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Community input
shapes UBC vision
Several hundred members of the university community gathered at the Chan
Centre May 22 to voice their opinions on
the draft green paper that outlines UBC's
vision for the 21st century.
This was the second forum held at the
Chan Centre this year to collect comments on the green paper.
Issues raised at the forum ranged from
wages and class size to staffing levels,
transportation and the need to value the
contributions of staff members and sessional lecturers.
This vision is not my vision, it has to
be our vision." said UBC President Martha
Piper. 'The problems you've raised today
are real, but they also offer incredible
opportunities. I challenge us to get it
right, and I'm certain we will."
The green paper, which lists strategies
for meeting five major goals, was developed following extensive consultation with
members of the university community,
UBC alumni and the public.
Input has also been received from the
Community Advisory Council, comprising representatives of government, business, labor and cultural groups.
As well. Piper traveled throughout the
province seeking input from representatives of the provincial and municipal governments, the presidents of post-secondary institutions, business leaders, high
school students and UBC alumni.
Last-minute comments and suggestions on the green paper are still welcome
until mid-June. At that time work will
begin on the final draft of the vision
statement, which will go to the university
Senate and Board of Governors for approval in September and October.
Copies of the green paper are available
at the President's Office and on the World
Wide Web at www.vision.ubc.ca.
Medical genetics marks
quarter century at UBC
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Held together with scotch tape and
baling wire is how one of the original
faculty members describes the early days
of UBC's Medical Genetics Dept., which
celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.
The first such department at a Canadian university, it started
with just six faculty members, very limited funding
and facilities consisting of
a cramped 36 square metres on the top floor of an
apartment building close to
Vancouver Hospital.
The department has
grown to include 35 faculty
members and 50 graduate
students in sites at the Pt.
Grey campus and at B.C.'s
Children's Hospital. Department researchers currently attract more than
$9.6 million in funding annually, a tenfold increase since 1980.
'There's been an explosion in knowledge over the last quarter century," says
Dr. Jan Friedman, department head.
"We're just starting to exploit the tools we
have to combat genetic disease."
Friedman attributes the growth to the
power of contemporary molecular biological technologies such as gene
sequencing, and collaborations that focus resources, such as the Genome
Project, an international effort to decipher the entire human genetic code.
Inherited or spontaneous changes or
mutations in the body's genes cause genetic disease. Illnesses such as Huntington's,   muscular  dystrophy,  diabetes.
breast cancer and Alzheimer's all have a
genetic component.
UBC's Medical Genetics Dept. is a
world leader in predictive testing for people at risk of developing genetic disease,
Friedman says. The department has also
made major contributions to the development of prenatal diagnoses such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling,
a process that analyses
placental tissue to determine the health of the fetus.
As well, UBC genetic
scientists developed data
used world-wide to determine the frequency of genetic disease in the general population.
Molecular genetics, or
the investigation of disease
at the most fundamental
chemical level, and
genomics, which is the
study of genetic material
as a whole, will be key
areas of growth for the department, Friedman says.
Other developments include the new
graduate program in genetic counselling
that helps individuals and families deal
with inherited illness. Also, there is a
rapidly developing emphasis on medical
ethics within the department as scientists' ability to manipulate genes increases.
The department marked its 25th anniversary with a two-day scientific symposium for about 150 former and current
department members. The agenda included presentations of scientific papers
as well as overviews of the department's
history and future.
<*» ■ *•-*_ «* m Hilary Thomson photo
Something to celebrate
Graduating Human Kinetics students Kimberly Berg, Monty Bhambra, Jill
Calkin, Diana Rucker and an unidentified classmate, celebrate outside the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts after receiving their degrees May 28.
More than 5,000 students graduated during six days of Congregation
ceremonies May 24  to 29.
1999 to bring new life
to former faculty club
Renovations to the former UBC Faculty Club building get underway July 1 in
the first stage of its transformation into
the new University Gathering Place.
The initial phase of refurbishing the
40-year-old building will take about five
months with re-opening targeted for January 1999, according to Chuck Slonecker,
acting vice-president. External Affairs,
and chair of the University Gathering
Place Committee.
The main floor will be used as a
meeting place for students, staff, faculty and campus visitors and will feature a restaurant open for lunch.
The top floor will be occupied by the
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Twelve guest rooms will be re-opened
and there will be space available to rent
for catered functions.
The basement will not be renovated in
the first phase of re-opening.
A barbecue in the University Gathering Place parking lot and a hard hat tour
of the renovation is planned for September, Slonecker says. He hopes construction will be far enough along in December
to hold a Christmas luncheon in the
The new facility is made possible
through a partnership of Food Services,
Land and Building Services, Parking and
Transportation, the Peter Wall Institute
for Advanced Studies and UBC's professors emeritii.
Dino Drops
Food Science students head south with "gross" goodies
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www.research.ubc.ca 2 UBC Reports • June 11, 1998
"Gender equity"
needs balance
The intense left-wing
elements in our educational
institutions and media seem
preoccupied with "gender
equity," in so much that
women/girls should make up
half of all, for example, university professorships ("Good
equity practices reduce
conflicts: report", UBC Reports,
April 30).
But if proponents of "gender
equity" truly do want equity
between both genders, why are
not these proponents demanding that half of all post-
secondary student spaces be
reserved for men/boys?
I fairly recently read a few
articles in The Vancouver Sun
which revealed that while pre-
secondary female students are
currently enthusiastically
encouraged by their teachers
to participate and succeed in
school functions and scholarships, male students are left to
fall behind.
How can there be true
gender equality in our society
while, according to these
articles, there's a serious lack
of male representation on high
school honour rolls, scholarship lists, in awards received
and in social-responsibility
And feminists do a real
disservice by dismissing the
role that feminist ideology plays
in the reduced achievements by
today's male students.
If the feminist-minded
educators desire real equal
opportunity for male and
female students, why are they
not setting up quotas to make
sure that male students
represent half of the recipients
of, for example, scholarships?
I hope that contemporary
gender-issue revolutionaries
can convince our education
professionals of the danger
involved in allowing to continue
the large decline in male student
educational achievements.
Such convincing, however,
will likely encounter resistance
from educators and other
academics who are discouraged — or who are discouraging others — from speaking
out against the academic
neglect of male students, lest
they be labelled anti-female.
Remember, these failing
male students are our brothers, sons, grandsons, and
nephews; let's make sure that
they are not allowed to be left
behind academically because
they are male.
Frank G. Sterle
White Rock, B.C.
Professors, board member,
named to Order of B.C.
by Susan Stern
Staff writer
Three UBC professors and a
member of the Board of Governors are among 14 people who
will receive British Columbia's
highest award for outstanding
achievement on June 18 in Victoria.
Trie prestigious Order of British Columbia will be presented
at a special ceremony at Government House to Mechanical Engineering Prof. Martha Salcudean,
Electrical Engineering Prof.
Emeritus Charles Laszlo, Board
of Governors member Ken
Georgetti, and Dr. Michael
O'Shaughnessy, a clinical professor of Pathology.
"I am delighted that four members of the UBC community are
receiving this recognition," said
UBC President Martha Piper.
"The nature of the Order of B.C.
reflects the unique contributions
that members of the campus community make beyond the university throughout the province."
Salcudean is regarded as a
dynamic engineer and leader in
the Canadian scientific community. In April, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her a
$50,000 Killam Prize for research
excellence in engineering.
In 1996, Salcudean was appointed to UBC's $500,000
Weyerhaeuser Industrial Research Chair. Her work in computational fluid dynamics involves modelling the flow and
heat transfer in industrial processes. Her research on recovery
boilers in the pulp and paper
process has been applied in several Canadian and American
Laszlo, who is hard of hearing, has devoted his career to
improving the quality of life for
people with hearing difficulties.
He was the director of the Institute of Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC.
His research objectives are
always guided by consumer and
community concerns. Laszlo developed numerous communication devices for hard of hearing
people, five of which are commercially available. His portable
infrared amplification system
was a world-first and it is now
used widely.
Although retired from UBC,
Laszlo continues his research
program into robotic devices that
seek out speakers and can recognize telephone rings, fire sirens and other auditory alarms.
Laszlo was also the founding
president of the Canadian Hard
of Hearing Association, and
served as the president of the
International Federation of Hard
of Hearing People.
Georgetti, a member of UBC's
Board of Governors since 1995,
will receive the Order for his
achievements on behalf of working people.
Georgetti, president of the
B.C. Federation of Labour, is
considered among the new generation of labour leaders adapting to the rapidly changing
economy. He is noted for understanding the importance of the
picket line and the bottom line
and for bringing labour and management together without compromising trade union principles.
Georgetti also serves on the
Dean's Advisory Committee in
the Faculty of Law and works on
behalf of literacy and adults with
learning disabilities.
O'Shaughnessy is being honoured for his leadership in the
fight against AIDS. The director
of the B.C. Centre for Excellence
in HIV/AIDS, O'Shaughnessy
has an international reputation
for tackling the broad scope of
the AIDS dilemma, from research
to the care of people living with
HIV and human rights issues
associated with the disease.
He is credited with a pivotal
role in establishing B.C.'s response to HIV/AIDS which is respected around the world.
O'Shaughnessy's leadership has
played a part in the development of
public health policy and also influenced the creation of phase three of
the National AIDS Strategy.
Public Meeting
for the campus community
on the
Olympics 2010
Tuesday, June 23,1998
• 7-8pm, Rm. 216, Student Union Building, 6138
Student Union Blvd., located north of the UBC
bus loop
• Parking is in North Parkade off Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver Whistler bid organizers will present an overview of
this international sporting event, including a proposal that
UBC serve as a venue, possibly including an athletes' village
and involving the construction of a speed skating oval.
For further information call UBC Public Affairs at 822-3131.
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Stephen Forgacs photo
Food Science master's student Jill Richardson holds an early batch
of Dinodrops, a candy food product that has earned Richardson and
teammate George Aliphtiras, also a master's student, a trip to
compete with other food products in Atlanta, Ga.
"Gross-out" factor key to
candy creators' success
by Stephen Forgacs
Jill Richardson
Stcff writer
A candy-coated treat shaped to
look like dinosaur droppings has
earned a University of British Columbia graduate student a spot
among six finalists in an international food product
development com- ^^^^mmmmmm
Jill Richardson,
who is completing a
master's degree in
Food Science with
the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, is
one of six finalists
and the first Canadian ever in the In-
stitute of Food Technologists Student Association Product Development Competition. Sponsored by M&M/Mars, the competition takes place in Atlanta, Ga. June
The product that earned
Richardson and teammate George
Aliphtiras a spot in the finals is called
Dinodrops — candy-coated sour
cherries produced in odd shapes and
in colors ranging from "puke green"
to "blood red."
Richardson, who will begin work
on her doctorate in September, says
the product's initial success is based
on taste, target market, appearance
and packaging.
"Dinodrops are a sweet and sour
candy that have a definite gross-out
factor," says Richardson, who has
targeted the candy at children under
14 years.
"Dinodrops are a
sweet and sour candy
that have a definite
gross-out factor."
The candy's centre is a dehydrated
sour cherry produced using unique
technology called vacuum microwave
drying, developed by DRI Dehydration Research Inc., a spin-off company from UBC's Dept. of Food Science. DRI's dehydration process enhances the appearance, nutrition,
flavor and quality
mmam^^^^^m     of food products.
The    candies,
which are slightly
larger than M&Ms,
are stamped with
a dinosaur's footprint  and  packaged in a box that,
when blown into
while empty, emits
a "Dino call." The
container also depicts the rear end of a dinosaur and
features educational information on
dinosaurs on the inside.
In Atlanta, products will be evaluated based on a written report, oral
and poster presentations, and taste
tests. The other competitors, all from
U.S. universities, have entered a
range of food products including Pro-
Crunch, Wrapidos, S'morsels,
Chicotillas and Banana-Custard Delights.
Finalists were selected by a panel
of industry food scientists based on
preliminary proposals of new products that described their technical
aspects and marketability.
Winners will be chosen based on
product originality, feasibility,
innovativeness, and market potential as well as on team members'
presentation skills.
B.C. backs research
with knowledge fund
Michael Smith
ASlOO-million B.C. Knowledge Development Fund announced recently by the
provincial government is being hailed by
members of UBC's research community
as an important step towards establishing and maintaining leading research
programs in B.C.
'The fund will improve B.C.'s ability to
attract and keep world-class researchers,"   said   Michael
Smith, Peter Wall dis-     ^""^^^^™
tinguished professor of
bio-technology at UBC
and  the   1993  Nobel
Laureate for Chemistry,
when the program was
announced last month.
"With the establishment of this fund, B.C.
will become a more attractive destination for
researchers, attracting
researchers from other
provinces and other
The new program
will cover 40 per cent of the capital costs
of research infrastructure at B.C.'s post-
secondary institutions, hospitals and affiliated non-profit research agencies, said
Andrew Petter, minister of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.
The provincial program will enhance
the ability of researchers to draw on $800
million in funds held by the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI), which
was established by the federal government in 1997. The funds provided to the
foundation will cover capital costs in
modernizing the infrastructure needed to
do research in the areas of health, environment, science and engineering. The
CFI will cover 40 per cent of the cost of
new facilities.
UBC President Martha Piper said the
fund will provide support for some of the
best researchers, teachers and students
in the world and help make B.C. the "bio-
tech corridor" of Canada, as well as supporting the development of new composite wood products, cleaner burning energy, advances in information technology
and environmental sciences, microelectronics and building advanced materials.
"With the establishment of this fund, B.C.
will become a more
attractive destination
for researchers, attracting researchers from
other provinces and
other countries."
"All of these areas are vital to the future
growth and prosperity of British Columbia," she said. "More than at any time in
our history, we will depend on the intellectual capital of the people we employ.
"So much so that some predict there
will be no poor regions, there will be only
ignorant regions that, for whatever reason, do not invest in the education of
their population or
^^^^^^mmmm^ feel unable to retain
those people who are
In addition to helping educate and attract the best and the
brightest, Piper said
the fund will aid B.C.
in attracting further
research dollars from
industry and other
foundations and associations.
Bernie Bressler,
UBC's vlce-presi
dent, Research, said
the creation of the Knowledge Development Fund is important if Canada is to
maintain a competitive position in an
increasingly knowledge-based global
"The provincial fund, and similar
funds in other provinces, will allow
Canada to maintain research programs
and support the development of new
technologies and expertise in a variety
of fields," he said. "The support these
funds provide for university research
infrastructure is absolutely essential if
our institutions are to remain on the
leading edge."
World-class research programs at UBC
also ensure UBC faculty and graduates
will continue to play important roles as
major contributors to the provincial, national and global communities in areas
ranging from the humanities to health
sciences, he added.
UBC faculty members receive upwards of $135 million annually in research funding from government, industry and foundations. Faculty conduct more than 4,000 research projects
In Memoriam
Tong Louie
Benefactor and friend
Tong Louie, a benefactor of the university and a former member of UBC's Board
of Governors, died recently at the age of
Born and raised in Vancouver, Louie
was the chairman and CEO of H.Y. Louie
Co. and London Drugs, and vice-chairman of IGA Canada. He was former head
of the Vancouver Board of Trade and the
Business Council of B.C. and served on
many corporate boards.
Louie was also well-known for his generous support of many of the city's education, health and cultural institutions.
Louie gave UBC a major gift during the
World of Opportunity Campaign to create
the Tong Louie Chair in Pharmacy Administration. He also helped to establish
the London Drugs Scholarship Endowment at UBC.
Among the other organizations benefiting from his support were Sun Yat-
Sen Gardens, Vancouver Public Library,
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Simon
Fraser University, St. Paul's Hospital, the
Canadian Diabetes Association, the B.C.
Heart Foundation and the YMCA.
Louie graduated from UBC with a degree in agriculture in 1938. The university gave him an honorary degree in 1990
and he served on the Board of Governors
from 1990-96.
Among the many accolades and awards
made to Louie during his lifetime, was the
Order of Canada, which he received in
1989. 4 UBC Reports ■ June 11,1998
Hansen institute gives $300,000
to UBC neurotrauma researchers
UBC neurotrauma researchers have been awarded more than
$300,000 in 1998 funding from
the Rick Hansen Neurotrauma
Initiative, a collaborative fund-
raising project of the Rick Hansen
Institute (RHI) and nine Canadian provinces.
Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, the Man-
in-Motion Foundation Chair in
Spinal Cord Research, secured
more than $100,000 for two
projects aimed at repairing nerve
cells following injury to the brain
or spinal cord.
In one of the projects, researchers will try to regrow damaged spinal cord nerves by stimulating the genes that direct the
brain to regrow new nerves.
Last year, Tetzlaff and his research team analysed various
factors that could stimulate
genes to start nerve regeneration after injury.
They identified one such factor which produces the building
blocks required to grow new cells.
The team will apply this knowledge to spinal cord injury in the
current project.
In a second project, researchers will investigate ways to rescue damaged or dying nerve cells
at spinal cord injury sites.
When an injury occurs, bone
fragments can compress the spinal cord cells, leading to cell
death. Cavities then form in the
spinal cord tissue, producing a
"break in the connection" for
messages being transmitted from
the brain down the cord. The
cavities also make it difficult for
nerves to regrow and bridge
across the damaged area.
"If we can get a better understanding of how these cells die —
the mechanics of it — we may be
able to save some of them and
preserve vital tissue," says
Tetzlaff, who works within the
Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (CORD), an interdisciplinary spinal cord injury research
group at UBC directed by Zoology Prof. John Steeves.
The team will look at similar
cell death processes in head injuries as a second component of
the project.
Tetzlaff emphasizes that a
combination of cell regeneration
strategies will likely be needed
for healing spinal cord and head
Several CORD trainees were
also given scholarship and fellowship support from the Rick
Hansen Neurotrauma Initiative,
including Jason Dyer, Jason
Bourque, Carolyn Isbister, John
McGraw and Jane Wong.
In addition. Anatomy Asst.
Prof. Timothy O'Connor and Dr.
Stacy Elliot of CORD had projects
funded on nerve regrowth and
reproductive medicine respectively.
UBC and Rick Hansen formed
the RHI in 1997 to work together
to help scientists find a cure for
paralysis, and to improve the
health and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries.
There are an estimated 37,000
new spinal cord and brain injuries each year in Canada. Brain
injuries are the leading cause of
death and disability among
young people.
This year, a total of $729,000
will fund B.C. rehabilitation, research and prevention projects,
in the first distribution of pro
vincial funds
from the initiative, part of a Canadian grant
package total-
ling$7.5 million.
B.C. has committed to annual
funding of up to
$2 million for the
Rick Hansen
Grant recipients were selected from a field
of 336 applications, which were
reviewed and
scored by a national review
panel of experts
who made recommendations
to the provincial
Faculty of Forestry
Head, Department of Forest
Resources Management
Applications are invited from current UBC faculty members
for the position of Head, Department of Forest Resources
Management. This renewable appointment is available for an
initial term of five years, commencing July 1,1998 or as soon
thereafter as a suitable candidate is found. The Department of
Forest Resources Management — one of three within the
Faculty of Forestry — comprises 20 faculty members, 6 staff
positions and a current complement of 59 graduate students.
Members of the department teach in the B.S.F. program and in
the B. Sc. program in Natural Resources Conservation.
The Department receives financial support from an annual
GPOF budget of about $1.3 million and endowments totaling
about $7.5 million. Extramural funding for the past fiscal year
exceeded $1.2 million. For more information on the Faculty
and the Department, visit our website at www.forestry.ubc.ca.
The Head is responsible for the overall administration and
direction of the Department (including faculty leadership and
development, strategic planning and budgeting) and also serves
on the Executive Committee of the Faculty. The Head is
expected to (i) work with Program Directors in ensuring that
courses are suitably staffed, (ii) foster interaction among faculty members, (iii) mentor members of the Department, (iii)
initiate and manage the APT process for department members,
(iv) conduct annual evaluations of each faculty member in the
Department, (v) review all grant applications from Department members with the aim of both improving them and
finding opportunities for collaboration, and (vi) serve as the
advocate of Department members within the Faculty and the
University. The Department Head is also responsible for the
administering of University policies with respect to sexual
harassment, conflict of interest, and other matters.
As a member of the Department, the Head will be expected to
maintain an active research program, supervise graduate students and otherwise contribute to the Department's teaching
Qualifications for the position include distinction in teaching
and research in a field relevant to the Department and demonstrated administrative and team-building ability. Applications
(including a letter of application, a current CV and the names
of three references) will be received until June 30, 1998, and
should be directed to:
Dean Clark S. Binkley
Forest Resources Management Search Committee Chair
Faculty of Forestry
University of British Columbia
270-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
604-822-2467 tel 604-822-8645 fax
binkleyOunixg.ubc.ca e- mail
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
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Applications are invited from current UBC faculty members for
the position of Head, Department of Wood Science. This
renewable appointment is available for an initial term of five
years, commencing July 1, 1998 or as soon thereafter as a
suitable candidate is found. The Department of Wood Science
— one of three departments within the Faculty of Forestry —
comprises 13 faculty members (with an additional four faculty
searches currently underway), 17 staff positions, a current
complement of 46 graduate students and the closely-associated
Centre for Advanced Wood Processing. Members of the department are responsible for our unique and innovative B. Sc.
program in Wood Products Processing.
The Department receives financial support from an annual
GPOF operating budget of about $800,000, and from the $14.5
million Centre of Excellence in Advanced Wood Products
Processing Endowment. Extramural funding for the past fiscal
year exceeded $2 million. A recent external review identified
this department as among the leaders in this field in North
America. For more information on the Faculty and Department, visit our website at www.forestry.ubc.ca.
The Head is responsible for the overall administration of the
Department (including faculty leadership and development,
strategic planning and budgeting) and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Faculty. The Head is expected to (i) work
with Program Directors in ensuring that courses are suitably
staffed, (ii) foster interaction among faculty members, (iii) mentor members of the Department, (iii) initiate and manage the
APT process for department members, (iv) conduct annual
evaluations of each faculty member in the Department, (v)
review all grant applications from Department members with
the aim of both improving them and finding opportunities for
collaboration, and (vi) serve as the advocate of Department
members within the Faculty and the University. The Department Head is also responsible for the administering of University policies with respect to sexual harassment, conflict of
interest, and other matters.
As a member of the Department, the Head will be expected to
maintain an active research program, supervise graduate students and otherwise contribute to the Department's teaching
Qualifications for the position include distinction in teaching
and research in a field relevant to the Department and demonstrated administrative ability. Applications (including a letter
of application, a current CV and the names of three references)
will be received until June 30,1998, and should be directed to:
Dean Clark S. Binkley
Wood Science Search Committee Chair
Faculty of Forestry
University of British Columbia
270-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
604-822-2467 tel 604-822-8645 fax
binkley@unixg.ubc.ca e-mail
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. UBC Reports ■ June 11, 1998 5
UBC to provide Pacific Games venues
Athletes attending the Pacific
Games in Vancouver in 2001
may be housed in UBC student
residences following a decision
by UBC's Board of Governors
last month to negotiate UBC's
participation as one of the Lower
Mainland venues for the games.
The board's decision came
after Maria Klawe, UBC vice-
president, Student and Academic
Services, recommended to the
board that UBC enter formal
negotiations with the games organizing committee.
The recommendation in favour of UBC participation followed consultation with members of the UBC community, on
campus and in the surrounding
neighbourhoods," said Klawe.
"Our negotiations with the organizers will be directed toward
ensuring the university's involvement leads to benefits for the
UBC community and that the
overall effect on UBC and the
surrounding communities is a
positive one.
"Participation in these games
will lead to many opportunities
for the university. Student cooperative programs, student
employment, business opportunities for campus units, and
improvements to existing facilities are some of the direct benefits the university and its community will enjoy."
Klawe's submission to the
board recommended that athletes participating in the games,
June 16-29, 2001, be housed in
UBC student residences at Totem Park and Place Vanier. Some
accommodation has also been
reserved in the Walter Gage Residences.
Games organizers will also
gain access to facilities including War Memorial Gymnasium,
the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine centre, the UBC Aquatic
Centre, the Winter Sports Centre, Thunderbird Stadium and
certain playing fields.
About $ 10 million in construction will be spent on sports fa-
Faculty of Forestry
Head, Department of Forest
Applications are invited from current UBC faculty members for
the position of Head, Department of Forest Sciences. This
renewable appointment is available for an initial term of five
years, commencing July 1,1998 or as soon thereafter as a suitable
candidate is found. The Department of Forest Sciences — one of
three departments within the Faculty of Forestry —■ comprises
21 faculty members (with two additional faculty searches currently underway), 24 staff positions, a current complement of 99
graduate students and the closely associated Centre for Applied
Conservation Biology. Members of the department teach in the
B.S.F. program and in the B. Sc. programs in Natural Resources
Conservation and in Forest Science.
The Department receives financial support from an annual
GPOF of about $1.1 million and endowments totalling about $7
million. Extramural funding for the past fiscal year exceeded
$4.5 million. For more information on the Faculty and Department, visit our website at www.forestry.ubc.ca.
The Head is responsible for the overall administration of the
Department (including faculty leadership and development,
strategic planning and budgeting) and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Faculty. The Head is expected to (i) work
with Program Directors in ensuring that courses are suitably
staffed, (ii) foster interaction among faculty members, (iii) mentor members of the Department, (iii) initiate and manage the
APT process for department members, (iv) conduct annual
evaluations of each faculty member in the Department, (v)
review all grant applications from Department members with
the aim of both improving them and finding opportunities for
collaboration, and (vi) serve as the advocate of Department
members within the Faculty and the University. The Department Head is also responsible for the administering of University policies with respect to sexual harassment, conflict of interest, and other matters.
As a member of the Department, the Head will be expected to
maintain an active research program, supervise graduate students and otherwise contribute to the Department's teaching
Qualifications for the position include distinction in teaching
and research in a field relevant to the Department and demonstrated administrative ability. Applications (including a letter
of application, a current CV and the names of three references)
will be received until June 30,1998, and should be directed to:
Dean Clark S. Binkley
Forest Sciences Search Committee Chair
Faculty of Forestry
University of British Columbia
270-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
604-822-2467 tel 604-822-8645 fax
binkley@unixg.ubc.ca e-mail
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
cilities in the Lower Mainland,
with about $7 million earmarked
for UBC. This will include improvements to Thunderbird Stadium and the UBC Aquatic Centre. The Pacific Games will cover
all games costs at UBC. The
games are budgeted at $148
million with the goal of securing
two-thirds funding from the private sector and one-third from
The games will bring 3,000 to
4,000 athletes to Vancouver to
compete in sports including athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, boxing, gymnastics,
judo, rowing, rugby, skating,
soccer, softball/baseball, table
tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Events planned for UBC include
athletics, aquatics and judo.
Other possible venues include
BC Place, GM Place, SFU,
Swangard and Nat Bailey stadiums.
The program comprises three
components: the games, the Pacific Economic Forum and Sport
Exposition, and the Pacific Cultural Festival, which will highlight the First Nations as the original host culture.
The number of foreign visitors to the games is projected at
15,000, including 10,000 from
overseas and 5,000 from the U.S.
Spectators at the games could
UBC involvement sought
in Winter Olympics bid
UBC is seeking input from
the campus and local community prior to making a decision
on whether or not UBC should
participate in efforts to bring
the Winter Olympics to Vancouver and Whistler in 2010.
A second public meeting
will take place on Tuesday,
June 23, from 7-8 p.m. in
UBC's Student Union Building (SUB), Rm. 216. The first
meeting was held June 9.
The bid society is looking
to the university as a possible location for a proposed
2,500-bed athletes' village
and speed skating venue.
Following the games the athletes' village would be used
as UBC student housing. The
speed skating venue could
be converted into a multipurpose facility following the
games. Several possible uses
have been suggested including a community sports centre.
The Vancouver Whistler bid
is one of three Canadian bids
for the 2010 games. The Canadian Olympic Association
will make a decision Nov. 21,
1998 on which of those three
bids will go forward to the International Olympic Committee for consideration.
Meetings have been scheduled on the UBC campus to
inform community members
about the Olympic bid and the
form of UBC's possible participation, as well as to hear community concerns regarding
UBC's participation in such a
major event.
Further information on the
public meeting can be obtained
by calling UBC's Public Affairs
Office at 822-3131.
UBC Special Event Rentals
Event Tents/Staging/Flooring/Lights
Terrific Rates
For information     Vincent Grant     822-2582 (tel)
822-8189 (fax)
English Language
open house
Join us for
the chance
to win prizes,
plus a full
scholarship to
one of our
ESL programs!
June 18,1998 1-7 pm
You're invited to
• Learn about our ESL Programs
for teens and adults
• Tour our new facility
• Take part in language
activities and demonstrations
• Enjoy international food
& entertainment
New Continuing Studies Building
2121 West Mall, UBC Campus
Enter at Gate 6 and follow the signs to free parking.
Call (604) 822-1507 for more information.
reach a total of 100,000, organizers estimate.
The first Pacific Games was
held in Cali, Colombia in 1995.
The second will take place in
Santiago, Chile in 1999.
Two UBC faculty members
and a former Alma Mater Society
(AMS) executive member are
among the 10 women recognized
for their achievements in the
Vancouver YWCA's Women of
Distinction awards.
Dr. Gillian Lockitch, a professor of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine, won in the Science
and Technology category.
Lockitch is an expert in the
complex biochemistry of babies,
children and pregnant women
and wrote the definitive reference on the biochemistry of pregnancy. The handbook shows how
the normal values of body chemicals change during different
stages of pregnancy. This information is used by laboratories
and physicians to decide if laboratory tests indicate possible
health problems.
A faculty member since 1978,
Lockitch also promoted the use
in B.C. of a simple blood test that
helps women evaluate whether
the risk of amniocentesis is warranted, decreasing by two-thirds
the number of these tests in
women aged 35 years or older.
Leora Kuttner, a clinical associate professor in the Pediatrics
Dept., was chosen in the Health
and Wellness category for her
work in managing pain in children.
A clinical psychologist,
Kuttner has encouraged the
medical profession to consider
the psychological needs of sick
children when planning their
medical treatment. She has developed pain management programs at B.C.'s Children's Hospital and Canuck Place, a hospice for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Her documentary film, "No
Fears, No Tears: Children with
Cancer Coping with Pain," has
been translated into four languages and is used extensively
by universities in training medical and nursing students.
The Young Women of Distinction award went to alumna Leah
Costello (BA'95), who was president of the UBC Entrepreneurs
Club from 1993 to 1994 and is
now owner of Silver Spoon Catering Inc., a company she
founded at age 22.
Costello, who was also coordinator of External Affairs at
the AMS, recently co-founded
the Young Entrepreneurs Association of B.C. She has promoted
youth in business through
speaking engagements at high
school career fairs and media
appearances. She serves as a
mentor with two regional support groups for young women in
business and is an active member of the Vancouver Board of
Trade. 6 UBC Reports • June 11, 1998
June 14 through July 11
Monday, June 15
Magnetic Materials
UBC Conference Centre. Continues to June 20. E-mail:
registration@housing.ubc.ca or
call 822-1050.
Wednesday, June 17
Society For Molecular
Biology And Evolution
6th Annual Meeting OfThe SMBE.
UBC Conference Centre. Continues to June 20. E-mail:
registration@housing.ubc.ca or
call 822-1050.
Thursday, June 18
English Language Institute
Open House
Continuing Studies building from
l-7pm. ESL programs, displays,
activities, international food, and
entertainment. Call 822-1550.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
Esprit Orchestra. Chan Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Tickets $28; $32;
$38; student/senior $28. Tickets
available through Ticketmaster
280-3311 or call 822-2697.
Friday, June 19
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
The Continuum Of Care Program:
Improving Outcomes For Injured
Workers. David Blair, Workers'
Compensation Board. Mather 253
from 9-10am. Paid parking available in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Reach For The Top. Dr. Andrew
MacNab. GF Strong Aud. from 9-
10am. Call Ruth Giesbrecht 875-
Saturday, June 20
Society For The Study Of
Evolution Conference
UBC Conference Centre. Continues to June 25. E-mail:
registration@housing.ubc.ca or
call 822-1050.
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Theatre
Mainstream's Ninth Annual Star
Studded Revue. Chan B.C. Tel Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets
$12. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or call 822-
Chan Centre For The
Performing Arts Concert
From China And Beyond. Vancouver Chinese Choir Association:
Frank Huang, conductor. Chan
Shun Concert Hall at 8pm. Tickets
$10. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or call 822-
Monday, June 22
Graduate Students'
Three-Day Instructional Skills
Workshop. Faculty Development
Seminar Room from 8:30am-5pm.
Continues to June 24. To register
call 822-6827.	
Friday, June 26
Skin Cancer Screening Clinic
Mole Patrol: Free Skin Cancer
Screening Clinic For UBC Students, Staff And Faculty By Dermatologist. Vancouver Hosp/HSC,
Student Health Service from 8-
10am. Bring sunglasses to check
UV protection. Call 822-7011.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
What's In A List?: A Fresh Look At
Waiting For Health Care In Canada.
Prof. Sam Sheps, Head. Mather
253 from 9-10am. Paid parking
available in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Faculty, Staff and Grad Students
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday. Osborne Centre
Gym A from 12:30-1:30pm. No
fees. Drop-ins and regular
attendees welcome for friendly
competitive games. Call 822-4479
or e-mail kdcs@unixg.ubc.ca.
UBC Zen Society
Each Monday during term (except holidays) meditation session.
Asian Centre Tea Gallery from
l:30-2:20pm. All welcome. Call
Parents with Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies learn to talk? Help us find
out! We are looking for parents
with babies between four to 21
months of age to participate in
language development studies. If
you are interested in bringing
your baby for a one hour visit,
please call Dr. Janet Werker's
Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Monika).
Studies in Hearing and
Senior (65 years or older) volunteers needed. If your first language is English and your hearing is relatively good, we need
your participation in studies examining hearing and communication abilities. All studies take
place at UBC. Hearing screened.
Honorarium paid. Please call The
Hearing Lab, 822-9474.
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a
word-learning expert? Help us
learn how children come to be so
skilled at learning new words! We
are looking for children (two-four
years old) and their parent(s) to
participate in language studies.
If you are interested in bringing
your child for a 45-minute visit
please call Dr. Geoffrey Hall's Language Development Centre, Psychology at UBC, 822-9294 (ask
for Kelley).
Research Study
Relationship Study. Heterosexual men (25 years of age and
older), in relationships of greater
than six months needed for a
UBC study of relationships. Complete questionnaire at home, receive $10. Call 822-2151.
UBC Campus Tours
The School and College Liaison
Office offers guided walking tours
of the UBC campus most Friday
mornings. The tours begin at
9:30am and run for 90 minutes.
Interested students must pre-reg-
ister for the tours at least one week
in advance. Call 822-4319.
UBC Botanical Garden Tours
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, Botanical Garden and Shop in the
Garden are open from 10am-6pm
daily to October 4. Tours of the
garden will be given by The Friends
of the Garden every Wednesday
and Saturday at 1 lam. Tours are
included in the price of admission
to the garden. Inquiries for the
gardens call 822-9666 and for the
Shop call 822-4529.
Testosterone Study
Volunteers Needed
Men aged 55-70 with low free testosterone are needed to test the
effects of an approved form of oral
testosterone (Andriol) on bone
mass, body composition and
sexual function. Dr. Richard Bebb
is the Principal Investigator. For
more information or to sign up for
this study please contact Mary-Jo
Lavery, RN (Study Coordinator) at
682-2344 ext. 2455.
UBC Birding
Join a one hour birding walk
around UBC campus every Thursday at 12:30pm. Meet at the Rose
Garden flagpole. Bring binoculars
if you have them. For details call
Jeremy Gordon 822-8966.
Parents With Young Adults
Today it is much more common for
young people to return home to
live with their parents for many
reasons. As part of a research
study, mothers and fathers with
the 20-30 year olds who have returned home are invited to participate in parent/adult-child conversations about their experiences.
Three chances to win $100. Call
Michele Paseluikho, Counselling
Psychology 822-5259 or 269-9986.
Museum Of Anthropology
Recalling The Past: A Selection Of
Early Chinese Art From the Victor
Shaw Collection; Vereinigung.
Nuu-chah-nulth/Gitxsan artist
Connie Sterritt. Continues to Dec.
31. From Under The Delta: Wet-
j Site Archaeology In The Lower
I Fraser Region Of British Columbia. Continues to Mar. '99; Cannery Days: A Chapter In The Lives
OfThe Heiltsuk. Continues to Aug.
31.  Hereditary Chiefs Of Haida
! Gwaii. Todd Tyarm presents a powerful series of photo-based portraits of Haida Chiefs; Attributed
i To Edenshaw: Identifying The
Hand OfThe Artist. Continues to
Feb. 21. Transitions: A Travelling
Exhibit of First Nations And Inuit
Art. Jul. 7 to Dec. 31. MOA Cafe
now open daily 10am-4pm
throughout the summer. Call 822-
The British Columbia Seniors
Medication Information Line (BC
SMILE) is a free telephone hotline
established to assist seniors, their
families and caregivers with any
medication-related questions including side effects, drug interactions, and the misuses of prescription and non-prescription drugs
when it is not possible to direct
such questions to their regular
pharmacist or physician. Monday
to Friday 10am-4pm. Call 822-
1330 or e-mail smileubc®
Counselling Services
For international students and
their family members. Cross-cultural and social adjustments; improved communication skills, as-
sertiveness; individual, family,
adolescents; coping with stress.
International House on Mondays
from 10am-5pm. Continues to
June 29. For appointment call 822-
Flower Sale
Cut flowers every Friday. Cut-
Cash-Carry. Horticulture Greenhouse from 1 lam-lpm. Call 822-
Pension Administration
Has moved to the General Services
Administration Building. Our new
address is #235 - 2075 Wesbrook
Mall. Any questions regarding the
move call 822-8100 or 822-0685.
Women's Nutrition Study
Non-vegetarian, previously vegetarian and vegetarian women between the ages of 19-50 required
for a study examining nutrition
attitudes and practices. Involves a
questionnaire and interview. Will
receive a gift certificate for the
Bread Garden or Starbucks. Call
Terri 209-3281.
UBC Weight Loss Study
We are looking for overweight
males/females between the ages
of 20-45 to participate in a new
research study using metabolic
stimulants to promote weight loss.
For more information, call Romolo
Parent-Child Relationship
Mattering To Children. Are you a
parent of a child who is still in
school? Would you like to help me
understand how parents know that
they are important? I am conducting a survey of parents' understanding of how they know they
matter to their children. You can
complete the survey in your own
home and return your responses
by pre-paid mail. Call Sheila
Marshall 822-5672.
Peer Program Recruitment
Wanted: Canadian Peers. Who?
Canadian UBC students with an
urge to become involved in the
international community. What?
To get together with an international UBC student twice per
month and do things. When? During the 1998/99 academic year.
Why? To learn about another culture, share your own culture, establish new friendships, etc.
Where? Fill out an application form
at International House or call 822-
Statistical Consulting And
Research Lab (SCARL)
SCARL offers long or short term
statistical and analytical assistance to UBC researchers. Resources include expertise in many
areas of statistical methodology
and a variety of statistical software. Website: www.stat.ubc.ca/
-scarl, e-mail: scarl@stat.ubc.ca
or call 822-4037.
Chan Centre Summer Tours
Tours are now running Monday to
Friday daily at 11:30 am at the
Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts at UBC (across from the Museum of Anthropology). Meet us in
the lobby for a half tour of UBC's
newest performing arts "gem". To
book special tours call 822-2697.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
The CMMT: From Genes To
Therapy On The Children And
Women's Site. Prof. Michael
Hayden, Director, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. GFStrongAud. from 9-10am.
Call Ruth Giesbrecht 875-2307.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Novel Signalling Molecules Derived From Inositol Lipids. M.
Chandra Sekar. Cunningham 160
from 12noon-lpm. Call 822-7795
Centre For Chinese
Research Conference
Violating Harmony: Disorder In
Chinese Culture. Asian Centre
Aud. Call Alison Bailey 822-3946:
Sam Ho 822-6206.	
Sunday, June 28
Computer Aided
Verification Conference
International Conference. UBC
Conference Centre. Cont inues to
July 2. E-mail: registration®
housing.ubc.ca or call 822-1050.
Tuesday, June 30
Tour Du Canada
Cross Country Ride. UBC Conference Centre. Continues to July
2. E-mail: registration@housing.
ubc.ca or call 822-1050.	
Thursday, July 2
Society For Social Choice
And Welfare Conference
UBC Conference Centre. Continues to July 7. E-mail: registration
©housing.ubc.ca or call 822-
Sunday, July 5
Agriculture Institute of
Canada Annual Conference
AIC '98. Continues to July 8. E-
mail: registration@housing.
ubc.ca or call 822-1050.
UBC Summer Music Camp
Continues to July 11. E-mail:
registration®housing.ubc.ca or
call 822-1050. 	
Wednesday, July 8
Graduate Students
Three-Day Instructional Skills
Workshop. Faculty Development
Seminar Room from 8:30am-
5pm. Continues to Julv 10. To
register call 822-6827. '	
Saturday, July 11
UBC Summer Music Camp H
Continues to July 18. E-mail:
registration@housing.ubc.ca or
call 822-1050.
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UBC's Public Affairs Office, housed within the External Affairs Division's University Relations Department, is responsible for communicating UBC's mission, key
messages, and values to both its internal community of students, faculty, and staff,
and to the broader external community which comprises multiple and diverse
audiences. Public Affairs co-ordinates programs and messages in concert with other
units of the External Affairs Division, UBC administration, faculties and departments, and service units.
Programs are built on a layer of communications policies and practices, including
the Policy on Communications, approved by the Board of Governors in May 1994,
which formally acknowledges UBC's responsibility to keep its many communities
informed and ensure two-way dialogue. Programs are also built on the UBC
Communications Plan which was developed with widespread campus input and
designed to respond to the ever-changing environment in which UBC operates. The
plan's five emphases are: critical issues management, public information centre,
internal communication, two-way communication, and external communication. These
emphases form the basis of Public Affairs' workplans.
This office provides a comprehensive communications program directed toward
the campus community, the general public, government, the business community
and the media.  The primary goals of the office are:
• to keep the campus community informed about developments in university
policies, its people, research, teaching, and events;
• to increase public understanding and support for UBC;
• to provide avenues for the on- and off-campus communities to communicate
with the university:
• to encourage public use of campus facilities and attractions;
• and, to promote interaction between the university and the private and public
The office provides the news media with accurate and timely information about
research activities and other matters of public interest, and produces a wide range
of publications including the tabloid newspaper UBC Reports, Facts and Figures,
speeches, brochures, World Wide Web materials and fund-raising communications
materials. Staff also provide public and media relations counselling and other
communications services to UBC academic and administrative units.
Public Affairs staff also provide advice and strategic direction for critical issues
Several key initiatives and critical issues have been focal points for the Public
Affairs Office in 1997/98. Ongoing public issues, such as a proposal to bring the
Pacific Games 2001 to UBC, require strategic communications support for internal
and external audiences. In 1997/98, the following initiatives and issues were at the
forefront of UBC's communications:
Official Community Plan
The landmark OCP—a critical university priority—was approved by UBC's Board
of Governors and GVRD's Board of Directors in the summer of 1997. The development
of the OCP received widespread public exposure at many levels, including the campus
community, GVRD community, activist groups, municipal and provincial governments, and the media. UBC organized a series of community consultation meetings
for on- and off-campus stakeholders in April 1997, and provided communications
support in the form of media relations and news stories. Direct communications with
campus residents—notably Hampton Place residents—has been a priority.
Introduction of President Martha Piper
The introduction to the community of UBC's 11th president. Dr. Martha Piper, was
a major focus of the Public Affairs Office in the fall of 1997. Dr. Piper received
widespread public attention through targeted news stories in local, provincial and
national media—through print, radio and television interviews. The strategic
placement of these stories established a profile of UBC's new president in the mind
of the community and also set the stage for the Visioning Process.
Research Awareness Campaign—"Think About It"
The UBC Research Awareness Campaign was launched in October 1997 under the
banner 'Think About It - UBC Research." The mandate of the campaign is to raise awareness
of, and support for, UBC research among constituents on campus (students, faculty, staff,
alumni) and off campus (the general public, government and private sector). The campaign
seeks to put a human face on UBC research, highlight its diversity and linkages among
disciplines and illustrate their relevance to societal concerns. This has been achieved through
a variety of print, broadcast (radio) and merchandising initiatives, as well as special events.
A poll conducted in April 1998 showed 21 per cent of British Columbians had heard or seen
information incorporating the phrase Think About It - UBC Research." The campaign
committee is reviewing initiatives to date with the goal of increasing participation among all
campus constituents, partners and friends off campus. The campaign has received two 1998
awards in the Public Relations Projects category from the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education (CASE): a Bronze Award from CASE District VIII and a Silver Award
in the CASE Circle of Excellence Program open to schools, colleges and universities
throughout North America.
APEC "97
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting held at UBC Nov. 25,
1997—and subsequent demonstrator and police actions—became an extremely high-
profile exposure of UBC to national and international audiences. Subsequent
investigations of the demonstrations focused intense public and media scrutiny on
UBC's involvement with APEC, a scrutiny that will continue during public hearings
into APEC scheduled for September 1998.
Business-Education Partnerships
The introduction of new Business-Education Partnerships, or strategic business
partnerships, to campus raised some serious issues for consideration. Campus
consultation and communications were key parts of raising awareness and support
for two major partnerships which were finalized in 1997/98—in the financial
services and airlines/travel sectors.
Vision Process
UBC's Vision consultation over the winter of 1997/98 has involved extensive
consultation with members of the university community, alumni, and the general
public. Public Affairs is working to position the university's major goals in local and
provincial media to ensure that public feedback is elicited and responded to.
Consultation will continue throughout the summer of 1998 as the university moves
towards finalizing a Vision Statement in the fall of 1998.
UBC utilizes a variety of means to communicate with—and hear from—its various
stakeholders. The major vehicles include:
UBC Reports
UBC's main vehicle for communicating with its internal audience on an ongoing basis
is the bi-weekly tabloid UBC Reports. Promoting the people of UBC—students, faculty
and staff—and their achievements in learning, research and service is a priority of the
newspaper. UBC Reports is published 21 times annually, with 12,000 copies distributed
on campus and 25,000 distributed to our neighbours in surrounding communities.
Media Relations
In 1997/98, the Public Affairs Office researched, wrote and released 168 news
releases for media in the Lower Mainland, BC and across the country. The focus of
these releases included publicity regarding on-campus events; updates on university
policy; recognition of outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service:
and support of other major UBC initiatives. Public Affairs staff also liaised directly
with journalists to place UBC experts in the public eye.
Public Information Centre
UBC's Public Information Centre and information line, UBC-INFO (822-4636), are
housed in Cecil Green Park House. The centre is staffed on a full-time basis and
provides a wide range of information about UBC programs, services and facilities, as
well as offering directions to campus and information about events. The information
line handles an average of 1,000 calls a month, with the bulk of the calls from
journalists seeking information about UBC. Miscellaneous inquiries about UBC,
information about UBC Reports and university attractions, directions and referrals to
other departments comprise the bulk of the remaining calls.
World Wide Web
The Public Affairs Office Web site, which provides on-line access to UBC Reports,
media releases, Facts & Figures, and other communications vehicles, was launched
in August 1996. A snapshot of Public Affairs Web site statistics from April 1, 1997
to March 31, 1998 shows:
average # of files transmitted daily: 570
total # of requests for information: 205,995
total # of requests for the UBC Reports Calendar: 4,506
total # of requests for Facts and Figures: 6,106
total # of requests for media releases: 2,452
total # of requests from UBC for information: 44,484
total # of requests from across Canada (not incl. UBC) for information: 48,085
Building UBC's relationship with the community will be a priority in the year
ahead. As the Vision process comes to a conclusion, UBC's communications strategy
will define precise messages and means to communicate with, and receive input from,
its many diverse constituents. Key UBC initiatives that will be supported through
strategic communications in the next year include:
• Finalization and release of the Vision Statement for UBC
• Governance Study for Electoral Area 'A'
• Research Awareness Campaign
• Official Community Plan/Local Area Plans
• On-line UBC Experts Service accessible via the World Wide Web
External Affairs offers a range of communications services to campus, including:
• UBC Reports—tabloid newspaper published 21 times annually; circulation 37,000
• Media Releases—168 in 1997/98 publicizing research, teaching, people and policy
• Phone contact — 200 calls per day
• Placement of UBC's people and stories — hundreds annually in TV, radio and
print media, both in the Lower Mainland and across Canada
• News Conferences
• Media Monitoring Service — 200 packages annually, approximately 1,000 items
• Facts & Figures university brochure
• World Wide Web site
• Public consultation/public process
• Report to the Community
• President's tours
• Contributions to faculty/departmental newsletters
• President's Reports
• Speakers Bureau
• Alumni Chronicle contributions
• Media training services
• Communications consultation
• Campus Tours
• UBC experts contact service
• Brochures and other publications
• Speech writing services
• Editing services
• Congregation
• MLA/MP visits
• Donor publications
• Personal contact/one-on-one meetings
• Video productions 8 UBC Reports • June 11,1998
Electoral Area A Governance Study
This newsletter was prepared by the Electoral Area A Governance Committee to
inform the community of the start of a study of local governance for Electoral Area A.
As described below, the Governance Committee has been established by the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), and
the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to make recommendations to the Minister on future
governance for the Electoral Area.
Electoral Area A
Electoral Area A is the unincorporated area west of the City of Vancouver between
English Bay and the Fraser River. It includes Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the
University Hill community, and all the UBC lands. A map showing the boundary of
the study area is attached.
Local Governance and Services
This study of local governance for Electoral Area A is about the structure of local
government and how local municipal services should be delivered to the community.
The study will review existing and potential future arrangements for municipal
services, including:
• physical services (water, sewer, recycling and garbage disposal, streets, and
other local public works);
• protective services (police and fire);
• community services (local parks, recreation, library, and cultural services);
• policy making (political direction and planning); and
• general government (administration, enforcement, and development control).
The study is not about governance of UBC as an educational institution. Elementary and secondary schools in the area are not part of the study because they were
included in the Vancouver School District in 1970 and no change is anticipated to
these arrangements. For similar reasons, health services are not within the scope of
this study.
Existing Governance
In the rural or unincorporated areas of British Columbia, local government is
provided by regional districts and improvement districts established under the
Municipal Act and, in special circumstances, by entities such as the Islands Trust
established under separate legislation. In urban areas, local government is provided
by municipalities established under the Municipal Act or in the City of Vancouver
under the Vancouver Charter.
The residents, businesses, and property owners of Electoral Area A do not have the
local government typical of other areas. Local services are delivered by a variety of
jurisdictions operating under different Provincial Acts. As such, the type and level of
service vary from area to area:
• Electoral Area A is included in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD).
The only local service delivered by the GVRD is a level of planning which is
limited by agreement with UBC to the preparation of an Official Community
Plan (OCP) for the UBC lands and two adjacent foreshore lots. The GVRD is
also responsible for the planning and operation of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
The cost of these services is paid by the GVRD's 20 members and two electoral
areas. The only local municipal representative elected by the residents of
Electoral Area A is the GVRD Director.
• Services in the University Hill area, such as garbage and local road maintenance, are administered by the Endowment Land Administration (a branch of
the provincial government).  Residents and businesses here receive services
from, and pay taxes to, the Province. There is no locally elected body
accountable for these services and taxes.
• The University of British Columbia, under the provisions of the Universities
Act, provides a variety of services to its residents (students, staff and faculty),
tenants, and those living in Hampton Place. Residents of UBC's Hampton Place
pay property taxes that are collected by the Province under the Taxation (Rural
Area) Act. Hampton Place residents also pay a service levy to UBC that is
approximately equivalent to the municipal portion of the City of Vancouver tax
Other services are provided under a variety of arrangements. For example, fire
protection is provided for all of Electoral Area A by the City of Vancouver through a
contractual arrangement with the Province. Elementary and secondary schools are
provided by the Vancouver School District. Some major roadways are administered
directly by the Province's Ministry of Transportation and Highways. Policing is
administered by the Province. Hampton Place residents have access to the library and
athletic facilities of UBC by special arrangement. Others make arrangements on an
individual basis to pay for library services of the City of Vancouver. There is no local
elected body accountable to the residents for these arrangements.
In short, local governance in Electoral Area A has features that are contrary to local
democratic principles in a number of ways. There is taxation without representation.
Certain services normally provided and expected by residents in an urban setting are
not available in some parts of Electoral Area A.
Previous Governance Changes
Whatever the theoretical shortcomings, governance arrangements have functioned to the satisfaction of residents and other interests. This has been accomplished through incremental changes, over time, to resolve previous issues. These
inclusion of the area in the Vancouver School Board, in 1970, to ensure a viable
school service;
creation of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, in 1989, to resolve the controversy over
the future use of the undeveloped land outside UBC;
the merger of the UEL fire protection service with the City of Vancouver, in
1995, to strengthen the effectiveness of both; and
the adoption of an Official Community Plan, in 1997, for part of Electoral Area
A to determine the nature of future non-institutional development on UBC
Why a Study Now
In a 1995 referendum, the residents of University Hill and Hampton Place voted
against incorporating those two areas as a new municipality. Since that time,
however, a new Official Community Plan has been adopted for the UBC lands. This
plan calls for the development of a significant new community over the next twenty
On the UBC lands, the residential population could grow from 7,300 student
residents and 1,400 permanent residents in 1996 to 18,000 permanent and student
residents by 2021. The OCP also supports the development of a number of non-
institutional uses on the UBC lands (a village commercial centre, a new elementary
school, etc.). In addition, the population of the University Hill area of 2,350 could
increase by 700 to 1,000 people under its current community plan and zoning.
These plans will foster a significantly larger and more diverse community with
more complex governance requirements than have existed to date. As part of the
preparation and approval of the OCP, it became obvious to the institutional partners
and many residents that the existing system of local governance for representation
and service delivery would not be viable for the long term. As a result, the agreements
entered into during the plan approval process call for the completion of this
governance study. This study includes a larger area than was considered in the 1995
referendum. The area now includes the future development lands of the south
campus and the theological precinct on the north campus, as well as some other
selected areas. Some reasons for reviewing the governance of Electoral Area A are the
need to provide local government services to the growing residential population in all
of Electoral Area A and the long standing desire of the GVRD to provide municipal
services through local governments, rather than through the Regional District.
Through discussion with the GVRD and UBC, the Minister of Municipal Affairs has
agreed to sponsor and provide funding for this local governance study.
The Study Process
It is the Province's responsibility to decide changes to local governance. This is
typically only done after a thorough study and community consultation.
The conduct of this study, including community consultation, is the responsibility
of a Governance Committee established through discussion by the GVRD, UBC, and
the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The Governance Committee is to make recommendations, including a suggested question for a referendum, for consideration by the
Minister of Municipal Affairs.
The Governance Committee, reflecting a broad range of interests in Electoral Area
A, consists of:
• Corisande Percival-Smith, Councillor, City of Richmond, GVRD appointee.
• Jennifer Clarke, Councillor, City of Vancouver, City of Vancouver appointee,
Vice Chair;
• Erica Crichton, GVRD Director for Electoral Area A;
• Harold Kalke, UBC Board of Governors, UBC appointee;
• Ron Pears, University Hill resident;
• William Phillips; UBC campus resident;
• Jim Taylor, Hampton Place resident.
The Governance Committee has hired the independent consulting team of Coopers
& Lybrand and Stanley Consulting to undertake the technical component of the
The study will occur in phases. The first phase, to analyze the existing situation,
has just started. It will be followed by a preliminary overview of a broad range of
options. Then, the number of options will be narrowed to allow the detailed evaluation
of an appropriate set of alternatives.
A study of this nature will only be successful if there is a clear and proper evaluation
of options and their implications. The evaluation will account for multiple considerations, including financial performance, legal perspectives, political imperatives, and
customer service as well as environmental, economic and social impacts. It should
also consider the implications of the OCP for part of Electoral Area A (UBC area), the
GVRD's Livable Region Strategic Plan, the UEL's Community Plan for University Hill,
Vancouver's CityPlan, and UBC's mission.
These evaluation criteria will not, on their own, determine which option is
unequivocally preferred, but they will encourage the process to identify advantages,
disadvantages, and trade-offs. The technical evaluation is only one component of the
Public Consultation
It is anticipated that the public, and its various constituents both within and
without Electoral Area A, will be keen participants in the process. Their contribution
is critical to the process. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Governance
Committee and the consultants to collaborate with stakeholder groups to seek
consensus on the most desirable option.
The study will include a consultation program to make the public aware of the
study and to provide opportunities for input at various stages.    This will be UBC Reports • June 11,1998 9
Electoral Area A Governance Study
accomplished by a series of newsletters, meetings between the Governance Committee and various groups, public events, and requesting written submissions. Four
public events are proposed.
The first public event, anticipated to be held in late June, will
• present the study and incorporation process
• present and review the existing situation
• describe options
• discuss evaluation criteria.
The second public event, proposed for September, will
• present the results of the preliminary evaluation
• ask for public comment on the evaluation
• present Governance Committee recommendations for short listing
• ask for volunteers for a stakeholder workshop.
A stakeholder workshop, near the beginning of November, will
• present the preliminary results of the short list evaluation
• allow scrutiny of the preliminary results of the short list evaluation.
And finally, in early December, the fourth public event will
• present the final results of the short list evaluation
• scrutinize the final results of the short list evaluation
• present the Governance Committee commentary
• provide a forum for public discussion.
The feedback received through these public events is important and will be taken
into account by the Governance Committee in making their recommendations to the
Governance Options
The governance study of Electoral Area A includes the following:
• UBC's institutional component
• the remainder of UBC (including Hampton Place)
• the University Hill community
• Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
The continuation of the status quo is an option. The status quo does not, however,
meet the longer term governance challenges identified earlier and is therefore not
considered viable in the long term.
Should local governance change be considered desirable, the options revolve
around whether all or part of Electoral Area A should be incorporated into a new
municipality or whether all or part should be included within the City of Vancouver.
Incorporation options include forming a new municipality typical of other areas or
forming a special municipality which provides a unique role for UBC.
All options should recognize the special nature of the UBC lands as this area is
entirely owned by UBC and predominantly dedicated to the achievement of the University's academic mission.   This special nature is
already recognized under the GVRD /UBC Memoranda of Understanding concerning area planning.
What's Next
The Governance Committee will hold meetings with various stakeholder groups to
explain the process and discuss issues. The consultants will complete the technical
evaluation of the existing situation.
Another newsletter will be distributed before the first public event. This public
event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 1998, at UBC. It is intended
to review the study process, discuss the existing situation, and what options should
be examined in future phases.
Contacts and Comments
Information regarding the study will be posted on the GVRD web site at
The Governance Committee is seeking input from interested parties at this
early stage of the study: You may contact them at the following telephone
Telephone No.
Corisande Percival-Smith
Jennifer Clarke
Erica Crichton
Harold Kalke
Ron Pears
222-1397 (r)
rpear s @ aldrichpears .com
William (Bud) Phillips 822-9800 (b) 228-1936 (r)
E-mail: budphil@unixg.ubc.ca
Jim Taylor 224-4431 (r)
Fax No.
To obtain additional information or to be placed on a mailing list for
future information contact
Eva Mendel, Electoral Areas Administration
Greater Vancouver Regional District
4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC   V5H 4G8
• Ph: 451-6643  • Fax: 436-6970
E-mail: Eva.Mendel@gvrd.bc.ca
Each of the three main options, identified as a starting point for the
study, has geographic variations as listed below:
1. Incorporation of a New Municipality with a Standard Municipal
• All of Electoral Area A
• All of Electoral Area A except for UBC institutional component
• All of Electoral Area A except University Hill
• Permanent residential areas only (University Hill, Hampton
Place and South     Campus)
• University Hill area only.
2. Incorporation of a New Municipality with a Special Municipal
Structure (governed     by a council on which UBC is represented):
• All of Electoral Area A
• University municipality including UBC institutional
component, Hampton Place, and South Campus.
3. Inclusion in the City of Vancouver:
• All of Electoral Area A
• All except UBC institutional component
• All except University Hill.
It is recognized that other options may emerge from the study
process and will be given serious consideration. As noted earlier, it
is important to ensure a wide range of options is initially considered,
then narrowed to allow a more detailed evaluation of a short list.
The Municipal Act provides for a referendum in the area to
determine the desirability of a change in local governance. This may
ask if voters favour a change in local government arrangements and
allow for a preference if change was to occur.
Electoral Area A voters include resident and non-resident property
electors according to the provisions of the Municipal Act. This
generally includes Canadian citizens over 18 years old who have lived
in British Columbia for six months, and within Electoral Area A for
30 days, previous to registration.
The City of Vancouver's Council would be responsible for representing the wishes of its residents. City Council could direct any
consultation they determine might be needed.
Thursday, June 25, 1998
Open House
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Presentations &
Formal Questions
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
UBC Student Union Bldg.
(SUB) - Room 200
(Gate 2 off Westbrook Mall)
Electoral   Area  A
Electoral Area 'A'
For more information about
this meeting, contact:
Sheila Ritchie, GVRD
Communications and
Education Department
phone (604) 432-6202
fax        (604) 432-6399
shei la. ritchie@gvrd. bc.ca
or visit the GVRD web site:
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services in Electoral Area A is underway. The purpose of
this meeting is to discuss the study, how services are
provided now, and future governance options.
Public input is important. 10 UBC Reports • June 11, 1998
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Faculty of Medicine
Director, UBC Centre
for Disease Control
Applications are invited for the position of director of the
University of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
(UBCCDC). This person will also hold an appointment as a
medical director of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control Society
The UBCCDC, a recently established academic centre in the
Faculty of Medicine, will be the provincial centre of excellence
in support of the surveillance, control and prevention of communicable diseases, and an internationally recognized centre
linking academia, governments, and health organizations in
the understanding, management and prevention of communicable diseases of public health significance. The centre will
include research, education and policy development in support of the provincial programs in epidemiology services, HIV
and sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and the Provincial Laboratory.
The responsibilities of the director include: providing academic leadership and long-term direction to the UBCCDC,
facilitating and directing the development of a world-class
research program, fostering academic endeavors, developing
and leading educational priorities of the centre, and collaborating with the BCCDCS chief operating officer for the co-ordination of policy advice and issues management. The centre
director will report to the dean of Medicine, UBC, for academic
matters and to the chief operating officer of the BCCDC Society
regarding service and policy matters.
The successful candidate must be eligible for registration with
the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and must be a
fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada in a discipline relevant to the work of the UBCCDC.
Academic (full-time) rank and salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience. This will be a grant tenured
Qualified applicants are invited to submit their curriculum
vitae, the names of three referees, and a covering letter to:
Dr. John A. Cairns, MD, FRCPC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Room 317, 2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Deadline for submission of applications is July 31,1998 and the
anticipated start date is January 1, 1999.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this
advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent
residents. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to
employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to
Students to
get passes
for academic
air travel
An agreement between UBC
and Canadian Airlines will open
doors to international travel for
18 graduate and undergraduate
students this year.
Six undergraduates and 12
graduate students will receive a
free pass to any Canadian Airlines destination for academic
business use thanks to the agreement signed in January.
Under the agreement, Canadian
Airlines will provide UBC with 24
passes. Previously, only four passes
were provided by the university's
official carrier airlines.
International travel will be
given priority in order to obtain
the best value and to support
UBC's vision statement regarding internationalization.
Dean of Graduate Studies
Frieda Granot and Maria Klawe,
vice-president. Student and Academic Services, will decide which
students will receive tickets.
"I'm thrilled," said Granot.
'The passes are a wonderful opportunity for graduate students
to promote their research or to
receive major prizes."
The remaining six airline
passes will be awarded as prizes
at major UBC events that reach
a wide range of faculty, staff and
students or that return benefits
to the university through exposure to the broader community.
Starting this summer, eligible
UBC employees will be able to
get a 15 per cent break on transit
passes. Employees will be able
to sign up for a monthly transit
pass, or Fare Card, at discount.
In order to obtain the discount,
employees are required to commit to the purchase of 12 consecutive monthly Fare Cards
through payroll deduction.
With the discount, employees
will pay $46 per month instead of
$54 for a one-zone pass, $67 instead of $78 for two-zones, and $88
instead of $103 for three zones.
Although employees are committed to paying for 12 months,
employees who don't use the pass
for one of the 12 months will still
save money over the regular retail price.
Application forms can be
downloaded from the Internet at
www.trek.ubc.ca or, for more information or to receive and application form by fax, call 341 -RIDE.
The UBC Bookstore is on the
shortlist of nominees for the
Canadian Booksellers Association's Campus Bookseller of the
Year Award.
The UBC Bookstore entry
drew attention to its selection of
trade and textbook titles which
reflect the diverse needs of the
university community; strong
support of Canadian authors and
publishers; experienced staff:
and the new Fast Start Textbook
Reservation Service, which allows
first- and second-year students
to pre-order and pick up textbooks before the term begins.
The award is given annually
to a university or college campus
bookseller in recognition of excellence in book retailing. The
winner will be announced in
Toronto on June 19.
by staff writers
Linda Thorstad has been named senior vice-president of
UBC's Alumni Association and will automatically
assume the position of president in 1999.
A member of UBC's Board of Governors since 1997. Thorstad
is vice-president of corporate relations at Viceroy Resources.
Educated at UBC (BScHon'77.
MSc'84), Thorstad specializes in strategic planning and communications.
She was 1995/96 president of the
Association of Professional Engineers
and Geoscientists of B.C. and serves
on the executive of the Canadian
Council of Professional Geoscientists
and a special advisory board to the
minister of Natural Resources
An active volunteer, Thorstad has
served on Science World's board of
governors, the B.C. Supreme Court civil litigation management
committee and the B.C. Heritage Rivers Board. She is currently
chair of the 1998 B. C. 's Children's Hospital Mining for Miracles
campaign. In 1996. she won a YWCA Women of Distinction
award for management and the professions.
UBC President Martha Piper has been named Communicator of the Year by the International Association of
Business Communicators of B.C. (IABC/BC).
Piper is recognized for increasing the university's visibility in
the community by promoting UBC
and its research through the Think
About It awareness campaign.
"Dr. Piper has a natural ability to
communicate what she's passionate
about," says Jennifer Wah, IABC/
BC president. "She has inspired others to understand the importance of
academic research and UBC's contribution as an institute of higher
The award is presented annually
to a B.C. resident who is not directly
involved in the communications profession, but who demonstrates excellence in communication, leadership, innovation, vision and
the ability to inspire others through business or community
Nominations are solicited from the association's 300 B.C.
members and the final selection is made by committee.
Past award winners include Riek Hansen on the 10th anniversary of his Man in Motion tour and Const. Anne Drennan of
the Vancouver Police Dept.
Stephen Ward, a former Canadian Press (CP) Vancouver
bureau chief with 15 years of
journalism experience, has
been hired as the first full-time
teaching appointment with UBC's
Sing Tao School of Journalism. His
appointment as associate professor
is effective July 1. 1998.
Ward has a PhD in Philosophy
from the University of Waterloo and
extensive experience in journalism in
Canada and abroad. He has taught
courses at three universities. Ward
spent the past four months as a Research Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein
Center on the Press. Politics and Public Policy, part of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University. His research there was on a new concept of objectivity for the journalism of the future. His research paper.
Objectivity with a Human Face, will be published by the
Shorenstein Center.
Before becoming Vancouver bureau chief. Ward spent five
years as CP's sole staff reporter in Europe.
James Thornton, associate professor emeritus of Education, was recently presented with the Mildred M. Seltzer
distinguished service recognition award by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
The award recognizes his work as chair of the Gerontology
Committee at UBC, which supervises graduate studies in the
field. Thornton retired in 1992 and continues to be active as a
consultant in adult education and aging. He is currently
engaged in work in Japan.
Two UBC graduates have won Queen Elizabeth scholarships worth S4.000 from the B.C. government to pursue
post-graduate work overseas. Alexandra Bunyan. an
English literature graduate from Kelowna. is going to Oxford
University to begin doctoral studies. Megan Gilgan. who has
a BA in political science, will study for a master's in international relations at the Ixindon School of Economics. 12 UBC Reports ■ June 11,1998
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