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a place of mind
October 2012
Bringing museums
to life
Public transit:
lessons from great cities
5th Annual
Celebrate Learning Week
Halloween horror
Zombies bring our deepest fears to life 12
Leadership crossroad
China and U.S. 4 Bringing museums to life
Heather Amos
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Highlights of UBC media coverage
in September 2012
Heather Amos
|UBC|      a place of mind
UBC education experts commented
on a range of issues affecting K-12
education this fall. David Vogt
and Don Krug discussed the role
of technology and education. Blye
Frank discussed the changing
role ofthe teacher. Lynn Miller
and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl
provided some tips about coping with
back-to-school anxiety. An article on
cyberbullying referred to research by
Jennifer Shapka. Marina-Milner
Bolotin discussed the state of science
education in Canada. Jim Anderson
talked about families and reading.
Charles Ungerleider provided expert
commentary and wrote a number of
op/eds about the B.C. school system.
As UBC welcomed more than
8,000 new first-year students to the
Vancouver and Okanagan campuses,
the university was featured in CBC,
Global, the Province and Kelowna
CapitalNews stories. UBC's Faculty
of Law was featured in the Vancouver
Sun, CBC Early Edition and
Canadian Lawyer Magazine for
making its first-year Aboriginal law
course mandatory. A new international
nutrition program in the Faculty
of Land and Food Systems was also
featured in the Vancouver Sun.
Canada's changing family
Statistics Canada released 2011 census
data showing that Canada's family
portrait was increasingly made up
of common law couples, same-sex
marriages, and single-dad households.
The data also showed an increase
in divorce rates in the baby boomer
generation and that more young adults
were living at home.
Mary Ann Murphy, Carrie
Yodanis, James White, Nathanael
Lauster, Deborah O'Connor, Paul
Kershaw and Sylvia Fuller discussed
the census results with the Globe
and Mail, National Post, Canadian
Press, Toronto Star, CTV, Global,
Vancouver Sun, and others
"Family now is what it always was:
ever-changing," said Mary Ann
Murphy to the Globe and Mail.
"We have certainly added some new,
acceptable options for Canadians to
choose from—and at younger ages
there's a higher degree of acceptability
around choosing anything you want."
Free and online postsecondary
UBC announced it is partnering with
US.-based company Coursera to
provide online, high quality, non-credit
courses free of charge to a worldwide
audience, reported the BBC, Forbes,
Vancouver Sun and others.
UBC will pilot three courses taught
by its faculty and researchers starting
in spring 2013: Rosie Redfield will
be teaching a course called "Useful
Genetics," Gregor Kiczales will be
teaching "Computer Science Problem
Design," and Sarah Burch and
Tom-Pierre Frappe-Seneclauze,
instructors for the UBC Continuing
Studies Centre for Sustainability,
will be running a course called
"Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate
New facilities at UBC
A new National Soccer Development
Centre will be built at UBC's
Vancouver campus. The Whitecaps
men's, women's and residency squads,
Canada's men's and women's teams as
well as UBC teams, community soccer
organizations and other groups will
use the facility. It will feature a new
fieldhouse and five fields, reported the
Canadian Press, Globe and Mail,
CTV, Global and others.
This month, UBC also announced the
opening of its new Pharmaceutical
Sciences Building and the Bioenergy
Research and Demonstration
Facility (BBDF). The Pharmaceutical
Scienes Building will enable UBC to
graduate 224 new pharmacists per
year by 2015—a 47 per cent increase—
and more than double the research
space for drug discovery and health
care innovation. The opening ofthe
BDBF makes UBC the first Canadian
university to produce clean heat and
electricity from biofuel.
Pub lie Affairs
When Renee Zhang moved from
Beijing to Madison, Wisconsin to learn
English, she often took her friend's
kids to a children's museum for some
fun and hands-on learning. Now, she is
enrolled in a program that will allow
her to create this kind of magic.
Zhang, who has a law degree from
China Women's University, is one
of 17 students enrolled in Canada's
first Master's of Museum Education
(MMEd). The new UBC Faculty of
Education program, which began in
September, is one ofthe few in the
world to focus on museum education.
David Anderson, a professor in
the Department of Curriculum and
Pedagogy and director ofthe new
program, says that many museum
studies degree programs tend to focus
on the conservation and preservation
of artifacts in object-based museums.
The new one-year MMEd's focus is on
Renee Zhang is one of 17 students in UBC's new Master's of Museum Education program.
the scholarship of education in museum
settings and the practices needed to
help museums achieve their educational
"Museums are a different kind of
educational world," he said, noting that
the UBC program further develops
students as professional educators in
a wide variety of museum settings—
everything from history, culture
and natural sciences to art galleries,
botanical gardens, planetariums and
even aquariums.
In a museum, you'll find patrons of all
ages, from vastly different backgrounds,
visiting as part of a group or a tour, on
family outings, with schools, on dates or
just solo.
"Thinking about visitor learning and
educational practices in museums is
not the same as one might think about
education in a school or university
classroom," said Anderson, who has
studied how people learn outside
of school environments for the past
twenty years. "You have to figure out
how to design experiences that are
meaningful for people from all kinds of
backgrounds and a diversity of ages."
The MMEd program has been
established in partnership with Beijing
Normal University (BNU)— Zhuhai
Campus, a school that specializes in
education and teacher training. Half
ofthe students are from China and do
three of their courses at BNU before
coming to UBC.
The courses administered through
BNU are intended to give students
a sense ofthe local context and the
unique social issues of China.
"We didn't want to run the risk that the
students would have trouble translating
the ideas and approaches to museum
education they learn in Vancouver to
their own context," said Anderson.
Zhang says this form of education is
quite new in China.
According to Anderson, there is a
huge demand for museum educators
in Asia. In 2010 and 2011, 3,000 new
museums opened in China alone.
"There's a boom of museums in Asia
but they are building the structures
faster than the staff can be educated and
professionally equipped," he said.
Zhang is hoping that her career will
allow her to focus on children.
"You can design museum programs
and exhibits that let children learn
from playing and give them the choice
in deciding what to learn," she said. "In
school, they don't get to pick what they
While she's studying in Vancouver,
Zhang will get some hands-on
experience developing museum
programing for children. The MMEd
program has collaborative partnerships
with museums in the Vancouver area
and students will work with a variety
of museums including the Vancouver
Aquarium, Museum of Vancouver, the
HR MacMillan Space Centre, Beaty
Biodiversity Museum and Museum of
Anthropology. •
For more information, visit:
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   October 2012 Who is better for Canada:
Obama or Romney?
UBC political scientists Richard Johnston and Paul Quirk
help us understand the final weeks of the U.S. election campaign
Basil Waugh
Changes at the top:
China shakes up leaders
^As China prepares for October's leadership transition, UBC Asia expert
Yves Tiberghien discusses the likely new leaders, the challenges ahead,
;and implications for Canada and the world
Basil Waugh
Is this election a referendum
on President Obama?
The Republicans want the election
to be a referendum on Barack Obama's
presidency and his failure to fix the
economy. The Democrats want the
election to be a choice between two
visions for the country. They know their
weaknesses, too. Obama is burdened
with having to explain the extremely
slow economic recovery, while the
Republicans' platform is farther to the
right than ever before—in other words,
further to right than most undecided
voters. Richard Johnston
How close is this race?
The race is very close, but it might
not matter. The best polls available
put Barack Obama ahead of Mitt
Romney by two to four percent. But
this slim margin is enough that the
best forecaster in the U.S.—Nate Silver
of the FhieThirtyEight blog—currently
puts Obama's likelihood of re-election
at 75 per cent. That is because there
are so few undecided voters—less than
any previous American election. Partly,
this is a result of massive advertising
campaigns, especially in swing states.
But it also because Americans have
become a more partisan nation, more
consistently preferring the president of
a certain party. The percentage ofthe
population who plan to vote and are
undecided are in the single digits.
Paul Quirk, Richard Johnston
Do TV debates matter?
Research suggests that debates,
despite the hype, generally have smaller
impacts on elections than most people
think. That's because debates occur late
enough that voters have already made
up their minds—plus people who watch
debates are usually already decided.
Both sides speak, so it is hard to for
either to control the message. In fact,
conventions, where parties can control
their messages uncontested, tend to
provide a bigger bounce.
There are, however, two things to
watch for in the debates. The first
are significant mistakes, such as an
embarrassing false statement or when
someone, thoughtlessly in the moment,
says something offensive. One ofthe
most famous cases of this is when
Gerald Ford denied in 1976 that the
Soviet Union controlled Poland. He
stuck with it for a couple days, and it
was completely embarrassing for him.
The other situation is when candidates—
usually someone considered a
'lightweight'—exceeds expectations.
This happened with Ronald Reagan in
1980 in George W. Bush in 2000, and
produced significant gains.
Richard Johnston, Paul Quirk
What are their biggest challenges?
Romney looked good in the
Republican debates, but has three main
weaknesses. First, he has been mistake-
prone throughout the campaign, putting
his foot in his mouth frequently. Second,
he appears unanchored; in pandering to
the Republican base, he has embraced
positions that are at odds with his
stance on abortion and taxes—and that
will be hard to defend. Finally, he will
be going up against a very cool customer
in Barack Obama, who was extremely
impressive in previous debates.
One thing to watch for, from Obama's
standpoint, is whether he is able to
explain why it is reasonable for the
economic recovery to take so long. He
has things to point to—the Republican's
didn't support his second jobs bill, for
example—but whether he can tell a
story so complicated, in such a venue,
remains to be seen. Paul Quirk
What are the key issues to watch for?
I think the Republicans' effort to
change voting regulations—which may
suppress voting among lower-income
and African-American voters—is an
issue to watch. On the face of it, these
are race-neutral legal measures—they
are asking for more forms of identification at the polls, despite a lack of
evidence of fraud. However, some
Republican officials have been quoted
acknowledging the goal of suppressing
the Black vote. While several states have
rejected the changes, some are still in
play legally. If they work, this could be a
major issue, particularly in swing states.
On the other hand, I can't imagine
better material for a get-out-the vote
campaign by the Democrats.
Paul Quirk
How will technology influence
this election?
There is not the same level of
innovation with technology this year
as in 2008, when the Internet played
a huge role in Obama's victory. That
said, both parties will certainly try
to use social media to mobilize their
voters. Twitter helps people form
a dominant impression of political
events—at least among the people they
follow—much faster than ever before.
For example, Clint Eastwood's speech at
the Republican convention was viewed
as a disaster almost immediately. In the
past, it took days for consensus to form,
usually through the mainstream media.
Now we see journalists monitoring
social media to help them decide what is
Richard Johnston, Paul Quirk
Who's most likely to win?
This election will most likely produce
a mixed result. The best polls available
suggest the Republicans are likely to
win the House, Obama is likely to win
the presidency, and the Senate is up for
grabs. So in many ways, this is likely to
be another inconclusive election. The
political system will remain divided and
neither side will get to do what it wants.
Richard Johnston
Who's better for Canada:
Romney or Obama?
Canadians generally approve of
the social policies ofthe Democrats
more than the Republicans, but the
Republicans, who are better on energy
and trade, would actually likely be
better for Canada economically. So as
Canadians watch from the sidelines,
they can either vote with their values or
they can vote with their pocketbooks.
Paul Quirk •
Prof. Richard Johnston, who conducted
the largest study of U.S. voters in 2000
and 2008, is UBC's Canada Research
Chair in Public Opinion, Elections
and Representation. Prof. Paul Quirk,
whose forthcoming book on U.S.
politics will discuss the 2012 election,
is UBC's Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics
and Representation.
Learn more at www.politics.ubc.ca.
How important is this change of
This will be one of China's most
significant leadership changes since the
;i949 Chinese Revolution. The biggest
^spotlight is on two major positions, the
-general secretary and prime minister,
'which have only changed at the same
-time once before, 10 years ago. But
'China will also choose up to seven
^new members for its top decisionmaking body—the Politburo Standing
'Committee—and renew more than
^200 Politburo and Central Committee
'positions. These changes will impact
'every ministry and department. This
-is the moment when China will choose
'a new direction—and it will impact
^everything, from foreign policy, their
economy, energy, education, everything.
Who will be the next General Secretary?
The most powerful position in
'China is the General Secretary ofthe
'Community Party, and that is expected
'to be Xi Jinping. He is 59, a member of
'the Standing Committee and a former
'governor and secretary general ofthe
Fujian and Zhejiang provinces. He is
from China's "princeling" class, the
son of veteran Communist guerrilla
leader who led social and economic
'reforms in Guangdong. This, along
'With his military experience, has given
him powerful connections. We know
^surprisingly little about his position on
^major topics, although does bring his
father's reformist pedigree. He has been
groomed carefully for leadership, is very
careful, and has not made any major
'What about the position of Prime
The man expected to become Prime
^Minister, the head ofthe Chinese
^government, is Li Keqiang. He rose
'through the Chinese Communist
'Youth League, has held top positions in
'Henan and Liaoning, and is a protege
of outgoing president Hu Jintao. His
'areas of expertise and interest include
^employment, health reforms, housing,
^and the development of clean energy:
^social-economic agendas. He is 57 and
the only knocks against him are his lack
'of military links and powerful father,
'and some have questioned whether he
has the strength and charisma to be
'Prime Minister, which has previously
been held by tough leaders.
'What are the big economic issues?
The huge levels of inequality in China
will be one the greatest issues facing the
new leaders—before it becomes socially
'explosive. Last year, China started to
rebalance their economy—partly to
address inequality, but also to create
^a more sustainable economy—and
^this will continue. China has accepted
a lower rate of growth—7.5 per cent
instead of eight—and reined in their
'real estate, export surplus and banking.
'They have also significantly increased
wages—by up to 20 per cent annually in
some regions—to increase wealth and
consumer spending, while addressing
labor demand. It is an incredibly
complex process, but so far so good. The
challenge will be to take more action
on inequality—perhaps expanding the
real estate tax being tested in Shanghai
and Chongqing—without causing the
wealthy to revolt.
How will China balance growth and
climate change?
According to 2011 data, China
produces nearly 30 per cent of global
carbon emissions, more than any
other country. There is pollution and
droughts, and crops are being impacted.
The outgoing leaders have identified
climate change as an issue, but were
unwilling, or unable, to sacrifice growth
for sustainability. China still burns coal
for electricity, for example. The climate
issue is unavoidable, in many ways,
because it is interconnected with their
energy needs. China is heading towards
a wall on both energy and climate, and
they need new clean energies fast.
Climate change is a time-bomb ticking
over all our heads.
What are Canada's interests in China?
Stephen Harper's spring visit was
a turning point in Canada-China
relations. There has been strong
interest in deepening economic ties
since then. What does that mean? In
the short term, China needs oil, and
that is where a new Canadian pipeline
may come in. Behind that is uranium
and potash, and Canada is also a
player in both. China is also investing
heavily in wind, solar and other clean
energy—another big opportunity
for Canada. Longer term, China will
become a capital exporter and wants
to invest in Canada and elsewhere. As
Asia increasingly becomes the centre
ofthe global economy—the trends
clearly support this—major new trade
infrastructure becomes increasingly
likely on our coast.
What about tensions between China
and the U.S.?
China will soon pass the U.S. to be
the world's #1 economy—as early as
2018, according to some forecasts.
Historically, when a challenger
surpasses a dominant superpower, is
when we have wars. There's way too
much at stake for war, but the next
few years will be extremely volatile
between China and the U.S. America
doesn't want to be #2 and China doesn't
want to be stopped. So this is a historic
time that requires savvy leadership
on both sides. China and the U.S. need
to work together or it could be very
ugly. One ofthe best ways to navigate
this, in my opinion, is through common
institutions, such as G20.
Prof. Yves Tiberghien of UBC's Institute of Asian Research.
How will the U.S. election impact relations?
If Mitt Romney gets elected, he has said he would declare
China a currency manipulator. Basically, we are looking at
potential financial Armageddon, if he doesn't back down.
If Romney triggers a process that sees Congress slapping
automatic duties on Chinese exports, it would almost certainly
produce a trade war. If this escalates, China would threaten to
stop buying U.S. bonds, which would create a U.S. deficit crisis,
and a massive global financial crisis everywhere else—imagine
the Eurozone crisis on steroids. So if Romney becomes
president, his advisors need to find a way out of this. •
Prof. Yves Tiberghien, an expert on the political economy
of Asia and Europe, is the new director of UBC's Institute of
Asian Research, a leading global centre for interdisciplinary
research, teaching and learning on Asia.
Learn more at www.iar.ubc.ca.
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Are humans more important
than animals?
A close look at how research involving
animals and humans is monitored may
yield an answer that would be surprising
to most.
"In some ways, the animal research
governance system is not only
more stringent, but better, than the
governance of research involving
humans in Canada," says Cathy Schuppli,
a visiting scientist with UBC's Animal
Welfare Program, who along with
Michael McDonald, professor and
Maurice Young Chair of Applied Ethics
at UBC, has studied the issue.
They compared Canada's human and
animal research governance systems in
six areas—compliance, independence,
transparency, accountability, quality
assurance and education—and found
that in all but the last, there were clearer
guidelines and stronger enforcement for
animals than for humans.
Pioneered in Canada
Developed and maintained by the
Canadian Council for Animal Care
(CCAC), the Canadian system is
internationally recognized for achieving
compliance through a number of
In 1968, the CCAC pioneered the
use of institution-based Animal Care
Committees (ACCs) to review and
approve animal research proposals.
This model was then used as a starting
point by Switzerland, the U.S., New
Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands and
the U.K. to develop their own systems.
Member institutions voluntarily
participate in the CCAC's assessment
program. However, the CCAC reached
agreements with federal government
funding agencies—the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
and the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council—in 1986
that stipulate institutions can only
receive funding if they are in compliance.
This means that the agencies will only
fund institutions that comply with
CCAC standards. (UBC fully participates
in assessments and is in compliance.)
Since 1975, the CCAC has collected
and published information on the
number of animals involved in research
nationally, the degree of invaisiveness
animals were exposed to during research
activities, and the purpose for which
animals were used. It also requires each
institution to be assessed every three
years—a comprehensive review ofthe
institution's research protocols, ACC
documentation, veterinarian reports
and a visit to each ofthe animal facilities
by the CCAC assessment panel—to
receive the Certificate of Good Animal
Practice (GAP).
"The CCAC has developed a
multi-pronged strategy to achieve
compliance among academic
institutions," says Schuppli, "and
through the introduction of their GAP
Certificates, is attracting voluntary
compliance by some government
departments and a small but growing
number of private research labs.
"They've also affected changes to
government policies, created new or
enhanced existing legislation, and
lobbied governments to incorporate
CCAC standards into provincial
legislation and the federal Criminal
Seven provinces have amended
legislation to include CCAC
guidelines and five of those (Alberta,
PEI, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and
Newfoundland and Labrador) now make
compliance with CCAC standards a
requirement under provincial law.
In contrast, there's no mandatory
system for site inspections for
institutions receiving federal funding
for human research, and while there's a
mechanism for withdrawal of funding
when animals are misused, there's no
such blanket stipulation when it comes
to human research. There is also little
information about the participation
of humans in research being collected
nationally, including number of studies
and participants or the prevalence of
adverse events.
Developments in the U.K.
The U.K., notable for being the
first country in the world to legislate
research animal welfare, requires
that the likely adverse effects on the
animals be weighed against the likely
benefit of research. This is done through
inspectors and independent assessors
appointed by the Secretary of State, who
then issue individual or project licenses.
The licenses also specify where the
research can take place, and identifies
an expert who advises on animal health
and welfare for the project. In essence,
the U.K. system appoints advocates
who act on behalf ofthe welfare ofthe
In Canada, the funding agencies
convene peer review panels to assess the
scientific merit of a research proposal.
The institutional ACC then reviews
the proposal with regards to the use of
Schuppli, who studied the dynamics
and effectiveness of ACCs as part of
her PhD research in the UBC Animal
Welfare Program, says ACCs focus
their efforts on minimizing harm to
animals by applying what's known
as the 3Rs principle: reducing the
number of animals used; ensuring that
replacement, wherever possible, takes
place; and reducing harms caused by
procedures (also known as refinement).
"Our current system seems to leave
unanswered the question of whether the
scientific merit outweighs the harms
that the animals experience," says Dan
Weary, a professor in UBC's Animal
Welfare Program and NSERC Industry
Chair in Animal Welfare.
The underlying assumption ofthe
current governance system is that any
potential scientific benefit trumps
potential harm to the animals—what
the ethicists call the "human priority"
model, a notion that seems to be
increasingly challenged with the rise
ofthe animal rights movement and a
general decline in support ofthe use
of animals in research, compared to 50
years ago.
"There is no doubt that the sentiments
against animal research are growing,
and it's in large part because the public
only hears one side ofthe story," says
Bill Milsom, head of UBC's Department
of Zoology and former chair of UBC's
Animal Care Committee.
"The challenge for researchers is to
remain non-emotional," says Milsom.
"It's hard when people are leveling
charges against you—what you've
devoted your life to doing is a waste of
time, or even criminal. It's hard not to
take it personally."
But Milsom says, based on conversations
with animal rights activists, he feels the
two sides may not be as far apart as they
might think on the issue of transparency.
"I think the research community
would agree that there isn't the need for
the degree of perceived secrecy there is
around animal research," says Milsom.
"And I say 'perceived' because nothing
is secret—everything is published and
ultimately in the public eye. It's just a
matter of when."
Let the public decide?
Studies have shown that attitudes
toward animal research can vary widely
based on gender, age, vegetarianism,
experience with animals and education.
The type of animals involved, trust in
regulatory bodies and even economic
benefits ofthe application have also
been shown to influence attitudes
towards biotechnology.
"Clearly the research community has
one view of the value of animal-based
research, while at least some critics of
animal use have very different views,"
says Weary. "A larger question, given
UBC's mandate to better connect with
the community, is how broadly held are
the views for and against animal use in
For example, Schuppli and Weary
found in a recent study that public
attitudes around research change when
genetically modified animals are thrown
in the mix.
In their 2010 study, they found that 66
per cent of participants supported using
pigs to reduce phosphorus pollution, but
support declined to 49 per cent when
the pigs were fed genetically modified
corn, and dropped further to 20 per cent
when the research required the creation
of a new line of genetically modified pigs.
A forthcoming study by Elisabeth
Ormandy, a recent PhD graduate
in UBC's Animal Welfare Program,
shows participants are equally willing
to support research using zebrafish
and mice, but support for animal use
dropped when a technique perceived as
painful was used.
"This type of research gives us abetter
sense of what our society deems as
acceptable and where to draw the line,"
says Weary.
"The larger question, then, is whether
the research community is willing
to open the door to greater public
participation in determining the
research agenda," says David Fraser, a
professor in UBC's Animal Welfare
Program and NSERC Industrial
Research Chair in Animal Welfare.
Fraser points out that in Sweden,
research ethics committees are
established for a geographical region
and are therefore independent of any
specific research institution. They also
have an equal number of scientists and
community members, including strong
representation from the animal welfare
movement—a model established in
part to address calls for greater public
In Canada, while the humane
movement is represented on the CCAC—
they hold four out of 30 voting seats
and representatives are nominated by
the Canadian Federation of Humane
Societies—"no one has a stated mandate
to represent the 'general public,'" says
"On institutional ACCs, the 'public'
is often represented by one or two
members from an animal advocacy
agency," says Schuppli. "Finding ways
to engage the community to select
their own representatives—as is done
in New Zealand and Australia—could
bring the process a step further towards
achieving broader representation of
current societal views." (Community
members on UBC's ACC have consisted
a representative from the BC SPCA,
as well as a teacher, a lawyer and an
architect on a rotational basis.))
Having a realistic grasp of what the
society values could also motivate the
research community to find alternative
methods and take lab animal welfare to a
new level, says Marina von Keyserlingk,
a professor in UBC's Animal Welfare
Program and NSERC Industrial
Research Chair in Animal Welfare, but
both the research community and the
public need to better communicate their
priorities and vision for the future.
To that end, the research community
at UBC, with assistance from von
Keyserlingk, Weary and Fraser, has
applied for funds from CIHR to
supplement funds already committed
by UBC's Vice President Research
and International and the Faculties
of Land and Food Systems, Medicine
and Science. The goal is to organize
an international forum next spring at
UBC, bringing together experts from
the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands,
Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and
Canada to share lessons from respective
systems—a first step toward finding a
"Canadian solution" to the problem of
fair and transparent governance, says
They plan to follow the forum with
other initiatives to further involve the
public—to take place concurrently
with ongoing research into better
mechanisms for public engagement,
such as Weary and Schuppli's current
work on online surveys.
"Animal research is a complex issue
spanning a number of disciplines across
the sciences, lab animal welfare, ethics,
and political science," says Milsom. "We
are faced with the problem of how best
to engage the public in governance of
animal-based research and as university
academics we need to approach this in
a scholarly fashion. Problem solving
is what academics do and I am excited
that UBC is taking a leadership role in
attempting to find a working solution to
this problem." •
To read previous installments of the
Animal Research series and for more
information on animal research at UBC,
visit www.animalresearch.ubc.ca.
UBC welcomes letters from students,
faculty and staff on this topic at
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   October 2012 Public transit
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September 28 - December 9, 2012
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Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm
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Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm
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California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The tour is organized by Independent
Curators International (ICI), New York.
1825 Main Mall, UBC
Open 10-5 Tues-Fri, 12-5 Sat-Sun
Jinhua Zhao has worked with New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, London and Boston to improve their transit systems.
The world's largest cities are resorting to tough love to
reduce traffic congestion and pollution, according to UBC
urban planning and transportation expert Jinhua Zhao.
Zhao points to Shanghai which auctions off only about 10,000
car registrations each month. To get on the road, residents in
China's largest city of 23 million people must bid on vehicle
license plates. Depending on the number of bidders, each
license can cost as much as 60,000 yuan ($10,000 CDN).
And while residents complain about the cost, they have
accepted the policy and are more concerned about the
fairness and transparency of revenue use, says Zhao.
"Not only do these auctions help to reduce congestion, they
provide a financing tool. Shanghai generates up to $5 billion
yuan ($0.8 billion CDN) annually in revenue," says Zhao, who
serves as a commissioner for the China Planning Network, a
think tank focused on China's urbanization. He will discuss
these and other strategies at next month's annual conference
for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in
Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Ifyou look at any ofthe great cities in
the world, people have asked themselves
'where do we want to be in 20 years'
and then found a way forward," says
Jinhua Zhao, an assistant professor
jointly appointed in the Dept. of Civil
Engineering and at the School of
Community and Regional Planning.
In Beijing, for example, residents must
enter a lottery to obtain a license plate.
And in the U.K., drivers have to pay the
equivalent of $13 CDN during week day
work hours to enter central London—the
world's largest congestion zone.
"While these approaches may not
offer Vancouver direct solutions, it
helps to bring transportation and urban
development options to the table that
otherwise would not even be discussed,"
says Zhao, whose research areas include
public transportation, transportation
economics and policy and information
After all, hot button issues of public
transit funding, congestion and
neighbourhood density are only going
to intensify, he says.
"Vancouver wants to grow by one
million, so how does the city want
to distribute that population? Is it
possible for Translink to achieve their
goal by 2040 that most trips are by
transit, walking and cycling?"
Since joining UBC in 2010, Zhao has
been helping Translink explore the use
of an automatic data collection (ADC)
system to improve public transit.
ADC refers to sophisticated systems
that gather, merge and analyze data
from passenger-use patterns and
GPS-equipped buses and trains.
"ADC provides a spatial and temporal
picture of how people are using transit
and where it needs to improve," says
Zhao, who over the past decade has
worked with New York, Hong Kong,
Chicago, London and Boston to hone
their ADC systems.
While public transport agencies in
the past were limited to less reliable
and costly data collection methods such
as manual surveys, today's planners
can apply robust ADC tools to monitor,
diagnose, and ultimately, design a
better transportation system.
A case in point is the City of London,
he says. "My team and I developed
methods that have been used to refine
public transit's scheduling process and
service quality measures. London was
able to improve forecasts for customer
demand and the provision of customer
At Translink, Zhao is focusing on
ADC data that will give users and
planners a sharper picture of bus
service reliability. "For example,
customer information will report more
than just the average travel time. It will
also inform users the variation ofthe
travel time, and the probability of bus
arriving and getting to the destination
on time." •
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Lights, cameras....
sustainable set design
Emmy winning 'green' set designer Garvin Eddy joins
UBC's Dept. of Theatre and Film
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Interested in checking out what
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This event will feature VST's high profile
faculty speaking on their area of expertise
and interest. Open to the general public
and especially to those who are
considering a course of study at
Vancouver School of Theology.
With 56,000 students - the majority of whom are under the
age of 25 and living on their own for the first time—UBC
is bound to be the scene of hijinks and the odd case of bad
But when students cross the line, should the university
discipline them? What kind of infractions deserve correction?
The university expects students to be respectful of other
community members when they are on or near campus, or
participating in a university activity. When those expectations
are broken, what is the role ofthe university—to punish, or to
help students to learn from their mistakes?
UBC implemented a new approach to non-academic
misconduct starting at its Okanagan campus in September 2009,
and at its Vancouver campus in February 2012.
The Student Code of Conduct lays out exactly what is
considered unacceptable conduct, and the possible disciplinary
measures that could ensue. Non-academic misconduct can
mean anything from incidents that involve alcohol—drinking in
public, disruptive behaviour or damage to property—to criminal
incidents, such as theft, stolen parking passes or assault
"Universities are all about learning and there are all kinds of
"Universities are all about
learning and there are all kinds
of learning that people do in
their lives."
learning that people do in their lives," said Ian Cull, Associate
Vice President of Students at UBCO. "Often we learn important
lessons from mistakes and reflecting on poor judgment."
When there is an allegation of misconduct, the student is
invited to meet to review the incident and discuss appropriate
outcomes with the campus student conduct manager. When no
agreement is reached or when the incident is very serious, the
case is referred to a student committee that is chaired by a senior
faculty or staff member. The findings are then set out in a report
to the President who will decide what disciplinary measures, if
any, are needed. Students may appeal the President's decision to
the Senate appeals committee.
Cull, who chaired the Okanagan student committee for three
years, says the new system incorporates major changes.
The new process allows for the possibility of reaching a
resolution early on, avoiding the more formal hearing process.
Students have the opportunity to review the allegation and tell
their side of the story to the student conduct manger, who can
help the student explore the options to resolve the matter. If the
student agrees with the proposed resolution then an agreement
is signed.
"If the student committed the alleged misconduct, they have
the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and be
part ofthe resolution process," says Chad Hyson, Vancouver's
student conduct manger. "Perhaps no further action is required—
upon investigation the facts may not support the allegation."
Most students would rather resolve the issue at this stage. Of
the 110 reports filed in the Okanagan in the 2009/10 academic
year, only 11 were referred to committee. For the 2011/12 school
year, only three of 145 reports were sent up.
More serious cases, like assault, will go through the Student
Code of Conduct process and will automatically be sent to the
committee in addition to being dealt with by law enforcement
and the judicial system.
"Students are much more engaged," said Cull. "You sit before
your peers and have to explain your behaviour to them. The
weight of that judgment and the experience are a lot different
than if you're dealing with an administrator." •
For more information, students should review their Academic
Calendar, www.calendar.ubc.ca
What has been your most notable set design experience'
"It has to be The Cosby Show, a major hit of the 1980's. Up until
that show, African-Americans had always been portrayed on
television as members of a lower socioeconomic class. After
spending a day with Bill Cosby discussing the concept, it was
clear he had a very different approach to the setting of the show.
While producers back in L.A were thinking of a lower middle
class family, Bill was adamant that the lead characters be
well-educated professionals.
"This was revolutionary. Just how revolutionary was brought
home to me a few years ago when I went out for dinner with a
fellow director from South Africa and his wife. She turned to me
at one point in the conversation and asked, 'Do you have any
idea the effect the Cosby Show had on South Africa?' I didn't
know what she was getting at. She said it changed the entire
perception of blacks in South Africa. Up until that point, most
white South Africans couldn't conceive of an upper middle
class black family. The beauty of the Cosby show was in the fact
that it wasn't about the 'colour' of the characters, it was simply
about an American family experiencing universal middle class
What show do people always ask you about?
"That would be the show, Roseanne. Roseanne was not so much
about what people aspired to, but what people actually were. I
often speak about the use of visual cues in my classes; items on
the set that people can identify with and relate to. On the set
of Roseanne I put an old, crocheted afghan on the back of the
sofa. It seemed like everyone in the world had the same type
of afghan over their sofa. I've been asked about that afghan
literally hundreds of times. It's those kinds of small things that
people can instantly identify with, and they immediately get it."
New UBC Film Prof. Garvin Eddy is working to make Hollywood set design more sustainable.
UBC's newest film professor Garvin
Eddy has worked in Hollywood long
enough to learn more than a few
dirty secrets.
One of those, says the Emmy-winning
set designer of such classic TV shows as
The Cosby Show, Rosanne, and That 70's
Show, is that many ofthe sets are built of
wood that is forested illegally from Asia.
Hoping to change that, Eddy
has helped to develop a new
environmentally friendly set
construction product, which is being
piloted in NBC's new hit TV series,
Grimm, which airs Fridays at 9 p.m.
"The entertainment industry
employs a lot of people, but it also
wastes an extraordinary amount of
energy," says Eddy. "We build sets
using non-sustainable resources, hang
thousands of hot, bright lights from
the rafters, and then turn on the air
conditioning to cool everything down."
Hollywood has been trying to find a
solution to these problems for years,
but tight budgets and access to cheap
materials make for slow progress.
Eddy wasn't about to give up. He
obtained certification in green building
practices with the aim of developing
green guidelines for the entertainment
In the U.S. alone, more than 20 million
square feet of plywood is used per year
in the entertainment industry, and
current estimates indicate that 70 per
cent of this wood is harvested illegally
from endangered forests in Southeast
Asia, particularly the Philippines and
Indonesia. Called 'luan,' a staple on sets
for the past 30 years, the wood product
is made from tropical hardwoods.
Eddy has been instrumental in
helping to develop a new product called
"ScenicPly," a sustainable plywood
panel specifically designed for set
"Through extensive research, we
found a company in Eugene, Oregon
called Ply Veneer that came to L.A.,
worked with us, and customized
something that could meet our needs,"
says Eddy. "It took nearly 18 months of
trial and error to produce the prototype
and now we're working on a second
generation of ScenicPly."
Made in three Oregon plants,
ScenicPly utilizes woods harvested from
well-managed forests, is FSC (Forest
Stewardship Council) Certified, and
poised to make a significant impact on
the 'greening' of set production.
"The job now is to convince the major
studios that the extra cost is worth it,
because obviously it costs more than
blackmarket luan," says Eddy, who will
teach production design beginning in
Eddy says studios such as Warner
Brothers are leading the pack. They
have a LEED certified sound stage and
are using solar panels on some sets.
"It's easier for large feature films to
incorporate sustainable practices," he
says. "They usually have a much bigger
budget than television."
And he should know. For more
than 30 years Garvin Eddy has been
a professional scenic designer in
television, film and theatre. He won an
L.A. Drama Critic's Circle award and 13
Emmy awards for his work on such TV
shows as The Cosby Show, A Different
World, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the
Sun, That 70's Show, Grace Under Fire
and Whoopi. His theatrical credits
range from A Streetcar Named Desire to
Tommy and Tobacco Road.
Eddy is happy to be in Vancouver, and
thrilled to be at UBC, an institution with
a large commitment to sustainability.
"To my knowledge, no other university
in the world is thinking about
sustainability as deeply," he says. •
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Judge zombies not,
lest ye be judged
Zombies have political, social, and cultural
relevance—who knew?
Jody Jacob
Ifyou believe zombies as a manifestation
of evil, check the mirror.
The ugly truth, suggests PhD student
Kelly Doyle, is that deep down, zombies
have a lot more in common with living,
breathing humans than we'd like to
"The hardest thing to face is that
there might be something about your
existence that you don't want to
acknowledge," she says.
As Halloween nears Doyle suggests
zombies are symbolic of humanity's
worst fears and most basic urges. More
than any other monster, zombies
represent what we hate and fear most
about ourselves and society.
"Zombies are recognizably human in a
way that a lot of other monsters are not,"
says Doyle." A zombie is a decaying yet
undead body with no ability to control
its urges. It's disgusting, revolting. And
yet, it signifies the truth of what living
things inevitably become: cadavers."
This grotesque nature is in stark
contrast to another popular undead
monster—the vampire, portrayed in
many genres as sexy, civilized, even
"People may tend to think that it
would be wonderful to be an immortal,
youthful vampire. But a zombie—a
mindless rotting corpse whose only
purpose is to tear apart, move through
the masses and eat flesh—that's truly
terrifying to many people."
Doyle has been a fan of horror
movies since she was a little girl, but
never dreamed her fascination would
become a springboard to a career. An
interdisciplinary graduate student in
the Faculty of Creative and Critical
Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus,
Doyle's current research focuses on
exploring the racial, social and political
relevance of zombies and zombie
culture through horror films and media.
"I started with the first zombie film
ever made in 1932, White Zombie
by Victor Halperin. Then I moved
on to what I thought to be key films
throughout history, including George
A. Romero's pivotal zombie films, and
concluding with the Resident Evil film
series and 28 Days Later."
What Doyle discovered is that zombie
movies are socially relevant to the
landscape ofthe times, and serve as a
barometer for political and cultural
From the beginning, there were
overt racial overtones with zombies,
Doyle says. "In the 1930s, the zombie is
Haitian. In White Zombie, the zombie is
represented as a slave."
"I am not suggesting that the zombie
folklore of Haiti is racist, but the
representation ofthe zombie in White
Zombie is based on an ongoing theme of
racialization as well as a slave/master
dynamic," says Doyle. "When adapted
as a colonizing narrative, zombie
films take on a political context of
domination and othering.
Flash ahead to 1968, following the U.S.
civil rights movement. The protagonist
in the seminal film Night ofthe Living
Dead is the sole African American. He
ends up the only survivor, only to be
shot by police at the end.
"It leaves you wondering if the police
killed him because they thought he
was a zombie, or shot him because he
was African American," says Doyle.
"Zombie films are never only about
the sensationalism of gore; there is
often political and rationalized social
commentary that's being made."
Doyle also points to the recent
Resident Evil franchise, which tackles
the theme of corporate power and viral
"In Resident Evil, the zombie
apocalypse was created by modern
scientific endeavors. The films address
all sorts of questions about widespread
disease, corporate control, and
weaponry. It asks culturally relevant
questions about what happens when
corporations get involved in the welfare
of social being."
Another noteworthy theme in zombie
narratives, says Doyle, is that they are
"There is often a
question in zombie
films about what
humans are
capable of, and
how far is too far."
almost always apocalyptic.
"There is no going back and no cure.
There maybe a group of survivors in a
post-apocalyptic world, but the world
is never the same. There is often a
question in zombie films about what
humans are capable of, and how far
is too far. Zombie films suggest there
is something in human nature that is
But perhaps most intriguing, adds
Doyle, is that zombies do not truly
represent the "bad guys" in the majority
of film treatments.
"In most zombie narratives, there is
a main character whose selfishness
and individual needs trump those of
the group, eventually tearing the group
apart. Ironically, it ends up being a
human who is even more monstrous
than the monster. Zombies become
what they are through no fault of their
own. But the humans in those situations
are often far more selfish, murderous,
and violent than the zombies.
"It's always interesting to look at who
is the real 'monster' is in the zombie
genre—us or them. It's false ... because
they are us. And it makes you question,
what really sets us apart?" •
Dr. Chris Wyatt (left) and Dr. Angela Wong (centre) consult with patient Lai Ling Chan at the Simon KY Lee Seniors Care Home.
UBC dentists keep seniors smiling
Lorraine Chan
In Vancouver's Chinatown, there are
more than 250 seniors who never have
to leave home to see the dentist.
Thanks to a unique UBC program, oral
health care professionals come to them.
In 2011, the Faculty of Dentistry
launched the "adopt a long-term care
facility" initiative, which provides high
quality care at no cost to residents at the
Simon K.Y. Lee Seniors Care Home and
Villa Cathay Care Home.
The creator ofthe program, UBC
dental geriatrics expert Dr. Chris Wyatt,
says the main goals are to treat at-risk
seniors while providing a dynamic
learning environment for students. With
seniors as the fastest-growing population,
says Wyatt, there's a need for dentists,
dental hygienists and dental specialists
such as prosthodontists, who focus on
restoring or replacing teeth, to treat
elderly patients—not only at their offices
but also in hospitals and care facilities.
Meeting the gaps in oral health care
for seniors has been a longstanding
goal for Wyatt and faculty colleague Dr.
Michael MacEntee. In the late 1990s,
they established the ELDERS (Elders
Link with Dental Education, Research
and Service) to deal with this unmet
need, earning the Faculty international
acclaim for its innovations.
"Our studies show that seniors
lack access to dental care especially
in long-term care facilities," says
Wyatt, professor and head ofthe
prosthodontics and dental geriatrics
A major barrier to oral health care is
cost. A 2009 Statistics Canada report
showed that more than one Canadian
in 10 avoids full dental treatment over
the course of a year because they can't
afford it. If left unattended, dental
problems in a vulnerable elder can lead
Wyatt adds, "We want to give our
dental and dental hygiene students
the experience of treating vulnerable
populations so they can include these
patients in their practice."
UBC students complete rotations
under the supervision of practicing
dentists and UBC professors. They
treat elders with dementia and painful
physical disabilities such as rheumatoid
arthritis, which make dental care
Dementia and painful physical disabilities
such as rheumatoid arthritis make dental
treatment challenging.
to unnecessary infections, disease or
premature death.
But seniors who can afford care may
still face hurdles, says Wyatt. "We have
also found that dentists may hesitate to
treat elderly patients who are very frail
or face complex health challenges.
However, UBC aims to reverse this
trend, he says. "To increase access and
address oral disease, we decided to
develop the first program of its kind in
Canada where seniors receive free care
provided by our students under close
clinical supervision."
challenging. Students have an
opportunity to work with other health
care professionals to better understand
how to care for patients with complex
medical, physical and psychological
UBC graduate student Dr. Angela
Wong completed a general practice
residency where she treated residents
at Simon KY Lee Seniors Care Home
during 2009-2010.
"I learned the importance of tailoring
the treatment according to the patient's
medical history," says Wong, currently
in her third and final year of the
graduate prosthodontics program.
Wong recalls treating a 76-year-old
patient, a woman "on heart medication
that thins the blood so we had to ask
their physician to change the dosage
before doing a tooth extraction."
Paying attention to the elder's stamina
was critical, says Wong. "We would opt
to observe and maintain a tooth for as
long as possible rather than extract or
place a crown if the patient could not
tolerate long, complex treatment."
Wyatt says many older adults are
keeping their natural teeth longer.
At the Villa Cathay Care Home, for
example, close to 70 per cent ofthe
senior residents have some natural
teeth compared to 60 per cent in 2002.
Oral care now goes beyond keeping
the residents' dentures clean.
"What we're going to see are baby
boomers who have been receiving
excellent dental care throughout their
life. They will expect that to continue
whether it's at their dentist's office or at
a long term care facility." •
To learn more about UBC geriatric
dentistry programs, visit: http://www.
UBC Reports The University of British Columbia   October 2012
13 I give because.
Annual United Way campaign
kicks off October 9
Heather Amos
Let's Celebrate
5th Annual
Celebrate Learning Week
October 27-November 4 2012
The times, they are a-changin'
Paul Marck
CO    1UTV
Joanne Young volunteers with UBC's United Way campaign—an annual fundraising
campaign that supports 190 non-profit organizations in the Lower Mainland and central
Every year UBC's staff and faculty roll
up their sleeves for the United Way,
staging more than 45 events-
including a pancake race, a spelling bee,
the Building Ops Custodial BBQ, bake
sales and more—to support good
works in our community.
In 2011, 910 staff and faculty made
donations through payroll deductions
to the United Way ofthe Lower
Mainland and United Way of the
Central Okanagan, helping to support
more than 190 non-profit organizations
meeting the health and social needs
of our communities. This year, UBC is
hoping a greater number will be moved
to contribute.
Joanne Young, manager of payroll
services for UBC, has been a volunteer
with the campaign since she started at
UBC nine years ago.
Young helps manage payroll
deductions, participates in the United
Way steering committee, and lends a
hand at a number of events.
"We're living with a hard hit economy
and even with two parents working,
many families are living paycheque to
paycheque," Young said. "It only takes
one event or incident and these families
are in need of support."
The United Way supports
organizations that help these families
get through times of need and provide
high-quality programs.
The Early Years Refugee Project
helps new arrivals to Surrey, Burnaby,
Tri- Cities, Langley, Vancouver and
Richmond. Refugees often face isolation,
language barriers, poverty, and lack
of childcare. The Early Years Refugee
Project allows kids and parents to learn
together, discovering Canadian culture,
learning English, developing a social
network and feeling supported.
On a more personal level, Young
says she is always inspired by the
overwhelming dedication that her UBC
colleagues bring to the campaign.
"I enjoy working with people that
I wouldn't otherwise meet," she said.
"It's been a lot of fun."
This year, UBC's United Way
campaign is offering new incentives
to donate. New donors who give over
$1,000 or existing Leadership donors
who increase their gift by 15 per cent,
will see their gift matched by the
Philanthropists' Circle.
The 2012 UBC United Way campaign
runs from Oct. 9 to Nov. 30, with a goal
to raise $650,000 by increasing the
number of staff and faculty who give a
little bit each month through payroll
deductions. •
For more information,
visit: www.unitedway.ubc.ca
Celebrate Learning Week is a showcase to celebrate teaching
and learning opportunities at UBC. Now in its fifth year, the
October 27-November 4 celebration highlights and also
honours the work of faculty, students and staff to create
exceptional learning environments at UBC's Vancouver
The week-long showcase includes open lectures,
informational sessions, student advising activities, poster
sessions, workshops and more. Many ofthe events are free
and open to UBC faculty, staff, students and the community.
Below are five events that will be taking place during Celebrate
Learning Week. For more information and a complete list of
all the events, visit www.celebratelearning.ubc.ca. You can also
follow the events on Twitter @CelebrateLearn.
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Showcase
October 29
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
4th floor, Golden Jubilee Room, 1961 East Mall
The Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)
Showcase highlights successful projects that enrich
and improve student learning. There will be a kick-off
presentation and Q&A featuring the successful strategies of
various TLEF projects. There will also be a week-long poster
display in the Learning Centre's main floor atrium.
Open UBC
October 31-November 1
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre,
3rd floor, LillooetRoom 301,1961 East Mall
UBC is once again participating in the International Open
Access Week event, where the research and academic
community worldwide come together to share and learn
about open access, open education and other connected global
open scholarship initiatives that are taking place locally and
across the world. UBC's own event— Open UBC, formerly Open
Access Week—includes discussion forums, lectures, seminars,
workshops and symposia on topical and timely issues from
every discipline. All sessions are FREE and open to students,
faculty, staff, schools and the general public. For a schedule of
events see: http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/openubc
First Nations House of Learning
Cross-Cultural Understanding Series
October 29-November 2
First Nations House of Learning
Longhouse, 1985 West Mall
Building on last year's Dialogue on the Indian Residential
School System, a series of events will be held at the First
Nations Longhouse to provide the university community a
chance to learn more about this history, promote dialogue and
plan future initiatives.
The series will bring together a diverse range of participants
and presenters to foster cross-cultural learning. Events
will include a presentation by representatives from the
Musqueam Indian Band on whose ancestral and unceded
land the University sits, interactive sessions with community
organizations, film screenings, a lecture on Canada's Truth
and Reconciliation Commission and Aboriginal Human Rights
by Robert Watts and more.
Tedx Terry Talks
November 3
Life Sciences Institute, 2350 Health Sciences Mall
The 5th Annual Tedx Terry Talks has been a venue where
UBC's most fascinating students share their ideas and visions
for UBC and the world. This annual conference draws students,
alumni, faculty and staff for a day of idea sharing.
Retiring Prof. John Mitchell has been a
professor from September i, 1964 until
August 31,2012. At age 22, beginning as
an assistant professor at Pacific
University in Oregon, following moves to
the University of Oregon, University of
Alberta and to the Faculty of Education
at UBC's Okanagan campus, he has built
a career as a global authority on child
and adolescent psychology.
During the '60s he shared an evening
of conversation with Bob Dylan ("He
has influenced my understanding of
how genius expresses itself in different
ways in people") and another in the
company of psychedelic drug guru and
university professor Timothy Leary
("I talked to him just after he was fired
from Harvard. He was radical beyond my
Over 48 years, Mitchell's accolades have
been many for teaching and research. He
has authored 14 books on psychology with
a 15th soon to be published. On one of
Mitchell's final days on campus, he shared
perspectives on more than a half-century
of university life.
"Since I began more than 50 years ago, university today is far
more similar to what it was in 1959, than it is different.
You basically go to classes, you read books, you think,
you write. You get taught ifyou are a student. With minor
differences, we have kept the same general paradigm of what is
expected of a student and what is expected of a professor.
The most radical transformation for the university has been
the ease of access to information and knowledge. It used to
be people like me would travel to a major university, literally
camping out in the library for six and seven days at a time
to access periodicals and obscure journals. All of that has
The average Grade 12 student today has more information
at his avail than Charles Darwin or Sigmund Freud or Albert
Einstein accumulated in their lifetime. Only 30 years ago,
people who could explain Einstein's theory of relativity were
rare, maybe one or two at any university.
Students today don't need information as much as they need
wisdom; and what is true for the students is even more true for
their professors." •
John Mitchell became a professor in 1964, and retired this
year from UBC's Okanagan campus.
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