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The University of British Columbia
Vancouver. British Columbia
Volume 35. Number 19
November 2. 1989
UBC selected to head
3 Centres of Excellence
UBC will head three national Centres of Excellence for scientific research supported by
55.7-million in federal funds.
In all, 14 Centres ofExcellence received $240-
million in federal funds, and UBC is participating in 12 ofthe 14.
UBC President David Strangway says he is
delighted with the Ministry of State for Science
and Technology's decision to fund so many of
UBC's proposals.
"Ottawa has shown its recognition of this
university as an outstanding centre for research,
and we look forward to participating in these
networks with our colleagues across Canada,"
Strangway said.
"We are thrilled. The results reflect the excellence at UBC," said Robert Miller, Vice-President of Research. "It demonstrates our linkage
with the research community in the rest of the
country and the esteem in which we're held
across the nation. It also demonstrates our desire
to collaborate with outstanding research whenever possible."
The three centres headed by UBC researchers are:
Dr. Michael Hayden, a professor in the De-
Photo by Media Services
Michael Smith, Dr. Michael Hayden and Robert Hancock will head three Centres of Excellence for
scientific research at UBC, the federal government announced last month.
partment of Medical Genetics and the Depart- their proposed centre called the Genetic Basis of
ment of Medicine UBC site, and a team of Human Disease: Innovations for Health Care,
researchers have received $17.5-million for     Twenty-two scientists from eight universities
and hospitals are combining their expertise with
five pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to study the genes that direcdy cause or predispose people to disease.
The researchers' goal is to determine the
biological function of each relevant gene and
discover how its mutation causes disease. A
better understanding of this area will eventually
enable scientists to detect carriers of most genetic diseases and devise a treatment or cure for
some diseases.
"We hope this innovative research will lead
to a new industry in Canada related to the
diagnosis, prevention and treatment of genetic
disease," Hayden said.
Robert Hancock, professor in the Department of Microbiology, received $18.2-million
to boost a network of 50 researchers in nine
different centres and 10 companies with related
interests in disease-causing bacteria. Bacterial
diseases affect all facets of Canadian society
and are a major problem worldwide.
"The role of bacterial diseases in our society
can't be underestimated," Hancock said. "We
now have the ability to take our research from
the lab to all the way to the industrial level."
See $240 MILLION on Page 2
Klinka, Hardy named
gold medal winners
UBC Forest Ecologist Karel Klinka
and Physicist Walter Hardy are twoof this
year'sB.C. Science Council'sgold medal
The province' s highest form of recognition for outstanding achievements in
science and engineering, the Science
Council's awards are given annually in
threeoffourcategories: Applied Science,
has been a surge of interest in
Valerie Raoul. Page 3.
stress of divorce could lead
author and professor Dr.
Michael Myers. Page 7.
QUOTED: "Universities are
a luxury we cannot afford to
do without." Journalist and
former professor Walter Stewart. Page 8.
Natural Sciences,
Industrial Innovation and Health
James McFarlane, president of
Submarine Engineering, a Port
Coquitlarn company which designs and manufactures submersibles, is the recipient of
the third medal.
earned both his bachelor degree and
doctorate at UBC.
After post-doctoral work in France
and a five-year stint at North American
Rockwell in California, he returned to
UBC in 1971 and joined the Physics
Department, where he was appointed full
professor in 1976.
Hardy'sresearchhas included the study
of solid molecular hydrogen, magnetic
resonance, Raman scattering, microwave
absorption in hydrogen and related systems and spin-polarized atomic hydrogen
at temperatures close to absolute zero.
In 1986, in what he considers one of
his greatest achievements, Hardy and his
associates developed the cold
hydrogen maser,
possibly the
world's most accurate clock.
In the past two
years, Hardy has
turned someofhis
attention to the
realm ofhigh critical temperature
superconductors. With his colleagues
and students he has become an early
leader in the production and testing of
these materials.
Earlier honors include both the Canadian Association of Physicists' Herzberg
Medal, the Steacie Prize from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council, the Jacob Bieley Faculty Research Prize and the Killam Research
In 1980, he became one ofthe youngest ever elected a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada.
Karel Klinka built a biogeoclimatic
classification system for B.C. 's forests—
a practical guide and tool by which foresters
can make informed decisions about chews-
See RESEARCH on Page 2
Baird to head
royal commission
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has
appointed Dr. Patricia Baird, professor
of Medical Genetics at UBC, chairman
of a Royal Commission on Reproductive Technologies.
The commission will inquire into,
and report on current as well as potential medical and scientific developments
related to new reproductive technologies. It will also consider the social,
ethical, health, research, legal and economic implications of these technologies.
The commission will also recommend policies and safeguards to be
applied to scientific advances in the
field of reproductive technologies.
The commission is charged with
examining a wide range of issues including:
The implications of new reproductive technologies for women's repor-
ductive health and well being.
The causes, treatment and prevention of male and female infertility.
Reversals of sterilization procedures,
artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryotransfers,prenatal screening and diagnostic techniques, genetic
manipulation and therapeutic interven-
tions to correct
genetic ano-
molies, sex
selection techniques, embryo experimentation and
fetal tissue
Social and
legal arrangements such as
surrogate childbearing, judicial interventions during gestation and birth
and ownership of ova, sperm, embryos and fetal tissue.
The status and rights of people
using or contributing to reproductive
services such as access to procedures,
rights to parenthood, informed consent, status of donors and confidentiality and the impact of these services
on all concerned parties, particularly
the children.
The economic consequences of
these technologies including the
commercial marketing of ova, sperm,
and embryos, the application of patent
law and the funding of research and
procedures such as infertility treat-
See ISSUES on Page 2 UBCREPORTS   Nov. 2.1989       2
United Wax
Drive extended 3 weeks
Organizers of this year's United
Way employee campaign haveextended
the fundraising drive by three weeks
hoping to increase the university's
participation in the fundraising drive.
Only 723 donors, out of a potential
6,051 on campus have contributed to
John McNeill, dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences and chairman of the
campus campaign, expressed his concern about the slow progress being
"We realize that there are many
demands on everyone's charitable
giving," said McNeill. "But we are
concerned that the United Way, which
is such a worthy cause and supports
dozens ofcharitable organizations, may
not be able to meet its goals because we
can't meet ours. We're counting on
UBC's support."
The goal set for this year's campaign is $ 195,000, up 20 per cent from
last year. Slightly more than half of the
amount has been raised.
Student participation in what has traditionally been a university employees
campaign is a "tremendous boost" to the
drive, said McNeill.
The Forestry Undergraduate Society
raised $219.65 in a campus-wide apple
sale recently. Two annual student events
—: an Oktoberfest organized by the
Commerce Graduate Students Society
and Pharmacy's Norm Zach Run—will
donate their proceeds to the UBC United
Way campaign.
'To everyone who has contributed
to the campus campaign so far in any
way, whether as a donor, or as a volunteer thank you for your generous support," said McNeill.
An Early Bird draw held on Oct. 17
featured prizes donated by UBC Food
Services, Continuing Education, the office of the Vice-President, Academic
and Provost and UBC Media Services.
A final draw is slated for Nov. 22.
"We wish to thank the many UBC
services and departments that offered
such wonderful prizes, as well as acknowledge the generosity of many more
off-campus donors," said McNeill.
American Express,Xerox,P.Lawson
Travel, En Route, Canada Post, Cassidy
Yacht Charters, Richmond's Gateway
Theatre and author Sandra Wong are
just a few of the prize donors.
University personnel who have not
contributed can watch forasecondpledge
card sent out on Oct 31.
Issues difficulty' Baird says
Continued from Page 1
"I am very pleased that a commission
is to examine these difficult issues," said
Dr. Baud. "The new technologies are a
tool that if used wisely can benefit people,
but if they are used inappropriately and
without consideration of their ramifications, can also be harmful. I would hope
that with the help of input from Canadians, both individuals and groups across
the country, we will be able to recommend wise ways of using these tools."
Dr. Baird joined the Department of
Medical Genetics at UBC as an assistant
professor in 1972, became associate professor in 1977 and professor in 1982. In
1978, she was appointed head of the
department, a position she held until earlier this year. Her research is on the distribution of genetic disease and birth
defects in the population. She is a member of the Medical Research Council of
Canada, the Science Council of Canada
Study Committee on Genetic Predisposition, the Research Council ofthe Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
and the National Advisory Board on
Science and Technology.
Six other distinguished Canadians will
sit as commissioners with Dr. Baird, including Maureen McTeer, an active
member ofthe national coalition of groups
and individuals who originally lobbied
the federal government to establish a royal
commission to study new reproductive
Mulroney expressed confidence that
the commission was uniquely qualified to
provide advice that will help influence the
regulation of reproductive technologies
in Canada.
Research helps forest industry
Continued from Page 1
ing the right species for planting, tending,
and other areas of forest management.
Now implemented throughout B.C., it's
readily being accepted by other provinces.
The early foundations of Klinka's
system were developed by UBC Botany
Professor Vladimir Krajina, under whose
guidance Klinka obtained his PhD in
1976. Klinka translated Krajina's basic
research and added his own insight and
discoveries to create a database of codified knowledge built around the complex
relationships betweenclirnatic conditions,
soil, plants, and animals.
From slashbuming guidelines to fertilization guidelines, every factor is taken
into account With this kind of forest
management tool, management decisions
are freed from conjecture and wasteful
trial and error.
Now an adjunct professor in the Department of Forest Sciences, Klinka has
more recently begun to examine the relationship between the height growth of
major tree species and environmental
factors such as annual water balance, soil
nutrients, and soil aeration.
Klinka was bom in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he did his undergraduate
degree in forest engineering at Charles'
University. After obtaining his PhD at
UBC, he worked for the B.C. Ministry of
Forests, most recently as a senior research
HejoinedUBCin 1978asanhonorary
research associate in the Department of
Botany, and has been associated with the
Faculty of Forestry since 1980. Prior
awards include the Distinguished Forester Award, in 1977, from the Association of B.C. Professional Foresters.
The B.C. Science and Engineering
Awards were established by the B.C.
Science Council in 1980. The awards
selection committee is currendy chaired
by Erich Vogt, director of TRIUMF.
$240 million given for network
Continued from Page 1
The network of Canadian scientists
are currendy seeking solutions to problems involving a variety of bacterial diseases which affect plants, fish, animals,
and humans. The centre will establish the
basic science and technological capabilities to address these problems and apply
new biological approaches to improve
existing diagnostic tests and treatments.
Some of the bacterial diseases currently being investigated are: whooping
cough, toxic shock syndrome and dental
diseases in humans; shipping fever in
cattle which costs North American ranchers $600-million annually; and bacterial
kidney disease in farmed salmon—a major
problem in the Canadian aquaculture
Michael Smith, director of the Bio
technology Laboratory on theUBCcampus
and professor in the Department of Biochemistry, heads a team of 21 researchers
in five locations across Canada receiving
$20-million to establish a network which
will expand Canada's capabilities in the
newly emerging field of protein engineering to make it competitive with new
developments in Europe, Japan and the
Called Protein Engineering: 3D Structure, Function and Design, the goal ofthe
research, undertaken with industry partnership, is to develop products and processes that can be exploited by the developing Canadian biotechnology industry.
"Biotechnology and protein engineering will have an enormous impact in areas
such as agriculture, fisheries, forestry,
pharmaceuticals and health care, indus
tries which are crucial to our economic
welfare," Smith said.
A total of 160 proposals for the Centres
of Excellence were reviewed by a team of
international experts before selection of
the final 14.
The University of Victoria is heading
one network centre and UVic scientists
are involved in five. Simon Fraser University is participating in one centre network.
The federal funding boosts research
collaboration across the country among
universities, research institutions and the
private sector creating what Hayden described as "centres without walls".
Strangway credited the three-year-old
provincial centres of excellence program
with enabling UBC to strengthen many
research areas.
Photo by Media Services
Linda Filsinger, director ofthe B.C. Sports Medicine Council and Rick Hansen,
consultant to die president on disabled issues, speak at a UBC Alcohol and Drug
EducationWeek forum.
Athletes are using
drugs more often,
expert tells forum
Heightened public awareness of anabolic steroids due to the Ben Johnson
scandal and the Dubin inquiry has led to
an increase in drug use by both competitive and recreational athletes, said Linda
Filsinger, director of the B.C. Sports
Medicine Council.
Speaking at a forum during Alcohol
and Drug Education Week at UBC, Filsinger said many of the calls to her UBC
drug hotline are from young people asking what types of steroids are available
and where they can be obtained.
There are an estimated 10,000 steroid
users in the Vancouver area, she said,
including almost seven per cent of high
school seniors, the majority of whom are
not involved in organized sports. The
underlying reason for steroid use is often
dissatisfaction withbody image, she added.
"They're just interested in looking
better at the beach in the summer. They're
not concerned with side affects."
But a difficulty faced by counsellors
who warn against steroid use is the uncertainty of these side effects. Although steroids are linked to increased risk of cancer
and liver tumors, changes in cholesterol
levels, acne, waterretention, mood swings
and increased aggression, it is impossible
to predict how an individual will be affected.
The forum on drug and alcohol use,
held at SUB Auditorium, was part of an
awareness campaign organized by the
AMS and the Outreach Program of the
Student Health Service.
Also speaking at the forum was wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen, who is a special advisor to President David Strangway on disabled issues.
He recalled that the traffic accident
that severed his spinal cord involved a
drinking driver.
"I never in my life believed it could
happen to me," he said.
Depressed and embittered, Hansen
admitted he turned to alcohol as "an easy
way out," partying with friends instead of
dealing with the real issues in his life.
But he soon realized that "to be happy,
you don't need a magic button."
Referring to steroid use.Hansenblamed
society for perpetuating ideal body images that are almost impossible for the
average person to match.
Instead of feeling inadequate, people
should do the best they can with the
abilities they have, he said, sounding a
familiar refrain from his Man in Motion
world tour.
Another forum speaker was student
Clint Scollen, who has battled back from
debilitating injuries suffered in a drinking
driving accident in 1982.
The accident killed a friend and sent
Scollen hurtling 130 feet through the air,
fracturing his skull and breaking his right
shoulder and knee. In a coma for five
weeks, he spent another year recovering
in hospital.
At the time ofthe accident Scollen had
just completed two years of study in
Applied Science at UBC. He is now
applying for admission to the Real Estate
Division ofthe Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration.
"We figured we were indestructible. It
took only five seconds to change that," he
Ottawa aids
top scholars
at UBC
A federal government program to
encourage more students to become scientists and engineers is helping 147 of
Canada's top high school scholars study
at UBC this year.
With financial support from the Ministry of State, Science and Technology,
the students are pursuing degrees in the
natural sciences and engineering.
A total of 2,500 Canada Scholars were
selected for the Canada Scholarships
Program on the basis of academic excellence. They are eligible for $2,000 in
support for each year of their undergraduate academic program, up to a total of
$8,000, provided they maintain a first-
class standing. At least half of the awards
go to academically outstanding women to
encourage greaterparticipation by women
in scientific and engineering fields, particularly those where female representation has been lowest.
Sixteen of this year's winners come
from other provinces across Canada,
including Newfoundland, and the Yukon.
The remaining are from B.C. towns including Boston Bar, Salmon Arm, Rose
Prairie, Hazelton, and Bums Lake. UBCREPORTS   Nov.2,1989
Photo by Media Services
Law ProfessorJ.C. Smith looks on as Project Coordinator Daphne Gelbart examines one of die computer programs designed
by the Law Faculty's Artificial Intelligence Research Project.
Law Faculty project
awarded federal funds
A law faculty project that combines
the knowledge of legal experts with new
developments in computer software has
received major funding from a federal
research agency.
"The Faculty of Law's Artificial Intelligence Research Project (FLAIR) will
help lawyers assess complex areas of law
and allow law firms to retain the expertise
of their best lawyers long after they have
gone," said project director and Law
Professor J.C. Smith.
The FLATR team of lawyers and software engineers received $700,000 in
funding for three years from the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Coun-
Systems In the Law of Negligence.
The project is sharing a further
$100,000 from the Science Council of
B.C. with the Law Faculty's Nemetz
Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre
and also receives support from the university, the Law Faculty, IBM and ICBC.
The FLAIR project emphasizes both
theory and the production of legal information systems that can be used by the
When the EPSILON project is completed in about three years, it will have
created the technology needed to link
expert systems to large databases to provide fast, accurate legal information,
combine various kinds of software to
produce a unified legal information system and create a legal information system
for the law of personal injury damages in
The system will give lawyers, judges,
researchers, librarians and insurance
companies access to fast and objective
legal information and will also benefit the
general public, who will receive higher
quality service from lawyers with less
delay and perhaps even less cost, said
EPSILON is an advance over other
computer-based on-line text databases
available on the market that are unwieldy,
do not provide proved accurate searches
or "smart" conclusions, Smith said.
While databases manipulate facts and
figures, expert systems try to capture the
knowledge of a human expert to diagnose
legal problems and predict the outcome of
An expert system software shell can
be filled with a knowledge base consisting of hundreds or thousands of rules
based on the expertise of a law firm's
senior partner and make decisions guided
by that expertise. Through a link to a
database of cases, the expert system can
retrieve relevant case information automatically.
In 1986, Smith and his associates created the first expert system in case law in
the world—the Nervous Shock Advisor.
Still undergoing revisions, the system
helps lawyers determine whether a client
could recover damages in negligence for
nervous shock, the trauma suffered by
those affected by accidents.
The system evaluates each case, highlighting the strongest and weakest points
with case precedents both sides could
argue, provides full transcripts of leading
cases and summaries of all cases decided
since 1900 in Canada, Great Britain,
Australia and New Zealand. If there are
no grounds for a case, the computer assesses the case deficiencies.
"Lawyers who have used the advisor
say they have learned more in 30 minutes
than they would have in 50 hours of
traditional research," said Smith.
"It's simple enough to be used by
someone with no computer familiarity
while at the same time avoids frustration
for experienced users who are accustomed to on-line computer searches."
Another system developed by the
FLAIR project is the Whiplash Knowledge System, a preliminary version of
which is now available to judges and
lawyereattheVarx»uvercourthouse library
and to adjusters at ICBC.
The system helps determine if a claim
for damages exists and gives a range of
awards depending on the severity of the
injury — all automatically adjusted for
inflation by the computer. The advisor
will even tell you how certain judges have
ruled in the past.
One of the major long-term goals of
EPSILON is to reduce the growing backlog of personal injury claims awaiting
trial and encourage alternate means of
resolving disputes, freeing the courts for
other matters, Smith said.
Personal injury claims resulting from
motor vehicle accidents account for 50
per cent to 70 per cent of all court cases
and of these, about 80 percent involve the
soft tissue injuries to the neck and back
known as whiplash.
In 1988, ICBC paid out $400 million
for bodily injury claims, and at least 25
per cent of that was consumed by litigation expenses, Smith said.
"By providing fast, objective information about whiplash damages claims,
we hope to encourage the timely, out-of-
court resolution of many disputes through
such alternatives to the courts," he said.
Development of an expert system that
calculates future-earnings damages
awarded in personal injury action has
begun this year using the expertise of
Robert Carson and John Struthers, who
are economists involved in the field as
expert witnesses.
Anothersystembeing developed under
the EPSILON umbrella is the Hearsay
Rule Advisor.
It uses the expertise of Professor
Marilyn MacCrimmon to give opinions
on the admissibility ofhearsay statements
given in courtroom evidence, along with
an indication ofthe factors the judge will
be looking for at trial.
Also being developed is the Impaired
Driving Advisor, whichoffersexpert advice
about possible defences to an impaired
driving charge in the areas of care or
control of the vehicle, erratic driving,
physical symptoms, sobriety tests, Char-
terrights, right to counsel and breathalyzer
Another team at UBC — the Legal
Information Systems and Technologies
Foundationheadedby Law Professor John
Hogarth—is developing and marketing
computer systems on trade law and sentencing.
Interest is rising in
Women's Studies
Raoul is an
Associate Professor in the
Department of
French, specializing in
writing by
women, and
French feminist theory.She
is also Chair of
the Faculty of Arts Women's Studies
Committee. This article represents her
personal opinion.
There has been a surge of interest in
Women's Studies at UBC in recent
weeks. About 500 people attended a
conference on "Gender and the Construction of Culture and Knowledge"
held in September. Twenty-nine UBC
faculty and 14 students, from 17 different departments, participated in that
event as speakers, chairs of sessions or
organisers. Since then, Marilyn French's
Vancouver Institute lecture, in which
she presented a feminist interpretation
of power politics, drew a record crowd
and she received a standing ovation
after her address. In the same period,
SFU played host to a conference on the
introduction of Women's Studies into
the high school curriculum in B.C. and
the University of Victoria celebrated
the tenth anniversary of their Women's
Studies program.
Many students, both undergraduate
and graduate, have been asking me
about the possibility of taking Women's
Studies courses here at UBC. They ask
me because there is rrod^partrnentwhere
they can inquire, and no faculty member whose official job it is to take care
of Women's Studies.
Sometimes they ask the Office for
Women Students. We have to tell them
that we have only two courses labelled
"Women's Studies" at the second year
level. UBC is the only major university
in Canada where it is not possible to
obtain any kind of degree or diploma
mentioning Women's Studies as an
area of specialization.
Why is this? I have been asked by
the media if it is due to a particularly
sexist or academically conservative
climate at UBC, or because of a bias
against interdisciplinary studies in
general. Such claims would be hard to
One reason is that UBC has not had
a general B A degree or Minors, and it is
more difficult to establish a Major.
Anotheristhat the only Women'sStudies
committee has been limited to theFaculty
of Arts. Other universities with a similar intellectual climate (the University
of Western Ontario, McGill) have recently established centres for Women's
The problem seems to be less one of
resistance to Women's Studies than
the time it has taken for current research in many areas to become widely
known at UBC. Those of us in the
Humanities and Social Sciences who
travel frequently to conferences know
that it is in the area of feminist research
that much ofthe most exciting work is
being done—not only on women as an
object of study, but as a critique of the
premisses and conclusions of traditional research. No one who has been
exposed to any of this research would
ask (as some have here), why women's
studies? Why not men's studies too?
One does not need to delve too far
into most academic disciplines to discover that what is taught and how it is
taught suffers from gender bias. We
already have men's studies. It would
be Utopian to believe that any academic
department will, in the foreseeable future, systematically eliminate all such
bias from all its courses. In the meantime, a wider selection of courses specifically adopting a feminist approach
wouldexpose students to another point
of view, fulfilling in the most obvious
way the university's mission to encourage critical thinking about the assumptions on which most systems are
based. This would helpdispel the myth
that courses in areas such as Women's
Studies are "ideological, whereas all
the rest are neutral or "objective."
This is not to imply that there is a
biologically innate sexual difference
between women'sinterests and men's,
between women's ways of knowing,
and men's. As our conference showed,
what exists is culturally determined
gender difference and systematic
domination by one set of values associated with one sex.
Women now comprise over 50 per
cent of the student body here at UBC,
yet they are still a small minority in
areas where they are perceived as intruding into the realm of male values.
Even in departments with a majority of
female students, male professors are
more numerous in the upper ranks.
How long will it take for women to
have equal status, when it has taken
over 20 years to remove the urinals
from the women's washrooms in the
Buchanan building?
courses concerned with women and
incorporating feminist methodology
would surely speed up the process. A
centre for feminist research would
provide a means to attract outstanding
female academics and graduate students. Women's Studies should be
central, not marginal, on campus.
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Office: (604) 263-1508     Home: (604) 263-5394 UBCREPORTS   Nov. 2.1989
November 5 -
November 18
SUNDAY, NOV. 5     |
Standing Committee on
the Holocaust
An Interfaith Inquiry. Workshops, Debate,
Panel Discussion, Exhibits, Film and Slides
with Bill Nicholls, Christopher Friedrichs,
Martin Kitchen, Ira Nadel, Graham Forst,
Robert Smith and James Roberts. Free
admission. All welcome. Woodward
Library, IRC from 1-6 pm.  Call 298-6622.
Classics/AIA Lecture
Archaeology and the Cult of the Mother
Goddess in Ancient Israel. William Denver. U of Arizona. Lecture Theatre, Museum of Anthropology at 8 pm. Call 228-
Office for Women Students
Procrastination. One session Workshop.
Free admission. Registration required.
Women Students' Lounge, 223 Brock Hall
from 12:30-220 pm.   Call 228-2415.
Applied Math Seminar
A Simple Algorithm for One-Dimensional
Dynamic Programming. Dr. Maria M.
Klawe, Computer Science, UBC. Mathematics 229 at 3:45 pm.   Call 228-4584.
Mechanical Engineering Seminar
Force Control for Large Flexible Robotic
Manipulators with Doug Latornell and
Modelling of Stalled Airfoils with William
Yeung. Both, PhD students, UBC. Civil
and Mechanical Eng. 1202 at 3:30 pm.
Call 228-4350.
Physiology Seminar
Mammalian Motor Control. Dr. P. Bawa,
Kinesiology, Simon Fraser U. IRC #5 at
4:45 pm.   Call 228-2083.
Library/Archival and
Information Studies
In cooperation with the Alcuin Society.
The Book of Kells and other Anglo-Celtic
Manuscripts - the art and social significance of English and Irish illuminated
manuscripts. Prof. Emeritus, and former
director of the School, Roy Stokes. All
welcome. North Wing, Main Ubrary 835
from 7:30-8:30 pm.   Call at 228-3184.
Continuing Ed Lecture
The International System of the 1990s:
Canadian Opportunities and Risks. Bernard Wood, CEO, The Canadian Institute
for International Peace and Security. All
welcome. Buchanan A104 from 8-10pm.
Call 222-5238.
Biochemistry Seminar
In Pursuit of the Structural Basis for the
Regulation of Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenases
by Substrate Binding. Dr. Marian
Stankovich, U of Minnesota (on sabbatical leave, Biochemistry, UBC). IRC #4 at
3:45 pm.   Call 228-3719.
Evening Music Concert
UBC Percussion Ensemble. John Rudolph,
director. Free admission. Music Recital
Hall at 8 pm.  Call 228-3113.
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newspaper of the University of
British Columbia. It is published
every second Thursday by the UBC
Community Relations Office, 6328
1W5. Telephone 228-3131.
Advertising inquiries: 228-4775.
Director: Margaret Nevin
Editor-in-Chief: Don Whiteley
Editor: Howard FluxgoM
Contributors: Connie Filletti,
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and Gavin Wilson.
This work by B.C. Binning, Four Ships on a Northwesterly Course, is currendy on display at die UBC Fine Arts Gallery. It is
part of an exhibition, on view until Nov. 18, that brings together works of well known Canadian artists drawn from die university's
own collection.
For events in the period Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 notices must be submitted on proper Calendar forms no later than noon on Tuesday,
Nov. 7 to the Community Relations Office, 6328 Memorial Rd., Room 207, Old Administration Building. For more information
call 228-3131. Notices exceeding 35 words may be edited. Please note die change in deadline for this edition.
TUESDAY, NOV. 7    \
Creative Writing Poetry Reading
Andrew Wreggitt reads from his new collection, Making Movies. Free admission.
Buchanan Penthouse/ Call 228-2712.
Graduate Student Society
Female Grad Student Support Network.
Funding: Besides the Big Three What
Else is There? Nancy Horsman, Asst. to
Dir., Women Students Office and Dan
Worsley, Asst. to Dir., Awards and Financial Aid. Free admission. Grad Student
Centre Garden Room at 12:30 pm. Call
Electrical Engineering Seminar
Neural Networks - Theory and Applications. Gary Josin, Pres. Neural Systems
Inc. McLeod 402 at 1:30 pm. Call 228-
Statistics Seminar
Some Characters of Cumulants. Dr. Z.
Fang, Statistics, UBC. Ponderosa Annex
C 102 at 4 pm.  Call 228-3167.
History Seminar
Probability and Irreligion: Hume's Of Miracles in Context. Dr. David Wooten,
Landsdowne Chair of the Humanities, U
of Vic. Buchanan Penthouse at 3:30 pm.
Call 228-2561.
History Lecture
Ulysses Bound: Venice and the Idea of
Liberty from Harrington to Hume. Dr.
David Wooton, Landsdowne Chair of the
Humanities, U of Vic. Buchanan A 102 at
12:30 p.m.   Call 228-2561.
Office for Women Students
Panel discussion. Status of Women -
perspectives on how the women of UBC
are faring as students, staff and faculty.
Free admission. Register at WSO Brock
203. IRC #5 from 12:30-2:20 pm- Call
Faculty Women's Club
Monthly Meeting. Liposomes with Dr Pieter Cullis and Parallam with Dr. Mark
Churchland. All members, spouses and
friends welcome. Cecil Green Park House
at 8 pm.   Call 224-5307.
Students for Forestry Awareness
Forestry and Forestry Research: Mutually
Exclusive or Merely Totally Unrelated?
Prof. John Worrall, Dendrology/Tree
Physiology^ Forestry, UBC. MacMillan
166 at 12:30 pm.   Call 228-5689.
Biochemistry Seminar
Receptor-mediated Viral Attachment to
Cell Surfaces. Dr. Daniel Hammer, Cornell U. IRC #4 at 12:30 p.m. Call 228-
Botany Seminar
Ecological and Social Considerations in
Environmental Change. Dr. J.P. Kimmins, Forest Sciences, UBC. Biological
Sciences 2000 at 12:30 pm. Call 228-
Lectures in Modern
Chemistry Seminar
Imaging Molecules on Surfaces by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Dr. Shirley
Chiang, IBM Research Center, San Jose,
Calif. Chemistry B250 at 1 pm. Refreshments, 12:40. Call 228-3266.
Geography Colloquium
Living Systems in Human Geography.
Prof. Walter Hardwick, Geography, UBC.
Geog 200 at 3:30 pm.   Call 228-6959.
Oceanography Seminar
Enzymatic Indices of Aquatic Secondary
Production. John Berges, Oceanography, UBC. BioSciences 1465 at 3:30 pm.
Call 228-2317.
Music Noon Hour Concert
Solo and Chamber music from here and
abroad.   Chinese Instrumental Ensemble
featuring Sun Yong, Juang Ji-Rong, Wang
Zhi-Ping. Tickets $2 at the door. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30 pm.   Call 228-3113.
United Church Reception.
To meet Rt. Rev. Dr. Sang Chul Lee,
Moderator of the United Church of Canada. All welcome. Social Suite, Faculty
Club at 10 am.   Call 224-3722.
Geophysics Seminar
Education and Research in Applied Geophysics: A Perspective for the Future. Dr.
Stan Ward, Visiting Prof., Geological Sciences, UBC. Geophysics and Astronomy
260 at 4 pm. Coffee from 3:45. Call Doug
Oldenburg at 228-5406/2267.
Sciences Seminar
Neuropeptide Y-Mechanisms of Action
on Arterial Smooth Muscle. Dr. Tim Neild,
NHMRC Scholar, Physiology, Monash U,
Australia. IRC #3 from 11:30 am-12:30
pm.   Call 228-2575.
Ecology Seminar
Social Behaviour andi Population Dynamics in Red Squirrels. Stan Boutin, U of
Alberta. BioSciences 2449 at 4:30 pm.
Call 228-2731.
AMS Lecture
BC Forest Practices. Lecturer to be announced. Free Admission. Sub Auditorium at 12:30 pm.   Call at 228-2050.
Rehab Medicine/OT Division Film
Dr. Donald Meichenbaum demonstrates
Psychotherapeutic Techniques to Help
Patient Make Changes in Life. Free
Admission. All Welcome. Lab #8, 3rd
floor, Koerner Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC site, 12:30-1:30 pm. Call 228-
Microbiology Seminar
Protooncogene Function in Transgenic
Mice. Dr. J. Marth, Biomedical Research
Centre, UBC. Wesbrook 201 at 12:30 pm.
Call 228-6648.
Lunchtime Music
UBC Wind Ensemble. Martin Berinbaum,
director. Free admission. Old Auditorium
at 12:30 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Evening Chamber Music
UBC Mixed Chamber Ensembles. Free
Admission. Music Recital Hall at 8 pm.
Call 228-3113.
English Colloquium
Bowing Among the Titians - T.S. Eliot
visits the National Gallery, April 1911.
Illustrated. Dr. J. Cooper. Buchanan
Tower, fifth floor at 3:30 pm. Call 228-
Geological Sciences Seminar
Coalification and Tectonics in the Ligurian
Apennines, Italy. M. Reinhardt, Freie
Universitaet, Berlin, Visiting Speaker.
Geological Sciences 330A from 12:30-
1:30 pm.   Call 228-4525.
FRIDAY, NOV. 10     |
Fisheries/Aquatic Science Seminar
Food Resources Temperature, Growth
and Survivial of Larval Pollack in the
Southeastern Alaska Ecosystem. Sam
Bledsoe, U of Washington. BioSciences
2361 at 3:30 pm.   Call 228-2731
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Reactive Extrusion of Polymer Systems.
Dr. W. Baker, Queen's U. Chemical Eng.
206 at 3:30 pm.   Call 228-3238.
Creative Writing Literary Reading
Eugene McNamara, author of The Moving Light (1986), a poetry collection and
Spectral Evidence (1985), a short story
collection. Freeadmission. Creative Writing
Reading Room, Buchanan E, 4th floor at
2 pm.   Call 228-2712.
Band Concert
UBC Stage Band. Fred Stride, director.
Free admission. Music Recital Hall at
12:30 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Band Festival
15th Reid Artillery Band. Capt. Richard
Van Slyke, director. Free admission. Old
Auditorium at 6:30 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Afternoon Band Festival
Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. David
Branter, director. Free admission. Music
Recital Hall at 1:30 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Evening Band Festival
UBC Wind Ensemble. Martin Berinbaum,
director. Free admission. Old Auditorium
at 8 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Band Festival
High School Honour Band.    Martin Berinbaum, director.
Free admission.   Old Auditorium at 1 pm.
Call 228-3113.
Sunday Brunch - Faculty Club
From the Black Forest of Germany, savour delicious specialties superbly prepared by our chef. Adults $14. Children
under 10, $7.50. Reservations suggested.
Main Dining Room 11 am to 1 pm. Call
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November 5 -
November 18
Chemistry Lecture
■» Magic and Other Angles in NMR Spectroscopy. Dr. A. Pines, (1989-90 McDowell Lecturer) U of C at Berkeley. Chemistry D225 at 2:30 pm. Call 228-3266.
Statistics Seminar
Linear Time Series Models. Dr. P. de
Jong, UBC. Ponderosa Annex C102 at 4
pm.   Call 228-3167.
McDowell Chemistry Lecture
Magnetic Moments. Dr. A. Pines, U of C
Berkeley. Chemistry B250 at 1 pm.
Refreshments 12:40 pm. Call 228-3266/
Oceanography Seminar
Organic Geochemical Evidence for Iron
Limitation on Primary Productivity in the
Eastern Tropical Pacific. Fred Prahl,
Oregon State U. BioSciences 1465 at
S    3:30 pm.   Call 228-2317.
Botany Seminar
Molecular Biology and Gene Expression
in Archaebacteria. Dr. P. Dennis, Biochemistry, UBC. BioSciences 2000 at
12:30 pm.   Call 228-2133.
u    Multicultural Liaison
~   Public Forum
Race Relations and the Media. M. Valpy,
columnist, Globe & Mail; Prof C. Unger-
leider, UBC; Yasmin Jiwani, grad student
SFU. Robson Square Media Centre
Theatre from 7-9 pm. All welcome. Call
Japan Seminar Series
Japan's Reaction to Fallows and Wolferen.
Prof Keizo Nagatani, Economics, UBC,
researcher vis a vis the role of the Japanese bureaucracy in economic policy
making. Asian Centre 604 at 12:30 pm.
Call 228-4688.
Students for Forestry
Awareness Lecture
Global and Local Implications of the
Looming Timber Shortage in the I990's.
Mr. C. Widman, Analyst. MacMillan 166
at 12:30 pm.   Call   228-5689.
Pulp and Paper Centre Lecture
Thoughts of the Future. Dr. A.H.. Nissan,
Dow Distinguished Lecturer. Pulp and
Paper Centre, 101 at 1:30 pm. Call 224-
Geography Colloquium
Debris Torrent Control in the Austrian
Alps. Dr. Gunter Bloschl, NSERC Senior
Visiting Fellow. Geography 200 at 3:30
pm.   Call 228-6959.
Music Students Recital
In the Spotlight.Free admission. Music
Recital Hall at 8 pm.
Call 228-3113.
Tai Chi Group
Introduction to Basic Tai Chi. SamMasich,
Co-ordinator. $45 for 12 sessions. Ballroom, Faculty Club from 7:45 - 8:45am.
Call 228-4693.
Session on Wine #6
Australia/ltaly/Chile. D. Berezowski, wine
consultant to Mark Anthony Wines. $15
per session. Music Room, Faculty Club
from 7 - 9pm.   Call 228-4693.
pheric Phenomena. Dr. J. Fyfe, Oceanography, UBC. Mathematics 229 at 3:45
pm.   Call 228-4584.
AMS Recyling Lecture
Andrea Miller. Sub Auditorium at 12:30
pm.   Free admission.   Call  228-2050.
Rehab Medicine/OT Rim
Dr. A. T. Beck, OT/UBC, developer of
Cognitive Restructuring Therapy, demonstrates this technique with a patient.
Free admission. Lab #8, 3rd fir, Koerner
Pavilion, University Hospital, UBC site at
12:30 pm.   Call 228-7395.
Regent College Forum
Christian Marriage in a cross-cultural
perspective. Ingrid Trobisch. Bring your
lunch. Regent College 100, 11 am -
noon.   Call 224-3245.
Ecology Seminar
Do Predators Have an Advantage in
Coevolution with Prey? Peter Abrams U
of Minnesota. BioSciences 2449 at 4:30
pm.   Call 228-2731.
Microbiology Seminar
Antigenic Variation in Campylobacter Coli.
Dr. T. Trust, Biochemistry and Microbiology, U of Vic. Wesbrook 201 at 12:30 pm.
Call 228-6648.
Oceanography Seminar
Interpreting Velocity Time Structure From
a Neutrally-buoyant Float. Eric Kunze, U
of Washington. BioSciences 1465 at
9:30 am.   Call 228-2317.
Pharmacology Seminar
Regulation of Smooth Muscle Myofilament Calcium Sensitivity and the "Latch".
Dr. C. Van Breeman, U of Miami. IRC #3
at 11:30 am.   Call 228-2575.
Music Noon-hour Concert
Eric Shumsky, violin. Free admission.
Music Recital Hall at 12:30 pm. Call 228-
Faculty Club Buffet
Pre-Senate Italian Buffet. Main Dining
Room 5:30 - 7:30pm.   Call 228-3803.
Applied Mathematics Seminar
Storm Tracks, Wave Breaking and Blocking - A Medley of Large-Scale Atmos-
Medical Grand Rounds
New Medical Therapies in Inflammatory
Bowel Disease. Dr. S. Hanauer, U of
Chicago. Ground floor lecture hall University Hospital, UBC Site at Noon. Call
Geological Sciences Seminar
The Masset Formation - Evidence of
Miocene Subduction in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Dr. Cathie Hickson, Geological Survey of Canada. GeoSciences
330A 1-2:30 pm.   Call 228-4525.
Biotech Lab Seminar.
Development of a Recombinant AIDS
Vaccine. Dr. Yong Kang, Microbiology, U
of Ottawa. IRC #5 at 4 pm. Call 228-
UBC Choral Union
Steven Morgan, director. Music Recital
Hall at 1230 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Tai Chi Group
Introduction to Basic Tai Chi. SamMasich,
Co-ordinator. $45 for 12 sessions. Ballroom from 7:45-8:45am.   Call 228-4693.
Beaujolais Nouveau 1989
Celebrate this very special time of year.
$5 per glass, $25 per bottle. Faculty Club
Music Room at 6pm.   Call 228-4693.
FRIDAY, NOV. 17    |
Fisheries/Aquatic Science
BKME in the Fraser River - A Search for
Ecological Effects in Over-wintering
Juvenile Chinook Salmon and Uptake of
Organochlorines in Other Fish. Hal
Rodgers, Dept. of Fisheries. BioSciences
2361 at 3:30 pm.  Call 228-2731.
Medical Genetics Seminar
Refxjrt from American. Society of Human
Genetics Meeting in Baltimore, from
Medical Genetics members. University
Hospital, Shaughnessy Site D308, at 2:15
pm.   Call 228-5311.
Chemical Engineering Seminar
Cell Recovery Using Hollow-Fibre Cross-
filtration Technique. Graduate student
Danny Lee. Chem. Engineering 206 at
3:30 pm.   Call 228-3238.
Creative Writing Reading
James Houston, author of Running West
and The White Dawn. Free admission.
Buchanan Penthouse at 12:30. Call 228-
Music Concert
UBC Chamber Strings. John Loban,
director. Music Recital Hall at 1:30 pm.
Free admission.   Call 228-3113.
UBC Choral Union
Steven Morgan, director. Music Recital
Hall at 8 pm.   Call 228-3113.
Graduate Student Centre
Open Stage Talent Night. Amateur
musicians, jugglers, singers, comedy acts,
etc. Fireside Lounge at 6pm. Call 228-
Faculty Club Seafood Festival
Delectable seafood buffet. Main Dining
Room 5:30 - 8:30 pm.   Call 228-3803.
Sat. Nov. 11
Emperors and
Democrats in China.
Prof. Alexander
Woodside, Dept. of
History, UBC.
Sat. Nov.18
High-Tech And The Global Economy:
Where Is It Taking Canada? Prof. Richard
Lipsey, Dept. of Economics, Simon Fraser
All lectures at 8:15 p.m. in IRC #2.
Frederic Wood Theatre
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith under the direction of Kevin Orr.
Wed. Nov. 15-Sat. Nov. 25. No performances Sunday. Reservations recommended.   FWT 207 or call.228-2678.
Fine Arts Gallery
Selected Works of Canadian Art jrom the
Collections of UBC. Until Nov. 18. Main
Library. Tues.- Fri., 10 am- 5pm; Saturday, noon - 5 pm.
Language Programs/Services
Whistler Weekend
Intensive non-credit conversational Japanese and Mandarin classes Nov. 11-13
at the Nancy Greene Lodge. Fee $280
includes meal and tuition. Participants
must pre-register. Call Language Programs and Services, Centre for Cont.
Education at 222-5227.
Back Pain Research
Volunteers needed for magnetic resonance imaging of healthy spines - men
and women aged 18-60, non-pregnant,
no pacemakers, no intracranial clips and
no metal fragments in the eye. University
Hospital employees excluded. About I
hour required. Call June in the MRI Unit
between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday -
Thursday at 228 - 7720.
Office for Women Students
Mature Students Support Group.
Drop in Tuesdays until Nov. 28. Free
admission. Brock Hall, Room 223 (Women
Students' Lounge), 1230 -1:30 pm. Call
Badminton Club
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student Badminton Club meets Thursdays, 8:30 - 10:30
p.m. and Fridays 6:30 p.m. in Gym A of
the Robert Osborne Sports Centre. Fees
$15 per year with valid UBC Ubrary card.
For information call Bernard 731-9966.
UBC Employment Equity
Faculty and staff interested to learn about
'the program, including the census to take
place in February 1990, please contact
Dr. Sharon E. Kahn, Director. Dr. Kahn is
happy to arrange visits to academic and
administrative groups on. campus. Call
Faculty Club Game Festival
A great culinary festival celebrating the
Hunting Season. Regular menu plus
specialties at lunch, special menu at night.
Mon. Nov. 13 - Fri. Nov. 17. Main Dining
Room.   Call 228-3803.
Continue every Sunday until the end of
November. Main Dining Room from 11
am-1:30 pm.   Call 228-3803.
Faculty, Staff and Grad Student Badminton Club meets Thursdays, 8:30 - 10:30
pm and Fridays 6:30 - 8:30 pm in Gym A
of the Robert Osborne Sports Centre.
Fees $15 per year wfth valid UBC Library
card.   Call Bernard at 731-9966.
Late afternoon curling at its best. Experienced curlers and those wishing to learn
are welcome. At Thunderbird, Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15. Two terms, $80. Call
Paul Willing, 228-3560 or Alex Finlayson,
738-7698 (eve.)
Walter Gage Toastmasters
Wednesday. Public Speaking Club
Meeting. Speeches and tabletopics.
Guests are welcome. Call Sulan at 597-
8754, SUB 7:30 pm.
Psychiatry Study
Subjects (adults age 30 and above) are
needed for a personality questionnaire
study being conducted at the UBC Dept.
of Psychiatry. Participants will receive
$15 and a personality assessment. Call
Psychology Study
Opinbhs of teenage girls and their parents on important issues surfacing in
family life. Volunteers needed: 13 - 19
year old girls and one or both of their
parents for 1 to 1 1\2 hours. Call Lori
Taylor at 733-0711.
International House
Language Exchange
Free service to match up people who
want to exchange their language for
another. At present, many Japanese and
Mandarin speakers wish to exchange
their languages for English. Call Yukiko
Yoshida at 228-5021.
International House
Language Bank
Free translation/interpretation sen/ices
offered by International students and
community in general. Call Teresa Uyeno
at 228-5021.
Sexual Harassment Office
UBC's policy and procedures are now in
place to deal with instances of sexual
harassment. Two advisors are available
to discuss questions and concerns on the
subject. They are prepared to help any
member of the UBC community who is
being sexually harassed to find a satisfactory resolution. Call Margaretha Hoek
or Jon Shapiro at 228-6353.
Statistical Consulting and
Research Laboratory.
SCARL is operated by the Department of
Statistics to provide statistical advice to
faculty and graduate students working on
research problems. Call 228-4037. Forms
for appointments available in Room 210,
Ponderosa Annex C.
To find an interesting and challenging
volunteer job, get in touch with Volunteer
Connections, the on-campus information and referral service supported by the
AMS. Student interviewers are trained to
help UBC students, staff and faculty find
volunteer jobs in their area of interest. For
an appointment to explore the available
volunteer options, contact: Volunteer
Connections, Student Counselling and
Resources Centre, Brock Hall 200 or call
Lung Disease Subjects Wanted
We are seeking interstitial lung disease
subjects in order to study the effect of this
disorder on response to submaximal
exercise. For further information call
Frank Chung at 228-7708, School of
Rehab. Medicine.
Parenting Project
Couples with children between the ages
of 5 and 12 are wanted for a project
studying parenting. Participation involves
the mother and father discussing common chikfrearing problems and completing questionnaires concerning several
aspects of family life. Participation will
take about one hour. Evening appointments can be arranged. Interpretation of
the Questionnaires is available on request. Call Dr. C. Johnston, Clinical
Psychology, UBC at 228-6771.
Teaching Kids to Share
Mothers with 2 children between 2 1/2
and 6 years of age are invited to participate in free parent - education program
being evaluated in the Department of
Psychology at UBC. The 5 session program offers child development information and positive parenting strategies
designed to help parents guide their children in the development of sharing and
cooperative play skills. Call Georgia
Tiedemann at the Sharing Project 228-
Fitness Appraisal
Physical Education and Recreation,
through the John M. Buchanan Fitness
and Research Centre, is administering a
physical fitness assessment program to
students, faculty, staff and the general
public. Approximately 1 hour, students
$25, all others $30.   Call 228-4356.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Facility
All surplus items. Every Wednesday,
noon-3 pm. Task Force Bldg. 2352
Health Sciences   Mall.   Call 228-2813.
Neville Scarfe Children's Garden
Visit the Neville Scarfe Children's Garden located west of the Education Building. Open all year - free. Families
interested in planting weeding and watering in the garden Call Jo-Anne Naslund at
434-1081 or 228-3767.
Botanical Garden
Open every day from 10 am - 3 pm. until
mid-March.    Free admission.
Nitobe Garden
Open Monday to Friday, 10 am - 3 pm
until mid-March.   Free admission. UBCREPORTS   Nov. 2,1989       6
UBC school rated
one of two best
in North America
UBC's School of Family and Nutritional Sciences was rated as one ofthe top
two family science programs at North
American universities in a recently published study.
UBC shared top honors with Pennsylvania State University, which is regarded
as having the best family science program
in the U.S.
Two ofthe school's faculty members,
Director Daniel Perlman and Professor
James White, were also singled out as
being among the top family science scholars in North America by the four Utah
State University researchers who published theirfindings in the Family Science
The researchers were primarily interested in identifying those family science
graduate training programs which stand
out as high producing, high quality and
high impact departments.
"We were very flattered that UBC's
family science program was evaluated so
positively," said Perlman.
"I had always felt that my colleagues
were highly productive and doing important work, but it's pleasing to see external
confirmation of that."
The researchers assessed the productivity and impact of 402 faculty members
at American and Canadian universities
during 1984-86.
Their examination included the average annual frequency of first and second
authored publications, the calibre of journals in which they had been published,
and the frequency with which each faculty member's publications were cited.
The researchers also looked at the
number of books in print by each faculty
Perlman said the positive showing
reflects UBC's generally excellent reputation, the support of the senior aclrnini-
stration over the last decade, the values of
the current faculty and the leadership
provided by the previous director of the
school, Roy Rodgers.
The School of Family and Nutritional
Sciences, part of the Faculty of Arts,
offers fourprograms—in dietetics, family
science, home economics and human
Across Canada
Dalhousie launches
deans' forums
Dalhousie University in Halifax has
launchedaseriesof Deans' FallForums
designed to improve communications
on topics of interest to the campus.
Five deans took part in the first forum which examined the pros and cons
of a liberal arts education and the trend
toward professional training with only a
smattering of arts and social science
(academic and research) says the deans
want the discussions to become a campus activity which people get accustomed to, take part in and enjoy.
The forums are not aimed at developing policies. "They are intended to be
very low key and relaxed," says Stairs,
"providing a forum to talk."
The next topic up for discussion is
"the portrayal of truth in first year." It
will examine how faculty present evidence in first-year courses. What is the
nature of truth? What is objectivity and
Business course
set for UVIC
After years of delays, a proposed
new business program for the University of Victoria appears to be moving
quickly toward implementation. In a
proposal circulated on campus in September, John Schofield, chair of Economics and acting director of Business,
said, "The present plan is to begin to
admit students to the first year of the
program in September, 1990."
The 56-page proposal calls for the
establishment of a School of Business
with an enrolment by its fourth year of
600 full-time equivalent (FTE) students
in a Bachelor of Commerce program
and 100 FTE in a Master of Business
Administration program. Its enrolment
would be larger than three ofthe univer-
sity's existing faculties (Engineering,
Human and Social Development, and
Among its specifics, the proposal
calls for specialization in three "strategic areas of optional concentration:"
entrepreneurship and small business;
tourism management; and international
business. Participation in the cooperative education program would be mandatory for full-time undergraduate and
graduate students.
More money
for education
North Americans will spend more
money on education and demand growth
in quality education and training in the
nextdecad, predicts a new report charting business and consumer trends prepared by the consulting firm Clarkson
"Education and training are key issues in North America's ability to
compete globally," says the report entitled Tomorrow's Customers. The
shortage of basic skills in the North
American labor force will be a "serious
constraint" to economic growth over
the next decade, it adds.
Clarkson Gordon cites recent studies that show one in five North Americans are functionally illiterate, compared to one in 20 in Japan.
Canadians and Americans are now
becoming increasingly aware of their
"educational inadequacy."
"We expect increased corporate
participation through sponsorship,
cooperative partnership with schools
and provision of education-related technology," Clarkson Gordon predicts.
Photo by Media Services
T.C. Ho (centre), vice-chairman and CEO ofthe Hang Seng Bank of Hong Kong discusses a painting by Pujie, younger
brother ofthe last emporer of China, Aisin-Giorro Puyi. Ho donated the painting to UBC. Looking on are UBC professors
Graham Johnson (left) and John Stager.
Reduced information urged
for Alzheimer sufferers
Families and health care professionals
should lighten the information load on
Alzheimer's disease patients if they want
to make day-to-day living easier for them,
says a UBC psychology professor.
"Because Alzheimer's patients have a
difficult time selecting relevant information, we have to reduce the information,
select what is critical, and give them only
what they need," said Peter Graf.
Graf is investigating which aspects of
memory are the earliest to become impaired in people suffering from the disease.
"We're trying to find out the role of
attention in memory, because memory
doesn't work without attention," he said.
"You can'task meaningful questions about
memory if you're not sure the information got in there in the first place."
Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia, can occur between ages 45 and
60, occurs more frequently as people get
older, and strikes more women than men.
The disease involves irreversible loss of
memory, deterioration of intellectual
functions, and speech and gait disturbances.
As part of his research, Graf conducted a pilot study of Lower Mainland
Alzheimer's patients who were mildly or
moderately impaired.
His research into attention and its role
in memory led him to the conclusion that
we must highlight relevant information
for Alzheimer's patients if we want them
to remember.
"In people with normal memory, the
opposite is almost always the case — we
can remember better if there is a lot of
redundant information," Graf said.
In their attempt to deal with the burden
of a relative suffering from Alzheimer's
disease, families tend to create a rich
environment, but this may not be the best
thing for the patient, he said.
"It may be counterproductive because
it is going to be massively confusing,"
Graf said, adding that the simple approach is the best.
"If they are doing something, don't
interrupt them. If they're speaking, let
them speak. Phrase your questions simply. Don't ask a question that requires
integrating a lot of information. Use
familiar language."
Graf said the same goes for healthcare professionals who take care of Alzheimer's patients. Less stimulation in a
clinical setting may be less confusing and
thus better in the end, he said.
When transferred to hospital, Alzheimer's patients are surrounded with
new belongings and experiences, Graf
"We should surround them with familiar items such as pictures or mementos and
keep the distractions to a minimum," he
"Anything that is familiar to them is
going to make it easier."
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Bunnell honored by foresters
Forestry Professor
Fred Bunnell has won a
scientific achievement
award from Canada's
national association of
professional foresters for
his major contributions
to wildlife studies.
He was one of three
leading foresters honored
at the Canadian Institute
of Forestry's annual meeting, Oct. 16.
A forest wildlife specialist, Bunnell is developing ways to integrate forest and wildlife management He has studied black-tail deer for
almost 20 years and also worked with grizzly
bears, elk, owls, eagles and song birds.
A second major research effort involves exploring different aspects of foraging theory, particularly with deer and mountain sheep. Other
areasofstudyinclude: lambingperiodsofmountain
sheep and factors in regulating deer and bear
Bunnell has held elected offices in the Wildlife Society, the Canadian Wildlife Society, and
the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations.
Richard Kerekes, Director of UBC's Pulp
and Paper Centre, is one ofthree engineers awarded
the 1989 Meritorious
Achievement Award by the
Association of B.C. Professional Engineers.
The award is given to
association members for
distinctive and outstanding
achievement in aprofessional
or technical field.
Kerekes is being recognized for his role in developing a highly successful and
collaborative academic program in Pulp and Paper Engineering at UBC.
Started in 1984, the Pulp and Paper Master of Engineering program provides advanced training in
pulp and paper technology, offering students the
opportunity to specialize in process engineering,
project and maintenance engineering, or process
Now associate coordinator of the program, Kerekes is also an honorary professor in the Department
of Chemical Engineering.
Kerekes also led the initiative for a Pulp and
PaperCentreoncampus. Opened in 1986, the centre
houses the teaching program and a post-graduate
research program in collaboration with the Pulp and
Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN).
Kerekes received his award at the B.C. Professional Engineers Annual General Meeting in Prince
George, Oct. 21.
Andrew Mular, head of
the Department of Mining
and Mineral Process Engineering, has won the 1990
Robert H. Richards Award
from the American Institute
of Mining, Metallurgical and
Petroleum Engineers
It is the first time the award
has been conferred on a
Canadian academic.
Mular won the award for
his research in computer
modeling, simulation, process control, and design
and economic analysis of mineral processing operations-—work undertaken in collaboration with numerous industries including BrendaMines.Peachland;
Gibralter Mines, Williams Lake; Noranda Research
Centre, Point Claire, Que.; and the Canadian Centre
for Mining and Energy Technology (CANMET),
Coordinator and co-editor of the plant design
series of AIME texts, Mular has served AIME and
the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in
numerous capacities, most recently as chairman of
its Vancouver branch.
Mular will receive his award at the AIME Annual
General Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fiorenza Albert-Howard has been appointed
director of Data Networking and Telecommunica
tions at UBC.
Formerly manager of network support
at the British Columbia Telephone Co.,
Albert-Howard will be responsible for the
telephone and networking systems at the
She took up her new position Nov. 1.
Donald Brooks, professor of Chemistry and Pathology, has been appointed
chairman of the Canadian Advisory
Committee on the Scientific Use of the
Space Station (CACSUSS).
The committee's mandate is to advise
the Canadian Space Agency on the most
appropriate types of science to be pursued
by Canada on the space station which is
expected to be operational by the late
CACSUSS is also responsible for
meeting with the equivalent committees
of the three major partners in the Space
They are the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, the EuropeanSpace
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utilization plan which will maximize the
benefits to be gained from the facility.
Violent acts are possible
hy 'abandoned husbands'
Men experiencing severe psychological trauma associated with the stress of
divorce could commit desperate acts of
violence, says Dr. Michael Myers, UBC
clinical professor of psychiatry and author of Men and Divorce.
"The abandoned husband tends to
isolate himself," said Dr. Myers. "He
represses, even suppresses his pain and
rage. This type of man can be suicidal
and homicidal."
Dr. Myers bases his findings on 20
years of clinical and private practice. He
has specialized as a marital and divorce
therapist for the past decade.
Men generally have difficulty because they don't allow enough time to
grieve a lost relationship, concluded Dr.
Myers. He also says the degree of difficulty varies, depending on personality,
age, income, religion and ethnic background.
Embarrassment, depression, pride and
pressure to be self-reliant often prevent
men from seeking professional help,
aggravating the situation.
The most tragic consequence of their
unwillingness or inability to get help is
violence against
themselves or
others. More
commonly, men
will overwork and
become substance abusers.
They also end up
in the doctor's
office with physical ailments such
matoid arthritis and coronary disease.
All too often the connection between
illness and divorce is never made, said
Dr. Myers.
"Men are an under-served population
of people in distress when it comes to
divorce," he said. They are experiencing
more difficulty than they themselves or
mental health professionals realize. We
have to learn how to properly diagnose
these situations."
Dr. Myers maintains that women are
more successful at managing their reactions to divorce because they seek professional help. They also reach out to
family and friends for support. "Men just
turn off and go into their action-oriented
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mode, usually work," said Dr. Myers.
Divorced men remarry sooner and in
greater numbers than divorced women.
But Dr. Myers believes some men move
on before dealing with the previous relationship, carrying their problems over
into the new one. The result is likely to be
another failed attempt at intimacy.
Dr. Myers feels that preventative
measures can be taken to help avert
divorce or at least the distress that accompanies it.
He advocates more public education
about marriage and divorce, marriage
preparation courses and government
funding to expand these services.
Dr. Myers also cites the need for
societal changes where people could
openly discuss divorce without fear of
being labelled failures. Finally, the practice of divorce mediation and divorce
therapy should continue to encourage
discussion and negotiation between divorcing couples.
He concludes that "for some time yet,
we will need to educate men about their
roles and responsibilities as they pass
through their divorces and move into
new relationships."
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The purpose of university
(The author is an award-winning
journalist who served as the visiting
Max Bell professor of journalism at
the University of Regina in 1987-
88. The following is reprinted from
the Spring, 1989 edition of The
Third Degree, The University of
Regina alumni magazine.)
I once interviewed a man who
had taken a university degree
in fly-tieing. When he told me
this, I thought I had struck a
new form of perversion, one in
which a gang of students sat around
with nets, caught flies, and tied their
little legs together for purposes too
bestial to mention.
But no, he meant that he had
earned his sheepskin in one of the
athletic programs at a university in
Florida somewhere, and his speciality was in the design and construction of lures for fish. You tie
them, apparently; something I didn't
know. This gent was in training to
open a sporting-goods store, you
see, so it was no mere idle whim
that propelled him into higher education.
I told him he must feel no kind of
kinship with Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, and he said "Who or
what is that?" and I said that she
was, had been, a poetess, and had
four names to prove it, and that she
once wrote a poem containing the
lines, "I do not want to be a fly! I
want to be a worm." The gent said
he didn't know much about poets,
but if I would like to see him tie a
Green Goblet, one of his own inventions, he could do so. We parted
with that feeling of mutual superiority which Don Marquis reminds us
is the true disederata of all social
Nowadays, of course, I would
come away, instead, with the feeling that I had been bested. The
gent knew what a university is for; it
is where you learn something you
can turn into cash. If you cannot
turn it into cash, it lacks "relevance."
This is an argument that has
been going on for a long time, the
debate between those who believe
that learning is something to be
embraced for itself, and those who
believe that schools, including the
universities, are training grounds,
places which are, or ought to be,
trade schools. In the middle has
always been the great mass who
think that part of the university - the
School of Journalism here, to take
an example - may be primarily trade
schools, but that the university itself
does, and ought to, support a great
deal of research, teaching and
learning that has no other purpose
than itself. No other purpose - why
not say it out loud? - than pleasure.
This long-standing, three-way debate seems now to be just over. The
trade school gang have won. We used
to call them Yahoos, when I went to university, but I don't suppose many people
read Jonathan Swift anymore.
Universities everywhere are under
siege. "He who enters a university,"
wrote James Bryant Conant, "walks on
hallowed ground." Substitute for "hallowed" the word "mortgaged," and you
are nearer the truth.
University budgets lie in ruins, and
when they try to defend themselves
against the onslaught, they meet the
perfectly valid complaint that they don't
deserve any more money. They are
not turning out enough of the kind of
university graduate the marketplace
wants to see - viz., computer-trained,
management-oriented, buttoned-down
and brimming with marketable skills.
I don't mind it when the tycoons keep
calling for more job-training in our institutions of higher learning; it is a natural
thingforthemtodo. Why spend money
in the corporation inculcating skills if
you can get the universities to do the job
for you? No, what I mind is when the
universities go along with the gag, when
they begin to scuff their feet in the sand
and say, well, gee, boss, you make a
good point there, and we will certainly
have to see what we can do about it the
next time we're reviewing the curriculum.
Northrop Frye
never knowingly
inculcated a
marketable skill
in anyone.
The finest teacher I every ran across
in university was Northrop Frye, from
whom I took courses in English at the
University of Toronto. I think I can
safely say that in all his decades of
teaching, Northrop Frye never knowingly inculcated a marketable skill in
anyone. (Oh, we had a guy in my
secondyearwho could swallowawhole
apple; he would take it into his mouth
and hold it there for about 30 seconds,
and then chew it up, core and all, but he
didn't learn this at the feet of Northrop
Frye; he was naturally talented.)
Well, forget Northop Frye. Or, worse
still, make the argument before the high
lords of the purse string that it is worthwhile to have people like Northrop Frye
around because acommand of English
is helpful in the marketplace. Maybe it
is, but that has nothing to do with why
we ought to study English, and Latin,
and a thousand other useless subjects;
we ought to study, and research and
learn, because it gives us pleasure, and
makes us a civil society.
Trade schools are necessary and
proper elements of any educational
system; universities are a luxury we
cannot afford to do without.
It would make my heart sing, some
autumn, when an ardent politician undertakes, at budget time, to attack our institutions of higher learning because they
waste so much time and money and
effort, to hear someone from the university side, instead of pointing to the
great job the boys over in engineering
are doing, and hey, how about our
medical school? - rear back and admit
that, yes, by golly, a great deal of what
goes on in the university is pointless.
Not useless, but pointless.
Professors do a lot of the things they
do, this brave soul might say, because
they want to. They enjoy it. They take
perfectly good money from the taxpayer and they spend it on Milton, for
Pete's sake, who I am pretty sure is
dead, and they spend it studying cellular structures and poking around the
innards of the universe, and they do just
about what they want to, the swine, and
then demand a raise. God bless them,
he would finish.
Codswollop based
on very shoddy
But no, I hope for too much. Instead,
the university spokesperson will point
out that studying cellular structures may
lead to a cure for cancer, and poking
around the universe has already helped
us develop Corningware, and as for
Milton, well, where is the next generation of poets to come from for the beer
jingles, if we don't study Milton?
The universities are giving up, and
the outward and visible sign of this is the
way they will glom onto money from
anybody who wants to hand it out.
Remember Phillipe Rushton? He is the
professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario who created a
fuss when he released a paper purporting to show that the human species
was divided into but three races - black,
white and oriental - that they were
produced in that order, and that the
latest model off the assembly line, the
oriental, was smarter and gentler than
the white, who, in turn, was a cut above
the black.
This codswallop turned out to be
based on some very shoddy research,
and there were cries for Rushton's
dismissal from the university. This was
refused, and quite properly so, on the
grounds of academic freedom, which
necessarily includes the right, so amply
exercised by Phillipe Rushton, to be a
But what got lost in all this, while the
university was taking such a strong
stand for academic freedom, was that it
had already sold off that freedom in the
Rushton case long before. Rushton's
research was partly paid for by a
series of grants, totally $207,000
during the years 1984-87, from the
Pioneer Fund, an American foundation started by, and devoted to the
ideals of a racial purity nut, now deceased, who made a big hit with the
Nazis for his views. The fund has
cleaned up its act somewhat, but is
still a lobby group today, pushing for
restrictive immigration policies in the
United States.
Scholars ought to
be able to work
free of the
influence.. .of
What in tunket is the University of
Western Ontario doing taking money
from an outfit like this? If there is not
a direct pressure to produce amenable results, there is at least the
appearance of such pressure.The
whole point of academic freedom is
that scholars ought to be able to work
free of the influence, threats or pressure of outsiders.
But that cuts both ways; in most
universities, the danger from outside
pressure is not hostile, but friendly; it
comes in the form of a fat donation,
or a grant, tied to a specific program.
This is most obvious when the money
comes from the defence contractors
and goes to the lads working on
rockets at M IT, but it is just as wrong,
dumb and dangerous in the Psychology Department at the UWO.
The prostitution of the universities,
I would argue, is an inevitable consequence of the notion that they ought
to meet the 'test of the marketplace."
The test is most easily met by turning
out the kind of work that draws the
kind of grants that will allow the
department to meet its budget, despite the slashing inroads of provincial bureaucrats. And, with a few and
rare exceptions, those are not the
kinds of grants universities ought to
be accepting, and not the kind of
work they out to be doing.
Universities can bow to the inevitable, and set up some sort of auction
system for worthy donors - this might
leadtocoursesin bomb-tossing, sponsored by the Irish Republican Army,
and a seminar entitled, 'Terrorism
for Fun and Profit, an Overview,"
subsidized by the PLO, but no scheme
is perfect. Or, they can stand their
ground for once, and argue the virtues of pointlessness. What they
cannot successfully do is to play the
marketplace game when they are
soliciting grants, and then make the
pitch for academic freedom.
They would be better off teaching
people to tie flies.


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