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CONGREGATION ISSUE
Something special happens at this time of year at UBC. More than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students complete their studies and
receive degrees at Congregation ceremonies from May 21 to 28 in Vancouver, and June 6 in Kelowna. Theyjoin the ranks of more than 250,000
UBC alumni worldwide. The personal stories and triumphs reflected in this edition give you just a taste ofthe remarkable UBC class of 2008.
For more information about graduation, visit: www.graduation.ubc.ca.
Getting to Beijing
the Wright way
BY BASIL WAUGH
Forgive Olympic historians for experiencing deja vu
when Anthony Wright takes to the field hockey pitch in
Beijing this summer.
In what surely is an Olympic record, the graduating
Human Kinetics student and his national squad and UBC
teammate Philip Wright, his younger brother, will become
the fourth and fifth members of his family to sport the
maple leaf in Olympic competition.
"It feels pretty special," says Anthony Wright, 24, who
counts late grandfather Harold Wright (1932, track and
field), mother Thelma Wright (1972,1976; 1,500 m run)
and father Lee Wright (1964, 1976; field hockey) as fellow
Olympians.
"I've been dreaming of the Olympics since I was five,"
says the hard-nosed defender. "For field hockey players,
qualifying for the Olympics is our Stanley Cup. You train
with one goal in mind with no guarantee that you will
achieve it. It is a dream come true."
Wright, whose parents are both UBC alumni, has added
to his family's impressive athletic legacy in other ways.
Winner of the 2008 Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy as
UBC's Outstanding Graduating Male Athlete of the Year,
he followed in the footsteps of his mother, who received
the equivalent honour for female athletes in 1974.
Wright chalks up his Olympic development to healthy
doses of nature and nurture. "My parents have been
incredibly supportive," he says: "But I guess it also helps
when both your parents are Olympians, gene-wise."
With seven other current or former Thunderbirds
joining Wright on Canada's 18-member Olympic team,
Beijing should be something of a coming-out party for
UBC's men's field hockey program. League champion for
the past three years, the team has not lost a Vancouver
Men's Field Hockey Premier Division game since 2005.
Wright attributes the program's powerhouse status to
three factors: some serious globetrotting, the coaching of
former Canadian Olympic team coach Shiaz Virjee, and
the distinct advantage of playing home games on Wright
Field, a world-class artificial turf facility named in honour
of his Olympic forbear Harold Wright.
In addition to UBC trips to Spain and Malaysia, Wright
has toured extensively with Canada's national team,
attending the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia
and qualifying for Beijing by winning gold at the 2007
Pan American Games in Brazil. He supplemented these
team experiences with a semester of study at University
of Queensland thanks to UBC's Go Global international
exchange program.
"Field hockey is not a mainstream sport in North
America, so you need to travel to play the top players,"
Wright says. "Seeing how huge the sport is in other
countries and learning how they play the game has been
essential to my development and an amazing experience."
Out of appreciation for the opportunities he has been
given as an athlete, Wright has been a regular volunteer
with I'm Going To UBC, which pairs varsity athletes with
inner city kids for campus tours, sports clinics and T-Birds
games, with the ultimate goal of increasing access to
post-secondary education for children who may think it is
beyond their grasp.
He also visits with local elementary students every
UBC athlete Anthony Wright is the fifth Canadian Olympian in his family.
month as part of the Canadian Olympic Committee's
Adopt-an-Athlete program, and will write them weekly by
email from Beijing.
Wright has also been a heavy-hitter in UBC's School
of Human Kinetics where he has been a finalist for the
prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and a three-time Academic
All-Canadian for maintaining an average grade of 80 per
cent or higher. Q
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UBC fisheries researcher Daniel
Pauly appears in Vanity Fair's
2008 Green Issue.
Daniel Pauly, UBC's
internationally renowned fisheries
researcher, got the glam treatment
in Vanity Fair's Green Issue last
month.
Pauly, director of UBC's
Fisheries Centre, was
photographed standing in the
Atlantic Ocean alongside celebrity
environmental champions such
as actors Ted Danson and Mary
Steenburgen.
The popular U.S. magazine
calls Pauly one of "the activists,
agitators, scientists and superstars
who are fighting for us all."
Slowing deforestation may be
worth billions: study
Carbon credits could fight climate
change and generate billions
of dollars for tropical forest
conservation, a UBC study has
found.
Mai Yasue, a post-doctoral
fellow at UBC Fisheries Centre,
proposes that polluters - seeking
to offset emissions and improve
their environmental reputations
- buy credits generated by
preserving trees in a carbon
trading system.
Reducing the loss of forests
by as little as 10 per cent could
generate as much as $13.5 billion
a year for conservation, Yasue
co-wrote in the U.K. journal
Philosophical Transactions of the
Royal Society.
Media around the world,
including Reuters, Agence Trance
Press, Times of India, Irish
Independent, Bloomberg, Forbes
and Canada.com, reported her
research.
Testosterone spray improves
sexual satisfaction in women
Washington Post and Forbes
reported a UBC sexologist's
criticism of an Australian study
that says testosterone can
Sarah Morgan-Silvester.
improve sexual satisfaction in
women.
Dr. Rosemary Basson, director
of Sexual Medicine at UBC,
argued that women's testosterone
levels and libidos may decline as
they age, but that doesn't mean
the lack of testosterone is linked
with sexual dissatisfaction.
Instead of prescribing
testosterone for women with
sexual dissatisfaction, Basson
recommended that doctors
examine health and relationship
issues, sexual dysfunction in the
partner, and treat problems using
conventional methods such as
sex therapy and psychotherapy.
Corporate director and
community volunteer elected
UBC Chancellor; new board
members named
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, chair
of the Vancouver Fraser Port
Authority and B.C. Women's
Hospital and Health Centre
Foundation, has been elected
as UBC's 17th chancellor, the
Vancouver Sun reported.
Morgan-Silvester is a member
of David Suzuki Foundation's
National Business Advisory
Council and was HSBC Bank
Canada's Executive Vice
President for nine years. In 2007,
she chaired a blue ribbon council
on Vancouver's business climate.
In 1998, she was named one of
Canada's "Top 40 Under 40."
The UBC alumna begins a three-
year term on July 1, 2008.
UBC also recently welcomed
eight new Board of Governors
members: provincial appointees
Theresa Arsenault, Robert Fung
and Janet Pau; staff and faculty
appointees Anne-Marie Fenger
and Nassif Ghoussoub, and
students Bijan Ahmadian, Tim
Blair and Alexandra Caldwell.
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Bridging the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Naturopathic gap
BY CATHERINE LOIACONO
Conventional medicine and naturopathy
are often in conflict, and Pharmaceutical
Sciences graduate Shabita Nathwani plans
to use her experience with both to bridge
the gap.
As an award-winning community
volunteer and activist - Shabita was
instrumental in establishing UBC's food
bank - she already has the skills to make it
happen.
The year she was accepted into the
pharmacy program at UBC, Nathwani was
also diagnosed with ulcerative colitis - a
diagnosis that continues to have an impact
on her life.
"Conventional medicine helped me
significantly," says Nathwani. "but
naturopathic treatments boosted my
immune system and without both, I don't
think I would feel as healthy as I do today."
Nathwani also believes that her experience
will allow her to relate to her patients more
effectively to make her a better Pharmacist
and ultimately, a Naturopathic Doctor.
However, graduating with a Bachelor's
degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences is only the
beginning for Nathwani. After graduation,
she plans to continue her studies to become
a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
"I want to be able to bridge the gap
between these often times opposing fields,"
says Nathwani. "Having the knowledge
of both these practices will only enhance
my ability as a health care provider. As a
pharmacist I will know what medications
the patient is already taking and then be able
to treat them holistically as a naturopathic
physician."
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences'
Structured Practice Education Program
(SPEP) helped prepare Nathwani for the
next stage in her career. "I have learned to
trust the knowledge I have and to always
look at an issue from all possible angles,"
Shabita Nathwani was instrumental in developing UBC's food bank and plans to study Nathropathic medicine.
says Nathwani. SPEP allows students to
experience the practical application of
knowledge outside the classroom through
extensive clinical practice. Students
develop technical knowledge while
simultaneously gaining confidence and a
sense of community.
As a pharmacist Nathwani has
learned that she is a drug expert and not
necessarily a drug advocate unless needed.
"I believe that in some situations it is
possible to slowly decrease the dose of
medication provided a patient has other
supportive measures like naturopathy,"
says Nathwani. "Combining pharmacy
and naturopathic medicine is what I will
make of it. I hope to use my knowledge
and experience in both fields to become
a holistic health care professional who
bridges the gap between conventional and
alternative medicine."
In collaboration with the UBC Red
Cross, the Alma Mater Society and the
Ismali Students Association, Nathwani
played a leadership role in developing
the UBC Food Bank, in addition to
volunteering at UBC Hospital and BC
Children's Hospital. Q
"All graduates who are fortunate
enough to receive an education should
be advocates for their professions. The
way an individual's profession develops
is specific to each person and their
motivation."
Carleigh Johnston wants children from her community to experience the joy of learning that
has enriched her life.
When Carleigh Johnston graduates this
spring, her pocketbook will be fuller than
most of her fellow students.
"I have no student loan," says the
Faculty of Forestry graduate. "In fact, I'll
have some money in the bank."
The first in her family to complete
college, Johnston financed her education
by painstakingly applying for various
scholarships and bursaries while holding
down summer jobs.
"You have to look, but financial support
is out there," says Johnston, who is a
member of the Lhedli T'enneh Indian
Band in Prince George.
Growing up in Vernon with close ties
to her extended family on the reserve,
Johnston says for many rural Aboriginal
children, education is the farthest thing
from their mind.
"Going to university is encouraged on
the reserve, but is often thought of as an
unobtainable goal," says Johnston. That's
why she and her fiance - a biologist she
met at UBC and is marrying this June
- plan on setting up their new home in
Prince George, where Johnston hopes to
take up teaching and impress upon youth
the importance of education.
"I want to give back for all the
opportunities I got growing up," says
Johnston. "I was raised in a small town
and really fit in there. Besides, I hate rush
hour in Vancouver."
Johnston discovered her knack for
teaching last summer when she took a
summer job with the Interior Logging
Association. She visited more than 40
schools over two months to educate K-9
students on the use of the forest by human
and animals, and to demystify forestry as a
profession. Her free time was spent giving
talks to campers - or "kids age 4 to 90," as
she put it - at three Provincial Parks.
The unadulterated enthusiasm for
learning that she saw in children must be
fostered and cultivated, says Johnston,
especially in Aboriginal communities. To
do her part, she sat on the faculty's First
Nations Council of Advisors and served as
the student liaison with the Association of
BC Forests Professionals for the Forestry
Undergraduate Society.
This summer she's working with
Aboriginal children in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside to develop and deliver
after-school programs, and then it's on to
a long list of to-dos that includes learning
Carrier, her native tongue - a goal sparked
by a serendipitous encounter.
"One of my roommates took Carrier
here at UBC and one night I heard
a familiar voice coming from her
room," Johnston recalls. "Turns out my
grandmother recorded the audio materials
for this course. There is so much richness
in the language and I get to learn it from
one of the best." Q
"Loving and respecting your neighbour
as you would yourself. It's from the
Book of Matthew in the Bible, which
we studied as an example of poetry in
my first-year English class. The same
concept popped up again last year
in my natural conservation class. It
encompasses everything I believe in and
everything I want to achieve in life." 4     I     UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY
Poli Sci student
spans the Pacific
BY LORRAINE CHAN
If Jason Carroll has any advice for incoming UBC students,
it would be to speak up in class and ask questions.
"I would tell them to take advantage of the opportunities
they have and get to know the profs," says Carroll who will
graduate from UBC this month with a BA in political science.
During his time at UBC, says Carroll, he was delighted and
surprised by just how approachable faculty members are.
"I had the image that they were there to lecture and leave,
but most profs are more than willing to go out of their way
to help you."
In addition, Carroll says he was impressed by how his
Political Science professors expected students to be fairly
sophisticated in their analysis and discourse. "Dr. Kenneth
Foster's seminar class on Chinese politics was fantastic.
And I also really enjoyed working on a U.S. studies project
with Dr. Colin Campbell."
In fact, it was UBC's level of teaching quality and
engagement that got him over a hump in fourth year, says
Carroll.
"I found it hard to get back into school mode," recalls
Carroll, who had just returned from China where he had
been working and living for two years.
Carroll moved abroad in 2004 as part of his work term
organized by the Faculty of Arts Co-op Program. Carroll
was teaching English as a second language in Chongqing, a
smoky, industrial city of 10 million in the province of
Sichuan in western China.
After his Co-op placement ended, Carroll opted to
continue working in Asia. He found a second job with a
private language institute teaching adults and children,
while enrolling in Mandarin courses at the Sichuan
International Studies University.
The "organized discombobulation" of China fascinated
him, says the Chilliwack native. And he thrived on teaching.
"There's something really neat about communicating
when you don't share the same language, but there's still a
sense of connection."
Despite the difficulties of re-integrating into campus life,
Carroll says he's glad he stuck it out. What really helped,
he says, was being in the Co-op program that merges the
academic and professional worlds.
"I can't say enough about the Faculty of Arts Co-op
"organized discombobulation" of China facinated Jason Carroll, who taught English in Chongqing for two years.
Program. It got me to China. It gave me a chance to work
with a variety of employers. And it has given me mentors."
Over the past year and a half since his return, Carroll has
completed additional Co-op placements. He worked as a
researcher at the Recycling Council of British Columbia
and as a communications assistant at WorkSafeBC, where
he created marketing and advertising materials.
And thanks again to Arts Co-op contacts, says Carroll,
he has already lined up a job for the next year. As a member
of the "Presidents Crew Program." Carroll will be interning
at Dillon Consulting, an international firm that provides
consulting and design services related to facilities, the
environment, community development and infrastructure.
In the meantime, Carroll aims to nurture his own
fledgling business, one he launched last year with a friend.
Called Lotusland Communications, the company has
a website (www.lotuslandworldwide.com) and several
contracts on the go, including organizing investment tours
for local realtors.
When not working, Carroll likes to hone his
photography skills and stay fit through informal soccer
and football games with friends.
Still fascinated by Asia and its dynamic politics, Carroll
says he hopes to travel or work there again.
"I like the idea of being in a place that's changing so fast
and so important to the world. In many ways China has
become a central focus for the world." Q
"Political science at UBC has really high standards and
the department teaches students how to write properly
- that is, to construct an argument and lay it out in
clear, persuasive terms. These skills are absolutely key,
especially if I choose to work abroad."
Global issues on
menu at the local
cafe
BY BASIL WAUGH
Ifyou are what you eat, Sophia Baker-French would be
one of the home-made quiches at UBC's Agora Cafe.
The graduating Faculty of Land and Food Systems
student says the quiches are more than just healthy and
delicious. Made with local and organic ingredients, they
represent a way for people to take real action on pressing
global issues like climate change and rising food prices.
"Some people think they are powerless to address these
issues, but our daily food choices have huge implications,"
the 23-year-old says. "When people learn the benefits of
choosing stuff that's local and organic - it's usually a no-
brainer, they'll try to do what's best for the planet within
their ability."
Agora is a great place to apply the teachings of her
Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems, says
Baker-French, who has managed the cafe for the past year.
"Our program looks at how food gets onto our plates
from a variety of perspectives, including environmental
sustainability, economics, social justice and health and
nutrition."
Located in UBC's MacMillan building, Agora has also
given her a crash course in running a sustainable small
business. Piling up to 40 hours per week on top of her
studies, she trained volunteers, monitored food safety,
improved ordering and inventory systems and sourced new
local organic suppliers. Thanks to her efforts, the cafe now
serves sustainable meals, snacks and beverages to as many
as 150 students and faculty members every weekday.
Baker-French says mentoring Agora's 70 student
volunteers has been particularly rewarding. "Some have
never set foot in a kitchen or held a knife, let alone prepared
food properly," she says. "These are really important skills
they will be able to use for the rest of their lives."
Two academic trips to Mexico with UBC and high
Sophia Baker-French studies how food gets onto our plates.
school students were also highlights, she says. She studied
corn tortillas from a variety of angles - politics, history,
economics and nutrition.
Originally from Oakland, California, Baker-French is
one of 1,150 U.S. students studying at UBC this year. She
says she immediately fell in love with Vancouver's physical
beauty, its pursuit of green alternatives and especially her
faculty's passion for food.
"I actually got emotional when I first arrived here
and saw how passionately our faculty was working
with students and the community to improve our food
system," says Baker-French, who also prepares meals for
community seniors and educates youth about food at UBC
farm. "I felt as if, 'finally, this is where I belong.'"
While her own organic restaurant is a definite possibility
in the future, Baker-French is currently applying for public
health and food security positions. "Right now, I really
want to combine my passion for food and education to
make the biggest difference I can." Q
"Choices we make around food can have huge
implications. The world isn't going to change overnight,
but small, incremental changes can add up to global
change." UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY    I,    2008     |    5
Secrets ofthe
notorious red car
BY BRI AN LIN
In Bowinn Ma's world, beer
is an essential food group, the
Cheeze is a place to hang, and
having a birthday plus or minus
six months from today could
land you in a pond.
But when she graduates this
spring from the Faculty of
Applied Science, the outgoing
president of the UBC Engineering
Undergraduate Society (EUS)
is leaving behind a legacy that
could see one of the best known
student societies in Canada
become more in sync with its
constituents.
"The EUS has traditionally
focused very strongly on social
events, and the governance
structure reflects that - four
and a half out of nine executive
positions oversee social events
and only one and a half
portfolios look after academic
and professional activities,"
says Ma, only the third female
president in the society's 90-year
history.
Ma undertook an 18-month
campaign that culminated in a
94.5 per cent approval rating in
a referendum this past January.
It completely restructures the
society, including the creation
of a Vice-President Academic
position and extensive changes to
the EUS Constitution and Policy
Manuals, which hadn't been so
significantly updated since the
1960s.
"Within the first week after
the election, the co-VPS adopted
tutoring services and established
the E-Team, a new concept
that will help us develop new
professional development
activities," says Ma. She has
also striven to make the current
engineering student clubhouse
- also known as the "Cheeze"
- a more welcoming space and
to eradicate forced tankings,
the age-old practice of throwing
fellow students in a pond outside
the Cheeze.
Built in 1919, the Cheeze is
one of the oldest buildings on
campus and got its nickname
from one of its original uses as a
dairy factory that supplemented
income for then Department
of Dairy in the School of
Agriculture.
"These traditions - and
the rich and colourful history
behind them - have been such
an important part of the EUS
because they remind us of the
integral role the student society
played in student life," says Ma,
"But each generation must leave
its own mark."
To that end, Ma in 2005
organized the first ever
"OctoberfEUSt" to be fully
approved by the university.
She produced and executed
a meticulous event plan that
addressed all aspects of what has
long been considered a notorious
"trouble-making" party.
"Having OctoberfEUSt fully
supported by the university is
the first step towards showing
our students that we want to
be relevant to parts of their
student life that doesn't involve
socializing or drinking beer," says
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bowinn Ma is leaving the EUS a much more relevant student society to its constituents.
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"The one thing I learned at U BC is that change is possible. A lot of students feel that change isn't possible so
why bother getting involved? Knowing that change is possible, regardless of how frustrating and arduous the
process might be, gives me a reason to get engaged and affect change."
Computer Engineer in position for UBC Okanagan's first
MASc degree
BYBUDMORTENSON
UBC Okanagan's School
of Engineering won't confer
Bachelor of Applied Science
degrees for another two years,
but this year graduate student
Carl Wong will receive the
school's first Master of Applied
Science degree.
As he finishes his master's thesis
on wireless positioning systems,
Wong couldn't be happier to hold
the distinction as the school's first
graduate.
"Studying at UBC Okanagan
definitely helped me," he says.
"For one thing, because it is
relatively small, I get to ask a lot of
questions of my supervisor." That's
been very helpful in research, he
adds, explaining that drawing on
supervising faculty's expertise can
help identify potential pitfalls.
"Knowing what to look for
and having someone always there
who is willing to help, and who
has significant experience, allows
you to not slow down," Wong
says. "That's important because
momentum is a key thing in
research."
Wong is developing new
techniques to accurately locate
devices such as cell phones, no
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"I've had lots of opportunity
to do teaching and labs with
undergraduates. My goal
is to teach - I like to explain
complex things in ways people
can understand, to re-form
concepts in multiple ways,
reflecting the different ways
people learn and understand
information."
matter where they are. Satellite-
based global positioning systems
(GPS) available in today's cellular
phones can provide a general
location - within several metres.
"But a GPS device won't work if
you go indoors and, especially for
emergency purposes, people with
cell phones want to know where
they are."
Using commonly available
devices such as a building's
existing wireless computer
network and new, complex
signal processing tools, Wong's
technology could,
for example, locate patients
anywhere in a hospital building,
with precision down to where in
a room a person is standing.
Computer engineering student Carl Wong is UBC Okanagan's first Master of Applied Science graduate.
His master's thesis is an
exploration of the concept and
he has worked with actual
signals to prove the concept
works, so the technology appears
viable and warrants further
development, he says.
Always fascinated by science,
before embarking on the path to
a master's degree Wong earned
an undergraduate engineering
degree at the University of
Calgary. "I liked math and
physics and did consider going
into pure physics," he says,
"but I like to see the practical
application of what I'm doing -
not just the equations developed
to explain some phenomenon.
It's nice to have a final end-
product and see it in action."
Through the Western Dean's
Agreement, which allows
graduate students to register
with a program at one university
and take courses at other
Western Canadian institutions,
continued on page 11 I     UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY
Mathew Li is equally at ease in the pool, at a triathlon and in the lab.
Science grad gives back on a global scale
BY BRIAN LIN
Above all, Mathew Li wants
it be known that he likes to
"keep it loose," although you
wouldn't know it from the list of
accomplishments the 23-year-old
has under his belt.
A competitive swimmer by
age eight, Li went to multiple
national championships and
an international swim meet in
Germany and competed in two
Canadian triathlon nationals
before graduating from high
school. During a co-op term at
Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto,
California last year, he developed
a cell-based assay that the
company now uses to screen for
potential treatment of asthma
- and he learned to surf.
He co-authored a paper
that was published by top-tier
medical journal Rheumatology
and recently competed in his
first Ironman triathlon in Tempe,
Arizona. He finished 20th out of
83 in his age group in 11 hour
and 46 minutes, surpassing his
own goal by 14 minutes.
"There's room for
improvement," says Li. "I definitely
want to give it another shot."
The Faculty of Science graduate
has also served as head coach of
the Special Olympics Swim Club
in Richmond and spent last
summer in Tanzania with the
Global Service Corps educating
teenagers on HIV/AIDS.
What fuels the pharmacology
major are a strong work ethic
and volunteerism instilled by
his father. "My dad didn't care
how well my brother and I did
as long as we finished what
we started and gave it our best
efforts.
"I try to bring the same
commitment to my studies and
athletics so at the end of the day,
I can put all my cards on the
table and walk away saying 'I've
done my best.'"
That perfect blend of easygoing and hard-hitting may
just be his secret. His time in
Tanzania, which he describes
as "a whirlwind of emotions,"
started out simply enough.
"I went there just to see what
I could do," says Li. "We hear
so much about the AIDS crisis
in Africa and I wanted to see
how one person can make a
difference."
Li and other volunteers trained
students to be peer educators who
would form a health club in their
respective schools and become
aggregators of accurate health
information.
"People were really friendly
and welcoming. They appreciated
outside help but were most
interested in being part of an
African solution," says Li.
Some of the volunteers he
worked with came from Women
in Action, an organization
founded by a local woman that
supports HIV-positive people
and their families and empowers
them to educate others in their
s     community.
p "Family and community ties
1     are highly valued there, much
h    more than material goods," says
Li. "When someone is stricken
with HIV, tuberculosis or malaria,
the first and greatest impact is to
their ability to interact normally
with family and community."
Witnessing some of them
overturn the stigma and insisting
on making a positive contribution
through their own painful
experiences, says Li, made his
experience "exciting, scary,
inspiring and heart-breaking all
at the same time." Q
"Every contribution you make
is valuable. Small things can
go a long way. Do what you
love and give back in a way
that's meaningful to you."
Heather Mcintosh has a master's degree in mathematics, and has just completed a Bachelor of Education <
from UBC Okanagan.
Teaching the beauty of math
BYBUDMORTENSON
Heather Mcintosh loves math
and she hopes to teach her
students to love it, too. They can
count on it.
Already prepared with a
master's degree in mathematics
from Newfoundland's Memorial
University, on June 6 Mcintosh
will graduate with a Bachelor
of Education degree from UBC
Okanagan.
"As a masters student I was
given the opportunity to teach
various mathematics labs and
taught two undergraduate
university courses," says
Mcintosh. "Teaching these classes
was the best part of my day.
However, I was very surprised to
see all of the negative attitudes
students had towards math and
about their ability to do math.
The main reason I am in teacher
education is because I want
to help students discover the
beauty of mathematics, problem
solving and, generally, the joy of
learning."
While studying education
in the Secondary Teacher
Education Program, Mcintosh
has also applied her math
and teaching talents to UBC
Okanagan's Math Resource
Centre - not in a math lab on
campus, but as an online math
tutor.
She's helping other students
improve their math skills
virtually, via the phone and online
messaging, using a drawing tablet
and laptop computer from her
home in Penticton, 60 kilometres
south of UBC Okanagan's campus
in Kelowna. It's a fairly new tool
in the quest to provide math
assistance, and one Mcintosh
strongly believes can make a
difference in reducing the anxiety
that math - and seeking math
help - can create.
"I personally think that online
tutoring is very neat," she says.
"It has the potential to reach
students who normally are too
embarrassed to go to the tutor
centre."
The Secondary Teacher
Education Program culminates
with a guided reflective inquiry
project (GRIP). Mcintosh's project
- a 25-page paper she will present
in June - explores negative
attitudes towards mathematics
and math anxiety.
"Part of my GRIP talks about
math outreach projects I have
been involved in," she says.
"I recently created and helped
organize a math sports day event
at Columbia Elementary School in
Penticton. We set up four math-
related games and stations in the
gym, and the students rotated
through them like a sports day.
"The teachers helped run the
stations, and the goal is to show
students that mathematics can be
fun, exciting, and very applicable
to real life. Ideally, it can also give
elementary teachers new ideas to
make mathematics more fun in
their own classrooms."
Teaching runs in the Mcintosh
family, and she credits that and
the teachers she has had along the
way for encouraging her to pursue
the teaching profession.
"My father was a principal and
a strong advocate for education,
and many of my extended family
are also teachers," she says. "Like
many other pre-service teachers,
I have had some very inspiring
teachers. I have really enjoyed
the teacher education program
continued on page 8
"Reflection, reflection,
reflection. My courses taught
me how important it is to
reflect on your experiences.
In math something as simple
as the order of your examples
makes a huge difference.
Reflection is a great tool
to make good lessons even
better." UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY
I     7
Sauder student Wall
Street bound
Nina Yang plans on using her
business skills to close the gap
between the haves and the have-
nots.
"If used wisely, business can be
a very powerful tool for shaping
the direction of the world," says
Yang, who graduates this spring
with a BComm from the Sauder
School of Business.
Yang says her greatest
achievement at UBC has been to
apply a model of philanthropy
that aligns the incentives of
both the non-profit and business
worlds and encourages cross-
sector collaboration.
In 2006, Yang with 10 other
UBC students founded Global
Fund for Education Aid (GFEA),
which operates business projects
to generate the funding needed
to send impoverished children to
school.
"So far, we've helped 10
children ages 10-16 in Guiyang,
which is in the province of
Guizhou in central China."
The students pooled their
collective talents and skills in
promotion, marketing, accounting
and finance to make GFEA a
success. After researching possible
products, the students decided
to help the villagers market their
batik fabrics, framing and selling
these one-of-a-kind textiles to
businesses in Vancouver.
"GFEA is based on a creative
and sustainable model of giving
that we learned about in school,"
says Yang, "It's not another
charity that gives out donations.
Instead, we're helping people find
their own strength so they can
pull themselves out of poverty."
BY LORRAINE CHAN
Yang has been accepted into
the Harvard Business School, and
has full-time offers from premier
Wall Street investment banking
firms, including Merrill Lynch.
Yang says she has always been
drawn to corporate finance,
analyzing how a company will
perform given certain economic
and industry trends.
Yang says she hopes to
eventually join the ranks of
management on Wall Street. "At
the same time," she stresses, "I
want to stay connected with my
community and empower those
who are less fortunate."
In her down time, Yang relaxes
by playing soccer and tennis - she
was varsity champion at her high
school in Richmond."
Already fluent in English,
Mandarin and Cantonese, Yang
is adding French to her repertoire
thanks to the "fantastic French
professors" at UBC. Lately, she
has been savouring the existential
angst of Jean-Paul Sartre.
"He's my favourite author." H
a
"Working in business is
often about more than just
improving one's own destiny,
but serving a larger collective,
be it an institution, a group
of people, or even a nation.
As future business leaders,
we must use our knowledge
and power to generate both
social and economic wealth for
our world, while minimizing
environmental, political, and
financial risks."
Comm grad Nina Yang's passions include philanthropy, tennis, corporate finance and Sartre.
Distributed program
puts doctors in sma
towns
BY CATHERINE LOIACONO
In Grade One, six-year-old
Jennifer Douse, decided that she
wanted to be a doctor when she
grew up. A Metis from Fort
Nelson, Douse is today among
the first medical students to
graduate from UBC's distributed
medical undergraduate program.
"Being a physician has been
a lifelong dream for me," says
Douse, who plans to practice
in a small town close to home.
"Medicine is exciting and
challenging and I really enjoy the
aspect of caregiving for others."
The distributed MD program
is a unique collaboration of the
UBC Faculty of Medicine with
the University of Northern B.C.,
the University of Victoria and
both regional and provincial
health authorities. The goal
has been to create a provincial
medical program where medical
students are educated at sites
across the province. This year's
class of 200 also is the largest
class of MD's to graduate from
UBC's Faculty of Medicine.
UBC is the first Canadian
university to apply the
distributed learning model to the
entire four-year program. "One
of the reasons I was attracted
to UBC's Faculty of Medicine is
because it would allow me to do
part of my training and rotations
in a small town setting," says
Douse. "So far, it has been great.
I love learning in a small town
atmosphere."
While Douse started her first
semester of medical school at the
UBC campus, the remainder of
her medical education training
was in rural settings. She finds
learning in a rural setting quite
different than in a big city. "
I have learned a practical and
useful skill set," says Douse.
"Basically, you are an integral
part of the community and
you learn to practice without
necessarily having access to
diagnostic tools or specialists."
During one of her initial
rotations, Douse learned that the
biggest challenge is managing
patients who need critical care
until they can be transferred
for appropriate treatment. She
believes her medical training
experiences at UBC have helped
prepare her for a residency
Jennifer Douse, one of this year's Faculty Med grads, plans to practice in a small town close to home.
placement in a small town. "In
the end, it will make me a better
doctor, one who is more able to
deal with these circumstances,"
says Douse.
Douse plans to complete her
residency requirement with a
focus on palliative care and
maternity care. While these two
areas deal with the opposite ends
of life. Douse believes that they
are both within the mandate
of a family physician. "Birth
and death are part of life," says
Douse. "I always feel privileged to
be a part of a family's journey
to welcoming life and letting go."
Should the chance arise, she
would like to collaborate with First
Nations traditional healers, which
according to Douse, can help
bridge the gap between spiritual
and holistic treatment practices
and conventional medicine.
Douse also hopes to mentor
other prospective medical students
interested in rural family practice
by being a strong education
"The profound knowledge
that the more you learn the
more you realize you don't
know. I already know the one
phrase my patients will hear a
lot from me: I don't know, but
I will find out."
advocate in her community and
encouraging other First Nations
youth to apply to university. "I
want them to know that if I can
do it, so can they," says Douse. Q I     UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY    I,    200!
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BY LORRAINE CHAN
Fun, trust, idealism and
collaboration - these words
crop up repeatedly when Brittany
Skinner describes her education
at the UBC Faculty of Law.
"I would say these have been
absolutely the best years of my
life," says Skinner, who will
receive her LLB diplomas during
May Congregation.
One of her favourite moments
was winning the law school's
annual Guile Debate, which
emphasizes humour and
camaraderie. In front of visiting
judges - actual members of the
Supreme Court, Provincial Court
and Court of Appeal - Skinner
had to argue why passion and
law aren't natural bedfellows.
"That's not my view at all,"
laughs Skinner, "but to make
a convincing argument, I read
out a supposed Valentine from
my boyfriend that was written
entirely in dry, legal language. It
was entitled A Memorandum of
Loverstanding and was written
in triplicate."
Skinner says she's known
around the law school as a
strong advocate for work-life
balance. Staying positive and
working hard to create a culture
of cooperation rather than
competition has earned her that
reputation.
"In your first year," recalls
Skinner, "you hear horror stories
about the insane pressure, and
how some students will rip pages
out of reference texts so no one
else can see them."
Yet, Skinner found the opposite
to be true. A case in point, she
says, were the CANs, which are
annotated notes that students
write up to amplify and explain
lecture notes.
Skinner says no one recalls
what the acronym CAN stands
for other than annotated notes.
"But everyone knows good ones
are like gold."
Skinner says she and her
friends made a point of sharing
their knowledge.
"People are actually relieved
when that happens. Everyone
ends up doing better because
someone will say, you've missed
a point here, or have you thought
of this argument?"
The diversity of people in the
Faculty of Law also brought
added depth to discussions, says
Skinner. "It's so interesting to
hear the perspectives of someone
who's coming to law as an
engineer or a biologist, people
who come from all over Canada
and the world."
Given their wide-ranging
views, Skinner says she and her
classmates often continued their
debates long after lectures have
ended.
"We love going to Koerner's
Pub. Over some beers or a game
of darts you get to talk about
"The law is a foreign language
to a lot of people. It's scary
to a lot of people. Being able
to speak that language frees
your ability. You can speak
the code, you know the secret
handshake and it gives you the
tools to make change."
ideas in a way that's not about
grades, but rather the meaning of
law and methods of change to the
world."
Skinner is specializing in labour
law. She says she's over the
moon about landing her "dream
job" which starts next month.
Skinner will be articling with the
in-house legal team at the B.C.
Government Employees' Union in
Vancouver.
There, Skinner say she hopes to
put into action the principles she
learned at UBC - that law is fluid,
it always undergoes revision and
"that I can effect that change."
Voted valedictorian by her
classmates, Skinner has also
received from the UBC Centre for
Feminist Legal Studies the Auriol
Gurner Young Award. This
award recognizes LLB students
for their feminist contributions
to the Faculty of Law and
to the community at large
- either through their academic
achievement, volunteer work or
community activism. Q
HEATHER MCINTOSH continued from page 6
and I've learned a lot in my
practicum. I have been very
lucky to get two great sponsor
teachers, who both gave me lots
of feedback and advice.
"I have always known that I
wanted to teach and I am having
fun discovering the different
levels," she says. "I originally
thought I wanted to teach upper-
level classes and college level,
but in my practicum I have had
the opportunity to teach three
Grade 9 classes and I have really
enjoyed teaching those classes.
Eventually I would love to be a
math coordinator, and I am also
looking forward to having my
own classroom." Q UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY    I,    2008     |     9
From fishing grounds to a nurse's rounds
BY CATHERINE LOIACONO
It's a long way from being captain of a commercial fishing
boat in Alaska to a Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
Degree at UBC, but Mark Schultz completes the journey
this spring.
"You can find your calling in the most interesting places,"
says Schultz. "My experiences so far have demonstrated
that you never know where you will be and your
background might not dictate your eventual career path."
The adventure began when Mark met a Nurse
Practitioner (NP) in the remote Alaskan fishing village of
Dillingham.
The Seattle native recalls being impressed by health
improvements the NP made in Alaskan communities.
As advanced practice nurses, NPs can assess, diagnose
and treat patients, prescribe medications and order tests
for conditions. They can work both collaboratively and
autonomously.
Schultz recognized how important the work of an NP is
and the high demand for health care professionals in
remote areas. In 1995, in the middle of a successful fishing
and boat-building career, he started taking night classes
with the eventual goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
Following graduation from the University of Alaska,
Schultz practiced nursing in the critical care unit at the
Alaska Native Medical Care Centre in Anchorage, Alaska.
It was here where he decided to look at universities that
offered Master's degrees in Nursing. Schultz compared
UBC's program to others in the United States and was
impressed by the strength of UBC's program and faculty.
Today, Schultz is one of UBC's newest graduates to
achieve a Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner. The
Nurse Practitioner Program at UBC is an intensive two-
year full-time program recognized by the College of
Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Before prospective
student are accepted into the program they must have
a Bachelor's degree in nursing followed by a minimum
of three years experience. To be licensed as a Nurse
Practitioner in B.C., a student must pass both written and
performance-based board exams.
"For me, approaching healthcare from the perspective
of nursing is very rewarding and humbling," says Schultz.
"As a nurse, you have the privilege of witnessing the
Mark Schultz completes his journey this spring and graduates in a Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner.
person's experience of an illness. Providing care at the
bedside for an extended period of time, you encounter
patients at turning points in their lives. The relationships
we form tend to be more collaborative than hierarchical.
The insights developed in nursing, I believe, enable NPs to
provide a different kind of care."
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2005 - it has been a field of study in the U.S. for more
than 40 years.
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Some call it summer camp for
scholars. Others see it as a nine-
day banquet of ground-breaking
ideas and debate.
Between May 31 and June
8, UBC will host the Congress
of the Humanities and Social
Sciences, North America's largest
multidisciplinary gathering of
academics.
An expected 10,000 scholars
and post-graduate students
will explore pressing social
and cultural concerns through
workshops, panels and
presentations. The conference
will see on average 120 sessions
taking place concurrently on any
given day.
As the major academic event
of UBC's centenary celebrations,
Congress will also feature
art exhibits and theatrical
performances. This year's theme,
"Thinking Beyond Borders:
Global Ideas/Global Values," is
meant to provide a framework
for participants to probe ethical
issues and dilemmas that arise
with globalization, says Richard
Cavell, Academic Convenor for
Congress and a professor in
UBC's English Department.
UBC is jointly organizing the
77th annual Congress with the
Canadian Federation for the
Humanities and Social Sciences
(CFHSS), which represents
50,000 scholars, graduate
students and practitioners. The
mandate of CFHSS is to promote
research, scholarship and
teaching. It houses the permanent
secretariat of the Congress.
The conference will
bring together almost 80
scholarly associations from a
multidisciplinary array of fields
including linguistics, ethics,
international development,
political science, social work,
literature and religion.
Cavell notes that this year's
Congress will be the first ever
to convene on four campuses:
UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan,
Robson Square and Great
Northern Way.
On May 29th, UBC's
Okanagan campus will kick off
Congress with an opening panel
dialogue that looks at the role of
culture in the global knowledge
economy. Speakers will include
fellows of the Royal Society of
Canada, UBC Okanagan Canada
Research Chairs and UBC Killam
scholars. Proceedings will be
podcast to the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre and archived on
the Congress website at www.
fedcan.ca/congress2008.
A major highlight at Congress
is the Research in Society (RIS)
lecture series, which features
internationally distinguished
academics commenting on
current issues. Much anticipated
is the address by Richard
Florida, an economist and urban
theorist who's currently teaching
at the University ofToronto.
Florida posits that cities with
higher concentrations of the
"creative class" will generate
higher levels of economic
development.
The RIS lecture series also
features renowned ethicist
Margaret Somerville. A professor
in law and medicine at McGill
University, Somerville will tackle
in her keynote address some of
the most exciting and pressing
ethical challenges we face today.
Congress speaker:
ethicist Margaret Somerville
Another favourite Congress
event is the Breakfast on Campus
speaker series, which highlights
prominent public figures
- novelists, poets, journalists
and politicians - from outside
academe.
This year's speakers include:
journalist and author Stevie
Cameron; International Olympic
Committee member and former
Olympic athlete Richard W.
Pound; and Vancouver novelist
and publisher David Chariandy,
whose debut novel Soucouyant
was nominated for the Giller
Prize and shortlisted for the
Governor General's award.
As well, the ever-popular
Congress Book Fair welcomes
more than 150 publishers and
government agencies to UBC's
Student Recreation Centre (the
Bird Coop).
Cavell says a sub theme of
Congress: Culture in the City will
be drawn from programming that
explores the role of humanities
and social science research in the
urban context.
For example, UBC Robson
Square will host a discussion
on UBC's Community Service
Learning initiatives on June 2.
That will be followed by a June
5 panel on the role of culture in
the global economy with Florida
and other speakers including UBC
Theatre Prof. Robert Gardiner,
author Timothy Taylor and urban
planning expert Larry Beasley.
At Great Northern Way
campus, the Ottawa-based
national theatre company
Magnetic North will present
Hive2 during June 4-14. This
interactive event will introduce
11 Canadian theatre companies
performing 11 pieces in
continuous rotation - followed by
a musical performance.
Making Congress a green event
has also been a priority for UBC
and the Federation, says Cavell. In
consultation with James Tansey,
a professor at the Sauder School
of Business, UBC's Congress will
be the most sustainable Congress
in history, setting the benchmark
through enviro-friendly practices
such as compostable plates and
cutlery.
As well, CFHSS is partnering
with the Canadian Society for
the Study of Education (CSSE)
in support of its initiative
toward reducing the ecological
footprint of the Congress. As part
of the society's "sustainability
challenge," CSSE members are
encouraged to bring their own bag
when picking up their registration
receipts and delegate's kits. A
full list of greening activities can
be found online at http://www.
fedcan.ca/congress2008/GREEN.
html.
More Congress 2008 details are
available at: http://www.fedcan.
ca/congress2008/ Q UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY    I,    2008     |     II
Training film fosters frank
Aboriginal discussion
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UBC students speak candidly in a documentary on Aboriginal issues in the classroom.
BY BASIL WAUGH
Dara Kelly remembers the
day when a fellow student
asked why aboriginal people
were so "screwed up" in a class
discussion.
To Kelly, one of seven UBC
undergrads who speak candidly in
a new documentary that explores
race and aboriginality in the
classroom, the comment felt like a
slap in the face.
"I was speechless and totally
disappointed and really hurt,"
says Kelly, a member of the Fraser
Valley Leq'amel First Nation.
On film, she questions why no
one, including herself, spoke up
to counteract the statement. "Are
you talking about me and my
family?" she wish she had asked.
What I Learned in Class
Today: Aboriginal Issues in
the Classroom, directed by
recent Faculty of Arts graduates
Karrmen Crey and Amy Perreault,
grew out of a directed-studies
project in UBC's First Nations
Studies Program (FNSP), which
covers everything from Aboriginal
art history to land claims.
By addressing how curriculum
deals with questions of
aboriginality, and the way
discussions around race in general
play out in class, the filmmakers
hope to draw a wide audience of
educators and academics.
The 20-minute film, which
will screen June 2 and 7 at the
2008 Congress of the Humanities
and Social Sciences hosted at
UBC, suggests ways teachers
and students can begin to build
a more sensitive and fruitful
dialogue on these issues.
"We've also seen how
profoundly affected people have
been when watching the film,"
says Crey, a Sto:lo First Nation
member from the Cheam Band.
"You read a report, you can look
at statistics, but actually being
faced with students who are
experiencing these things is pretty
powerful."
Crey and Perreault, who is
Metis, are expanding the project
to include support materials
for post-secondary instructors,
administrators, and students.
They are also in the process of
interviewing instructors and
administrators about their
experiences dealing with these
difficult classroom situations.
In the film, another Aboriginal
student talks about the experience
of regularly being put on the spot
to lead class discussions. She says
the responsibility of constantly
being turned to for an "aboriginal
view" is a double-edged sword.
"It's a responsibility sometimes
I really relish in and sometimes I
really feel like I'm carrying a brick
on my back," the student says to
the camera.
UBC professor and FNSP director
Line Kesler says while research
tends to look at educational
barriers at the institutional level,
no one had looked into it at the
classroom level.
Race is an anxiety-inducing
topic for many educators, he
says. "The reality, of course, is
that as professors almost none of
us have received any training in
how to work with those kinds of
discussions."
One of the documentary's main
goals, Kesler says, is to make
talk constructive and to create
conversations around race where
everyone feels engaged.
What I Learned in Class Today
screens June 2 at the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre's Victoria
Lecture Theatre and June 7 in
Buchanan A204. Both screenings
will be followed by a discussion.
To see a clip, visit www.
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