
graduate students. Freeadmission. 3rd floor, Acute
Care Unit, School of Nursing. For more information, call
228-7417. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Social Work Symposium
Research Day. Paper Presentations. $15, $7 for
students. For information, call 228-2576. School of
Social Work, Graham House. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
UBC Research Forest Day
Theme: Our Forests-A Shared Resource. One-hour
free guided tours of selected areas of UBC Research
Forest. Tours leaving north entrance of Haney Place
Mall each hour. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more
information, call 465-7161.
Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group
User's mini-symposium. For more information, call Q.K.
Eigendorf 228-3235. Hewlett-Packard, 10691
ShellbridgeWay, Richmond. 1:30p.m.
B.C. Cancer Research Centre Open House
Explore the facility and see displays depicting the work
of some 40 scientists and 130 support staff seeking
better diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of
cancer. For more information, call 877-6070. B.C.
Cancer Research Centre, 601 West 10 Ave. 10:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m.
Spring Fun Fair
Held by the Summer of'73 Daycare. The festivities will
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include pony rides, games, face painting, white elephant
sale and much more. For more information, call 228-
3208. 2727 Acadia Road. 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
B.C. Cancer Research Centre Seminar
Aspects of Ionizing Radiation-Induced Neoplastic
Transformation. Dr. Collin Hill. Head, Experimental
Radiotherapy, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, University
of Southern California. Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer
Research Centre, 601 W. 10th Ave. 12:00 noon.
Research Centre Seminar
Phosphoinositide Metabolism and Hormone Action in
the Ovary. Dr. Peter C.K. Leung, Obstetrics &
Gynaecology. Refreshments provided at 3:45 p.m.
Room 202, The Research Centre, 950 W. 26th Ave. 4:00
Biochemical Discussion Group
Structure-Function Studies in Proteins by Mutagenesis.
Dr. John Richards, California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena. IRC 3. 4:00 p.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Case presentations and counselling issues. Clinical
Geneticists, Clinical Genetics Unit, Grace Hospital.
Parentcraft Room, Main Floor, Grace Hospital, 4490 Oak
St. 1:00 p.m.
Botanical & Nitobe Memorial Gardens
The Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden will
be open daily 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Free admission
Wednesdays. For information, call 228-4208.
Exhibition of Paintings
Scene and Unseen. May 3-29.
MacBain, at the Faculty Club.
Paintings by K. Patricia
Fine Arts Reference Publication
The Fine Arts Library is publishing an annual microfiche
listing of exhibition catalogues and permanent collection
catalogues currently received. The list will be by
authors, galleries and museums, title, subjects and
artists. There will be a separate index by city to this list.
The list serves as an index to artistic activity by an artist,
at a gallery or in a certain city. Visual records of specific
works of art can be traced. Also, exhibition catalogues
often contain the first written biography of a new artist.
Projected price: $5 - $10. For more information, call
Diana Cooper, Fine Arts Library, 228-3943.
UBC/SPCA Short Course
Animal Cell Culture. Open to students, staff and faculty
attending any of the B.C. universities. June 11 and 12.
This course provides a basic level of knowledge for
those wishing to learn techniques of animal cell culture.
$55. For registration, contact the following no later than
June 10: Dr. David Mathers, Dept. of Physiology, 2146
Health Sciences Mall, Tel. 228-5664.
Recreation UBC Summer Hours
The Rec. UBC outdoor rental shop resumes full time
summer hours beginning May 1 through September 1.
All types of outdoor equipment may be rented for
reasonable prices. Shop is open daily 7:30 a.m. - 3:30
p.m. except Sunday. Located in the dispensary of the
War Memorial Gym. For more information, call 228-3515
or 228-3996.
Workshop Series
Career Beginnings. Sponsored by Office for Wo men
Students. An intense course of career planning for
recent (and near) graduates. Combines support and
skills for confidence-building, decision-making and job
hunting. Free for UBC graduates but registration is
required at the Women Students' Office, Room 203,
Brock Hall, telephone 228-2415. Tuesdays &
Thursdays, Mays, 7, 12, 14,198.21. Women Students'
Lounge, Brock 223. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Continuing Education Workshop
Flying Without Fear. Dr. Peter McLean, Head, Dept. of
Psychology, HSCH. For more information, call 222-
5237. $250. Conference Room, Centre for Continuing
Education. Fridays, May 8 and 15,7:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturdays, May 9 and 16, 9 a.m.- 12 noon and 1 -3 p.m.
Computing Centre Non-credit Courses
The Computing Centre is offering a series of free non-
credit courses during May and June. These courses are
intended primarily for members ofthe university
community who plan to use the facilities ofthe
Computing Centre. A complete list of courses is
available by calling 228-6611, or you can pick up a
schedule from the Computing Centre general office
(CSCI 420).
Laboratory Chemical Safety Course
The UBC Occupational Health and Safety Office is
offering a course covering chemical storage, handling
and disposal, laboratory inspections, emergency
response and spill clean up. The two morning lecture
sessions (May 26, 27) and one morning practical session
(June 4,11, 12, or 19) are intended for staff who handle
chemicals in laboratory, especially head lab technicians,
safety committee representatives and chemical
storeskeepers. Information and course registration is
available from the Occupational Health and Safety
Office, 228-2909.
Haida Houses Project
Northwest Coast artist, Norman Tait and ateam of five
carvers are turning a 29.5 ton, 20 metre-long log into a
Nishga cargo canoe - the first of its kind in over 100
years. It will be paddled down the west coast to
California, tracing the ancient abalone trading routes.
For further information call 228-5087. Haida Houses,
Museum of Anthropology. Continues throughout the
Reach-out Program
Volunteers needed for the Reach-out Program.
Become Vancouver correspondents for the international
students who will be studying at UBC in 1987. For more
information, call UBC International House 228-5021.
Fathers Wanted
Fathers of children between the ages of 3 and 8 are
required for a research project associated with the
Department of Psychology of the University of British
Columbia. The project involves evaluating a program
that teaches parenting skills. Approximately SO minutes
are required and $5.00 will be paid for your participation.
For additional information, contact Susan Cross, Clinical
Psychology, UBC, 321-4346.
Arts faculty essay contest   winners
Three Vancouver area high school students
have won $1500, $1000 and $500 in UBC's
first-ever essay contest.
More than 1,600 Grade 12 students from
across B.C. entered the competition, which
was organized by the Faculty of Arts.
The winners were Ari Giligson of Sir
Winston Churchill Secondary School, J. Rachel
Cave of Hillside Secondary in West Vancouver,
and Shaiza Damji, a student at Crofton House.
Another 22 students received book prizes,
and 85 more were awarded honorable
The students gathered in their respective
schools at 1 p.m. February 9 to write the
essay. The topic, kept secret until then, was
"Discovery." Papers were identified by
numbers only, to ensure anonymity.
The book prizes were won by David Besler
and Jennifer Simunich, Alberni District
Secondary School, Port Alberni; Mark
Hoegnig, Alpha Secondary School, Burnaby;
Sonja Lindstrom and Lee-Ann McGuire, Argyle
Secondary School, North Vancouver;
Damienne Darby, Crofton House, Vancouver;
Christine Hay, Fernie Secondary School,
Fernie; Jeremy Smith, Glenlyon Norfolk House,
Victoria; Sean Mcllroy, Killarney Secondary
School, Vancouver; Tammy Little, Lakes
District Secondary School, Burns Lake;
Jennifer A. Jackson, Little Flower Academy,
Vancouver; Rory Guenard, Max Cameron
Secondary School, Powell River; Cameron
Spelay, Okanagan Mission Secondary School,
Kelowna; Cheryl Niamath, Richmond
Costs swamp
UBC library
In spite of an eighf per cent increase last
year in the Library's collections budget,
cancellation of 900 subscriptions and
substantial salary savings, the library was
forced to use up its reserve funding to cover
the escalating cost of materials.
'The cost of serials publications was up 18-
20 per cent, and we also experienced a
tremendous increase in the cost of books from
the U.K., Europe and Japan," says chief
librarian Douglas Mclnnes.
In his annual report on the Library to
Senate, Mr. Mclnnes acknowledged the efforts
of the University to help the Library, but "we're
in a cycle of escalating costs - a problem that
faces every university library in Canada."
Secondary School, Richmond; Nikola M. Marin
and Todd Sankey, Sir Winston Churchill
Secondary School, Vancouver; Colin Godwin,
Summeriand Secondary School, Summeriand;
Lynne Boardman, Sutherland Secondary
School, North Vancouver; Alexa Sinel,
University Hill Secondary School, Vancouver;
Paul Moorehead, Vernon Secondary School,
Vernon; Erica Crumlin, West Vancouver
Secondary School, West Vancouver; and
Michelle Bain, Windermere Secondary School,
Lone scholar finds a quiet corner in the library.
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the period May 17 to May 30, notices must be submitted on proper
Calendar forms no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 to the Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Road, Room 207, Old Administration Building.  For more
information, call 228-3131.


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