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Volume 41, Number 14
September 7,1995
Library offers rare treats for bibliophiles
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Reference librarian Frances Woodward
puts aside her translucent pink ruler and
confirms the obvious: Kilmarnock Burns
1786 is the Library's smallest text.
The collection of 26 poems, epitaphs
and epigrams by Robert Burns measures
a teeny three centimetres high, two centimetres wide and just over half a centimetre thick. Second place goes to a book
of biblical quotations which is a half
centimetre wider, followed by a two-centimetre thick copy of The Bible in Miniature.
And why do people produce such
"Because they can. I guess," quips
Woodward. "People are fascinated by little things."
Woodward is counting on this fascination to draw visitors to the Library's numerous Open House exhibits in mid-
October. Alongside pint-sized publications, the oldest, biggest and strangest of
the library's three million volumes will
also be available for public perusal in a
display called The Wonderful World of
"Books." Items include a Sri Lankan Ola,
(said to contain charms against all fears
and disease), a few Babylonian clay tablets dating back to 2390 BC. an exact
facsimile of Ireland's treasured Book of
Kells and an assortment ofthe latest CD-
ROM disks, sound recordings, video disks
and workstations to surf the Internet.
"Visitors get the idea pretty quickly
that we're far more than just books, which
is why we put the word in quotations,"
said Head archivist Chris Hives.
The Main Library's front hall will be
the venue for a presentation titled Alice,
Anne, Oz and Pooh, featuring special
editions of Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh and Anne of
Green Gables. UBC's Alice In Wonder-
Charles Ker photo
Frances Woodward peers over three miniature books from the Special Collections Division ofthe Main Library. The
second item from the left is a silver locket and magnifying glass used to hold and read the library's smallest book,
Kilmarnock Burns 1786. The books will be on display at UBC's Open House in October.
land collection, put together by a dealer
in 1966 for the work's 100th anniversary,
includes 460 originals, translations, parodies and imitations.
Upstairs in the library's main concourse a handful of enlarged aerial photographs will anchor a display showing
how the Point Grey campus has evolved,
from a cluster of buildings in 1925 to 475
buildings spread out over 402 hectares
today. For those wanting a more provin
cial outlook, the Special Collections Division is planning a display of archival
photos charting the history of MacMillan
Bloedel Ltd. and the province's forest
Back by popular demand from UBC's
1990 Open House celebration are the
library's front-page reproductions of the
Vancouver Sun newspaper for those wanting to know what was in the news on the
day they were born.
Board of Governors approves
1995-96 UBC operating budget
UBC's Board of Governors has approved a balanced core operating budget
of $338 million for 1995-96. The total
includes a budget reallocation of $4,677
million to cover a portion
of increased wage costs.
Salaries and benefits of
$280 million to faculty and
staff represent 83 per cent
of university core expenditures. Academic salaries
total $147 million, student
assistants are budgeted at
$9 million and staff at $86
million. Benefits amount
to almost $37.5 million.
Salary increases for faculty were ratified in June
and staff negotiations are
still underway. Salaries for
the president, vice-presidents, associate vice-presidents and
deans remain frozen.
UBC continues to spend less on administrative and general expenses than
most Canadian universities, said President David Strangway.
"UBC has always been a university
with low administrative costs and we are
continuing to seek improvements," he
said. "We are placing more emphasis on
training and on streamlining the process
of administration."
Strangway added that
the provincial operating
grant of $272.5 million did
not provide for any wage
increases other than pay
equity nor for inflationary
increases for non-salary
items such as books, supplies and equipment for
operating departments. The
grant accounts for 80 per
cent of core operating income or roughly a third of
UBC's total income from all
UBC's 1995-96 budget
shows credit course fees
contributing $53 million to the core general purpose operating budget (GPOF')
which supports UBC's general operations
including academic and staff salaries and
student services.
One per cent of an overall 5.9 per cent
tuition fee increase will go towards the
Teaching and  Learning  Enhancement
Fund and a further 1.5 per cent to the
Student Aid Fund.
New allocations include $165,500 to
the Equity Opportunity Fund to support
appointments of women, visible minorities and First Nations candidates at senior academic ranks. Modest allocations
supplement operating budgets for the
See BUDGET Page 4
OCTOBER 13,14,15,1995
Explore the forest, visit Kids
World, be entertained or help
entertain when UBC opens its
doors in October.
Please turn to Page 13 for more
Ask Me
Newcomers to campus get a hand from faculty, staff and students
Brain Power 3
Dr. Donald Calne receives $1.4-million grant to study brain disease
Star Gazing 5
Earthbound and space telescopes take UBC astronomers to the stars
What's Up? 6^
UBC Reports Calendar lists coming events on campus 2 UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995
UBC Reports welcomes letters to the editor on topics relevant to the
university community. Letters must be signed and include an address
and phone number for verification. Please limit letters, which may be
edited for length, style and clarity, to 300 words. Deadline is 10 days
before publication date. Submit letters in person or by mail to the UBC
Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver B.C.,
V6T 121, by fax to 822-2684 or by e-mail to paula.martin@ubc.ca.
surrounds report
There is a great deal of
opinion and misinformation
circulating about the Report in
Respect ofthe Political Science
Department at the University of
British Columbia and its
recommendations, and I would
like to address a few of the
criticisms being levelled by
some faculty within the
university, and by several
groups from outside the
academy, such as the B.C.
Civil Liberties Association.
Natural justice: The purpose
of the enquiry was to determine whether there was a
"basis" for allegations of
racism and sexism, and
whether the response of the
university was adequate. It
was not a juridical inquiry
charged with determining
whether the allegations were
true or false. The terms of
reference protected faculty
from disciplinary action.
Further investigation, with the
protection of "due process," is
needed to address outstanding
Complaints were anonymous: Students who raised
issues were identified to the
faculty members in question,
who were then asked to
respond. The allegations of
those who requested anonymity were excluded from consideration and from the report.
The structure of Ihe report
is biased against faculty: Ms.
McEwen listened lo the
allegations ofthe students,
solicited the responses of
faculty, and based her opinion
and recommendations on this
balanced process. The number
of pages devoted to faculty
responses is irrelevant to the
substance of her findings and
to the implementation of her
recommendations by the
Curriculum issues are not
issues of racism and sexism:
Students did not simply claim
that the department lacked
opportunities in some disciplines, but that some faculty
are "intolerant ol and, . . .
inferiorize non-mainstream,
critical, and non disciplinary
approaches" (p87). That is.
students are claiming that the
exclusion of some theoretical
perspectives are motivated by
reasons other than scholarship.
All of the faculty of this
department have been maligned as racist and sexist by
this report: The report states
that "approximately one-half of
the faculty attracted no
substantive criticism" (pi9),
and Ms. McEwen states that
she is "not saying that a basis
exists for concluding that any
member of the faculty is
prejudiced, or that he/she ever
intended to discriminate on
the basis of sex and race"
(p22). Neither the university
nor Ms. McEwen can be held
responsible for the sloppy
interpretation ofthe report.
The decision to halt admissions to the department is a
step of huge proportions and
See REPORT Page 4
Report a threat
to academic
On Aug. 8, 1995 a group of
students, faculty and staff met
to organize a local chapter of
the Society for Academic
Freedom and Scholarship
(SAFS). SAFS is dedicated to
upholding two principles which
are at the core of education in
institutions of higher learning:
maintaining freedom in
teaching, research and scholarship, and maintaining
standards of excellence in
academic decisions about
students and faculty.
Among recent threats to
academic freedom in British
Columbia, the one that most
powerfully motivated the
formation of the chapter was a
decision of the administration
of UBC. This decision, to
suspend admission of graduate
students to the Dept. of
Political Science, was made on
the basis of a deeply flawed
assessment, the so-called
McEwen report. The report's
procedural, evidentiary, and
logical faults have been
criticized by various groups as
Koerner's gifts
extend beyond
I read with interest the In
Memoriam in UBC Reports
(Aug. 17, 1995) on Walter
Koerner. It refers only to his
gifts to the Museum of Anthropology. I hope that in a future
issue there will be another
article on him, taking into
account his gifts to the Library
over many years, culminating
in the new Koerner Library
which is now being built; not
to mention the Koerner
connections with the Faculty
Anne Yandle
Former head of Special
Collections, UBC Library
well as individual faculty
members, students and
administrators at UBC and
elsewhere, as well as by the
B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
On Aug. 4, an open letter
from President David
Strangway was circulated to
UBC faculty members and
students. That letter admits
that the McEwen report has
"undoubted flaws." In spite of
that admission, the president
goes on to reiterate the administration's decision. The B.C.
Chapter of the SAFS finds
President Strangway's justification of that decision to be
unconvincing for the following
The president's letter
asserts that the learning
environment of the Dept. of
Political Science "has been
found (not only by the McEwen
report) to constitute a serious
impediment to learning and
discourse." As a scientist, he
presumably uses the term "has
been found" to indicate the
existence of solid and objective
evidence. No such evidence
has ever been made public.
The McEwen report does not
present such evidence, as it
restricts itself to the issue of
whether the complaints "raise
a genuine issue for determination." Ms. McEwen explicitly
declines to present an actual
determination of the issue.
What, then, are the other
sources on which the president's claim is based?
There is an implication in
the president's letter that the
department's acknowledgment
of issues to be confronted and
resolved is tantamount to an
admission of guilt. This is
surely an unwarranted inference: given the multitude of
allegations, the prolonged
investigation, the 175-page
report, the administration's
drastic actions, and the
consequent publicity, it is
hardly possible not to acknowledge the existence of "issues"
or not to desire their resolution. None of this means that
there is adequate evidence,
much less a confession, that
the charge of "systemic" racism
and sexism is valid.
The president next suggests
that the actions of the administration will not interfere with
academic freedom: i.e. the
faculty's right to set curricula
and course content, to take
unpopular decisions, and to
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Gavin Wilson photo
Ready, willing and able to help answer new students' questions during those
trying first two weeks of the term are Alma Mater Society President Janice
Boyle (right) and Kari Sivam, liaison officer with School and College Liaison,
Student Resources Centre.
Button wearers hold
answers for students
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Where do I park my car? Where's the
Bookstore? How do I get a library card?
These are some of the questions frequently asked by new students as they
begin the sometimes bewildering process
of gearing up for their first year of studies
at UBC.
A new program is underway to help
give them some answers and make the
campus a friendlier place. UBC faculty,
staff and student leaders are being invited to wear buttons that say "Ask Me!"
during the first two weeks of classes.
The idea is to welcome new students
to campus and make them feel more
comfortable about asking for help, all in
an effort to help ease their transition to
UBC," said Cheryl Dumaresq, manager
of the School and College Liaison Office,
Student Resources Centre.
"UBC is such a big campus, new students often say their major concerns are
isolation and loneliness."
The project is co-ordinated by School
and College Liaison with the support of
Maria Klawe, vice-president, Student and
Academic Services, the Campus Advisory
Board on Student Development and the
Alma Mater Society.
By the end of August, about 6,200
faculty, staff and students in the AMS
and Graduate Student Society will have
received a button, campus map and list of
the 10 most common questions that new
students have, along with information to
help provide answers.
"We hope faculty and staff seize this
opportunity to give new students a helping hand," Dumaresq said.
She added that faculty, staff and student volunteers should hold onto the
buttons and wear them during UBC's
Open House, Oct. 13-15.
If a volunteer is stumped by any ofthe
questions students ask, they can refer
them to the School and College Liaison
Office in Brock Hall, Room 206.
Calne awarded
$1.4 million grant
for brain research
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Dr. Donald Calne, director of UBC's
Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre, has
been awarded $1.4 million over three
years by the Medical Research Council
(MRC) to continue his study of brain
Calne, and an interdisciplinary consortium of clinical and basic scientists
from UBC, Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre and TRIUMF, will explore how and why nerve cells ofthe brain
die in neurodegenerative disorders, primarily in Parkinsonism.
They will also study how their function
becomes disturbed in related conditions
such as dystonia.
Parkinsonism and dystonia, which
together afflict more than 100,000 Canadians, cause the loss of muscle control
and power due to nerve cell death.
"Neurodegenerative diseases are a
scourge of modern society," Calne said.
"It is estimated that by the year 2040,
they may overtake cancer as the second
commonest killer. Our exploration of the
mechanism of nerve cell death is the first
step towards developing a rational approach to prevention and cure."
The scientists will study brain function during life with the help of positron
emission tomography (PET), and relate
abnormalities to changes in brain structure found after death.
In collaboration with Dr. Tom Ruth,
director of UBC's PET program, the researchers will use the technique to detect
a variety of chemicals in the brain, generate images to show their location and
measure their concentration.
The data collected from PET imaging
can provide information on the rate of
loss of nerve cells, Calne explained.
In 1990, Calne received a $6.1-million
MRC grant — the largest MRC operating
grant in UBC's history — to establish the
Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre and
to research Parkinsonism, Lou Gehrig's
disease and Huntington's disease.
Initial observations from those studies
indicate that a transient event, such as a
viral infection, may kill some nerve cells
and damage others, reducing their life
Environmental factors, such as toxins
or infections, as well as genetic traits,
appear to play an essential role in nerve
cell death in Parkinsonism, Calne discovered.
The MRC cited the originality and
importance ofthe study, as well as the
world-class calibre of the researchers,
among its reasons for awarding the
Student newspaper back
after lengthy absence
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
The student presses are rolling again
at UBC after a 15-month shutdown.
The Ubyssey, which ceased publication in April, 1994 after a dispute with its
publisher, the Alma Mater Society, will
publish twice weekly beginning Sept. 6.
"The Ubyssey's mandate is to be a
product by, for and from the students to
New kiosks give students easy
access to registration information
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Students can expect fewer lineups
at the Registrar's Office this term with
the introduction ofthe Student Access
System (SAS).
Four computerized kiosks located
on the second-floor concourse of Brock
Hall are now available allowing students to request transcripts, course
registration information, grades and
address changes.
The information is the most often
requested by students, said Gaylea
Wong. UBC's associate registrar for
Records and Registration.
"Our intent for the kiosks is to have
them target the routine requests that
can be handled easily by technology
and activities not requiring personal
attention from the service provider."
Wong, who helped develop the system, believes that it will allow front-line
personnel in the Registrar's Office to
concentrate on what she calls more
value-added activities for their clients.
"Future plans include increasing the
kinds of activities that are available to students at the kiosks as
well as the locations from where
students can access their student
information." she said.
"In the near future students will
be able to order transcripts or consult their academic records from
remote locations across the country. We are also looking at Internet
Wong added that the long-term
goal for SAS is to provide information about other student services
such as financial aid, housing and
career opportunities.
Regular fees for the services
apply and are payable by credit
card. Students are charged $1 per
copy if a print-out is required. They
also have the option of reading the
information at no charge.
The system requires students to
sign on using their student identification number and their UBC
personal identification number, which is
currently used to access the university's
TELEREG, or touch-tone telephone course
Stephen Forgacs photo
Keith Kan, a second year Arts student,
avoids lineups at the Registrar's Office
by checking his transcript information
on UBC's new Student Access System.
Four of the information kiosks, located
in Brock Hall, went into operation this
registration system. Wong explained.
It is currently available to students
daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
serve the needs and interests of the university community," said co-ordinating
editor Siobhan Roan tree, an undergraduate student in Fine Arts.
Roantree and the other editors and
staff are seeking volunteers to help with
production of the paper.
They hope to recruit what she describes as a cross-section of writers to
reflect various campus interests.
"Since the paper was founded in 1918,
The Ubyssey has been criticized as being
inaccessible and unaccountable,"
Roantree said.
"Although the claims are no different than those facing other campus
newspapers, we recognize the importance of producing a product that this
campus wants."
Roantree said The Ubyssey will publish its special edition on sexuality, an
issue responsible for much ofthe controversy surrounding the paper.
"You can deal with human sexuality in
a way that doesn't offend or resort to
pornography to be informative," she said.
'The sexuality issue will focus on information important to all aspects of
human sexuality."
The newspaper's new publisher is The
Ubyssey Publications Society, established
after students voted in a referendum last
January to give the paper autonomy from
student council.
Advertising revenue will pay for the
production and distribution costs. A $5
membership fee paid to The Ubyssey
Publications Society will cover other overhead costs.
"A professional business manager has
been hired and we want advertisers to
know that this is a new company that has
nothing to do with the old regime,"
Roantree stressed.
Twelve thousand copies of The Ubyssey
will be circulated every Tuesday and Friday through 75 drop-off points on campus. 4 UBC Reports • September 7, 1995
Continued from Page 2
curricula and courses, the
expression of positions that
students claim to be hurtful
and the assessment of student
For example, Ms. McEwen
concludes that student complaints of inadequate attention
to "critical theory, feminist
theory, post-colonialism etc."
support allegations of "pervasive racism and sexism in the
area of intellectual climate and
The president also demonstrates an unusual interpretation of academic freedom,
which is generally considered
to be the right of faculty
members and students to
teach, learn, write, speak, and
to do research in their field of
expertise, without interference
or punishment by administrations. He refers to "the academic freedom of students to
express ideas or points of view
without fear of racist or sexist
responses." There is no such
right: academic freedom does
not exempt students or
professors from having their
ideas criticized on any
grounds. This is particularly
important because it is obvious that any criticism of the
ideas of women or of ethnic
minority members can be, and
is increasingly being, interpreted as evidence of sexism or
In short, the B.C. Chapter
of the SAFS finds the president's letter to exacerbate,
rather than ameliorate, an
already deplorable situation
with regard to academic
freedom and due process at
UBC, and we join all ofthe
individuals and groups that
have already called upon him
to remedy the situation by
reversing the decision to
suspend admissions to the
department's graduate
On the other hand, we
support any move toward
instituting due process and a
serious consideration of the
issues raised by this entire
regrettable incident. To that
end. we hope that the committee considering the new
framework for future investigations, and the 1996 conference
on academic freedom and
learning environments, both of
which are mentioned toward
the end of President
Strangway's letter, will include
a wider diversity of views and
values than have been considered in UBC's handling of
academic freedom issues until
On behalf of the British
Columbia Chapter of the
Society for Academic Freedom
and Scholarship.
Peter Suedfeld
Professor of Psychology, UBC
Leslie Ballantine
Professor of Physics, SFU
Continued from Page 2
without precedent: The current
dean of Graduate Studies has
temporarily suspended admissions in three other departments during his tenure.
Although uncommon, suspending admissions is a
measure that is used when
there is some doubt about the
quality of a graduate program.
The measure is intended to
protect incoming students and
does not, in any appreciable
way, punish faculty. Faculty
who put the well-being of their
graduate students ahead of
their own CVs should support
the closure until they are
satisfied that the department
provides a supportive environment for their future students.
The report has created a
"chill" on academic freedom:
Academic freedom ensures
that faculty have the right to
express their scholarly ideas
without fear of persecution. It
also ensures the freedom of
students with competing ideas
to be heard and to have their
ideas judged on the basis of
their scholarship. Those
faculty who dismiss or criticize
the ideas of students for
reasons other than scholarship
are violating, rather than
upholding, the principles of
academic freedom.
Steven F. Wilson
Director of Student Affairs
UBC Graduate Student
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Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery, the Chan Shun Centre
for the Performing Arts, the First
Nations House of Learning li
brary, and the Life Skills Motivation Centre directed by Rick
On the expense side, rate
increases for electricity, water
and gas. coupled with the operating costs of new space (C.
K. Choi Building, Scarfe Building expansion. Jack Bell Research Laboratory and the Advanced Materials and Process
Engineering Laboratory), represent a cost of $836,000. The
university expects to spend
$8.2 million of the GPOF core
budget on utilities in 1995-96,
$8.7 million on library acquisitions and $8 million for student aid. Other non-salary
items across campus - travel,
operating supplies, telephone,
computing charges, legal and
other professional fees - total
$35 million.
This is the first year the uni
versity operating budget has
been divided into three distinct categories: core GPOF.
non-core GPOF and continuing studies. Non-core GPOF
items include those with either
their own source of income -
such as admission income at
the Museum of Anthropology -
or activities such as clinical
reimbursements from the
Medical Services Plan, sales of
agricultural products and timber, and charges to pensions
plans and affiliated units of
the university.
The move to have all continuing studies initiatives operating on a self-sustaining
basis is now complete. Income
from all continuing studies
credit and non-credit activities are budgeted at $26 million for 1995-96.
Strangway said the presentation of core and non-core budgets will provide the community
with an understanding of the
total activity of each faculty or
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7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
U.B.C. Woodward IRC Building - Lecture Hall #6
Tickets: $15.00
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Book signing & refreshments to follow. UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995 5
Mercury mirror key to massive telescope
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A 2.7-metre telescope, Canada's largest, has been installed
in the newly completed UBC Liquid Mirror Observatory in the
Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.
A unique feature of the telescope is its use of a thin layer of
mercury as a reflecting surface,
instead of conventional glass
lenses. UBC reseachers have
emerged as world leaders in the
design and construction of the
first generation of practical liquid mirror telescopes.
'The result." said observatory
Director Paul Hickson. "isalarge
telescope with superior optics
that costs just a fraction of a
typical telescope."
Compared to the $30-million
price tag for the 3.6-metre
Canada-France-Hawaii telescope—the largest currently
available to Canadian scientists—the new UBC observatory's total cost of
$563,000 is a
bargain. ■"■^"■^^"
The liquid mirror telescope is an
idea that is centuries old. but
radically new.
'The idea dates
back to Newton,"
said Hickson, a
professor in the
Dept. of Geophysics   and  Astro-      	
nomy,"but  until
recent years no one had made it
There are four liquid mirror
telescopes in the world today,
including those at NASA's
Johnson Space Center and the
universities of California and
Western Ontario.
All use mirrors built by
Hickson and his colleagues at
NASA has the largest one, a
three-metre telescope used to
track space debris that could
damage space shuttles and satellites.
"Medium-sized objects, the
size of baseballs, cause the most
problems," Hickson said. 'They
travel fast, about seven kilometres a second, and they're small,
which makes them hard to detect.
'The big telescopes are too
expensive to use for detection of
this kind."
At   the   UBC   observatory
"The idea dates
back to Newton,
Hickson will conduct his research in collaboration with UBC
Prof. Gordon Walker, Ermanno
Borra of Laval University and
Valerie de Lapparent ofthe Institute D'Aslrophysique in Paris.
It was Borra who pioneered
the new technologies that made
liquid mirror telescopes feasible. Hickson developed the technology for large liquid mirrors.
He has now formed the Mercury
Mirror Co. with Physics Prof.
Lome Whitehead to design and
build telescopes.
The observatory's present 2.7-
metre telescope was tested on
leased land in Surrey in 1994. It
is bigger than Canada's current
largest, the Dominion observatory near Victoria, and. at an
elevation of 400 metres, is twice
as high. The sharpness and clarity of images will be better,
Hickson said.
During its test run, researchers collected enough data onjust
12 nights of observation to keep
graduate   students  busy  for
months  analysing data on more
^^hbbm      than 100,000 celestial objects.
Further  testing  and   align-
but until recent
years no one had
made it work."
- Paul Hickson
ment of the telescope will continue at its new
location, with observation beginning this winter
when  the  night
       sky is darker.
Hickson plans
to begin construction next year
on a 5.1-metre telescope that
will replace the 2.7-metre one. It
will, briefly at least, be the third
largest optical telescope in the
"There are a number of
logistical and technical problems
with a liquid mirror telescope
that size, but we are confident
they will be overcome," said
He envisions building telescopes 10 to 12 metres in
diameter, larger than the
world's current record-holder,
the 10-metre Keck telescope in
Major funding for the UBC
Liquid Mirror Observatory comes
from a $526,000 grant from the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, with assistance from the Dept. of Geophysics and Astronomy, the Faculty of Science and the Office of
the Vice-president, Research.
Paul Hickson photo
Researcher Suzanne Watson stands reflected in the thin layer of mercury used in a liquid
mirror telescope developed by UBC Prof. Paul Hickson. Shown here in an earlier, temporary
location, the telescope is now being installed in a new observatory in the Malcolm Knapp
Research Forest. The 2.7-metre telescope is Canada's largest.
clues to
Telescope yields
age of universe
A team of astronomers led by
UBC's Harvey Richer were looking for dying stars so faint that
the brightest among them were
as dim as a 100-watt light bulb
seen at the distance ofthe moon.
But Richer and his team, using the Hubble Space Telescope,
were able to discover a remarkable number of the so-called
white dwarf stars, a finding that
may eventually help improve
estimates of the age of the universe and of our home galaxy,
the Milky Way.
As detailed this month in
AstrophysicalJournalLetters. the
astronomers found the white
dwarfs in the star cluster Messier
4 (M4).
A globular star cluster like
M4, which at 7,000 light years
distant is the nearest cluster to
Earth, contains hundreds of
thousands of stars visible with
ground-based telescopes.
"We expected that the typical
globular cluster should also contain about 40,000 white dwarfs,"
said Richer, a professor in the
Dept. of Geophysics and Astronomy. "However, white dwarfs
are extremely faint and, to date,
no ground or space based telescope has been able to reveal
more than a handful of them in
any star cluster."
A five-hour exposure with a
camera on the Hubble Space
Telescope enabled Richer's team
to detect more than 75 white
dwarfs in one small area within
M4. The images were analysed
with computer software developed by Peter ^^^^^^^^
Stetson at the
National Research Council
in Victoria.
"Still  longer
exposures with
The University of British Columbia invites
applications for the position of Vice-President,
The successful candidate will understand and
show commitment to the research mission ofthe
university; administer research policies, regulations, grants and contracts, and Industry and
government liaison efflcientiy and with a minimum of bureaucracy.
He or she will formulate and implement strategic plans; be effective In forming teams and working in collaboration with others to achieve university goals; and establish clear goals and indicators of performance for him/herself and for colleagues and subordinates and thereby ensure
accountability for the office.
Applications and/or nominations should be
submitted to President David Strangway by September 15, 1995.
In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements
this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and
permanent residents of Canada. The University of British
Columbia welcomes all qualified applicants, especially
women, aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons
with disabilities.
Advisory Committee for the Selection ofthe
Vice-President, Research
Clark Binkley, Dean, Forestry
Dan Birch, VP, Academic and Provost
Robert Evans, Head, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
David Hardwick, Assoc. Dean, Medicine
Harold Kalke, Member, Board of Governors
Maria Klawe, VP, Student and Academic Services
Gerald McGavin, Member, Discover Parks Board
David Measday, Assoc. Dean, Faculty of Science
William Palm, Dlr„ University-Industry Liaison Office
Heidi Peterson, President, Graduate Student Society
Valerie Raoul, Head, French Dept.
Nancy Sheehan, Dean, Education
Terry Sumner, VP Elect, Administration and Finance
Steve Wilson, VP, Graduate Student Society
Dr. David Strangway, President
University of British Columbia
6328 Memorial Road
Vancouver, B.C.     V6T 1Z2
Harvey Richer
Hubble could
conceivably reveal the ages of
the faintest and
oldest white
dwarfs in M4,"
said team member Howard
Bond of the
Space Telescope
Science Institute in Baltimore. Maryland.
"This would be a crucial way
to distinguish between recent
divergent values for the age of
the universe, since its age cannot be less than the age of the
oldest white dwarfs in M4."
Temperatures of white dwarfs
can be used as cosmic clocks for
estimating the age of the universe, currently considered to be
between eight and 20 billion
White dwarfs are the burned-
out cores of collapsed stars that,
like dying embers, slowly cool
"White dwarfs are
extremely faint
and, to date, no
ground or space
based telescope has
been able to reveal
more than a
handful of them in
any star cluster."
and fade away. They contain
most of the original mass of the
star but have contracted to extremely dense and faint objects
about the size of the Earth.
A golf ball-sized piece of a
white dwarf would weigh more
than a ton. Because of its small
size, high density and initially
hot temperature, it takes billions of years for a white dwarf to
radiate all of its residual heat
into space.
However, the universe is not
yet old enough for any white
dwarfs to have cooled off completely to become invisible black
^^mmm^^^^m Our      own
sun will not
become a white
dwarf until
about five billion years from
now. At M4's
age, estimated
to be 14 billion
years, all of its
larger stars
have already
become white
Richer's results will allow
       astronomers to
refine theoretical predictions
ofthe rate at which white dwarfs
cool — an important prerequisite for making for making reliable estimates for the age of the
Other team members were
Prof. Gregory Fahlman. Rodrigo
Ibata and Georgi Mandushey of
UBC. Don VanderBerg of the
University of Victoria and James
Hesser ofthe National Research
Council of Canada, as well as
astronomers from the University of Maryland. Rutgers University and the University of
California, Santa Cruz. 6 UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995
September 10 through September 23
Tuesday, Sept. 12
True Confessions Of A Sinlet: A
Numerical Study Of Knight Inlet's Circulation. Peter Baker.
Oceanography. Biological Sciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Lectures in Modern
Resolving Open Questions In
Bioinorganic Chemistry of
Hemoproteins By Studies Of
Model Complexes. Zeev Gross,
Israel Institute of Technology.
Chemistry 250, south wing at
1:00pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Medicinal Plants And Their Increasing Significance Today.
G.H.N. Towers, Botany. Biological Sciences 2000, 12:30pm-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Faculty Women's Club
Coffee On The Terrace. Sign up
for FWC membership ($25) and
interest groups. Cecil Green Park
House at 10am. Call 228-1116.
Medieval and Renaissance
Shakespeare And The Question
Source. Mary Ann McGrail. Buch
A205at 12:30pm. Call 822-6067.
Medieval and Renaissance
Rereading Hamlet. Mary Ann
McGrail. Green College recreation lounge, 4:30-6:30pm. Call
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Report from the annual COA Meeting. Dr. G. Hawk, Dr. LMrkonjic,
Dr. M. Spangehl. Eye Care Centre Auditorium at 7am. Call 875-
Cutting Against The Grain: The
Import Of British Columbia Timber Into Japanese Markets, 1975-
95. David Edgington, Geography.
Asian Centre 604, 12:30pm-
2:00pm. Call 822-2629.
Green College Seminar
The Development Of Canada's Financial Institutions.Dr. Douglas
Peters, Secretary of State for International Financial Institutions.
Green College recreation lounge,
5:30-6:30pm. Reception Graham
House 4:45-5:30pm. Call 822-
Green College Seminar
Critical Issues In Global Development. Ecofeminism: A Feminist
Journey To Clayoquot Sound.
Tseporah Berman, blockade coordinator, spokesperson for
Friends of Clayoquot Sound, summer 1993; Forests campaigner,
native liaison. Green College recreation lounge at 8pm. Call 822-
Thursday, Sept. 14
CICSR Distinguished
Lecture Series
Standards For Real-Time Systems: Ada vs POSIX. Ted Baker,
Florida State University. CICSR
208,4:00-5:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-6894.
CISAR Meeting
Centre for India and South Asia
Research general meeting and
lunch for all South Asianists and
friends of South Asia. Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm-2:00pm. Call
Indoor Plant Sale
To Sept. 16 UBC 18th Annual Indoor Plant Sale. UBC Botanical
Garden recreation centre. 12 noon-
5pm. Call 822-9666.
Friday, Sept. 15
Graduate Scholarship Day
Various representatives from
Graduate Studies and external
funding agencies. Graduate Student Centre Ballroom at 9am-1 pm.
Refreshments. Call 822-0976.
Framework For Evaluation Of
Council Of University Teaching
Hospitals Joint Agreement, (Service Sharing Between VH and St.
Paul's): A Policy Audit. Camille
Rozon, Council of University
Teaching Hospitals. Mather Build-
ing253,9am- 10am. Free. Call 822-
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Medical Quackery. Dr. David
Smith, Emergency Dept. and General Paediatric Clinic, B.C.'s Children's Hospital. G.F. Strong Auditorium at 9:00am. Call 875-2307.
VHHSC/BCSEPS Tall Clinical
Phacoemulsification. Dr. I Howard
Fine, Oregon Health Sciences University: Dr. L.D. Solomon, McGill
University; Dr. R.P. Lehmann,
Baylor University. VHHSC/UBC
Eye Care Centre Auditorium, 8am-
4pm. Refreshments in 2nd floor
lounge, 7:30am-8:00am. Call 875-
Management And Assessment Of
Sockeye And Chinook Salmon In
B.C. In 1995. Michael Henderson.
Ralf Yorque Room, Fisheries Centre (Hut B8), 11:30am-12:30pm.
Call 822-0618.
Clathrate Concentration Of Aqueous Solutions. Yee-TakNgan, Grad
Student, Dept. of Chem. Engineering. ChemEng. 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Centre for Southeast Asian
Research Seminar
New Development In Canada-Vietnam Relations. William A. Young,
Counsellor (Dev.) and Consul,
Canadian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam. Asian Centre 604, 12:30-
2pm. Call 822-2629.
Mathematics Colloquium
Coupled Nonlinear Schrodinger
Equations Of Fibre Optics. D.
Parker, Dept. of Mathematics, U of
Edinburgh. Math 104 at 3:30pm,
refreshments at 3:15pm in Math
Annex 1115,Call 822-2666.
Theoretical Chemistry
Forces Between Mesoscopic Bodies. W.P. Reinhardt, Chemistry, U
Washington. Chemistry D402 at
4pm. Call 822-3997.
Monday, Sept. 18
Green College Science and
Society Seminar
Technology Drives Science.
Richard Chase, Geological Sciences and Oceanography;Harvey
Richer, Geophysics and Astronomy; Moderator David
Measday, assoc. dean of Science.
Green College recreation lounge at
8pm. Call 822-6067.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Vanadium As A Global
Paleoceanographic Tracer For
Sediment Redox Conditions: Implications For Productivity
Changes In The Past. Dr. David
Hastings, Oceanography. Biological Sciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Lectures in Modern
The Impossible Takes a Little
Longer. P. E. Eaton, University of
Chicago. Chemistry 250, south
wing at 1:00pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-3266.
Green College Seminar
Political Pluralism And Ethnic
Prejudice. Dr. Avigail Eisenberg,
Political Science. Green College
recreation lounge. Reception
Graham House 4:45-5:30pm. Call
Centre for Chinese Research
Peng Zhen: Architect Of China's
Socialist Legal System. Pitman
Potter, Law. Asian Centre 604 at
12:30pm-2:00pm. Call 822-2629.
Scholarly Colloquia
Women, Families, Chronic Illness
And Nursing Interventions. Carole
Robinson, School of Nursing. ACU
Rm. T187, 2211 Wesbrook Mall ,
4:30-5:30pm. Call 822-7453.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
UBC Senate Meeting
The First Regular Meeting OfThe
Senate, UBC'S Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at 8:00pm. Call
Noon Hour Concert
Wesley Foster, clarinet; Andrew
Pearce, violincello; Terence
Dawson, piano. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Admission $2.50. Call
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Reconstructive Orthopaedics: The
NewYork Experience. Dr. B. Masri.
Eye Care Centre Auditorium at
7am. Call 875-4272.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Immigration and Trade Creation:
Econometric Evidence From
Canada. John Ries, Commerce.
Asian Centre 604, 12:30pm-
2:00pm. Call 822-2629.
Birding In Vancouver - Autumn
Session. Alice Cassidy, Professional Biologist. Begins Sept. 20.
Two Wed. night lectures plus field
trips to Lost Lagoon, Roberts Bank,
Reifel Bird Sanctuary. BioSciences
4361, 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Call 822-
A Chilly Climate In Cyberspace? A
Feminist Analysis Of The Public
Discussion Area Of The Ottawa
Freenet. AnnTravers, Sociology, U
of Oregon. Centre for Research in
Women's Studies, 1896 East Mall
from 3:30 - 5pm. Call 822-9171.
Green College Cultural
Studies Seminar
TBA. Green College recreation
lounge, 5:30-6:30pm. Call 822-6067.
MOST Workshop
Understanding Your Pension Plan.
Presented by Pension Administration Office Staff. For staff and faculty only. Pre-registration required.
Free. Ponderosa Cedars Rm. 11am-
lpm. Call 822-9644.
Thursday, Sept. 21
CICSR Faculty Forum
Design For Testability And Built-
in Self-Test Of Integrated Circuits
And Systems: How These Can Really Add Value To Your ICs And
Systems. Andre Ivanov, Electrical
Engineering. CICSR 208, 4:00-
5:00pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Green College Science and
Society Seminar
Idealism And The Social Character Of Meaning. David Bloor, U of
Edinburgh. Green College recreation lounge, 5-6:30pm. Call 822-
Friday, Sept. 22
Smoking Cessation Therapy With
Bromocriptine. Dr. Helene
Bertrand. Mather Building 253,
9am-10am. Free. Call 822-2772.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Lysosomal Enzymes; Pseudodefi-
ciencies And Genuine Dilemmas.
Marion Coulter-Mackie, Paediatrics. G.F. Strong Auditorium at
9:00am. Call 875-2307.
Biological Fluidized Bed Reactors: Hydrodynamics And Performance Characteristics. Mark
Milner, Grad Student, Chem. Engineering.   ChemEng   206   at
3:30pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
TBA. N.G. Makarov, Mathematics, Caltech, Pasadena, CA. Math
104 at 3:30pm. Refreshments at
3:15pm Math Annex 1115. Call
Theoretical Chemistry
Metal-Water Interactions: Exploring The Collective Physisorption
Of Water. J. Shelley, Chemistry.
Chemistry D402 at 4pm. Call
Faculty Development
Active Learning For Large
Groups. Richard Tiberius, Psychiatry, U of T. Buch. Tower
1206/07 from 9am- 12noon. Registration. Call 822-9149.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Continuing Studies Lecture
New Work. Frithjof Bergmann,
University of Michigan. Curtis
101/102, 9:30am-4:30pm. Continues Sept. 24. $95. Call 822-
The Compleat Naturalist - Learn
About Nature And Basic Astronomy. K. Needham, M.Taylor,
A. Cassidy, W. Nicholls, J.
Karakatsoulis. Begins Sept. 23.
First class meets at entrance to
UBC Bookstore. 10am-4pm.
$200 includes field trips. Bring
lunch. Call 822-1450.
Conversation Classes
All levels in French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese are
offered on the UBC campus, Tuesday or Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings, beginning Sept.
23, 26 and 28. Three-day immersion weekend in Spanish, German, Japanese and Mandarin at
Whistler, Nov. 11-13. Call Language Programs and Services,
Continuing Studies at 822-0800.
Museum of Anthropology
MOA is offering a new course for
prospective volunteers and the
general public. Introduction to the
Museum of Anthropology, explores
the museum's collections, exhibits, and resources, as well as contemporary First Nations issues,
art, and anthropology. Mondays,
10:00am-12:00pm, Sept. 18 to
Dec. 11. Seniors and MOA members $50. Non-members $60. Call
Jennifer Webb at 822-5052.
UBC Psoriasis Study
The Division of Dermatology is
studying the effect of a new photosensitive drug plus red light on
stable plaque psoriasis. Volunteers are required: Age 18+,
healthy, not receiving anti-psoriasis treatment. Call 875-5254.
Alumni Achievement
The UBC Alumni Association is
holding an Alumni Achievement
Dinner on Monday, October 23,
1995 in the BC Ballroom, Hotel
Vancouver. The dinner will honour the 1995 Alumni Award recipients and recognize the Honorary Patrons ofthe dinner. Special guest speaker will be Dr.
Garth Drabinsky. MC for the
evening is John Gray. There will
be door prizes and entertainment.
Tables (of 8) may be reserved by
calling Mary at 822-9565. Tickets are $80.
Hie UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
liversity-sponsored events on campus and off cam-
is within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms avail-
>le from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310-6251 Cecil
reen Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone:
J2-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
jbmissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be
nited due to space.
Deadline for the September 21 issue of UBC Reports
which covers the period September 24 to October 7
is noon, September 12. Supplement to UBC Reports
UBC Reports • September 7, 1995 7
September 7. 1995
Dear Colleague.
The following report, prepared by the Equity Office, is an update of
UBC's 1991 Employment Equity Plan. This update provides information
on the University's efforts over the past several years to achieve employment equity through qualitative and quantitative measures.
Last month. I requested that deans and vice-presidents approve unit
equity plans of those units reporting to them prior to submitting these
plans to the Associate Vice-president, Equity, in October >995. These
plans should be consistent with UBC's overall employment-equity objectives that are described in the attached Plan Update. Thus, I recommend
that you read the Plan Update and discuss it with your colleagues in order
to facilitate preparation of individual unit plans.
David W. Strangway '
Review of UBC's employment policies and practices for their potential discriminatory
effect on members of designated groups; design of policies and practices to support
employment opportunities for designated-group members.
1. Prepare an analysis of central administration policies affecting recruitment,
selection, promotion, and terms and conditions of employment, including
training, development, compensation, and termination.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: In 1990, with assistance from the Department of Human Resources
and the President's Advisory Committee on Employment Equity, the University
Administration undertook a review of central employment policies. This review
of central administration employment policies and an analysis of the employment equity census formed the basis of UBC's 1991 Employment Equity Plan.
2. Require each department to review its own employment policies and procedures
to ensure consistency with UBC's objectives.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: The 1990 employment systems review included a review of academic
departments' written procedures. Following that review, the Vice President,
Academic and Provost, has required academic departments to complete a Recruiting Summary form when making all recommendations for tenure-track positions.
In 1992, all deans submitted to the Vice President, Academic and Provost,
employment equity plans for hiring women into tenure-track positions.
In 1994, the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies produced a
hiring document. Since 1995, faculty reviews have included questions on
employment and educational equity.
Following the appointment in 1994 of the Associate Vice President, Equity, a
President's Advisory Committee on Equity was established with a mandate
covering both employment and educational equity. With the assistance of this
committee, the Equity Office developed a strategic plan to assist individual
departments in reviewing their employment policies and practices to ensure
consistency with UBC's equity objectives.
3. Discuss or negotiate any proposed employment policy revisions with employee
associations and unions as appropriate.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost; Vice President, Administration and Finance
Progress: In 1990, the University Administration and the Faculty Association
agreed that faculty who take maternity leave during the pre-tenure period may
extend this time by one year for each maternity leave.
In 1992, the University Administration embarked on a three-year equity funding
process to implement pay equity adjustments for five employee groups. In
addition, joint labour-management job evaluation committees are creating new
gender-neutral job evaluation systems for these groups.
In 1994, improvements were instituted for lecturers, instructors, and senior
instructors in their career progress increment scheme. As well, additional
anomaly and inequity funds were directed to these faculty members. In addition,
a plan was implemented to bring the rates for extra-sessional credit teaching into
line with minimum rates for sessional teaching.
During 1995 union bargaining sessions, the University Administration tabled
employment-equity language.
4. Revise written materials on employment to remove sexist terminology and
dominant-culture bias and to examine language relating to employees who
become disabled and applicants with disabilities.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: The 1990 employment systems review included suggestions for
redrafting collective agreements. Department of Human Resources documents,
and academic departments' written employment procedures. Sexist terminology,
dominant-culture bias, as well as language relating to disability were monitored.
In 1994, changes to the faculty curriculum-vitae form included deletion of
demographic data such as marital and family status.
JULY 1995
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1991. the Faculty Framework Agreement and Agreement on
Conditions of Appointment were redrafted in non-sexist language. Revisions to
these documents, which were approved in 1993. similarly were written in non-
sexist language.
In 1990. the Faculty of Education approved a policy on inclusive language. In
1992, the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration reviewed its
publications for gender and ethnic bias. The President routinely distributes
copies of a handbook on non-sexist writing to new deans and heads/directors of
administrative units.
Review qualifications for every position at the time of recruitment to ensure that
they reflect bona fide job requirements.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: The Job Evaluation Project began in 1990. Since 1992, joint labour-
management committees have been reviewing job descriptions for CUPE 116 and
2950 positions, as well as descriptions for management and professional staff
positions to define minimum qualifications, duties, and responsibilities. Members of CUPE 116 and 2950 have completed and returned their questionnaires.
The computer model ofthe questionnaire for management and professional staff
has been approved. In addition, the Job Evaluation Project has begun the
planning process for other employee groups.
For tenure-track faculty positions, the Vice President, Academic and Provost,
reviews every Recruiting Summary form. In 1995, the University Administration
circulated draft guidelines on recruiting academic administrators.
Review tests used in selection of applicants to ensure applicants with disabilities
can compete fairly.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Director, Disability Resource Centre
Progress: In 1991, the Department of Human Resources' Assessment Task Force
reviewed tests used to select clerical and secretarial staff. As a result, applicants
with disabilities who require accommodation to complete an employment test
may request special arrangements. In addition, the Department of Human
Resources reviews the test results of designated-group candidates who have been
short-listed to ensure that cultural and other differences are considered in test
The Department of Human Resources and the Registrar provide service via
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) so that applicants, employees, and
students who are hard-of-hearing may access employment and admission
Ensure that all employee groups have access to written information concerning
policies and procedures related to their employment, and that disabled employees have access to audio taped information.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1992, Senate approved a policy revision on graduate studies that
enables faculty and staff, especially members of designated groups who are not
geographically mobile, to more easily pursue studies while employed at UBC. At
that time, the Dean of Graduate Studies prepared written information for
inclusion in employee newsletters on the wise use of tuition benefit vouchers for
graduate studies.
In 1995, the University Administration drafted terms of employment for
Postdoctoral Fellows. The Department of Human Resources completed a handbook for non-union research assistants and technicians. As well, Human
Resources has initiated a Benefits Communication Project to provide all faculty
and staff with individual summary descriptions of their benefits coverage. A 1995
information summary of benefits available to all UBC employees is part of the
Faculty and Staff Handbook.
Responsibility: Head, Crane Library and Resource Centre; Director, Disability
Resource Centre
Progress: Crane Library supplies UBC faculty and staff with audio-transcription on-demand of employment-related materials. For example, the
Management and Professional Handbook is available on audio tape and the
CUPE 2950 Collective Agreement is available in an alternative format for
vision-impaired employees.
Ensure that the length of leave for maternity is consistent across employee
groups, and that the tenure clock is stopped for one year for faculty who take
maternity leave.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: In 1990, the University Administration and the Faculty Association
agreed to allow women faculty on maternity leave the option of extending their
pre-tenure period. Furthermore, in 1993, the Administration and the Faculty
Association agreed to extend to a limit of seven years the pre-tenure period,
during which all assistant professors must establish a record of successful
teaching and scholarly activity. In 1995, the University Administration and the
Faculty Association agreed to give maternity leave benefits to those adopting
children, including to same-sex partners.
Investigate offering benefits to part-time and short-term employees.
Responsibility: Vice President, Administration and Finance
Progress: In 1991, the University Administration enhanced the benefits it
provides to eligible short-term employees. In addition, in 1993, the Board of
Governors approved a voluntary reduced workload program with the University
providing top-up to benefits.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: In 1991, the University Administration enhanced the benefits it
provides to eligible part-time and clinical faculty. In 1993, the University
Administration and the Faculty Association agreed to extend the faculty bargaining unit to include part-time faculty, lecturers, and librarians with appointments 8 UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995
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of four or more months with a 50% or more workload.
Thus, the Faculty Association now bargains not only
salary and economic benefits, but also conditions of
appointment for sessional and part-time faculty.
Development of special measures and reasonable accommodations to achieve and maintain a UBC work force representative of qualified applicant pools.
1. Hire women to fill at least 35% of vacant tenure-track
faculty positions. Also, ensure that academic departments and faculties set appropriate individual goals for
hiring women, aboriginal people, members of visible
minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: Since the 1990/91 academic year, the University has achieved its hiring goal for faculty women:
Academic departments have hired women to fill 38% of
new tenure-track faculty positions.
Two additional efforts to increase the number of women
in tenure-track faculty positions are: a) the creation of
the Senior Faculty Fund and b) the conversion of
qualified lecturers from term positions to tenure-track.
Since 1990/91, the Senior Faculty Fund has been used
to hire fifteen women and minority men at the senior
rank of full professor. In 1993, several lecturers, trie
majority of whom were women, achieved tenure.
2. Hire the following qualified individuals to non-acaden*-1?
staff positions:
1 woman
39 women
2 aboriginal people
2 persons with disabilities
3 women
3 members of visible
1 person with disability
1 aboriginal person
3 persons with disabilities
8 persons with disabilities
Persons  w
Disabilities    Visible    M
Total           M
en             W
%       Total
Total   %
Upper Level Managers
Middle Managers
1 2
1 .98
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
29.1 1
1 83
1 56
1 0
Forerr en/Women
Cleital  Workers
1 80
5 97
Sales Workers
0 00
Serv'^'D Workers
1 0
1 7
1 05
Skilled Crafts & Trades
1 62
1 2
12 90
Semi Skilled Manual Workers
1 1   54
Othei Manual Workers
1 76
1 70
1 .82
Total .
1 .32
20 31
Upper Level Managers
Sales Workers
Service Workers
Skilled Crafts & Trades  3 women
2 aboriginal people
Semi-skilled Manual
1 woman
1 aboriginal person
2 members of visible
1 person with disability
Other Manual Workers   5 aboriginal people
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: From May 1992 to May 1994, the difference
in UBC's work force included a net gain of 43 women, 5
aboriginal people, 42 visible minorities, and 6 persons
with disabilities. From May 1992-1995, the difference in
UBC's work force included a net gain of 1 aboriginal
person and 1 disabled person, and a net loss of 21
women and 11 visible minorities. (See accompanying Tables 1 - 4.) This recent
loss in designated-group members is related to a decrease in the UBC work force
between 1994 and 1995.
As of May 1995, the University has achieved some of its 1991 hiringgoals for staff:
TABLE 2                                            Representation of  Designated  Groups  in  UBC's Workforce
May   1992   through   May   1995
Aboriginal People
May 92  |   May 93  |   May 94  |  May 95
May 92   |   May 93  |   May 94  |   May 95
Upp<r Level Manaqers
MiddV Managers
Faculty (Tenure Track)
1 .04
1 .04
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
1 .20
Clerical Workers
1 .77
1 .77
1 .74
Sales Workers
Service Workers
Skilled Crafts & Trades
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
Other Manual Workers
1 .40
1 .82
Total   .                                                                     |       50.12|       50.46|       51 .00|       51.28|          1.29|          1.38|          1.35|          1.32
Representation  of Designated  Groups  in  UBC's Workforce
May   1992   through   May   1995
Visible Minorities
Persons With Disabilities
May 92  |   May 93  |  May 94  |  May 95
May 92  |  May 93  |   May 94  |  May 95
Upper t^vel Manaqers
Middle Manaqers
Faculty (Tenure Track)
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
29.1 1
Clerical, Workers
Sales VVorkers
Service Workers
Skilled Crafts & Trades
1 1.36
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
1 1.54
Other Manual Workers
Total                                                                          |       20.34|       20.65|       20.63|       20.311          4.94|          4.72|          4.94|          5.00
Upper Level Managers
Professionals (non-faculty)
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
Other Manual Workers
3 women
33 women
1 aboriginal person
2 persons with disability
2 women
1 aboriginal person
1 aboriginal people
Include a statement of the University's commitment to employment equity in
external advertisements and internal postings.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: A statement ofthe University's commitment to employment equity was
approved in 1989 and revised in 1990 and 1992. The current statement—"UBC
welcomes all qualified applicants, especially women, aboriginal people, visible
minorities, and persons with disabilities"—appears in external advertisements as
well as in internal job postings for all faculty and staff positions.
Since 1989, the University continues to include a statement of its concern for the
under-representation of women in academic administration in external advertisements for deans, heads, and directors.
Ensure personnel who pre-screen applicants are aware of and committed to
employment equity policies.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost; Associate Vice President,
Human Resources
Progress: The Equity Office provides information and training on equity and
human rights issues to both academic and service units. Staff from the Equity
Office offer a course entitled "Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity" through
the Managerial and Other Skills Training (MOST) Program. The Associate Vice
President, Human Resources, has encouraged both staff from the Department of
Human Resources and all other individuals who are involved in personnel
selection to attend. As curriculum materials for this course, the Equity Office
distributes to all participants its guide Promoting Equity in Employment. As well,
the Equity Office has arranged for Human Resources staff training in human
rights and equity issues.
Equity Office staff participate in the delivery of the MOST workshops related to
disability issues. The Equity Office also has arranged for training of Human
Resources personnel in disability awareness.
5. For recruiting all positions, establish active measures directed toward the four
designated groups. In addition, use employment agencies that specialize in
employment services for designated-group members and advertise in publications targeted towards designated groups.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: Since 1990, the Vice President, Academic and Provost, has required
that the Recruiting Summary form accompany all tenure-track recommendations and has supported the appointment of fifteen senior academic women and
minority men with exceptional qualifications.
In addition, the Vice President ensures that all search committees for deans,
heads, and directors include women as members and seeks external nominations
from women academic administrators across Canada. As well, the Vice President
on several occasions has distributed to deans, heads, and directors articles on
hiring and retaining women faculty and achieving faculty diversity. Moreover, the
University Administration offers networking assistance across faculties to encourage job placements for faculty spouses.
Since 1992, the Associate Vice President, Equity has made numerous presentations to meetings of administrative heads of unit and various campus departments using the video "The Chilly Climate." In addition, the Associate Vice
President, Equity, presented sessions in selection interviewing to administrative
heads during the 1994 Leadership in Transition workshop. The guide. Promoting
Equity in Employment, which was distributed to administrators of all units in
1993, offers additional suggestions for active measures to attract and retain
qualified members of designated groups.
Since 1994, an Equity Advisor has initiated and maintained contact with several
community agencies representing persons with disabilities and aboriginal people
to encourage appropriate referrals of qualified candidates for UBC positions. The Supplement to UBC Reports
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Human Resources Department faxes current job postings to these agencies on
a weekly basis.
In 1991, the Faculty of Applied Science in conjunction with the Woollen Students
Office developed a mentoring program for women engineering students. In 1994,
the Faculty of Arts appointed a First Nations Student Advisor, and the Faculty
of Forestry appointed a First Nations Coordinator.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Direi'tor, Disability Resource Centre
Progress: In 1991, the Equity Office and the Disability Resource Centre
participated in the Department of Human Resources' Task Force on Employment
Equity Recruitment. As part of the work of this task force. Human Resources
compiled a manual of agencies assisting members of designated groups to obtain
employment. A synopsis ofthe manual is distributed at the Managerial and Other
Skills Training (MOST) course "Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity." The
Disabled Employee Assistance Fund has been used to provide adaptive supplies
and equipment that facilitate the recruitment of well-qualified persons with
disabilities since 1992.
In 1994, the Equity Office arranged for several departmental administrators on
campus to offer informational interviews to persons with disabilities for the
purposes of improving interviewee's interview skills as well as irnoroving the
administrator's experience of interviewing people with disabilities.
6. Investigate establishing a telephone recording system of job postings for visually
impaired applicants and a telecommunication device for the deaf.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Director, Disability Resource Centre
Progress: Since 1992, the Department of Human Resources offers a telephone
information line. By dialing UBC-WORK, the caller hears a recorded message of
the current week's job postings as well as general information on applying for
positions at UBC. In addition, the Department of Human Resources offers a
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) line that can be used by ho'zh
employees and prospective employees who are hard-of-hearing. The TDD number
appears on the weekly job postings, in the UBC directory, and in the Vancouver
Telephone Directory.
7. Monitor recruitment of applicants from the designated groups by tracking the
number of individuals from the groups who apply for faculty and staff positions.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: The Vice President, Academic and Provost, has required academic
deans and department heads to complete Recruiting Summary forms for tenure-
track positions since 1990.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Progress: In 1993, the Associate Vice President. Equity, and the Department of
Human Resources Manager of Employment and Job Evaluation completed a pilot
project to track applicants for staff positions. As a result, the Department of
Human Resources seconded an Equity Advisor in 1994 to maintain liaison with
community agencies representing designated groups and to monitor applications
received from designated-group members.
8. Ensure that personnel committees are supplemented where there is a lack of
department or faculty expertise in newly developing, collaborative, and interdisciplinary fields.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Academic
Progress: The 1993 revised Faculty Agreement on Conditions of Appointment
provides for an equal number of external referees from faculty members and
departments in all personnel cases. As well, the revised Agreement allows for
candidates to respond to department and faculty decisions early in the process.
9. Investigate steps toward providing faculty and staff with care-giving responsibilities employment options such as part-time work, reduced workload, job sharing,
day care, and paternity leave.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: Job sharing is available on an ad-hoc basis for management and
professional staff. Since 1993, reimbursable travel expenses include telephone
calls allowing employees to stay in reasonable contact with their immediate
family and overnight dependent-care expenses. Also in 1993, the Board of
Governors approved changes in the reduced workload policy to apply to employees at age 50 with 10 years of service. As well, in 1993, the Board approved an
employee-paid benefit top-up incentive program for staff ineligible for the reduced
workload program.
In 1995, the University Administration drafted a policy on part-time tenured and
tenure-track faculty appointments.
10. Provide information on career paths at UBC to assist employees in their career
choices. In addition, provide job and career counselling for employees to assist
them in identifying career opportunities and preparing for promotions.
Responsibility: Vice President, Administration and Finance; Associate Vice
President, Academic
Progress: When feasible, the Student Counselling and Resources Centre, the
Women Students' Office, and the Women's Resources Centre provide career
counselling to faculty and staff. The Managerial and Other Skills Training (MOST)
program, which began in 1993, offers courses in career planning. Since 1993, the
Employee and Family Assistance Program has been available to all faculty and
staff. This confidential counselling, advisory, and information service provides
job and career counselling for employees and their families.
A faculty mentoring program has existed in Dentistry since 1990. In 1994, the
Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services developed a mentoring
program for all new faculty. Since 1991, the Associate Vice President, Academic,
has compiled data on faculty tenure and promotion by gender.
11. Disseminate information across campus on training and development opportunities to inform employees of courses available, and develop training opportunities in gender, cross-cultural, and disability awareness for faculty and staff. In
addition, investigate offering courses in English as a second language and cross-
cultural communication for UBC employees.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: Since 1989. the University has sponsored the attendance of eight
faculty and staff at the Kingswood Management Training Program, a five-day
residential program that demonstrates the principles of effective human resource
management within a multicultural work force.
Since 1993, the Managerial and Other Skills Training (MOST) program has
offered courses in UBC culture and values, as well as job-related and personal
skills. Courses on valuing diversity and on understanding disability issues in the
workplace are foundational to each of five certificate programs. Equity Office staff
of  Des
ignated  G
UBC  Workfo
1992   and
e    Minorities
Persons   w
th    D
19 94             Net
Upper Level Managers
Middle Managers
1 4
1 0
1 2
Faculty (Tenure Track)
1 3
1 4
1 3
- 3
1 0
21 8
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
- 2
- 1
- 6
1 59
- 2
- 2
1 1
- 3
Clerical  Workers
Sales Workers
- 1
Service Workers
1 0
- 1
1 13
- 2
Skilled Crafts & Trades
1 0
1 0
1 0
1 0
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
- 1
Other Manual Workers
1 69
of Des
ignated  Groups
UBC  Workforce
1992   and
Visible    Minorities
Persons   with
1 992
1 995
1 992
1 995
1 992
199 5            Net
1 992
1 995
Upper Level Managers
Middle Managers
1 7
1 0
1 2
- 3
Faculty (Tenure Track)
1 3
1 3
1 58
- 4
- 9
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
1 56
- 3
- 4
1 0
- 3
- 1
Clerical Workers
1 0
Sales Workers
- 1
- 1
Service Workers
-4 1
1 0
1 0
- 4
1 7
- 5
Skilled Crafts & Trades
1 0
1 2
1 0
- 3
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
Other Manual Workers
- 4
1 1
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have participated in the delivery of the MOST workshops related to disability
issues and selection interviewing. Beginning in 1995. Equity Office staff also
participate in the delivery of MOST workshops on the Policy on Discrimination
and Harassment.
In 1992, the English Language Institute began offering specialized courses for
UBC employees, including international teaching assistants, limited-term-only
clerical staff, receptionists, and food service workers. Since its inception in 1993.
the workplace language training program—Better English Skills Training (BEST)—
has been offered through the Hastings Institute to 120 employees.
12. Investigate establishing reduced-time appointments for employees who are
taking time out to upgrade their education or work skills. Also, investigate
establishing an employee's self-funded leave plan for study, upgrading, or
retraining for a career change.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: Several faculty and staff—in Nursing and the First Nations House of
Learning—have received partial support to upgrade their educational credentials.
13. Investigate instituting a policy of job exchange to provide opportunities for
employees to develop new skills and acquire work experience.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1993, a staff repositioning project was proposed in anticipation of
significant budget reductions. This proposal provides employees and departments
opportunities for job exchange, where mutual agreement and benefit may occur.
Establishment of a UBC work environment that supports the successful integration of
designated-group members.
1. Draft policy on employment equity.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: UBC's Policy on Employment Equity was approved in 1989 and revised
in 1990. Since 1993, University policies are available in print and audio-
transcription, as well as by on-line computer and voice synthesizer.
The Board ofGovernors approved the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
in 1995. This Policy covers all types of discrimination And harassment, including
sexual harassment, as defined by the B. C. Human Rights Act.
2. Disseminate information about UBC's employment eqOity program in newspaper
and newsletter articles; include information on UBC's employment equity
program in publicity materials, guides, manuals and handbooks.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: Since 1989, UBC Reports has carried a dozer) articles describing UBC's
employment equity program and many inserts monitoring progress toward its
1991 employment equity plan. In addition, numerous articles have appeared in
various campus newsletters including those of employee groups, such as the
Association of Administrative and Professional Staff, the Faculty Association,
CUPE 2950, and CUPE 116; and those of campus units, such as the Disability
Resource Centre and Human Resources. As well, descriptions of UBC's employment equity program appear regularly in campus handbooks and reports, such
as the Handbook of Support Services and the Faculty and Staff Handbook. Since
1995, the Policy on Discrimination and Harassment arid its accompanying guide
are distributed widely.
3. Develop and provide employment equity sessions for employees at all levels;
speak about employment equity to campus groups, interest groups, and employee associations and unions.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: The Associate Vice President, Equity, meets with representatives from
every employee group and campus unit. With the initiation in 1993 of regular
orientation sessions for faculty and staff, an Equity Advisor provides information
on the employment equity census to newly-hired employees. Since 1994, the
Equity Office has worked with Human Resources to include information on the
employment equity census during benefits orientations as well.
In 1994, an Equity Advisor co-led with the Director ofthe First Nations House of
Learning a focus group on the employment experiences of First Nations employees on campus. The purpose ofthe focus group was to determine initiatives that
could make the University a welcoming workplace for other aboriginal people.
4. Ensure department heads and directors understand and communicate to new
and continuing employees UBC's Employment Equity Policy.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents; Vice Provost
Progress: The Associate Vice President, Equity, attends regular meetings of
deans and administrative heads of unit, and presents information on UBC's
progress toward the achievement of equity goals. In addition, the Associate Vice
President participates in professional development seminars for University
Administrators by providing information on human rights and equity issues, and
submits regular updates on employment equity activities to the President and
Vice Presidents.
An Equity Advisor attends each ofthe orientation sessions for new employees and
describes University's employment equity program and the services offered by the
Equity Office.
5. When revising documents on conditions of employment and collective agreements
include reference to UBC's Employment Equity Policy in a conspicuous place.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Academic; Associate Vice President,
Human Resources
Progress: In 1994 collective bargaining sessions, the Equity Office submitted
recommendations concerning employment equity to the Human Resources
Employment Relations negotiating team for inclusion in new bargaining unit
contracts. CUPE 116 and IUOE have accepted, subject to ratification, employment-equity contract language and a workplace respect program.
6. Provide faculty and staff involved in personnel decisions with training in human
rights practice and gender, cultural, and disability issues.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
TABLE 5                                                Response Rate in UBC's Workforce
by Abella Category
May 1995
Number of
Number of
Upper Level Manaqers
Middle Manaqers
Faculty (Tenure Track)
1 149
Semi-Professionals & Technicians
1 83
1 66
Clerical  Workers
Sales Workers
Service Workers
31 0
Skilled Crafts & Trades
Semi-Skilled Manual Workers
Other Manual Workers
Total                                                                                  I                     7769I                     5988|                77.08%
Progress: In 1990, the Deans of Science and Agricultural Sciences appointed an
associate dean for women's issues. In 1992, the Dean ofthe Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration issued a statement on human rights and provided
training programs for faculty and staff. Likewise, the Dean of the Faculty of
Education established a committee on gender and race relations, and in a similar
move, the Dean of Medicine established an ad-hoc committee on gender issues.
In addition, the Dean of Education assigned two senior faculty to handle
discrimination and harassment inquiries. In 1994, the Dean of Medicine appointed a part-time associate dean for gender issues, and at the same time,
several deans assigned associate deans the responsibility for equity issues.
In 1994, the Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services offered
a seminar on human rights issues to academic administrative heads. During
1995, the Faculty of Commerce developed videotapes for training faculty, staff,
and students in human rights issues.
Responsibility: Vice President, Administration and Finance; Vice President,
Student and Academic Services; Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: Since 1993, the Department of Human Resources has offered several
courses that provide training in human rights practice for faculty and staff.
Advisors from the Equity Office have made presentations on equity issues in
hiring and selection for both the Managerial and Other Skillf? Training (MOST)
courses and sessions offered by the Centre for Faculty Development and
Instructional Services. Like its staff counterpart, the Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services includes gender and culture issues in each of its
seminar series offered to faculty. Also, both the staff and faculty development
projects include the staff from the Equity Office and the Disability Resource
Centre in their orientation sessions for new staff and administrators. Similarly,
staff from the Equity Office participate as guest speakers in diversity and
disability workshops offered by other campus units, such as the Disability
Resource Centre.
During 1994, the Department of Human Resources increased the number and
scope of MOST courses on human rights issues, as well as bfegan tracking the
representation of employee groups and departments taking advantage of this
The Equity Office in cooperation with the Department of Human Resources offers
the workshop "Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity" on a campus-wide basis
to all administrators who have responsibility for interviewing and hiring. In
addition, Equity Office staff regularly make presentations to campus units and
groups. During 1995, the Equity Office provided training sessions in Discrimination and Harassment Awareness for 200 campus administrators.
In December 1994, the Equity Office in cooperation with the Centre for Faculty
Development received funding from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement
Fund to create equity training modules for faculty.
Revise the employment application form to ensure that it does not discourage
qualified persons with disabilities.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources; Associate Vice
President, Equity; Director, Disability Resource Centre
Progress: In 1992, The Department of Human Resources revised both the
employment application form and the job posting form to encourage qualified
members of designated groups, including persons with disabilities.
Continue to improve access for persons with disabilities to the UBC campus and
to the Department of Human Resources. In addition, ensure that bulletin boards
with job postings are accessible to persons using wheelchairs.
Responsibility: Director, Disability Resource Centre; Director, Campus Planning and Development
Progress: The Department of Human Resources has improved bulletin boards
and signage to ensure easier access for persons who have physical or sensory
disabilities. In addition, the front counter in Human Resources was lowered to
accommodate applicants in wheelchairs.
In 1990, the University established a fund for physical access retrofitting to
develop a barrier-free campus. Subsequently, in 1992, the Disability Resource
Centre, and Campus Planning and Development created an Advisory Committee
on Physical Access with a mandate to develop a draft campus-wide plan for
universal access and guidelines to assist in renovations. New on-campus housing
for students, faculty, and staff includes accessible units.
In related initiatives, the Disability Resource Centre completed an environmental
scan of student service offices and academic departments, undertook a review of
physical accessibility at UBC, developed a guide to assist users with on-campus
access, and sponsored a hearing access project. Moreover, the Disability Resource Centre appointed a half-time access officer to consult with campus groups
concerned with physical access to campus buildings and facilities. Since 1992,
the Disabled Employee Assistance Fund has been used to provide adaptive
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with disabilities and the accommodation of employees with disabilities.
In 1994, renovations that include an outside ramp and an accessible washroom
were undertaken in the General Services Administration Building (GSAB), which
houses the Human Resources Department.
9. Promote awareness across campus of technical aids and potential funding
sources for workplace modifications, equipment, and other supports for employees with disabilities.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Progress: The Department of Human Resources provides assistance to those
employees on long-term disability whose skills require upgrading. In some
circumstances, employees on long-term disability may be offered retraining or
progressive reentry.
Responsibility: Director. Disability Resource Centre
Progress: Since its establishment in 1990, the Disability Resource Centre has
offered numerous workshops on disability awareness. Working in conjunction
with the Equity Office and the Department of Human Resources, the Centre also
has provided numerous consultations on the employment of persons with
disabilities at UBC.
Responsibility: Head, Crane Library and Resource Centre
Progress: Crane Library provides a collection of technologies and devices,
including materials in alternate formats, to assist students, faculty, and staff. In
addition, Crane adjusted its mandate and mission in 1991 to supply UBC faculty
and staff with audio-transcription on-demand of employment-related materials.
In 1995, Crane Library amalgamated with the Disability Resource Centre to
better assist individual's access to books on tape or in Braille.
10. Review procedures currently in place for dealing with individual complaints of
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1993, the Vice President, Academic and Provost, invited representatives from campus units involved in the area of human rights to attend a retreat.
Discussion ensued on the revision of university policies and the reorganization
of university practices to better promote human rights and equity.
11. Draft policy on discrimination.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost; Vice Provost
Progress: In 1990, the University became the first employer in British Columbia
to provide benefit coverage for same-sex spouses. In 1993, the President
established a lecture series on lesbian and gay studies.
In 1991, Senate approved a Statement of Freedom from Harassment and
Discrimination. Drafts of a policy on human rights were published in UBC
Reports in March 1992, July 1993, September 1993, October 1994, and
December 1994. In January 1995, the Board ofGovernors approved a Policy on
Discrimination and Harassment.
12. Promote the President's Advisor on Women and Gender Relations as a support
for women at UBC.
13. Promote the Multicultural Liaison Office, the First Nations House of Learning,
and UBC Policy on Sexual Harassment and availability of advisors.
Responsibility: Vice President, Academic and Provost
Progress: In 1994, the President announced the appointment of an Associate
Vice President, Equity, and the reorganization of several equity-related offices—
women and gender relations, sexual harassment, multicultural liaison, cind
employment equity—into an Equity Office. The Equity Office maintains liaison
with the Faculty Association Ad Hoc Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues, the
First Nations House of Learning, the Disability Resource Centre, and other
campus advocacy groups.
In 1990, the Dean of Graduate Studies reviewed graduate scholarship policies
and practices and revised nomination procedures, as well as the conditions and
terms ofthe awards. Similarly in 1992, the Vice President, Research, initiated
changes to the nomination procedures for the Killam Research. In 1994, the
Faculty of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with the Graduate Student Society
and the Women Students Office, conducted a survey on graduate education and
hosted a conference to examine the results.
The President meets regularly with the Academic Women's Association. As well,
the University sponsors the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and the West
Coast Women's Legal and Education Fund.
14. Continue to improve campus safety.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1991, with the assistance of the President's Advisory Committee
on Women's Safety on Campus, the University Administration reviewed
existing safety programs; gathered data on issues affecting personal, physical, and psychological safety; and made recommendations for the development of safety improvements. As a result, the University has increased
publicity about current programs, including the security bus, the Walk-
Home program, the "Trouble Line," as well as counselling for acquaintance
sexual assault. In addition, the University has improved safety measures,
such as bicycle patrols by campus Parking and Security, and parking spaces
close to buildings for those individuals who work after regular hours. Also,
lighting across campus has been improved.
In 1994, a Personal Security Coordinator position was created within the
Department of Occupational Health and Safety. The role of this coordinator is to
develop, promote, and implement personal security plans in accordance with the
University's Personal Security Plan and its Advisory Committee. Following the
establishment of the Personal Security Coordinator position, the University
developed a campus-wide Personal Security in the Workplace program. Over
twenty UBC staff members have been trained to deliver this workshop to the
campus community.
15. Examine feasibility of expanding childcare facilities for UBC employees.
Responsibility: Vice President, Student and Academic Services
Progress: As of 1994, the University provides licensed spaces for 272 children in
eleven daycare facilities. As well, plans for new student, faculty, and staff
housing, as well as plans for the First Nations Longhouse that opened in 1994.
include childcare facilities.
Adoption of monitoring and accountability mechanisms to evaluate and adjust UBC's
Employment Equity Program.
1. Establish a President's Advisory Committee on Employment Equity to advise the
President on the implementation and maintenance of employment equity at UBC.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Academic
Progress: Since 1989, President Strangway biannually has invited members-at-
large on his Advisory Committee on Employment Equity. This Committee is
chaired by the Associate Vice President, Academic. With the establishment ofthe
Equity Office and its expanded mandate for educational equity and the elimination of discrimination of all types, the President's Advisory Committee on
Employment Equity has been replaced with the President's Advisory Committee
on Equity.
2. Ensure that employment equity practices continue to conform to British Columbia's human rights legislation and UBC's Policy on Employment Equity.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Academic; Associate Vice President,
Human Resources
Progress: The UBC Board ofGovernors reviewed the employment equity program
in 1989 and again in 1991. In 1993, the Vice President, Academic and Provost,
reported to the Board on a human rights policy and a revised sexual harassment
policy along with an accompanying organizational plan for offices related to
human rights and equity, including employment equity, sexual harassment,
multicultural liaison, and women and gender relations. UBC's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment was approved in 1995.
3. Ensure the continuation of resources adequate to sustain educational and
monitoring work of the Equity Office on an on-going basis.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: In 1989, the University appointed a Director of Employment Equity for
a five-year term. In 1993, the Vice President, Academic and Provost, reported to
the Board of Governors on a revised organizational structure for equity-related
offices that will ensure the continuation of adequate resources for employment
equity activities beyond the term of the first director. In 1994, the position of
Associate Vice-president, Equity, was established.
4. Include in annual department plans the identification of opportunities to
increase the number of designated-group members, and investigate establishing
budget processes to reward departments and faculties that have consistently
demonstrated equitable personnel practices and outcomes.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: The Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration included
human rights issues in its 1994 Strategic Plan. As of 1995, the President
requested that all departments review their employment policies and practices to
ensure consistency with UBC's equity objectives, and develop unit equity plans.
5. Distribute the employment equity census to newly-hired employees and those who
are moving into the census pool. In addition, contact employment equity census
non-respondents to encourage their participation and develop presentations and
materials targeted to non-respondent groups to encourage participation.
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: Since 1990, employment equity census questionnaires regularly have
been sent to all faculty and staff, to newly-hired employees, and to those
employees who move into the census pool. These distributions occur monthly.
Beginning in March 1990 and continuing every three months thereafter, a follow-
up census questionnaire has been sent to those employees who have not yet
completed one. As well, two-year follow-up distributions have been conducted
since 1992. The 1995 overall response rate to the census (8,000 full-time and
part-time, continuing and temporary staff) is 77%. (See accompanying Table 5.)
6. Investigate initiating formal exit interviews to examine reasons why employees
voluntarily choose to leave UBC.
Responsibility: Vice Presidents
Progress: Some departments conduct exit interviews. For example, the Department of Human Resources has conducted exit interviews since 1991. Also in 1991,
the Vice Presidents, Administration and Finance, and Student and Academic
Services, distributed guidelines for exit interviews to their service unit directors.
Since 1994, the Associate Vice President, Faculty Relations, has maintained
prospective data on newly-hired faculty and has provided statistical summary
reports on the actions of the Senior Appointments Committee and on faculty
7. Prepare reports to the President on employment equity activities including:
- update on internal work force data in comparison with external availability pool
- data on the recruitment, selection, training, promotion and termination of
designated-group members;
- results of employment equity initiatives;
- proposals for adjustments and refinements to UBC's employment equity
Responsibility: Associate Vice President, Equity
Progress: Numerous reports on UBC's progress toward its 1991 employment
equity plan and hiring goals have been published as inserts in fJBC Reports.
In addition to regular update reports to the President, the Associate Vice
President, Equity, also has produced reports on the Recruiting Summary
forms for tenure-track positions, the deans' hiring plans for faculty women,
the applicant tracking project, promoting equity in employment, and UBC's
practices in the employment of persons with disabilities. In 1995, the Equity
Office published a Guide to UBC's Policy on Discrimination and Harassment. 12 UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995
UBC Alumni Association
Homecoming events add to Open House
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A murder mystery, antique
car display and viewing of Cecil
Green Park House are among
the events to be held during the
UBC Alumni Association's
Homecoming celebration,  held
this year in  conjunction with
Open House.
One of Homecoming's public
events is a display of vintage
automobiles at the Flagpole Plaza
at the north end of Main Mall. A
car from each of the century's
decades, with drivers in period
costumes, will be displayed Sun
day, Oct. 15 from noon to 2 p.m.
The plaza will also be ihe site
of a cake-cutting ceremony to
mark UBC's 80th birthday.
Another Homecoming event
is Death by Dessert, a murder
mystery held at Cecil Green Park
As guests assemble lor the
Study: Balance of social skills,
academics needed in schools
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Canadian secondary schools
need to strike a balance between
their pursuit of academic excellence and the need to foster social skills in the students they
educate, concludes a national
study released last month.
The national report of the
Exemplary Schools Project looks
at 21 secondary schools selected
from more than 260 nominations. Schools were nominated
by a variety of local groups drawn
from business, school boards,
parents or art councils. The final
list ranged from a tiny outport
school in Newfoundland, to an
Inuit community school in the
Northwest Territories, to a minority francophone school in
Ontario. It included schools in
every province except Prince
Edward Island and emphasized
those where students were at
risk of leaving before completing
a high school diploma.
UBC Prof. Jane Gaskell, from
the Dept. of Educational Studies, said the idea behind the
report was to examine schools in
very different Canadian communities  to  find  out  how  they
worked, what others might learn
from them and whal the lessons
are for policy makers.
"We're looking to see how good
schools define success, howthey
recognize it, and how they try to
bring it about," said Gaskell, coordinator ofthe 2.5-year study.
"What makes these schools successful is their sense of being
special, their alertness and discernment in reading the landscape, their imagination and
energy in responding to pressure points, and their dedication in engaging students in the
pursuit of important ideas, valuable skills and humane values."
The study involved teams of
researchers spending up to four
weeks in and around each school
interviewing students, parents,
teachers, principals and community members.
Among the report's conclusions: school leadership should
not rely too much on one person
but should foster collaboration;
networks should be established
to link schools across Canada,
encouraging similar schools to
share information and work on
joint projects; schools should
look closely at more interdisciplinary and problem-based ap
proaches to learning, and closer
links between curriculum and
the real-life context of secondary
school students: policy makers
and researchers should give
more attention to the study, cultivation and assessment of the
social goals of education - instilling leadership, maturity, social
skills - and to their links with
success in the academic sphere,
careers and personal life.
The report states that economic, political and social pressures are moving secondary
schools in the direction of a
clearer hierarchy of programs,
sharper competition in programs
and the marginalization of many
students and programs in the
process. It concludes: "If high
schools are to be more than "prep
schools" for post-secondary institutions, if they are to avoid
reproducing social hierarchies
from one generation to another,
they must strengthen their commitment to equality of opportunity to all students - and be
honoured for their achievement
in this social mission."
The federally funded, $2.5-
million study was conducted
under the auspices ofthe Canadian Education Association.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Study finds patients' siblings at
risk of developing aneurysm
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Siblings of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
are at greater risk for developing the disorder, a UBC study
"AAA is a ballooning of the
walls of the abdominal aorta
which may rupture with catastrophic results," explained Dr.
Patricia Baird, university professor and a member of the research team responsible for the
The disorder, more common
in men than in women, usually
occurs after age 55. About five
per cent ofthe population in this
age group have AAA.
About 50 per cent of people
with a burst AAA die and 75
per cent of survivors face major complications such as renal failure or limb amputation,
Baird said.
Risk of rupture depends primarily on size, but AAAs measuring five centimetres or more
are considered dangerous, she
The research team, which
included Dr. Dessa Sadovnick
and Irene Yee of the Medical
Genetics Dept. and scientists
from the University ofOttawa.
studied data collected from 126
unrelated AAA patients, a control group of 100 people unaffected by the disorder and
members of each group's immediate family.
Of the 427 siblings of people
with AAA. 4.4 per cent had probable or definite AAA compared
with 1.1 per cent of the 451
siblings of the control group.
They also developed the disorder
at an earlier age.
The  research  team  recom
mends ultrasound for brothers
and sisters of affected individuals as an inexpensive and noninvasive way of accurately detecting and measuring AAAs.
followed by elective surgery to
repair the enlarged wall of the
abdominal aorta.
"By contrast with the high
mortality and morbidity associated with spontaneous rupture of an AAA. elective repair
of a symptomless AAA has a
mortality rate under five per
cent and major complications
are rare." the researchers reported.
The study appeared in the
Sept. 2 issue of the British medical journal Lancet.
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dessert buffet a scream will ring
out in the halls of the old mansion and a grisly murder will be
discovered. Guests are invited to
play sleuth, quizzing "suspects"
to discover who the true murderer is.
Death by Dessert starts at
7:30 p.m.. Oct. 13 — Friday the
13th — and tickets are $15.
On Oct. 14 and 15, the doors to
Cecil Green Park House, home to
the Alumni Association since 1967,
will be opened to the public.
Visitors can tour the stately
home, built in 1912 for E.P.
Davis, founder of the law firm
Davis and Company. Highlights
include the conservatory, the
historic Paderewski piano, the
garden with its sweeping views
and the library where Davis
worked on legal problems. Also
on display will be art works by
students enrolled in UBC's Fine
Arts Dept.
In the conservatory is a bust
of Ida Green, late wife of philanthropist Cecil Green. The Greens
bought the house in 1966 and
donated it to the university.
When Ida Green died in 1986
she made a bequest to UBC for
renovations to the house, which
were completed three years later.
The house will be open to the
public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
Saturday, and 1 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As well as these public events,
there will be a number of events
just for alumni during Homecoming.
Foremost among these is the
Annual Alumni Achievement
Dinner Oct. 23 atthe Hotel Vancouver where awards will be presented to seven outstanding individuals.
The dinner's guest speaker is
impresario Garth Drabinsky,
who received an honorary doctorate from UBC earlier thisyear.
Emcee for l lie evening is playwright John Gray. Tickets are
$80. or $640 for a table of eight.
Several class reunions will
also be held during Homecoming, including the Class of '40.
Law '55. Pharmacy '85, Home
Economics '60 and Mechanical
Engineering '55. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 822-0616.
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J UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995 13
Botanists offer more than
just a walk in the park
by Gavin Wilson
Gavin Wilson photo
Botanists Pat Harrison and Lilian Alessa will help campus
visitors identify plant species such as this spiney wood fern
as they give guided tours through the trails of Pacific Spirit
Park during Open House '95.
Staff writer
The Botany Dept. will take
campus visitors for a walk on the
wild side during Open House
'95, which runs Oct. 13-15.
Each day, Botany Dept. administrative manager Pat
Harrison and PhD student Lilian
Alessa will lead guided tours
through the trails of Pacific Spirit
Park, where visitors will learn
how to identify plant species and
discover how First Nations peoples used the plants for their
day-to-day needs.
Harrison said the tour will be
interactive, encouraging visitors
to pay attention to the natural
world in ways they perhaps never
have before.
Tour members will be asked
to identify plants using "keys" —
step-by-step identification
guides commonly used to teach
undergraduates — that describe
the major characteristics of various plants.
"This will encourage people to
slow down, observe closely and
really focus on the key elements
of each plant," Harrison said.
The tour is a crash course in
the plant organisms and environmental  interactions  that
Volunteering a great way to
take part in Open House '95
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Wanted: A few good men and
women to volunteer for UBC's
Open House '95. to be held Oct.
Four hundred and twenty student volunteers are needed to
help the huge three-day event
run smoothly, said Ryan Davies,
chair of the Open House Volunteer Management Committee and
director of AMS Volunteer Services.
Open House is held every few
years to let the public visit campus and get a first-hand look at
the teaching, research, sports
and other activities that make
up campus life. The most recent
Open House, in 1990. attracted
about 200,000 visitors.
Volunteers are needed to staff
information tents, park cars, act
as guides on shuttle buses, greet
visiting high school students,
lead activities in Kids World and
many other duties.
"We hope students see this as
a way of getting involved in Open
House if they are not already."
Davies said. "It's an exciting
event, and definitely not to be
Each volunteer will be asked
to do one or two four-hour
shifts during Open House. As
well, volunteers will take part
in a one-hour orientation session and an hour-long training
To become a volunteer, the
first step is to pick up an application package available at a
number oflocations around cam
pus, including the Volunteer
Services office in the Student
Union Building (SUB) and Open
House information booths outside SUB. Ihe Bookstore and
Sedgewick Library.
Volunteering is not limited to
students. Faculty and staff members are welcome, Davies said.
Davies, a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student, is chairing the Open House Volunteer
Management Committee, which
draws representatives from a
broad range of student life, such
as clubs, faculties, fraternities
and sororities.
The committee has been meeting weekly in preparation for
Open House, recruiting, writing
job descriptions, planning training sessions and doing dozens of
other jobs.
Kids World aims to entertain,
educate in arts, science, sports
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
You've come a long way,
baby, but you won't be disappointed with all the things to
see and do at Kids World during UBC's Open House Oct.
13, 14 and 15.
The young and young at heart
will delight in a variety of indoor
and outdoor activities scheduled
for the weekend portion of the
three-day event, including face
painting, puppet making and
story telling.
"Kids World was created as
an added attraction to UBC's
Open House in order to enter
tain and educate the children in
attendance," said Melissa Picher,
chair ofthe Kids World committee.
"Parents can be assured that
Kids World will promote positive, educational and enjoyable
activities and provide a place to
explore arts, sciences and sports
under the guidance of trained
UBC's Community Sport Services is collaborating with Kids
World to offer a variety of activities including wall climbing,
kayaking, bike rodeo, gymnastics, roller hockey and fencing.
Pre-registration at 822-3688 is
In addition. Science World will
be sponsoring several displays
and children of primary school
age and older can go to Safety
Bear's Driving School, a chance
to drive pedal cars through a
mini town and stop for traffic
lights, stop signs and other obstacles.
A 4.400-square-foot saddle
dome will be erected to create
Kids World on the parking lot
adjacent to Maclnnes Field on
Wesbrook Mall.
Volunteers are needed and
must be willing to undergo a
security check. For more information, call 822-0548 or 822-
botany undergraduates learn
about in first and second year
teaching labs, he said.
The other aspect ofthe tour is
an appreciation of how native
peoples used plants found in the
local forests, Alessa said.
For example, cedar trees were
as important to the cultures of
the Pacific Northwest as salmon,
she said. Among other uses, its
fibres made clothing and baskets, its wood, boxes, canoes
and longhouses. Many other
plants were used for food and
"Our society today, with its
reliance on manufactured goods,
has lost touch with the kinds of
things that our natural surroundings can provide," Alessa
The tours will also increase
awareness of Pacific Spirit Park
and its many kilometres of trails.
A surprising number of Lower
Mainland residents know little
of the park, she said.
Harrison added that the tours
will also aim to educate the public to appreciate the park's beauty
and respect the fragility of its
The tours will be limited to
small groups and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve
Each tour will take at least
two hours, so participants should
be in good physical condition.
Bring walking shoes, rain gear
and a camera.
Those unable to take the walking tour can visit a display called
Plants and Plant Wannabees that
will illustrate the diversity of
plant organisms studied in the
Botany department.
In this exhibit, Carol Borden,
Shona Ellis and Pat Harrison
will demonstrate fascinating and
secret aspects of microscopic
aquatic organisms, carnivorous
plants, flowering plants and their
pollinators and green-challenged
plants like fungi.
House Float
harles Kpr photo
Graduate student James Bailey (left) and Assoc. Prof. Bob
Gardiner put the finishing touches on UBC's Open House '95
float which made its debut in this year's PNE Parade, Aug.
19. Gardiner, an associate professor of Theatre, co-designed
the float with Fine Arts associate professor Richard Prince.
An open book measuring about six metres by four metres,
the float was constructed by volunteer students and
technicians from several campus departments.
Calling all performers:
Ifs showtime!
Let us entertain you, let
us make you smile. But we
need your help.
Volunteer groups and individuals are needed to entertain on two outdoor
stages and as street performers during UBC's Open House
'95, October 13, 14 and 15.
"We expect to attract
200,000 people to campus
over the three days, which
presents a wonderful opportunity for people to showcase their talents," said
Cheryl Banfield, chair ofthe
outdoor entertainment committee.
Entertainment suitable
for audiences of all ages, from
children to seniors, is welcome.
Send audition tapes and
resumes by Sept. 29 to
Banfield care of the UBC
Ceremonies and Events Office, Room 203 - 6251 Cecil
Green Park Rd., Vancouver,
B.C. V6T 1Z1 or call 822-
9457. 14 UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995
News Digest
The AMS Student Environment Centre (SEC) is presenting Let's
Clear the Air Day Wednesday, Sept. 27 to promote awareness of
Vancouver's air quality problems and transportation alternatives
available to campus commuters. "We will be promoting alternative
means of transportation such as bicycle, bus, walking and
carpooling," said Mark Brooks, SEC president.
Free coffee will be provided outside the south entrance of the
Student Union Building (SUB) for those with a bike helmet or bus
transfer. There will also be displays, talks and demonstrations in
the SUB from the GVRD, the City of Vancouver, BC Transit and
other groups. Call 822-8676 for details.
• • • •
International Student Services is seeking volunteers for this
year's peer program to assist and support new arrivals to campus.
Program co-ordinator Karen Hallett is hoping to connect 110
international students to a core group of 110 Canadian "buddies."
Since 1984, program volunteers have helped international students
cope with new surroundings by acting as resource persons, cultural
interpreters and supportive friends.
Hallett said the program requires a minimum commitment of
twice monthly meetings with a matched student and telephone
contact once a week.
"It's not an excessive amount of time when you consider the
benefits," she said. "It's an opportunity to experience another
culture, learn a foreign language, improve communication skills
and establish cross-cultural contacts."
Those interested in participating in the program can call 822-
5021 for more information or pick up an application form at
International House located at 1783 West Mall.
• • • •
Can you recognize a letter or parcel bomb?
This is the question asked in a memo distributed by UBC Parking
and Security Services.
John Smithman, director of Parking and Security Services
(PASS), said the campus-wide mailing was in response to Vancouver
RCMP's warning about a letter-bombing campaign. A group calling
itself the The Militant Direct Action Task Force has sent four bombs
in the last four months to addresses in B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
"We don't want to alarm people but rather inform them so they
can avoid risk," said Smithman.
The memo lists 14 items which, alone or combined, might denote
an explosive device. These include: unusual or unexpected point of
origin; excessive weight or thickness; cut and paste lettering;
unusual odours; a feeling of springiness, metallic components or
stiffeners in letters; oily or greasy stains on packaging; excessive
postage; excessive wrapping; an unbalanced or lopsided letter or
package; Indecipherable or no return address.
Smithman said anyone suspecting a letter or parcel should not
touch it, isolate the area around it and call either 911 or PASS at
• • • •
The Shrum Bowl, the traditional football classic between the
UBC Thunderbirds and the SFU Clansmen, takes place on Sept. 9
at Thunderbird Stadium. Joining rookie head coach Casey Smith
are assistant coaches - and former CFL greats - James Parker
(defensive line) and Laurent DesLauriers (defensive secondary),
John Ulmer (defensive coordinator/linebackers), Rob Ellis (running
backs) and guest coach Craig T. Smith. The T-Birds also host Cal-
State Chico, an NCAA Division II opponent, in the annual Homecoming Game on Oct. 14.
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Pacific Financial Corporation. UBC Reports ■ September 7, 1995 15
Landscape architects
to plan green village
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Much of Surrey is covered with the
suburban sprawl (hat's typical of the
Lower Mainland. But what if some of
North America's best architects and landscape architects had the chance to design a neighborhood built for people, not
What would Surrey look like then?
An urban design event hosted by UBC's
Landscape Architecture Program will attempt to answer that question. The 1995
Sustainable Urban Landscape Design
Charrette will be held at UBC's Landscape Architecture studios Sept. 1 1-15.
Armed with the principles of sustainable development and their creativity,
four teams will design a pedestrian-oriented community for 10.000 people on a
400-acre wooded site in Surrey's South
Newton area.
Participants include architects and
landscape architects from Vancouver and
across North America, including those at
the forefront of current thinking about
the form our cities should take.
After a tour of Surrey, team members
will work intensively for a week to illustrate practical applications of emerging
government policies for sustainable development.
Their aim is to design a community
that reduces the use of automobiles and
gives priority to bikes, foot traffic and
public transit. Plans must include a range
of housing types and income levels.
Designers will also make the natural
landscape the basis of their planning, a
process they refer to as "building on the
ecological infrastructure." For example,
streams and creeks will be preserved
instead of paved over.
"It is becoming more and more clear —
to politicians, planners, citizens and designers — that we cannot continue to
build our urban landscapes the way we
have been and still hope to preserve a
healthy environment for our grandchildren.'' said Patrick Condon, director of
UBC's Landscape Architecture Program.
"Right now in our province, policy
makers are dealing with this problem by
proposing far-reaching changes in the
way future cities will develop. In this
charrette. we want to illustrate the vision
of what this new future would be like."
Two participants in the charrette,
Catherine Brown and William Morrish,
are founders ofthe Design Centre for the
American Urban Landscape, a think-tank
based in Minneapolis. They have been
hailed by the New York Times as 'the
most valuable thinkers in American
urbanism today."
Brown and Morrish will give an illustrated talk called Civilizing Terrains: Defining and Making the American Urban
Landscape, at 6 p.m.. Tuesday, Sept. 12
at the Robson Square Conference Centre.
The talk, part of the Alcan lecture series,
is free and members of the public are
welcome to attend.
Organizers are also inviting the public
to see the designs as they are presented
by the four charrette teams at 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 in the Surrey Arts Centre.
Public gets chance for
input to campus plan
Members of the public will soon have a
chance to air their views on an Official
Community Plan being drafted for the
UBC campus by the Greater Vancouver
Regional District.
The plan's goal is to encourage land
use decisions that increase academic,
social and financial opportunities for the
university, while including community
interests and balancing current needs
with those of the future.
It will also provide a planning framework to guide UBC's land use decisions
and planning process.
UBC and the GVRD signed an agreement last December to co-operatively
develop an official community plan for
the area, which is the only significant
part ofthe GVRD without a civic planning
The first opportunity for public input
into the plan will be at an open house on
Sept. 20 at the Graduate Student Centre,
6371 Crescent Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The open house will provide an overview and allow for input on land use and
planning alternatives.
Additional open houses and workshops
will be held throughout the planning
process, which will continue into the
spring of 1996.
As part ofthe public consultation process, a 21 -member planning advisory committee has been selected from nominations received from a variety of community interest groups and the university.
Chaired by UBC Political Science Prof.
Paul Tennant, the committee will advise
the GVRD board through its electoral
areas committee.
Students invited to apply
for Rhodes Scholarships
UBC students are invited to apply for
the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, an
opportunity to study at the University of
The scholarships, valued at approximately $12,000 per year and usually
awarded for two years, were established
by diamond prospector Cecil Rhodes, an
Oxford graduate, founder of De Beers
Mining Company and prime minister of
the Cape Colony (Sout h Africa) from 1890
to 1895.
UBC candidates for the Rhodes Scholarships must be Canadian citizens, single and have been born between Oct. 2,
1971 and Oct. 1, 1977.
Other criteria include attainment of
academic  distinction,   demonstrated
qualities of character and leadership and
strong athletic abilities.
Application forms are available in the
UBC Awards and Financial Aid Office.
Deadline for submission is Oct. 27,1995.
For more information, call 822-5111 or
fax 822-6929.
Candidates are also required to submit a letter from UBC President David
Strangway with their application forms.
Contact Byron Hender, executive coordinator. Office of the Vice-President, Student and Academic Services, at 822- 6799 or
fax 822-3134 no later than Sept. 29 to make
an appointment for an interview.
UBC alumnus and former Prime Minister John Turner is among notable Canadian  Rhodes  scholars.
by staff writers
Prof. Harry Joe. head ofthe Depl. of Statistics, received the Canadian
Journal of Statistics Award for the best paper at the recent Statistical
Society of Canada annual meeting. The paper was entitled Multivariate
extreme value distributions and applications to environmental data.
Also at the society meeting. Feifang Hu was named as co-winner ofthe
Pierre Robillard award for the best PhD thesis in Canada in the area of
probability and statistics. The thesis, entitled Relevance weighted smoothing
and a new bootstrap metliod. was supervised by Statistics Prof. Jim Zidek.
Hu, now a faculty member at the National University of Singapore, was
also the winner of the 1994 Marshall Prize, awarded by the department to
recognize outstanding work by.graduate students.
Also at the conference. Statistics Prof. John Petkau was named president-elect ofthe society's biostatistics section and Statistics Prof. Nancy
Heckman was named program chair for the society's June 1996 meeting in
Waterloo. Ontario.
PhD candidate Bryce Pasqualotto is the first UBC student to receive the
Dr. Lionel E. McLeod Health Research Scholarship.
The $15,000 cash award enables gifted students to undertake full-time
research training at the University of Alberta, UBC or the University of
Calgary for a one-year term.
Pasqualotto. a graduate student in the Physiology
Dept.. Faculty of Medicine, is studying how proteins
which control chemical signals are regulated in living
nerve cells.
The scholarship was established in 1993 in
memory of Dr. Lionel E. McLeod. dean emeritus of
UBC's Faculty of Medicine. He also served as a clinical
professor in the Dept. of Health Care and Epidemiology and as executive director of UBC's Centre for
Health Services and Policy Research.
McLeod was the founding president of the Alberta
Heritage Foundation for Medical Research which
administers the scholarship.
Pasqualotto will be presented with the award at a
special ceremony in Vancouver on Sept. 7.
A graduating UBC student is the winner ofthe B.C. government's
highest scholastic award, a $20,000 Queen Elizabeth II scholarship.
Kristian Olson, who graduated from the Faculty of Science this year,
is pursuing a master's of science degree in public health at the University of
Sydney in Australia. His goal is to become a medical doctor.
The Queen Elizabeth II British Columbia Centennial Scholarship was
established in 1971 to commemorate the Queen's visit during the 100th
anniversary of B.C.'s admission to Confederation.
Winners are selected on the basis of academic distinction and the likelihood of making a substantial contribution in their chosen field of study.
This year's scholarships support university graduates from B.C. who will be
undertaking further study in Commonwealth countries.
Two other students won $4,000 scholarships. Joanna Harrington, who
received an arts degree from UBC before completing a law degree at the
University of Victoria, will study international law at Cambridge University.
Elizabeth McLeish, a UVic arts graduate, will pursue her doctorate in
education at Oxford.
Museum of
visitor Ken
Kirkpatrick, a
student, stops
to admire
Erickson s
Kirkpatrick is
one of 170,000
visitors the
Gavin Wilson photo 16 UBC Reports • September 7, 1995
Board of Governors
THOMAS BERGER. a Vancouver lawyer and former
B.C. Supreme Court justice, was                    	
appointed to the board in 1992. A
UBC graduate, he received his BA
and LLB from the university in
1956. Active In the New Democratic Party during the 1960s,
Berger was an MP in 1962-63, an
MLA from 1966 to 1969 and served
as provincial leader of the party in
1969. He has headed several royal
commissions including the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry. In
1991 and 1992, he served as
deputy chair ofthe Sardar Sarovar
Review in India, the World Bank's first independent
review of any of its projects. Berger holds honorary
degrees from 13 universities and was made a freeman of
the City of Vancouver in 1992. He received the Order of
^-      Canada in 1990.
external vice-chair of UBC's Board
ofGovernors and manager of Non-
Market Housing, City of Vancouver, was appointed to the board in
1992. Educated in Ontario and
B.C., she received a master's degree in environmental studies from
Toronto's York University in 1978.
Chan has served as a private consultant and as an environmental
and community planner. She was
the chief of staff to the mayor of
Vancouver between 1981 and 1986
and executive assistant to the
president of BCIT in 1987-88. Chan
also served as chair of VanCity Savings Credit Union
BARBARA CROMPTON, chair of UBC's Board of
Governors, was appointed to the board in 1990. She is
founder and president of The Fitness Group, which specializes in
exercise, nutrition and stress management programs in the commercial and corporate sectors. A graduate of UBC (BEd '72), Crompton
received the Maxwell A. Cameron
Award in her graduating year for
academic excellence and most outstanding teaching performance in
the Faculty of Education. She also
has been honoured with a UBC
Alumni 75th Anniversary Award
of Merit. Crompton Is a director of Crompton
the Vancouver Board ofTrade, aboard member of IDEA,
a 40,000-member organization of fitness professionals.
and a director of Canada Place Corporation.
WILLIAM CULLEN, a professor of Chemistry, was
elected by faculty to the board in
1992. He received his BSc and
MSc at the University of Otago,
New Zealand and his PhD at Cambridge University. Cullen joined
UBC's Chemistry Dept. in 1958.
He is a former chair of the Faculty
Club board of directors and a past
president of the UBC Faculty Association. Cullen has been the recipient of two Killam Senior Fellowships and a Killam Research
Prize. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the
Royal Society of Canada.
HEATHER HERMANT, an undergraduate student
majoring in Ecology, was elected
by students to a one-year term as
a board member in 1995. While
attending Northern Secondary
School in 1990/91, Hermant was
responsible for organizing the largest secondary school United Way
campaign in North America. She is
a founding member of the Freedom of Expression Action Coalition which organizes open forums
for discussion of issues important
to students. Hermant currently
serves as a director of the Alma
Mater Society, UBC's student council.
MICHAEL HUGHES, a PhD candidate in laser and
plasma physics, was elected by students to a third one-
year term in 1995. A native of Victoria, B.C., Hughes
received his undergraduate education at Queen's Uni
versity in Kingston, Ont., before
completing a Master of Applied
Science degree in physics at UBC.
He is actively involved with the
Alma Mater Society's student council and Global Development Centre and with the Graduate Student
Society's External Affairs Committee.
HAROLD   KALKE,   president   [
and owner of Kalico Developments   I        ._
Ltd.,  a real estate development Hughes
and investment company, was appointed to the board in 1994. Kalke received a BSc in
_.     n civil engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from
the University of Western Ontario.
His real estate development
projects are widely acclaimed as
being critical elements in the re-
establishment of "neighbourhood"
and have won community and heritage awards, including the Ethics
In Action Award. He is a member
and director of the Urbanarium
Development Society, a non-profit
organization devoted to increasing
understanding of urban planning
and development issues and a member of the Advisory
Planning Commission for the District of West Vancouver.
UBC's 15-member Board ofGovernors comprises
the chancellor, the president, eight persons appointed by the lieutenant governor, two faculty
members elected by faculty, two full-time students
elected by students and one person elected by and
from the full-time employees of the university who
are not facility members. Currently, one faculty
position is vacant.
By legislation, the board is responsible for the
management, administration and control of the
property, revenue, business and affairs of the university, including the appointment of senior officials
and faculty on the recommendation ofthe president.
The governors' diverse backgrounds provide valuable input during board deliberations. Although
members bring to the board the views of various
constituencies, there are no advocates for any one
group. Decisions are made in the best overall interest ofthe university and in support of UBC's mission
to be a world renowned institution of higher education and research.
ROSLYN KUNIN, executive director of the Laurier
Institution, was appointed to the
board in 1993. She was educated
in Quebec and Ontario and received a PhD in economics from
UBC in 1970. Kunin was a visiting
assistant professor in agricultural
economics at the university in
1972-73, before joining Employment and Immigration Canada as
a regional economist where she
has served for the past 20 years.
She also sits as a member of the
National Statistics Council and on
the board of the Vancouver Stock
Exchange. Kunin has been honoured by the Association
of Professional Economists of B.C. on several occasions
with the Crystal Ball Award for forecasting the Canadian
economy. In 1994, she received the YWCA Women of
Distinction Award for management and the professions.
She was recently awarded an honorary degree from the
University of Victoria.
ROBERT LEE, chancellor ofthe university, is a UBC
graduate (BCom '56) and president of Prospero International Realty Inc. He served two terms as a member of
UBC's Board of Governors prior
to becoming the university's 14th
chancellor in 1993, and was
founding director of the UBC
Foundation. In 1990 he was made
a member ofthe Order of B.C. and
was honoured with the
BusinesspersonoftheYear Award
sponsored by the Vancouver
Board of Trade, the Hong Kong-
Canada Business Association, the
Canada-Taiwan Trade Association
and the Chinese edition of Life-
Lee style Magazine.
TONG LOUIE, chair and CEO of H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd.,
was appointed to the board in 1990. A UBC graduate
(Agriculture '38), Louie is also _
chair, president and CEO of London Drugs Ltd.. and vice-chair and
director of IGA Canada Ltd. He
was named Entrepreneur of the
Year for B.C. in 1987 and was
presented with the Outstanding
Community Volunteer Leader
Award by the YMCA of Greater
Vancouver in 1988. Louie was
named a member of the Order of
Canada in 1989 and was presented
with the Order of B.C. in 1991. He
received an honorary LLD from
UBC in 1990. Louie was presented
with the 1993 Individual Philanthropic Leadership Award
by the Association of Fund Raising Professionals of B.C.
for helping to improve the lives of British Columbians.
LOIS MOEN. an administrative clerk in the Faculty
of Medicine, Dean's Office, Postgraduate Education, was elected
by staff to the board in 1993. She
has held her current position since
1989 after joining UBC a year earlier as a clerk in the Telecommunications Dept. Moen has served as
a shop steward for CUPE 2950 for
the past six years, sitting on the
union local's executive as chief
shop steward for one term. She
currently chairs CUPE's education committee. Moen is a volunteer in numerous community associations and political organizations.
MICHAEL PARTRIDGE, who served as regional vice-
president of employee benefits for  	
London Life Insurance Co. before
his retirement, was appointed to
the board in 1991. A UBC graduate (BCom '59), he has served as
vice-president and president ofthe
UBC Alumni Association and was
co-chair of the David Lam Management Research Endowment
Fund. Partridge received the Blythe
Eagles Volunteer Service Award in
1987 and was a recipient of the
1990 UBC Alumni 75th Anniversary Award of Merit.
DAVID STRANGWAY, president and vice-chancellor
of UBC, became a member of the
board upon his appointment as
president in 1985. The son of medical missionaries, he attended
school in Angola and Rhodesia
before entering the University of
Toronto in 1952 where he earned
undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics. Strangway was a
faculty member at the University
of Colorado and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the Physics Dept. at U
of T in 1968. In 1970, he became
chief  of  NASA's   Geophysics
Branch, responsible for the geological aspects of the
Apollo missions.
MARION YORK, a learning assistance teacher,
appointed to the board in 1994.
York, who received a BEd, MEd
and a diploma in Special Education from UBC, currently provides
language support services in
French and English to students
with special needs at John Peterson
Secondary School in Kamloops.
She also works with community
resource personnel to provide information and workshops concerning children with learning difficulties. York has served on the Council for Exceptional Children as the
executive member in charge of educational technology and sits on
Thompson-Nicola Family Resource Society.
the  board  of the


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