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Bird's Eye View
Gavin Wilson photo
The man behind the binoculars is birder Reto Riesen, a research
associate in the Dept. of Chemistry. Riesen is one of the campus
members of the Vancouver Natural History Society who leads a weekly
birding walk on campus. They meet Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the
Flagpole Plaza. For more information call Jeremy Gordon at 822-8966.
Hearing set to probe
49 APEC complaints
A public hearing into the conduct of
members of the RCMP during the APEC
leaders' meeting will be held in Vancouver beginning April 14.
The hearing will be conducted by the
RCMP Public Complaints Commission,
which has received 49 complaints related
to demonstrations on the UBC campus
during the APEC conference last November, including one filed by UBC President
Martha Piper on behalf of the university.
The Public Complaints Commission is
an independent federal agency that conducts impartial reviews of complaints
against RCMP members.
Commission Chair Shirley Heafey said
the hearing is the best means to assure
the public that the complaints are thoroughly and impartially reviewed.
The hearing's agenda will include complaints regarding the use of force, inter
ference with freedoms guaranteed by the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and
treatment of people in police custody,
including female protesters who were
strip-searched before being detained in
police cells.
Before they can appear, complainants
must satisfy the hearing's panel that they
have a substantial and direct interest in
the complaint. The panel has the power to
summon witnesses by subpoena and to
receive evidence under oath or by affidavit.
Members of the panel appointed by the
commission include Vina Starr, John L.
Wright and Gerald Morin.
The hearing is expected to take several
weeks and will be held at 300 W. Georgia,
room 214.
Meanwhile, an internal RCMP investigation of APEC-related incidents is continuing.
Access to education
gets boost in budget
Federal budget initiatives aimed at
improving access to post-secondary education and reducing student debt loads
drew high marks from members of Canada's university community, although
some said the measures didn't go far
enough in improving access for students.
"The budget includes an integrated
and focused approach that will transform the way Canadians view access to
post-secondary education," said UBC
President Martha Piper, following the
budget announcement by Finance Minister Paul Martin Feb. 24.
"These measures are particularly relevant for B.C. We have one of the lowest
participation rates in post-secondary
education in the country. This will help
us improve access," she said. "Restoration of funding to the major research
granting agencies is also a very positive
development that should result in a renewed flow of money into university research."
Paul Davenport, chair of the Association  of Universities   and   Colleges  of
Canada (AUCC) and president of the
University of Western Ontario, also supported the budget, stating that measures to help lower student debt, improve
access, and to restore funding to granting agencies reflect the government's
commitment to knowledge and accessibility.
The budget included a number of tax
incentives and new programs aimed at
encouraging Canadians to pursue higher
education by reducing financial barriers
and making student debt loads easier to
The Canadian Opportunities Strategy, costing in excess of $5.5 billion to
the end of 2000-2001, includes a number
of key elements that will affect students.
• Canada Millennium Scholarships
will be awarded annually to 100,000
full- and part-time students in financial
need who demonstrate merit and who
are studying in publicly funded institutions, including universities and colleges.
Individuals can receive up to a maximum of $15,000 over four academic
See BUDGET Page 2
Student film attracts
festival attention
by Gavin Wilson
professor in the Dept. of Film. Theatre
Staff writer
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Number Crunchers
B.C. high school students score near the top of the class in math and science
Tackling Toxins 7
When poisoning's suspected, UBC poison control experts are on call
Record Keeper 8
Profile: Prof. Luciana Duranti is at the forefront of the information revolution
"liking and learning
Computer Science. Electronic Games for
Education in Math and Science (E-GEMS)
UBC RESEARCH 2 UBC Reports ■ March 5, 1998
Dying tree
raises concern
It is with alarm that I notice
a second large tree slowly
dying outside the Fine Arts
Library, not 100 paces from
the site of a redwood which
died a couple of years ago due
to over-zealous garden building around its base.
The tree now in question is a
western red cedar which has had
almost its entire root system
buried in tar and cement with
cars parking right up to the
trunk and doing extensive
damage in the process.
Is this an institute of higher
learning or what? Didn't the
people in charge of the trees
around the library learn their
lesson when the 75-year-old
redwood died? Or will we
watch another tree die and
then say "Oh dear?" again? Or
is there a quiet movement
afoot to kill all the large trees
in the vicinity of Main Library?
So many questions, so few
Neville West
Continued from Page 1
years of undergraduate education. Commencing in the year
2000, the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation, with
an initial immediate endowment
of $2.5 billion, will award scholarships with the intent that the
endowment will be drawn down
by the year 2010. The foundation will be managed by a quasi-
independent board of directors
composed of private citizens.
• Canada Study Grants of up
to $3,000 a year will be given to
some 25,000 students in financial need who have children or
other dependents.
• All students will be allowed
a 17 per cent, non-refundable
federal tax credit on the interest
paid on their student loans. The
Canada Student Loans Program
will also be modified to extend
interest relief to more students
and to permit the deferral of
repayments beyond the normal
• Beginning in 1999, students
can make tax-free withdrawals
from their RRSPs provided they
Continued from Page 1
sic and dance are used to describe how a young concert pianist (played by Stephen T.
Yorke, a doctoral student in the
School of Music) has given up on
life since the death of his lover.
Fluid camera work, a lush set
that features paintings by Joe
Average and Mandy Williams,
and a film within a film of dancer
Alvin Tolentino combine to create what Thompson calls a "visually stunning" effect.
"I'm so used to working with
movement that for me the camera has to have movement as
well," Cottam says.
While the visuals came naturally, he admits that his
screenwriting needed work, and
he's grateful for the help
Thompson and his fellow students gave as they critiqued his
"It's been brilliant. Peggy really pushes us to work within a
structure, but in a way that is as
creative as possible," he says.
Cottam also credits the department with helping to get the
connections and resources
needed to make the film, which
was produced with the assistance of Cineworks, an independent filmmaking cooperative in
From the Ashes was the opening short for The Hanging Garden at the Atlantic Film Festival
and has been seen at festivals in
Ottawa. Barcelona and Madrid.
It will also be screened later this
year at gay and lesbian film festivals in Tokyo, Melbourne and
Torino, Italy.
Watch for it on the Knowledge
Network program The Independent Eye on March 16 at 10 p.m.,
and March 18 at 11 p.m.
are enrolled in full-time education for at least three months
during the year. Withdrawals
must be repaid in installments
over 10 years.
• Part-time students will now
be permitted to claim the education tax credit of $60 per
month and can deduct child-
care expenses.
However, some were not impressed with the budget and its
implications for students and
Ryan Marshall, co-ordinator
of external affairs for UBC's Alma
Mater Society, applauded government efforts to improve ac*
cess for students demonstrating need and merit, but expressed concern for students
who will "fall through the cracks"
before the scholarship program
is implemented in 2000. And
while the budget will help students deal with their debts, he
said the government should take
more action to ensure students
are not forced to acquire large
debts in the first place.
'They're using the balanced
budget to put some money back
into education, which is good.
But it's a smaller amount than
what they've already taken away."
UBC Economics Prof. Robert
Allen, a nationally recognized
expert on the economics of post-
secondary education in Canada,
also criticized the budget's contributions to post-secondary
"Except for the restoration of
funding to the federal granting
agencies, this budget does little
for education, because it doesn't
transfer money to universities.
Since there is no extra money
for universities, access to edu
cation is not improved at all."
All three of Canada's federally funded research and development granting councils, the
Medical Research Council
(MRC), the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC). had their
budgets restored — to 1994-95
levels — following several years
of budget cuts.
'The renewed support for university research is very encouraging." said Bernie Bressler,
UBC's vice-president. Research.
"Cuts to the MRC, NSERC, and
SSHRC budgets in recent years
have taken a toll on university
research across Canada. The
restoration of funds to these
agencies shows the government
is recognizing the value of our
"This budget shows that the
government has acknowledged
the role of education and research in maintaining Canada's
competitiveness in the global
economy. Moreover, the government has recognized the critical
need to provide students with
skills and experience required
to meet the challenges and opportunities of our growing
knowledge-based economy."
NSERC President Thomas
Brzustowski called the funding of
the research councils an "extraordinarily important decision."
"Canada's young people will
be very encouraged by the increased allocation for university research. It will help many
of them directly to pursue postgraduate studies in research and
to develop their talents to the
full," he said.
The world's oceans are a major buffer of carbon dioxide. Plant plankton on the
ocean surface convert this greenhouse gas into organic carbon. Tiny animal
plankton then eat the plants and carry the carbon to deeper waters. Like an
endless chain of carbon couriers, they help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. Al Lewis and Lara Chatters observe the role of gravity on these couriers in
ice-cube-sized chambers aboard the space shuttle to better understand the
oceans' buffering ability.
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Stephen Forgacs photo
Room With A View
Cory Ripley, a Capilano College graphic design student, admires an
installation entitled Activity Cell by Vancouver artist Steven Shearer.
Shearer's artwork, and that of artists Myfanwy MacLeod, Damian
Moppett, Ron Terada, Geoffrey Farmer and Kelly Wood, is on display
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery to March 29.
Advanced education
ministry reborn in shuffle
A separate ministry for post-secondary education was revived in provincial
cabinet changes announced Feb. 18.
Andrew Petter will serve as the new minister of Advanced Education, Training
and Technology.
'This is a positive move," says UBC
President Martha Piper. "It shows that
government values the contribution of
education and university research to the
economic strength of this province."
Advanced education last had its own
ministry in 1993.
The change will help address B.C.'s
economic challenges through a focus on
jobs, investment, education and training, the government says.
In  his new role  Petter will  oversee
universities and colleges, skills and worker
retraining, student loans, social assistance recipient jobs, disabilities, science
and technology, information and privacy.
UBC Economics alumnus Gerry
Armstrong will serve as deputy minister
of the new ministry. Stuart Culbertson
will serve as deputy for the technology
portion of the portfolio.
Petter takes over advanced education
from Paul Ramsey, who will continue as
minister of Education responsible for kindergarten through Grade 12.
Petter. who previously held the post of
minister of Finance and Corporate Relations, is currently on leave from the University of Victoria where he is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law.
T-Birds surf to top spot
to take national titles
UBC swimmers dominated the national university swimming championships recently, winning 18 gold medals
and bringing UBC its 39th and 40th
national championship titles, and second and third in this academic year.
Both the men's and women's teams
won championship titles in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
competition in Quebec. This is the first
time UBC's men and women have won
simultaneous titles, and the first time in
33 years that the men's team has claimed
top spot. This is the women's fourth
national title in five years.
The men won 10 gold medals and the
women eight. The teams also won 10
silver and six bronze.
Olympian Sarah Evanetz and 1997
World Aquatic Championships medallist Mark Versfeld. who each won five
gold medals and one silver in individual
and relay events, led the attack.
Evanetz set a meet record in the
100-metre butterfly and was part of a
relay team that missed breaking a national record in the 4x100-metre freestyle by three-tenths of a second. The
men's and women's relay teams won
gold in every race with the exception of
a silver medal performance in the women's 4x200-metre freestyle.
Medal winning swims also came from
Katie Brambley, Glencora Maughan,
Amanda Marin, Kelly Doody, Dustin
Hersee, Greg Hamm, Jake Steele, Brent
Sallee.Tim Peterson, and Shawn Van
Hoof. Medal winning relay teams included swimmers listed above as well
as Liz Edwards, Bambi Roy, Kevin
Johns and Sveto Zvijerac.
Tom Johnson, coach of UBC's men's
and women's teams, was selected as
CIAU men's team Coach of the Year and
tied for CIAU women's team Coach of
the Year.
Final team standings saw UBC women
with 488 points, ahead of Toronto with
417.5. UBC men finished with 660 points,
ahead of Calgary with 437.
Secondary students
score in math, science
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Canadian students score near the top
of the class in math and science skills,
according to a survey of senior secondary
students in 24 countries released by UBC
Students from across Canada were
among those tested in the latest round of
the Third International Mathematics and
Science Study (TIMSS). The results compare students in their last year of secondary school: Grade 12 in most provinces.
Grade 12 and Ontario Academic Credits
(OAC) in Ontario, and second and third
year of CEGEP in Quebec.
'The results indicate that the achievement of Canadian students in math and
science compares favorably to that of
other countries, including our major trading partners," said Prof. David Robitaille,
international co-ordinator of TIMSS and
head of UBC's Dept. of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education.
One part of the study looked at math
and science literacy for all students, testing how much they knew and could apply. The study also surveyed physics and
math skills among students studying
these subjects at an advanced level.
In math and science literacy, Canadian students did as well as or better than
students from 17 of the 20 countries
taking part in the literacy component of
the study. Scores for B.C., Alberta and
Ontario were at the same level as Canada
as a whole, while the literacy score was
lower in New Brunswick.
Canadian students also performed
strongly in advanced mathematics, doing
as well as or better than students from 13
of the 15 countries taking part in the math
component. Scores for Alberta and Ontario were at the same level as Canada's,
while B.C.'s score was significantly lower.
Canada performed considerably less
well in physics. Canadian student performance on the physics test was as good
as or better than that of students from
nine of the 15 countries taking part in the
physics component. Alberta and Ontario
students were at the same level as the
Canadian average, while B.C. students
performed significantly better.
The study also compared scores of the
top five per cent of students. Canada's
top five per cent scored significantly above
the international average in both advanced math and in math and science
literacy. Their scores were essentially the
same as the international average in physics. Canada was the only G-8 country
whose top students achieved two scores
above the international average in this
part of the study.
TIMSS is the largest international study
of student achievement ever undertaken.
Haifa million students at five grade levels
in 40 countries have been tested. The
most recent results complement those
released in 1996 for Grade 8 students
and last year for Grade 4.
Funding for Canadian participation
and international co-ordination of the
study was provided by Human Resources
Development Canada. Industry Canada
and the B.C. Ministry of Education.
HIV mothers' decision
focus of nurse's study
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Women living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) face difficult decisions regarding child bearing. And despite the risks and challenges, many are
deciding to bear children.
To better understand
the factors that influence
these decisions. UBC
School of Nursing doctoral candidate and registered nurse Amandah
Lea has launched a research project.
"Women with HIV will
continue to have children," Lea says. "And
with no cure, this has
implications for the future."
The chance of a
woman who is HIV-posi- Lga
tive bearing a child with
the virus is about 25 to
30 per cent. Lea says. However, use of the
drug AZT during pregnancy reduces the
likelihood of transmission to eight per
cent, she adds.
Still in the early stages of her research, Lea has interviewed 19 women
with HIV about their decisions to have,
or not have children, and six primary
support people — boyfriends, common-
law partners or husbands — identified
by some of the women.
"Understanding the way multiple factors influence an HIV-positive woman's
reproductive decisions will help create
services and health policies to improve
their and their families' quality of life,"
Lea says.
Lea will examine issues such as the influence social perceptions regarding HIV and
child bearing, and family support, or lack of
it, have on reproductive decision making.
The majority of Lea's initial participants
have a history of substance abuse, and
have annual income levels of under
$20,000. Half received high school education, and the other half graduated from
high school or have had some post-secondary education.
Lea, who is recruiting study participants
with the assistance of
doctors and HIV support workers, also in-
t ends to include women
with higher income and
education levels as well
as women who do not
have a history of substance abuse in the
Any woman with HIV
interested in participating in the study who fits
the previously listed criteria is encouraged to
contact Lea at 222-1013.
Participants will receive
an honorarium for each
completed interview.
From March 6-7. Lea and other healthcare professionals will participate in the
Women, Children, Youth HIV/AIDS conference in Vancouver. The conference is
sponsored by UBC's Continuing Education in Health Sciences. Call 822-4965
for information.
Lea's research is supported by the Medical Research Council/National Health Research Development Program, B.C. Health
Research Foundation, the Canadian
Nurses' Foundation. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (USA)
and the Canadian Nurses Foundation.
UBC Killam Research Prize recipients
receive $5,000. An incorrect figure was
published in the Feb. 19 issue of UBC
Reports. 4 UBC Reports ■ March 5, 1998
March 8 through March 21
Sunday, Mar. 8
UBC Music At The Chan
Centre Concert
Jane Coop, piano. Chan Centre
at 3pm. Tickets available through
Ticketmaster. Call 280-331 1.
Monday, Mar. 9
UBC Student Composers'
Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Institute of Applied
Mathematics Colloquium
Symmetries, Integrating Factors
Arid Ode Patterns. Prof. Edgardo
S. Cheb-Terrab, Math. CSCI 300
at 3:30pm. Call 822-4584.
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Challenges At
Noram. Clive Brereton, Project
Engineer, Noram Engineering &
Constructors. CEME 1204 from
3:30-4:30pm. Light refreshments. Call 822-3770.
Astronomy Seminar
ProbingThe Large Scale Inhomo-
geneities Through Weak Ixnsing
Of Distant Radio Source. Arif
Babul, UVic. Hennings 318 at
4pm. Refreshments at 3:30pm.
Call 822-2267.
Biochemistry And Molecular
Biology Discussion Group
RNA Folding And Recognition.
James Williamson. IRC #5 at
3:45pm. Refreshments at
3:30pm. Call Dr. Mcintosh 822-
Green College Resident
Speaker Series
True Tales Of the South Pacific:
Canadian Expatriates In Papua
New Guinea. Sian Upton, Anthropology and Sociology. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Green College Special
The Problem Of Urban Crime:
London 1660-1760. John Beatt ie,
U of Toronto. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
UBC English Students'
Society Presentation
The Orphan Muses. Vancouver
Little Theatre at 8pm. Continues
to Mar. 14. Tickets: $9 adults: $7
concession: $6 (Mar. 9). For reservations, call 876-4165.
Tuesday, Mar. 10
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar Series
Tune In, Turn On, Develop Transcription Activation By The B.
Subtilis Response Regulator,
SpoOA. Dean Rowe-Magnus.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-3308.
Botany Seminar
Molecular Biology Of
Phenylpropanoid Metabolism In
Weeds And Trees. Carl Douglas.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Animal Science Seminar
Extending Feeding Volumes In
Sea Cages. Keng Pee Ang.
MacMillan 256 at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-4593.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Paclitaxel Loaded Microspheres:
Solid-State Characterization And
Evaluation In Vivo In A Rat Model.
Richard Liggins. IRC #3 from
12:30-l:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Institute of Asian Research
Asian Financial Crises And Its
Impacts On China. Fan Gang.
National Economic Research Institute. China Reform Foundation.
CKChoi 120 from 12:30-2pm. Call
Lectures In Modern
Systematic Development And Assessment Of Bioactivc Bismuth
Compounds. Prof. Neil Burford.
Dalhousie U. Chemistry 15-250
(southwing)at lpm. Refreshments
at 12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Oceanography Seminar
Ensemble Neural Networks And
Probability Forecasts Of El Nino.
Benyang Tang. Earth and Ocean
Sciences. BioSciences 1465 at
3:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Metals And Materials
Composite Sol-Gel Coating.
Quanzu Yang. Frank Forward 317
from 3:30-4:30pm. Call 822-1918.
Statistics Seminar
Robust Confidence Intervals And
Bootstrap. Matias Salibian-
Barrera. CSCI 301 from 4-5:30pm.
Refreshments, bring vour own
mug. Call 822-0570.
Centre for Applied Ethics
Ethics Of Action Research. Ukraine Greaves. Centre for Excellence in Women's Health. Angus
415 from 4-6pm. Call 822-5139.
Green College Speakers
Statius' Thebaid And The Legacy
Of Virgil's Aeneid. Karla Pollman,
U of St. Andrews. Green College at
5:30pm. Reception. Graham
House from 4:45-5:30pm. Call
Health And Medicine Lecture
TBA. Sharon Manson Singer, Social Work. Green College at 8pm.
Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Mar. 11
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
The North American Tour: A Report - The Seattle Ankle And Foot
Experience. Dr. Alastair Younger,
St. Paul's Hospital. Vancouver
Hosp/HSC, Eye Care Centre Aud.
at 7am. Call 875-4192.
Surplus Equipment Sale
SERF Task Force Warehouse from
12ndon-5pm. Call 822-2582; 822-
Pacific Spirit Family And
Community Services Noon
Hour Series
Connecting With Courage: Feminist Reflections On A Women's
Outdoor Programme. Louise
Cowin, McGill U. Social Work lower
level 028 at 12noon. Call 822-
Centre For India And South
Asia Research Seminar
Rethinking Conventional Wisdom:
Ethinieity. Ethnic Conflict And India As An Ethnic Democracy.
Gurharpal Singh. Arts and Humanities, Mont fort U. CKChoi 120
from 12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Terence Dawson, piano. Music
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Admission $3 at the door. Call 822-5574.
Faculty Financial Planning
Lecture Series
Internet Investing - A Live Demonstration. Simon Tan. TD Bank.
Centre for Continuing Studies 213
from 12:30-1:20pm. Limited seating. Call 822-1433.
Opera Panel Discussion
Puccini's La Boheme: The Opera
And The Production. Peggy
Jameson. Vancouver Opera: Nancy
Hermiston, Music: Floyd St. Clair.
French. Buchanan B-212 from
12:30-1:20pm. Call 822 4060; 822-
Centre For Southeast Asia
Research Seminar
Community Forestry In Indonesia: D-sson From Experience For
Other Southeast Asian Countries.
Chris Bennett, consultant.
Harvard Institute for International
Development. CK Choi 129 from
12:30-2pm. Call 822-2629.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminar
Glutamate Receptors And Huntington's Disease: An In Vitro Model.
Dr. Lynn Raymond, Psychiatry.
BC Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm.
Call 875-3108.
Geophysics Seminar
Airborne Gravimetry As An Exploration Tool. Don Russell. Earth
and Ocean Sciences. Geophysics.
Geophysics and Astronomy 260 at
3:30pm. Call 822-1814.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies And Gender
Relations Lecture Series
TBA. Amanda Goldrick-Jones.
Centre of Academic Writing, Women's Studies. U of Winnipeg. Women's Studies Centre at 3:30pm.
Call 822-9171.
Evolution, Ecology And
Biodiversity Seminars
When Two Worlds Collide: Competition Between Feral Himalayan
Tahr And European Chamois In
The Southern Alps, New Zealand.
David Forsyth. Zoology. FNSC 60
at 4:30pm. Refreshments Hut B-8
at 4pm. Call 822-3957.
The Interdisciplinary
Globalization: Curse Or Promise?
Fred Dallmayr, Government And
International Studies, Notre Dame.
Green College at 5pm. Call 822-
Theatre at UBC
End Game. Stephen Malloy. director. BC Tel Studio Theatre at
7:30pm. Continues to Mar. 21.
Call 822-2678.
Canadian Studies Lecture
The Local Bias Of National Parties.
KenCarty, Political Science. Green
College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Thursday, Mar. 12
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
HIV-1 Vpr And Nuclear Transport.
Dr. Marie Vodicka. Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre. Wesbrook 201 at 11:30am.
Call 822-3308.
Biotechnology Lab Seminar
Interactions Between Loci Controlling Pathogen Recognition And
Cell Death In Plants. Jeff Dangl.
Biology, U of North Carolina.
Wesbrook 201 at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call Dr. C. Douglas
Human Kinetics Seminar
Stakeholder Management: The
Case Of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Richard Wolfe. Leisure and Sport
Management. War Memorial Gym
100 from 12:30-1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3913.
University Singers Concert
James Fankhauser, director. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. Call
CICSR's Distinguished
Lecture Series
Trends In High-Speed NC Technology. Gunter Pritschow. U of
Stuttgart. CICSR/CS 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar Series
Multiple Signals Regulating GAL
Transcription In Yeast. Ivan
Sadowski. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Wesbrook 201 at
4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-
Physics And Astronomy
Penrose Tiles And Quasicryslals.
Paul Steinhardt. U of Pennsylvania. Hennings 202 at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm. Call 822-
Poetic Persuasions
Open Reading. Green College at
7:30pm. Call 822-1878.	
Friday, Mar. 13
Interdisciplinary Graduate
Student Conference
Reading. Rhetoric. Representation: The Politics Of Writing And
Representation. Jo-Anne Fiske.
UNBC; Frederick I loxie, Newberry
Library. Green College. Registration fee $20. Continues to Mar. 15.
Website www.interchange.ubc.ca/
jennet/index.html or e-mail
p m a u r e e n @ u n i x g . u b c . c a :
kdsadiq'?unixg. ubc.ca.
Centre For India And South
Asia Research Conference
Fluid And Contested: Tradition In
South Asia. CK Choi 120, from
12noon-9pm. Continues Mar. 14
from 9:30am-5pm. $25; $15 students. Call Larry Preston 822-
5034: Mandakranta Bose 822-
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Four Research Studies With Relevance For Pediatric Transport.
Various speakers. GFStrongAud.
at 9am. Call 875-2307.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Community Health Care. Dr. Jack
Altman, Community Health Services, Vancouver and Richmond
Regional Health Board. Mather
253 from 9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Fish500 Seminars
Aboriginal Program: Opening
Doors. Nigel Haggan. Hut B-8 Ralf
Yorqueat 1 1:30am. Refreshments
at 11am. Call 822-2731.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Occupational Hygiene Challenges
In BC's New Occupational Health
And  Safety  Regulations.   Peter
Gilmore, WCB. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, UBC. Koerner G-279 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9302.
Botany Seminar
Genetics Of Sex-Determination
In Higher Plants. Sarah Grant.
Biology. U of North Carolina.
BioSciences 2449 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Regulation Of Protein Kinase
During Ischemia. Sung Ouk Kim,
Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Cunningham 160 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
UBC Chamber Strings
Eric Wilson, director. Music Recital Hall at  12:30pm. Call 822-
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Confined Polymer Melts And
Blends. Prof. A. Yethiraj, U of
Wisconsin. ChemEng 206 at
3:30pm. Refreshments. ChemEng
204 at 3:15pm. Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Evaluation Of Fermion Loops By
Iterated Residues. Prof. Horst
Knoerrer. Math 100 at 3:30pm.
Refreshments. Math Annex 1115
at 3:15pm. Call 822-2666.
Physical Chemistry
The Spectrum Of YOH In The
Visible Region. Jim Peers. Chemistry D-225 (ccnl re block) at 4pm.
Call 822 3266.
University Singers Concert
James Fankhauser, director.
Music Recital Hall at 8pm. Call
Vancouver Institute
What Einstein Couldn't Have
Known: Very Small Particles At
Very I ligh Densities. Prof. Martin Perl. Stanford U. IRC # 2 at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Saturday, Mar. 14
Chinese Calligraphy
Exhibition Opening
A Foot Of Silk: A Bond Of Friendship. YimTse. Asian Centre Aud.
at 2pm. Call 822-0810.
Sunday, Mar. 15
Chinese Calligraphy
A Foot Of Silk: A Bond Of Friendship. YimTse. Asian Centre Aud.
from llam-5pm. Continues to
Mar. 22. Call 822-0810.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
university-sponsored events on campus and off campus within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms available
from the UBC Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green
Park Road, Vancouver B.C., V6T 1Z1. Phone: 822-3131.
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available on the UBC
Reports Web page at http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's
Notices section may be limited due to space.
Deadline for the March 19 issue of UBC Reports —
which covers the period March 22 to April 4 — is noon,
March 10. Calendar
UBC Reports ■ March 5, 1998 5
March 8 through March 21
Monday, Mar. 16
Nutrition Week
SUB concourse from 10am-3pm.
Guest speaker. Free samples,
contests. Call 221-6276: 221-
Innovation '97 Spring
Growing Imaginaton Flower Display. SUB Plaza. Call 822-3827
Peter Wall Institute Crisis
Points Group Lectures
Biological Spatial Models:
Stochastics Effects Of Fluctuations On Ecological And Epidemiological Models. Simon Levin.
Princeton U; Birger Bergersen.
Physics. St. John's College
Lounge from 2:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-3620.
Mechanical Engineering
On The Capture Of A Satellite
Using A Variable Geometry Manipulator. S. Ueno, Yokohama
National U. CEME 1204 from
3:30-4:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Biochemistry And
Molecular Biology
Discussion Group Seminar
Protein Tyrasine Phosphatases:
Their Role In Signal Transduction. Jack Dixon. Biological Chemistry. U of Michigan. IRC #5 at
3:30pm. Refreshments. Call Dr.
Johnson 822-8980.
Astronomy Seminar
Abundances In A Metal-Rich
Open Cluster From A Blue I lori-
zontal Branch Star. Ruth
Peterson. Hennings 318 at 4pm.
Refreshments at 3:30pm. Call
Tuesday, Mar. 17
Innovation '97 Spring
Dumpsters in Bloom Painting
Contest. SUB Plaza from
11:30am-1:30pm. Call 822-
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
C. Fimi's Sweet Dreams Mad-
Man Mannan Degradation.
Dominik Stoll. Wesbrook 100
from 12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-
Botany Seminar
A Cis-Acting Element And A Putative Trans-Acting Factor Critical For Developmentally Regulated Expression Of The 4CL 1
Gene. Jennifer Jones.
BioSciences 2000 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call 822-2133.
Animal Science Seminar
Physiology And Energetics Of
Fishes In Tidepools. Kazumi
Nakano, Animal Science.
MacMillan 256 at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-4593.
Lectures In Modern
Transition Metal Methylidynes:
The Simplest Organometallic
Compounds. Prof. Anthony
Merer. Chemistry B-250 (south
wing) at lpm. Refreshments at
12:40pm. Call 822-3266.
Peter Wall Institute Crisis
Points/Math Biology
Biological Spatial Models: Microbiology And Ocean Turbulence;
Competition And Coexistence.
Various speakers. Math 203 from
l:30-3:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Metals And Materials
Pressure Acid Leaching Of
Latterite. Guizhen Chen. Frank
Forward 317 from 3:30-4:30pm.
Call 822-1918.
Oceanography Seminar
Effects Of Advection And Diffusion On The Formation Of Red
Tides. Tamiji Yamamoto. Applied
Biological Sciences, Hiroshima U.
BioSciences 1465 at 3:30pm. Call
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Cosmic Coincidences: Is Modern
Cosmology Consistent With a Divine Shaping Of The Universe? Sir
John Houghton. Scarfe 100 at
4:30pm. Call 822-4351.
Green College Speakers'
Ethnocentric Assumptions In Social Science: The Example Of Family Roles Among SE-Asian Refugees In Canada. Phyllis Johnson,
Family and Nutritional Sciences.
Green College at 5:30pm. Reception Graham House from 4:45-
5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, Mar. 18
Innovation '97 Spring
Golden Dumpster Awards. SUB
Plaza at 12noon. Call 822-3827.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Chor Leoni Men's Choir. Diane
Loonier, director. Music Recital
Hall at 12:30pm. Admission $3 at
the door. Call 822-5574.
Obstetrics And Gynecology
Research Seminar
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Could Minimize The Incidence Of
Prematurely Condensed Human
Sperm Chromosomes. Dr. Sai Ma.
BC Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm.
Call 875-3108.
Geophysics Seminar
Inversion In Applied Geophysics.
Doug Oldenburg, Earth and Ocean
Sciences, Geophysics. Geophysics and Astronomy 260 at 3:30pm.
Call 822-1814.
Centre For Research In
Women's Studies And Gender
Relations Lecture Series
TBA. Svetlana Polenina, Institute
of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences. Women's Studies
Centre at 3:30pm. Call 822-9171.
Evolution, Ecology And
Biodiversity Seminars
TBA. Simon Levin, Princeton U.
FNSC 60 at 4:30pm. Refreshments
Hut B-8 at 4pm. Call 822-3957.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Prayer In A Scientific Age: Does
Prayer Make Sense To A Scientist?
Sir John Houghton, Co-Chair of
the Scientific Assessment for the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Scarfe 100 at
4:30pm. Call 822-4351.
Respiratory Research
Seminar Series
Tuberculosis: Elimination. Immigration And Confabulation. Dr.
Kevin Elwood. Medicine. Vancouver Hosp/HSC. Doctors'Residence
3rd fir. conference from 5-6pm.
Call 875-5653.
Comparative Literature
Contemporary Women Writers And
Patriarchalism In Guatemala.
Marcela Saldivia-Berglund, Hispanic and Italian Studies. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Theatre At UBC
The Good Person Of Setzuan. Craig
Holzschuh. director. BC Tel Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Continues
to Apr. 4. Call 822-2678.
History And Memory:
Reposition The Past
Souvenir/Art /Histories: Iroquois
Examples. Ruth Phillips. Director,
MOA. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting Of The Senate.
UBC's Academic Parliament. Curtis
102 at 8pm.  Call 822-2951.
Thursday, Mar. 19
Board of Governors Meeting
Open Session Begins At 8am. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-
come, first-served basis on application to the Board Secretary at
least 24 hrs before each meeting.
OAB Board and Senate room. Call
Innovation '97 Spring
Our Buildings Shine Team Campus Cleanup. SUB Plaza from
I 1:30am-1:30pm. Call 822-3827.
Microbiology And
Immunology Seminar
Engineering Enzymes For
Bioremediation: Studies Of A PCB-
Cleaving Dioxygenase. Lindsay
Eltis. Biochemistry, U Laval.
Wesbrook 201 at 12noon. Call
Science First Lecture Series
Repairs On Central Nervous System: Engines, Accelerators And
Brakes. John Steeves. Zoology.
Wesbrook 100 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Website www.science.ubc.ca/
seminars/scminarseries.html or
call 822-5552.
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Global Warming: Fact Or Fiction?
Sir John Houghton. Co-Chair of
the Scientific Assessment for the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Scarfe 100 at
4:30pm. Call 822-4351.
Genetics Graduate Program
Seminar Series
TBA. Dr. Keith Humphries. Medicine. Wesbrook 201 at 4pm. Refreshments. Call 822-8764.
Physics And Astronomy
TBA. Evan Evans. Hennings 202
at 4pm. Refreshments at 3:45pm.
E-mail arz@physics.ubc.ca;
1998 George J. Spencer
Memorial Lecture
Why Do Insect Herbivores Specialize On Plant Hosts? Prof. E.
Bernays, U of Arizona. FNSC 60 at
Governing Modern Societies
Is Social Democracy Dead? Ronald
Beiner, U of Toronto. Green College at 5pm. Call 822-1878. Reception Graham House from 4:15-
5pm. Call 822-1878.
Agricultural Sciences
From Garbage To Green Peppers:
A Partnership In Building Communities. Judy Zuk, Community
Liaison, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Planetarium Pacific Space
Centre at 7:30pm. Call 822-2620.
Critical Issues In Global
An African Niche Economy: The
Challenges Of A Long-Term Study
Of Urban Provisioning. Jane
Guyer. Anthropology, Northwestern U. Green College at 8pm. Call
Friday, Mar. 20
Pediatric Grand Rounds
New Developments In Infant Psychiatry. Pratibha Recbyc: Hira
Panikkar, Infant Psychiatry, BC,
Children's Hosp. GF Strong Aud.
at 8:30am. Call 875-2307.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Stochastic Modelling Of Localized
Outbreaks Of Measles. Dr. Steve
Marion. Mather 253 at 9am. Paid
parking available in Lot B. Call
Fish500 Seminars
Game Theory: Basic Concepts And
Application To Fisheries Management. Rashid Sumaila. Chair.
Michelsen Institute and Fisheries
Centre. Hut B-8 Rail Yorque at
11:30am. Refreshments at 1 lam.
Call 822-2731.
Innovation '97 Spring
Celebration Party. SUB Plaza from
12noon-2:00pm. Call 822-3827.
Earth And Ocean Sciences
A Window On The Past: Tracking
Global Climatic Changes Using
Lake Sediments. John Smol,
Paleoecological Environmental
Assessment and Research Lab,
Queen's U. GeoSciences 330-A at
12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Occupational Hygiene
Program Seminar Series
Protein Adduets Of Benzene Oxide
And Benzoquinone As Biomarkers
Of Exposure To Benzene. Karen
Yeowell-O'Connell. Environmental
Science and Engineering. U of
North Carolina. Vancouver Hosp/
HSC, UBC, Koerner G-279 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-9302.
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Optical Imaging Of Neuronal Activity In Limbric Structures Of
Freely Behaving Cats. Morton
Kristensen, Pharmacology and
Toxicology. Cunningham 160 from
12:30-1:30pm. Call 822-4645.
Collegium Musicum Concert
John Sawyer: Ramona Luengren,
directors. Music Recital Hall at
12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Canadian Studies Lecture
Canada And The Five Chinas. Prof.
Anthony Chan, Director. Canadian Studies Center, U of Washington. Green College Coach House
at 12:30pm. Call 822-2147.
Chemical Engineering
Weekly Seminar
Controlling The Dynamics Of Soft
Spheres: From Polymeric To Colloidal Behaviour. Dimitris
Vlassopoulos, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser.
ChemEng206at3:30pm. Refreshments ChemEng 204 at 3:15pm.
Call 822-3238.
Mathematics Colloquium
Metastability For Reaction-Diffusion Systems. Michael Ward. Math
100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call
Graduate And Faculty
Christian Forum
Stewardship Of A Biosphere In
Crisis: Scientific And Religious
Insights. Sir John Houghton.
Scarfe 100 at 3:30pm. Call 822-
Comparative Literature
Tango. Identity And The Circulation Of Texts. Richard Young. U of
Alberta. Green College at 3:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Physical Chemistry
Density Corrections To The
Transport Coefficients. Saman
Alavi, Chemistry. Chemistry D-
225 (centre block) at 4pm. Call
Commerce Faculty
Research Excellence Award
Winner Lecture
Billion Dollar Molecules: The Economics Of Pharmaceutical Research And Development. Iain
Cockburn. Policy Division. Angus. E.D. MaePhee Centre 125 at
4:30pm. Refreshments at 4:15pm.
Call Jessie Lam at 822-8518.
UBC Music At The Chan
Centre Concert
Ardit t i String Quartet. Chan Centre at 8pm. Tickets through
Ticketmaster. Call 280-3311.
Saturday, Mar. 21
Cecil And Ida Green Lecture
Two Versions Of Christian Warfare: The Crusades And The Byzantine Empire. Angeliki E. Laiou.
Director. Dumbarton Oaks Centre. Harvard U. IRC #2 at 8:15pm.
Call 822-3131.
UBC Medical School
Needs male and female volunteer
patients of any age. healthy or ill.
to help students leam how to
interview and complete an external physical examination. Time
commitment is two-four hours.
Tues-Thurs. p.m. Travel expenses
paid. Call Vancouver Hosp/HSC
at 875-5943.
Parents With Adolescents
Are you interested in learning
how family conversation and activities are integral to the career
development of your adolescent?
Mothers and fathers with their
14/15 year old(s) are invited to
participate in parent adolescent
conversations about career at
UBC. Six-month follow-up. $100
honorarium. Call Dr. Richard
Young's project team. Counselling Psychology, 822-3985.
Relationship Research
Heterosexual men (25 years of
age and older), in relationship of
greater than six months needed .
Complete questionnaire at home;
receive $10. Call 822-2151.
First Nations Career Fair
The First Nations House Of Learning is hosting a Career Fair on
March 19. It is a mini-conference
for First Nations high school students interested in attending UBC.
UBC faculty, staff, or students
who wish to provide information
about their department, program
or service can contact Verena
Cootes-Wilhelmson, First Nations
Student Services Co-ordinator.
E-mail wilhelms@unixg.ubc.ca or
call 822-8941.
Call For Proposals
Research on Women And Gender: Graduate Student Presentation Day. Thursday. April 1. Deadline for submission is March 20.
Call 822-9173.
First Nations Print
Collection Exhibit
Showcases 22 works by several
well-known First Nations artists,
including Mark Henderson and
Richard Hunt (Kwakwaka'wakw).
Vernon Stephens (Gitksan). Roy
Henry Vickers (Tsimshian). and
Robert Davidson (Haida). MOA to
Apr. 12. Call 822-5087. 6 UBC Reports • March 5, 1998
News Digest
English Assoc. Prof. Margaret Blom will be presenting 'Tom
Sawyer: ATrue Classic" today from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Peter Kaye
room at the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library.
Blom teaches the Victorian novel and children's literature and in
1997 won the UBC Killam Teaching Prize given for excellence in
teaching. Her lecture is part of the Favourite Professors Speaker
Series which features UBC's best teachers speaking on the topics
that interest them most.
Admission is $10 for all talks in the series, a joint presentation
of the UBC Alumni Association and the Dept. of Continuing Studies.
The next lecture in the series will be held in October. For more
information call 822-3313.
UBC's Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 1998
Achievement Awards.
The awards recognize outstanding achievement of UBC graduates or honorary alumni whose work in professional research, civic,
business, arts, community or athletics activities have reflected well
on the university.
Nominations may be made for the following awards: Alumni
Awards of Distinction: Outstanding Young Alumnus Award: Blythe
Eagles Volunteer Service Award: Outstanding Student Award:
Faculty Citation; Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Branch
Service Award.
Last year's recipients included Honorary Alumnus Award winners former Lt.-Gov. David Lam and the late Dorothy Lam, and
Nobel Prize winner Prof. Michael Smith.
Deadline for nominations is April 1. Nominations can be submitted using a form available through the Alumni Association at 822-
3313 or through its Web site at www.alumni.ubc.ca/awards/aw-
Awards will be made at the annual Achievement Dinner held in
UBC welcomed composer Jean Coulthard back to campus recently to celebrate her 90th birthday and recognize her gift of music
manuscripts and recordings to the university.
An advocate, educator and composer, Coulthard is a major
contributor to Canadian culture. She has written more than 350
works in virtually all musical genres and is one of UBC's most
distinguished former faculty members.
Coulthard joined the newly created UBC Dept. of Music in 1947
and remained on staff as a senior instructor and lecturer until her
retirement 1973.
The valuable collection she is giving to the university includes
correspondence, family photographs, press clippings and original
manuscripts of her compositions as well as published and unpublished sound recordings of performances of her work.
UBC President Martha Piper, Chancellor William Sauder. University Librarian Catherine Quinlan and guests from the music
community were on hand for the celebration.
The Science Council of B.C. is seeking nominations of individuals
or small teams for the 1998 B.C. Science and Technology Awards in
nine categories: new frontiers in research, solutions through research, business and education partnerships, young innovator.
volunteer of the year, industrial innovation, entrepreneurial science, career achievement and science communication.
Among last year's award recipients were Metals and Materials
Engineering Prof. Indira Samarasekera (New Frontiers in Research
Award), and UBC alumni Gary Birch (Young Innovator Award) and
Dr. Bill Hunter (Industrial Innovation Award).
The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. For
information contact the Science Council at 438-2752 or visit it s Web
site at www.scbc.org.
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The classified advertising rate is $16.50 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 internal requisition. Advertising enquiries: 822-3131.
The deadline for the March 19 issue of UBC Reports is noon, March 10.
perfect spot to reserve accomm.
for guest lecturers or other
university members who visit
throughouttheyear. Close to UBC
and other Vancouver attractions,
a tasteful representation of our
city and of UBC. 4103 W. 10th
Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2H2,
accommodation in Pt. Grey
area. Minutes to UBC. On main
bus routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Include 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 $52
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BROWN'S BY UBC B&B Rooms for
rent short or long term in a
comfortable house very close to
UBC. Prefer graduate, mature
students. Call 222-8073.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful BC
mountains, Burrard inlet and city.
Clean,comfortable. Useofliving
rm., dining rm., and kitchen. Min.
to UBC, shops and city. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax (604) 224-6914.
BR guest suites with equipped
kitchen, TV and telephone.
Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
for visiting lecturers, colleagues
and families. 1998 rates $81-$110
per night. Call 822-1010.
6th. Heritage house, antiques,
wood floors, original stained
glass. Ten minutes UBC and
downtown. Two blocks from
restaurants, buses. Scrumptious full
breakfasts. Entertaining cats. Views,
Phones in rooms. Call 739-9002. E-
mail: farthing@uniserve.com.
UBC along the ocean. Quiet
exclusive neighborhood. Near
busesand restaurants. Comfortable
rooms with TV and priv, bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-
smokersonly, please. Call341-4975.
JASMINE'S Peaceful location forthis
priv., comf. double w/ ensuite bath
and sep. entr. 10 min. from UBC,
Nightly/weekly rates. Short walk to
buses, cafes, shopping, cinema,
and forest trails. Call 224-9191.
CAMILLA   HOUSE    Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes TV,
priv. phone and bathroom.
Weekly reduced rates. Call 737-
2687. Fax 737-2586.
TRIUMF HOUSE Comfortable
guest house with homey quiet
environment for visitors to UBC
and hospital. Located near
hospital. Rates $35-$55/night and
weekly rates. Call 222-1062.
FRANCE Paris central 1 BR, Close
to Paris. 1 BR Provence house,
fully furnished. Call 738-1876.
with patio and an affectionate
cat. Fully furnished and equipped.
Close to UBC and on bus route.
Avail, between April and August.
Reasonable rent. Call 228-8825.
approx. 6 mo period. East end
near skytrain. Luxury furnished 2
BR, 2 bath condo. Clean and
comfortable. Lg patio garden,
low maintenance. Call 434-0405
or (250) 539-9807.
spacious two level executive
home avail, from Sept. '98 to Apr,
'99 (or shorter). 4 BR, LR, FR, library,
3.5 bath, garage. $2200 plus util.
and gardener. N/S, N/Pets, Ref,
Call 266-1789.
sabbatical. Fully equip, kit. and
bathrooom. U/G parking, generous
closetspace. S. Paris location, steps
from newTGB, bus, metro.shopping,
Sept. 1998 to June 1999 or
negotiable. Call 732-9016.
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Warm Up
Sean Kelly photo
Early spring weather inspires third-year Music students Shalyn Stevens, natural
horn (left), and Geeta Das, trumpet, to warm up outside the Music Building before
band practice.
Poison Centre dispenses
know-how 'round-the-clock
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
What do buttercups, vitamins
and oven cleaners have in common?
They're among the everyday
items that account for almost
44,000 poisoning inquiries per
year to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC)
housed in St. Paul's Hospital.
"A lot of people think they
only have seconds to act." says
Debra Kent, education program
supervisorat DPIC. "But it takes
a certain amount of time for the
drug   to   dissolve   and   most
poisonings can be managed at
Staffed by UBC pharmacists,
nurses and medical toxicologists
24 hours a day, seven days a
week, the centre responds to
incidents of poisoning called in
by members of the public and
health professionals province-
The staff of poison specialists
also includes many UBC graduates who first worked at the
centre as pharmacy or emergency medicine residents or doctoral candidates.
Most calls are received within
30  minutes  of the  poisoning
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Health professionals make
about 4,000 calls per year to the
centre looking for consultation
on concerns ranging from patient management to new information on workplace toxins.
Staff provide information on
such topics as drug use in pregnancy, adverse drug reactions
and foreign drug identification.
The centre's staff also educate Pharmaceutical Sciences
and emergency medicine students in poison management.
"The opportunities for learning are never-ending," says
Derek Daws, managing director
of the centre. "There are always
new products to be aware of, as
well as new medications including herbal medicines."
The centre also produces and
maintains a guide to frequently
used drugs called the Drug Information Reference. Electronic
versions are installed in hospital pharmacy departments in
over 35 hospitals in Canada.
Most poisoning inquiries received by the centre concern children aged 10 years or younger
whose parents need both first aid
advice and reassurance.
With at least one child poisoned every hour in B.C., poison risks for children are the
focus of Poison Prevention Week,
an awareness campaign taking
place March 15-21.
Kent and other DPIC staff
will teach health professionals,
parents, child-care supervisors
and teachers around B.C. how
to poison-proof a child's environment.
Kent says most poisonings
result from a combination of
factors. Visitors to the home may
leave medicines within reach,
parents may be ill or tired and
unable to supervise their children well, or the child may be
staying at a relative's home
where toxic materials are not
safely stored.
Despite the high incidence of
poisonings, fewer than three
children die from poisoning per
Individuals wishing more information on poison prevention
can call DPIC at 682-5050 or
toll-free at 1-800-567-8911.
by staff writers
Richard Spratley, director of Research Services, has
been reassigned to the Office of the Vice-President,
Spratley retains responsibility for the overall management of UBC's Office of Research Services and gains responsibility for co-ordination of major UBC research proposals, research policy review and development, strategic
planning, and external relations with major funding organizations.
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Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
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experts who will advise the federal government on
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Oberlander participated in the recent National Forum on
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Keeping the records straight
Prof, Luciana Duranti put 17th-century monks
to work for the Pentagon
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Three hundred years after a monk
from Antwerp dared to ask a
question that shook the Benedictine order to its foundations, the
Pentagon came looking for the answer.
Luciana Duranti was ready.
A professor in the School of Library,
Archival and Information Sciences,
Duranti knew the key lay in the field of
diplomatics. This 17th-century science
of authenticating records was developed by Benedictine scholars to defend
against the monk's question, which
challenged the order's right to its
wealth and property.
The Pentagon had a problem common to every institution and business
that uses computers — how to produce
and maintain reliable and authentic
electronic records. It had just spent $2
million on a new records system. The
system didn't work.
The search for a solution led them to
Duranti, the only academic in North
America doing theoretical research on
the topic. Suddenly, she was working
with experts in artificial intelligence,
computer science and knowledge
Although archivists were once
dismissed as the keepers of dusty old
records, their knowledge is proving
essential in this electronic age, when
records and files can be as fleeting as
"Digital technology has given us
record-making systems, not recordkeeping systems. Their fragility is
beyond belief," says Duranti. "But the
solution is not so much a technological
one as it is one of policy, procedure
and method."
Why are record-keeping systems so
Ask Oliver North. The aide to former
U.S. president Ronald Reagan was
found guilty because a function of his
computer's operating system exposed
his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. He
tried to cover his electronic tracks, only
to leave a record of those same attempts.
"He was good, but not good enough,"
Duranti smiles.
Ask the pharmaceutical companies
which are required by law to keep all
their scientific notebooks for many
Ask the businesses which are trying
to find secure ways of conducting
commerce on the Internet.
Records play a crucial role in most
human endeavors. They are essential to
all of our business and social interactions. They are the basis of our legal
system. Government functions and
accountability, medical treatment and
Gavin Wilson photo
When important information can be as fleeting as a blip on a computer
screen, ensuring reliable records are kept is a challenge for even the largest
organizations. Library, Archival and Information Sciences Prof. Luciana
Duranti's research helps them find the solution.
scientific research all depend on them.
Even records that may not seem important at the time they are produced may
well have historical value later.
'The history of Renaissance art is
written in the ledgers of the Vatican,"
Duranti says. "They tell you which
artists were working, who commissioned their work, what colours they
painted with, where they painted and
who their collaborators were. They are
much more reliable than biographical
accounts because they were not written
for posterity."
Wiile no one can deny the
importance of records, we
have rushed into the computer
age without considering the implications. Storing paper is one thing, but no
standards exist for electronic records.
'The greatest threat we face is the
nonchalance with which people treat
electronic records. There is far too
much accidental destruction and
manipulation. We've already lost the
last five generations of electronic
records. The few we have cannot be
proven reliable or authentic. It's a
tragedy," Duranti says.
Adding urgency is a recent U.S.
court decision that ruled a printout of
an e-mail is not a valid or even a
complete copy of a record. E-mails
must be kept in electronic form to be
considered authentic.
More challenges lie ahead. Technological obsolescence is the monster,
Duranti says.
"As technologies change, records will
have to be migrated to new systems,
and every time you do that, you may
lose up to 40 per cent of the original
information. The question is, what is it
that we can afford to lose and still have
a reliable and authentic document?"
To find a solution, Duranti turned
to diplomatics. Scholars had
continued to refine the Benedictines' science in the two centuries
following its invention. The intellectual
foundation of archival science,
diplomatics is still taught in European
law schools and in departments of
history and philology.
Diplomatics defines records by their
components. For example, all records
involve at least five persons: an author,
addressee, writer, originator and
creator. The relationship between them
gives clues as to whether or not a
record is to be trusted.
There are hundreds of such elements in each record and they can be
applied to any form and medium of
record, whether it is a clay tablet or an
infrared photo taken from a satellite
orbiting the earth.
The link between diplomatics and
electronic records may not have
happened if it were not for Duranti's
unplanned move to Canada from Italy
10 years ago.
She was enjoying "la dolce vita" in
one of the world's great cities,
Rome. She had a tenured position
at the university, her husband worked
as a nuclear engineer, their two children
were enrolled in good preschools and
they had vacation homes in the mountains and by the sea.
"Our future," she says, "was all laid
out for us."
Her husband's two-year stint at
Atomic Energy of Canada to supervise
a CANDU contract brought them to
Toronto. While doing research, Duranti
visited various universities, including
UBC. Students who heard her speak
asked her to apply for a position being
advertised just then. She did.
"My husband and I never really
talked about it, but subliminally we
were both frustrated by the lack of
movement in Italian universities and
bureaucracy. We are proactive people
who like to test new ideas. Italy was a
no-risk environment. Here it is the
opposite; we saw that we could try
something different and went for it."
Since Duranti's work with the
Pentagon, a stream of international
visitors has followed, eager to learn
more about the procedures and rules
she has established for preserving
records on electronic systems.
She is now embarking on a new
four-year project, heading up an
international team that includes five
universities, resource and pharmaceutical companies and seven national
They will look at the problems of
setting international policies, procedures and standards for the long-term
preservation of authentic electronic
A decade ago, Duranti felt the urge
to escape the sometimes oppressive
traditions of Europe. Now she is
proving that some of these same
traditions — inscribed by monks with
quill and paper — can help us solve a
potentially crippling problem in the age
of the microchip.


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