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New high school
draws criticism
Two UBC faculties have voiced concerns about the Ministry of Education's
proposed overhaul of the B.C. school
Science department heads have warned
mat ministry plans will seriously hamper
the studies of university-bound science
The Faculty of Education, meanwhile,
is worried about how it will be able to
train teachers qualified to teach the new
curriculum, which calls for a greater integration of subject matter at all grade lev-
A resolution unanimously adopted by
the 11 science heads said ministry plans
to restructure the school system "will have
severe immediate and long-range negative effects on education in science and
technology, and will drastically undermine the province's economic growth in
scientific and technological fields."
In their response to the Year 2000
Better schools
produce better
students: study
Choosing the right school can make a
significant difference in your child's academic achievements, a study by UBC re-
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The study of mathematics skills in
elementary school students also showed
mat the dictumthat boys are better man
giris at mam is only half true. Many of
them are worse.
Associate Professor Douglas Willms
and doctoral candidate Suzanne Jacob-
sen of the Centre for Policy Studies in
Education followed the progress of more
than 1,000 students in 32 Lower Mainland elementary schools, analyzing sex
differences and school effects in the growth
in mathematics skills.
Their findings showed that by Grade
7 pupils who had attended the three top
performing schools in the sample were
on average one full grade level ahead of
pupils with comparable initial ability who
had attended the three lowest performing
The study, to be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal
See BOYS on Page 2
from Canada's business and
academic communities wiH
meet at UBC Feb. 15 to formulate a better working
partnership. Page 3.
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ministry plan, science heads say high school
graduates will be unable to meet the faculty's
entrance requirements within the mandated 13 courses of Grades 11 and 12,
although they will still meet minimum
requirements for the university.
Associate Dean of Science John Sams,
who coordinated die faculty's response
to the scheme, said the-ministry seems to
be intent on dismantling a strong math
and science program that is currently
producing some of the best students in
the country.
"B.C. has 45 per cent of Canada's top
math students. We have to be doing something right,'' he said.
Under the Year 2000 program, four
new mandatory courses would be added -
to" Grades 11 and 12 — 100 hours of
work experience, fine arts, practical arts
and a scienre/techiwlogy/math/environ-
ment course that would not meet Science
Faculty academic standards.
These additions to the core curriculum will restrict the number of academic
courses students can take, critics say.
Mathematics Rufessor George Bluman,
an organizer of the national Euclid mam
contest and a critic of the ministry plans,
fears it will put in jeopardy the offering of
Advanced Placement courses as well as
courses such as Physics 12 in smaller
"Especially in this day and age, why
should a high school program aimed at
university entrance impede students' ability to take academic courses^ Bluman
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Sams saia another concern is that
ministry plans are vague, with few details
of curriculum.
"Weknow what the titles of (he courses
are, but for the most part, we don't know
what their content will be. It makes it
difficult to offer recommendations," he
Sams also feels Year 2000 works against
the recently announced intention of Ihe
Ministry of Advanced Education to in-
-crease the number of students enroled in
postsecondary degree programs by 15,000
in coming years.
The Faculty of Education's response,
submitted by Dean Nancy Sheehan, said
there are concerns Year 2000 does not
address the issue of teacher education.
Programs at UBC and other universities have to reflect the Year 2000 framework, but there is not enough time to
create the new courses and programs that
will be required, the response said. As
weU, education faculties have not received
any extra resources to make these changes.
"Faculties of Education are worried
about their ability to respond appropriately to these requests and to develop and
incorporate course and program changes
in a short time period," the faculty response said.
While praising the ministry's attempts
to lower high school dropout rates, the
Education Faculty warned mis should not
be done at die expense of students who
need a strong academic background for
later post-secondary studies.
Too little time is allowed for concentration on specific subject areas and this
could impede students from taking academic courses.
The response also said that Year 2000
places too much emphasis on integration
of subject matter, especially in the higher
"The last thing we need is a generation that can connect everything and discriminate nothing," the faculty response
Photo by Media Services
Examining the papers of lfhh century adventurer James Swan an, from left, George Brandak, UBC Library's
19th century papers
reveal life in Charlottes
A new acquisition by the library's
special collections division will provide
scholars with a rare glimpse of life in 19th
century Queen Charlotte Islands.
The library has purchased the documents of author and adventurer James
Gilchrist Swan (1818-1900) who spent a
quarter century gathering Native artifacts
for the Smithsonian Institution.
"The Swan collection is a rich archival source that will be of interest to researchers in a number of disciplines,"
said manuscripts curator George Brandak.
Swan's papers deal with Native culture, the history of the Pacific Northwest
fishing industry, Chinese immigration and
the smuggling activities Of the Russians
and the Hudson's Bay Co.
The collection of notebooks, account
books, maps, and about 6,000 letters fill
five feet of shelf space. A prolific letter
writer, he kept copies of his outgoing as
well as incoming correspondence.
Unknown to researchers, this wealth
of information has been stored in a basement in Portland, Ore. since Swan's death.
"After taking one look at this collection I realized how important it was," said
Stephen Lunsford, the Vancouver book
dealer who helped arrange the sale of the
documents, worth $71,700.
From his home in Port Townsend,
Wash., Swan pursued diverse careers as a
ship chandler, teacher, naturalist, admiralty lawyer, ethnologist, ichthyologist,
artist, oyster entrepreneur, pilot commissioner, Hawaiian consul, author and judge.
He is best known for his book The
Northwest Coast, considered to be die
first major literary work to emerge from
the Washington Territory.
Swan also wrote The Haida Indians
of Queen Charlotte's Islands, based on
his experiences during a series of seven
trips he made among the coastal Natives
collecting artifacts for the Smithsonian
National Museum. He was not the first
European to collect artifacts from the Haida,
but no one before him collected so much
or so systematically.
Brandak said Swan's exhaustive documentation of his purchases will provide
invaluable records which could be used
to verify and date artifacts or aid repatriation of art works by Native groups.
Swan also worked forte United States
Fish Commission from 1883 to 1886,
investigating the North Pacific fishery
and seal fur mdustry.
He settled in Washington state in 1852
and immediately took a strong interest in
Native peoples, learning many of their
languages aralpubfahinganumber of ar-
ticks mine Smithsonian bulletins on their
culture and the local fishery.
Scholars may have their first opportunity to use the materials as early as mis
summer, once they have been catalogued
and stored, Brandak said.
Funding for the purchase of the collection was provided by the Movable
Cultural Properties Office of the federal
Department of Communications and die
Rogers Fund of the Vancouver Foundation.
Senate approves closing
of Coal Research Centre
Senate has approved the closing of
UBC's Coal Research Centre, an interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
"Coal research is a very vigorous
ongoing activity at UBC, but the people
who are involved in it are essentially pursuing their interests in their home departments. Therefore, there really is no need
for a central, interdisciplinary unit," said
Graduate Studies Dean Peter Suedfeld.
The centre was established in 1980 to
promote the development of research and
graduate training related to the use of coal
and to foster contact with industry and
government coal research centres.
Chemical Engineering Professor Paul
Watidnson, former director of the centre,
said the departments of Chemical Engineering, Mining and Mineral Process
Engineering, Metals and Materials Engineering and Geological Sciences will
continue to conduct coal research.
"Some of our research groups are
involved with other Canadian and inter-
natk3r^coal*esearchers,"hesaid. "That
work wiH continue." UBC REPORTS Feb. 8.1990       2
Racing for charity
Students participated in the third annual Science Week tricycle race to raise money for charity.
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Deadline for the following edition on March 8 is 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.
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of Educational Research, also looked at
sex differences in three separate aspects
of mathematics skills.
Although past studies emphasize that
boys dominate the ranks of top math students, they often do not mention that
boys also dominate the bottom end of the
spectrum Giris dominate the mkidle ground.
Willms and Jacobsen found that girls
started Grade 3 with skills as good or
better than boys, but fell behind in problem-solving and grasping mathematical
concepts as they moved through the grades.
Girls did, however, develop better computational skills as they progressed.
Boys varied more in the rate they
acquired various skills. By die time they
reached Grade 7, there were more boys
with scores well above national norms,
but also more boys with very low scores.
Willms and Jacobsen said their study
was unique in Canada because it emphasized the students'progress in math skills
over a four year span, rather than just
taking a snapshot of abilities at a particular time.
They feel the results will be useful in
designing curricula, writing textbooks, and
helping teachers choose different methods of instructing students who are having problems with their math studies.
Funding for the study was provided
by the Spencer Foundation and the U.K.
Economic and Social Research Council.
Wall's photographs
are exhibited at
Vancouver gallery
UBC Fine Arts Professor Jeff WalL
whose work is the subject of amajor new
exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery,
has the unusual distinction of being compared to Wayne Gnazky and Gknn Gould,
in — of all things — an art review in a
major newspaper..
Like his femouscctmtryirien, explained
The Globe and Mail critic, Wall "is a
Canadian whose performance has caught
the attention and imagination of tie world
beyond this country's borders."
Now residents of Wall's hometown
of Vancouver will have their chance to
see why he is internationally recognized
as one of contemporary art's most acclaimed photographers.
The VAG is mounting a new solo
exhibition of 19ofWaU'senonnousback-
lit color transparencies in the firet in-depth
survey of his work held in Canada. The
exhibition runs until March 19.
Wall, who joined UBC in 1987 after
leavingateaching position at Simon Eraser
University, has earned praise from around
the world for his disturbing and enigmatic imSges that have been displayed in
major galleries in Europe and the United
His photographs tower above viewers, and can be as wide as 10 feet In
studied, carefully constructed tableaux.
they reveal the backside of city life: evictions, streetside deals, portraits of alienation and frustration and the politics of
personal, public and workplace relationships. The social experiences of children
also figure prominently among Wall's
His photographs have been compared
to the works of 18th century history painters, 19th century novelists and 20th century filmmakers.
Preinsperg elected
AMS president
UBC students have ekctedanew Alma
Mater Society executive.
Kim Preinsperg, a graduate student in
philosophy is the new AMS president
Johanna Wickie, 1989 president of die
Arts Undergraduate Society, is vice president; Roma Gopaul-Singh, secretary of
die Student Adkninistrative Commission,
is director of administration; John Lipscomb,
an MB A student and coordinator of the
Student Environmental Centre, is director of finance; Jason Brett, Applied Science, is coordinator of external affairs.
In elections for student representatives
to UBC's Board of Governors, Tim Bird
has been re-elected for a second term. He
is joined by new representative Dave HilL
Lciicrs lo the /'.
Students called
In the Jan. 11 edition of UBC Reports, I was pleased to read that the
University is finally taking steps to
reduce waste and encourage recycling.
May I point out that the students
are amongst the worst polluters. Every
time I walk along University Boulevard, I notice a tremendous number of
cars with only one person in each gong
to and from the campus. I also notice
that these cars often follow buses no
more than half full Is not die exhaust
from these cars considered a serious
polluter of our air space?
Could not the University take steps
to discourage the practice of one person, one car? The huge parking lots on
campus with die capacity to hold thousands of cars only encourages students
to drive to wok.
Why not make parking so expensive that the drivers win be prevailed to
take the public transport instead? Obviously, something drastic must be done
to curb the constant stream of toxic
exhaust that daily pollutes the air space.
A. Saunders
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UBCREPORTS Feb.8.1990       3
VfYll-pcf Photo by Media Services
Several students protested against a proposed increase in tuMonfees before a recent Board of Governors meeting.
Tuition increase approved
UBC's Board of Governors has approved a 4.8 per cent tuition fee increase
for 1990-91.
"The tuition increase is below the current rate of inflation, but will allow the
university to come close to keeping pace
with die rising costs it faces," said President David Strangway.
About 50 students protested outside
the Jaa 25 board meeting, asking board
members to "freeze the fees."
"I understand the concerns that have
been raised by students, and I sympathize
withtheirposition,''Strangvvaysaid. "But
the university must recover a fair share of
its operating expenses from those students for die education they receive."
Strangway said substantial financial
resources are available to assist students
in need
"Nevertheless, the university will now
leview its entire range of student aid pro
grams to ensure that qualified students
are not denied an education for financial
reasons alone."
The increase will apply to all students
except those enroling in first-year Forestry. Their fees will remain at $1,884.
Students enroling full time in first-
year Arts or Science will pay $1,680, up
$75. First-year Engineering students will
pay $2,175, up $104.
usiness, ac
-»>. Leaders from Canada's business and
academic communities will meet at UBC
Feb. 15 to formulate a better working
Quality Higher Education:   A Requirement for Developing Companies is
a one-day symposium sponsored by the
"       Corporate-Higher Education Forum, an
~i      autonomous group which regularly brings
r-mt     presidents of business and universities together to examine issues of mutual concern.
"An international standard of research
„       and graduate training is essential to support the creation and development of new
companies, which in turn are critical to
1 "*     the growth of the Canadian economy",
explained UBC President David Strang
way, who is the host of the event "We
want to determine how universities are
meeting those goals, and what could they
be doing better."
The symposium will alsoexamine issues
affecting university graduates and human
resources, such as where university education stops and on-the-job training begins; the process of transferring research
and technology from university to industry; and industry-university collaboration.
Presentations will be made by presidents and chairs from local businesses.
Panelists are: Karl Brackhaus, President,
Dynapro Systems Inc.; Haig deB. Ferris,
Principal, Ventures West Management
Inc.; James J. Miller, President, Quadra
Logic Technologies; Peter van der Gracht,
Wins the 1989 Monsanto Scholarship Award
During the annual meeting of the Expert Committee on
Weeds (Western Section) held in Banff, Alberta, the
1989 Monsanto Canada Scholarship was awarded to
Ms. Iris Bitterlich, a graduate student enrolled in Plant
Science at the University of British Columbia. A
$2,000.00 award is attributed each year to an
outstanding graduate student working in the area of
weed science in Western Canada Universities. Ms.
Bitterlich's research deals with using an ammonium
nitrate solution to control weeds in onion and cole
crops. Her program is being supervised by Dr. M.K.
Upadhyaiya, Associate Professor, Plant Science,
University of British Columbia.
Results to date indicate that a post-emergent application
of ammonium sulfate has given acceptable weed control
in onions and several cole crops. Ms. Bitterlich expects
to complete her M.S. program in 1990.
President, Nexus Engineering Corp.; and
Lome Whitehead, chair, TIR Systems
Luncheon host is Otto Forgacs, senior
vice-president of research and development at MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Daniel
Birch, UBC's vice-president academic
and provost, will chair die symposium
which will be held at Cecil Green Pane.
C-HEF was formed eight years ago to
promote understanding and cooperation
between business and academia. Amain
focus ofthe group is the quality of Canadian education. Members are concerned
that dropout and illiteracy rates are not
diminishing, nor are needs being met for
many skills required in the workplace.
The group has initiated task forces to
investigate areas such as joint university-
corporate activity and skill levels among
recent graduates in corporate employment As a result members report business and industry collaboration has risen,
and a model contract developed for joint
research and development projects is now
widely used.
Strangway's proposals
on environment
accepted by government
The provincial government has accepted the recommendations of the Task
Force on Environment and Economy,
chaired by UBC President David Strangway, and established a round table to
advise government on ways to achieve
sustainable development
The B.C. Round Table on Environment and Economy is made up of 31
members drawn from environmental groups,
industry, labor, local governments and
Tony Dorcey,acting director of UBC's
Westwater Research Centre, has been
appointed to the advisory group.
19 15-1990
Sweeney Todd a
roaring success
Smiles abound in the School
of Music and the Theatre
Department these days with
the overwhelmingly positive
reaction to the co-production of the musical thriller
Sweeney Todd.
Director and conductor
French Tickner reports there
have been nothing but rave
reviews for the sold-out performances, and that it has
been "just a wonderful collaboration."
Corigrcitulcrfions to everyone
who worked so hard to produce the successful run that
concluded last Saturday.
David Suzuki to Lecture
at Open House
wi lectureduring Qpen House
on Travels with Paiakon: Adventures with an Arnazonian
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slides of the spectacular
Amazon rain forest as Suzuki
describes his adventures with
Paiakon and his family in an
area of the world that is the
focus of much environmental
concern. Lecture times are
2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9
and 1 p.m. Saturday, March
10 and Sunday, March 11 in
Woodward IRC #2.
Volunteers Still Needed
for Open House
The call is out for volunteers
from the campus community to join the Open House
You can act as an information perscn,givetoure,iviancle
stage and site mcirxagement
or just trouble-shoot during
the three-day event. Shifts
are flexible, volunteers are
needed for every venue and
you'll receive a great T-shirt
identifying you as part of the
team putting on the largest
university open house in
Canada. For more information call Michelle Hopkins at
And For All of You Hams...
The casting caB continues for
street entertainers to perform
for crowds at various times
and locations across campus during Open House. Jugglers, singers, mimes, musicians, clowns, magicians —
this is your chance to shine.
For more hfCMrnation cal Em
Redden at 228-4082.
Talk to an Astronaut
Hearth SderK^shcBananged
MacLean to lecture during
Open House on the kinds of
experiments he'll be doing
aboard the April, 1991 Space
Shuttle. He'll also be available to talk one-on-one with
visitors about Canada's involvement in the space program, as well as about what
it takes to be an astronaut.
Solar Viewing
After you've taked with Steve
MacLean, why not take a
closer look at the universe?
You can do just that at the
Astronomical Observatory,
where curator DavkJVogfand
crew will have solar viewing
crvailable through their world-
class telescope. There will
also be a grant video screen
so that many people can
view at once and enjoy the
staff's expert commentary.
And after that...
Experience an
At the Applied Science exhibit you'll be able to experience the sensations of last
October's San Francisco
earthquake. A seismic simulator has been set up in what
would otherwise appear to
be a rustic pub in the Bay
area. You can feel what it
was like to be in the pub
during the quake, or play it
safe and be the one who
gets to set off the tremors.
Either way, it will be fun and
Campus Tours Return
in May
The popular summer campus tours will return in May
with a special feature added
as part of the 75th
Anniversary's Discover Summer at UBC program: outdoor theatre for children.
Selected tours will coincide
with performances of An-
drocles and the Lion by students from the Theatre Department in the Italian come-
dra dell'arte style of theatre
in the plaza. The tour program, coordinated by the
Community Relations Office,
will expand to offer specialized tours for families, persons
with disabilities, seniors and
other groups, all during the
season when the campus is
most scenic. UBC REPORTS Nov. 30.1990       4
February 11
February 24
SUNDAY, FEB. 11    j
Museum of Anthropology Musical
Chamber Music Series. Gallery Trio - flute, oboe and
cello. Free with admission. Students $1.50,
adults $3.00.  Great Hall at 230pm.  Call
Physiology Seminar
General and Comparative Physiology Winter Series. Reflections on Chloride Conductance in Muscle. Dr. P. Vaughan, Physiology, UBC. IRC #5 at 4:45pm. Call 228-
History Lecture
Marcus Gatvey, Hero: Leadership and the
Mobilization of Black Political Power in Afro-
America. Dr. T. Martin, Black Studies, Welle-
sley College. Buchanan A102 from 12:30-
120pm. Call 228-2561.
Reading and Comments
Sponsored by Canada Council. Austin Clarke,
Author of Proud Empires (1986) and other
novate. Buchanan B214from1230-120pm.
Call 228-5128 or 687-8763.
Applied Mathematics Seminar
The Sherman-Rinzel-Keizer Model of Bursting BectricalAdrvity in Pancreatic Beta-Cells.
Dr. R. Miura, Mathematics, UBC. Math Bldg.
229 at 3:45pm. Call 228-4584
Astronomy Seminar
Some Thoughts on Stellar Ages. Dr.
D.VandenBerg, U. Vc. Geophysics/Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee from 3:30pm. Call
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
VisocHrMscid Interaction for Separated Flows.
David Stropky PhD. student Jet-Enhanced
Turbulent Combustion. ZenebeGete.MASc.
student Chemical & Mechanical Engineering 1202 at 3:30pm. Call 2286200.
Biochemistry Seminar
Complex Proteins and their
Chimeric Nature. Dr. K. Walsh,
U. of Washington, IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Call 228-7841.
Student Composers Concert
Free Admission. Music Bldg. Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 228-3113
Graduate Student Society
Rim Showings
Two films: Scarecrow and Rumble Fish.
Hosted by Mina Shum, film student. Free
admission. Fireside Lounge, Graduate Centre
at 6:30pm. Call 228-3203.
Monday Nights at the
Earthquakes of BC - Past
UBC Reports is the faculty and
staff newspaper of the University
of British Columbia. It is published every second Thursday by
the UBC Community Relations
Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1W5.
Telephone 228-3131.
Advertising inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Editor: Howard Fluxgold
Contributors: Connie Filletti,
Paula Martin, Jo Moss
and Gavin Wilson.
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and Future. The West Coast - Canada's
Most Active Earthquake Zone. Why? An
update. Dr. R. Oaves, Dr., Lithoprobe. Faculty
Club Music Room at 8pm. CaH 228-2708
Medical     Genetics
Intracellular Population Genetics of Mitochondria (Part
II). Dr. J.M. Friedman, Med.
Gen., UBC. IRC #4 at 8am. Call 228-5311.
Botany Seminar
Physiological Studies of Potassium Uptake
in Barley. Mala Fernando, PhD. candidate.
BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm. Call 228-
Geography Colloquium
A Comparison of Mountains on Three Fjorded
Coasts. Prof Olav Slaymaker, Geography,
UBC. Geography 200 BWg. at 330pm. Call
Lectures in Modem Chemistry
Moffatt/Syntex Lecture. Biosynthesis of Antibiotics: Can we Improve on Nature?. ProfH.
Ross, U. of Washington. Chemistry B250 at
1pm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 228-
Students for Forestry Awareness
Speaker Series
Mr. Graham Bruce, MLA, Chairman, Select
Standing Comm. for Forests and Lands.
MacMillan Bldg. 166 at 1230pm. Call 228-
Office for Women
Students Workshop
Procrastination. Set realistic goals and carry
them through. Brock Hall 223 from 12:30 -
220pm. Free admission. Registration required. Call 228-2415.
Ecology Seminars
Can We Make Biological Control More Successful? Judy Myers, UBC. BioSciences
2449 at 4:30pm. Call 228-2731.
Geophysics Seminar
Two speakers. 3D Imaging in Seismic Exploration. G. Margrave, Chevron Canada
Resources, Calgary. Band-Limited Spiki-
ness Deconvolution (BHLSD). LC. Pusey,
Chevron Oil Field Research, La Habra, Calif.
Geophysics/Astronomy 260 from 10am-12pm.
Coffee at 9:45am. Call 228-5406,2267.
Pharmacology Seminar
Froperliesof Cold Ion Channels. J.G.McLamon,
Asst Prof, Pharmacology/Therapeutics. IRC
#5 from 11:30-12:30pm. Call 228-2575.
Poetry Reading
Sponsored by Canada Council. Robin Blaser reading from
his works. Buchanan Penthouse from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 228-5129.
Regent College Special Lecture
So Who Would Want to Be a Tentmaker?
Eugene Thomas. Regent College 100 from
11am-12pm. Call 2243245.
Women in Development Lecture
An Amazonian Woman's View of Her Own
History. Blanca Muratorio, Anthropology, UBC.
Geography 147 from 12:30-130pm. Call
Graduate Student Society
Female Graduate Student Support Network.
Stress: Psychological, Emotional and Cognitive. Prof. Clarissa Green, Nursing, UBC.
Grad Centre Garden Room at 1230pm. Call
Faculty Development
Project Workshop
Sexual Harassment in the University. How
to Deal with it, How to Avoid it. M.Hoekand
J. Shapiro, Advisors' Office, Sexual Harassment Policy. Scarfe 1006 from 4:30-530pm.
Call 222-5249.
Faculty Club
Valentine's Dinner
Classic candlelight dinner.
Main dining room at 7pm.
Call 228-3803.
UBC Noon Hour Music Concert
Peter Berring Jazz Trio. Admission $2. Music
Bldg. Recital Hall at 1230pm. Call 228-
Geological Sciences
Visiting Speakers
Eurekan Syntectonic Basins, Eastern Canadian Arctic. Brian Ricketts, Cordilleran Division, G.S.C. GeoS6ences330A at 12:30pm.
Call 228-3508.
Cornbined Obstetrics/Gynaecology
Seminar Series
Regulation of Substrate Uptake and Utilization in the Corpus Luteum. Dr. B. Murphy, U.
of Sask. Grace Hospital 2N35 at 1pm. Call
Psychiatry Academic
Lecture Program
Journal Club. Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 46, Nov/89, pp 971 -982. Three presenters and two discussants, Drs. J. Livesley
and P. McLean. University Hospital, UBC
Site, Detwiller Pavilion 2NA/B, 8-9am. Call
Fine Arts Lecture
Emerging Realities: The Prints
and Drawings of Elizabeth
Ingram, wtti Elizabeth Ingram,
Asst. Chair, Art and Design,
U. of Alberta. Lasserre 107
at 10am. Call 228-5650.
Fine Arts Seminar
Discussion of Image Development in the
Work of Elizabeth Ingram. Examples of prints
wilbeshowntytheartist(seeabove). Printmak-
ing Hut M-22, West Mall at Agricultural Rd. at
11:15am. Call 228-5650.
Centre for Continuing Education
Lecture Evening
In the Ever After: Fairy Tales in the Second
Half of Life. Dr. A.B. Chinen, psychiatrist and
author. General admission $10, seniors $7.
Carr Hall Conf. Room from 8-10pm. Call
Museum of Anthropology Children's
Story Hour Series
Allison Haupt well known Vancouver reader
and children's librarian, will read stories from
Africa. Children must be accompanied by an
adult Orientation area at llam. Call 228-
Centre For Continuing Education
One Day Seminar
In the Ever After: Fairy Tales in the Second
Half of Life. Dr. A.B. Chinen, psychiatrist and
author of books and papers on adult development and aging. Fee of $75 includes
lunch. Carr Hall Conf. Room, 10am-4pm.
Call 222-5261.
Graduate Student
Society Open StageTal-
All musicians, jugglers, dramatists welcome to perform. All
welcome. Grad Centre Fireside Lounge at
6pm. Call 228-3203.
Archaeological Institute Lecture
Architecture and Politics in Early Greek Sicily. Prof. Ross Holloway, Classics, Brown U.
Museum of Anthropology Theatre at 8pm.
Call 228-2889.
Pediatrics Research
Clinical Aspects of Energy
Balance in Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Dr.
Johnny Van Aerde, Peds, U.
of Alberta University Hospital, Shaughnessy
Site D308 at 12noon. Refreshments at
11:45am. Call 875-2492.
Astronomy Seminar
Was Ptolemy a Fraud? Dr. Owen Gingerich,
Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.
Geophysics/ Astronomy 260 at 4pm. Coffee
at 3:30pm. Call Harvey Richer at 228-4134/
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Two Speakers: Forecasting Iceberg Movement, Chris Simon and Computation of
Radiative HeatTransfer and the Crystal Growth
Process, Muna Bakeer. Both, MASc. students, UBC. Civil/Mechanical Eng. 1202 at
3:30pm. Call 228-6200.
Health Care/Epidemiology Seminar
Beyond Lalonde? Health Promotion in an
Economic Context. Robert Evans, Director,
Population Health Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Economics, UBC.
James Mather BWg. 253 from 4-5:30pm.
Call 228-2258.
Cancer Research Centre Seminar
Automated Detection of Cluster Calcifications in Digital Mammograms. Dr. D.H. Davies,
The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Eng.
BC Cancer Res. Centre Lecture Theatre,
601 W. 10th Ave. from 12noon-1pm. Call
Biochemistry Seminar
Expression and Cloning of Hemopoietic Cell
Surface Molecules. Dr. Keith Humphries,
Terry Fox Lab, BC Cancer Centre. IRC #4
at 3:45pm. Call 228-5925.
Monday Nights At The Faculty Club
Financial Planning Seminar #2. Directed to
age-group50-plus. Freeadmission. Club
Music Room at 8pm. Call 228-2708.
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Grad Student CertreFresideLajnge at 630pm.
Call 2283203.
Medical Genetics Seminar
How Did Mutations Uke This Get To A Place
Like That? Dr. Michael R. Hayden, Med.
Genetics, UBC. IRC #4 at 8am. Coffee at
7:45am. Call 228-5311.
Health tere/Epkiemiotogy Seminar
Elderly Women and Exercise: Survival of
the Unfittest? Patricia Vertinsky and Sandy
O'Brien, Ed./Physical Ed., UBC. IRC
Boardroom,4thfloorfrom1230-130pm. Call
Lectures in Modern Chemistry
The Biochemistry of Parasites: The Acquisition of Membrane Components by African
Trypanosomes. Dr. A. Mellors, ChemVBio-
chem., U. of Guelph. Chemistry B250 at
1pm. Call 228-3266.
Chemical Engineering
Special Seminar
Biotechnology and Fluidization Research at
the Ecole Polytechnique. Dr. Claude Chav-
arie. Chem Engineering 206 at 3:30pm. Call
Geography Colloquium
Geopolitical Fencing in Vancouver's Eastside:
Community Mobilization and the Re-placement of Skid Road. Doug Konrad, Geography, UBC. Geography 200 at 3:30pm. Call
Botany Seminar
Inside-out Flowers: Genetics
of Pattern Formation in Ara-
bidopsts. Dr. George Haughn,
Biology, U. of Saskatchewan.
BioSciences 2000 at 12:30pm.   Call 228-
Students For Forestry Awareness
Speaker Series. The Change From Volume
to Value. Craig Nesser, MacMillan Bloedel
Ltd. Marketing. MacMillan 166 at 12:30pm.
Call 228-5689.
Museum of Anthropology
Lecture Series
Artists and Their Practices. Judy Williams,
painter and Asst. Prof. Fine Arts, UBC. Free
admission. MOA Theatre Gallery at 7:30pm.
Call 228-5087.
In The Spotlight
Outstanding UBC music students in recital.
Music Recital Hall at 8 pm. Call 228-3113.
Forest Science Seminar
New Zealand Developments in Forestry. G.B.
Sweet, Prof, and Head, Forestry, U. of Canterbury, Christehurch, NZ. MacMillan 166
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 228-2504.
Resource Ecology Seminar
Experimental Population Dynamics and The
Mechanisms of Successful Biological Control. Peter McEvoy, Entomology, Oregon
State U. BioSciences 2449 at 4:30pm. Call
Applied Mathematics Seminar
Models for Collective Behaviour Cells. Dr.
Leah Edelstein-Keshet, Mathematics, UBC.
Mathematics 229 at 3:45pm. Call22fr4584.
Pharmacology Seminar
Noradrenaline-induoed Vascular Contractility and Phosphoinositde Metabolism in Strep-
tozotcon-diabefjc Rats. Worku Abebe, PhD.
candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences. IRC
#5 from 11:30-12:30pm. Call 228-2575.
Regent College
Special Lecture
Apocalypticism In the Reformation Period: Living at the
End of the Ages. Walter
Klassen, Research prof.,
Conrad Grebel College. Regent College
100 from 11 am-12noon. Call 224-3245. u
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The UBC Campaign News
February 1990
$4.5 M
with Vancouver
Foundation match
$7.5 M
With Vancouver
Foundation ami
Government match
$15 M
The President's Fund
$24 M Goal
Alumni Gifts Quadrupled
UBC alumni who make donations to the
President's Fund can see the value of their gift
increase fourfold, thanks to special matching
programs of the Vancouver Foundation and the
B.C. Government. The Vancouver Foundation
(see story) has pledged $3 million to match gifts
to the fund, which will be matched again by the
The President's Fund, a key project in the
World of Opportunity campaign, will help UBC
keep pace with the future as new areas of study,
cross-disciplinary initiatives and major ethical
questions create needs for unforeseen programs.
Leading universities around the world have
established similar funds to enable them to
support emerging priorities.
A key objective of the President's Fund is
to increase UBC's enrolment of graduate
students and talented undergraduates. The fund
will finance fellowships for women, national
Donor Profile: George & Mary Plant
One of Mary Plant's first childhood
memories is of the teas her parents used to host
for UBC's Alumni Association members.
Sherwood and Evelyn Lett played a significant
role in the university's formative years, including drafting the AMS constitution in 1915.
"UBC has always been a part of my life,"
Plant said. There was never any doubt that she
would follow her parents' path and enroll at the
As a student, Plant was president of the
now defunct Women's Undergraduate Society
and member of the student council, Women's
Honorary Sorority and the Varsity Outdoor
Club. She graduated with a BA in 1952.
Now a family counsellor and mediator in
West Vancouver, she runs a Gulf Island bed and
breakfast during the spring and summer. In addition to her career and business, she has raised
five children, and been actively involved in a
number of community organizations: the
Canadian Federation of University Women, the
University Women's Club of Vancouver, the
Vancouver Foundation, the Mediation Development Association of B.C., the North Vancouver
Community Arts Council, Community Home-
maker Service of Vancouver and the North
Shore United Way.
Despite her other commitments, she has
found time to maintain close ties with the university, serving as Convocation Senator since
1984 and member of the Vancouver School of
Theology's Library and Archives Building
Campaign Committee in 1987-88.
"Alums have a real contribution to make
to UBC, and not just in money," Mary Plant
explains. "We can help the university and today's students by promoting the university
throughout the country."
Together Mary and her husband George
Plant, partners in supporting the university, are
alumni pacesetter donors to UBC's President's
Fund. They contributed to the fund because of
the donations matching program at MacMillan
Bloedel, which multiplies the value of their gift
to the fund.
Vancouver Foundation Gift Biggest Ever
In April 1989, the Vancouver Foundation pledged to support the World of Opportunity campaign with $3 million, the largest
single grant in its giving history.
With a capital fund of about $227
million, the foundation annually grants $15
million to worthy organizations throughout the
province. The UBC President's Fund is one
such worthy cause.
According to Tom Rust, foundation
chairman, members of the foundation board
felt it was important to take the leadership in
the university's capital campaign. UBC is
such an important institution to the community, said Rust, they wanted to ensure that the
university's fund-raising drive got off to a
strong start.
"The foundation is a significant organization in the B.C. community and we wanted
to make a contribution that would lead the way
for the rest of the city," Rust explained.
The Vancouver Foundation grant is earmarked specifically for matching gifts to the
President's Fund.
It's not the first time the foundation has
supported the university. Over the past 25
years, it has donated $2 million to various
projects at UBC.
The largest community foundation in
Canada, the Vancouver Foundation was bom
in 1942, when a Miss McKay gave $1,000 to
the City of Vancouver to "do something
special". Today, it administers 408 individual
public and private funds and foundations
which "contribute to the mental, moral and
physical improvements of the inhabitants of
the Province".
entrance scholarships, grants for education
abroad and scholarships for First Nations and
disabled students. It will also fund special
projects such as topical seminars and conferences, visiting lecturer programs and the
purchase of important collections.
The President's Fund will be an unrestricted endowment of $24 million, administered by the president, with the annual interest
allocated to UBC's key priorities.
The multiple match illustrates foundation
and government endorsement of a discretionary
fund to help UBC remain flexible in planning
for the future.
In March, UBC alumni will be invited to
join the pacesetter donors to the President's
Fund and support this important project. The
alumni goal for gifts to the fund is $4.5 million.
Administrative Manager of Research for
MacMillan Bloedel, George Plant graduated
from UBC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950 and has supported the university through its Alumni Association ever since.
For over three decades, George has remained actively involved with the Alumni Association. He has served as the association's
treasurer, vice-president, and president and
maintained close ties even when his career took
him to Ontario and Quebec.
"There was a job to be done," Plant explains simply, adding that what he gave in terms
of volunteer hours he gets back in friendships
and an enrichment of life.
"While at university, you develop a
loyalty to your department, professors and dean
and gain insights on life from them. You want
to capture and continue that kind of fulfilling
association," he said.
"A person in the commercial world brings
to the university a more realistic focus of its
activities. The university responds and listens to
that," he said. He is currently one of UBC's appointees to the Vancouver General Hospital
Board of Trustees.
Like his wife Mary, George Plant is an
active member of the community. He has held
key positions in the United Church, the Boy
Scouts of Canada, the Vancouver Rotary Club,
the Canadian Red Cross Society and the B.C.
Science Council. Page 2
The UBC Campaign News
Alumni Set Pace for Fund
George Morfitt
West Vancouver accountant George
Morfitt took the job of B.C.'s Auditor General because it combined the top auditing
job in the province with work in the public
service. His most important role as watchdog of the public purse, he says, is reporting to the public.
"There is a need for an independent
person to relate to the public how we are
operating our collective resources," he
As a man who has chosen to monitor
expenditures as a career, Morfitt may be
more qualified than most to recognize the
significance of an unrestricted endowment
like the President's Fund. He is one ofthe
alumni pacesetters who is contributing
$5000 or more to the fund.
Now beginning his third year as Auditor General, Morfitt says it wouldn't
have been possible without UBC.
"Securing a university degree was a
precursor to becoming a chartered accountant which has given me an interesting career," he explained. "Without that broad-
based education at university I might not
be doing what I do today."
Morfitt graduated in 1958, the top
student in the Commerce faculty. An
active student politician, his athletic
achievements earned him a Big Block
Participating fully in university life is
what causes people to look back with fondness on those days, Morfitt believes. He
has been a long-time supporter of his alma
mater, founding its senior giving club, the
Wesbrook Society in 1981, and acting as
the society's first chairman.
Morfitt also served as President of
the UBC Alumni Association from 1973 to
1974 and chaired UBC's Board of Governors from 1977 to 1978.
Donovan Miller
Donovan Miller's affiliation with
UBC has been lifelong. One of hundreds
of returning war veterans who were offered
a university education, Miller said it was
an opportunity they seized because for so
many young men it had been a financially
impossible dream.
"We believe the university has been
good to us," he said. His support of UBC
since graduating from the Commerce faculty in 1947 he describes as "just paying a
little bit back."
Miller is one of the alumni pacesetters who has contributed to the President's
Fund. It was the scholarship aspect which
attracted Miller to the fund. "It gives
young people the opportunity to go ahead
and make a contribution to the country," he
Once UBC's chancellor, Miller was
a member of UBC's Board of Governors
for nine years, a member of Senate for
MacMillan Bloedel
Giving to UBC is almost a tradition
for MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., one of North
America's largest forest companies.
Over the years, MacMillan Bloedel
has supported many projects at UBC. They
have collaborated on industrial research,
assisted the prestigious J.V. Clyne Lecture
Series, provided scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, and donated to the Japanese bell
tower outside UBC's Asian Studies building.
MacMillan Bloedel depends on UBC
to provide a steady supply of professional
foresters and management personnel.
Many UBC alumni now hold executive and
technical positions in the company.
Funded projects at UBC include
those involving growth and nutrition of
Douglas fir, fleet monitoring, and tree
nursery seedlings. But the company's
support is not limited to forestry research.
MacMillan Bloedel recently helped
establish a chair in forest biotechnology
research along with Weyerhaeuser Canada
Ltd. With biotechnology an emerging field
in Canada, the chair will stimulate collaborative research between various UBC
faculties and departments.
MacMillan Bloedel has also supported projects in nursing and at the Allan
McGavin Sports Medicine Centre.
Now, the company has made major
gifts to three projects in the World of Opportunity campaign, one of which is the
President's Fund. The latest pledge brings
its total contribution to the university over
the years to more than $1.5 million.
eight years and served as vice-president
and later president of the Alumni
Association. The university awarded him
an honorary degree in 1979.
Former President and Chairman of
Canadian Fishing Co. and member of the
Order of Canada, he has worked on every
aspect of the fishing industry during his
career. One-time Canadian commissioner
on the International North Pacific Fisheries
Commission and former President of the
Fisheries Council of Canada, he has served
as advisor to various federal government
ministries, held directorships with a
number of corporations, and served on the
B.C. Science Council and Fisheries
Research Board of Canada.
Recently retired, Miller says he remains involved with some UBC committees "just to keep track of things." Still
active in the Boy Scouts of Canada, he has
had time to discover a new passion in oil
left to right: Grant Burnyeat,
Donovan Miller and Bob Wyman at
the Alumni Pacesetter Volunteer
Dinner held in December
President Strangway
presented David Crombie
with a totem pole at an event
to recognize Rayrock's gift to
The UBC Campaign
David Crombie
"Going to UBC has done a lot for
me. I met a wide range of interesting
people and it opened up opportunities,"
said David Crombie, CEO of Rayrock
Yellowknife Resources and alumni
pacesetter donor to the President's Fund.
Crombie has pledged $20,000 to
the fund and is an active participant in
the eastern division of the World of Opportunity Campaign Leadership Committee.
Now Crombie lives in Toronto,
but he was born and raised on the West
Coast. While at UBC he studied mechanical engineering and metallurgy,
graduating from the Faculty of Applied
Science in 1961. After graduating, he
worked in research and development at
Sherritt Gordon Mines where he
pursued his interests in geology and
When he joined Rayrock Yellowknife Resources Inc. in 1967, he had
no idea his job would involve prospecting in a four-wheel drive vehicle, on
horseback and even, once, in a dugout
canoe, in isolated parts of Ecuador and
"We pulled out when it started
getting dangerous," Crombie said of his
three-year Central America adventure.
During his 23-year association
with the mining, oil and gas producing
company, Crombie has travelled all over
North and South America and extensively through Europe.
His first post with Rayrock, in
1967, was as chief engineer at the
Discovery Gold Mine, 50 miles north of
Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.
"The population was 200 and the
only way out was in a small plane,"
Crombie recalls.
Outside of Rayrock, Crombie
lends his professional expertise to the
Gold Institute where he is currently
director and vice-president.
Still bearing the name of its northern Canadian origins, Rayrock Yellowknife Resources Inc. has grown over
the last 40 years from a small mining
exploration company to a major producer of gold, oil, gas and langbeinite, a
speciality fertilizer mineral.
No longer limited to mineral exploration in the Canadian North, it is
now exploring and developing projects
in the U.S., Chile, Ecuador and Costa
Rica and owns reserves of high-quality
heavy oil for future development.
Based in Toronto, this rapidly
growing mineral exploration, development and operating company has
pledged $117,000 to the President's
It is the first time the company
has pledged support to this
university. "We're glad to play a small
part," said David Crombie, Rayrock
president and UBC alumnus, who is an
active volunteer in the east for the
university's fund-raising campaign.
Placer Dome
It's somehow fitting that a 60-year
old Vancouver-based gold mining company should support the dreams and goals
of a 75-year old university. Gold mining
holds a special place in B.C.'s history and
tradition as does the province's largest and
oldest educational institution.
Placer Dome Inc., an international
mining company, has pledged $400,000 to
the President's Fund at UBC. No stranger
to the campus, the company provides eight
scholarships annually, funds research in
seismic data, mining and mineral exploration, contributed to the research chair in
hydrometallurgy and supports other projects through the Placer Dome Fund.
At UBC's Open House, March 9-11,
Placer Dome is bringing the world famous
gold display from Harvard University to
The leading world gold producer outside of South Africa and North America's
largest producer ofthe precious metal,
Placer Dome was originally involved in
production of base metals. Over the last
decade, it has made gold mining its main
thrust and with reserves of gold in the
ground now totalling more than 20 million
ounces, the company has operations in
Canada, the U.S., Australia, Papua-New
Guinea and Chile.
The company also extracts copper,
silver, molybdenum and has interests in
North American oil and gas production.
Its latest gold mine, Granny Smith,
produced its first gold in January. This is
the fifth gold mine the company has
brought into production in a year. Since
1980 it has opened B.C.'s Equity Silver
Mine, Montana's Golden Sunlight Mine,
Mexico's Real de Angeles silver mine, and
Australia's Kidston gold mine. The UBC Campaign News
Page 3
The President's Fund: Supporting Students
^ One of the key objectives of the President's Fund is to
. create new scholarships and fellowships for outstanding
students. This will help UBC achieve its objective of increasing
graduate enrolment by 2,000 and ensuring equitable representa-
.   tion from students of all backgrounds.
Here are profiles of some of UBC's award-winning
students: a botanist, fiction writer, mathematician, political scientist, pharmaceutical chemist and future lawyer. These students, and others like them, are the people who will fulfill
UBC's mission to be a world centre of research and learning.
Wayne Broughton
Fourth Year Honours Math & Physics
Bert Henry Scholarship
Wayne Broughton knew exactly what he
wanted to study when he entered university. It
was math. In grade 8 he began entering math
contests. "By grade 12," he says, "I was writing
every one I could get my hands on." He did
well. In the Canada-wide Euclid contest he
finished third. In university his high achievement in mathematics continues. For the past
four years, Broughton has won the Bert Henry
Broughton has applied for admission to
PhD programs in the U.S. There he will focus
his studies on mathematics. He wants to use his
graduate studies to explore the abstract science
of pure mathematics by asking mathematical
questions and writing proofs. Later he will turn
his energies to application.
Katherine Harrison
PhD Student in Political Science
University Graduate Fellowship
Katherine Harrison's concern for the environment caused her to put aside a career as an
engineer and enter political science. Although
she had a long time interest in the environment,
it was during her graduate studies in engineering at M.I.T. that she began to see things
differently. "I became increasingly aware that
all the problems are not technical. Often it has
more to do with what we choose to recognise as
problems, so I got more interested in political
Now Harrison studies public policy and
Canadian politics. Her main focus in this area is
environmental policy. Last term she researched
natural and environmental resource management.
After her program is complete, Harrison
says she'll try to get an academic position in
political science. "I think I'd enjoy teaching
and I'd like the freedom of choosing my own
research topics, but I can also imagine being
happy doing policy research in a think tank or
Mary Ellard
PhD Student in Botany
University Graduate Fellowship
Mary Ellard is experimenting with
genetic engineering in plants. In her tests she
examines how plants respond to stress or
wounding. Right now her results are not for
direct application. She explains, "It's a pretty
unexplored field. Before you can apply a lot of
knowledge, fundamental research has to be
Ellard's initial research in the world of
science began at University College in Dublin.
She studied sciences because she wanted something that offered broad prospects. From there
her interests led her to molecular biology and
then to plant genetics.
Her project, though now still a fundamental search for understanding, could lead to
genetically engineered plants that better withstand stress from insect infestation or disease.
Other directions could be comparisons of stress
responses between plant and animal systems.
Ron Lee
PhD Student in Pharmaceutical Science
University Graduate Fellowship
Ron Lee gave up a comfortable career as
a pharmacist to pursue his interest in research.
Now he's in the Department of Pharmaceutical
Chemistry conducting a project on drug
metabolism. Lee says, "I look at how fast a
drug is absorbed and how long it stays in the
body." The drug he is researching is used to
treat epilepsy. He is hoping to discover what
elements in the drug make it toxic to certain
parts of the body.
Lee received his undergraduate and masters degrees from UBC. He chose UBC again
for his PhD because of his regard for the department, the university, and his ties with
family and friends.
This is Lee's last year. After graduation
he 's hoping to find a research position with a
large drug company in Canada or the U.S.
Debbie Howlett
MFA Student in Creative Writing
University Graduate Fellowship
Debbie Howlett loves to write. "I
couldn't see myself doing anything else," she
says. In fact her desire to write brought her
right across Canada from Montreal, where she
graduated from Concordia University with a
Howlett chose UBC on the strength of its
Creative Writing Department. "It's a good program. It offers a very strict mastery of the fine
arts." Howlett's favourite genre is short fiction.
"A lot of it is humour," she adds, "I like to
write funny stories." One of her pieces was
recently published in the literary journal, The
Malahat Review. She is also the editor of
Prism, an international literary magazine
published at UBC.
Howlett graduates in November 1990.
Her thesis work will be a collection of short
fiction that she hopes to publish later. Teaching
in a community college or attending a special
two year writing course at Stanford University
in California are possibilities for the future.
Stephen O'Keefe
Fourth Year Commerce
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Stephen O'Keefe has a piece of the
Berlin Wall. When the gate came down,
O'Keefe and a group of fellow students were on
a tour of East Germany, Russia and Poland
studying international finance. In their excitement they scaled and straddled the wall and
then were chased away by East German police.
This study tour and his regular classes in
Denmark were part of a Danish International
Studies Program. "It was an incredible experience, because we learned so much about
different places and life in Denmark," O'Keefe
says. Students were selected on academic
standing and were taught international economics and business in English by Danish instructors.
O'Keefe has been profoundly hearing
impaired since birth, but this has not held him
back. He is a self-taught lip reader and admits
that he has received enormous support from his
professors and classmates.
After he graduates, O'Keefe is considering pursuing a MBA, travelling for a year, or
taking international law at UBC. Page 4
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A Conversation with
The President's Fund is an integral part ofthe World of
Opportunity Campaign. The goal of the fund is to raise a $24
million endowment to be applied by the president to areas of
important need. Campaign News spoke with Dr. Strangway
recently to find out more about the fund and how it will benefit
UBC in the years to come.
Alumni Pacesetter Donors
Mr. William S. Armstrong, Q.C.
Mr. Robert Affleck
Ms. Deborah Apps
Mr. & Mrs. John Banfield
Mr. W. Thomas Brown
Mr Grant D. Burnyeat
Dr. Susan K.C. Chow
Dr John Diggens
Mr. David L. HelliweH
Mr. & Mrs. Byron H. Hender
Mr. J. Norman Hyland
Mr Robin Leckie
Mr. T. Barrie Lindsay
Dr Ann McAfee
Mr. William B. McNulty
Dr. Ian McTaggart Cowan
Mr. Donovan F. Miller
Mr George L. Morfitt
Dr. Douglas T. Nielsen
Mr. & Mrs. Michael A Partridge
Dr. Leslie R. Peterson. Q.C.
Mr. & Mrs. George E Plant
Mr. Melvin R. Reeves
Mr. Bert Reid
Mr. Peter A. Shields
Mr. Robert J. Smith
Mr. Douglas W. Souter
Dr. James M. Stich
Mr. Minoru Sugimoto
Mr. & Mrs. Gordon A Thorn
Mr Frank E. Walden
Miss Nancy E. Woo
Dr. Harold M. Wright
Campaign News: What is the President's
Fund, and how is it different from other
projects funded by the Campaign?
Dr. Strangway: Most ofthe money we
are raising in the Campaign is for planned
purposes such as the performing arts
centre or a particular scholarship, fellowship or endowed chair. These needs have
been spelled out in the case statement and
have been planned specifically to assist in
the long term development of the university. The President's Fund shares that goal,
but its method is different. The idea is to
set up a fund of unallocated monies that
can be used when special opportunities
Our world is changing so fast, a university like UBC must be very flexible to
keep up. If it is to meet the challenges
posed by such rapid change. UBC must be
able to seize opportunities as they appear.
The President's Fund makes that flexibility possible.
Suppose a new area of investigation
opens up and we have an opportunity to
start a program immediately to build on
our strengths. Perhaps an outstanding
researcher is available, but he or she is
unable to come here unless we can staff
and supply a first rate laboratory. Institutions with completely committed funds
find themselves in this situation constantly. With the President's Fund. I can
seed the project, and ensure that UBC
keeps abreast of the research.
There are many examples of how the
fund can work. We may have the opportunity to get international scholars to come
for a few weeks for special seminars, or
we may wish to have an expert on some
controversial issue visit the campus. A
group of graduate students working on an
exciting piece of research may need to
attend a conference to present their
findings, or learn the newest findings of
Now and then an unusual collection
of books or other materials that fits into a
real need ofthe university becomes
available. In the fifties we were able to get
a very important Japanese map collection
because a generous donor provided
$14,000 to buy it with. That collection is
worth millions now. and is an important
research tool.
Without a fund to cover the costs of
these extraordinary opportunities, we
Photo. David Gray
would have to pass them by And the
university as a whole would end up
CN: One of your goals is to increase
scholarships and fellowships. How will
they be affected by the President's Fund?
DWS: Again, the key to scholarships and
fellowships, as far as the President's Fund
is concerned, is flexibility. Many scholarships and fellowships now in existence at
the university are specifically attached to a
particular department or field of study.
Often, these are established in perpetuity
for a specific purpose, and, over time, may
become less useful to the university than
they once were. With the fund, we will be
able to create new scholarships and
fellowships that can respond to changes in
many fields. The President's Fund means
we can respond to new opportunities
immediately without being bound to the
unnecessarily restrictive conditions put on
many scholarships and fellowships.
This flexibility in setting up new
scholarships and fellowships gives the
university the best opportunity to attract
the best students who might be attracted to
other schools for financial reasons. It will
give us a competitive edge.
CN: How will the fund help increase
scholarships and fellowships to women,
native peoples and other minorities?
DWS: Donations to the fund are unallocated as far as the field is concerned, and
so would be available to students in any
department or faculty
In giving to the fund, however,
donors can stipulate that their gift be used
to establish fellowships or scholarships for
women, for native peoples, for the disabled
or for members of other groups who are
under-represented at the university today.
1. or whoever is President, will use those
monies so earmarked to reinforce equality
of access to all programs at the university.
CN: How will money from the fund be
DWS: The great benefit of the President's
Fund is spontaneity and speed. We have
many other funds designed to help build
different areas of the university. The President's Fund is not bound by one faculty or
one procedure. It will help where the
opportunity is greatest. It is a Fund that
will be applied to areas of extraordinary
The UBC Campaign News
Pearl Roberts
Jamie Ives
Jo Moss
Rosemary Ogilvie
Chris Petty
Pat Higinbotham
Carrie Holcapek UBCREPORTS Feb.8,1990       5
February 11
February 24
UBC Noon Hour Concert
Eckhardt-Grammate 1989 Music Competition winner, Janice Qirard, piano. Tickets $2
at the door. Music Recital Hall at 1230pm.
Call 228-3113.
Host: Prof. W. Craig Riddell. Brock Hall 351
from4-530pm. Call 228-2876.
■y—1 RoboticsandAutoma-
■k^e»v tion Distinguished Lec-
i^h^   ture Series
^^^^    A Very Fast Rangefinder by
■"■"■"■■■ Analog VLSI.   Dr. Takeo
Kanade, Computer Science and Co-Director, Robotics lr^., Carnegie Mellon U. Scarfe
100 from 1-2pm. Call 228-6894.
Physics Colloquium
Quantum Mechanics and Macroscopic Realism. Tony Legget, Physics, U. of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign. Hennings 201 at 4pm.
Call 228-6533/3853.
Geological Sciences Visiting
Speaker Series
High Pressure Research at UBC. Catherine
McCammon, Geol. Sciences, UBC. Geol.
Sciences 330A at 12:30pm. Call 228-3508.
Biotechnology Laboratory Seminar
What Determines the Identity of Transfer
RNA. Dr. Dieter Soil, Molecular Biophysics/
Biochemistry, Yale U. IRC #4 at 4pm. Call
Dr. Michael Smith at 228-4838.
Psychology Colloquium
Eyewitness Testimony Research. Dr. John
Turtle, Psychology, UBC. Kenny Bldg. 2510
at 4pm. Call 228-2755.
Planning Lecture Series
Negotiation in Sustainable Development The
BC Round Table on Environment and Economy. Lee Doney, Sec. to The Round Table.
Lasserre 102 at 12:30pm. Call 228-5725
UBC Wind Ensemble
David Branter, director. Freeadmission. Old
Auditorium at 12:30pm. Call 228-3113.
Music Faculty/Guest
Artist Concert Series
Eliot Fisk, guitar. Music Recital Hall at 8pm.
Prelude 7:15pm. For tickets, call 228-3113.
Sciences Seminar Series
Body Size, Growth and Recruitment Success in Fishes. Larry Crowder, North Carolina State U. BioSciences 2361 at 3:30pm.
Call 228-2731.
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Surfactant Replacement in RDS - Exosurf
Results. Dr. John Smyth,
Neonatology, Peds, UBC/
BCCH. G.F. Strong Rehab
Centre Auditorium at 9am.
Call 875-2117 Loc. 7107 or
-=*     Health Care/Epidemiology Rounds
. r New Strategies in Hospital Infection Control:
Universal Precautions? Dr. David Birnbaum,
PhD. student (Interdisdplinary). James Mather
Bldg. 253 from 9-10am. Call 228-2772.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
A Novel Compact Reactor with Permsetec-
tive Walls for the Steam Reforming of Natural Gas. Alao Edlin Aris, Graduate student
Chem. Eng., UBC. Chem. Engineering 206
at 330pm. Call 228-3238.
Economics Seminar
Gender-Based Personnel Policy and On-
The-Job Training. Peter Kuhn, McMaster U.
■bb»jb»| Special Lecture
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■k^k   aalWorkandWomen'sStud-
aH|^?    ies.  Motherhood and Pov-
^^^^^    erty: From Charity to WeJ-
"""""^^ fare in 19th century Paris.
Dr. Rachael Fuchs, Assoc, prof. History, Arizona State U. Buchanan A102 at 1230pm.
Call 228-2561.
Friday in the Fireside
UBC Vocal Trio and Peter Huron, Jazz and
Blues. All welcome. Grad Student Centre
Fireside Lounge from 630pm. Call 228-
UBC Wind Ensemble Concert
David Branter,director. Freeadmission. Old
Auditorium at 8pm. Call 228-3113.
Centre for Continuing
Education Workshop
Honesty and Compassion in Child/Parent
Relationships. Jennifer Shifrin. Video presentations include the works of Dr. Robert
Firestone. Fee: $50. Hillel House from 9-
5pm. Call 222-5238.
Sat Feb. 17
The Future of Modem
Societies Prof. Anthony
Giddens.Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge.
Sat Feb. 24
Cologne: Archaeology In a Living City. Dr.
Hansgerd HeUenkemper, Director, Romisch-
Germanisches Museum, Cologne, Germany.
All lectures at 8:15 pm in IRC #2.
Graduation Application
Grad appfcatjon cards have
been mailed lo 4th year students registered in the '89
Winter session of the following degree programs: BA,
BFA BMus, BCom, BEd, BPE, BRE, and
BSc. All students who expect to graduate
this May (spring) should complete and return
both cards to the Registrar's Office prior to
February 15,1990. Students in the graduating year of Ihese programs who have not received cards in tie mai by the end of the first
week of February, may obtain cards from the
Registrar's Office. Students in Applied Science, Graduate Stttfesordtolorraprograms
may obtain graduation appications from their
departments. Those in the remaining de-
gree programs may obtain applications from
Ihe Dean's or Director's Office of their Faculty
or School.
Speakers Bureau
More than 200 faculty and
professional staff available to
speak to your group, usualy
tree of charge. Topics range
from Earthquakes to The
Meech Lake Accord. Call22&6167.
Centre for Continuing
Education Workshops
Nutrition for Vitality. Vasanto Crawford, Reg.
Dietician and Nutritional Counsellor. Fee
$60. Tuesdays, Feb. 13,20 and 27. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 40 From 7-10pm. Call
Seeing Eye-to-Eye: A Communication Workshop for Couples. Dr. Arthur Ridgeway,
Reg. Psychologist Fee: $220 per couple.
Bring Lunch.  Sat Feb 17 -Sun. Feb. 18.
Health Sciences Psych. Unit 2N ArB from
9am-5:30pm. Call 222-5238.
Film Series Seminar
Vancouver premier of Joseph Campbell, This
Business of the Gods, 8 filmed dialogues
with comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell
and the series' producer, Jungian analyst
Fraser Boa. Panel discussion follows each
film. Fee$75. IRC #2, Fri. Feb 23 from 8-
10pm; Sat Feb. 24, 10am-430pm. Call
Continuing Education in
Social Work Workshop
Women in Therapy: Ethical Issues for Therapists. Dr. Judith Myers Avis, Family Studies,
U. of Guelph. Fee: $85/$65 for students.
School of Social Work Lee. Hall A, Fri. Feb.
23 from 7-9pm; Sat Feb. 24,9am-4pm. Call
International House
Volunteers Needed
English tutors to assist non-English speaking
students. Application forms available at International House. Call Jenise Yue/DonakJ
Ng at 228-5021.
Career Development Study
Research study on communication between
parents and adolescents regarding career
and educational choices. Adolescents aged
12-19 and one parent needed to participate
in an interview. Call Dr. Richard Young at
Hypertension in
Pregnancy Study
Pregnant women, concerned about their Mood
pressure, are invited to participate. The study
compares relaxation training with standard
medical treatment (own physician). Call Dr.
Wolfgang Linden at 2284156.
Dermatology Acne Study
Volunteers 13-30 years with moderate to
severe acne required. Must be able to attend 5 visits over a 12-week period. Honorarium $50 to be paid upon completion. Call
Sherry at 874-8138.
Daily Rhythms Study
Volunteers needed, aged 30-40 and living
with a heterosexual partner, to keep a daily
journal (average 5 min. daily) for 4 months.
Participants will took for patterns in their physical and social experiences. Call Jessica
McFarlane at 228-5121.
Post Polio Study
Persons with polio needed for functional
assessment and possible training programs.
Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School of Rehabilitation Medicine. Call 228-7392.
Persons with mild to moderately severe MS needed for
study on exercise responses.
Elizabeth Dean, PhD, School
of Rehab.   Medicine.   Call
Back Pain Research
Volunteers needed for magnetic resonance
imaging of healthy spines-men and women
aged 18-60, non-pregnant no pacemakers,
no intracranial clips and no metal fragments
in the eye. University Hospital employees
excluded. Call June 8am and 4pm, Monday-Thursday at 228-7720.
Psychology Study
Opinions of teenage girls and their parents
on important issues surfacing in family life.
Volunteers needed: 13-19 year old girts and
one or both of their parents. Call Lori Taylor
at 7330711.
Sexual Harassment
Two advisors are avaiable
to discuss questions and
concerns on tie subject They
are prepared to help any
member of the UBC community who is being
sexualy harassed to find a satisfactory resolution. Cal Margaretha Hoekor Jon Shapiro
at 228-6353.
Statistical Consulting and
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to faculty and graduate students working on research problems. Call 228-4037. Forms for
appointments avaiable in Room 210, Ponderosa AnnexC.
To find an interesting and challenging volunteer job, get in touch with Volunteer Connec
tions, Student Counselling and Resources
Centre, Brock Hall 200 or call 228-3811.
Late afternoon curling. Experienced curlers
and those wishing to learn are welcome.
Thunderbird, Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15. Call Paul
Willing, 228-3560 or Alex Finlayson, 738-
7698 (eve.)
Badminton Club
Faculty, staff and grad student Badminton Club meets
Thursdays, 830-1030pm and
Fridays, 630-830pm in Gym
A of the Robert Osborne
SportsCentre. Fees, $15 until April with valid
UBC Library card. Call Bernard at 731 -9966.
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Wednesday. Public Speaking Club Meeting.
Speeches and tabtetopics. Guests are welcome. SUB at 730pm. Call Sulan at 597-
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and Recreation, through
the John M. Buchanan Fitness and Research
Centre, is administering a physical fitness
assessment program. Students, $25, others
$30. Call 228-4356.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
All surplus items. Every Wednesday, noon-
3 pm. Task Force Bldg. 2352 Health Sciences Mall. Call 228-2813.
"■"■"I Neville Scarfe
MB   Children's Garden
WJffr      Located west of the Educa-
W tion Building.   Free admis-
■"■"^^" sion. Open all year. Families interested in planting, weeding and watering in the garden, call Jo-Anne Naslund at
434-1081 or 228-3767.
Botanical Garden
Open every day from 10am-3pm. until mid-
March. Freeadmission.
Nitobe Garden
Open Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm until
mid-March. Freeadmission.
UBC Reports
ad deadlines
UBC Reports is now distributed by the Vancouver Courier on the west
side on alternate Sundays.
Feb. 22
March 8
March 22
April 5
April 19
May 3
Deadiine 4 p.m.
Feb. 12
Feb. 26
March 12
March 26
April 9
April 23
For more information, or to place
an ad, phone 228-4775 UBCREPORTS Feb.8.1990      6
Matching grants
are evaluated
Ihe Department of Industry, Science and Technology has conducted
an evaluation of its Matching Grant
Policy, aimed at improving cooperation between urn vereities and industry
in the field of research, facilitating the
transfer of research results to the private sector and increasing funding of
university research.
The study reveals that the policy
has provided funds for granting councils, but has had little success in persuading the private sector to fund university research or cooperate with uni-
Although private-sector spending
on research and development is tow in
Canada, cooperation with universities
grew steadily during the 1980s, bits
evaluation, the department also found
that a larger proportion of research and
development funding from the private
sector supports university research in
Canada than in the United States.
Foreign students
choose U of T
U of T continues to be the university of choice for foreign students in
Canada, a new report reveals.
In its annual report on international
students, released last week, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) says the number of visa
students at the university increased by
almost 21 percent between 1987-88
and 1988-S9—from 2337 to 2,820
Housing placed
on hold
Simon Fraser University has temporarily suspended plans to develop
market housing atop Burnaby Mountain.
Bill De Vries, executive director of
admit lisuaU ve services at Simon Fraser,
says pressures for growth have forced
the institution to re-think its plans for
campus land usage. The university's
board of governors has approved the
halt in planning at the request of the
A proposal to build a university
village incorporating market housing
and other features first surfaced in 1981.
The concept was seen as a means of
raising revenues for the construction
of badly needed student residences.
Initially the university projected a
village population of 7,000 residents
after 10 years. Butthe recession ofthe
early 1980s brought planning to a halL
In 1986 a scaled-down version of (he
plan was revived and taken to Burnaby city council where it twice received approval in principle.
Data network
An international information network on higher education - the Trans
Regional Academic Mobility and Cre-
dentM Evaluation (TRACE)-has been
developed by a group of experts representing several national and international organizations concerned with
studies abroad and the evaluation of
foreign academic and professional
credentials. The information network
will provide access to standardized data
on systems and institutions of higher
education, on study programs, credentials, diplomas and degrees worldwide.
The Association of Universities and
Colleges of Canada is a founding
member of TRACE.
The National Research Council of
Canada (NRC) has accepted a joint
offer by the University of Toronto,
IBM Canada and Integrated Network
Services Inc. (INSINQ to develop a
nation-wide computer communications
network for Canadian researchers
The high-speed data transmission
network will incorporate the provincial research networks of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova
The national network is expected
to inconxirate cither provincial networks
as they are formed. NRNET will also
be linked with research projects in the
The NRC, which initialed the project, will provide $2-million in venture
capital over the next three years. Over
the same period, the regional networks
are to contribute $1.5-million. The
University of Toronto will supply staff
time worth $300,000 and INSINC will
give discounts on communications lines.
IBM will provide $230,000 in hardware and operating system software.
NRNet should start service in this year.
History professor's study
Counselling Psychology
Dr. Beth Haverkamp
DATE: Thursday, February 22,1990
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Room 102,5780 Toronto Rd., UBC
Courtship conforms to rules
A UBC history professor has dipped
into the archives to explore the public
side of courtship and marriage in Victorian English Canada.
"We all think of courtship as an intrinsically private experience between a man
and a woman," said social historian Peter
"But, like most forms of human behavior, it conforms to well understood
social rules and is subject to all kinds of
community influences."
Ward's soon-to-be-published book,
Courtship, Love and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century English Canada, examines the role of religion, law, and custom,
as well as families and friends, in shaping
the intimate behavior ofthe courting couple.
Ward, who teaches in the History
Department, surveyed contemporary diaries ami letters to determine the community pressures that faced young couples
and the ways they found to preserve some
privacy despite them.
The courtship process was highly ritualized in early Canada, he discovered.
"Courtship often was initiated in the
context of family life, so there was a lot of
symbolic corrmumicatMn in its early stages."
Ward examined rituals such as courtship walking — one of the few ways a
young couple could enjoy any privacy.
The custom of relatives and friends
literally putting a newly married couple
to bed was still practiced occasionally at
this time.
"What this really represents," Ward
said, "is the extension of community influences
right up to the
threshold of life's
most intimate
physical experience."
Some forms
of ritual hazing
were practiced as
well, such as the
charivari—a noisy, public protest against
a marriage, which sometimes turned violent     	
"The degree to which the formal influence of the community intruded into
these peopte's private lives was far greater
than any of us would accept," Ward said.
Yet, although many ofthe rituals surrounding courtship and marriage have
disappeared and the status of women has
changed dramatically since the mid-19th
century, some things remain constant, he
"People still court one another in ways
that conform to clearly understood and
communally enforced rules and regulations whether they realize it or not"
Historical fashion show
set for 75th anniversary
The bubbly will flow this spring at the
Theatre Department during an historical
fashion show held in honor of UBC's
75th anniversary.
The fashion show, organized around
a champagne motif, is just one of many
events being sponsored by the department to celebrate UBC's diamond anniversary.
"It's intended as an historical fashion
introspective, celebrating the last 75 years
in fashion," said coordinator Mara Got-
tkr, an assistartproiessorin costume design
in the Theatre Department
The two-part fashion show, scheduled for April 28, win be narrated by
Vancouver Museum costume historian
The show, to be held in the Frederic
Wood Theatre, will celebrate a 75-year
span of fashion in Canada, and especially
Vancouver.and will raise scholarship funds
for the Theatre Department's design and
technical students.
Gotdersaid students have volunteered
to help design the show, usher guests,
manage the house and serve as models.
"It will showcase student talents and
die co-operative aspects of design," Got-
Sayers has volunteered to donate his
time and most of the period clothing, she
added. The rest ofthe models' attire will
come from die department's antique
wardrobe storage.
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Stanbury awarded Biely prize
Economist Bill
Stanbury has been
awarded die 1989 Jacob
Biely Faculty Research
Prize for distinguished
A top scholar in the
area of public policy analysis, Stanbury, a professor
in die Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration, is Canada's
most respected analyst of competition policy and
law and has been regularly called upon to assist
the federal government in dealing with draft legislation and policy questions in this and other areas.
A graduate of UBC's Commerce Faculty,
Stanbury earned an MA and PhD at the University
of California, Berkeley, specializing in industrial
organization, labor economics, and public finance.
He joined UBC as an assistant professor in
Two of his first books examined the social and
economic status of Native Indians. He has since
published on a wide range of topics including government regulation; privatization and deregulation; funding of political parties; and more recently, rent controls.
His latest monograph looks at how local government regulations in Vancouver have influenced
the housing crisis including illegal suites and"monster"
houses. The publication grew out of a study commissioned by the Laurier Institute and die Canadian Real Estate Research Bureau.
Stanbury maintains the diversity of research is
related. "Basically, I study die public sector and its
ways of influencing private activities," he said.
Much in demand by business and financial organizations and other groups for speaking engagements, Stanbury is frequently sought out by the media.
He has acted as consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Canada and worked extensively with die
federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, consulting on business mergers and other competition policy issues.
Melvin Reeves, president of the First Merchant
Capital Com., a Vancouver corporate finance and
real estate firm, is the new senior vice-president of
UBC's Alumni Association.
He takes up his appointment Jaa 26, replacing
Ron Longstaff who left die association to join the
1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games as president
and CEO.
Reeves graduated from UBC in 1975 with a
BComm and earned an MSc in international business in 1977.
Reeves went on to the University of Alberta to
study law, graduating in 1979. He is currently affiliated with die Canadian Bar Association and the B.C.
Law Society.
Reeves has remained an enthusiastic supporter erf
UBC, serving as executive member of the Member
Resource Council, the University Athletic Committee, the Thunderbird Society, and as chair of the UBC
Alumni Fund Committee. A former executive member
of the Alumni Association, he is Life Member of die
Wesbrook Society.
Iridira Samarasekera has
won one of die university's
top faculty research awards,
the 1989Chatles A. McDowell Prize.
The prize is awarded
annually to an outstanding
young faculty member who
has demonstrated excellence
in pure or applied scientific
An associate professor in
the Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering and
the Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, Samarasekera's research has impacted a global
industry by providing significant breakthroughs in
steel manufacturing through improved process design and operations.
One ofthe first problems she tackled was mould
distortion in the continuous casting of steel billets, a
process used in the industry worldwide. Samarasekera
worked with centre director Keith Brimacombe to
identify the cause of the defects and develop specifications to eliminate the problem. She now leads
Canada's largest billet-casting research program.
Samarasekera has made contributions in two other
fields of process engineering: the hot rolling Of steel,
a complex process where steel is rolled to finished
shapes; and growth of gallium arsenide crystals, a
process used in manufacturing computer chips.
Her research involves mathematical analysis of
these widely differing processes combined with laboratory and plant measurements to allow important
advances in process design and operations.
Samarasekera received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from
the University of Ceylon, earned an MS in
engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a PhD in metallurgical engineering firm UBC. She joined the university in 1977.
Harry Warren, a professor emeritus
of Geological Sciences and one ofthe original Great Trekkers, is this year's recipient
ofthe Distinguished Service Award given
by die Prospector and Developers' Association of Canada. Warren was cited for his
outstanding contribution to mineral exploration through his research and pioneering
activities in the use of geochemistry. The
award will be presented at a banquet in
Toronto March 12.
UBC swimmer Kevin Draxmger won
a bronze medal for Canada m Commonwealth Games cxmpetition.
Draxinger, who placed third in the 200-
metre backstroke, was in Auckland, New
Zealand with four other competitors from
the university: runner Cary Nelson who
competed in the 10,000 metres; Anil Kanl
a member of Canada's badminton team;
Turiough O'Hare who competed in the
200 and 400 metre freestyle.
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tenure agreement
B.C.'s forest tenure agreements are
being called into question because they
don't contain enough incentives for logging companies to invest in forest renewal
Now two forestry professors have designed a new leasing contract they say
will fit die bill.
It's a silvicultural agreement they propose be negotiated between die crown
and forest company for areas covered by
a tree farm licence on which a company
plans to carry out intensive renewal.
The contract will encourage companies to cany out efficient regeneration
and forest stand management voluntarily, decreasing the need for costly and
time-consuming program administration,
say David Haley, Forest Resources Management professor, and Martin Luckert,
former research associate.
"If forest renewal is directed to the
private sector, there has to be incentives,"
Haley explained. "You can't expect a
company to invest if they can't get a
Haley and Luckert, now a professor at
die University of Alberta, developed the
silvicultural arrangement after a comprehensive review of B.C.'s land tenure system and the more than 30 different licensing agreements across Canada.
It was the first Canada-wide study of
its kind.
The majority of people interviewed in
government and industry agreed that too
little was spent on silviculture under almost every type of existing tenure ar
rangement They also cited problems of
high administration costs and enforcing
performance standards.
Of all groups involved in forest regeneration, owners of private woodlots
came out on top, investing more than any
other group because the owners knew
future economic returns would justify
current expenditure.
Forest companies operating under licensing or tenure agreements were dissuaded from putting money into forest
renewal, Haley and Luckert found, because they perceived their contracts to be
insecure (tenure agreements usually run
23 years and are replaceable every 10)
and felt investment would not be returned
in profits.
As a result, Haley and Luckert say,
some of B.C's most productive forest
areas aren't being managed as effectively
as they could be.
The problem they faced was how to
incorporate incentives within B.C.'s current tenure systems.
Haley and Luckert propose that forest
companies identify areas in their tenure
holdings which would benefit from intensive silviculture and submit plans for
regeneration and intensive timber management to the Ministry of Forests. The
two parties would then negotiate a contract establishing an annual rent to replace all existing rental or stumpage charges
on those areas.
"In effect, the crown provides die land
and rents it out to industry who will provide the capital and labor input for grow-
ing trees and would receive the benefit,"
Haley explained.
Tailored to individual requirements,
the silvicultural agreement would extend
60 to 80 years—the life of the forest
crop—ensuring company profits on any
investment To ensure accountability,
the contracts would be subject to third
party arbitration if either patty faulted.
Existing TFL agreements would continue on land not covered by die silvicultural agreements.
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Award winning electrical engineering students Timothy Chia (left), Terry Ngo and Photeni
Dimas helped design an earth station that won approval from a professional engineering group.
Engineers win prize
for satellite design
~'Wf ''""H arth stations MICROS AT and DOVE
are taking UBC's electrical engineering students into a new era of satellite
-JiSk*.,,.t■■."V They are two transportable, inexpensive, low-power devices which allow the students to tap into a pioneering class of experimental
satellites in low orbit around the Garth.
The stations' innovative design have earned the
students professional kudos and an award from die
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Inc., a
professional organization with more than 300,000
members world wide.
The award was the only one given to a Canadian
group by IEEE this year and is die second consecutive award the UBC branch has received from the organization.
Over die last 16 months, 25 undergraduate students have been researching, designing and developing die earth stations which represent a joint venture
by UBC-IEEE on campus, the Electrical Engineering Club, and the Amateur Radio Club.
DOVE is a simpler, receive-only version of
MICROS AT, which can send and receive voice and
text messages via UoS AT and MicroSAT, two of die
experimental satellites, explained Terry Ngo, chair of
Slightly larger than a soccer ball and powered by
solar energy, Ihe experimental satellites represent a
new era in space communications technology because they are cheap to construct and launch. They
carry powerful transmitters so that receiving stations
on Earth don't have to be technically complex to use
them, putting cheap, reliable long-range communications within the reach of amateur radio operators
and other groups with suitably equipped stations.
Their affordability may make them attractive to fcss-
developed countries.
The satellites act more like a telephone answering
machine than a telephone. They don't allow two-
way conversation, but digitize and store information—-voice or text messages, data and images—for
relay to a receiving station.
UBC's group can send messages twice aday with
a timing window of between 10 and 20 minutes
when the satellite's orbit brings it into transmitting
As more of these low-cost satellites are launched,
it's anticipated they will allow amateur radio operators to use satellite communications during natural
disasters when normal communication lines are down
as well as bringing the technology into classrooms
for educational purposes.
Each earth station cost less than $2,000 to assemble and is designed to be simple, rugged and
lightweight so it can be widely used by researchers,
such as geologists, out in the field.
Housed in the Radio Frequency laboratory of die
Electrical Engineering building, they will be used to
train students in practical aspects of satellite communications.
Some of the first people to see die earth stations
are Grade 11 and 12 students in Vancouver high
schools. The electrical engineering students have put
an early version of DO VE on the road to demonstrate
its capabilities and encourage more high school students to chcoseeleclrical engineering as a career.
"They can't keep their hands off it," said Photeni
Dimas, one of the electrical engineering students
who has been giving school presentations. Students
listen to messages stored on the satellites and get a
kick out of listening to messages from each other,
Ngo said.
To date, DOVE has been enthusiastically received at Winston Churchill and Eric Hamber, and
other high schools are clamoring for a visit, said Ngo.
The earth stations will be on display during the
university's Open House in March.
New techniques
may help detect
breast cancer
Image processing techniques applied in a new way to x-ray mammograms may help
radiologists detect breast cancer in patients—and early detection can save many lives which
would otherwise be lost to mis deadly disease.
Farzin Aghdasi, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, is developing the technology as
part of his doctoral thesis program. "If we can detect the cancer early, it can be successfully
cured," he said.
One in 11 women in B.C. will develop breast cancer, the third leading cause of death among
women after heart disease and strokes.
Thedisease is insidious because it may escape detection for years. By the time a cancerous
tumor is a few centimetres in size, large enough to be discovered through manual breast
examination, it has often progressed to the point where chemotherapy or surgery is necessary.
The only way to detect smaller, impalpable, tumors is through x-ray mammograms which
allow a radiologist to examine the inner structure of the breast For this reason, B.C's Breast
Screening Mammography Program, a collaborative service offered by the Cancer Control
Agency of B.C., the B.C. Medical Association, UBC, the Canadian Cancer Society and the
B.C. Radiological Society, encourages women aged 40 and over to have breast x-ray mammograms every year.
The mammograms are checked manually by a radiologist who refers patients with suspicious signs for further diagnostic tests. "In the patterns of fibres and ducts, the radiologist will
sometimes detect something that's not normal," Aghdasi explained. The problem is that in
inspecting hundreds of healthy tissue mammograms, visual clues to cancerous cells in a few
images could be missed, especially if the image is fuzzy, blurred, or lacks adequate contrast
Aghdasi is applying standard signal processing techniques to enhance x-ray images in such a
way that atypical patterns can be detected by computer. Much of his research revolves around
developing algorithms which enable the computer to clean up the image to produce the desired
quality and effect.
Each mammogram can be digitized to more than 5-million pixel points (compared to a
quarter of a million pixel points on a typical digitized image such as a TV screen).flie
algorithms direct the computer to take each pixel point are! manipulate the greylevelrnoring it
up or down, to unlock the desired information. Image enhancement may involve removing blur
or increasing the contrast between light and dark in areas of the picture.
"We can get information out of the image that is completely invisible to the naked eye in the
original," Aghdasi explained.
Once the technology is fully developed, Aghdasi envisions a computer-linked camera will
pre-screen all mammograms, digitizing and computing the information and then categorizing
the images as normal, abnormal or suspicious.
The program will aid, rather than replace, a radiologist by indicating which x-rays require a
closer look, said Aghdasi, who works at the B.C. Cancer Research Centre's Imaging Section.
Physics experiment
tests Big Bang theory
A UBC physics experiment that rode into
outer space atop a nx^et was successfully completed at the White Sands Missfle Range in New
Mexico Jan. 20.
The results wfll test the validity of the theory
that the univei-se began 20 billion years ago with
a primeval explosion called the Big Bang.
"The instrument worked as well in flight as it
did in the lab," said Physics Professor Mark
Halpern, a member of the research team that
designed the experiment
The experiment was the culmination of a
program initiated by Physics Professor Herbert
Gush in 1967, shortly after the discovery of cos-
mk background radiation. Produced by the Big
Bang, tins radiation is still travelling through
space and contains information about the early
days of the universe.
An instrument designed by the UBC team
measured the cosnuc background radiatkm for
about six minutes as the rocket reached the apogee of its flight at an altitude of 250 kilometres.
Despite the short flight, the researchers say
their instrument, called a Fourier Transform Spectrometer, produced excellent results. Operating
at two degrees above absolute zero using liquid
helium as a refrigerant, it is one of the most
sensitive instruments of its type ever constructed.
"At first glance, it appears that the simple Big
Bang theory is siipparJed^fiaid Gush, who added
that it win be several months before all the data is
The spectrometer was designed by Gush, Halpern and graduate student Ed Wishnow. Its construction and laboratory testing were also done
almost entirety within the Physics Department
The researchers said this was possible due to the
high technical standards ofthe department's me-
chankal and electronics workshops.
'There are few university labs that could have
produced it, including M J.T. where I did my
graduate work," said Halpern. "A ton of explosives went off directly underneath this instrument
and it worked perfectly."
Although the test took place in the United
States, Halpern stressed this was a very Canadian project Hie rocket's payload, including
the tekmehycommiHiications systems and power
supplies, was constructed by SED Systems of
Saskatoon. Even the rocket was made by Winnipeg-based Bristol Aerospace.
'Him was a sophisticated space science project with enormous Canadian content," Halpern said.
In the years leading up to January's bunch,
Gush said he and his colleagues faced extraordinary technical difficulties and a lack of research funds.
Before this experiment three different prototype experiments were developed. There were
also several previous rocket launches from the
National Research CouncB rocket range in Churchill, Man4 winch closed in 1985.
Funding for the project which cost more
than $l-mflKon, was provided by the university,
the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Counct and the Space Division of the National
Research Councfl.


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