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 VOLUME    47     |     NUMBER    II     |    JULY    12,    2001
i Physicist in orbit
Hot space and black holes
8 First Nations growth
New programs, new visions
New microbial pesticides
battle old biological bugs
Researchers are using naturally occurring viruses to
fight the war against greenhouse pests
agricultural sciences Prof. Judy Myers introduces us to the cabbage looper,
a particularly voracious caterpillar that invades greenhouses and feasts on all
manner of fruits and vegetables. She is currently investigating naturally
occurring viruses that like to eat the looper, leaving the produce for us. Don
Wells photo
by Don Wells staffwriter
Prof. Judy Myers knows that the
rising cost of energy isn't the only
thing bugging beleaguered greenhouse operators. Insect pests that
help themselves to valuable crops
are also taking a big bite out of
As part ofthe new Biological
Control Network funded by the
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada, researchers from across Canada are
focusing on developing new microbial pesticides and techniques
to maintain effective biological
control in greenhouses.
One of Canada's leading ecolo-
gists and a ubc faculty member
since 1972, Myers will concentrate
on cabbage loopers, caterpillars
that thrive on tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers. These
pests have a naturally occurring
viral disease that can be very effective in reducing their population.
"By studying the interactions
between the disease and the caterpillars in the greenhouse, we
hope to develop an effective, spe-
University growth and development on track
New chairs, more funding, IT upgrades, Liu Centre and
the move downtown are important advances
TREK   2000
ubc is making great strides toward targets set in 1998 when it
launched the Trek 2000 vision for
the university in the 21st century,
according to this year's Trek 2000
annual report.
"Since the publication of Trek
2000 in November 1998, we've
achieved a number of significant
goals," said ubc president Martha
Piper of Trek 2000: The Story So
Far...2000-2001 Report released in
early July. "In this second report,
we've provided an overview of
some key Trek-related actions
completed during 2000-2001."
Trek 2000 outlines a series of
principles, goals, strategies and
timetables to guide ubc through
the next decade with a focus on initiatives for people, research, com
munity, learning and internationalization.
Some of UBC's achievements
over the last 12 months in these areas include:
• Under the people pillar, appointing 80 new full-time tenure-track
faculty and approving 37 Canada
Research Chairs under the new Senate-approved Academic Plan.
• Securing increased provincial
and federal funding for research,
including $23.5 million for 195 science and engineering projects in
the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (nserc) annual grants competition, and leading the country for
the second year in obtaining Social
Sciences and Humanities Research
• Establishing a community
presence in downtown Vancouver
with the opening of the storefront
Learning Exchange on Main Street
to be followed by ubc's new downtown campus at Robson Square
opening in fall 2001.
• Incorporating information
technology into the learning environment by upgrading an additional 10 per cent of classrooms
and labs and adding 1,760 connections to the campus network.
• Strengthening ubc's international links with the September
2000 opening ofthe Liu Centre for
Global Studies, headed up by
former foreign affairs minister
Lloyd Axworthy.
For a copy of the Trek 2000 report contact the president's office.
cific and safe new control procedure," says Myers. "This is a good
example of using basic research
in ecology and genetics to solve
an applied problem."
Greenhouse production of vegetables and flowers generates
approximately $1.5 billion in annual sales in Canada and employs
some 35,000 people. The industry
has been expanding rapidly in the
Lower Mainland where cool summers and mild winters reduce
heating and cooling costs.
Industry workers and consumers alike are increasingly concerned about the use of chemi
cals in food production. Since
crops grown with few or no pesticides often sell for higher prices,
greenhouse growers in bc have
been innovative in adopting pest
controls that are largely biological: predators, parasitoids and
microbials. When new pests arrive, many through international
shipments, new biological control
agents have to be found.
The network's research will be
carried out over the next five
years and in bc will also involve
researchers from Agriculture and
Agrifood Canada, Simon Fraser
University and the University of
Victoria. Even with such concentrated effort, however, Myers
doubts that the war on green-
see Bugs page 2
Sage source for tasting
rare bc wines
Bistro's cellar sports some
star-quality wines
by Don Wells staffwriter
both water from France and wine
from Canada represents a rather
peculiar shift in gastronomic convention.
While the former is indeed puzzling, the latter surely is not, especially for anyone who has followed
the success of some of bc s upstart
wineries. Sadly, however, the problem is one of availability.
Campus oenophiles frustrated
by the dearth of bc's best can take
heart. Sage Bistro in the University
Centre is truly an oasis, particular-
ly for those perpetually on the
lookout for all-too-rare vintages
from the Okanagan's Blue Mountain and Burrowing Owl vineyards.
For the most part, these wines
can only be purchased from the
vintner or in select private stores
and fine restaurants. Enter Gary
Edmundson, University Centre
manager and the visionary behind
the resurgence ofthe former Faculty Club as a popular lunch destination.
The former chef at Star Anise
insists that the task of building a
cellar is never complete. But how
does he manage to outperform virtually every other Vancouver eatery for both
availability and price?
"I've got a lot of
friends," he says wryly.
"I also stay on top of allocations and date of
releases, and when I
find something I like, I
take big hits."
How big? The 1996
Blue Mountain striped
label reserve pinot noir
see Wine page 3
m     Gary Edmundson with
some rare vintages from
the Sage Bistro cellar.
Don Wells photo 2     |     UBC    REPORTS     |     JULY    12,    2001
Royal Society of London discovers
ubc physicist/astronomer
Sonic black holes, accelerating particles, quantum
physics and hot space earn recognition for scientist
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
bill unruh becomes ubc's newest member ofthe Royal Society of
London in a ceremony in England
July 13. He is one of four Canadians
to be so honoured.
Prof. Bill Unruh
A professor of Physics and Astronomy and a faculty member
since 1976, Unruh is recognized for
solving problems of science found
at the crossroads of quantum
physics, gravitational theory and
As an explanation for his success, Unruh refers to his favourite quotation from poet William
Blake: "'If a fool would persist in
his folly, he would become wise.'
I'm grateful that society allows
me and other scientists to persist."
He is best known for his work
showing that particles of matter
that undergo extreme accelerations behave as though empty
space around them is hot, with the
temperature in proportion
to the acceleration. The effect relates to physicist
Stephen Hawking's discovery that black holes are also
hot objects. Black holes are
regions of space having a
gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape.
Unruh also discovered a
phenomenon that can exist
in sound and is similar to
something Hawking called
black hole evaporation
Sonic black holes—
which Unruh dubs dumb
holes—exist in a region where a
fluid flows faster than the speed of
sound. Unruh argues that 'hot'
sound waves are created in these
conditions through a poorly understood quantum process related
to black holes.
Another of Unruh's research areas is quantum computation: using quantum laws to design computers able to solve certain problems billions of times faster than
traditional  equipment.  He  also
teaches Arts undergraduates
about the physics of music. Using
items such as dissected guitars
and hosepipes, he introduces students to physics and how a physicist thinks.
"A physicist always looks for the
similarities in things," he says. "A
child swinging and a trombone
playing have much in common
from a physics perspective. The oscillating or swaying movement is
the connection."
The first director ofthe Canadian
Institute of Advanced Research
(ciar) Cosmology program, Unruh
credits ciar for creating a network
of researchers that makes Canada
one ofthe world's top-ranked countries for physics research.
"This is another endorsement of
the stature of our researchers in
the international academic community—Bill is simply outstanding," says Indira Samarasekera,
vice-president, Research.
Founded in 1660 to recognize
contributions to science, the Royal Society of London has 1,300
members and is regarded as an
academy of the world's most eminent researchers.
Other ubc Royal Society
members include Mathematics
Prof. Emeritus Colin Clark, Prof.
Emeritus of Microbiology and
Immunology Julian Davies, Physics Prof. Emeritus Maurice
Pryce, and Zoology Prof. Dolph
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house pests will ever end.
"I think we can come close, but
there's always potential for complications," she says. "I'm going to
retire in five years, though, and in
the meantime I would really like
to find a virus that works."
The network also aims to train
students in an effort to establish
Canada as a leader in the area of
biological control. One student
who represents the future generation of front-line experts is phd
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candidate Alida Janmaat. Working with Myers, Janmaat is
studying the resistance of cabbage loopers to a bacterial
control agent specific to caterpillars, which doesn't affect other
insects that may themselves be
control agents.
In addition to greenhouse
pests, the Biological Control Network is also developing natural
biological enemies to control
pests that prey on nursery trees.
The interdisciplinary network is
headquartered at the University
of Montreal and consists of 42
researchers from universities and
government labs across Canada.
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July 13: 2:30pm: Keynote Speech by Dr. Robert Q. Y.
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University of Wisconsin; presented in conjunction with IEEE.
4:00pm: Panel Discussion on the future of computer
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JULY    12,    2001
Faculty of Medicine treks to Nepal
University ofKathmandu adopts problem-based learning
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
a trekking trip to Nepal was the
springboard for the Faculty of
Medicines involvement with a new
medical school at the University of
Carol-Ann Courneya, an associate professor of Physiology who
contributed to the faculty's shift to
its new problem-based learning
(pbl) curriculum, paid a visit to a
University of Kathmandu colleague, Dr. Arjun Karki, while on a
trekking vacation last October.
Karki and other faculty members became very interested in the
Faculty of Medicines learning approach and requested Courneya's
help in exploring innovative
teaching strategies for Kathmandu University Medical School
(kums) which plans to admit its
first 45 students in August.
"This school is unique in Nepal,"
says Courneya, a ubc faculty
member since 1990. "It is privately
funded but does not seek to make
a profit. Its goal is to produce doctors who are technically compe-
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This spring, Courneya travelled
to Nepal with former Medicine
dean Bill Webber who helped ubc's
medical school switch to the pbl
curriculum. Together with colleague Martha McGrew from the
University of New Mexico, they
spent two weeks conducting pbl
tutor training and case-writing
workshops for kums faculty.
ubc's approach, which uses a
mixture of problem-based learning, lectures and labs, was attractive to the Nepalese, says Webber.
"I was impressed with some very
bright students," says Webber of
the young people who assisted in
the workshops. "Their level of
knowledge at the high-school level
was quite remarkable."
Most Nepalese students are educated using traditional teacher-
centred approaches and are accustomed to a strict formality be-
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is that he insists on a mere ten-dollar mark-up, rather than the 100-
to-150 per cent that is the industry
Recently, Edmundson initiated
a tapas menu and patio service
from 3:30 p.m., enabling those for
whom lunch is a desk-bound activity to quaff a carafe in natural
splendour and with culinary elegance.
Nominations and applications are invited for the new position of Associate Vice-President,
International. Internationalization is a pivotal component of ubc's Trek 2000 vision document
and the Academic Plan. This position is being created to focus and enhance ubc's international
The Associate Vice President International will report jointly to the Vice-President, Academic
and Provost and the Vice-President, Students. The individual will possess a broad and strategic
vision for international activities and the role of ubc within an integrated global learning and
research environment, as well as a broad knowledge ofthe academic and administrative aspects
of ubc. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in dealing with, and proven
success in developing a variety of international projects. Responsibilities will include:
• advising the President on international matters
• co-ordinating the President's international involvements and visits
• developing policies relating to academic programs and the recruitment and support of
international students in collaboration with the Associate Vice-President, Academic
Programs; the Associate Vice-President, Student Development and Services; the Registrar;
and the Directors of international units
• working with the Faculties to promote and develop international programs
• chairing the Executive Committee on International Activities (ecia) and co-ordinate the
Committee's activities
• acting as the University's contact officer for U21
• acting as the University's 3x3 administrative officer
• representing the University internationally as appropriate and develop a watching brief on
international academic initiatives
• maintaining a high profile in international administrative circles
ubc hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all
qualified persons to apply. The search is limited to candidates internal to the University. Written
nominations for the position, or applications supported by a cv and the names of three referees,
should be submitted to Charlotte Passmore in the Provost's Office, 6328 Memorial Road, email
charlotte.passmore@ubc.ca, by Aug. 10, 2001
tween student and teacher, says
Courneya. When students role-
played tutorials with faculty members she was thrilled at how the
students thrived in the new learning environment.
"One student said that for the
first time she was able to think
with her own mind, not her professor's mind," says Courneya, who is
a 3M Teaching Fellow and also
holds a ubc Killam Teaching
Prize, as does Webber.
Representatives of kums made a
recent visit to ubc while on a tour
of medical schools. Courneya and
Webber arranged for information
sessions with dean of Medicine
John Cairns, medical faculty and
administrators and Larry Sproul,
director of ubc's International Liaison office.
ubc is developing a memorandum of understanding with
kums to encourage educational and
intellectual exchange, ubc basic
science and clinical science professors or post-doctoral students
who may be interested in teaching
at kums can contact Courneya for
further information at
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International Conference
30th Annual International Herbal
Conference. Various speakers. First
Nations Longhouse at 8am.
Continues to July 21. To register call
Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Preaching As Local Theology And
Folk Art. Lenora Tubbs Tisdale. vst
from 8:30-io:30am. $254; $229 group;
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Summer School
Introduction To Lectio Divina.
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E-mail ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Physics Summer Camp
Fun With Physics Ages 6-9. Hennings
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July 20. Call 604-822-3853.
White Masculinity In Late
Nineteenth And Early Twentieth
Century British Columbia. Renisa
Mawani, Peter Wall Institute. Green
College at 11:30am. No outside food or
beverages please. Call 604-822-1878.
Education Scholars in Residence
The Tragic Sense Of Teaching About
Trauma. Assoc. Prof. Susan H.
Edgerton, Education, Western
Michigan U, Scarfe 310 from i2noon-
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Vancouver School of Theology
Public Lectures
Mystical Hope: Trusting In The Mercy
Of God. Cynthia Bourgeault, Anglican
priest, teacher, Contemplative Society.
vst Epiphany Chapel from 7:30-
9:30pm. Refreshments. Call 604-822-
Board Of Governors Meeting
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Summer School
Genetic Manipulation: Promise And
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Summer School
Where Psychology And Spirituality
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Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
The Prophets: Wheels of Fire! Helen
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To register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
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Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Liturgical Theology In Contemporary
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E-mail ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Spiritual Theology In The Reformed
Tradition: Theological Foundations.
John Vissers. Regent College from 2-
4pm. $254; $229 group; $127 senior. To
register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Vancouver School Of Theology
Public Lectures
Shared History And Responsibility:
Healing And Reconciliation. Chief
Robert Joseph, executive director,
Provincial Residential Schools
Project, vst Epiphany Chapel from
7:30-9:3opm. Refreshments. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Law And Society Lecture
(Un)Mapping Red Light Districts:
Prostitution, Racial Degeneracy And
tickets are available on a first-come,
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Public Lectures
Judge Not Lest You Be Judged:
Spiritual Life On The Beach. Hon.
Graydon Nicholas, Maliseet,
provincial court judge, vst Epiphany
Chapel from 7:30-9:3opm.
Refreshments. Call 604-822-9815.
Health Services Seminar
Health Care In Cuba: A Domestic And
International Commitment. Dr.
Manuel Vera-Gonzalez. irc #414 from
i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-4969.
UBC Summer Music Institute 2001.
Chan Centre at 1:30pm. Continues to
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International Conference
17th Biennial Symposium OfThe
International Evoked Response
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Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Contemplative Retreat Design And
Leadership. Rev. Jane E.Vennard. vst
from 8:30am-3:30pm. $352; $317
group; $176 senior. To register, visit
www.vst.edu. E-mail ci@vst.edu. Call
Physics Summer Camp
Advanced Physics And Astronomy
Ages 10-12. Hennings from 9:30am-
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Biochemistry And Molecular Biology
Expression And Mechanics Of V-
ATPases: A Potential Target For
Antiresorptive Agents. Morris. F.
Manolson. irc #3 at 10am.
Refreshments at 9:45am. Call 604-
Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
What Every Congregation Should
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Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Exploring Matthew. Jack Dean
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Vancouver School Of Theology
Summer School
Spiritual Theology In The Reformed
Tradition: Spiritual Disciplines. John
Vissers. Regent College from 2-4pm.
$254; $229 group; $127 senior. To
register, visit www.vst.edu. E-mail
ci@vst.edu. Call 604-822-9815.
Hallowed Davis Memorial Lecture
The Neurophysiology Of Perception:
Single Units vs Evoked Potentials.
Prof. Jos J. Eggermont, Physiology and
Biophysics and Psychology, u of
Calgary, irc #2 from 9:30-n:ooam.
Call 604-822-5591.
Vancouver School of Theology
Public Lectures
Some Aspects Of Contemporary
Native Spirituality. Wilhelmina Sarai-
Clark, Lakota, Washington State u.
vst Epiphany Chapel from 7:30-
9:30pm. Refreshments. To register,
visit www.vst.edu. E-mail ci@vst.edu.
Call 604-822-9815.
Scholars In Residence Lecture
Excellence And Inclusion: Can
Schools Achieve Both? Prof. Judy L.
Lupart, Applied Psychology (Special
Education), u of Calgary. Scarfe 310 at
i2noon. Call 604-822-5214.
Vancouver School of Theology
Public Lectures
Praying For Justice And Peace:
Participating In The Reign Of God.
Rev. Jane E. Vennard, author,
spiritual director, Iliff School of
Theology, vst Epiphany Chapel
from 7:30- 9:30pm. Refreshments.
Call 604-822-9815.
Physics Summer Camp
Fun With Physics Ages 6-9. Hennings
from g:3oam-4:3opm. Continues to
Aug. 3. Call 604-822-3853.
Physics Summer Camp
Advanced Physics And Astronomy
Ages 13-15. Hennings from 9:30am-
4:30pm. Continues to Aug. 3. Call
Adult And Embyronic Stem Cells As
A Source Of Cells For Cell And Tissue
Engineering. Peter Zandstra,
Chemical Engineering and Applied
Chemistry and Medical Biophysics, u
of Toronto. Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Refreshments. Call Dr. Jamie
Piret 604-822-5835.
Scholars In Residence Lecture
Dr. Andre E. Mazawi, senior lecturer,
head. Sociology of Education
Graduate Program, Tel-Aviv u. Scarfe
310 from i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-
Cultural And Media Studies
Food Biotechnology: Quo Vadis?
Hennie Van Vuuren, director bc Wine
Research Centre; John Bishop,
Bishop's. Green College at 4:30pm.
Call 604-822-1878.
Scholars In Residence Lecture
Post-Modern Career Counselling: A
2001 Life Space Odyssey. Prof. Spencer
G. Niles, Counselor Education, Penn
State u. Scarfe 310 from i2noon-ipm.
Call 604-822-5214.
Physics Summer Camp
Fun With Physics Ages 6-9. Hennings
from 9:3oam-4:3opm. Continues to
Aug. 10. Call 604-822-3853.
Scholars In Residence Lecture
Anthony Adams. Scarfe 310 from
i2noon-ipm. Call 604-822-5214.
New UBC Faculty Workshop
New Faculty Instructional Skills.
David Lam basement seminar room
from 8:3oam-5pm. Continues to Aug.
10. To register, visit
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/. Call
Summer Sports
Community Sport Services Summer
Sport Camps. Children's programs
soccer, basketball, volleyball, fencing,
cycling, hockey, skating, sailing,
windsurfing, field hockey. Adult
beginner hockey, sailing, ballet,
windsurfing. To register, visit
summer.html. E-mail
fairplay@interchange.ubc.ca. Call
Campus Tours
The tour office is located in the ubc
Bookstore. Free drop-in tours are
offered daily at 10am and ipm from
Monday to Friday. Office hours are
8:3oam-4:3opm Monday to Friday. We
also offer package tours with variable
rates: a children's tour and the Spirit
ofthe Pacific Tour which includes a
visit to the moa, Nitobe Gardens, a
walking tour and lunch at Sage Bistro.
E-mail campus.tours@ubc.ca. Call
604-822-8687 (ubc-tour).
Research Project Volunteers Needed
Stress And Coping In Female Clerical
Workers. Educational and
Counselling Psychology, and Special
Education is seeking female clerical
workers to participate in study on
stress and coping. If experiencing
workplace distress/frustration, we
would like to learn more about your
experiences. Call 604-822-9199.
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Winslow Commons a Popular Choice for UBC Faculty and Staff
Just four weeks after opening day
at Winslow Commons, over 25
homes have already been spoken
for, a success rate that's taking
even Polygon staff by surprise.
"We knew the architectural style
would strike a chord, and obviously the location is ideal for
people who work at the university.
But we weren't expecting the
homes to sell at such an incredible
pace," said sales manager Grace
Lim Franklin. "It's been an exciting time for the Polygon team.
We're looking forward to a busy
Franklin estimates that more
than half the buyers are university
staff or faculty members. They've
responded enthusiastically to
Winslow's unique architecture,
creative open floor plans, and
tasteful interior details.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie
style seemed an obvious fit for the
University Endowment Lands,"
said Ray Letkeman, the award-
winning Vancouver architect who
designed Winslow. "Wright was a
pioneer in studying the relationship of buildings to the landscape,
and in architecture based on natural forms and textures. Because
the setting here is so spectacular,
we focused on creating a design
that relates closely to the natural
The building's low pitched
roofs, broad wood-framed windows and graceful arched entries
reflect Frank Lloyd Wright's
Prairie-style principles. The colour
palette of honey-toned Norman
brick and fawn-coloured siding
was also inspired by Wright landmarks.
Natural inspiration continues
indoors, with finishing details like
stone-textured ceramic tile entry
floors, warm maple Shaker cabinetry and sisal-style sand coloured
carpets. All homes feature a large
and visually striking living room
fireplace, framed in slate tile and
crowned by a handsome handcrafted mantel.
Floor plans range from bright
open one-bedroom suites to larger
two-bedroom homes and every
home has features that are unique
- a reading area in the master suite,
a sunny breakfast nook, sculpture
niches for art or an open kitchen
with a conversation bar. Main-level
suites are particularly appealing to
garden lovers, since many have
private gated yards. Upper level
homes have generous sundecks for
dining alfresco, and some have
dramatic mountain views.
"It's a beautiful building, and an
outstanding addition to the University Endowment Lands," said
Al Poettcker, president of UBC
Properties. "It has been a pleasure
working with such a committed
building partner, a company
whose management is so focused
on aesthetic design and construction quality."
Polygon's commitment to quality led to a direct contribution to
UBC, through the creation of an
Adjunct Professorship in Building
Science. Assisted by UBC and
Forintek Canada, Polygon established a professorship in the
Faculty of Applied Science, dedicated to technical education and
research on wood-frame home
"We saw an excellent opportunity to partner with UBC and help
build its research and teaching
capacity in an area of importance
to the development industry," said
Michael Audain, Polygon's Managing Director. "We're proud to
contribute to the advancement of
construction science in BC."
Winslow is among Polygon's
New Generation communities,
recognized in the homebuilding
industry for their exceptional
durability in the wet West Coast
climate. A state-of-the-art Rain
Screen system and large protective
overhangs are among the many
measures taken to prevent moisture damage. New Generation
communities are built according
to a stringent quality control process, under the supervision of expert building envelope engineers.
Winslow is also protected by
London Guarantee's 2-5-10 warranty insurance and Polygon's outstanding customer service program.
Winslow Commons is located at
the corner of Western Parkway and
Toronto Road, a block away from
the convenient University Marketplace. Prices start at $199,900 for a
one bedroom home. The presentation centre and three furnished
display homes are open daily from
noon to 6 pm except Fridays. For
more information call 221-4457.
Airy and full of natural light, a Winslow living room showcases a striking slate
Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired fireplace.
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outstanding collection of condominium homes
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offering plenty of outdoor space, large windows
and unique high-quality finishing details.
A Polygon New Generation Community, designed and built
for optimal performance in our West Coast climate.
Prices from $199,900
Open Noon to 6 pm (except Friday)
2338 Western Parkway (at Toronto Road)
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Kitchens feature Shaker-style
cabinetry, stainless steel appliances
and a conversation bar. 6     |     UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY    12,    2001
perfect spot to reserve accommodation for guest lecturers or other
university members who visit
throughout the year. Close to ubc
and Vancouver attractions, a
tasteful representation of our city
and of ubc 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, bc, V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 604-222-4104.
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Minutes to ubc On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes tv, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates avail. 604-222-
3461. Fax 604-222-9279.
Five suites avail, for academic
visitors to ubc only. Guests dine
with resi-dents and enjoy college
life. Daily rate $60 plus $i4/day for
meals Sun-Thurs. Call 604-822-
8660 for more information and
fully-equipped suite on campus.
Spacious one br suites with kitchen,
balcony, tv and phone. Ideal for
visiting lecturers, colleagues and
families. From $M9/night ubc
discounts avail. Visit www.westcoast-
suites.com. Call 604-822-1000.
ROOMS Private rooms on campus
for visitors to ubc on academic
business. Private bath, double bed,
telephone, TV, fridge, in-room
coffee. Dinner 5 days per week.
Breakfast 7 days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for info.
University Centre. Residence offering superior hotel or kitchenette
style rooms and suites. All rooms
have private bath, queen bed, voice
mail, cable tv and Internet-linked
PC. Beautiful view of sea and mountains. For rates and reservations
www.pwias.ubc.ca. 604-822-4782.
Deadline: for the Aug. 9 issue: 12 noon, July 30.
Enquiries: 604-UBC-lNFO (604-822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for 35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes gst.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath avail.
Daily rates starting at $36. Meals or
meal plans are avail, in the school
cafeteria. For more information call
604-822-9031 or 604-822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano area,
furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 604-737-2687.
APARTMENTS now renting ubc
area. Presentation centre open daily.
7 appliances, granite counters,
flexible interiors and more. Call 604-
221-5900 or visit
SUNSETS at English Bay. One br, 14th
floor, se corner with balcony. 15 min.
drive to ubc 10 min. walk to shops,
downtown. All amenities incl.
Queen-size bed, tv, vcr, m/w, d/w,
telephone. Avail. Sept. 1. $1295. Call
604-682-2105, fax 604-682-2153 or e-
mail mcondo@canada.com.
KERRISDALE HOUSE, 3 br, study,
den, 2 bath, 60 ft. lot, furnished to
rent for 11-12 months from late August.
n/s, n/p. Close to schools, shops, and
15 min. by bus to ubc. Rent $2200/
mo. (incl. gardener) plus util. E-mail
mccutche@physics.ubc.ca. Call 604-
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furnished, appliances, w/w carpets,
three br, two bath, Jacuzzi, f/p,tv,
rumpus room, lease. Ref. $650/1110.
Walk to ferry, portfolio or view by
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furnished house, wheelchair friendly.
15 min. to ubc Direct bus line.
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eomargot@interchange. ubc.ca. Call
W. 51 ^/ANGUS HOUSE four br,
two full bath, double garage, large
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storage. Few blocks to elementary
and high school, n/s, n/p. $2700.
Call 604-263-0802.
BRAND NEW, beautiful two-level
townhouse conveniently located
close to Oakridge Mall (approx. 15.
min to ubc) two br, two and a half
baths, laundry, f/p, a/c, two u/G
parking spaces. Amenities incl. lap
pool and exercise room. Avail. July I.
Ideal for professors. $2,20o/mo. n/p.
Call 604-230-5722.
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Beautiful rural setting. Three br,
fully equipped. Avail. Sept. 2001 -
June 2002, reasonable monthly/
weekly rental rates. Must speak
some French. Call 604-224-3723.
Bed And Breakfast
to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighbourhood. Near buses
and restaurants. Comfortable rooms
with tv and private bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates, n/s only
please. Web site
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to rent furnished accommodation
for August in Vancouver area. E-mail
herzmark@email.arizona.edu. Call
Leonard E. Herzmark 520 529-8604.
House sitting
daughter (14) and son (12) without
pets seek house on or near University
Endowment Lands starting August
15, 2001. Dates, price flexible or will
swap home in Whistler? Call Dr.
Winter 604 938-0030 (day) or 604
932-0474 (eve.)
family seeking house sitting or rental
near ubc for the school year. Could
do maintenance, repairs, renovations in exchange for rent or part
of. Looking for options. Call Roger
at 604-820-0401.
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As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and
provide you with free retirement
projections. Call for a complimentary meeting at my place or yours!
Don Proteau, bcomm, cfp, rfp. E-
mail: dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or call
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planning. Edwinjackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Ltd. Investments, life insurance, annuities, know-how. Call 604-
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University Blvd. Dr. Chris Hodgson
(physician), call 604-222-2273 (222-
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call 604-838-6684 (83-TOOTH).
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I am a British academic coming to UBC as a visiting scholar in
January 2002 until August. I will be travelling with my wife and
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President, Research, at 604-822-0234. UBC     REPORTS     I     JULY    12,    2O 0 I     |     7
Study puts the bite on
dentalcare for older adults
Quality of life, self-esteem issues and the ability to eat
normally drives elders study on dental health
by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
dentures soaking in a glass
on the nightstand is an image often associated with aging.
The reality of dental care for
older adults, however, is a complex and challenging area of dentistry, say the members ofthe Faculty of Dentistry's Elders Link
with Dental Education, Research
and Service (elders) group.
The group, comprising Prof.
Michael MacEntee, Assoc. Prof.
Joanne Walton, Clinical Assistant Prof. Michele Williams, Asst.
Prof. Chris Wyatt, together with
ubc's head of Geriatric Medicine
Dr. Lynn Beattie and other dental-care associates, aims to improve oral care for older adults,
especially those in a residential
care setting.
"Elderly people tell us that the
condition of their teeth is an important issue not just for their
physical health but for their self-
esteem and quality of life," says
MacEntee, whose research has
focused on the treatment needs
and wants of older patients.
The group, formed about five
years ago, is participating in a
randomized clinical trial to examine the benefits of using
mouthwash to decrease oral infections for individuals who are
at high risk of dental decay and
tooth loss. The research, which
also involves the University of
Washington, has 400 participants in the Lower Mainland
and is expected to be complete
in 2004.
The study's findings will help
inform   care   and   preventive
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treatments for older people, especially those in extended care
residences, hospitals and other
Another group initiative sees
MacEntee and Wyatt investigating dental care education approaches for nurses and aides in
about 15 extended care facilities
in the Lower Mainland.
"Many caregivers are uncomfortable with residents' oral care
because they are not trained in
oral hygiene procedures and may
have experienced patient resistance and even biting," says Wyatt.
The study will be complete by
the end ofthe year.
An elders program led by
Walton looks at the cost-
effectiveness of replacing missing teeth with dentures supported by implants in the jawbones.
Older adults are keeping their
teeth into old age and about half
of long-term care residents have
some teeth remaining, says Walton. The use of acrylic removable
partial dentures offers a simple
and low-cost solution for the replacement of missing teeth for
hospitalized older adults.
Walton and MacEntee are developing realistic outcome
measures to determine the
benefits of these kinds of interventions.
For more information about the
elders group check the Web site
at www.dentistry.ubc.ca/elder.
for the campus community
Public Information
MDS Nordion Cyclotron
Expansion Project
Tuesday, July 17,2001
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Maple Room, Ponderosa Bldg.,
2071 West Mall
To present and review the schematic design for the mds Nordion
Cyclotron Expansion project, proposed to be constructed on the
triumf site on south campus. The 21,000 square-foot facility consists of
a 17,000 square-foot basement processing and support laboratory area
and a 4,000 square-foot building with offices and support facilities.
This event is wheelchair accessible.  Individuals needing assistive listening devices,
captioning, or information on alternate media should contact Gisela Haarbrucker at
822-9560 one week in advance ofthe meeting.
free parking will be available in the West Parkade. Please pick up a parking pass after the
meeting in order to exit the parkade without charge.
Questions or for further info: Jayjethwa, Campus Planning & Development, 822-8251
orjim Carruthers, 822-0469.
Honour Roll
Don Brooks, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Chemistry, has been appointed associate vice-president,
Research for a five-year term.
Brooks will play leading a role
in building ubc's research capacity and competitiveness and will
help faculty take full advantage of
new funding initiatives. He will
also co-ordinate and promote
interdisciplinary research.
An alumnus who joined ubc in
1974, Brooks' areas of research are
biomaterials, microgravity biotechnology, development of
blood plasma substitutes and im-
munodiagnostic techniques.
Mackie Chase, director ofthe
Centre for Intercultural Communication in ubc Continuing
Studies, has won the 2000-2001
Excellence in Teaching Award
from the University Continuing
Education Association (ucea).
The award is given to those
who have provided outstanding
teaching, course development,
mentoring of students and service to continuing education.
A graduate of ubc who joined
Continuing Studies in 1984,
Chase's achievements include
the development of government,
corporate and international programs as well as the internationally-recognized ubc Certificate
in Intercultural Studies.
The u.s.-based ucea works
with counterparts in many
countries to foster professional
exchange and better international understanding of continuing higher education.
Asst. Prof. James A. Olson of
the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Centre has won the 2000 Weldon
Medal from the Pulp and Paper
Technical Association of
The Weldon Medal recognizes the best paper presented
by a member at an Association-
sponsored conference during
the preceding year. Olson's winning paper was selected from
some 200 entries.
Olson joined ubc in 1999 after
gaining international recognition for co-inventing the highly
successful Fibre Quality
Analyzer, a joint development of
ubc and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada.
Jane Hutton has been appointed
associate vice-president, ubc
Continuing Studies.
Award-winner Mackie Chase
Hutton earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at ubc as
well as a Master of Library Science.
This led to a career in computer
technologies which spanned the
1970s to 1990s.
She joined ubc Continuing
Studies in 1980 as a program director and has recently served as acting associate vice-president where
she provided leadership for continuing education strategic planning, financial management, academic development, linkages with
faculties and other matters.
She oversees a budget of $18 million and full-time staff of more
than 140 people.
A proponent of lifelong learning,
Hutton has been instrumental in
ubc's expansion into the community through the new downtown
campus at Robson Square.
Jane Hutton
Dr. Aubrey Tingle
Dr Aubrey Tingle, president and
ceo ofthe Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research has been
awarded the b.c. Health Association Legacy Award.
The annual award is given to an
individual or group who has made
a significant contribution to the
development of health policy,
health leadership or health-care
Tingle, a professor of Pediatrics
and Pathology, has had a distinguished career as a scientist and
pediatrician working with children
who have immunological disorders.
He has assumed multiple roles
in research and education, and has
helped to integrate mandates of
the university and hospital to support outstanding research programs linked to improved patient
Nominations for the award were
solicited by the ubc Committee for
Interprofessional Activities in the
Health Sciences, in the Office ofthe
Co-ordinator of Health Sciences. 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |     JULY     12,     2001
Honour, challenge and
The new director ofthe First Nations House of Learning
wants Aboriginal students to outnumber totem poles at ubc
down, drums and dancers, Richard
Vedan became director ofthe First
Nations House of Learning (fnhl)
by accepting a talking stick from
former director Jo-Ann Archibald.
Friendship Centre, the Native Education Centre and the Vancouver
Police and Native Liaison Society.
"This is an exciting time for
First Nations academics," he says.
"We're starting to see more than
New FNHL director Richard Vedan.    Clancy Dennehyphoto
"It's an honour to be involved
with this house," says Vedan who is
an associate professor of Social
Work and Family Studies. "I feel
privileged to be able to build on the
legacies of previous directors and
to give back the support I have received."
A ubc alumnus and member of
the Shuswap Nation who joined
the faculty in 1995, Vedan has
served on the boards of Vancouver
one person per faculty and that's
something entirely new"
A key challenge ofthe new position will be to increase student enrollment.
"It's been said that there are
more totem poles than First Nations students at ubc," says Vedan.
He plans to take more aggressive steps to connect ubc and
fnhl with colleges and other Canadian universities in order to at
tract undergraduate and graduate
students. Advances such as the
Prior Learning Assessment Program that gives credit for life-
learning helps to make university
education a possibility not just for
young people but also for students
in mid-life.
There is a great need for well-educated expert advisors as First Nations regain governance and other
responsibilities, says Vedan. Longstanding programs in the faculties
of Law, Education, Medicine and
Forestry that provide First Nations
curriculum and support for students can serve as models in meeting the demand for First Nations
But the educational challenges
reach right back to elementary
school, says Vedan. The dropout
level for First Nations youth is
about Grade 5 — a consequence of
what he terms multi-generational
First Nations educators are
needed to teach and encourage
students to stay in school. In addition, solutions must be found for
health, economic and social problems that contribute to the dropout rate.
Vedan will continue to teach
and pursue his clinical and research interest in the efficacy of
traditional healing practices in
dealing with violent behaviour in
First Nations men and youth. In
addition, he is completing a doctorate in curriculum development.
An active man who enjoys cycling and music, he is also a sailor
who balances his life with time
spent on his 12-metre ketch called
St'iqt Qwy'ilc or Cloud Dancer.
The First Nations House of Learning enters a
new period of growth and determination
Stories by Hilary Thomson staffwriter
Students learn business skills
in a cultural context
fnhl and Commerce combine for Chinook program
the chinook program currently
under development by the Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration and the First Nations
House of Learning (fnhl) will provide an undergraduate education
in management and entrepreneur-
ship to First Nations students.
The program, named after the
trade language used by First Nations people of North America's
West Coast, will admit students in
2002, and is based on the Commerce undergraduate program
with the addition of culturally relevant First Nations electives.
The first two years will be offered off-campus through formal
partnership agreements with bc
community colleges. A transition
program that involves peer support and faculty mentoring will be
offered to students before they arrive at ubc for the final two years
ofthe program. Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce
and Administration.
"We want to do a better job of
connecting with First Nations by
making our curriculum more relevant and accessible," says Commerce Assoc. Prof. John Claxton,
who designed the program with
former fnhl director Jo-Ann
Archibald. "We need to build aware
ness among aboriginal youth that
commerce means more than banking. There are lots of opportunities
available with this degree."
To stimulate interest among
First Nation youth in the Chinook
program, Claxton and Archibald
created 1st Nations Student Entre-
Preneurship (i!t n-step), a student
entrepreneurship competition. In
the winning business plan at the
inaugural competition, First Nations high school students from
Merritt presented a plan to make
and sell bannock bread at a stand
at the Merritt Country Music Festival.
The two junior entrepreneurs
described their business plan to a
group of First Nations entrepreneurs and high-school students
from the Lower Mainland who
took part in a 1st n-step workshop
at fnhl last month.
Teachers, economic development officers and others will be
introduced to the 1" n-step program in a training session to be
held this fall at fnhl. In January,
organizers will start planning the
Chinook program of study and finalizing agreements with colleges.
For more information on Chinook check the Web site at
Musqueam language revival sparks cultural pride
Traditional, elegant language is "the heart and soul" of
the Musqueam people
the critically endangered
Musqueam language is becoming
revitalized thanks to the collaborative efforts of ubc and members of
the Musqueam community.
"This language has lived in people's hearts and minds for millennia," says Patricia Shaw, director of
ubc's First Nations Language Program. "But once an oral tradition
ceases to be passed on, revitalizing
the language is neither swift nor
Shaw, an associate professor of
Linguistics, and Susan Blake, a ubc
alumna and sessional instructor,
teach the language of the
Musqueam people—on whose ancestral territory ubc is situated—
with Jill Campbell and Larry Grant,
both Musqueam band members
and adjunct professors in the Faculty of Arts. All classes take place
at the Elders Centre on the reserve.
Grant, a retired longshoreman,
took the course to re-learn the language he had stopped using 50
years ago. He now teaches to help
spark a reawakening among young
people about their culture.
"This is a sophisticated language," he says. " I want young
people to stand up and say T am
aboriginal and this is my language.' It's not savage, it's the product of a highly sophisticated society."
Grant has been impressed that
urban aboriginals, even those from
other parts of Canada, start to re-
identify and re-connect with their
culture as they become more confident in the language.
Campbell started learning the
language while working as a home-
maker for a Musqueam elder. She
has been involved in the program
for four years.
"This language is at the heart
and soul of people's identity," she
says. "It helps to give a deeper understanding ofthe people who first
lived here."
Understanding the language offers a connection to the past, she
says, because it becomes possible
to appreciate the origins of words
and traditional place names used
by elders.
Only one fluent speaker remains
in the Musqueam community, 91
year-old Adeline Point, and instructors visit her regularly to
learn from her extensive knowledge ofthe language.
Musqueam is one of 26 surviving First Nations languages in bc.
Six ancestral bc languages are extinct. At class celebrations, students talk about how important it
is to them to finally know and
speak their language.
"It's extremely moving to listen
to these testimonials," says Shaw
who adds that working with the
community and elders has been a
The program has offered a
three-year sequence of university-
level classes since 1996 to classes
ranging up to 40 people. Students
are members of the Musqueam or
other First Nations communities
as well as non-native students of
linguistics, Canadian Studies or
other subjects.
Instructors use an interactive
format of plays, word games and
demonstrations of traditional activities such as fishnet mending, to
help students learn the language.
In addition, an alphabet using
English and phonetic characters is
Fourth-year Arts student Miranda Huron has completed the
first-year language class and reports that the community at
Musqueam is "unbelievably friendly and welcoming." She is also impressed by the complementary
styles of teaching.
Community involvement beyond the classroom is vitally important to language revitalization,
says Shaw. Kids are already seeking Musqueam translations of soccer terms to use for coded plays
Musqueam language instructors (1-r)
Jill Campbell, Larry Grant and
Patricia Shaw. Hilary Thomson photo
out on the field. Other community
members are collaborating on language research, pre-school and
grade-school materials and adult
oral fluency programs.
For more information about the
courses contact Shaw at (604) 822-
6481 or Faye Mitchell, Musqueam
band education director at (604)


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