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Volume 45, Number 8
April 15, 1999
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At The Crossroads
The hustle and bustle of Flagpole Plaza doesn't distract second-year
Mechanical Engineering student Peter Lee from his studies on a sunny
day. There are 1,566 undergraduate and 61 graduate courses holding
exams which started April 13 in most faculties. More than 90,000
exams will be written during the exam period which runs to April 29.
Funding basic science
research crucial: donor
Geologist and mining explorer Stewart
Blusson's $50 million gift to UBC last fall
carried only one condition — that it be
used to support basic scientific research.
"Basic science can be the hardest to fund
because there's no immediate pay-off," says
Blusson, who was on campus recently to get
a first-hand look at some
of UBC's research facilities.  "You don't know
where it's going to lead —
it's a little bit crazy."
On visits to the Biotechnology Laboratory,
Advanced Materials
and Process Engineering Lab and the Centre
for Integrated and Computer Systems Research, Blusson said
the enthusiasm, motivation and scientific
discipline of researchers and students impressed him.
When research funding gets cut back, says
Blusson, researchers
tend to pursue less risky
investigations that stand a better chance
of funding because positive results are
more predictable.
That goes against the grain of basic
science," he says. Taking risks is the
only way to get breakthroughs."
A substantial portion of Blusson's gift
will be used to attract federal Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding that
helps universities upgrade their research infrastructure.
That hit the right
note, he says, because
he wanted the donation
to be used for new tools
and not be consumed
by administrative or
building costs.
Blusson's own research took place in
cramped huts on UBC's
campus where he completed his undergraduate
Science degree in the '60s.
Austere  conditions
See FUNDING Page 2
New vice-president,
Students appointed
Brian D. Sullivan will join the University of British Columbia on Aug. 1 as its
new vice-president. Students — a position responsible for shaping the lifelong
student experience for prospective and
current students, and alumni.
Currently associate vice-president of
Student Affairs at the University of
Guelph, a position he has held since
1988, Sullivan will oversee a portfolio
which includes recruitment and admissions, student services, residences, athletics and recreation, community outreach
and alumni relations. The portfolio has a
total budget of $142 million and about
460 staff.
"We place a high value on the well-
being — intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual — of our students,"
said UBC President Martha Piper. "We
feel that Brian's experience, skills, vision
and energy will help us provide the learning environment in which students will
thrive. This key position is critical to
realizing Trek 2000, the university's vision for the next century."
Sullivan's appointment is for a five-
year term. Among his roles will be to
emphasize the importance of student well-
being in all key university initiatives and
to provide leadership in moving UBC to a
more learner-centred environment.
Sullivan received his A.B. (Biology)
from Harvard College in 1968 and a Master's of Public Health (Hospital Administration) at Yale University in 1970. He
joined the University of Guelph in 1984
and acted in various positions including
executive assistant. Office of the Provost
(1984-86), and acting provost. Student
Services (1987-88).
Among his accomplishments, he has
helped initiate ongoing surveys of the
undergraduate and graduate student experience, co-founded the Office of First
Year Studies and restructured central
funding to the Student Affairs Division.
He was also responsible for establishing
the Sexual and Gender Harassment Office, serving for the last two years on the
See VP Page 2
Geographer wins
Dean of Arts award
by Susan Stem
Staff writer
Historical geographer Prof.   Cole
Harris has earned  the
1998/1999 Dean of Arts
The $5,000 award,
established by an anonymous donor, is equal in
value to the Killam Teaching Prize and recognizes
exceptional contributions by a faculty member in teaching, research,
administration and service.
"I've won a number of
awards but this one
comes from my own community. I was a student
here in the 1950s and I've been on
campus on and off for 45 years," says
Harris. "UBC is my home and an award
coming from home is particularly meaningful."
Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and colleagues unani-
mously supported the award to Harris
for his contributions as a teacher in the
Geography Dept. as well as his work as
a scholar and an editor.
Dean of Arts Shirley
Neuman says Harris has
had a tremendous impact on students with
his passion for and deep
knowledge about his
"Students come out
of his courses not only
knowing a great deal
more about the evolution of Canada but caring about it," says
Harris has taught
geography at both the
undergraduate and
graduate levels. He has
also supervised numerous PhD students who have gone on to distinguished
academic careers in Canada, the United
States and Great Britain.
See AWARD Page 2
Eggs Porters
Offbeat: UBC's flock of quail earns its keep
Healthy Budget?	
Forum: Was the budget about health or spending, asks Prof. Robert Evans
Learning To Learn 8
A new method teaches learning disabled students the skills to help themselves 2 UBC Reports • April 15, 1999
Don't forget AMS
says archivist
I read with interest the
Forum article (March 18)
reprinting excerpts from the
speech made by CBC reporter
Eve Savory when she received
the 1998/99 Great Trekker
Award. There did, however,
seem to be a slight oversight in
the introductory blurb to the
It should be noted that the
Great Trekker Award is an
award made by the Alma Mater
Society. The students initiated
this award in 1950 to commemorate the spirit of the
Great Trek of 1922, in which
the student body marched
across Vancouver to protest
delays in building the University campus in Point Grey.
In determining who should
receive the award, the students
generally consult with the
Alumni Association and
various UBC departments.
However, it is a student award,
made by the Alma Mater
Society, and should be referred
to as such.
Sheldon Goldfarb
AMS Archivist
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Continued from Page 1
group charged with developing a
new umbrella human rights
policy for the University of
Along with the student affairs' directors, Sullivan worked
closely with the provost and
deans to integrate student services units with academic programs, a partnership that has
helped promote learner-
centredness and student success.
UBC has about 33,000 students in undergraduate and
graduate programs and about
167,000 alumni living in 120
Continued from Page 1
prevailed while he was working
for the Geological Survey of
Canada, he says. The only piece
of equipment provided in some
cases was a helicopter. Some
projects had no food budget so
researchers snared rabbits for
their meals.
Blusson says he chose UBC
to receive his donation because
of its excellence and highly integrated research activities.
"As far as I'm concerned this
is the best university in Canada,"
he says.
Lett shining
symbol, says
It is with great sadness that
I wish to pay tribute to Evelyn
Lett, one of UBC's pioneering
student leaders and most
illustrious graduates, who
passed away March 26.
Evelyn Lett was intimately
associated with the history of
UBC, Vancouver, and British
Columbia; few people embodied the complementary ideals
of service and leadership quite
as well as she.
I had the great fortune of
interacting with Evelyn Lett on
a personal as well as professional level and can truly say
that she was one of the most
inspiring human beings that I
have known.  Even in her old
age, she was funny and witty
and she told the most amazing
(true) stories.
Evelyn Lett's lifetime of
contributions to UBC, to the
city of Vancouver, and to the
Province of British Columbia
was an inspiration to all who
knew her.
She was and will continue
to be a shining symbol of those
values to which we might all
Although it is with profound
sadness that we mourn her
passing, her life will no doubt
continue to inspire us all.
Andrew Lim
Recipient, 1997 Sherwood
Lett Memorial Scholarship
Continued from Page 1
One of his most established
courses. Geography 327 and its
sequel 328, explore the historical
geography of Canada. Harris scored
high marks from his students for
course content and his ability to
make the subject matter relevant,
interesting and challenging.
Harris has also made major
contributions to the understanding of the evolution of Canada,
and particularly British Columbia, as it relates to the interaction between First Nations' people and immigrants in the 19th
and early 20th centuries.
His books include Canada
Before Confederation. Historical
Atlas of Canada, Vol. 1, and The
Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and
Geographical Change.
After almost three decades,
Harris remains enthusiastic about
his work and the Geography Dept.
"I enjoy the greatly varied interests of my colleagues and being in a department that studies
both culture and nature," he
says. "I think the perspective
that geography brings to people
and land, to people and place, is
particularly important in a big,
raw-boned land like Canada."
Harris has also been very involved in the community, serving on the board of the Vancouver Museum as well as giving
many public lectures.
'The university must try to
connect its scholarship to the
communities that support it.
Our research should give people a richer understanding of
the province," he says.
He has received many prestigious awards including a
Guggenheim Fellowship, a senior Killam Fellowship, and an
honorary Doctor of Laws from
York University. He is a fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada.
Harris recently completed
two years as the Brenda and
David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies.
Each year the Dean of Arts
Award is given in the name of a
distinguished emeritus professor. This year it is named for
Prof. J. Ross Mackay, one of
Canada's foremost Arctic scientists and one of the creators of
the Geography Dept.
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Bruce Mason photo
Forestry graduate student Hauke Chrestin grasps the future in UBC's Centre
for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). The national educational, research
and service centre, dedicated to Canada's wood products manufacturing
industry, is located in the Forest Sciences Centre. Typical of the centre's
high-tech tools is this Altendorf F45 Elmo 3 sliding table saw. "It's accurate
to within one-tenth of a millimetre and can cut angles to within one-tenth
of a degree," says Chrestin, who is transferring advanced sawmilling
techniques to B.C. industry.
by staff writers
Cathleen Nichols has found a few fine-feathered friends —
about 3,000 of them.
Nichols tends UBC's flock of Japanese quail at the Quail
Genetic Resource Centre, the largest breeding stock centre of its
kind in the world.
And the flock earns its keep. Sale of quail eggs for food brings in
$14,000 annually for the centre which is part of the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences.
The funds support the raising of the birds which are used by
researchers at UBC and around the world to investigate diseases
with a genetic component such as glaucoma and artery diseases.
Nichols, a senior technician at the centre, feeds the chicks quail
kibble, better known as turkey starter diet. There are about 2,000
hens in the flock and they start to lay eggs when six to eight weeks
Each day Nichols and her co-workers hand-collect about 700
white, blue or brown speckled eggs, which are about one-third the
size of a chicken egg. Packed into 24-egg cartons — some bearing
the UBC name — the eggs are sold exclusively through distributors
for prices ranging from $3 to $4 in nearby Richmond and Vancouver's Chinatown.
The eggs taste like chicken eggs because of the standard poultry
diet and are most often used in soups or added to sushi.
"Kids seem to love eating quail eggs because they're tiny," says
Nichols. "It takes about 11 eggs to make an omelette."
Some children with an allergy to chicken eggs are able to eat
quail eggs, she adds.
The tiny shells are also used for Ukrainian egg painting. The craft
of eggery uses the shell as a display case for an ornament.
The centre also sells hatching eggs. Some go to local daycare
facilities and schools where centre staff work with teachers to help
children learn about raising poultry.
New centre defines
industry's cutting edge
Canadians moved further from the
status of hewers of wood when the national Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) opened at UBC April 9. The
centre is the result of a national industry
initiative to add value to Canada's most
important natural resource.
The first 10 graduates of the centre's
Bachelor of Science in Wood Products
Processing program, who are in very high
demand in industry, were at the opening.
So were representatives of Canada's wood
products industry who banded together in
1992 to create an education system dedicated to filling a training void in Canada.
Technology, environmental concerns
and globalization have brought Canada's
wood industry to a crossroads," says
centre director Tom Maness. "Our future
prosperity depends increasingly on knowledge, new technologies and a highly skilled
workforce which is prepared to innovate
on an international scale."
CAWP — in UBC's new $47.5-million
Forest Sciences Centre — contains a state-
of-the-art secondary manufacturing pilot plant and complete industry education centre. The opening was staged
among the high-tech moulders, saws and
computer-aided design and manufacturing labs housed in the unique educational centre in Canada.
Companies are clamouring to hire the
first graduates who have the skills to
become innovative managers as well as
specialists in wood engineering and
processing. The industry-driven program
has a strong focus on internship — the
five-year undergraduate degree includes
at least 19 months of carefully selected
work experience.
'The centre's innovative, hands-on
approach has been designed and is evolving to fill a strongly perceived need across
the country." says John McLean, acting
dean of Forestry at UBC. "Our graduates
will not only play an important role in
taking better advantage of Canada's wood
supply, but will also utilize the business
and marketing skills they have acquired
to create new opportunities in the global
CAWP provides workshops, seminars
and training in advanced manufacturing
to transfer the latest technology to industry. As well, it conducts industry-supported applied research projects and provides consulting services, technical support and customized training programs.
UBC was chosen as Canada's national
education, research and service centre
dedicated to the wood products manufacturing in 1994.
CAWP was created in 1996 by a joint
partnership among the university, industry and senior levels of government
and is guided by its industry advisory
board, the National Education Initiative
of the Furniture and Wood Products
Manufacturing Industry.
Science, Arts students
top scholarship winners
An outstanding chemistry scholar who
insists on giving credit to others for her
accomplishments is one of six recipients
in this year's Sherwood Lett Competition,
the premier scholarships for senior undergraduates at UBC.
Fahreen Dossa graduates next month
with a combined honours bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biochemistry.
"It's not just about me. When you
accomplish something, you don't accomplish it alone," says Dossa.
Dossa won the Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship, named in honour ofthe
late chief justice of
B.C. and first
president of UBC's
Alma Mater Society. The scholarship carries a
$5,000 prize.
Dossa says that
both Science One, a
first-year interdisci-
plinary program
and her exchange
studies at Lund University in Sweden
shaped her learning philosophy.
The crucial part is in both instances I
was learning in a community of learners.
I learned from my peers as much as from
my professors," says Dossa.
Dossa hopes to join Canadian Crossroads International for a four-month posting in West Africa before pursuing a PhD in
chemistry on a scholarship at Cambridge.
Third-year Law student Kim Stanton,
who has been in the top 10 per cent of her
Law class, receives the $7,000 John H.
Mitchell Memorial scholarship.
She graduates May 28, but doesn't
necessarily plan to practise law.
A community activist with a passion for
human rights since she was 16, Stanton
says she came to law school for legal
training to help her affect change.
"I think we need to find ways to make
the law effective for people," Stanton says.
"Going to court isn't always the answer.
Educating people about their rights and
educating law-makers about the impact
of law on people is effective too."
Stanton will article at the B. C. Public
Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC).
A non-profit organization providing legal representation and advocacy support
to public interest groups, PIAC is currently representing the B. C. Civil Liberties Union at the APEC hearings.
Winnipeg native Jenna Newman leaves
UBC next month
with a bachelor's
degree in honours
English and the
$3,500 Amy E.
Sauder scholarship.
Newman, who
has financed her
education through
hopes to earn a PhD
after taking a year
or two off and eventually plans to be a writer of contemporary
"My critical thinking and writing skills
developed immensely through interaction with my professors and classmates,"
says Newman.
Other Lett winners this year include:
fourth-year medical student Laura Bennion,
C. K. Choi Scholarship ($7,500); Kristine
Chambers, fourth-year Human Kinetics,
Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship ($5,000):
Kibben Jackson, third-year Law, Jean Craig
Smith scholarship ($2,000).
Last year, UBC awarded more than
$19 million in scholarships, fellowships,
awards and prizes to UBC students.
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Comments are welcome and should
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Friday, April 23
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Management Of Acute Otitis Media In The Era Of Antimicrobial
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The Need For Alternative Levels Of
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Hospitals: Analysis Of Studies
Across The Country. Charles
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Chan Centre Concert
A Heart and Stroke Benefit: Music
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Centre at 8pm. Web site: http://
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Saturday, April 24
UBC Botanical Garden
Hanging Baskets. David Tarrant;
Judy Newton. UBC Botanical Garden Reception Centre from 9am-
12noon. $40; $36 members. To
register call 822-3928.
Swim Meet
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Vancouver Recital Society
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Monday, April 26
Chalmers Institute
Ministry Of Supervision, Phase 1.
Rev. Aldona Ewazko; VST faculty;
team. VST at 8:30am. Continues
to April 30. $360. To register call
St. John's College Lecture
Regulating Rice Wine Consumption. Shannon Waters. St. John's
College Fairmont Lounge at 8pm.
Call 822-8788.
Tuesday, April 27
Oncology Seminar
Approaches To Prevention Of
Breast Cancer. Norman Boyd,
head, Epidemiology and Statistics,
Ontario Cancer Institute. BC Cancer Agency, 600 W. 10th Ave. John
Jambor Room from 12:15-1:15pm.
Call Dr. Kirsten Skov 877-6098
local 3021.
Green College Speaker Series
The Notion Of Time In Science And
Mythology. Luigi Luisi, Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Green College at 5pm. Reception Green College Coach House
from 6-6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, April 28
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Case Presentations: 20 Minutes
On Shoulder. Elbow, Wrists. And
Hands. P. Cropper; W. Regan; R.
Hawkins. VGH, Eye Care Centre
Aud. at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Nursing Rounds
The Work And Impact OfThe AIDS
Prevention Street Nurse Program.
Various speakers. UBC Hosp.,
Koerner G-279 from 4-5pm. Call
Chan Centre Concert
Johann Strauss Capelle: The Original From Vienna - North American
Tour 1999. Chan Centre
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Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for more
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Thursday, April 29
Health, Safety And
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Vancouver Fire Hall #10, 2992
Wesbrook Mall from 8:30am-
4:30pm. $90. To register call
Pamela Rydings 822-2029.
Src And Na+ In Gain Control Of
Excitatory Synaptic Transmission.
Dr. Michael Salter, U of Toronto.
IRC#3 from 3:45-5pm. Call 822-
Friday, April 30
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Can Perinatal HIV Transmission
Be Eradicated In Canada. Various
speakers, B.C.'s Children's and
Women's Hosp. GF Strong Aud.
from 9-10am. Refreshments at
8:30am. Call Ruth Giesbrecht 875-
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Beyond Health For All: Does Public Health Figure In the Health
System Of The Future? Nancy
Kotani, director. Health Design
System.   Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board. Mather 253 from
9-10am. Paid parking available
in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Pride UBC Meeting
Sessional Collective Meeting To
Change Bylaws. #26 - 795 W. 7th
Ave. at 5pm. Call Co-chair 222-
Chan Centre Concert
The Beethoven Trio Vienna: Piano, Violin, Cello. Chan Centre
at 8pm. Web site: http://
www.chancentre.com. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or for
more information 822-2697.
Saturday, May 1
Chan Centre Concert
Phoenix At The Chan. Phoenix
Chamber Choir; Carol Weisman.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Web site:
Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or
For more info 822-2697,
UBC Food Services Exam
Effective April 12-30. Pacific Spirit
Place from 7:30am-2pm; Subway
from 7:30am-7:30pm; Barn from
7:30am-4pm; Trekkers from 9am-
2pm; Express at Trekkers from
7:30am-7pm; Yum Yum's from
8am-2:45pm; Bread Garden from
7:30am-4:30pm: IRC from 8am-
3:30pm; Arts200 and Edibles
closed. See ad in this paper. Web
site: www.foodserv.ubc.ca or call
Museum Of Anthropology
Objects Of Intrigue. Continues to
Dec. 31. Mary Anne Barkhouse:
Selected Works; Partners In Action: Musqueam Creek Enhancement Project. Continues to June
30. Nunavutmiutanik Elisasiniq:
A Tribute To The Peoples Of
Nunavut; A Break In The Ice: Inuit
Prints From The Linda J. Lemmens
Collection. Continues to Sept. 6.
Free to UBC students, staff, faculty. Web site: http://
www.moa.ubc.ca or call 822-5087
or 822-5950.
Gardens Open
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC
Botanical Garden and Shop in the
Garden will be open until October
11 (inclusive) from 10am-6pm daily
(including weekends). For the gardens call 822-9666 and the Shop
Vancouver (European)
Handball Team
Is looking for players at all levels.
We meet Fridays from 8-10pm at
the Osborne Gym. For more information, visit our Web site:
http: Whandball-bc. hypermart.net
or call 822-4576.
Female Volunteers
Daughters who have returned
home to live with their parents are
needed for a PhD psychology study.
An interview at your convenience
is required. Please call Michele
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the
relationship types of fraternal and
identical female twins. If you can
help by completing some questionnaires and being interviewed
Next deadline:
noon, April 20
about relationships, please e-mail:
tmacbeth@cortex. psych.ubc.ca or
call Tannis MacBeth, Psychology
822 4826.
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
UBC Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with
appropriate signs and barriers,
however sometimes these signs and
barriers are removed by unauthorized individuals. Please approach
work sites cautiously and respect
signs and/or work crew instructions to avoid potential harm. If you
have any questions concerning a
UBC Utilities work site, please call
Research Study
I am a grad student looking for
families with an autistic child(ren)
to answer a questionnaire regarding the effects of raising autistic
children. The child must be seven
years old or younger. Please call
Keri Smalley 738-8025.
TRIUMF Public Tours
An 80 min. tour takes place every
Wednesday and Friday at lpm.
Free parking. Continues to April
30. To arrange for a group tour call
222-7355 or Web site: http://
Faculty. Staff and Grad Students
Volleyball Group. Every Monday
and Wednesday. Osborne Centre
GymAfrom 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 Prof. Janet Werker's
Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
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-
fouryears old) and their parent(s)
to participate in language studies. If you are interested in bringing your child for a forty-five
minute visit, please call Asst.
Prof. Geoffrey Hall's Language
Development Centre, Psychology
at UBC, 822-9294 (askfor Kelley).
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university-sponsored events on campus and off earn-*
pus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
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Deadline for the April 29 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period May 2 to June 12 — is noon,
April 20. UBC Reports • April 15, 1999 5
Bruce Mason photo
"It's an Indy-style race car and it will be ready," says Brian Ward, leader of
Team UBC Formula SAE. He and nine other Engineering students are
putting the final touches to the open-wheeled vehicle they have built from
the ground up and will take to Detroit May 19-23. Teams from universities
across North America and Europe are entered in the annual competition.
Students ready for
racetrack challenge
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
A pile of pipes and bolts is actually an
Indy-style race car in progress. It's being
constructed by UBC Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students for the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers
(SAE) competition in May in Detroit.
The 250-kilogram UBC vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometres an hour in under five seconds and
reaching a top speed of 150 kilometres an
The competition appeals to students
who want to be the best engineers they can
be," says team leader Brian Ward, a third-
year Mechanical Engineering student.
Formula SAE involves the design, construction and dynamic testing of an open-
wheeled racing car.
The competition, which attracts about
100 teams from across North America
and Europe, has been staged since 1981
and is supported by Ford, GM. Chrysler
and other large corporations.
UBC students have entered each year
since 1990.
At the start, most have little or no
knowledge of vehicle engineering or fabrication. They gain valuable design and
project management experience by working on a selected portion of the car —
experience they don't get in a classroom.
"We've earned the electronics award
two years running," says Ward. "Evan
Short, who was in charge of electronics
and graduated last year, is being interviewed by five of the top auto racing
teams in the world. Others have gone on
to exciting and rewarding jobs in industry."
Eight separately judged stages determine whether various performance and
design objectives have been met. Static
events include design and cost analysis.
Among the dynamic events are acceleration, fuel economy and endurance.
Restrictions on vehicle design ensure
that team knowledge, ingenuity and imagination is challenged. Driver safety is
paramount. The engine air-take is limited to reduce power output and cars
must meet strict side- and front-impact
and roll-over standards.
The current team of 10 is busy with
everything from engine testing and chassis analysis to constructing displays and
maintaining a Web site at http://
The project is run entirely by students,
including fund raising. The team's dream
budget is $55,000, but they operate on
less which is part of the challenge.
'To keep the competition fresh no car
can be driven in more than two competitions, so the biggest job every year is
finding new sponsors," says Ward.
The team has 35 to 40 sponsors including the Mechanical Engineering
Dept., Kawasaki Canada and Magna International.
Was the budget about protecting health?
by Robert Evans
Economics Prof. Robert Evans is a
research associate with UBC's Centre
for Health Services and Policy Research.
This budget is about health,"
Finance Minister Joy McPhail
said firmly a few weeks ago.
Perhaps so; it was certainly about
health spending.
She also reiterated her government's claim, alone among the
provinces, to have protected the
funding of health care against cuts in
federal transfer payments and general
economic slowdown. And the numbers bear her out. But they also
reveal a remarkable coincidence.
Allegations of "underfunding" and
responses of "cost explosion" are as
old as Medicare. Behind the rhetoric,
expenditures in all provinces (per
person, adjusted for inflation) moved
steadily upward for a quarter-century.
But 1992 saw a real turning point.
Driven by fiscal crisis, provincial
governments finally became grimly
serious about cost control. In the six
years since, national data and
projections compiled by the Canadian
Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
show that per person spending on
health by provincial governments has
been essentially flat — not even
increased for inflation. Except in B.C.
Health-care spending (per person)
by the B.C. government rose by 11.7
per cent, or nearly 2 per cent per year,
during this period of general restraint.
B.C. actually keeps the national
average on the positive side of the ledger;
per person spending by the other nine
provinces fell by nearly 2 per cent.
If spending by the B.C. government
had changed in parallel with the
others, it would have been $1,714 per
person last year instead of the reported
The discrepancy of $236 is an
interesting figure. There were (estimated to be) 4.013 million people in
B.C. last year. Multiplying $236 per
person by 4.013 million people yields
$947 million. Compare this with the
provincial deficit of $890 million
budgeted for the coming year.
Just by the numbers, the cumulative effect of B.C.'s decision to keep
health spending growing while other
provinces froze it, now accounts for the
entire difference between the forecast
deficit, and a modest surplus, even
including the substantial increases
budgeted for this year.
Also interesting is the breakdown of
B.C.'s spending.
The state of relations between the
provincial government and B.C.'s
doctors might suggest that they, at
least, had been particularly badly
treated. Not so; per capita expenditure
on physicians' services in B.C. rose
18.2 per cent in the last six years,
compared with a Canadian average of
2.5 per cent.
Excluding B.C., spending on physicians in the rest of Canada rose less
than one percent (per person) in six
years. The gap of over $100 per person
that has emerged between spending in
B.C. and in the rest of Canada (recall
that the all-Canada average includes
B.C.) is enough to account for over
$400 million, roughly half of the
currently projected deficit.
Hospital spending did contract in
B.C., but very little, and the decline
was exactly matched by a modest
expansion in other institutions.
In other provinces the reduction in
acute care was much larger, and was
not offset by the small increases for
other institutional care. On the other
hand, while pharmaceutical spending
has risen dramatically during this
period of general restraint, it rose less
rapidly in B.C. The attempts by
Pharmacare to rationalize prescribing
— "lowest cost alternative" dispensing
and "reference pricing"— appear to
have exercised at least relative restraint
on costs.
But budgets are about choices, and
the B.C. government clearly chose the
spending policies of the last six years.
They rejected the quite brutal cuts that
have been associated with so much
distress elsewhere in the country. Are
British Columbians healthier or
happier as a result?
Well, not the providers of care.
Doctors, dissatisfied with their fees,
damned the new budget as not nearly
enough and threaten further job action.
(One might ask what would be enough?
The only answer seems to be "more.")
Nurses and other hospital workers?
Well, they went on strike last fall, for
higher wages and more positions. If
they are less unhappy than elsewhere,
it isn't obvious.
Providers' consistent message to the
public has been crisis and imminent
system collapse; nothing about the
B.C. health-care system being so much
more generously funded than elsewhere; nothing, for example, about the
fact that while hospitals have been
downsized, access to hospital care has
not been reduced.
Hospital beds have been closed (and
staff positions cut) because patients
simply spend less time in bed now, for
a variety of mostly good reasons.
Hospitals have become substantially
more efficient.
On the backs of overworked nurses?
Perhaps, but nurse staffing per acute
bed in B.C has continued to rise over
the past decade. Maybe not by
It might have been smarter politics
for B.C.'s government to follow the
lead of Ralph Klein and Mike Harris.
Impose harsh cuts on health, trigger a
crisis, recognize it and put back part
of the money. That way, you get
political credit for being responsive,
and for running a surplus. You'll be
criticized for "underfunding" health
care in any case - that seems to be an
iron law of Canadian politics.
Pretty cynical? This government
would probably say they have chosen
the high road. They believe that the
health of British Columbians is more
important than the approval of the
bond rating agencies, and worth the
public floggings over the deficit.
Well and good, but are we healthier
than we would otherwise have been?
The fact is, we don't know.
Data on outcomes of care or on the
general health of the population have
never been a high priority, either for
those who provide care or for those
who pay for it (or, it must be said, for
the rest of us).
But if "underfunding" is such a
threat to health as providers claim,
surely we should be seeing some
evidence of a health gap opening up
between B.C. and less favoured
provinces. (Stories about B.C.'s older
population or higher cost of living are
irrelevant. The data above compare
changes in spending since 1992.)
After all, we are now spending a
billion dollars a year more on health
care than we would be if our provincial government had chosen to follow
the spending patterns of the other
Our government has certainly
protected health care providers, but
have they protected our health? Well? 6 UBC Reports • April 15, 1999
News Digest
This year's Faculty and Staff Golf Tournament will take place at
the University Golf Club on Monday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m. Spouses,
family members and off-campus friends are welcome join in the
The entry fee of $110 per person includes green fees, pull carts,
lockers and towels, half-way refreshments, and dinner. Prizes
include two floor-level seats for the Vancouver Grizzlies 1999/
2000 season worth approximately $10,000.
Deadline for entries is April 19 at 4:00 p.m.
For more information or an entry form contact David Williams
at 822-4219,e-mail williams@physics.ubc.ca or Doug Quinville at
822-6090, e-mail doug.quinville@ubc.ca
Green College is pleased to announce two new
Thematic Lecture Series for 1999-2000:
Myths of Nations
Convenors: Profs. Sima Godfrey and Frank Unger
Institute for European Studies
Nature, Culture, and Colonialism
Convenors: Profs. Graeme Wynn and Derek Gregory
Department of Geography
These series will begin in September 1999 and run
throughout the academic year. Speakers and
schedules will be announced in late summer.
For further information:
cmtander@interchange.ubc.ca or 822-1878
iiQL Biomedical Communications
Phone 822-5769 for more information.
The classified advertising rate is Si6.50 for 35 words or less. Each additional word
is 50 cents. Rate includes GST. Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1, accompanied by payment in cash, cheque (made out to UBC
Reports) or journal voucher. Advertising enquiries: UBC-INFO (822-4636).
The deadline for the April 29 issue of UBC Reports is noon, April 20.
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and
of UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC, V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 222-4104.
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available,
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $54
plus $14/day for meals Sun-
Thurs. Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful B.C.
mountains, Burrard inlet and city.
Clean,comfortable. Useofliving
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Min. to UBC, shops and city. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax 224-6914.
BR guest suites with equipped
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Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
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floors, original stained glass. 10 min.
to UBC and downtown. Two blocks
from restaurants, buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
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Walk to UBC along the ocean.
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Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
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on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
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rates. Call737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
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rates. Call for information and
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ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
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home. Two blocks to Jericho
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Gourmet breakfast. Central
location to downtown/UBC. N/S.
Call 221-0551.
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
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to restaurants and shops. Daily
rates form $50 to $ 100. Please call
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TRIUMF HOUSE Guest house with
homey, comfortable environment
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Located near the hospital. Rates
$40-$65/night and weekly rates.
E-mail: housing@triumf.ca or call
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SUBLET Main floor of house in
Kitsilano neighborhood on tree-
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with study and backyard with
picnic table. Great location for
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beaches, bus routes, shopping,
and entertainment. Available
May lstto end of August (flexible).
Rent $1200 inc. util. Prefer
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ecairns@interchange.ubc.ca or
call 736-9405.
BR house, study, L/R, family room,
2 1/2 bath, huge open sunny
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shops/airport/UBC. Avail. July
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Overleaf Overdrive
Susan Stern photo
Close to 900 titles were collected recently in a Keys to Literacy children's book drive
in Brock Hall organized by members ofthe Golden Key National Honour Society. Society
members include (1-r) Stephanie Bendickson, third-year Commerce and Business
Administration, Yvette Lu, third-year Integrated Science, Elaine Chong, third year
Pharmaceutical Sciences, society president Pahreen Dossa, fourth-year Chemistry,
Zina Lee, fourth-year Psychology, Andrew Lim, fourth-year Microbiology, and Claudia
Buff ore, fourth-year English. The books are being donated to students at Queen
Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver.
New classroom teaches
Arts students and faculty
A new electronic classroom,
the Faculty of Arts Multimedia
Lab, is being used as both a
learning venue for student
courses ranging from modern
languages to economics, and a
training ground for faculty and
staff in multimedia development.
A leader in electronic communication at UBC, the Faculty
of Arts has two other multimedia
labs which have been serving
various departments in the faculty since the mid-1990s.
"Language-learning software
is available to students for in-
& ITServices
Bug busters
Plant Operations
Building business as
usual come 2000
Stashing cash and hoarding food may be the way some
people expect to meet the millennium bug but UBC's
Plant Operations is aiming for business as usual come
Jan. 1, 2000.
Plant Operations has been testing systems since early
last spring and recently hired a consultant to audit about
130 buildings. They checked all life-safety, heating,
ventilation, lighting and elevator systems.
"Y2K preparedness is nowhere near as big an issue for
us as we expected," says Dan Leslie, associate director.
Building Operations.
"Most of our building systems are Y2K-compliant with
the exception of a few control and fire alarm systems
which need some upgrading."
Building Services will reprogram or replace affected
systems by early summer at a cost of about $200,000.
Many of the campus' older building do not use date-
sensitive automated systems, Leslie adds.
Y2K certification has been requested from vendors of
fire alarms, elevators and building controls such as
computer-operated heat valves.
Supplied services such as electricity, water and gas
and sewage disposal have also been audited.
The Y2K bug will not affect water, electricity and gas
systems because they use real-time controls rather than
date controls, says Gordon Apperley, director of UBC
If supply is disrupted, systems will automatically shut
down without reference to date or time, he says.
Apperley has received confirmation of Y2K-compliance
from BC Hydro and expects to receive similar confirmations
from BC Gas and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
struction in French, German,
Italian Chinese, Spanish and
other languages," says Ulrich
Rauch, co-ordinator of the Multimedia Language Centre which
will use the lab. "Students practise languages by recording and
playing audio and video files on
the computers."
Currently about 24 Arts faculty and instructors are learning
how to use WebCT, a computer
program developed at UBC.
WebCT allows teachers to
build their own Web pages for
courses and include discussion
groups and chat rooms for students who have access to the
Faculty are also becoming familiar with software to develop
presentations and lectures that
incorporate audio and video
clips. The lab can also be used
for video conferencing.
High-tech applications are
making learning and communicating easier, but Rauch says
maintaining a teacher-friendly
environment is also important.
'The human element is still
very critical in the teaching and
learning process," he says.
Other departments using
the facility include Economics
and Anthropology and Sociology who are using the lab to
teach statistical analysis. The
Fine Arts Dept. has digitized
its collection of paintings and
made them available for viewing. The History Dept. is offering a Web-based course on
world history.
The newest lab has been established with hardware and
software donated by Hewlett-
Packard (Canada) Ltd.
It is the fourth year of
Hewlett-Packard's 5-year commitment to give UBC computer
equipment to support learning
initiatives. Previous recipients
include the UBC Library, the
Faculty of Applied Science and
the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
by staff writers
uciana Duranti. a
professor of Archival
'Studies in the School of
Library. Archival and Information Studies, has been named
academic of the year by the
Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of B.C.
Duranti has been honoured
for her contribution to the
world community resulting
from her research in the
creation, maintenance and
long- term preservation of
reliable and authentic electronic records.
A committee of CUFA BC representatives selected Duranti
for the award.
Prof. Stan Hamilton has been appointed acting dean
in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. Hamilton will serve to Aug. 1 when new dean
Daniel Muzyka begins.
Hamilton is currently associate dean of Academic
Programs and Student Services in the faculty.
Dr. Carol Herbert,
former head of the
Dept. of Family
Practice, has been named
dean of the Faculty of
Medicine and Dentistry at
the University of Western
Ontario (UWO) for a five-
year term.
Herbert, who obtained
her undergraduate and
medical degree at UBC.
joined the department in
1982 and served as head
from 1988 to 1998. Her
research interests include
the patient-doctor relationship, behaviour change and
family violence and sexual assault.
A leader in providing services for sexually abused
children. Herbert was the founder and co-director of the
Shaughnessy Hospital Sexual Assault Assessment Service.
Her appointment to UWO is effective Sept. 1.
Educational Studies Prof. Charles Ungerleider was
recently named deputy minister of Education for
Ungerleider's research interests focus on multicultural,
media and citizenship education. He has worked with a
variety of public agencies including school districts, police
agencies and both federal and provincial ministries and
Ungerleider was serving as associate dean. Teacher
Education, when he was seconded to the position for a
two-year term.
Psychiatry Prof. Emeritus Juhn Wada has received
the William G. Lennox award, the highest honour
of the American Epilepsy Society.
The special recognition reflects Wada's career achievements as a neuroscientist, researcher, physician and
Wada, a consulting neurologist at UBC Hospital, developed a diagnostic test to help brain surgeons assess
speech and memory function and a new surgical treatment
for epilepsy patients.
Alan Donald, Ph.D.
Biostatistical Consultant
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Bruce Mason photo
The Loneliness Of The
Long-Distance Painter
Pausing between strokes on an Olympic-sized canvas is UBC painter Corky
Cortusan. He was touching up the 742 square metre surface before the
outdoor pool was filled with 1.5 million litres of water and opened to the
public on April 12. Up to 525 swimmers can be accommodated between
Corky's carefully crafted lines. Call the Aquatic Centre's 24-hour pool
schedule line, 822-4521. For information on lessons call 822-4522.
Island research farm
transition continues
UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
will support an Intensive Grazing Seasonal Production trial currently being
proposed for the Oyster River Research
Farm during the consolidation of the
faculty's dairy cattle research at Agassiz.
The faculty has been working with the
Vancouver Island Dairymen's Association and the B.C. Milk Marketing Board
to leave infrastructure in place to support
the grazing trial proposed by the Dairymen's Association and to be funded by
Investment Agriculture. The trial is to
help assess ecologically and economically sustainable grazing practices.
The faculty has agreed to retain cows,
quota and staff to continue the grazing
trial at Oyster River until Oct. 31.
Last November, the faculty announced
that it is consolidating its dairy cattle
research activities at the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre at Agassiz as
part of a recently established collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food
The need to develop significantly improved research infrastructure, focus limited resources, and the distance between
the UBC campus and the farm are among
the factors that prompted the reorganization.
The critical mass of dairy cattle scientists at this site will help the faculty and
its researchers to more effectively serve
the needs of industry on the Island and
throughout the province," said Dr. Jim
Thompson, associate dean of research.
The Vancouver Island community has
voiced its concern over the farm's future
and proposals will be requested from the
agricultural community during the next
few months to develop a leasing arrangement for specific areas of the farm.
This request for proposals will be in
parallel with a public process to discuss
different models of community partnerships for the future of the farm that will
allow the strengths ofthe community, its
citizens, its public institutions, its industries and the university to support
one another.
Current and possible expanded uses
• development of academic and research facilities in the areas of agricultural, forest and environmental sciences;
• regional environmental and agricultural education facilities such as Montfort
• regional recreational sites and
greenway s;
• ecological preserves or reserves such
as Oyster River Enhancement Society
• managed woodlots and agroforestry;
• agricultural crop research lands.
Recently, there has been considerable
interest in the farm for a variety of agricultural purposes — from organic farming to dairying to viticulture to small
niche market crops.
As part of the shift in the role of the
farm, staff involved with the dairy operation have been given seven months' notice,
and will continue to work until Oct. 31.
"Our dairy research has been in the
process of consolidation since 1994 and
our faculty has been in transformation
since July 1997," said Moura Quayle,
dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
"It hasn't been easy to make some of
the necessary changes for the faculty to
more effectively contribute to agriculture
in B.C. Despite the changes we are now
making, we see Oyster River Farm as an
incredible opportunity for partnering with
and contributing to the community in
new and innovative ways."
Students learn how to
triumph over disabilities
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
UBC students with learning disabilities now have a better chance at academic success, thanks to a strategic approach devised by a Faculty of Education
researcher and used by the Disability
Resource Centre (DRC).
Assoc. Prof. Deborah Butler, who is
the Chris Spencer Professor in Dyslexia,
designed strategic content learning (SCL)
to support post-secondary students with
learning disabilities
such as dyslexia.
"Learning disabilities and dyslexia
don't go away." says
Butler. 'They persist
into adulthood, undermining self-confidence and limiting
potential.   People
with  learning  dis-      	
abilities need to be
supported throughout their life."
In the SCL model, students are supported in analysing tasks they are given
in class, selecting, adapting or inventing
learning strategies, monitoring progress
and modifying approaches according to
Fifty-five UBC students with learning disabilities receive support through the Disability Resource Centre. They come from faculties ranging from Law to Pharmaceutical
Sciences to Graduate Studies.
Neville Swartz uses the SCL model to
train the 30 peer tutors who work part-
time at the DRC.
"Traditional tutoring typically focuses
on memorizing content," says Swartz, an
Education graduate student. "Now we're
helping students learn how to learn. We
give them the tools to continue the job
when they're not with the tutor."
'People with learning
disabilities need to be
supported throughout
their life."
— Assoc. Prof. Deborah Butler
Swartz emphasizes that the SCL model
helps students identify their own learning and coping skills and then expand or
adapt them. There is no single strategy.
If a dyslexic student who has been
taught the SCL model is assigned to read
a chapter for an exam, for example, they
initially analyse the task, taking into consideration such factors as the level of
detail involved or whether the test is multiple choice or essay.
Selected strategies may involve using
an outline, breaking down tasks or reading into manageable
^^^^^^^^^^ chunks, reading to
follow the flow of argument, or summarizing points per
Students monitor
their understanding
and modify their approach to the task
when comprehension breaks down.
Butler's model is
based on the results of seven studies of
almost 100 Lower Mainland college and
university students with a broad range of
learning disabilities.
The DRC participated in one of the
studies. It has made the SCL training
mandatory for peer tutors who support
students with a range of disabilities.
"One of our goals is helping students
to be self-sufficient," says DRC director
Janet Mee. "This approach gives students the skills they need to cope in their
existing environment."
The SCL approach is unique, says
Butler, in that it is useful in one-on-one
tutoring, peer tutor training and small-
group based study skills classes.
Butler hopes to create a multimedia
CD-ROM to make the SCL model available to researchers and educators, including those in secondary schools.
$2 million goes to
health research
Fifty-six UBC research projects have
received more than S2 million in grants
from the B.C. Health Research Foundation (BCHRF) in a recent funding competition.
"This funding recognizes the quality
of health research being conducted in
this province and here at UBC," says
Bernie Bressler, vice-president, Research. "Especially important is the
foundation's attention to new investigators. BCHRF funding can help scientists develop their research programs
early in their careers."
Grant recipients come from disciplines ranging from obstetrics and
gynecology to radiology and zoology.
Projects focus on population health
issues such as occupational mortality
and domestic violence as well as health
services and clinical care. Researchers
will also conduct basic science studies
of biomedical challenges such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and duodenal ulcers.
Most of the funding is in the form of
operating grants. BCHRF also provides
research scholar grants of up to $48,000
per annum for individuals with demonstrated potential to become outstanding independent B.C. researchers.
Psychiatry Prof. Josie Geller is investigating readiness and motivation for
change in anorexia nervosa patients.
"Readiness to change in these patients has presented a dilemma for treatment providers," she says. "Many pa
tients are referred for treatment by physicians and family members and may be
quite ambivalent about making changes."
Geller will examine whether the models used as a basis for intervention in
substance abuse treatment are applicable to eating disorders.
Close to 200 patients will participate
in the study, which will be conducted at
the Eating Disorders Clinic at St. Paul's
Hospital, the main treatment centre for
the disease in B.C.
Psychology Prof. Stanley Rachman
will be testing a new explanation of
pathological obsessions, the persistent
thoughts that are a central feature of
obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Rachman will investigate the idea
that obsessions are caused by catastrophic misinterpretation of the significance of intrusive thoughts.
Four studies are planned including a
comparison between the unwanted unacceptable thoughts reported by patients with obsessive compulsive disorder to those reported by patients with
other anxiety disorders.
BCHRF distributed a total of $3.5
million to fund 85 research projects at
universities, hospitals and community
The largest provincial source of health
research funding in B.C., BCHRF is the
only agency in Canada that funds the
full range of health research from basic
medical science to community-based


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