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 UBC again tops national survey
A survey of 23 Canadian
universities with enrolments of 6,000
or more students shows that UBC is
Number One in terms of the
percentage of funds allocated for
academic and associated academic
The same survey shows that UBC
ranks lowest of the 23 universities in
costs   of   administration,    plant
maintenance and general expenditures.
The survey, carried out annually by
the Canadian Association of University
Business Officers, covers the fiscal year
that ended in 1975 and includes the
three public universities in B.C. as well
as 20 others across Canada.
UBC, the statistics show, allocates
86.3 per cent of its operating funds for
academic and associated academic
purposes. The remainder — 13.7 per
cent — is allocated for administration
and general expenses — 3.3 per cent —
and physical plant — 10.4 per cent.
UBC has maintained the above
positions in each of the four years that
the association has carried out the
Vol. 22, No. 25, July 14, 1976. Published by
Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. J.A.
Banham, editor. Judith Walker, staff writer.
Production assistants, Anne Shorter and Louise
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Joint winners this year of the UBC Medal for Popular Biography are, left. Dr.
George Woodcock, and Prof. Margaret Prang. They are the only two UBC faculty
members to have ever been awarded the solid silver medal designed by B.C. Indian
carver Bill Reid.
Two share 1976 medal
Two scholars who have been
associated closely with the University
of B.C. will share the 1976 UBC Medal
for Popular Biography.
The medal is awarded annually
since 1952 for the best book by or
about a Canadian published in the
previous year.
Joint winners this year are Margaret
Prang, head of the Department of
History at UBC, for her biography of
N.W. Rowell, and George Woodcock,
editor of the UBC quarterly journal
Canadian Literature, *'or his biography
of Gabriel Dumont.
Prof. Prang's A'. W. Rowell: Ontario
Nationalist is the biography of an
Ontario politician, constitutional
lawyer and one of the founders of the
United Church of Canada. It is
published by the University of
Toronto Press.
Gabriel Dumont by George
Woodcock focusses on Louis Riel's
"adjutant-general" in the 1885
Rebellion. It is published by Hurtig
Both books "are gems which fully
Please turn to Page Two
The federal government's current
freeze on funds for research at
Canadian universities doesn't have the
day-to-day drama of the dispute over
bilingual air-traffic control.
But the federal fund-freeze is
"potentially disastrous for Canada,"
according to UBC physicist Prof. Erich
Vogt, vice-president for faculty and
student affairs.
Prof. Vogt is echoing the concerns
of university researchers all over
Canada, who say the federal policy
will jeopardize the training of young
scientists and result in a lowering of
health-care standards for Canadians.
Official government estimates for
1976-77 show that all three major
granting councils — the Canada
Council, the Medical Research Council
and the National Research Council —
will have about the same amount of
money to spend on research as they
did last year.
This freeze, coupled with an
inflation rate that last year was in the
vicinity of 10 per cent, will result in a
serious reduction in Canada's research
efforts, scientists say.
Scientists, who point out that other
government spending will increase by
about 16 per cent, say the freeze will
mean that 10 to 15 per cent of all
research projects will have to be
The government's stand is that this
is a year of restraint and everyone has
to make sacrifices to help stop
inflation. The federal government also
claims it is funding basic research at
Please turn to Page Three
Two famous figures in UBC history were honored at
separate ceremonies recently. Dr. John F. McCreary, left
above, was the recipient of the Ross Award, the highest
honor of the Canadian Paediatric Society, for his
outstanding contribution in the field of child health care in
Canada. Dr. Michael Rigg presented the award to Dr.
McCreary, who was dean of Medicine at UBC from 1959 to
1972 and co-ordinator of health sciences until his
retirement in 1975. New oil portrait of President Emeritus
Norman MacKenzie, right above, was unveiled at an
International House ceremony on campus recently. Portrait
artist Ted Dickson posed with Dr. MacKenzie, who was
president of UBC from 1944 to 1962 and played a major
role in the establishment of International House at UBC.
Continued from Page One
explore minor characters in Canadian
history," according to Prof. Donald
Stephens of UBC's English
department, chairman of the
committee which selects the winners
of the medal.
"This year has proved that
biography ... as literature and history
is far from death's door," he said.
This is only the second time that a
UBC person has won the Medal for
Popular Biography. Dr. Woodcock
received the medal in 1973 for his
biography Gandhi.
•k • •
Bob Black, an area supervisor in the
Department of Physical Plant and a
long-time employee of the University,
was recently elected a grand line
officer of the supreme council of the
Grottoes of North America, a branch
of the Masonic organization. He is
only the third Canadian to be elected
to the grand line.
The Grottoes are a service
organization which raises funds to aid
victims of cerebral palsy and to pay
for dental services for handicapped
children. Mr. Black has held numerous
executive posts in the B.C. branch of
the Grottoes, which provided funds
for the first treatment centre for
cerebral palsy victims in the Lower
Fraser Valley. The organization also
provided funds to equip the current
treatment centre in Surrey with an
audio-visual library.
2/UBC Reports/July 14, 1976
Dr.    William    E.    Neill,   of   the
Department of Zoology and Institute
of Animal Resource Ecology, was the
recipient of the George Mercer Award
of the Ecological Society of America
at the society's annual meeting in New
Orleans recently for the best scientific
Hon. Thomas A. Dohm, Q.C., was
re-elected chairman of UBC's
15-member Board of Governors at the
Board's July meeting. Mr. Dohm has
been a Board member since 1972 and
was first elected chairman in 1975.
study in the field of ecology published
in any Canadian or American journal
in 1975.
Dr. Neill, who joined the UBC
faculty in 1973, received the award for
a three-year study on competition
among fresh-water invertebrates, with
emphasis on zooplankton, which he
began at the University of Texas and
completed at UBC. His 17-page article
appeared in the journal Ecology, the
publication of the Ecological Society
of America.
The annual Mercer award is the
most prestigious made by the society
to younger scientists.
• • •
UBC's vice-president for
administrative services, CJ. "Chuck"
Connaghan, has announced the
appointment   of   David    Hannah   as
acting superintendent of UBC's traffic
and security department.
Mr. Hannah, who has been
superintendent of the University
Patrol for the past 10 years, succeeds
Hugh Kelly, who died late in June
after a short illness.
• • •
Two members of the UBC faculty
were honored during meetings of the
Learned Societies held in Quebec City
in June.
Prof. Margaret Prang, head of the
Department of History, was elected
president of the Canadian Historical
Association and Prof. Alan Cairns,
head of the Department of Political
Science, was elected president of the
Canadian Political Science Association. RESEARCH
Continued from Page One
the level it can afford.
"It is ironic," says Prof. Vogt, "that
in the past decade the federal
government has created machinery to
establish and develop national science
policy while in the same period
assigning a lower priority to research.
"The federal government, and
perhaps the country, has obviously
decided that research is not as
important today as in the past. Such a
policy is potentially disastrous for
Canada," Prof. Vogt says.
The freeze has resulted in some
unprecedented actions by scientists at
the national and local levels. About 55
university professors, including
representatives from UBC, conducted
a two-day mass lobby of federal
members of Parliament in March.
A number of Montreal doctors and
concerned individuals have formed a
new pressure group called Canadians
for Health Research. And in
Vancouver, the Association of Medical
Scientists of B.C. was formed in May
to increase public awareness of the
need for more research funding.
UBC's president, Dr. Douglas
Kenny, drew attention to the crisis in
research funding when he spoke to
graduating students at UBC's
congregation this spring.
He described as "ominous" the
decline in national support for
scientific research for reasons of
"supposed economy."
He added: "I am not being alarmist
when I say that these actions represent
a dangerous change in public policy —
a change that threatens Canada's
future, that is, your future."
President Kenny described the
reason given for financial restraints
being placed on research — "current
economic    conditions"    —    as
"short-sighted public policy." He said
it is precisely at times of difficulty
that the need for research is greatest to
"tell us how to strengthen the
long-term development of our
resources and lives."
He told graduates they carry a
special responsibility "to contribute
intelligently to public policy decisions,
to urge upon your government and
your fellow citizens the need for
learning and discovery to be sustained
if this country is to retain its right to
its own future."
A more detailed look at the UBC
research picture came last week from
Dr.  Richard Spratley, UBC's research
The Crane library is looking for
good readers to volunteer for one or
more two-hour sessions of reading a
week to record books for blind and
physically handicapped students.
Readers will be required to audition
in the library's recording studios to
establish voice, diction and reading
abilities. Auditions can be arranged by
calling 228-2373.
• * •
If you happen to be wandering by
the Woodward Biomedical Library at
lunchtime, or any time, pop in and see
their display of cookery books dating
from Roman times to the present day.
They have also set up a display of
infant-feeding devices from the third
century  B.C.  to  modern times.
• • •
Anyone    interested   in   playing
volleyball this coming Winter Session?
Under the UBC intermural program,
all faculty, graduate students and staff
are. invited to take part beginning in
late September until April. For more
information, call Frank Mauer at local
4329. He would like to know how
much interest there is in this type of
administrator,   in   a  report  to  UBC's
Board of Governors.
His report says that awards for
research at UBC during 1975-76
totalled  $16,045,530, art increase of
9.3 per cent from 1974-75 and of 21.7
per cent from 1970-71.
He adds: "Over the same five-year
period, however, the teaching staff at
UBC increased 13 per cent, so research
grants per academic staff member have
only increased by 8 per cent. In view
of the effects of inflation over the past
five years, the increase is a very
modest one indeed."
He says one of the areas hardest hit
this year in terms of NRC funding was
that of major equipment grants. "If
the funding level continues at the
present rate," he says, "laboratories
equipped in the expansive decade of
the 1960s will become rapidly
Dr. Spratley says there has been an
increasing tendency on the part of
governments to provide research
support in the form of research
contracts and agreements "which tend
to have a steering effect on the
research that is done." He says this
type of research seldom involves
graduate students since it usually
involves rigid time limits.
A table summarizing funds awarded
for research in the five-year period
1970-71 to 1975-76 at UBC appears
below. The table does not include
operating and capital funds for the
new TRIUMF project at UBC.
TRIUMF is a cyclotron that produces
short-lived particles called mesons,
which are used for studies in the fields
of atomic physics and cancer
treatment. Since the $36-million
project was opened in February, the
federal government has approved an
additional grant of more than $6
million to bring the meson beam to
full intensity by 1977.
SOURCE OF FUNDS            1970/71           1973/74           1974/75
1970/71 TO 197
1975/76 Total
Federal government       $9,949,870    $11,400,499   S10,681,730
Provincial and local
governments                        290,121            684,434           801,503
Canadian companies
and foundations               1,887,228        2,095,418        2,104,630
U.S. and foreign                     454,134            770,491            769,623
UBC budget                             605,150            326,265            316,990
TOTAL                           $13,186,503    $15,277,107    $14,674,476
♦Increased 9.3 per cent from 1974-75 and 21.7 per cent from 1970-71. During t
Vancouver office of Statistics Canada, the increase in Canada's implicit price i
product due to inflation, was nearly 50 per cent.
he period 1970 to 1975, according to the
ndex, or that part of the gross nationa
UBC Reports/July 14, 1976/3 The    iiUJlQlTidi.,
Special  coixections
ftain   Library,
/mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
8:00p.m.     STAGE   CAMPUS   '76   presents  Shelley   by  Ann
Jellicoe. Dorothy Somerset Studio. Tickets, $3;
students, $2. Continues nightly until July 24. For
reservations, call 228-2678.
12:35p.m.     SOUTH  INDIAN  CLASSICAL MUSIC concert by
Malini Devadesan. Room 3218, Buchanan Building.
Paddy Creber and Geoff Fox, visitors from Britain,
on Some Aspects on the Training of Teachers of
English. Room 111, Ponderosa Annex E.
7:30 p.m. SUMMER SCREEN SERIES featuring five new animation films from the National Film Board. A
Selected Group of New Animated Shorts, T. V. Sale,
Owl Who Married A Goose, The Twitch and An Old
Box will be shown. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Free.
Mi near, professor emeritus, Yale Divinity School, on
The Passion Story in Contemporary Music. Theatre,
Student Union Building.
12:35 p.m. CHINESE CLASSICAL MUSIC concert and lecture
by Benny Tsao. Room 3218, Buchanan Building.
402-406, International House.
8:00p.m. EDUCATION TRAVEL SHOWCASE. An illustrated lecture by Dr. John Stager,Geography, UBC,
on The Canadian Arctic. Conference room, Centre
for Continuing Education. Free.
12:35 p.m. ENGLISH LECTURE. Julian Symons, English poet
and critic, on The Detective Novel. Room 102,
Buchanan Building.
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY. Nitobe Garden Teahouse.
Summer Session students, as well as faculty and
staff, are invited to participate. Registration fee, $6,
includes golf, sandwiches and prizes. Divisions are
men's and women's opens, and a "duffer's " division.
Musqueam Golf Course. Register at Summer Students' Association, Room 140, West Mall Annex, or
call 228-3976.
Nancy Martin, Norman Stephenson, Geoff Fox,
Marion Ralston and Gwyneth Evans, on Literature
for Children: British and Canadian Views. Room
111, Ponderosa Annex E.
7:30p.m. SUMMER SCREEN SERIES featuring two filmson
natural history and wildlife from the CBC, Grouse
Country and Sable Island. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre. Free.
FOLK DANCE FIESTA. Folk dancing taught and
performed on the Student Union Building plaza. All
welcome. Call 228-3653for more information.
James H. Smylie, Union Theological Seminary,
R ichmond, Virginia, on The Bible and the American
Revolution. Theatre, Student Union Building.
12:35 p.m. CHINESE FAST CLAPPERTALE. Prof. Jan Walls,
Asian Studies, UBC, performs ancient art of telling a
tale while keeping an intricate rhythm with wooden
clappers. Room 3218, Buchanan Building.
12:35p.m. JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGING demonstration. Room 3218, Buchanan Building.
7:30p.m. SUMMER SCREEN SERIES featuring Ben Hur,
winner of 11 Academy awards. Lecture Hall 2,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre. Free.
Chamber Players perform Music of Mozart,
Beethoven and Ravel. Recital Hall, Music Building.
YOUNG ALUMNI CLUB Two-day Hiketo Whistler.
For further information, call 228-3313.
8:30 p.m. DISCO DANCING in The Pit, with music provided
by CITR campus radio disc jock ies. Began July 3 and
continues every Saturday evening to midnight until
Aug. 28. Admission free. Student Union Building.
summer scene
If you need help with anything during Summer Session, contact
the Summer Students' Association located in West Mall Annex,
Rooms 140-142 or phone 228-3976. Office hours 9:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. weekdays.
Summer Session is now part of the Office of Extra-Sessional
Studies. The new office is located in the Coach House, 6323 Cecil
Green Park Road. Phone 228-2581 or 228-2657.
Free noon-hour concerts will be held on campus during Summer
Session. The concerts are in different locations each day, so check
the Summer Session bulletin boards around campus for daily
A series of activities which will study trees and wooded areas of the
campus, with direct concern for the ecology of these areas, will be
held through July and the first two weeks of August. The
mini-course is open to children aged 9 to 13. Parents interested in
enrolling their children in the course should contact John Coates,
228-5056 (office) or 224-9182 (home phone after 5 p.m.
Instruction offered in basic soccer skills for children aged 7 to 17
until July 30. One week, S15; two weeks, $25. For more
information call 228-3341.
Information on this co-educational camp sponsored by Physical
Education for children aged 7 to 14 can be obtained by calling
228-3341. Camps run for two weeks from July 5 to Aug. 13,9 a.m.
to noon, and cost S32 for each two-week session.
The Summer Students' Association is sponsoring golf lessons.
Package of eight lessonsonly $8 or single lessons at $1 for an hour's
instruction. Lessons also available for faculty and staff for $2 each
hour of instruction. Register at the Summer Students' Association
office, Room 140, West Mall Annex. Call 228-3976 for more
Lessons held on Place Vanier Residence courts beginning
Thursday, July 8, at 1 p.m. Cost to Summer Session students is $ 1
each lesson or S6for a six-lesson package. Also open to faculty and
staff for $2 a lesson. Register at the Summer Students' Association
office. Room 140, West Mall Annex. Call 228-3976 for more
4/UBC Reports/July 14, 1976


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