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VOLUME 46  I  NUMBER I 7  |  NOVEMBER 2, 2000
3 Way to go
Volunteers like Pat Rose
raise more than money
7 Taking stock
Buy, sell and trade federal
political parties
ubc rep orts
agm celebrates
ubc innovators
Faculty, staff and students shared comments and posed question-. at trie uimi-r- ir\'s third campus annual general
meeting held last week at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. More than 400 attended the event which featured
tributes to campus innovators including Nobel laureate Prof. Emeritus Michael Smith who died last month. The
university community will hold a celebration ofthe life of Michael Smith Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the Chan Centre. All are
welcome to attend. Martin Dee photo
Educator, Ballard chair join
ubc's Board of Governors
Two are latest appointed to
15-member group
a former head ofthe b.c. Teachers' Federation (bctf) and the
leader of a local alternative energy
company have joined ubc's Board
of Governors, each for a three-year
Elsie McMurphy served the
bctf for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including vice-president,
president and executive director.
A teacher with almost 20 years'
experience in b.c. public schools,
she pursued teacher training at
ubc. She received undergraduate
and graduate Education degrees
from the University of Victoria.
She has also taught at the University of Victoria, in Thailand and
St. Vincent.
Firoz Rasul is chair and ceo of
Ballard Power Systems, Inc., a
company that is widely acknowledged as a world leader in the development and manufacture of
fuel cells for use in zero emission
passenger vehicles, portable power
generators and all stationary power applications.
His community service includes
presidency ofthe Aga Khan Ismai-
li Council for Canada. He previously chaired Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, an international
emergency   relief   agency,   and
served on the boards of bc Telecom Inc., Royal Bank Capital Corp.
and Science World of British Columbia.
An industrial engineering graduate from the University of Herts-
fordshire in the United Kingdom,
Rasul holds a master's degree in
Business Administration from
McGill University.
ubc's 15-member Board of Governors comprises the chancellor,
the president, eight persons ap-
see Board, page 2
President singles out
creative contributions of
staff, faculty and students
ubc is making great strides in
its trek to become Canada's premier university, according to information reported to more than 400
students, staff and faculty at the
third campus annual general
meeting. The meeting was held
last week at the Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts.
ubc President Martha Piper
credited staff, faculty and student
innovators for their creative contributions in helping to achieve
the university's goals as stated in
Trek 2000, ubc's vision document.
"Innovators create a kind of
magic," says Piper. "They change
institutions by affecting others
around them—engendering pride
and permitting others to celebrate
and revel in their success. The result is a sense of confidence that
we can be the best we can be."
Piper and Terry Sumner, vice-
president, Administration and Finance, reported on the university's
financial position and progress
made in implementing the university's vision.
Highlights ofthe 1999/2000 fiscal year include an increase in the
provincial government grant to
ubc that has helped eliminate
budget cuts on campus for the first
time in 12 years, record federal research funding of $68 million from
the Canada Foundation for Innovation—the largest amount
awarded to any Canadian institution—and the establishment of
160 new research chairs valued at
$120 million over five years.
In addition Piper cited the academic plan, the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside and a new alumni office
in Hong Kong as examples of the
year's innovations, along with programs such as the Faculty of Arts
Foundations program, the new
Master of Software Systems, and
the combined Applied Science and
Arts degree.
ubc's revenues for the year were
close to $836 million with an operating surplus of $2 million. The
provincial operating grant accounted for 33.5 per cent or $280
million ofthe total.
Domestic student tuition fees
were frozen in 1999/2000 for the
fourth year in a row at 1996/97 levels. The provincial government recently announced the tuition fee
freeze will be extended to 2001/
The university provided $26
million in scholarships, fellowships and bursaries, up five per
see Innovators, page 2
Professor helps veterans tell their stories
Education Prof. Marvin Westwood believes we must do
more on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11
by Bruce Mason staff writer
they discovered basements
filled with bodies, saw buddies
blown apart by landmines and other unspeakable events and they
suffer in silence.
But ubc Education Prof. Marvin Westwood is helping Canada's
soldiers regain their lives by sharing their stories. He says it's time
for this country to pay more than
lip service to Remembrance Day.
"We are justifiably proud of our
modern international role and
should do much more to honour
and credit our peacekeepers," says
Westwood, an expert in group
counselling in Counselling Psychology.
After working with veterans of
the Second World War and the Korean War, he is turning his attention to Canada's current military
The example of former general
Romeo Dallaire illustrates the debilitating impacts of peacekeeping
trauma, he says.
"As un commander in Rwanda
he was forced to stand by as tens of
thousands of people were butchered," says Westwood. "The suffering was unfixable and, as the light
went out in his eyes, Canadians
witnessed the powerful effects of
post-traumatic distress."
Peacekeepers are actually
peacemakers, Westwood points
Education Prof.  Marvin Westwood
Not really at war, they can only
return fire under direct threat.
They get killed, are held hostage at
gunpoint, witness atrocities and
have their lives threatened. They
receive no hero's welcome when
they return home.
Some are unable to work, or
maintain relationships with children, including their own. For others the mere smell of meat conjures up human carnage.
Westwood estimates that 30 to 40
per cent of soldiers in war suffer from
post-traumatic stress symptoms.
"Often it is worse than losing a
limb," he says. "It's as if their souls
have been damaged. They follow
the unwritten code of silence and
suffer the pain of living in a society
that doesn't seem to care."
Westwood became aware of the
problem when one of his in-laws,
at age 80, wanted to get something
off his chest before dying. He had
been forced to kill an enemy up-
close by hand and for decades
drank heavily before being able to
speak about it to anyone.
Determined to design new pro-
see Veterans', page 2 2      |      UBC      REPORTS       |       NOVEMBER     2,      2000
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cent from the previous year.
The funding gap for student instruction continues to be an issue,
says Piper, with the gap between
the cost of education and resources available for the four established
b.c. universities totalling more
than $35 million.
Presentations celebrated the innovations of the late Michael
Smith, Nobel laureate, award-win
ning Music Prof. Rena Sharon, facilities manager George McLaughlin, a recipient of the President's
Service Award for Excellence, and
the Youth Millennium Project
which encourages youth around
the world to discuss and act upon
global issues.
Alma Mater Society President
Maryann Adamec highlighted the
contributions of student innovators including students involved in
the Natural Food Co-op and Arts
students who put forth a design
proposal that resulted in increased
social space.
The 13 student athletes, staff
and faculty who participated in
the recent 2000 Olympic Games in
Sydney were also recognized.
ubc's senior administration attended the meeting along with Linda Thorstad, the vice-chair, External on the Board of Governors and
Prof. Doug Kilburn, former director
of ubc's Biotechnology Laboratory.
Audience questions included
queries and comments about campus morale, compensation packages for new faculty and tuition
fees for international students.
Members of the business com
munity received an update on ubc
innovators from Piper and ubc
Computer Science Prof. Gregor
Kiczales at a meeting of Vancouver's Board of Trade, held Oct. 31.
Copies of ubc's annual report
are available through the Public
Affairs Office at (604) ubc-info or
on the Web at www.ubc.ca/
Anyone who sends in feedback
on ubc's Annual Report through
the on-line evaluation form has a
chance to win a Palm V donated by
the ubc Bookstore. The winner
will be chosen Nov. 30.
Veterans' stories told
Continued from page 1
grams, Westwood received funding from the Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans Affairs for a pilot project.
The Legion continues to fund
his life review program with veterans and his current work with
His team includes Lome Pru-
pas, a psychologist specializing in
working with first responders, physician Dr. David Kuhl, three ubc
PhD students—Tim Black, Paul
Whitehead and Jeff Morley—and
four soldiers with para-professional training.
To date, approximately 25 peace
keeper soldiers have been involved.
The program consists of 12
three-hour sessions, once a week.
Sessions focus on allowing participants to speak about what happened to them on their tours of
duty and how it has impacted their
lives today.
Leaders provide specific group-
based approaches and strategies
for coping and resolving the trauma so participants can make a
more successful return to family
life and the world of work.
"We have a moral and social obligation to provide programs in
which peacekeepers can make a
complete transition and re-entry
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to inactive duty or civilian life and
society," he says.
"I believe Remembrance Day
observances must include recognition of the modern day soldier
alongside those who served previously."
Members ofthe university community will gather in the foyer of
the War Memorial Gym Saturday,
Nov. n at 10: 45 a.m. for ubc's annual Remembrance Day service.
Everyone is welcome at the
ubc Vice-President, Students,
Brian Sullivan, History Assoc. Prof.
Peter Moogk, Alma Mater Society
President Maryann Adamec and
Rev. Father James O'Neill of St.
Mark's College will participate in
the ceremony.
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by faculty, two full-time students
elected by students and one person elected by and from the full-
time employees of the university
who are not faculty members.
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property, revenue, business and
affairs of the university including
the appointment of senior officials
and faculty on the recommendation ofthe president.
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backgrounds which provide valuable input during board deliberations. Decisions are made in support of ubc's mission to be the best
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Staff member has fun and
helps others at same time
The campus United Way campaign marches toward its
$300,000 goal with the help of troopers like Pat Rose
This year, Creative Writing secretary Pat Rose is organizing a bake sale and
jello race to raise money for the United Way, but that's not all. There's the
pub night she's helping stage at a downtown tavern, a 50-50 draw, and if she
can find a dart board... Rose is just one ofthe many university staff, students
and faculty who are helping raise money for the worthy cause, say campaign
organizers. Bruce Mason photo
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
ofthe true soldiers of ubc's United
Way Campaign.
"I'm just having fun and raising
a little money to help others," says
the secretary of the Dept. of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing,
who adds that she is flattered to be
singled out.
Typical of Rose was her reaction
to the discovery she had breast cancer last January. She didn't dwell on
it. Instead she accepted the operation, chemotherapy and bouts of
daily radiation as a challenge. Then,
earlier this month she raised $2,700
in the Run for the Cure.
This year, for ubc's United Way
campaign, she's holding a Bake
Sale and Jello contest on Nov. 21
and 22 in the hallways of the department.
"People who push blobs of Jello
along a table in the best time will
win  photocopy  cards,"  she  ex-
Popular collection focuses
on the biggest picture of all
plains. "If I can find a dart board
I'm going to tie on balloons so people can pay to pop one for prizes."
She is also staging her second
annual pub night at Fred's Uptown
Tavern in the Dakota Hotel at Nelson and Granville in downtown
Vancouver on Nov. 28 to benefit
the campaign.
"Last year I won a prize at Granville Island for a party of 300 at
Fred's," she recalls. "I'm popular, but
not that popular, so I invited the
entire university community and
raised funds for the United Way."
Fred's invited her back this year
and Pat, who did it all on her own
last year, could use a hand selling
tickets. Admission—$5 for faculty
and staff, $3 for students—includes
a complimentary drink.
Rose is also selling 50-50 tickets,
in which the winner of a draw
splits the total money with the
United Way. Contact her at (604)
"At the end of our intensive two-
week campus campaign we have
achieved two-thirds of our goal of
$300,000," reports Bill McMichael,
ubc's campaign chair.
To illustrate the university-wide
commitment he applauds the special efforts ofthe faculties of Commerce and Education, Athletics
and Recreation, Canadian Union
of Public Employees (cupe) locals
116, 2950 and 2278—in particular,
custodial staff—and the students
of Ritsumeikan House.
For more information on ubc's
United Way campaign—including
downloadable pledge forms—visit
www.unitedway.ubc.ca or call
(604) 822-8929.
English scholar's book of
cosmic revelations takes
Amazon.com by storm
by Bruce Mason staffwriter
it is highly unusual for a publication by an English professor to
be picked as one of Amazon.corn's
top science books, named as an alternate selection by the Library of
Science Book Club, called "monumental" by renowned astrophysicists and other leading scientists,
and reviewed in the likes of Sky
and Telescope magazine.
However there has never been a
book like Dennis Danielson's The
Book ofthe Cosmos: Imagining the
Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking. It captures an evolving vision
ofthe universe by showcasing history's exceptional thinkers in their
own words.
"You could call it an anthology
with an attitude, or a Lit. prof's
picks of western cosmology's
greatest hits," says Danielson, associate head of English. "Mainly it's a
celebration of beauty and inspiration, as well as science."
From the audacious to the awestruck, its 85 short chapters and
more than 100 excerpts encompass ancient poetic philosophy,
first-hand accounts of Copernicus
and Galileo and the imaginative
theories of Hawking and Tipler.
Danielson refers to his chapters
as "telescopes for the mind" and
explains that, "you can use it as a
source book of vital ideas on the
universe, dip into one chapter, one
cosmic vignette at a time, or read
it straight through."
No stranger to large subjects, he
edited The Cambridge Companion
to Milton and that poet's ruminations on God, justice and humanity. He has lectured on topics such
as Copernicanism, concepts of
space, and the Anthropic Cosmo-
logical Principle in the U.S., Canada,
England, Germany, and South Africa. And he is keenly aware, from the
courses he teaches in the literature
of cosmology at ubc, that there is
rapidly growing interest.
"Students, who are eager to
stretch the bounds of literature, revel in the chance to apply their reading skills to works of cosmology," he
says. "And in this book, I wanted to
combine serious scholarship with
wide popular appeal among a curious, literate general readership."
Those features reflect interdisciplinary research at ubc where a
new group of scholars specializing
in cosmology has just formed.
Much of Danielson's research was
supported by the President's Fund.
He handpicked colourful scientific prose and excerpts from poetry and philosophy, diaries and dialogues from writers as diverse as
Aristotle and Cicero, Einstein, and
mba program
among top three
English Prof. Dennis Danielson
Edgar Allan Poe. He also provided
40,000 words of his own commentary that make the book more
scholarly and accessible.
Then, as he was completing the
book and discovered he had cancer (from which he seems to have
recovered, he says), some excerpts
took on special meaning. Both his
own life and the universe appeared
to fit g.k. Chesterton's description
"This cosmos is indeed without
peer and price. For there cannot be
another one," wrote the British essayist and detective writer.
The Book ofthe Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to
Hawking (Perseus Publishing/Helix Books) is available at the ubc
Bookstore for $52.95.
Danielson will be featured as
part of ubc Author Week at the
Bookstore Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Call 822-2665 for information.
Redesigned 15-month
program earns high marks
across the board
by Andy Poon staffwriter
ubc's master of business Administration (mba) program is in
the top three of the nation's business schools according to Canadian Business magazine's first comprehensive mba survey.
"We are thrilled to be among
Canada's top three business
schools and delighted that the
quality of our new program is being recognized at a national level,"
says mba program director Ethel
Davis says the faculty underwent a major revision in its mba
program in 1995 based upon input
from the business community,
past graduates and current students.
"The redesigned program has
had a tremendous impact on the
students' learning experience
through the integrated core, specializations, and an internship
that allows the student to apply
their new knowledge in the workplace, all in a 15-month program,"
says Davis.
"Not only that, there is also an
opportunity for students to study
Graduates of the program also
vaulted into fifth place in the magazine's salary ranking this year after placing 12th last year.
Since 1992, Canadian Business
has been ranking the country's
mba schools and in the past three
years it has focused almost exclusively on salary levels after graduation in its list.
The magazine expanded its survey this year to include quality of
education, alumni satisfaction and
international and gender diversity
after prompting by the deans of
several Canadian business schools.
"The fifth place salary ranking
was a big factor but ubc basically
scored in the top half of everything," says Conan Tobias, associate editor of Canadian Business.
Tobias, who co-ordinated the
magazine's mba project points out
that ubc's high percentage of international faculty, 71 per cent,
also contributed to the university's
Queen's University and York
University placed first and second
in the magazine's survey.
more information
Canadian Business magazine
Faculty of Commerce and Business
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Chan Centre Concert
Classic Afternoons At The Chan
String Series. Anton Nel, piano; Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Yeesun Kim,
cello. Chan Centre at 3pm. Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or 822-9197.
Theatre At UBC
Bonjour, I.a, Bonjour. Michel Trem-
blay. Chan Centre Telus Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. Continues to Nov. 11.
$16 adults: $10 students/seniors. Call
Green College
Performing Arts Group
Harp And Cello Duo. Wera Strek and
Company, (ireen College at 8pm. Call
Asian Research Lecture
The Philippines Rediscovered: An
Extraordinary Look At The Philippines Past And Present. Stuart Dee.
ck Choi 120 at 12:30pm. Call
cupe2950@interchange.ubc.ca or call
Centre For Chinese
Research Seminar
Chinese Spirituality And Health. Prof.
Lyren Chin, Nursing, ck Choi 120
from i2:30-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Botany Seminar
Of Smuts, Rusts And Cereal Hosts:
Molecular-Genetic Analyses In The
Genomics Era. Guus Bakkeren. BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm. Call
Liu Centre Seminar
Double Jeopardy: Climate Surprises
And Societal Vulnerability. Tom K
Pedersen. Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Liu Centre from i2:3()-i:5opm. Call
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Syntheses And Applications Of Metal-Containing Polymers Using Simple
Bidentate Ligands. Prof. Pierre Harvey, u of Sherbrooke. Chemistry B-250
at lpm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
Asian Research Seminar
Globalization, The Asian Way, And
Dichotomous Development: Who Is
To Blame ForThe Asian Crisis And
Persistent Poverty With Particular
Reference To Indonesia? Geoffrey
1 lainsworth, Economics, ck Choi 120
from 4:30-6pm. Call 822-4688.
Flu Vaccine Clinic
For Staff And Faculty, ubc Hosp. m-
496 from 8:3oam-3:3opm. $15 cash
only. Call 822-7011.
Organizational Training
And Development
Understanding Ourselves: Understanding Others. Mary Bennett. Ponderosa Cedars room from 9am-4pm.
$100. Call 822-9644.
Asian Research Seminar
Defense Industrialization In Mao's
China. David Bachman, u of Washington, ck Choi 120 from i2noon-i:3opm.
Call 822-4688.
History Lecture
Germany's Holocaust Memorial Problem. Prof. James Young, u of Massachusetts, moa Theatre Gallery at
12:30pm. Call 822-2561.
Celebration OfThe Life
Of Michael Smith
Chan Centre at 4pm. Call ubc-info
Astronomy Seminar
Characterizing Extrasolar Planet Atmospheres. Sara Seager, Princeton u.
Hennings 318 at 4pm. Refreshments
at 3:45pm. Call 822-2267.
Rehabilitation Sciences
Annual Information Night
irc lobby, #2, #6 from 5-7pm. Call
Cosmological Interdisciplinary
Research Seminar
The Cosmological Principle In Question. Donald M. Witt, Physics and
Astronomy. Green College at 5pm.
Call 822-1878.
Asian Research Lecture
The Philippines Rediscovered: An
Extraordinary Look At The Philippines Past And Present. Stuart Dee,
photographer, author, ck Choi 120 at
7pm. Call 822-4688.
Member Speaker Series
Conservation Of Biodiversity And
Song Sparrow Population Genetics.
Yvonne Chan, Applied Conservation
Biology. Green College at 7:30pm. Call
Faculty Women's Club Program
Raging Grannies. Cecil Green Park
House at 10am. Call 224-5877.
CUPE 2950 Lunch And Learn
Beyond Stress To Serenity. Bonnie
Sehra, Deanne Mandell. tba from
I2:30-2:30pm. To register e-mail
Intercultural Studies In Asia Seminar
How Are Poor Women And Men Governed In Poverty Alleviation? Asst.
Prof. Leonora Angeles, Planning and
Women's Studies, ck Choi 129 from 1-
2:30pm. Call 822-4688.
Green College Speaker Series
Automatic Control: Architectures
And Agents. Dale Cherchas, Mechanical Engineering. Green College at
5pm. Reception, Coach House from 6-
6:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Brenda And David McLean Lectures
Whither Canada? Setting The Stage:
Is Canada Obsolete? John Heliwell,
Economics. Green College at 7:30pm.
Call 822-1878.
Wednesday Noon Hours
East Meets West. The Orchid Ensemble. Music Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4
at the door. Call 822-5574.
Comparative Literature Opera Panel
Stravinksy's The Rake's Progress In
Context. John Cooper, English; Rob
Herriot, Vancouver Opera; Floyd St.
Clair, French. Buchanan Tower 599
from i2:30-i:2opm. Refreshments. Call
822-4060; 822-4450.
Women's Studies Colloquium
Culture And Gender. Lu Shuhua, Peking u. Women's Studies lounge from
i2:30-i:30pm. Call 822-9173.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Prediction Of Fertility In Bulls Using
In-Vitro Laboratory Tests. G. Giritha-
ran, Agricultural Sciences, b.c's Women's Hosp. 2N35 at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
Applied Mathematics Colloquium
Stochastic Particle Algorithms: From
dsmc To Cuba. Alejandro Garcia,
Physics, San Jose State u. Klinck 301
from 3:30-4:25pm. Refreshments at
3:15pm. Call 822-4584.
Waste Management Workshop
Learn To Compost With Worms. Gillian Allan, Compost Project Co-ordinator. ForSciences trailer Grub Hub
from i2noon-ipm. E-mail
gillian.allan@ubc.ca. Call 822-9456.
International Student
Services Workshop
Are We Intimate Or Just Friends?
Judith Frankum, Wellness Education
Outreach. International House from
i2:30-i:3opm. To register e-mail
ihouse.frontcounter@ubc.ca. Call
Earth And Ocean
Sciences Colloquium
Role Of Bacterial Surfaces In The Formation Of Biogenic Fe-Rich Minerals
In Aqueous Environments. Danielle
Fortin, u of Ottawa. GeoSciences 330-
A at 12:30pm. Call 822-3278.
Intercultural Studies In
Asia Film Presentation
Three Seasons (Vietnam - us), ck
Choi 129 at 1pm. Call 822-4688.
Conservation Biology Seminar
Lukas F. Keller, Princeton u. ForSciences 1221 from 2:30-3:3opm. Call
Chinese Research/Music Concert
Chinese Erhu Music. Ma Xiang-hua;
LI Jun Yangqin. Asian Centre Aud. at
3:30pm. Call 822-4688; 822-2331.
Computer Science Colloquium
Survivability Analysis Of Distributed
Systems. Jeannette Wing, Carnegie
Mellon u. cicsr/cs 208 from 4-
5:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-0557.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Michael Turner, u of Chicago. Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments Hennings 325 at 3:45pm. Call
Biostatistics Seminar
Clinical Trials Conduct And Roles Of
Trial Statisticians. Yong Hao, qlt Inc.
Klinck 301 from 4-5:3opm. Call
Thematic Lecture Series
Love, Hate And Fear In Canada's Cold
War: Immigrants, Iron Curtain Refugees, And The Sexual Politics Of Moral Citizenship. Franca Iacoverta,
History, u of Toronto. Green College
at 5pm. Call 822-1878.
Women In The 21st Century
Health And Healing Choices. Gina
Dingwell, Tzu Chi Institute. Hycroft,
1489 McRae Ave. from 7-9pm. $15. Call
Archeology Identification Clinic
moa from 7:30-9:3Opm. Call 822-2567;
Collegium Musicum Ensembles
Music Gessler I lall 116 at 8pm. Call
Health Policy Conference
Threats To Quality: Illusion Or Reality? University Golf Club at 7am. $160;
$35 student, includes lunch, refreshments. Call 822-4969.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Influence Of Trawling In The Diet Of
Fishes Of Posidonia Oceania Meadows In The Western Mediterranean.
Sonia Rodriguez Ruiz, u de Alicante.
Hut B-8, Ralf Yorque Room at
11:30am. Call 822-2731.
Collegium Musicum Ensembles
Music Gessler Hall 116 at 12:30pm.
Call 822-5574.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Echoes Of Past Landscapes: Mapping
Toxic Real Estate In Vancouver. Assoc. Prof. Brian Klinkenberg, Geography, ubc Hosp., Koerner Pavilion
G-279 from i2:30-i:3opm. Call Kath-
ryn Lewis 822-9861; Dr. Paul Demers
Clinical Pharmacology
Research Seminar
Forensic Entomology. Medical Sciences c-221 at 4pm. Refreshments. Call
Chan Centre Concert
ubc Chamber Strings. Chan Centre at
8pm. Call 822-5574.
Japanese Research Seminar
Aboriginal Medicine In Asia Pacific:
The Ainu And Their Neighbours.
Sherry Tanaka. ck Choi 120 from
i2:30-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Spanish Immersion
Weekend At ubc. Ponderosa c at
9:30am. Continues to Nov. 12. $225
includes meals. Call 822-0800.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies
Brian Sullivan, vice-president, Students; Assoc. Prof. Peter Moogk, History; Maryann Adamec, president,
ams; and Rev. Father James O'Neill, St.
Mark's College. War Memorial Gym at
10:45am. Call ubc-info (822-4636).
Chan Centre Concert
Super Classic Piano Series. Emanuel
Ax, piano. Chan Centre at 8pm. Call
Ticketmaster 280-3311 or 822-9197.
Westcoast Sacred Music Festival
First Nations Longhouse from
i2noon-iopm. Call 732-6632.
Australian Studies Seminar
Development In Australia's Hast
Asian Diplomacy. Peter Drysdale,
Australian National u. ck Choi 120
from i2:3o-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Asian Research Seminar
Rethinking The Northern Territories
Problem. Prof. Kimie Hara, u of Calgary, ck Choi 120 from i2noon-
1:15pm. Call 822-4688.
Southeast Asia Research Seminar
Malaysia And The Region: From
Command Politics To Civil Society?
Karim Raslan, author, ck Choi 129
from i2:3o-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Lectures In Modern Chemistry
Structural And Mechanistic Analysis
Of Antibiotic Targets. Natalie Strynadka. Chemistry B-250 at 1pm. Refreshments at 12:30pm. Call
Liu Centre Seminar
Nuclear Arms Control: From New
Initiatives To New Norms. Marianne
Hanson, International Relations, u of
Queensland. Liu Centre from 12:30-
1:50pm. Call 822-1593.
Author Week
How To Speak Dog: Mastering The
Art Of Dog-Human Communication.
Stanley Coren, Psychology, ubc Bookstore at 12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Botany/Forest Sciences Seminar
Methyl Jasmonate, Wounding And
Insects Induce Similar Defense. Joerg
Bohlman, Biotechnology Laboratory.
BioSciences 2000 from i2:30-2pm.
Call 822-2133.
Intellectual Property Seminar
The Harvard Mouse Case. A. David
Morrow, Smart and Biggar. Curtis 177
from l2:30-i:30pm. Call 228-8666.
St. John's College Speaker Series
Fisheries And The Impact On The
World's Oceans. Prof. Daniel Pauly. St.
John's College lecture hall 1080 at
5pm. Call 822-8781.
Green College Speaker Series
Anatomy Of A Trickle-Bed Reactor:
An Example OfThe Methodology Of
Engineering. Robert Hudgins. Chemical and Bio-Resource Engineering.
Green College at 5pm. Reception,
Coach House from 6-6:3opm. Call
Brenda And David McLean Lectures
Whither Canada? Facing Ourselves.
John Heliwell, Economics. Green College at 7:30pm. Call 822-1878.
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 BC, v6t izi. Phone: uBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at 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 Nov. 16 issue of ubc Reports—which
covers the period Nov. 19 to Dec. 2—is noon, Nov. 6. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     2,     2000
Organizational Training
And Development
Career Development And You. Jenny
Kagetsu, gsab, Pension Administration conference room from i2noon-
2pm. Call 822-9644.
Health Services And
Policy Research Seminar
Research Activities In International
Ophthalmology: Setting A Framework For Planning And Evaluation
Prevention Of Blindness Activities.
irc Sherrington room from i2noon-
lpm. Call 822-4969.
Wednesday Noon Hours
Works By Bartok, Kodaly, Saint-Saens
And Behrens. Elissa Lee, violin. Music-
Recital Hall at 12:30pm. $4 at the door.
Call 822-5574.
Medieval And Renaissance
The Letters Of Heloise. Carol Symes,
History, Bennington College. Lasserre
102 at 12:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Author Week
Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times
And Texts Of e. Pauline Johnson. Veronica Strong-Boag, Educational
Studies and Women's Studies, ubc
Bookstore at 12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Women's Studies Colloquium
Contemporary Singapore Films, Chua
Siew Keng, Nanyang Technological u.
Women's Studies lounge from 12:30-
1:30pm. Refreshments. Call 822-9173.
Classics Lecture
Renaissance At Roman Delphi. Robert Weir, u of Victoria. Lasserre 107 at
12:30pm. Call 822-2889.
Obstetrics And Gynecology Seminar
Pre-Eclampsia As A Form Of Systemic Inflammation. Asst. Prof. Peter von
Dadelszen. B.c.'s Women's Hosp. 2N35
at 2pm. Call 875-3108.
School Of Nursing Rounds
Information And Decision-Making
Preferences Of Men With Prostate
Cancer And Their Partners: A Study
In Progress. Joyce Davison, nurse scientist, Prostate Cancer Centre, ubc
Hosp., Koerner Pavilion T-206 from 3-
4pm. Call 822-7453.
Applied Mathematics Colloquium
A Non-Local Description Of Atmospheric Turbulence. Roland Stull,
Earth and Ocean Sciences. Klinck 301
from 3:30-4:25pm. Refreshments at
3:15pm. Call 822-4584.
St. John's College Speaker Series
Debate On Biases In Medical Literature. Lorraine Greaves. St John's College lecture hall 1080 at 5pm. Call
Poetic Persuasions
Introduction To The Introduction To
Wang Wei. Pain Not Bread, Roo Bor-
son, Kim Maltman, Andy Patton, poets. Green College at 8pm. Call
Senate Meeting
Regular Meeting OfThe Senate, ubc's
Academic Parliament. Curtis 102 at
8pm. Call 822-2951.
Board Of Governors Meeting
Open session begins at 8am. oab
Board and Senate room. Fifteen tickets are available on a first-come, first-
served basis on application to the
Board Secretary at least 24 hours before each meeting. To confirm date
and time, check under Board Announcements at www.bog.ubc.ca prior to the meeting. Call 822-2127.
Organizational Training
And Development
Beyond Survival: Leading Change.
Cheryl Smith, Gary Harper. Ponderosa
Cedars room from 9am-4pm. $170.
Call 822-9644.
Christmas At Hycroft
1489 McRae Ave. from liam-gpm.
Continues to Nov. 19. $8 adult; $2
child; under five free. Call 738-2876.
Institute For European Studies
Negotiating Identities: Immigrants
And Receivers In Europe And North
America. Aristide Zolberg, New
School for Social Research. Buchanan
Tower Penthouse from i2noon-2pm.
Lunch at i2noon. Call 822-1452.
Applied Ethics Colloquium
Mere Words On A Page? Susan M.
Cox; Lori d'Agincourt-Canning. Angus 425 from i2noon-i:3opm. Call
Chinese Research Seminar
The End OfThe Queue: Hair As Symbol In Chinese History. Prof. Michael
Ciodley, Monash u. ck Choi 120 from
i2:30-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Author Week
Politics Of Resentment: British Columbia Regionalism And Canadian
Unity. Philip Resnick, Political Science, ubc Bookstore at 12:30pm. Call
Human Settlements/
SCARP Brown Bag
The Impact Upon The City And The
Natural Environment During And
After The 1921 Earthquake In Taiwan.
James Wang. Library Processing Centre 4th floor seminar room from
i2:30-i:3opm. Call 822-5254.
E.S. Woodward Lecture
Corporate Governance And Takeovers In The U.S.: Making Sense OfThe
80s and 90s. Prof. Bengt Holmstrom,
Sloan School of Management, mit.
Buchanan A-102 from i2:30-i:3opm.
Call 822-4129.
Cecil And Ida Green
Visiting Professorships
Making Musica Povera. Martin Bresnick, Music, Yale u. Music Recital Hall
at 12:30pm. Call 822-5675.
Conservation Biology Seminar
Mark Boyce, u of Alberta. ForSciences
1221 from 2:30-3:3bpm. Call 822-9695.
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Jens Gundlach, u of Washington.
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Refreshments
Hennings 325 at 3:45pm. Call
Green College Special Lecture
Reinventing The World - How To Get
There From Here. Various speakers.
Green College at 4:30pm. Call
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
To Everything There Is A Season: The
Ethical Dilemma Of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation In Patients Dying
In Acute Care Hospitals. Charles J.
Wright, Clinical Epidemiology and
Evaluation, Vancouver Hospital and
Health Sciences Centre. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Paid parking available
in b Lot. Call 822-2772.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
An Ecopath Model OfThe Azores
Archipelago. Sylvie Guenette. Hut b-8,
Ralf Yorque Room at 11:30am. Call
Music Concert
Ligeti, Bresnick, Rzewski. Lisa Moore,
pianist; Bang on a Can. Music Gessler
Hall 116 at 12:30pm. Call 822-5574.
Chan Centre Concert
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 12:30pm. Call
Chinese Research Seminar
Multicultural Job Opportunities At
Canadian Heritage. Dhiru Patel, Ca
nadian Heritage, ck Choi 120 from
l2:30-2pm. Call 822-4688.
Occupational And
Environmental Hygiene Seminar
Surveillance For Occupational Lead
Poisoning In Washington State. Steve
Whittake, toxicologist, Washington
State Safety and Health Assessment
and Research for Prevention Program.
ubc Hosp., Koerner G-279 from 12:30-
1:30pm. Call Kathryn Lewis 822-9861;
Dr. Paul Demers 822-0585.
Author Week
Book OfThe Cosmos: Imagining The
Universe From Heraclitus 'To Hawking. Dennis Danielson, English, ubc
Bookstore at 12:30pm. Call 822-2665.
Mathematics Colloquium
The Poincare Conjecture: A Million
Dollar Question. Prof. Dale Rolfsen.
Math 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments
Math Annex 1115 at 3:15pm. Call
Chan Centre Concert
Ben Heppner, tenor; Rena Sharon,
pianist; University Singers; ubc Choral Union. Chan Centre at 8pm. $20-
$400. Call Ticketmaster 280-3311 or
for more information call 822-9197.
Brain Research Centre Research Day
Cellular Imaging Technologies. Various speakers, irc #3 at 8am. To register call 822-0394.
Chalmers Institute Seminar
Praying With Taize. Rev. Gerald
Hobbs; other musicians/theologians.
vst from ioam-4:3opm. $45; $35
group; $25 seniors. Lunch included.
To register e-mail ci@vst.edu; call
Chan Centre Concert
ubc Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Call 822-5574.
Vancouver Institute Lecture/
Bresnick After Blake: The Gates Of
Paradise. Prof. Martin Bresnick, Music, Yale u. Music recital hall at
8:15pm. Call 822-3131.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(CFS) Research
Infectious Diseases researchers from
vgh seek volunteers diagnosed medically with cfs to participate in a
study about managing symptoms.
Contact Kenna Sleigh 875-5555 ext.
Sustainability Co-ordinators
The World Is what You Make It! The
ubc Sustainability Office is seeking
volunteers to act as departmental
sustainability co-ordinators. In this
role, the volunteer will get training
and support in their efforts to raise
awareness of sustainability within
their unit. With only a limited time
commitment, our co-ordinators are
affecting changes by sharing work
environment specific information on
energy conservation, waste reduction,
and transportation alternatives. For
more information visit www.sustain.
html or contact Brenda 822-3270.
Fire Hydrant Permits Now Required
Campus Planning and Development
(cp&d) and ubc Utilities have jointly
implemented a permit program for
fire hydrants which is effective November 2000. Permits have become
necessary to comply with provisions
ofthe b.c. Plumbing Code and the
b.c. Fire Code. Permit applications
must be submitted a minimum of 24
hours in advance. Application forms
will soon be available at www.Ibs.
ubc.ca. Users wanting to connect to a
For an unexpected botanical surprise discover the small,
inconspicuous rock gardens behind the Faculty of
Education, Scarfe Building at the corner of University
Boulevard and Main Mall. Dianne Longson photo
fire hydrant should pick up application forms at cp&d Regulatory Services located at 2206 West Mall. Contact
cp&d at 822-2633 or for further information, ubc Utilities at 822-4179.
Call For Evening Volunteers
Crane Production Unit (a division of
the ubc Disability Resource Centre)
needs volunteers to narrate textbooks
onto tape. We are looking primarily
for those who can read between 4:30-
8:30pm for a two-hour session once a
week. An audition will be required.
For more information, call Patrice
Leslie Mon.-Thurs. from 4:40-8:30pm
at 822-6114.
Volunteers Wanted
Habitat For Humanity ubc is looking
for volunteers! Come help out on the
construction site and build homes for
low-income families. No skills required. For more information and to
register for an orientation, e-mail
h4h@email.c0m or call 827-0316.
Religion And Spirituality Drop-Ins
Every Wednesday you can join the
chaplains in a relaxed environment to
explore a variety of topics related to
religion and spirituality. Drop in or
contact International House for more
information e-mail ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Lunch Hour Drop-Ins
Every Thursday you can join fellow
international students in a relaxed,
social environment to explore a variety of topics designed to help you succeed at ubc. Topics include health,
safety, arts and literature, and music
throughout the world. Drop in or contact International House for more
information e-mail ihouse.
frontcounter@ubc.ca or call 822-5021.
Volunteer Opportunity:
Leaders Wanted
Living A Healthy Life With Chronic-
Conditions - A Vancouver/Richmond
Health Board-sponsored program for
people with chronic health conditions. We are looking for leaders to
give the program out in the community. Free training includes info about
the program, leader skills, and helping
people cope with these serious conditions so that they can get the most
out of life. Come out and learn how
you can do something positive about
the way that chronic conditions affect
people. Bring a friend and meet others who are concerned about getting
the most out of life! November 2000.
To register or for more information
call Barbara Henn-Pander 822-0634.
UBC Zen Society
Zazen (sitting meditation) each Tuesday from i:30-2:3opm while classes
are in session. Asian Centre Tea Gallery. All are welcome. Call
Get Paid To Speak Your Mind
cupe 2950 is seeking ubc employees
to participate in a two-hour focus
group this month. You must be willing to speak your mind openly. Confidentiality ensured. An honorarium
will be paid. If you are interested,
please e-mail cupe2950@
interchange.ubc.ca, call 822-1494 or
fax 822-1481.
UBC Fencing Club
Meets every Monday and Thursday
from 7-gpm in the Osborne Gym.
Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Call 878-7060.
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering,
smelling...Men and women 45+ years
old are required for a ubc study on
age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin
822-2140. UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     2,     2000
Geer up for
six cash awards worth $52,500
are available in the Canadian
Council of Professional Engineers
(ccpe) 2001 national scholarships.
The awards will support Canadian engineers pursuing advanced
studies and research within and
outside ofthe field of engineering.
Three CCPK-Manulife Financial
scholarships valued at $10,000
each will be awarded to engineers
returning to university for further
If everyone took transit to work once a week,
there would be 20 per cent fewer cars on the
road during rush hour.
study or research in engineering.
Two CCPE-Meloche Monnex
prizes of $7,500 each will help engineers returning to university in a
field other than engineering.
A ccpe-encon Endowment of
$7,500 will support a professional
engineer studying engineering failure investigation, risk management or materials testing.
The deadline for applications for
the scholarships is April 1.
To be eligible, candidates must
be registered members of a provincial or territorial association that
regulates professional engineers in
For more information on the
scholarships, visit www.ccpe.ca.
Let's dear the air
Newly opened
Inlernational Tcsl Prep Cent re
#119 -20.40 w. 121 h Ave.        By appt. 1-800-470-2608
The course will deal with the
basics of setting up
presentations for slides and
posters, graphic design to
increase the readability and
aesthetics of your
presentation and dealing with
graphic images.
Powerpoint Workshop
Date December 8th,2000
Time 9:00-12:00 am
Where        Room B8, Basement
Woodward IRC Building
Cost $50.00
Register      slides@interchange.ubc.ca
or 822-5769
H O U S E A 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-
egant 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 avail. Call
222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.
HOUSE Five suites avail, for
academic visitors to ubc only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $58
plus $i4/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more information and availability.
GAGE COURT SUITES Spacious one br guest suites with
equipped kitchen, TV and telephone. Centrally located near
sub, Aquatic Centre and transit.
Ideal for visiting lecturers, colleagues and families. 2000 rates
$8i-$i24 per night. Call 822-1000.
W. 6th Ave. Heritage house, antiques, wood 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:
farthing@uniserve.com or call
Walk to ubc along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with tv and
private bath.  Full breakfast.  Reasonable rates.  Non-smokers only
please. Call 341-4975.
ROOMS Private rooms, located on
campus, avail, for visitors attending
ubc on academic business. Private
bath, double beds, telephone, TV,
fridge, and meals five days per week.
Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
PETER WALL INSTITUTE University Centre. Residence offering superior hotel or kitchenette style rooms
and suites. All rooms have private
bath, queen bed, voice mail, cable TV
and Internet-linked PC Beautiful view
of sea and mountains. For rates and
reservations call 822-4782. Web site
THEOLOGY Affordable accommodation or meeting space near the
Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
furnished rooms with hall bath are
avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are avail, in the
school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
CAMILLA HOUSE in Kitsilano
area, furnished suites or rooms avail.
Kitchen and laundry facilities. Close
to main bus routes, shopping and
dining. Weekly and monthly rates
avail. Call 737-2687.
BRIGHT, SPACIOUS fully furnished private corner townhouse,
S.E. Vancouver. Two br, two and a
half bath, den. Mid-Nov. to end of
May. n/s. $750/1110 one br; $1000/
mo. two BR. Call Janice orTom 435-
12TH/GRANVILLE Townhouse in
six-plex. two BR, one and a half bath.
All amenities included. Avail. Nov. 1.
$i20o/mo. Call 224-0913.
EXTENDED absence or planning a
sabbatical? Gentleman, solo, n/s
avail, for fee-less house/suite sitting
autumn 2000 throughout 2001. Ref.
Please contact Real Saint Laurent,
Box 3792, Vancouver, bc, V6B 3Z1 or
call 682-3269 ext. 9066.
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
Deadline: for the Nov. 16 issue: 12 noon, Nov. 6.
Enquiries: ubc-info (822-4636) • Rate: $16.50 for35 words or less.
Additional words: 50 cents each. Rate includes CST.
Submission guidelines: Ads must be submitted in writing 10 days before
publication date to: ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251 Cecil Green Park
Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Ads must be accompanied by payment
in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
dian and American) fromjapan with
one child (21 mo.), n/s, neat people,
require furnished house in Vancouver
with yard, yard service, linens, etc.
July 15-Sept. 30. No prior pets, no
prior smokers. Will pay up to $3000/
mo. Affiliated sfu Philosophy. Ref.
Steven Davis, sfu Philosophy, e-mail:
sdavis@sfu.ca; call Wyn Roberts
444-9264. E-mail: Danny Steinberg
danny@surugadai.ac.jp and I will
arrange a friend to see you.
For Sale
SPACIOUS TWO br plus nook
apt. at the Chatham on Hampton
Place for sale. Sunset view, sw exposure, 1070 s.f. Facilities include indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym, guest suite,
lounge, two-stall parking. Asking
$320,000. E-mail: mg@cs.ubc.ca;
call 222-4496.
day/40 hr. (Oct. 25-29). tesol
teacher certification course (or by
correspondence). 1,000s of jobs
avail, now. free information package, toll free (888) 270-2941 or (780)
RETIRING in the next three years?
As a specialist who has assisted
many ubc faculty and staff members
through the retirement process I can
help sort out the options and provide you with free retirement projections. Call for a complimentary
meeting at my office or yours! Don
Proteau, bcomm, cfp, rfp. E-mail
dproteau@hlp.fpc.ca or call
Afternoon preschool for ages three
and four years old. Monday to
Thursday from i-3:3opm. Cost: $230/
mo. Call UBC Child Care Services
Retirement income and financial
planning. Edwin Jackson, Certified
Financial Planner. Ascot Financial
Services Limited. Investments, life
insurance, annuities, know-how. Call
Established historical performance
society located in Lower Mainland
seeking board members. Areas of
expertise or interest required include
adult education, marketing, human
resources, fundraising, and/or board
development. Call David 876-3465.
please recycle UBC     REPORTS
Market takes stock of
federal battle for power
Traders in Commerce's
Election Stock Market have
a knack for predicting
who'll get the most votes
by Andy Poon staffwriter
with nearly two weeks since
the federal election call, politicians
working the campaign trail may
want to keep an eye on ubc's Web-
based Election Stock Market
(ubc-esm) for an indicator of how
their party will fare when the votes
are tallied on Nov. 27.
"At predicting seat shares and
popular votes share, the market
has been very good," says Commerce and Business Administration Prof. Tom Ross who, along
with colleague Prof. Werner Ant-
weiler, serves as a director of the
election market.
The pair has organized and operated election markets during the
1993 and 1997 federal elections as
well as the 1996 provincial election.
In fact, during the 1997 federal
election, the ubc-esm did a better
job of predicting the popular vote
among the parties than two ofthe
nation's major pollsters. That year,
the market came out ahead of May
30th polls conducted by Gallup
and Angus Reid, placing behind
only the Environics poll.
"Our traders certainly use poll
information to guide their investments, but by being more forward-
looking than polls can be, they can
often generate more accurate predictions," says Ross. "Overall, this
is a bunch of regular folks scattered across the country with no
particular political expertise who
have done very well at predicting
election outcomes."
The ubc-esm provides an opportunity for people to learn how
financial markets work by buying
stock in the political fortunes of
the Liberals, Canadian Alliance,
Conservatives, New Democrats
and Bloc Quebecois.
It is made up of three distinct
markets: popular vote, share of
seats and a majority government
This year's market, sponsored
by the National Post, opened on
Oct. 9 and has already attracted
more traders than each ofthe previous three markets.
Earlier this week, the market
was predicting the Liberals would
have 40.5 per cent of the popular
vote and 51 per cent of the seats
followed by the Canadian Alliance
with 31 per cent ofthe seats.
In 1993, 250 traders participated
while 100 people traded in a market shortened by technical constraints in 1997. During the 1996
B.C. provincial election, 100 traders
played the market. This year, there
are active participants in every
province and even a few traders in
the u.s.
Registered traders use their
Web browser to log into their
trader account and check market
prices and the account information needed to carry out trades.
Markets are also opened for a b.c.
provincial election expected before next June. No commissions
or other fees are charged to traders.
"As in other financial markets,
you make money by 'buying low
and selling high,'" says Ross.
"While the market is operating,
traders will earn profits by selling
contracts at prices higher than
they paid for them and lose when
they sell for less than the prices
Individual traders may receive
back more or less than they invested, depending upon how well they
predicted the election outcomes.
Contracts or shares will earn postelection dividends, or liquidation
values, which depend on the outcome ofthe election.
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Outstanding scholar and curator
Anthropologist helped
focus world attention on
Northwest Coast art
marjorie myers halpin, an anthropologist and authority on
Northwest Coast art has died at
age 63.
An associate professor at ubc, author, teacher and lifelong scholar,
she was Northwest Coast curator
at the Museum of Anthropology
(moa) Halpin helped bring visually striking Northwest art to world
prominence. Her doctoral thesis
on Tsimshian crests used as family
emblems, completed in 1973, is still
considered a landmark study.
of the Lower Mainland
"With Marjories death we have
lost an outstanding scholar and
curator who combined a sharp and
penetrating intelligence with a
sensitive and discerning eye," says
moa Director Ruth Philips.
"She was a strong personality
and a dedicated teacher who enjoyed debate and matching wits
with others. We are all going to
miss her very much."
Halpin was known for her contributions to the moa's use of visible storage, which ensured visitors
would have a larger grasp of the
significance of the art on display.
And she worked extensively with
such aboriginal artists as Bill Reid,
Dorothy Grant, Robert Davidson
and Ron Hamilton.
She worked at the Smithsonian
Institution for five years before
emigrating to Vancouver in 1968
for her doctoral studies.
Her books include the best-selling Totem Poles: An Illustrated
Guide and Potlatch at Gitsegukla:
The 1945 Notebooks of William Bey-
non. She was treasurer on the first
board ofthe Canadian Ethnology
Society, which later became the
Marjorie Halpin
Canadian Anthropology Society.
At the time of her death, Halpin
was working on projects on aboriginal artists Dorothy Grant and
Ron Hamilton.
Two months before she died,
she was invited to give a paper at a
conference in Paris on Claude
Levi-Strauss, another world-renowned anthropologist, who sat
on a panel at which she gave her
keynote paper.
Halpin died at home in White
Rock and is survived by her adopted daughter, Lisa, and grandson,
Honour Roll
Zoology Prof. Davidjones has received the Flavelle Medal from
the Royal Society of Canada.
The award is given for
oustanding contributions to biological science during the past 10
Jones is recognized as one of
the world's premier comparative
physiologists. In his current research he hopes to reveal the circulatory and metabolic secrets of
such champion divers as elephant seals and leatherback turtles.
Past recipients of the Flavelle
Medal include ubc Prof. Emeritus Michael Smith, Zoology Prof.
Peter Hochachka and Sir Frederick Banting.
Ward Wilson has joined the
Dept. of Mining and Mineral
Process Engineering as the new
Industrial Research Chair of
Mining and the Environment.
Wilson will pursue his interest
in mine waste management after
10 years of research and teaching
at the University of Saskatchewan.
Wilson also serves as a consultant in projects around the
world for mining companies
such as Cominco, Freeport-Mc-
Moran, Kennecott, Placer Dome
RioTinto and Newcrest Mining.
Assoc. Prof. Steve Cockcroft has
been appointed head ofthe Dept.
of Metals and Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Applied
Cockcroft will focus on increasing the profile ofthe materials discipline and hiring new
faculty members.
In addition to his administrative duties, Cockcroft conducts
research that involves computer-
simulations of casting processes
for aluminum.
He is also working on projects
with a number of companies such
as Canadian Auto Parts, Toyota
Inc. and Alcan.
Cockcroft had been acting
head since December.
Renowned ubc gardening expert
David Tarrant has been voted a
Fellow ofthe Year by the Garden
Writers' Association of America.
The award is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated
an exceptionally high degree of
skill, professional ethics and dedication within the 1,500-member
Best known as the host of cbc-
tv's Canadian Gardener for 17
seasons, Tarrant has spent more
than 30 years at ubc's Botanical
Garden. As education co-ordinator he is in high demand around
the world for his knowledge and
his ability to share the joy of his
"The award is a fitting tribute
to David's influence and inspiration to literally thousands of gardeners through television and his
untiring outreach work at the
Botanical Garden," says Moura
Quayle, dean of Agricultural Sciences.
David Tarrant
Six members ofthe ubc community have been recognized by the
Canadian Society for Chemistry
(esc) for significant achievements in Canadian chemistry at
a celebration entitled "Milestones of Canadian Chemistry in
the 20th Century."
Raymond Andersen, a professor of Chemistry and Earth and
Ocean Sciences, conducted the
first investigation of the secondary metabolism of cold-water organisms. His work has had implications in the development of
anti-asthma drugs.
Chemistry Prof. Melvin
Comisarow helped develop Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Spectroscopy, a form of
mass spectrometry that is recognized as having the highest resolution and greatest versatility.
Chemistry Prof. Emeritus William Cullen s exploration of the-
interaction of arsenic species
with living systems has been important in shedding light on arsenic species which arc implicated in cancer of (he skin, bladder,
or lung.
Chemistry Prof. David Dolphin's collaborative research in
the field of photodynamic therapy has led to the discovery of Vis-
udyne, a drug used in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of
blindness in the elderly.
Chemistry Prof. Brian James'
work has greatly expanded the
understanding of homogeneous
catalysis, especially in the areas
of hydrogenation and oxidation.
Reactions of abundant common
gases such as hydrogen, oxygen,
and carbon monoxide with organic compounds, in the presence of suitable metal-based catalysts in solution, can generate,
for example, valuable materials
such as pharmaceuticals and
University Prof. Emeritus
Charles McDowell, former head
of ubc's Chemistry Dept., was
among those singled out for having had a powerful effect on the
quality and quantity of chemical
research and graduate work in
universities across the country.
The esc is the national technical association which represents
the field of chemistry and the interests of chemists in industry,
academia, and government. 8     |      UBC     REPORTS      |      NOVEMBER     2,     2000
Arriving minds
The second of a two-part series
featuring 12 of ubc's newest
faculty members
Asst. Prof. Joerg Bohlmann
Asst. Prof. Robert Hall
Asst. Prof. Erin Hurley
Lecturer Michael Pungente
seventy new faculty members have joined ubc since the
start of the year, boosting the
number of full-time faculty members to 1,822.
The following are six of the new
researchers and teachers on campus. The first six were profiled in
the Oct. 19 issue of ubc Reports.
assistant professor, Biotechnology Laboratory, Forest Sciences
and Botany, Faculty of Forestry
and Faculty of Science
background: PhD, Biology,
Technical University Braunschweig
teaching objective: My first
teaching objective will be to train
students to ask interesting and
fundamental questions and learn
the tools to address these questions. My favourite question for
students in Forestry and Botany:
How can a Douglas fir tree contin-
Asst. Prof. Andrew Riseman
ue to grow to its enormous dimensions and survive for hundreds of
years in the same physical location, while a weed like Arabidopsis
is dead after only few weeks?
group and I are studying the chemistry, biochemistry and molecular
genetics of natural defence mechanisms and pest resistance in conifer trees that are of primary importance to Canadian forestry.
One objective we have is to develop a genomics platform for forest
research in Canada.
why attracted to ubc: The
potential to develop a strong research program in forest biotechnology, excellent colleagues and a
wonderful place to work and live
Robert Hall
assistant professor, Mining
and Mineral Process Engineering,
Faculty of Applied Science
background:   PhD,   Queen's
Asst. Prof. Janis Sarra
courses taught: Introduction
to Engineering Design—a brand
new course that is part ofthe Integrated Engineering program
like to instil in students the
confidence and skills necessary to
solve unstructured design problems.
research objective: To gain a
better understanding of the interactions of equipment in a mining
why attracted to ubc: The
opportunity to be involved in both
the Mining program and the Integrated Engineering program
which allows me the opportunity
to be involved in multi-disciplinary learning. Secondly, the beautiful background of Vancouver
which is one of the best spots in
Canada for triathlon training
Erin Hurley
assistant  professor,  English
and Theatre, Faculty of Arts
background: PhD, City University of New York
courses taught: Postcolonial
Drama: Black Diaspora Performance, Performing Quebec/Quebec
Performance, Mimesis, and Introduction to Drama
teaching objective: I would
like students to come away with an
understanding of the performing
arts' multiple and various contributions to public life and social
research objective: My current research focuses on the national and international discourses of Quebecois theatre, particularly around questions of immigration and assimilation.
why attracted to ubc: I was
drawn to teaching and researching
in two cognate, but historically
and conceptually distinct, fields
(English and Theatre) and to working to translate and integrate their
lecturer, Pharmaceutics and Bi-
opharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
background: PhD, Chemistry,
courses taught: Co-ordinates
the problem-based learning tutorials for Drug Delivery Systems
teaching objective: I believe
strongly that 'students teaching
students' is such a powerful and
effective way for students to learn.
I encourage my students to work
together—it helps them get to the
limits of their own understanding
much more effectively than listening to me explain things.
research objective: I research education methodologies
which helps me implement problem-based learning and other non-
traditional teaching methods in
the pharmacy program.
why attracted to ubc: I was
attracted to ubc largely because I
wanted to move to a bigger city, and
I   wanted   to   do   my   PhD   in
organic chemistry under the supervision ofthe late Prof. Larry Weiler.
assistant professor, Faculty of
Agriculture Sciences
background: PhD, Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University
research objective: My first
and more fundamental research
area is how stresses affect the form
and function of plant roots and
how the plant genetic background
influences this interaction. The
second and more applied area of
research will concentrate on developing new ornamental plant culti-
vars for the nursery industry derived from plant material located
at the ubc Botanical Garden.
why attracted to ubc: The
things that attracted me to ubc include the administration facilities
in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the plant collection in the
ubc Botanical Garden and the city
of Vancouver.
Janis Sarra
assistant professor, Faculty of
background: llm, sjd, University of Toronto
courses taught: corporate
law, insolvency law, contract law
teaching objective: To provide law students with the framework to analyse and effectively apply legal concepts to practical
problems and to encourage enthusiasm for the law in the process of
addressing those challenges
research objectives: Current projects are in the areas of insolvency law and the intersection
between private law and public
law, corporate governance reform,
research on shareholder/creditor
why attracted to ubc: The
reputation ofthe Faculty of Law for
legal scholarship, and the opportunities for research and teaching


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