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February 24, 1994
Full fees proposed
for int'l students
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC's international student enrolment
would increase to 15 per cent of UBC's
total, with two-thirds of international students paying full-cost tuition fees under
a proposal being considered by the university.
If the proposal is approved by Senate
and the Board of Governors, UBC will
become the first university in Canada to
introduce such a program for international students, although it mirrors those
in other countries, including Australia.
This proposal fits in with our outreach
and internationalization efforts without
any expense to the university," said UBC
President David Strangway.
Faculties would be able to introduce
the program as early as the 1994/95
winter session, a move that could eventually generate up to $20 million in additional annual revenue for the university.
International students now account
for three per cent of undergraduates at
UBC and, with a few exceptions, pay 2.5
times the domestic student fee.
Strangway said the plan would not
displace Canadian students since the
international students would be over and
above the number of places funded by the
provincial government. The number now
funded is a matter of government policy,
he added.
Under the plan, no student would be
admitted who does not have academic
standards at least as high as domestic
students admitted to the same program.
All admissions would be handled in
the standard way by the Registrar's Office
or the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The proposed 15 per cent quota would
be applied to undergraduates and professional graduate degree programs that are
not research-based, such as the MBA,
MEd, MEng and Pharm D programs, on a
faculty-by-faculty basis.
Graduate students in research programs would continue to pay domestic
rates for tuition, reinforcing UBC's mission to attract the best research students
from around the world and encourage
reciprocal opportunities forB.C. students,
Strangway said.
Full proposal on Page 9
Under the plan, about one-third ofthe
international students would be given a
scholarship equivalent to a tuition waiver
for the extra amount. This group would
include exchange students, outstanding
scholars and others. The remaining two-
thirds would pay full-cost tuition.
UBC would set these fees with the
existing formula used by the provincial
government to fund the university. Under this formula, international students
would pay various fees according to their
area of studies, starting at $6,864 per
year for first- and second-year arts.
Current tuition fees for international
students are about $5,100 for most undergraduate programs.
Strangway said the provincial government has defined UBC's obligation to
British Columbia students by funding a
specific quota of 54,602 weighted full-
time equivalent (WFTE) students.
The university is already surpassing
that obligation by carrying an additional
6,722, or 12 per cent, unfunded WFTE
students, at a cost of $32 million.
Personal security focus of
new campus committee
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC's administration is taking steps
to develop a personal security program
for the campus, including the creation of
a personal security advisory committee.
The committee will advise me on
changes needed in university policies,
procedures and practices which affect
personal security," said Bruce Gellatly,
vice-president, Administration and Finance.
Committee members include representatives from the RCMP university detachment, the Alma Mater Society (AMS),
Parking and Security Services, the Dept.
of Health, Safety and Environment, the
Women Students' Office, Employment
Equity, the President's Advisor on Women
and Gender Relations and Community
The committee will also advise on a
personal security plan for the campus,
review and advise on personal security
issues referred to them and advise on
appropriate personal security training
programs for faculty, staff and students,
he added.
A full-time personal security officer
will be appointed by the university to
assist the advisory committee in its work.
The AMS Ad Hoc Task Force on Campus Safety is seeking to establish a similar initiative.
The AMS is calling for the creation of a
permanent, student-run task force on
campus safety and the appointment of a
campus safety issues officer reporting to
student council.
The officer's primary responsibilities would include implementation of
task force recommendations and expanding the society's role in improving
campus safety, said Bill Dobie, AMS
president and a member of the ad hoc
task force.
The two proposals were cited in a
preliminary report released by the ad hoc
task force last month which listed a total
of 16 recommendations tncluding:
• support for a proposed task force to
examine UBC's chilly climate
• increased funding for the AMS
SafeWalk program
• financial support for the Main Library's
safety monitor
• free night parking on campus
• centralization of evening classes
• financial support for ads featuring
information about acquaintance
sexual assault.
Ribbon Dance
Abe Hefter photo
A member of the Strathcona Chinese Dance Company performs a ribbon
dance. The dance group took part in the spring festival fair at the UBC Asian
Centre Auditorium Feb. 7.
New college aims to create an
international community at UBC
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC is proceeding with plans for the
construction of St. John's College, a residential graduate college which will create
an international community of scholars
at UBC.
Alumni of St. John's University, which
operated in Shanghai until about 1950,
are seeking to raise $15 million to perpetuate the memory and achievements of
their alma mater by donating funds which
will provide for construction and a substantial operating endowment of St.
John's College.
'The college will sustain the memory
and enhance the reputation of St. John's
University, while enriching UBC and creating new opportunities to promote international exchanges and understanding,"
said John Grace, dean of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies.
'The operating endowment will make
it possible for the college to operate as a
community with an academic focus and
with residents' fees no higher than those
of student residential facilities of comparable quality on campus."
The college is being planned for a site
near the corner of West Mall and University Boulevard. An opening date for the
college has not yet been determined.
See St. JOHNS Page 4
Planning Ahead
UBC Is developing a formal public planning process
Going International 4
A new centre will put UBC's International studies under one roof
Education Crisis 11
Forum: B.C. needs a new method of financing post-secondary education
Growing Practice 12
Profile:  Dr. Jerry Shapiro works to restore hair and confidence 2 UBC Reports • February 24, 1994
Visiting prof
offers glimpses
of exotic world
I am a visiting professor
from Northwest Normal
University, Lanzhou, Gansu,
the People's Republic of China.
I am working with Prof. Murray
Elliott of the Dept. of Social
and Educational Studies on
multicultural education in
Canada under the Canada-
China Scholarly Exchange
Program 1994, jointly sponsored by AUCC and the State
Education Commission of
I also represent two linked
institutions in Northwest
China: the Northwest Normal
University and Hezuo Teacher's College for the Minorities.
The former has the best
teacher education programs
for nearly 30 different minority
groups in the region and the
latter caters in particular to
the ethnic communities of
Tibetan and Hui (Chinese
Muslims) people.  Currently,
the above-mentioned institutions are interested in establishing friendly relations with
individuals and institutions in
North America and throughout
the world in order to:
1) Exchange visits ofthe
faculty and staff:
2) Develop joint research
White males,
pampered sons
Peter Suedfeld's response
(UBC Reports, Feb. 10} to my
letter of Jan. 27 is astound -
ingly naive. Professorships
have since their invention been
routinely conferred in part at
least because of "social and
political views." Stringent
ideas of 'political correctness'
held by the academy's founders excluded the great majority
of women and men from
rewards of every kind.  Preferential hiring ensured the
promotion only too often of
clones of the founding fathers.
Notions of 'merit' have been,
and are, constructed daily in a
host of situations that regularly, in our society, privilege
the opinions, and the experience, of the white, the middle-
class, the heterosexual, and
the men among us.  If, as
feminists hope, equal opportunity does manage more than a
foothold in universities, more
directors of research institutes,
and who knows, perhaps more
professors of psychology will
come from groups who have
previously been denied what
the original affirmative action
programs have so readily given
to patriarchy's most pampered
Veronica Strong-Boag
Professor and Director
Centre for Research in
Women's Studies and Gender
LETTERS continued
on Page 10
3) Arrange cultural and
educational tours for students
and other interested individuals and groups;
4) Identify potential candidates who are interested in
teaching English and other
subjects in these institutions.
For further information
please call me at 3-8830 on
campus or drop a note in my
mail box at the Dept. of Social
and Educational Studies.
I have videotapes about
cultural and educational
developments in the Tibetan
and Hui areas.  You are more
than welcome to get some real-
life glimpses of those exotic
residents of the global village.
Aicheng Yang, PhD
Associate Professor of
Institute for Educational
Northwest Normal University
Lanzhou, Gansu, P.R.C.
2" Floor
2174 Western Parkway
Vancouver. B.C.
•S 224-6225
FAX 224-4492
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Associate Vice President, Equity
The Associate Vice President, Equity, will participate in regular meetings of the Deans and Vice
Presidents and will be responsible for keeping equity matters in view at all times, and for
leading the Human Rights Office in its mandate to enhance equity, respect and diversity at
The search has been limited to candidates internal to the university.The appointment will be
for a fixed term (probably five years) though it will be renewable following review and mutual
agreement. It is desirable, therefore, that the appointee have a continuing faculty or staff
position to which she or he can return on completion of the term(s) in office.
Establishment of this position is accompanied by reorganisation of several functions and the
discontinuation of other positions. Therefore, it will be helpful if the appointee knows the
university, its culture and organisation.
The competition will remain open until the search process is completed and the position filled.
Please submit nominations and applications as soon as possible. If you wish to nominate a
potential candidate, it is not necessary to obtain that person's concurrence as the search
committee will contact the nominee to determine whether she or he is willing to be considered.
Direct applications and
nominations to:
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Vice President Academic
and Provost
Chair, Search Committee
for the Selection of an
Associate Vice President, Equity
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Winnie Cheung, International Student Centre
Bill Dobie, Alma Mater Society
Ira Nadel, Advisory Committee on Sexual Harassment
Brenda Peterson, Academic Women's Association
Peggy Ross, Faculty of Medicine
Indira Samarasekera, Dept. of Metal
and Materials Engineering
Bill Black, Faculty of Law
Nancy Sheehan, Faculty of Education
Marcelle Sprecher, Dept. of Human Resources
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Multicultural Liaison Office
Working with International Teaching Assistants:
"Theory and Practice"
Date: March 3, 8:00am to 9:30am
Place: Faculty Club, Music Room
Facilitators: Katherine Beaumont, Multicultural Liaison Office;
Mackie Chase, Intercultural Training and Resource Centre.
Since 1991 International Teaching Assistants at UBC have been
offered training in teaching, language and cross-cultural communication skills. This session will explore recurring issues in the work
with International TAs: communication problems and differences in
assumptions about roles of university instructors and students.
Approaches that have been successful in resolving these problems will be presented. Speakers include faculty who have worked
closely with the program, International TA training course facilitators
and student advisors from the International Student Centre.
Light breakfast served. Open to faculty and instructional staff.
Speak Free: Student Forum on Racism
Date: March 1, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Place: Buchanan, Room A-202
Facilitators: Members of the Student Advisory Committee,
Multicultural Liaison Office.
What are your concerns? What would a non-racist university be
like? How do we get there? This forum will provide an opportunity
for students to voice their responses to these questions. With
permission of the participants, the responses will be taken to the
March 21 mini-conference, "Racism: Continuing the Dialogue" and
included in the recommendations from the Multicultural Liaison
Office to the Provost and President.
Light supper served. Open to students only.
To register for either session, call Katherine Beaumont
at 822-9583 or e-mail mlo@unixg.ubc.ca.
UBC Reports is published twice monthly (monthly in
December, June, July and August) for the entire
university community by the UBC Community
Relations Office, 207-6328 Memorial Rd., Vancouver
Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Editor: Paula Martin
Production: Stephen Forgacs
Contributors: Connie Filletti, Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
Gavin Wilson
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UBC Reports welcomes the submission of letters and
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994 3
Ar e Toma photo
Students explore the narrow confines of Utah's Crack Canyon during
a Dept. of Geological Sciences field trip to the U.S. Southwest last year.
Field trip puts students
in natural laboratory
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Michelie Lamberson can barely restrain her enthusiasm as she shows a
visitor the photo she took of a billion-
year-old rock in the Arizona desert.
Etched on the rock are the ripples of an
ancient tidal Hat. with the impact of
raindrops clearly visible.
For Lamberson. it was one of many
peak experiences during a field trip to
the American Southwest held each year
by the Dept. of Geological Sciences.
'The canyon walls provide excellent
exposure of ancient rocks - - it's amazing what's preserved. The Southwest is
the world's most incredible natural
laboratory for geology." said
Lamberson, a sessional lecturer in the
Dept. of Geological Sciences doing postdoctoral work.
Lamberson is organizing this year's
tour, which will take about 30 students and faculty members to Glen
Canyon Dam and Arches and
Canyonlands national parks. The 18-
day tour culminates with a challenging four-day hike to the bottom of the
mile-deep Grand Canyon.
The field trip, departing May 9, is
the fourth to the region run by the
department with the support of mining
and oil companies.
Lamberson said the Southwest is
an ideal destination because, as well
as having stunning scenery, much of
the arid region is little more than bare
"It's hard to miss the geology there.
For students with a couple of years of
classes under their belts, it locks into
place some of the ideas tln-v've seen
presented in class." she said.
The field trips give geologists a voyage through time as well as a tour to
the Grand Canyon.
Beginning in Utah, students will
view rocks deposited during the last
ice age 10,000 to 30.000 years ago —
just the day before yesterday in geological terms. As they head south into
Arizona the geology gets increasingly
older, until they come to primeval rocks
more than 1.7 billion years old at the
bottom ofthe Grand Canyon.
The field trip is unique in that it
takes an interdisciplinary, community
approach to education. Lamberson
said. Students share their expertise
becoming "local instructors" at predetermined locations.
Although the tour focuses on geology, students already signed up for the
trip come from fields as diverse as civil
engineering, biology and environmental science, and they will bring along
their own perspectives.
The Southwest is rich with archaeological sites as well as geology, and this
year UBC Anthropology Prof. Richard
Matson will join the tour.
He is an expert on the archeology of
the Anasazi, an ancient Native American people who once lived in the desert.
He'll lead the group to rarely visited
cliff dwellings and discuss archeological methods.
The tour will also stop at the controversial Glen Canyon dam to tour the
facility and study its environmental
First Nations advisor appointed
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
One of Hilda Green's biggest challenges as the Faculty of Arts' new First
Nations advisor is reaching out to First
Nations students on campus.
"UBC is a big place. There are times
when you can feel like you are the only
First Nations person on campus," said
Green, a UBC Psychology graduate who
is completing her Education degree while
holding down her half-time position in
the Faculty of Arts.
Green's mandate is to provide First
Nations students and prospective students with information in areas including
academic counselling, housing, and financial aid, in addition to administering
faculty regulations.
"UBC is sensitive to the unique needs
of First Nations peoples. This position
was established in January to make
the campus more accessible to First
Nations students and make them feel
more at home," said Green.
The office held one of its first outreach
programs, The First Nations House of
Learning Career Fair, on Feb. 18. It gave
high school students a chance to see
what UBC and the individual faculties on
campus have to offer.
A past vice-
president of
the Native Indian Student
Union of UBC,
Green is
working on a
project concerning First
Nations people and their
perceptions of
developmental transitions.
Green has offices in both the Faculty
of Arts advising office in Buchanan A-
207 and the First Nations House of
Learning. She can be reached at 822-
8765 or 822-5125.
Research effort takes
aim at stroke damage
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC has signed a collaborative research agreement with a major pharmaceutical company to design and test novel
drugs which may help prevent much of
the damage that occurs with strokes.
SmithKline Beecham Pharma Inc.,
based in Oakville, Ont., will provide
$940,000 over three years to fund research by Terrance Snutch of UBC's
Biotechnology Laboratory.
"UBC is delighted with this collaborative project with SmithKline Beecham,"
said Robert Miller. UBC vice-president,
Research. "Dr. Snutch is doing very exciting research, and we are pleased to have
SmithKline Beecham as an industrial
Snutch and his collaborators at
SmithKline Beecham will use molecular
genetics to design and test new drugs
that interact v.'ith a class of proteins
called calcium channels.
Medications vdiieh act on calcium channels are currcnl iy prescribed for a number
of disorders, including angina, hypertension, migraine headache and stroke.
Calcium channels regulate the concentration of calcium inside human cells.
This concentration affects a number of
important physiological processes, including electrical activity of nerve cells and
the contraction of muscles.
Little is known about how calcium
channels actually function to mediate
calcium entry into cells or how many
different types of calcium channels exist.
Medical researchers do know, however, that calcium channels open when
stimulated by infinitesimal changes in
voltage. This allows calcium to pass into
the cell where it prompts various biochemical and electrical activities.
Snutch's research has already identified a family of genes that encode calcium
channels found in the nervous system
and other tissues, including the heart.
A major focus of his research with
SmithKline Beecham will be to develop
agents that will block calcium channels
and prevent the excessive calcium entry
into neurons that is responsible for much
ofthe damage that occurs after strokes.
Snutch's research is also expected to
make important contributions toward an
understanding of how calcium channels
effect functions such as pacemaker activity, the release of neurotransmitters and
the contraction of both smooth and heart
75 Years Of Nursing
Stephen Forgacs photo
Members of UBC's School of Nursing don historical dress to mark the
school's 75th anniversary in one of a series of events planned to commemorate
its pioneering role in nursing education, practice and research. Founded in
1919, the school is the oldest degree-granting nursing school in the British
Empire. Sheila Rankin-Zerr (second from left), a visiting assistant professor
from the University of Victoria, appears as Florence Nightingale and Tracy
Truant (second from right) wears a nursing sister's habit. With them, in
nursing uniforms from past decades, are (l-r) Gloria Joachim, Joy Johnson,
Ethel Warbinek and Cheryl Entwistle.
Consultant to advise on
public planning process
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC has commissioned Vancouver's
former chief planner, Ray Spaxman, to
advise the university on establishing a
formal public planning process.
Spaxman, a consultant with Aitken
Wreglesworth Associates Consulting Ltd.,
hopes to recommend a planning process
that is responsive to all constituents of
the university.
'The plan will take into account the
interest of, and the relationships between,
the campus, the broader community and
the various levels of government," he said.
Other objectives of the plan are to
recognize the special nature and responsibilities ofthe university compared with
other planning jurisdictions, and to ensure that planning and development occur in a responsible, timely and effective
manner, Spaxman added.
He explained that the guiding princi
ples underlying a planning process for
UBC include an efficient, effective, safe
and sustainable campus with a high-
quality built and natural environment;
neighbourly relationships with adjoining
communities; and a campus plan that is
integrated into the planning and the urban system ofthe Lower Mainland.
A liaison committee consisting of representatives from UBC's Community Relations and Campus Planning departments is assisting Spaxman in reviewing
information and interviewing key university stakeholders.
Among those being interviewed are
representatives from UBC's neighbouring communities, faculty, students,
alumni and administrators; B.C. Transit;
the Greater Vancouver Regional District;
the Musqueam Band; the City of Vancouver; and the B.C. government.
The final report will be presented to the
university in May, 1994 as a series of
ideas for subsequent discussion. 4 UBC Reports • February 24, 1994
Liu Centre will boost international studies
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Planning is underway for a new
centre at UBC dedicated to education
and research on international development and resource issues.
The Liu Centre for International
Studies will house new research and
continuing education endeavours and
provide space for existing units that
focus on international studies, but are
now located In other buildings. It will
also provide some classroom and
conference facilities.
"A major academic focus of the
centre will be the world's developing
countries and their relationship with
developed regions," said John Grace,
dean of Graduate Studies and co-chair
of the phase one planning committee.
The Liu Centre for International
Studies will build on UBC's distinguished history of teaching and research in the field of international
relations," he said.
The centre's continuing education
mandate will be to prepare professionals from many countries to act as
knowledgeable and responsible citizens
in a world of growing interdependence,
he added.
Vancouver's dynamic mix of cultural
traditions, languages and economic
activity provides an ideal context for
such a centre, Grace said.
The centre and the programs it will
house will greatly enhance UBC's
ability to meet its responsibility of
preparing our students to function in a
world in which international ties are
growing and national boundaries are
losing their former significance," said
Daniel Birch, vice-president. Academic,
and Provost.
Students and scholars from many
different cultures will meet at the
centre in an effort to understand what
is needed for productive, harmonious
international relations, he said.
Phase one of the centre, with space
for academic programs and seminar
and conference facilities, will be a $5-
million building built on vacant land at
the corner of University Boulevard and
Lower Mall, beside the West parkade
and adjacent to the proposed St. dohn's
The second phase of the centre is
planned for a later date, to be funded
The Lion
In Winter
The traditional lion
dance marking the
Chinese New Year
was performed in
the Student Union
Building plaza to
welcome the Tear of
the Dog. K.D.
Srivastava, vice-
president, Student
and Academic
Services, was given
the honour of
feeding the lion a
head of lettuce as a
portent of good
luck during the
Gavin Wilson photo
St. John's
Continued from Page 1
UBC is also planning the Liu Centre
for International Studies on the west side
of campus. The centre will house academic institutes and centres with a strong
focus on international development and
resource issues and will complement the
academic efforts at St. John's College.
The aim of St. John's College is to
create a true international community,"
said Grace. The interaction of graduate
students from many countries and the
focus on international studies will enhance international understanding and
result in a strong commitment to international co-operation and development
among a world-wide network of
"Our goal is to attract outstanding
international students while respecting
and maintaining the ethical values and
social traditions of St. John's University."
The residential college will follow a
similar model to that established for Green
College at UBC, which opened in the fall
of 1993.
"With interdisciplinarity as the theme
for Green College, and internationalism
for St. John's College, the two graduate
colleges will have different but complementary focuses," said Grace.
"As in Green College, a small number
of places will be reserved for post-doctoral fellows, other more senior scholars,
and visitors. In total, it is expected that
there will be approximately 110 resident
members of St. John's College, slightly
more than Green College. In addition,
involvement of some non-resident faculty
and community members will be actively
Admission to St. John's College will be
based not only on-academic merit, but
will also be mindful ofthe need to achieve
an excellent balance of students by nationality, gender, ethnic origin, religion
and academic discipline. A principal will
be chosen to lead the college, while the
members of the college will play a major
role in its governance, said Grace.
The aim is to create a true international community in which students from
different parts ofthe world will learn from
each other in a collegial setting."
■J "WjifQ^
Artist's rendering shows what Liu Centre, foreground, and St. John's
College, right, may look like when completed.
on a full cost-recovery basis.
It will provide residential accommodation and facilities for workshops, seminars, short conferences
and courses attended by Canadians
preparing to deal with international
issues and by government officials,
business leaders and other professionals from a wide range of countries.
Major funding for the centre will be
provided from private sector donations.
Institute for Advanced
Studies gets Senate nod
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Plans to establish UBC's Institute of
Advanced Studies were approved by Senate Feb. 16.
With the aid of a $ 15-million endowment from Peter Wall, the largest single
gift in the World of Opportunity fund-
raising campaign, the institute will enhance academic excellence at UBC. Approximately $ 1 -million in operating funds
will be available beginning in 1996, with
some start-up funding for intervening
The institute will foster advanced intellectual activity and meet new challenges in emerging research areas by
bringing together faculty and graduate
students and other researchers from
across campus. Visitors will also be
brought to the campus to assist in addressing thematic topics.
The endowment gives the university a
remarkable opportunity to build an institute of the highest possible quality with
direct and beneficial impact on scholarship and research," said Dean John Grace
of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The institu I es emphasis is expected to
be on the social sciences, humanities,
mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues and themes.
A co-ordinating committee will develop guidelines for the operation ofthe
new institute. In its early stages at
least, the institute is expected to work
closely with Green College as a base of
A series of governing principles
emerged from committee discussions and
campus input. The institute will
encourage interdisciplinary and multi-
disciplinary research by building on areas
where UBC has already achieved
excellence and by enhancing existing
departments and other units.
"We want the institute to make as
broad an impact as possible so that, over
time, it will touch the careers of a large
number of faculty, graduate students
and post doctoral scholars," Grace said.
Themes will be proposed by faculty
members and explored for limited periods of time through workshops, symposia, lectures, conferences, and special
events. The first competition for a thematic concentration will be held in 1994,
with a closing date for applications of
June 15, 1994.
Grad student research funding
outpaced by enrolment: Dean
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies is
facing a double-edged sword as graduate
student enrolment continues to climb,
according to faculty Dean John Grace.
Enrolment figures for 1993/94 have
passed the 6.400 mark, as of November,
1993, with almost 4,300 master's students and more than 2,100 doctoral students. That represents an increase of
more than seven per cent over last year's
total enrolment figure.
Since 1988-89, UBC's graduate student enrolment has increased by approximately 54 per cent.
Grace says this increase is consistent
with the university's mission and efforts
to increase the level of research activity at
UBC. However, he says the expanding
enrolment puts a strain on all services
involved, both in his office and in respective departments. In addition, research
funding has not kept pace, in real terms,
with increasing graduate numbers, according to Grace.
"Given that much of the increase in
research funding does not generally pay
for graduate students; and that support
from research sources for graduate students is not evenly distributed across
disciplines, the research funding needs
of graduate students are not being adequately met," said Grace.
This is one of the most pressing issues facing the faculty today."
Another of Grace's main concerns is
the length of time students take to complete both master's and doctoral programs. On average, graduate students
are taking about a year longer to complete their degrees than they did 20 years
The faculty, together with a number
of departments, is trying to take steps
to ensure that students finish their
programs faster. This could lead to a
levelling off of enrolment figures, said
Grace. UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994 5
Draft   Revisions
To define the purpose, authority and
responsibility of the Internal Audit Department.
The purpose of the Internal Audit Department is to assist University administrators and the Board of Governors in
discharging their fiduciary responsibilities.
The Director of Internal Audit is authorized to perform independent, objective and continuous reviews of the University's operational and financial control systems, as well as the quality of
performance in carrying out administrative responsibilities.
The University supports the independence and access of the Internal Audit
Department. Vice Presidents are responsible for ensuring that appropriate actions are taken to address audit recommendations.
All University administrative activities
may be reviewed at appropriate intervals
and the scope of internal audits may
• compliance with University policies,
plans and procedures, as well as
relevant laws and regulations;
• effectiveness of all levels of internal
control systems including new.
computerized systems;
• effectiveness of management actions
to correct internal control
• protection of University assets,
including security of data;
• authorization of transactions and
integrity of financial records and
• consistency of operations or
programs with the overall University
• special examinations of suspected
illegal transactions, fraud or
financial conflict of interest;
• cost-savings audits to ensure
economical, efficient and effective
use of University resources.
While the Internal Audit Department
is an integral department of the University, and functions according to policies
established by senior administrators and
the Board ofGovernors, independence is
essential. To support independence of
the audit function and to ensure adequate consideration of audit recommendations:
• The Director of Internal Audit reports
to the President and has direct access
to the Chair ofthe Audit Committee of
the Board ofGovernors. As well, he/
she reports administratively to the
Vice President Administration &
• The appointment of the Director of
Internal Audit cannot be changed,
except for cause, or with concurrence
of the Audit Committee.
• Copies of audit reports are sent to
February 24, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
At the initiative ofthe Audit Committee ofthe Board ofGovernors,
Policy #111 has been revised to reflect a direct reporting relationship ofthe Director of Internal Audit to the President and the scope
of responsibility of the unit.
Please provide any comments you have about the draft to Libby
Nason, Vice Provost.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
senior University administrators, the
Chair ofthe Audit Committee and the
Office of the Auditor General.
The Director of the Internal Audit
Department is authorized to have unrestricted access to all University
records, systems, property and
Staff of the Internal Audit Department
do not perform line duties in any area
which has been or could be subject to
their review.
Staff of the Internal Audit Department
do not assert direct authority over
activities reviewed. The performance
of such reviews does not relieve line
administrators from assigned
Vice Presidents are responsible for
ensuring that appropriate actions are
taken to address audit
Please consult the Internal Audit Department.
Draft revision to policy #7
Vice President Administration &
To articulate the University's objective
of providing a safe, healthy and secure
environment for all members of faculty
and staff, students and visitors, and to
delineate responsibility for achieving it.
The University aims to provide a safe,
healthy and secure environment in which
to carry on the University's affairs. All
possible preventive measures are taken
to eliminate accidental injuries, occupational diseases and risks to personal security.
Compliance with the Workers' Compensation Act and related legislation is
the minimum standard acceptable. All
students and members of faculty and
staff are encouraged to strive to exceed
these minimum legal standards and to
eliminate unnecessary risks.
The University
It is the responsibility ofthe University
acting through administrative heads of
unit to:
• provide a safe, healthy and secure
working environment;
• ensure regular inspections are made
and take action as required to
improve unsafe conditions;
• ensure that health, safety, and
personal security considerations
form an integral part of the design,
construction, purchase and
maintenance of all buildings,
equipment and work processes;
• provide first aid facilities where
• support supervisors and safety
committees in the implementation of
an effective health, safety and
security program;
• ensure compliance with WCB and
other applicable legislation;
• establish a department or building
safety committee;
• communicate with the university
community or affected groups about
events or situations when
potentially harmful conditions arise
or are discovered;
• ensure adequate resources are
available to implement appropriate
The Supervisor
It is the responsibility of supervisory
staff to:
• formulate specific safety rules and
safe work procedures for their
area of supervision;
• ensure that all employees under
their supervision are aware of safety
practices and follow safety
• provide training in the safe
operation of equipment;
• inspect regularly their areas for
hazardous conditions;
• correct promptly unsafe work
practices or hazardous conditions;
• be responsive to concerns expressed
about personal security and
investigate any accidents or
personal security incidents which
have occurred in their area of
• report any accidents or incidents
involving personal security to the
appropriate University authority;
• participate, if requested, on department or building safety committees.
Individual Students and Members of
Staff and Faculty
It is the responsibility of individual
students and members of faculty and
staff to:
• observe safety rules and procedures
established by supervisory staff,
administrative heads of unit and the
• be safety-conscious in all activities.
February 24, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
A draft revision to Policy #7, University Safety, is published here for
your review.
Personal security has been added as a responsibility for the University
Health and Safety Committee, Department/Area/Building Safety Committees, the Department of Health, Safety and Environment and the
Department of Parking and Security Services.
Please provide any comments you may have about the draft to Libby
Nason. Vice Provost.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
be they work, study or recreation:
• report immediately any accident,
injury, unsafe condition, insecure
condition or threats to personal
security to a supervisor or
administrative head of unit;
• use properly and care for adequately
personal protective equipment
provided by the University;
• participate, if elected or appointed,
on departmental or building safety
The University Health and Safety Committee works to achieve these objectives
by providing education and reviewing
policies and procedures.
Department/Area/Building Safety
Committees carry out the safety programs within their areas and make recommendations to ensure that the safety
objectives of the University can be
The Department of Health, Safety and
Environment and the Department of Park
ing and Security Services assist departments to implement and maintain effective health, safety and personal security
programs, liaise with the regulatory authorities on behalf of the University and
support the activities of the University's
Safety Committees.
For more information, please consult
with the Department of Health. Safety
and Environment and/or the Department of Parking and Security Services.
An administrative head of unit is a
Director of a service unit, a Head of an
academic department, a Director of a
centre, institute or school, a Principal of
a college, a Dean, an Associate Vice President, the Registrar, the University Librarian, a Vice President or the President.
A supervisor is a person, not necessarily an administrative head of unit,
who has been delegated supervisory responsibility for others working or studying at UBC. 6 UBC Reports • February 24, 1994
February 27 through March 12
Sunday, Feb. 27
Continuing Studies Design
Five Sunday sessions. Sketching
Vancouver's Heritage. Tony
O'Regan, environmental design,
U. of Calgary. Scarfe 1128 from
9am-3pm. $185. Call 222-5203.
Music Concert
Collegium Musicum, Morna
Edmundson, director. Chapel of
the Epiphany, VST at 8pm. Call
Monday, Feb. 28
Centre for South Asian
Research Seminar
Shadows Of Swastika: Historical
Reflections On Hindu Commu-
nalism. Tapankumar
Raychaudhuri, History, Oxford.
Asian Centre 604 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-3703/4359.
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Visualization: Tools
And Techniques. John Hogg,
computing coordinator. Civil/
Mechanical Engineering 1202
from 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments.  Call 822-6671.
Biochemistry /Molecular
Biology Seminar
Structure And Catalytics Function In Ribonuclease P, A
Ribozyme. Dr. Norman Pace, Biology, Indiana U. IRC #4 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm.  Call 822-9871.
Tuesday, Mar. 1
Oceanography Seminar
Sinking And Aggregation In Marine Phytoplankton. Dr. Anya
Waite, Biology, Woods Hole, Mass.
BioSciences 1465 at 11:30am.
Call 822-3626.
Continuing Studies Lecture
Thinking English Canada. Philip
Resnick, Political Science. Hotel
Georgia York Room from 12-
1:30pm. $30; $20 seniors. Call
Women's Studies Lecture
The Trials Of Eve. A Film Presentation. Pnina Granirer, Vancouver writer and artist. IRC # 1 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9171.
Botany Seminar
Ecological Comparisons Of The
Free-Living Phases Of Mazzaella
Lilacina (Rhodophyta) In Barkley
Sound, BC. Brent Phillips, MSc
candidate, Botany. BioSciences
2000 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Law Lecture
Grand Justices And Their Role In
Taiwan's Changing Society.
Herbert H.P. Ma, Grand Justice
Judicial Yuan, PRC. Curtis 149
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Lectures in Modern
Spectroscopy And Dynamics In
Slit Supersonic Jets: Watching
Molecules Touch With Infrared
Eyes. Dr. D. J. Nesbitt, Chemistry, U. of Colorado, Boulder.
Chemistry 250 at lpm. Refreshments at 12:40pm. Call 822-
Oceanography Seminar
Distribution And Chemistry Of
Biogenic Particulate Matter In The
Central Pacific In Response To El
Nino Forcing. Dr. Jim Bishop,
Earth/Ocean Sciences. UVic.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Statistics Seminar
Normal Linear Models With Lattice Conditional Independence
Restrictions. Steen A. Andersson,
Mathematics, Indiana U. Angus
413 from 4-5:30pm. Refreshments.   Call 822-0570.
Faculty Development
Understanding Human Rights Issues—How They Affect You In The
Workplace. Chair: Libby Nason,
Vice-Provost and Chair. Speakers:
Susan Paish, LLB, Russell and Du
Moulin; Tom Patch, LLB, Member
of BC Council of Human Rights.
First Nations Longhouse Great Hall
from 5:30-7:00pm. Appetizers at
5pm.  Call 822-9149.
Student Forum
Speak Free: A Student Forum On
Racism. Facilitated by members
of the student advisory committee/Multicultural Liaison Office.
BuchananA202 from 5-7pm. Light
supper included.  Call 822-9583.
Theatre Performance
Continues to Mar. 5. Marisol by
Jose Rivera. Directed by Richard
Wolfe. Theatre and Film. Dorothy
Somerset Studio at 8pm. All tickets $7. Preview March 1/two for
one.   Call 822-2678.
Wednesday, Mar. 2
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Acute Management Of Posterior
Pelvic Injuries. Dr. R. N. Meek,
chair; Dr. H. M. Broekhuyse.
speaker. VGH Eye Care Centre
auditorium at 7am. Call 875-
Microbiology Seminar
The Biodiversity Problem. Dr.
Geoffrey Scudder, Zoology.
Wesbrook201 from 12-lpm. Call
Faculty Association
Financial Planning Seminar
Wills And Estate Planning. Keith
Farquhar, Law. In conjunction
with Continuing Studies. Angus
110 at 12:30pm.  Call 222-5270.
Rehabilitation Sciences
Changing Disabling Environments
Through Participatory Research.
Dr. Mary Law, McMaster U.
Koerner Pavilion, lab 8, 3rd floor
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Qualitative/Quantitative Research: A Paradigm Shuffle? Dr.
Mary Law, McMaster U. Koerner
Pavilion.Tl 14,3rdfloorfrom 1:30-
2:30pm.  Call 822-7416.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Exemption Systems From Anti-
Monopoly Law And Other Anti-
Competitive Measures In Japan:
Overview/Evaluation. Koto
Suzumura, Economics. Asian
Centre basement music salon from
12:30-2pm.   Call 822-5612.
French Colloquium
La Jeanne d'Arc de Barres. Anne
Simpson. BuchananTower799at
2pm.  Call 822- 4025.
Applied Mathematics
A New Genuinely Two-Dimensional
Scheme For The Compressable
Euler Equations. Dr. David
Sidilkover, NYU. Mathematics 203
at 3:30pm.   Call 822-4584.
Geography Colloquium
Atmospheric Aerosols And Climate.
Robert Charlson, Atmospheric
Science, U. ofWashington. Geography 201 from 3:30 5pm. Refreshments at 3:25pm. Call 822-
Astronomy Seminar
Is The Solar System Stable? Scot t
Tremaine, dir., Canadian Institute
of Theoretical Astrophysics. G&A
260 at 4pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm.   Call 822-2696/2267.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attention Deficit Disorder:
Methylphenidate: For Better Or
For Worse? Shallen Letwin, PhD
student. Clinical Pharmacy. IRC
#5 from 4:30-5:30pm. Call 822-
Continuing Studies Lecture
4 consecutive Wednesday sessions. Technology And Women In
History. Dianne Newell, assoc.
prof. History. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 40 from 7-8:30pm. $45:
$20 seniors.   Call 222-5203.
Continuing Studies Lecture/
Panel Discussion
500 Words Or Less: An Evening
With The Critics. Errol Durbach,
Theatre, moderator; Barbara
Crook, Vancouver Sun; Martin
Millerchip, North Shore News;
Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight/
CBC Radio; Jerry Wasserman,
English/Theatre/Film and critic,
CBC Radio. Family/Nutritional
Sciences 60 from 7:30-9pm. Fee
of $15 is non-refundable. Call
Thursday, Mar. 3
International TA Workshop
Theory And Practice: Working With
International Teaching Assistants.
In conjunction with MLO. Faculty
Club music room from 8-9:30am.
Breakfast included. Call 822-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacodynamics Of Anticancer
Agents. Dr. Lawrence Mayer, BC
Cancer Agency, Medical Oncology,
Laboratory Operations. IRC #4
from 11:30am-12:30pm. Call 822-
Continuing Studies Lecture
Also March 10. Thinking English
Canada. Philip Resnick, Political
Science. Family/Nutritional Sciences 60 from 12-1:30pm. $30;
$20 seniors.  Call 222-5203.
Music Concert
UBC Chinese Ensemble. Alan
Thrasher, director. Asian Centre
at 12:30pm.   Call 822-3113.
English Language Institute
Professional Development For Language Teachers: Teaching Pronunciation. Carr Hall Conference
room from 4:30-6:30pm. $65. Call
Physics Colloquium
Something In High Energy Exptl
Physics. J. McKenna, Physics.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 822-
Musical Evening/Discussion
Beyond Voice: A Celebration Of
Sound, Spirit And Movement.
Pablo Sosa, host. Exploration of
cultural music and its spirituality.
International House upper lounge
at 7pm.   Call 224-3722.
Continuing Studies Medical
Topics Lectures
Seven consecutive Thursdays.
Topics range from Gene Therapy
to AIDS. Britannia Community
Centre, 1001 Cotton Dr. from 7:30-
9:30pm. $50 for any three lectures. Call 222-5203 for brochure.
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth
Century Studies Lecture
Gilbert Or Sullivan? George
Rowell, Bristol U. Green College at
8pm.   Call 822-4225.
Faculty Recital
Adele Clark, soprano; Richard Epp,
piano. Music Recital Hall at 8pm.
Call 822-5574.
Friday, Mar. 4
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Group A Streptococcal Infections:
An Update. Dr. Michael Gerber,
dir. of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Medicine, U. of Connecticut
Health Centre. GF Strong auditorium at 8:30am. Please note earlier time.  Call 875-2307.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Stochastic Risk Assessment. Dr.
Ray Copes, medical specialist,
Community And Family Health,
Ministry of Health. Mather Building 253 from 9- 10am. Call 822-
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
Air Pollution Control: Fluidized
Bed Incinerators. Dean John
Grace, Grad Studies, Chemical
Engineering prof. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from 12:30-
1:30pm.   Call 822-9595.
Chemical Engineering
Wall Slip And Melt Fracture Of
Molten Polypropylene. Igor
Kazatchkov. grad student. Chemical Engineering 206 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-3238.
Theoretical Chemistry
Compressible Fluid Flow With Reactive Processes. Duncan Napier.
Chemistry 402 at 4pm. Call 822-
English Language Institute
Workshop Weekend
Managing The Language Classroom. Professional Development
For Language Teachers. Carr Hall
conference room Mar. 4, 6- 10pm;
Mar. 5, 8:30am- 4:30pm. $195.
Call 222-5208.Continues Sat.
Saturday, Mar. 5
Continuing Studies Lecture
Winter Flowers And Berries:
Botanical Drawing. Rosemary
Burnham. artist and graphic designer. Botanical Garden main
garden pavilion, from 10am-3pm.
$85. Call 222-5203.Continues
Faculty Women's Club
Social Evening
What's The Plus In Pot Luck Plus?
Evening of good fun and good
food. Cecil Green main floor at
7pm. Husbands and guests welcome.   Call 535-7995.
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Decline Of Innocence. Prof.
Richard Ericson, principal, Green
College. IRC #2 at 8:15pm. Call
Sunday, Mar. 6
Musical Concert
Vancouver Community Game
Lan Society. Museum of Anthropology Great Hall from 2:30-
3:30pm. Free with admission.
Call 822-5087.
Continuing Studies Lecture
The English House And Garden
OfThe 17th Century. Ann Gore,
lecturer and co-author of The
History of English Interiors.
University Golf Club from 10am-
4pm.   $175.   Call 222-5203.
Monday, Mar. 7
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Asia In NAFTA: Japanese/Korean Investments In The Mexican Maquiladores. Martin
Kenney. Applied Sociology, U. of
Calif.. Davis. Asian Centre auditorium from 12:30- 2pm. Call
Applied Mathematics
Fourier Transform Estimates For
The Navier Stokes Equations. Dr.
John Heywood, Mathematics.
Math 203 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Mechanical Engineering
Aerodynamics / Dynamics Of Several Bluff Bodies With Moving-
Surface Boundary-LayerControl.
Sandeep Munshi, PhD student.
Civil/Mechanical Engineering
1202 from 3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments.  Call 822-6671.
Astronomy Seminar
Using The Surface-Brightness
Fluctuation Method To Measure
Deviations From The Hubble
Flow. Alan Dressier, Carnegie
Observatories. G&A 260 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
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February 27 through March 12
Nuclear And Cytoplasmic Protein Glycosylation Is Abundant
And As Dynamic As
Phosphorylation. Dr. Gerald
Hart, Biochemistry/Molecular
Genetics, U. of Alabama at Birmingham. Refreshments at
3:30pm. IRC #4 at 3:45pm. Call
Plant Science Seminar
Biology - the high school/university interface. Joanne Melville
and Jolie Mayer-Smith, VSB.
Coffee and cookies supplied.
MacMillan 318D, 12:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Mar. 8
Women's Studies Lecture
Masculinity As Misogyny: An Exploration Of The Cultural Context Of Sexual Harassment.
Allison Thomas, U. of East London. Buchanan B312 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-9171.
Botany Seminar
Chlorinated Anthraquinones In
Several North American Lichens.
Peter Cohen, PhD candidate.
Botany. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30pm.  Call 822-2133.
Lectures in Modern
Ab Initio Calculations Applied To
Problems In Metal-Ion Chemistry. Dr. Charles Bauschlichter,
NASA Ames Research Centre,
Moffet Field, CA. Refreshments
at 12:40pm. Chemistry 250 at
lpm.   Call 822-3266.
Centre for Applied Ethics
Family Values: The Principle Of
Parental Autonomy. Colin
MacLeod, Killam post doctoral
fellow. Angus 225 from 4-
5:30pm.  Call 822-5139.
English Language Institute
Professional Development for
Language Teachers. Vocabulary
Building. Carr Hall conference
room from 4:30-6:30pm. $33.
Call 222-5208.
Wednesday, Mar. 9
Orthopaedics Grand
Interesting Case Presentations:
Spine, Trauma/Reconstructive
Orthopaedics. Dr. R.W. McGraw.
Eye Care Centre auditorium at
7am.  Call 875-4272.
Microbiology Seminar
Structure And Function Of The
Antigen Receptor On B
Lymphocytes. LindaMatsuuchi,
Zoology. Wesbrook 201 from 12-
lpm.  Call 822-3308.
French Lecture
Sorting Proust's Manuscripts.
Prof. Anthony Pugh, U. of New
Brunswick. Buchanan Tower
826 at 12:30. Call Olga Cragg at
Wednesday Noon Hour
Prize Performances: National
Competition Winners ofthe UBC
School of Music. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. $2. Call 822-
Geography Colloquium
Tracer And Borehole-Based Investigations Of Alpine Glacier Hydrology. Martin Sharp, Geography, U. of Alta. Geography 201
from 3:30-5pm.   Refreshments
at 3:25pm.  Call 822-5612.
Faculty Association
Financial Planning Seminar
Mutual Funds: A Private Investor's Viewpoint. Al Roselli, private
investor. Angus 110 from 12:30-
1:20pm. In conjunction with Continuing Studies.  Call 222-5270.
Centre for Japanese
Research Seminar
Japanese Studies In Modern
China. Yun Tang, History. Asian
Centre 604 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Therapy Of Diastolic Heart Failure. Angela Lo, MSc student, Clinical Pharmacy. IRC #5 from 4:30-
5:30pm.  Call 822-4645.
Continuing Studies Lecture
Lantern Making. Carmen Rosen,
member of Public Dream Society.
Carr Hall conference room from 7-
9:30pm.  $10.  Call 222-5203.
Theatre Performance
Marisol by Jose Rivera. Directed
by Richard Wolfe. Theatre and
Film. To Mar. 12 at Dorothy Somerset Studio at 8pm. All tickets $7.
Call 822-2678.
Theatre Performance
Loves Labours Lost, William
Shakespeare. Directed by Neil
Freeman. To Mar. 19 at Frederic
Wood Theatre, 8pm. Tickets: weekdays adults $12; students, seniors $8. Weekends adults $14;
students, seniors $10. Reservations and ticket info, call 822-
Thursday, Mar. 10
Centre for South Asian
Research Seminar
The Crisis OfThe State And Political Violence In Sri Lanka: The
Case OfThe JVP. G.B. Keerawilla,
History, Peradeniya. Asian Centre
604 at 12:30pm. Call 822- 3703/
Opera Panel Discussion
Mozart's Don Giovanni In Context. Susan Bennett, Vancouver
Opera; Floyd St. Clair, French;
Andrew Busza, English. Dorothy
Somerset Studio at 12:30pm. Call
Sustainable Development
Research Institute Seminar
UBC's Environment Protection
Program. Mark Aston, research
officer, Health Safety and the Environment. Hut B5 SORT meeting
room at 12:30pm. Call 822-8198.
Canadian Studies Lecture
The Evolution Of Citizenship. Alan
C. Cairns. Buchanan B212 at
12:30.   Call 822-5193.
Physics Colloquium
Double Layer 2D Electron Systems. J. Eisenstein, Bell Labs.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 822-
English Language Institute
Professional Development For Language Teachers. Teaching Pronunciation. Carr Hall conference
room from 4:30-6:30pm. $65. Call
Friday, Mar. 11
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
What Is Behavioural Neurology?
Dr. Bruce Bjornson, Paediatrics.
GF Strong auditorium at 9am. Call
Health Care/Epidemiology
Moral Philosophy And Bioethics.
Earl Winkler, prof., Philosophy;
member Provincial Advisory Counsel on Ethical Issues in Health
Care. Mather 253 from 9-10am.
Call 822- 2772.
Theoretical Chemistry
Some Historical Perspectives On
Quantum Chemistry. Dr.J.Coope.
Chemistry 402 at 4pm. Call 822-
Chemistry Seminar
The Use Of Mass Spectometry In
The Analysis Of Biologically Im
portant Compounds. Steve
Fischer, Hewlett-Packard, Palo
Alto, CA. Chemistry D225 at
3:30pm.   Call 822- 3235.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar
The Natural Gas Industry In BC:
Processes And Hazards. Dr. John
Sehmer, corporate medical director, Westcoast Energy. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from
12:30- 1:30pm.   Call 822-9595.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Control Of Activated Sludge
Bioreactors Treating Kraft Mill Effluent. Tanya Barr, grad student.
Chemical Engineering 206 at
3:30pm.  Call 822-3238.
Saturday, Mar. 12
Continuing Studies Courses
Continues Sunday. Shibori: Resist Dyeing Techniques For Fabric. D'Arcie Beytebiere, winner of
Ideacomo Award 1987. Family/
Nutritional Sciences 360 from
10am-4pm. $125. Call 222-
Vancouver Institute Lecture
The Lives OfWriters. Ms. Eleanor
Wachtel, CBC, Toronto. IRC #2
at 8:15pm.  Call 822-3131.
Campus Tours
School and College Liaison tours
provide prospective UBC students
with an overview of campus activities/ faculties/services. Fridays
at 9:30am. Reservations required
one week in advance. Call 822-
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
Duplicate Bridge
Informal game open to the public.
$2 fee includes refreshments.
Wednesdays at the Faculty Club.
Play begins at 7:30pm. Singles
welcome but should arrive early to
arrange partnerships. Call Steve
Rettig at 822-4865.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are prepared to help any member of the
UBC community who is being sexually harassed find a satisfactory
resolution.  Call 822-6353.
Student Housing
The off-campus housing listing
service offered by the UBC Housing Office has been discontinued.
A new service offered by the AMS
has been established to provide a
housing listing service for both
students and landlords. This new
service utilizes a computer voice
messaging system. Students call
822-9844, landlords call 822-
The Human Sexual Response
A Psychology Dept. study directed
toward physiological arousal in
women. Volunteers must be between 18-45 and heterosexual.
Honorarium.  Call 822-2998.
Clinical Research Support
Faculty of Medicine data analysts
supporting clinical research. To
arrange a consultation, call Laurel
at 822-4530.
Psychology Cognition/
Emotion Study
Seeking participants ages 21-60
for studies exploring the cognitive
effects of emotions. Participation
involves three 90-minute sessions
spread over 1-2 weeks. Honorarium of $30. Call Dawn Layzell/
Dr. Eric Eich at 822-2022.
Drug Inter-Action Study
Volunteers at least 18 years required for participation in Pharmacology/Therapeutics study.
Eligibility screening by appoint
ment. Honorarium upon completion of study. Call 822-4270.
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Dept.
of Statistics to provide statistical
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Program to treat very obese women
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Very obese women tend to
suffer from psychological problems that may contribute to their
obesity, according to initial clinical research by a UBC doctoral
"It is apparent from my clinical work with these women that
they can suffer from depression,
anxiety and diminished self-esteem," said SherylTanco. 'This
is in contrast to overall findings
that, in the general population,
morbidly obese women do not
suffer from elevated levels of psychological distress."
Although definitions vary,
morbid obesity has been defined
as double one's normal body
While doing a practicum in
the Dept. of Psychology at University Hospital, Shaughnessy
site, Tanco worked with 15women
referred for psychological treatment for morbid obesity.
She conducted a program
which encouraged the women to
discuss their feelings of self-
worth in a group setting, with
relaxation exercises and some
form of physical exercise, usually walking, as an integral part
of the program.
"We tried to help these women
get in touch with their own bodily cues so that they could differentiate between physical hunger and emotional hunger," she
Psychological testing done
before and after the program indicated the treatment was effective in reducing psychological
distress. Weight loss was a secondary consideration. Tanco
says in order to completely evaluate the effectiveness of the program, both the psychological and
physiological components will
now be fully measured in a controlled study of morbidly obese
Tanco and UBC Psychology
Prof. Wolfgang Linden are look-
ingforwomen, aged 19and older,
who have had a significant weight
problem for at least 10 years,
and who are not prevented from
exercising for medical reasons.
"We are not looking for
women who are a few pounds
overweight," stressed Linden.
"We are looking for women who
are severely overweight, especially those who may be binge
One group of women will
undergo the treatment established at the Shaughnessy site
while another will focus on a
well-established program of diet
and exercise.
Volunteers will be expected
to complete pre- and post-treatment assessments and attend
an eight-week group program,
for two hours per week, at UBC.
They will have to spend an hour
a day doing program-related
activities on their own, which
may include exercise or homework assignments. Volunteers
will be expected to answer questionnaires on a regular basis
for up to one year after completing the eight-week program.
For more information on this
study.call Trina McLure in the
Psychology Dept. at 822-3800. 8 UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994
Draft   February 14,1994
February 24, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
A draft of the Annual Graduate Student Tuition proposal is published
here for your review. Please send any comments you may have on this
proposal to my office by Feb. 28 so that we may consider them before
the next Board of Governors meeting.
Yours sincerely,
David W. Strangway
Annual Graduate Student Tuition
At UBC we have a system of graduate
tuition that is based on a program fee.
This fee is assessed in equal increments
over the expected duration of the program (typically two years for Master's
degrees and three years for a Ph.D.). If
the student's program lasts longer than
this, they are assessed an annual re-
registration fee that is about half this
Year 1
Year 2 $2,027
Post-program $l,084/yr.
Year 1 $2,027
Year 2 $2,027
Year 3 $1,882
Post-program $l,084/yr.
This proposal suggests that we move
away from a program fee basis, followed
by a reduced post-program fee and establish a simple annual fee. This has many
advantages. First, it provides an increased incentive to completing the graduate program in as efficient a way as
possible. Secondly, it will provide additional revenue to the university. Some
students in their graduate programs reduce their actual work on their degree to
a part-time basis. It would therefore be
necessary to have a very clear definition
of full or part-time progress toward degree completion. Given this definition,
the concept of an annual tuition for graduate students is a common approach taken
by public universities in Canada and the
U.S. It is suggested that this program
would start in the fall of 1996. Most
current students will thus complete their
program under the present rules. All new
students would fall under the new rules
and adequate notice would be provided to
all students in any event.
The additional revenue would be added
to the University Graduate Fellowship
(UGF) fund. This could generate up to
$1.8M/year. This money would then be
used for fellowships to attract and retain
the very best students in every discipline.
It would:
• reinforce excellence in student
• reduce unnecessary extension of
graduate programs
• give fairer distribution of support for
students in all parts ofthe university.
An early draft ofthe proposal has been
presented to the Senate Academic Policy
Committee. They have struck a committee chaired by Dean Grace to consider the
academic implications. Further drafts
will be circulated to Deans and Heads for
comment and published in UBC Reports
for full campus comment.
After this level of consultation we will
plan to bring forward a proposal for consideration by the Board at its March
Fees for part-time
Graduate Master's Students
In November 1993, President
Strangway sought input and advice from
your Senate Academic Policy Committee
with respect to a proposal entitled "Annual Graduate Student Tuition." The
essence of the proposal was to establish
a fee system (which is common in many
universities) in which graduate students
pay a full annual tuition for each year
they are registered towards a degree.
This was discussed by the Academic Policy
Committee at its meeting on November
29, 1993. At that time, concern was
raised regarding the possibility such a
change would act as a barrier to part-
time Master's students.
A sub-committee was struck to look at
this question. A copy of a report from that
sub-committee, chaired by John Grace,
was discussed and approved at the January 17th, 1994 meeting of the Senate
Academic Policy Committee. Since fees
are decided by the Board of Governors
rather than the Senate and, since the
report was advice to the President, we are
providing a copy of the Academic Policy
Committee's advice to the Senate for information, rather than for a debate and
adoption. Note that the advice, if adopted
by the Board, would lead to some significant changes in the way that part-time
Master's students are defined for fee purposes.
- Senate Academic Policy Committee
Sub-Committee Report
Fees for Part-time Graduate Students
UBC allows graduate students in most
Master's programs to pursue their studies by either full-time or part-time study.
This permits students with full-time jobs,
family responsibilities, or special circumstances to undertake or continue graduate programs at a slower pace than would
be possible if they were to be full-time
There are currently two quite different
methods by which graduate students can
be considered to be part-time:
(a) For official B.C. government
counting purposes (used to
calculate FTE head counts), all
doctoral students are considered
full-time.  Master's students are
considered full-time when
registered in a thesis or when
taking two or more courses
exclusive of a thesis.  Part-time
Master's students are defined as
those taking only one course,
exclusive of a thesis.
(b) For fee purposes, Master's students
are considered to be part-time if
they elect Schedule B.  This
Schedule allows them to pay fees at
a lower rate on the expectation that
they will proceed at a slower rate
and will not make full use of
university facilities. They are then
not eligible for scholarships, TAs
and student housing. The
minimum program (i.e. cumulative)
fee paid by those on Schedule B is
greater than that under Schedule A.
The current fee schedules for Master's
students have been finely balanced in an
effort to provide equity between them and
to discourage whole-scale transfers back
and forth. The Registrar's Office finds the
current system relatively easy to administer. While the possibility of a credit-
based fee system for graduate students
(as practiced at a number of other universities) was discussed by the subcommittees, such a system would be difficult to
devise in a fair manner at UBC. i In
seeking to allow fairly for part-time students within a system where continuing
fees no longer are considerably less than
fees in the early stages at presents it
seems important: (i) to define part-time
status more clearly, if possible introducing greater congruence between (a) and
(b) above: (ii) to modify the current fee
schedule system rather than propose a
major change.
Proposed Definition of Part-
time Graduate Student
For purposes of fee assessment, a
graduate student would be defined as
being part-time in any 4-month period if
she/he satisfies both of the following
1. The student is registered in a Master's program that allows part-time study.3
2. The student has signed a declaration, to be countersigned by a department head or graduate advisor, specifying that he/she:
(a) is working in paid employment
more than twelve hours a week or
has heavy family (e.g. parental)
responsibilities or has other special
circumstance (e.g. health factors)
which restrict the time available for
(b) understands that the maximum
time allowed for the program (B4
on page 160 of Calendar) applies to
part-time as well as full-time
(c) understands that she/he is not
eligible for scholarships, teaching
assistantships, research
assistantships or student housing
while part-time;
(d) will not have assigned desk space
at the university.
Proposed Fee Schedule
The fee for a part-time student would
be 60% ofthe corresponding fee for a full-
time student in the corresponding period. 4 The minimum program fee would
be set at three installments (one year) of
full-time fees, for any student who is only
full-time and would be equivalent to six
installments (two years) of part-time
study. 5 The corresponding minimum
fees should be published in the Calendar
each year. Continuing fees and extension fees would be at the same level as
first year fees (full- or part-time).
To illustrate the new fee schedule,
consider several cases, assuming that
the base (full-time) fee of $2027 were to
remain in place. (See Table 1.)
Note that full-time students would pay
the same as currently if they finished two
years or less, while paying substantially
more if continuing beyond this. Genuine
part-time students would pay slightly
more than at present (at most 4.6% more),
with the increase in their fees protected
because they make limited use of university facilities. The minimum program fee
would be appreciably lower, however, for
part-time students.
Under the proposed scheme, there
would be no Schedule A or B and no
separate continuing extension fee; instead all graduate students would pay a
full-time, part-time or on-leave fee for all
terms from initial registration until graduation or abandoning the program. The
resulting system would be somewhat simpler than at present.
The sub-committee recognizes that this
definition will be unlikely to be significantly more congruent with the method
of counting for government purposes than
the current fee scheme. It favours finding
a means of giving credit to the major
essay required in programs without thesis (currently awarded 0 credits in most
cases) as a means of ensuring that UBC
is credited with the work to supervise and
mark these students and to properly
recognize considerable effort on the part
of the students on their major essays.
Finally, the President's Annual
Graduate Student Tuition proposal
would be  improved  in  that genuine Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994 9
Table 1
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
part-time students would not be unduly
financially punished for extending their
studies beyond 4 years. The proposed
more stringent conditions for registering
in any year as a part-time student are
needed to prevent abuses in registration
by those who are really full-time but wish
to take advantage of lower part-time fees.
requiring considerable work and
Current Schedule A fees drop
after 2 years from $2027 to
$1163 and then to $1084 in a
fifth year.  For Schedule B, the
current fee level is $1163 per
year for 4 years and then $1084
in a 5th year. All students on an
extension (6th or 7th year)
currently pay $ 1521 per year,
while those on leave pay $239
per year.
Those that do not allow part-time
study (Calendar, page 160) are
currently Chemistry, Combined
M.B.A./LL.B., Community and
Regional Planning, Creative
Writing, Engineering Physics,
Family Studies, Fine Arts
(M.F.A.),  Human Nutrition,
Library and Archival Studies,
The number of credits in
Master's programs ranges from
30 to over 100.  In addition,
there are many 0-credit thesislike project/essay courses
Neuroscience, Oceanography,
Pathology, Physics, Physiology,
and Surgery.
This is essentially the current
ratio in years 1 and 2.
The minimum program fee for
full-time students would be the
same as at present, whereas the
Schedule B minimum fee is
currently equivalent to nine
Minimum program or cumulative
Assumes that student would
have been permitted to switch
from Schedule A to B.
A Plan For An Additional Quota Of Full Cost
International Students
February 24, 1994
Dear Colleagues:
A draft plan for an additional quota of full cost international students is
published here for your review. Please send any comments you may have
on this proposal to my office by Feb. 28 so that we may consider them
before the next Board of Governors meeting.
Yours sincerely,
^D^CUS^ a. v ^l °»,
David W. Strangway
At the present time, Canadian universities have very mixed policies towards
international students. It is generally a
university objective to encourage international student enrolment both at undergraduate and graduate levels, but with
due respect to the needs of the local
community. At UBC, at the present time,
we have a tuition differential of 2.5 times
the domestic tuition for international
undergraduate students. We have no
differential fee at the graduate level, either for those seeking professional degrees or those seeking research degrees.
In particular, resident tuition rates for
research degree candidates have been a
matter of policy since we wish to attract
the best research students from around
the world and to encourage reciprocal
opportunities for B.C. students.
State universities in the United States
have large differential fees for international students. In fact, they also have
large differential fees for out-of-state students. In the publicly funded universities
of Australia, the government provides
funding for a specific quota of students.
The universities are then encouraged to
take in an extra cohort of international
students on a full fee basis. This "extra"
cohort of full fee paying international
students is limited to 10 per cent of the
funded starting base. Private universities in many countries, of course, charge
full cost tuition to both domestic and
international students.
Circumstances in British Columbia
today are very similar to those in Australia (or for that matter the public universities in the United States and the
British universities in that student places
are funded by government on a quota
basis). The government, as a matter of
public policy, is now funding us to enrol
a specific quota of 54,602 weighted full-
time equivalent students (WFTE). Each
of these units is funded at $4,824 in
1993/94. The Dupre Report confirmed
this as the quota established by the province. All Continuing Education activities
are now, by policy, on a full cost recovery
basis (income-generating in some cases).
At the present time, we have enrolled
61,324 WFTE, so that we are carrying
6,722 unfunded WFTE. This represents
$32 million of unfunded places or approximately 12 per cent over our quota. If
we assume that it is impossible to manage our enrolments precisely so that there
should be a plus/minus five per cent
corridor, we would be even well beyond
the upper limit of 57,332 plus/minus five
per cent. (There is no formal agreement
to plus/minus five per cent as a corridor,
but this provides reasonable limits.) There
is no question of our obligation to British
Columbia students; government has defined this obligation. It has established
the above quota, as a matter of public
policy, and funded it. We are already
carrying out far more than the obligation
expected of us.
At present, three per cent of our undergraduate students are on student visas. The target set in our strategic plan
is four to six per cent. At present, these
students pay 2.5 times the domesdc student fee with exceptions made for students who are here as "residents" (e.g.
diplomats) or where there is a formal
reciprocal agreement with a university or
with an appropriate government agency.
This memo proposes that each faculty
be permitted to enrol a total quota of 15
per cent of students on international
student visas in certain categories. This
quota would be applied to a) undergraduate students on a faculty-by-faculty basis
and b) professional graduate degree programs that are not research-based (e.g.
MBA, M.Ed., M.Eng., Pharm.D. programs), also on a faculty-by-faculty basis. A portion of the international students would be given a scholarship equivalent to a tuidon waiver. These waivers
would be available to students in those
categories which we use at present — e.g.
explicit exchange agreements; outstanding scholars for whom this would be a
form of scholarship; etc. This classification needs to be worked out very carefully. A committee will be struck to
establish clear and consistent criteria for
these who would be treated as domestic
students. The remaining students (totalling approximately two-thirds of the 15
per cent) would be required to pay full
tuition. This is equivalent to an additional full cost internadonal student quota
of 10 per cent, such as that specifically
approved at Australian universities. International graduate students seeking
research degrees, as at present, would
pay the same tuition as domestic students and, hence, would not be limited by
any quota.
Because of the perception that
wealthy international students could
"buy" their way in, several explicit conditions need to be met: a) because of
provincial funding and quota policy,
we cannot take more unfunded students without further diluting the quality of what we offer; b) the 10 per cent of
full fee paying international students
would be enrolled over and above the
provincially funded quota so there is no
displacement of B.C. (or of Canadian)
students; c) no student will be admitted
who does not have academic standards
at least as high as those of domestic
students admitted to that same program;
d) these students would otherwise be
treated exactly the same as other students with no differences in service or in
expectation and would receive standard
UBC degrees: e) all student admissions
would be handled in the standard way by
the Registrar or the Faculty of Graduate
Studies; f) a mechanism needs to be
established by which the needed services
are purchased from the appropriate faculty or support unit (e.g. Registrar, Student Services, Graduate Studies, etc.);
and g) other additional operating costs
outside the faculties need to be covered.
The determination of the full cost recovery basis is best done by using the
existing formula. This formula determines the basis on which Government
funds us. The basic funding unit is
$4,824. This is then multiplied by the
weighting for the academic level program
(this ranges from 1 for first- and second-
year Arts students to 8 for medical students) plus the domestic tuition. At
present, the support provided to the faculties is approximately 30 per cent of the
total General Purpose Operating Fund
(GPOF) while the direct faculty expenditure is 70 per cent ofthe total. It would,
therefore, be the plan to split this revenue
roughly on the basis of 30/70 for services
to be provided by the university to this
cohort of students. If all faculties were to
add this extra cohort of full fee-paying
international students, it is possible that
about $20 million can be realized. Seventy per cent ofthe extra amount brought
in would go to the faculty which raised its
enrolment in this way above the base
level for use by that faculty in delivering
services to students. A method of sharing
the costs imposed on other faculties because of courses taken in that faculty
would have to be incorporated. Of course,
accountability considerations would require budgets to support this split, in
view of the fact that some of these would
be marginal costs. This additional support to the faculties would be independent
of and additional to the General Purpose
Operating Fund grant to that faculty and
would not be a consideration in determining the GPOF budget to the faculty.
This program, if approved, would be
available to faculties at their own pace
and starting as soon as 1994/95. 10 UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994
Director's letter
I was saddened to read the
recent letter from Veronica
Strong-Boag (UBC Reports,
Jan. 27).  I had not expected a
colleague, and one directing a
centre for research, to resort
exclusively to vituperative
generalities in place of a
reasoned rebuttal of an
argument she disliked (by
James Steiger).
Single-handedly, Strong-
Boag has by her intemperate
response created a chilly
climate for me at UBC.   Convey
to her my congratulations.
If she takes satisfaction
from my own response, more is
the pity.
John Wilson Foster
Professor, English Dept.
of faculty study
a sexist act
I was deeply disturbed by
the article written by James
Steiger (UBC Reports, Jan. 13).
In his article Steiger condemns Florence Ledwitz-
Rigby's study because she
didn't include the views of
men. Any student who has
taken an introductory course
on research mei hodology
knows that a study's methodology should be evaluated in
terms of its purpose.  As the
purpose of the Ledwitz-Rigby
study was to evaluate the
views of women, criticizing it
for not including men is like
condemning a study on bovine
foot rot because the chickens
were not included.
Steiger also finds fault with
the study because Dan Birch's
conclusions are not empirically
based, yet a few paragraphs
later Steiger makes the claim
that increasing numbers of
women are rejecting feminism
(name calling variant). Is this
an empirically based statement? I think not. It seems
that what is empirically
necessary for the goose is
waived for the gander.
He then rants that this type
of study is reverse discrimination.   Until the level of female
faculty exceeds that found in
the general population I doubt
Steiger has empirical grounds
for screaming "reverse discrimination."
Steiger further raves that
men's tolerance has given rise
to a situation that now borders
on anti-male abuse.   Gee and I
thought it was women who got
raped not men. and women
who got battered by their
spouses, not men.  What is
this "anti-male abuse?"   Does
Steiger really think that
compared to rapes and beatings, women asking for fair
representation at the university is abusive?
Throughout his diatribe
Steiger is most distressed by
the "asymmetric approach" of
the study.   No doubt he would
have deemed a similar study of
all faculty as fair and not in
need of comment. That the
study would reflect a predomi
nantly male view drowning out
any concerns of female faculty
would, according to Steiger. be
symmetric.  It becomes obvious that his concern is not
asymmetric studies per se but
asymmetric studies in one
particular direction.
By condemning a study
which purports to elucidate
women's experience in
academia in the name of
asymmetry is to commit an
incredibly sexist act: denying
women their voice.   More
disturbing, however, was that
Steiger went into the classroom and vented his personal
sexist opinions thinly disguised as a class on "research
methodology."  A teaching
position is one of responsibility
and to take one's personal
opinions and present them as
something they are not (i.e.,
research critique) is irresponsible and an abuse of that
position.   Should a man who
exhibits such blatant irresponsibility in the classroom
coupled with a lack of understanding ofthe fundamentals
in research methodology be
allowed to teach?
Kelly Haydon
On misologiasm
and misandry
Veronica Strong-Boag,
director of the pompously titled
Centre for Research (sic!) in
Women's Studies and Gender
Relations exhibits the
misologiasm (hatred of reason)
that reminds us of the anti-
intellectualism of feminist
ideology (UBC Reports, Jan.
Strong-Boag evades every
single argument from Prof.
James Steiger and so concedes
them all by evasion. In place
of intellectual argument, she
plays armchair psychologist
and forces onto "some men" a
fear whereby they are "disturbed by the threat to their
long-standing privileges."  Hers
is an old, unoriginal cliche
copied from Marxists: anyone
who disagrees with you has no
honest motive and is merely
"self-serving," as she puts it
Naturally, she gives no
evidence of men's being
disturbed. Not everyone who
criticizes feminism is thereby
disturbed.  Strong-Boag invites
reply in anti-intellectual kind:
with similar pseudo-psychology, we can diagnose her, too,
as "disturbed" by the threat
that Steiger presents to
Strong-Boag's own longstanding monopoly as sole
director of a university centre.
With the misologiasm
characteristic of feminism, she
goes off on one tangent after
another, ranting about "battering" and "wage disparity," none
of which relates to Steiger's
Her misandry (hatred of
men) becomes ugly when she
stereotypes Steiger's rational
argument as a "whine" and
hence no longer deserving of
counter-argument.  Even a
whine can be truthful, but
Strong-Boag shows no interest
in truth, only personal insult.
Predictably, Strong-Boag
complains (or whines) about
"backlash," the self-pitying
cliche that politically correct
feminists must all repeat.  It is
supposed to be a clincher.
Well, now we finally know
what that done-to-death
misnomer really means:
"backlash" is just argument
that feminists cannot answer
(and at university, the house
of argument, of all places).
Let us have more "backlash"
and not be bluffed by this
neologism.  The empress has
no clothes (or "research"). As
a taxpayer, I ask why I must
subsidize her.
Greg Lanning
BA (1968), LLB (1990)
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B.C. V2B 7K6.
Agricultural Economics, Vol. 1 to
26 (76 issues); American
Agricultural Economics, Vol. 29
to 60 (163 issues); Canadian
Joumalof Economics, 1956-1979
(100 issues). Phone Ken at 261-
exhibit at the Faculty Club. Vivid
watercolours inspired by
numerous works of fiction; one
may be yours.
Volunteer Vancouver
7th Annual Volunteer
Recognition Awards
April 13,1994
Volunteer Vancouver's Volunteer Recognition Awards celebrate
the spirit of volunteerism and pay tribute to countless people and
groups for their voluntary efforts.
Awards are presented in four categories: The Volunteer Vancouver Award, The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards, The Community
Service Awards and The Caring Companies Awards.
The University of British Columbia is proud to sponsor the Leaders
of Tomorrow Awards, which honour young people for their outstanding contributions to our community through voluntary activity.
These awards recognize youth 16 years of age and under and,
separately, youth over the age of 16.
For a nomination form, nomination criteria and background, contact Volunteer Vancouver at 875-9144 (phone), 875-0710 (fax), or
at Volunteer Recognition Awards, Volunteer Vancouver, 301-
3102 Main St., Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7.
The nomination deadline is March 5.
"Healthy Communities Through Voluntary Action" UBC Reports ■ February 24, 1994 11
The crisis in education
by Jonathan Kesselman
(Jonathan Kesselman is a professor
of Economics and director of the Centre
for Research and Social Policy at UBC.
This article is based on a study for the
Institute for Research of Public Policy,
Post-secondary education in British
Columbia is facing a mounting crisis.
Many high school graduates wanting to
study at colleges and universities are
denied admission for lack of space.
Those fortunate to gain entrance face
deteriorating resources with rising
class sizes, reduced course offerings,
program quotas and reduced library
Provincial grants to post-secondary
education have been increasingly
constrained for years and are now
virtually frozen.  Tuition fees have been
rising rapidly, and students are facing
growing burdens in financing their
education, especially given the difficulty
of finding adequate summer work.
Despite these depressing trends,
virtually all political parties agree that
a much more educated work force is
essential to the success of knowledge-
based industries on which the economy's future rests.  Business leaders,
labour groups, and public policy
analysts concur in this assessment.
A key factor explaining these trends
is the method that we use to finance
post-secondary education. The provinces receive block grants from the
federal government, and restraints on
these grants have translated as reduced real funding for higher education. At the same time, tuitions cover
just about 20 per cent of the total
educational costs in B.C.
Even applicants who would be
willing to pay more in order to obtain a
higher education are turned away for
lack of space.   Moreover, the current
methods of lending make students
wary about taking on what may prove
to be an unmanageable level of debt.
A major reform of university finance
offers promise of overcoming the cited
problems. The reform would be a
substantial increase in tuition fees to
cover a greater portion of the costs of
providing education, combined with
larger loans to students that would be
repayable based on earnings over their
working lives.
Such "income-contingent loans"
would cover students' living expenses
and increased tuitions, raised to cover
the benefits from education that accrue
to the individual.   Public grants would
be retained only for those costs that
generate benefits to society.
If, for example, the private benefits
of a higher education account for 60
per cent of the total costs, tuition levels
would be tripled from their current
levels. This would still leave tuitions
far below the rates at private American
universities.  Tuition levels would also
be geared to the cost of the study
program, rising most steeply for
professional studies.
Income-contingent loan (ICL)
schemes have already been successfully implemented in New Zealand and
Sweden. Australia instituted an ICL in
1989 under a Labour government. An
ICL is a major part of the Clinton
administration reforms of student loans
in the U.S., and the NDP government in
Ontario is setting up a pilot ICL program.
The ICL approach would both relieve
governments of expenditure burdens,
turning current outlays into repayable
loans, and augment the financial
resources for education.  More students
could be accepted for studies, and the
quality of educational resources also
could be upgraded.
These reforms would relieve students from the fear of unmanageable
debts, even when borrowing substantially more than they currently do.  If
borrowers found themselves without
work or with lower-than-expected
earnings after graduation, their repayments under an ICL would be reduced
or even eliminated.
Both of these effects should increase
the accessibility of a higher education.
They would remove the two principal
barriers to accessibility - limited
student finances and the admission
quotas that result from limited public
Other advantages would accompany
the reform.  The burdens of university
finance would be distributed more
equitably across society.  Rather than
being imposed on all taxpayers, including those at lower incomes who send
few children to post-secondary studies,
the financial burden would be placed
squarely on those who benefit most
from it.
This approach might afford universities greater independence from pressures for governmental intervention into
their internal affairs. If students were to
pay for a greater share of their educational costs, governments would have
less reason to intervene in the programs
or operations of universities.  Of course,
students would have more inclination
and financial power to influence their
universities' performance.
The proposed changes might also go
a long way toward introducing incentives for efficient behaviour on both the
demand and supply sides of the post-
secondary education industry.   On the
demand side, for example, students
would be induced to consider more
carefully how much and what kinds of
education to pursue.
They would have to ask whether
they should attend university at all as
against a vocational training program
or perhaps take a private-industry
trainee position.  In general, realistic
tuition levels should make students
demand better value for their money
and apply themselves to their studies
more conscientiously.
On the supply side of this market,
universities would be forced to expand
or contract their scale of operations
based on students' demands for
services.   But perhaps the more
important supply responses of universities would be in their structures
rather than their overall sizes.  To
compete with other schools, each
institution would have to respond in its
offerings of programs, departments and
Individual institutions might choose
to specialize more in areas of relative
strength, thus reducing the extent of
program duplication.  Another likely
result would be greater impetus for
universities to experiment to find cost-
saving ways of providing a given type of
quality of educational service.
Effective administration of an ICL
would probably require the use of
Revenue Canada for information and
enforcement. This fact, and the similar
pressures for change across the
country, suggest a national program
rather than a provincial program.
The time is overripe for sweeping
reform of the finance of post-secondary education.   Many details in the
design of an ICL, and changes to the
structure of federal and provincial
financing of post-secondary education, still need to be settled.  Yet in
concept there seems little other than
tradition to keep reforms of these
kinds from proceeding.
by staff writers
Educator Verna Kirkness is one of the first 13 recipients of the National
Aboriginal Achievement Awards, to be presented
Feb. 28 in a gala at the National Arts Centre in
Kirkness has devoted more than three decades to
making education available and relevant to the philosophy and needs of First Nations people.
Until recently, she was the director of UBC's First
Nations House of Learning. Before that, she headed the
Native Indian Teacher Education Program in the
Faculty of Education.
Created by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation,
the awards recognize achievements in areas including
the arts, business and social services. A 20-member
jury chose the winners from 150 nominees.
The awards gala will be broadcast on CBC-TV March 3.
Dr. David Hardwick. associate dean of Research and Planning in the
Faculty of Medicine, has received the F. K. Mostofi Distinguished
Service Award in recognition of his many valuable contributions to the
International Academy of Pathology (IAP).
A member ofthe U.S./Canadian division ofthe academy since 1976, he
was elected president ofthe division in 1989 and has served as president of
the IAP since 1992.
Hardwick received his undergraduate education and medical degree from
UBC, followed by appointments at Montreal General Hospital, Vancouver
General Hospital and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
He served as professor and head of UBC's Dept. of Pathology for 14 years
before being appointed to his present position in 1990.
Patricia Plackett has been appointed to the Faculty of Forestry as
Director ofthe B.C. Forestry Continuing Studies
Plackett has worked in forestry in the public and
private sectors during the past 15 years in Canada and
New Zealand.   Prior to her arrival at UBC. she worked
in New Zealand for 11 years as technology marketing
manager at the Forest Research Institute and as
director of marketing and business development for the
Ministry of Forestry.
The B.C. Forestry Continuing Studies Network
provides continuing education for professional and
technical personnel in forest resource management in
B.C. from its provincial office at UBC and five other Plackett
institutions:  Malaspina College, University College of
the Cariboo, Selkirk College, UNBC, and Northwest Community College.
Donald Lyster, a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and head of the
Division of Nuclear Medicine, is the 1993 recipient of the Society of Nuclear
Medicine Regional Distinguished Scientist Award.
Lyster,  a  UBC  faculty member since   1972,  was cited  for developing
radiopharmaceuticals for use in nuclear medicine. His research focus includes
the use of labelled fatty acids and antibodies for use in nuclear cardiology and
He was presented with the award at the society's 18th annual western regional
meeting in Vancouver.
News Digest
The provincial government has announced a $5.91-million grant for the
completion of the Jack Bell Research Centre at Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre.
Named in honour of a Vancouver entrepreneur and long-time benefactor of the
university, the Jack Bell Research Centre was established in 1989 and is the site
of numerous UBC teaching and research endeavours.
Programs in pulmonary and cardiac medicine, infectious diseases, transplant
immunology and cancer biology, as well as the university's Division of Medical
Microbiology and Microsurgical Laboratory, are based at the centre.
Provincial funds were provided through the government's BC 21 initiative, a
strategy designed to create job and economic opportunities throughout B.C.
• • • •
Members ofthe 1994 graduating class will perpetuate a tradition almost as
old as the university when they plant a Dawn redwood tree next month.
The tree planting, a lead-up to May's Congregation ceremonies, will take
place in the courtyard between Buchanan buildings C, D and E at 2:30 p.m. on
Monday, March 7. The Grad Class Council will host a reception following the
ceremony in room 207 of the Student Union Building.
• • • •
A plant introduced by UBC's Botanical Garden has been selected as the
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's centennial flower for 1994.
The plant. Clematis Blue Ravine, is one of 14 introduced in the past 10
years under the garden's Plant Introduction Scheme and then sold under licence
in nurseries throughout B.C. and in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.
The Plant Introduction Scheme is a true success story that reflects the energy,
talents and abilities of those in the horticulture industry," said Agriculture
Minister David Zirnhelt.
"Clematis Blue Ravine will be symbolic of the horticultural and agricultural
achievements in this province," he said.
A hybrid discovered by an Abbotsford gardener who later gave it to UBC, Clematis
Blue Ravine is a deciduous vine with large violet flowers. 12 UBC Reports • February 24, 1994
Martin Dee photo
A Growing Practice
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Most of Dr. Jerry Shapiro's career
has been a hair-raising experience, and he doesn't want it any
other way.
The director of UBC's Hair Clinic:
Research, Treatment and Transplant
Centre has been helping patients from
toddlers to seniors deal with hair loss
since he founded the clinic in 1986.
A Montreal native, Shapiro received
his undergraduate education and
medical degree at McGill University
before completing an internship at
Hamilton's McMaster University. He
developed his interest in hair loss after
arriving at UBC in 1982 to do postgraduate residency training in dermatology.
His interest was encouraged by Dr.
William Stewart, the head of the
department at the time. It was Stewart
who invited Shapiro, barely a year out
of his residency program, to start the
clinic which was to be the first of its
kind in the country.
Shapiro recalls that in its infancy,
the clinic required a half-day's work six
times a year. It quickly developed into a
weekly, full-day practice for him.
Shapiro estimates that the clinic
sees 500 new patients every year
despite a three-month waiting list. He
attributes much of the clinic's success
to the fact that it is the only facility in
Canada which integrates medical and
surgical options into its treatment
Another unique feature of the clinic
is Shapiro's own expertise in treating
alopecia areata, a type of hair loss that
usually starts with one or more small,
oval patches on the scalp.
The cause of alopecia areata remains
unknown. Shapiro believes that a
defective immune system may produce
antibodies that attack the hair follicles,
interfering with their normal production of .35 millimetres per hair each
The disease affects one in every
1,000 Canadians and the lifetime risk
of developing it rises to one in 100 by
age 50. It can range In severity from
partial baldness of
the scalp to ^^^^^^^^^
complete loss of
hair from all parts
of the body.
Shapiro said
that studies
indicate a high
prevalence of
psychiatric disorders in alopecia
areata patients,
the most common
being anxiety and
Tracing the
history of the
disease, first described by fifth-century
Greek physician Hippocrates, Shapiro
found that it was considered to be
contagious as recently as a century
ago. In 1860, numerous "epidemics"
were reported in France. Children were
excluded from school and adults were
forced to stop work. It wasn't until
1940 that most dermatologists felt the
condition was not infectious.
"It's a psychologically devastating
disease and one that is well-hidden
with wigs," said Shapiro, who treats the
severest cases of alopecia areata in
North America. "People who suffer from
the disease are often ridiculed. It's
especially difficult for adolescents to
deal with."
Recognizing the patient's need for
"It's a psychologically
devastating disease . . .
People who suffer from
the disease are often
ridiculed. It's especially
difficult for adolescents
to deal with."
Jerry Shapiro
psychological bolstering, Shapiro
started B.C.'s first support group for
people with hair loss problems shortly
after opening the clinic. Now a patient-
run group, it continues to meet at the
clinic with Shapiro acting as medical
"The support group has been a
wonderful experience for patients,"
Shapiro said. "Joining is the best thing
they can do for
^hmbh^^^^h     themselves."
In addition to
acting as a consultant dermatologist at several
Lower Mainland
hospitals from
West Vancouver to
Chilliwack, running four busy
private practices
and teaching,
research remains
an Important and
central part of
Shapiro's work as
indicated by the clinic's name.
In 1991 he began treating 10 patients with diphencyprone or DPCP,
an experimental drug which has
been used successfully in treating
alopecia areata in Europe since 1983.
In the first study of its kind in North
America, Shapiro achieved cosmetically
acceptable hair growth, with a noticeable improvement in the coarseness,
colour and thickness of hair, in 40 per
cent of the men and women who
completed the study.
Each patient had greater than 50
per cent hair loss of the scalp for more
than one year. The average amount of
time that had elapsed with no hair
growth among the study group was 12
years. Only half of the scalp was
treated, once a week during a six
month period.
Last year Shapiro embarked on a
larger clinical trial, treating 40 patients suffering from severe alopecia
with DPCP to determine the length of
treatment required for a full head of
"After eight to 10 months, 35 per
cent of the study group were able to
abandon their wigs," Shapiro said.
He is currently collaborating with
colleagues Dr. Vincent Ho and
Dr. Harvey Lui from the Dept. of
Dermatology and Dr. Victor Tron, from
the Dept. of Pathology, investigating the
potential effectiveness of cyclosporine
in treating alopecia areata.
Using biopsied scalp tissue, the
team hopes to gain new knowledge of
the various biochemical mediators in
the disease.
Along with his research endeavours,
Shapiro continues to practice more
traditional procedures such as hair
transplants.  He recently formed, with
colleagues Dr. Alastair Carruthers, Dr.
Stuart Maddin and Dr. Laurence
Warshawski, a hair transplant group
within the clinic.
Any procedures that are not covered
by B.C.'s Medical Services Plan are
paid for by patients privately, Shapiro
'The funds not only cover the
operating costs of the clinic, but we
give a portion of the money to UBC for
other dermatological research," he said.
"It allows us to serve the community in
a variety of ways."


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