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Volume 45, Number 11
June 10,1999
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John Chong photo
Higher Education
Graduating Class President Shirin Foroutan, International Relations
and Political Science, and Jonathan guong, honours Political Science,
get some air after ceremonies held in the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts. The two were among more than 5,500 students to
receive degrees in 23 separate ceremonies held during Spring
Congregation May 26 to June 2. UBC has graduated more than
160,000 students since it first opened in 1915 with the majority
continuing to live and work in B.C. and Canada.
Liu Centre built to be
model of sustainability
by Don Wells
Staff writer
While the CK. Choi Building may represent a magnum opus for UBC as a
model for sustainable design and construction, the university's newest project
promises to be a suitable encore.
The work in progress is the proposed
Liu Building, which will house the new
Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues.
It is an architectural symphony in two
movements — the first, the systematic
deconstruction of Pan-Hellenic House,
and the second, the construction of the
new building using the the former building's beams and other major components.
'The building is going to be as sustainable as we can make it," says Freda
Pagani, director, Sustainability for Land
and Building Services.
Pagani's ultimate objective is to see
UBC emerge as a leader in sustainable
development with the extensive participation of the campus community.
"We have extremely talented academics and researchers on this campus, and
that positions the university to make
great strides with respect to sustainability.
The confluence of events and individuals
has been extremely encouraging."
Pagani credits Joanne Perdue, development manager ofthe Liu Centre, with
the idea of deconstructing Pan-Hellenic
Practically everything that isn't used
in the Liu Building will be sold to other
builders and contractors or recycled.
In total, almost 90 per cent of the
beams, two-by-fours, flooring, roofing,
electrical outlets, glass, insulation, plywood, fixtures, concrete, plaster and
scrap metal will be reused or recycled —
See LIU Page 2
Arts, Engineering dual
degree breaks barriers
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
An innovative new program will provide
an opportunity for students to break
through traditional barriers by simultaneously pursuing both a Bachelor of Arts
and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) degree. The program will begin in
In the past, students with talents and
interests in the two fields had to choose
one while they abandoned the other. That
all changes with the Faculty of Applied
Science and Faculty of Arts initiative.
"Earning two bachelor degrees is not
uncommon, but achieving them at the
same time is," says Assoc. Prof. Bruce
Dunwoody, associate dean of Engineering Student Services.
The combined BA/BASc program allows students to earn the two degrees
concurrently in less time than if they were
pursued consecutively.
The launch of the combined degree
program is directly in line with UBC's
commitment to interdisciplinary and student-driven education in the university's
Trek 2000 vision.
"This very important initiative will en
able students to consider their professional degree work in the context of the
social, economic and cultural settings
that work serves and on which that work
has an impact," says UBC Dean of Arts
Shirley Neuman.
Michael Isaacson, dean of UBC's Faculty of Applied Science, was a driving force
behind the new program. He was looking
for a way to combine the strength of the
professional degree in engineering with
exposure to liberal arts and humanities.
"Students will better develop their critical thinking abilities and communication
skills, while developing a broad base of
knowledge and a broad outlook that will
serve them, and society, well," he says.
The program wasn't designed to promote any particular career path, but to
provide more options for students to explore, says Isaacson.
One member of the committee that
created the dual degree has first-hand
knowledge of its value and appeal.
Political Science Assoc. Prof. Kathryn
earned degrees in both Engineering and
Political Science.
"After completing a master's degree in
Chemical Engineering with an emphasis
See DUAL Page 2
Sociologist doctor
Women of Distinction
Sociology Prof. Patricia Marchak and
Medicine Asst. Prof. Katherine Paton were
recently named
YWCA Women of
Award winners at
the association's
annual awards
UBC's former
dean of Arts and
a newly elected
member of the
Board of Governors, was the recipient of the
award in the category of Education, Training and Development.
One of Canada's foremost sociologists, she is the author of numerous
influential books and articles on fisheries, political ideologies, political economy
and forestry.
Much of her work has addressed critical issues around responsible use of private capital in resource development.
Paton, an ophthalmologist, was honoured in the category of Health
and Wellness.
Paton created
and directs
UBC's ocular ultrasound diagnostic testing facility, treats children's eye tumours and runs
a specialty consultation service
in ocular oncology-
She also
trains residents
and students in eye diseases and ethics,  provides public lectures on eye
See YWCA Page 2
Road Bikes
UBC-bound bikes get ready to share the road
Doc Talk
Physicians in training work to improve patient-doctor communication
Sage Counsel 8
The Liu Centre gets advice on global issues from some ofthe world's experts 2 UBC Reports   June 10, 1999
Continued from Page 1
the reverse of a typical demolition where 90 per cent would go
to landfill.
And if this salvaging] ob sounds
painstaking, it is. But expensive
it isn't, according to second-year
Landscape Architecture student
Derek Masselink.
Masselink, who has documented the demolition along with
Architecture student Lisa Kwan,
will prepare a comparative financial analysis. The theory is
savings on landfill fees outweigh
the cost of salvaging and recycling.
The Liu Centre will also use 50
per cent less energy for heat and
light than a modern structure of
similar size, largely through the
utilization of natural light.
Ofthe electricity used, Pagani
hopes that about half will be
generated by photovoltaic panels for which funding is currently being sought.
The Liu Centre is scheduled
to open in September 2000.
Continued from Page 1
diseases, and sits on the Ethics
Committee of Vancouver General Hospital.
Also nominated in the same
category were Medicine Prof.
Jean Hlady and Sandra Bressler,
a clinical professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and director of
Occupational Therapy and
Physiotherapy at B.C.'s Children's Hospital.
A record total of 13 women
from UBC were nominated for the
awards, which were handed out
May 27 at the Hyatt Regency.
Nominees included seven faculty, five students and one
Continued from Page 1
on environmental technologies,
I became convinced that many
environmental problems are economic and political as well," she
says. "I've always been torn between my interest in applied
science and the social sciences
and would have jumped at the
chance to combine them at the
undergraduate level."
The student-driven program
meets all of the requirements of
the two individual degrees by interweaving terms in Arts and Engineering over a five-year period.
Students interested in the combined BA/BASc program may
apply for admission to the Dual
Degree Board of Studies through
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Advising Office at (604) 822-3247.
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Web spinoff on track
for major growth spurt
The time has come for WebCT Education Technologies Corp.
Since its creation in March 1997, the
UBC spinoff company has grown to dominate the world market for on-line teaching. Now part of U.S.-based Internet
leader. Universal Learning Technology
(ULT), it has become even more powerful
and is poised to help grow B.C.'s high
tech sector.
"ULT will provide us with financial
stability as well as management and
marketing experience to fuel our continued rapid growth," says WebCT founder
and president Murray Goldberg, a senior
instructor of Computer Science at UBC.
WebCT's new
partner is committed to supporting its
products, aggressively funding development, and maintaining its pricing
policies Goldberg says.
"Our current employees will remain in
Vancouver and we will be hiring aggressively both here, and in Peabody, Mass.,
where ULT is based," he says.
A leading provider of Internet-based
interactive teaching and learning software and tools, ULT is backed by CMGI
Inc., a hugely successful company which
specializes in Internet startups and has
launched dozens of companies including
Lycos and Geocities.
WebCT software delivers on-line
courses to about two million students in
more than 700 universities and colleges
in 36 countries.
It makes the creation of sophisticated online educational environments by non-technical users easier. Because it is entirely Web-
based, no software is required by students or
instructors, other than a Web browser.
Besides organizing course material on
the Web, it also provides a wide variety of
tools and features that can be added,
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including conferencing and on-line chats,
student progress tracking and self-evaluation, auto-marked quizzes, student
homepages, course content searches, and
much more.
Encouraged by Science Dean Maria
Klawe to combine his computer expertise
and teaching strengths, Goldberg began
work on WebCT in 1995 when he obtained a grant from UBC's Teaching and
Learning Enhancement Fund.
After he demonstrated WebCT at a
conference in Paris in mid-1996 he got
hundreds of requests for the technology.
At first he gave it away, but later charged
a licence fee to finance support services for
a growing number of
users. With no venture backers or marketers, WebCTs market share grew more
than   50  per  cent
larger than its nearest competitor.
Further proof of the intense interest in
WebCT is a first annual conference sponsored by the corporation and the Faculty of
Science at UBC, June 17-18. It is sold out.
The software is still free to faculty who
want to test it. There are no fees until
students begin to use it. An institution
using WebCT for 50,000 students pays
only $2,750 (US) annually.
UBC retains ownership ofthe technology and will collect licensing fees.
"WebCT, which is expanding its
premises at the research station on the
university, is one example of a UBC spinoff
company success story," says Angus
Livingstone, associate director of UBC's
University-Industry Liaison Office.
In the past 15 years, 81 spinoff companies have been created from UBC technology, employing more than 2,000 people, mostly in B.C.
For more information on WebCT view
the Web site www.webct.com.
Future doctors focus
on communication
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
A tongue-tying ordeal is how many
teenagers would describe a chat with
their family doctor.
That's why a group of five undergraduates in the Faculty of Medicine created a
workshop in doctor-patient communication aimed at adolescents.
"We want to help teenagers develop an
independent relationship with their doctors," says third-year student VuTruong.
"Also, if we want to get communication
working with adults, we need to start at
the grassroots."
The group recently presented the one-
hour workshop to 25 students at Vancouver's York House School. Topics included basic communication skills, confidentiality and what subjects were appropriate for discussion with the family
The medical students presented a skit
that modelled both effective and ineffective communication and played both doctor and patient roles. Students then had
the opportunity to break into smaller
groups to work on communication skills
through mini role-play scenarios.
"I've found students often respond
negatively when I suggest they talk to
their family doctor about a problem,"
says Jean McLagan, the school counsellor at York House who helped organize
the presentation. "I hope that students
will be more pro-active in dealing with
their own health issues as a result of this
The workshop's creators are volunteers in the Informed Shared Decision
Making (ISDM) project. Based in UBC's
Office of the Co-ordinator of Health Sciences, the project aims to train physicians in effective ways to help patients
take an informed and collaborative role in
decisions about their medical care.
"We're hoping this workshop can be
widely used in the community," says
Pathology Prof. William Godolphin, who
heads ISDM. "We want the public to be
confident in their ability to talk to their
doctor — better informed patients have
better health outcomes."
ISDM began in September 1996. The
secondary school education portion of
the project is funded by the Hamber
Don Wells photo
Avid cyclists pose in front of a soon to be removed sign on University
Boulevard. Work on converting the popular artery into two lanes for vehicle
traffic and two lanes for cyclists will be completed by the time students
return for fall classes. Pictured above are (1-r): Jesse Sims, TREK Program
Centre marketing co-ordinator; Jesse Jackson, AMS external commissioner
on transportation and Bike Co-op treasurer; Computer Science student
Kevin O'Neill; TREK Program Centre secretary Shirley Mahood; and Gord
Lovegrove, director, Transportation Planning. June 2 marked Clean Air Day
with more than 850 UBC faculty and staff taking part by using alternatives
to single occupancy vehicles. Seven of the participating 39 faculties and
departments reported 100 per cent participation.
Boulevard makes way
for safer commute
Relief is in sight for long-suffering commuters bound for UBC along University
Thanks to grants from the Alma Mater
Society (AMS), the provincial government,
the Greater Vancouver Transportation
Authority, the UBC TREK Program Centre and ICBC, the four narrow traffic
lanes on the popular route will be converted into two lanes for vehicles and two
lanes for bikes this summer.
The conversion will provide proper
space for cyclists and bus stops along the
busy artery, and safety and reduced delays for not only cyclists, but also pedestrians, motorists, bus drivers and passengers says Gord Lovegrove, UBC director of Transportation Planning.
"This is something that has been talked
about for more than 10 years," says
Lovegrove. "Fixing the University Boulevard bike path is the number one complaint from bicycle commuters."
The current bike path, which is used by
up to 3,000 cyclists a day, is unsafe,
Lovegrove says, because it is narrow, poorly
lit and in a general state of disrepair. As a
result, cyclists frequently resort to the
motor vehicle lanes and cause problems
for bus drivers who already have trouble
negotiating the narrow roadway.
New bus bays will enable transit drivers
to pick up passengers without stopping
other traffic, including the B-Line express
bus, which should result in a smoother
and shorter ride for transit users.
The existing bike path on the south
side of University Boulevard will be reopened to joggers and pedestrians once
the new bike lanes are built.
Initial funding for the estimated
$161,000 project came in the form of a
$25,000 seed grant from the UBC TREK
Program Centre and an additional
$15,000 donation from UBC students'
AMS Innovative Projects Fund.
The Ministry of Transportation and
Highways and the Greater Vancouver
Transportation Authority contributed
$75,000 and $40,000 respectively. ICBC
provided the remaining $6,000 in recognition that safer bicycle facilities may
help reduce auto use and traffic collisions.
Draft academic plan seeks input
The initial draft of an academic plan to
meet UBC's needs for the 21st century
will be available for comments and suggestions in July on the Academic Plan
Advisory Committee's Web site at
The committee released a discussion
paper in February called 'The Future of
Learning at UBC: Toward an Academic
Plan" which was the basis for broad
consultation with members of the UBC
community and UBC stakeholders.
"The draft is the result of more than
50 campus meetings held by the Academic Plan Advisory committee earlier
this year," says committee chair Commerce Prof. Michael Goldberg.
The 35-member committee, which is
made up of a broad cross-section of UBC
staff, students and faculty, also received
some 200 written submissions, he says.
This summer a series of small group
meetings are planned to solicit additional
input from the campus community.
The draft will be revised and presented
at an open community forum to be held
Sept. 21 in the Chan Centre. Comments
and suggestions from the forum will be
incorporated into a draft to be presented
to Senate in the fall.
The need for an academic plan was
identified in the Trek 2000 vision statement, which lays out principles, goals and
strategies for a new UBC that will respond
to the changes taking place in society.
These include a renewed emphasis
on teaching, creating more dynamic
learning environments, and responding
to the challenges and opportunities created by information technology.
All members of the universiry community are encouraged to participate in forming the academic plan. Comments can be
faxed to Jeananne Robertson at 822-8118,
or by e-mail to jeananne® oldadm.ubc.ca. 4 UBC Reports ■ June 10, 1999
The past year has been a significant time for The University of British Columbia in terms
of communicating with its key stakeholders. From national issues such as the APEC
hearings and a $50 million donation, to UBC's first-ever Annual General Meeting in
downtown Vancouver, communicating with ever-expanding and segmented audiences has
been at the forefront of Public Affairs' work.
Among the year's communications highlights:
• Statistics show a remarkable increase in use of Public Affairs' web site, where all
communications vehicles are housed for the public. The total number of files transmitted from April 1998 to March 1999 more than tripled, to 785,077 from 205,995 the
previous year.
• UBC-INFO (822-4636), the university's public information phone line, showed a
marked increase in calls per month over the previous year, from approximately 1.000
to 1,300. The bulk of the calls were from journalists seeking information.
• In May 1998, Public Affairs won a silver medal from the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education for the 'Think About It — UBC Research" campaign, which
promotes the economic and social benefits of university research. The award, part of an
international competition, came in the category of special public relations projects. In the
same category, Georgia State University took gold and the University of Toronto, bronze.
• In June 1998, UBC President Martha Piper was named Communicator ofthe Year by
the International Association of Business Communicators of B.C. Dr. Piper was
recognized for increasing the university's visibility in the community by promoting UBC
and its research through the Think About It — UBC Research "campaign. Dr. Piper was
also named a top newsmaker of 1998 by The Vancouver Sun.
• In February 1999, Public Affairs was awarded a bronze medal from the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education for UBC's Annual Report 97/98. The publication was UBC's first-ever annual report, highlighting both the achievements of UBC
students, faculty, staff and alumni, and goals for the future. The competition attracted
more than 400 entries in the District VIII regional awards.
This annual communications report will be disseminated to the campus community for
comment and feedback through publication in UBC Reports in June 1999. UBC's second
annual general meeting for the downtown and campus communities is planned for October
1999 and reporting to the wider community via an annual report and community report
will complement the meeting.
UBC's Public Affairs Office, housed within the External Affairs Division's University
Relations Department, is responsible for communicating UBC's mission, key messages,
and values to both its internal community of students, faculty, and staff, and to the broader
external community which comprises multiple and diverse audiences. Public Affairs coordinates programs and messages in concert with other units of the External Affairs
Division, UBC administration, faculties and departments, and service units.
Programs are built on a layer of communications policies and practices, including the
Policy on Communications, approved by the Board of Governors in May 1994, which
formally acknowledges UBC's responsibility to keep its many communities informed and
ensure two-way dialogue. Programs are also built on the UBC Communications Plan that
was developed with widespread campus input and designed to respond to the ever-
changing environment in which UBC operates. The plan's five emphases are: critical issues
management, public information centre, internal communication, two way communication,
and external communication. These emphases form the basis of Public Affairs' workplans.
The communications plan will be revisited and revised in 1999/2000.
This office provides a comprehensive communications program directed toward the
campus community, the general public, government, the business community and the
media. The primary goals of the office are:
• to keep the campus community informed about developments in university policies, its
people, research, teaching, and events:
• to increase public understanding and support for UBC:
• to provide avenues for the on- and off-campus communities to communicate with the
• to encourage public use of campus facilities and attractions: and
• to promote interaction between the university and the private and public sectors.
The office provides the news media with accurate and timely information about research
activities and other matters of public interest, placing hundreds of stories each year, and
produces a wide range of communications vehicles, including the campus newspaper UBC
Reports, media releases, media monitoring service, an Annual General Meeting. Annual
Report, Report to the Community. Facts and Figures, specialized brochures. World Wide Web
materials and fund-raising communications materials. Staff also provide public and media
relations counselling and other communications services to UBC academic and administrative units, as well as advice and strategic direction for critical issues management.
Several key initiatives and critical issues were focal points for the Public Affairs Office in
1998/99. National public issues such as the RCMP Public Complaints Commission
hearings into police activities at the APEC meeting and the BC Human Rights Tribunal
hearing into sexual harassment allegations against a UBC professor required strategic
communications support for internal and external audiences. In 1998/99. the following
initiatives and issues were at the forefront of UBC's communications and stressed UBC's
relationships to the larger community:
• Launch of Trek 2000
The introduction to the community of UBC's vision for the 21 st century — Trek 2000 — which
was approved by the Board of Governors in November 1998. was a significant communications
focus for Public Affairs in the fall of 1998. The blueprint document, which outlines a series of
principles, goals, strategies, and operational timelines to guide UBC, was based on extensive
consultation with faculty, students and staff, as well as communities throughout BC. UBC
President Martha Piper represented UBC to the media through targeted news stories in local.
provincial and national media in print, radio and television interviews. The strategic placement
of these stories established a platform from which UBC could enunciate its future plans.
• UBC's Downtown Presence Initiative
Enunciated as the first major outcome of Trek 2000. UBC's plans for a presence in the
Downtown Eastside of Vancouver came as the city and region were focussing on the
pressing problems facing this urban area.   Communications initiatives for this project
expressed UBC's relationship to its community, recognized the work already being done
in the community by faculty, students and staff, and laid the foundation for future
development of UBC programs in the area in the fall of 1999.
• First-ever Annual General Meeting
UBC held its first-ever Annual General Meeting on October 22, 1998 at the Robson Square
Conference Centre in downtown Vancouver, which was attended by about 200 people from
the university and downtown communities. Through speakers, video presentations and
a printed annual report, UBC's achievements over the previous year and aspirations for
the coming year were presented, with a focus on UBC's plans as outlined in Trek 2000. A
similar meeting was held for the campus community on November 3 at the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts.
• $50 Million Gift Donated to UBC Research
In October 1998, alumnus Dr. Stewart Blusson donated $50 million to UBC. a gift believed
to be the largest single donation ever made to a Canadian public institution by an individual
or corporation. Aware of UBC's public awareness campaign which urges people to Think
About It — UBC Research," Dr. Blusson designated the funds for basic research. The
announcement received, and continues to receive, attention in Canada's national media.
• APEC '97
Public scrutiny ofthe Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting held at UBC Nov.
25. 1997—and subsequent demonstrator and police actions—continues in the spring of
1999 following the demise of an earlier set of public hearings in the fall of 1998. This high-
profile examination of APEC has resulted in a large amount of exposure of UBC to national
and international audiences and will examine UBC's involvement in APEC as the hearings
continue into the summer of 1999.
UBC utilizes a variety of means to communicate with—and hear from—its various
stakeholders.  In addition to the Annual General Meeting, the major vehicles include:
Annual Report
UBC's 1997/98 Annual Report: Educating the Future Citizens of the World, a complement to
its Annual General Meeting, was published in the fall of 1998 and distributed to 4,500 key
stakeholders — business leaders, university presidents, alumni, donors, government
officials, media, and those attending the AGM. The report outlined UBC's accomplishments
during the previous year, highlighted the key areas of Trek 2000 — people, research,
learning, community, and internationalization — and summarized the university's financial
position. The report is also available on the Public Affairs web site and about 1,000 people
browsed the report between November 1998 and March 1999. Feedback on the Annual
Report and Annual General Meeting will be considered in developing future materials.
Community Report
About 225,000 copies of UBC's Community Report, a pared-down version of the Annual
Report with added emphasis on UBC's community services and facilities, were distributed
through The Vancouver Sun in October 1998.
UBC Reports
UBC's main vehicle for communicating with its internal audience on an ongoing basis is
the bi-weekly tabloid UBC Reports. Promoting the people of UBC—students, faculty and
staff—and their achievements in learning, research and service is a priority of the
newspaper. UBC Reports is published 21 times annually, with 12,000 copies distributed
on campus. Our web site showed the number of requests for UBC Reports in 1998/99
totalled 6,136.
Public Affairs undertook a readership survey in the spring of 1999 to gauge reader
comment, interest and suggestions for UBC Reports. About 1,000 surveys were returned
and wall be evaluated in the summer of 1999. The results will be used to fine-tune the
editorial content of the newspaper and to aid in redesigning this publication in the fall.
Media Relations
In 1998/99, the Public Affairs Office researched, wrote and released 120 news releases for
distribution to media in the Lower Mainland, BC and across the country. The focus of these
releases included publicity regarding on-campus events: updates on university policy;
recognition of outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service; and support
of other major UBC initiatives. Public Affairs staff also liaised directly with journalists to
place UBC experts in stories for all types of media, including electronic and print. The total
number of requests for the media releases home page on our web site totalled 5,428.
UBC Experts Guide On-Line
In August 1998, Public Affairs published a new guide for media to use in accessing UBC's
storehouse of expertise. Lead Time: A Guide to UBC Experts was sent to 670 journalists
across the country and lists about 500 UBC faculty who are willing to share their
knowledge and research with journalists. An on-line, searchable version ofthe guide was
placed on the World Wide Web and averaged 100 requests each month from journalists
across Canada.
Media Monitoring
In the spring of 1999, Public Affairs contracted with Infomart Online, a service that gives
us full archival access to more than 60 Canadian newspapers, newswires. business
journals, trade magazines, and TV transcripts. Immediate daily access to these sources
allows us to more fully monitor what Canada's media is saying about UBC. and post-
secondary education in general. This, in turn, allows us to keep the campus better
informed through our Daily Clips media monitoring service. Through cost-sharing
arrangements with Athletics and Recreation, Business Relations, and Government
Relations, we are able to keep the price to a reasonable rate.
"Think About It — UBC Research" Campaign
In May 1998. UBC's Public Affairs Office was awarded a silver medal from the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its "Think About It — UBC Research"
public awareness campaign. The award, part of an international competition, came in the
category of special public relations projects. In the same category. Georgia State University
took gold and the University of Toronto, bronze. The campaign, launched in October 1997,
incorporates radio advertisements, print material, media relations and special events, and
is designed to promote the economic and social benefits of university research. UBC Reports • June 10, 1999 5
Public Information Centre
UBC's Public Information Centre and information line, UBC-INFO (822-4636), are housed
in Cecil Green Park House. The centre is staffed on a full-time basis and provides a wide
range of information about UBC programs, services and facilities, as well as offering
directions to campus and information about events. The information line handles an
average of 1,340 calls a month, with the bulk of the calls from journalists seeking
information about UBC. Miscellaneous inquiries about UBC, information about UBC
Reports and university attractions, directions, and referrals to other departments comprise the bulk of the remaining calls. Approximate total calls for the year were 16,050.
World Wide Web
The Public Affairs Office Web site, which provides on-line access to UBC Reports, media
releases, Annual Report, Facts & Figures, and other communications vehicles, was
launched in August 1996. A snapshot of Public Affairs Web site statistics from April 1, 1998
to March 31,1999 shows a significant increase in Web use from the previous year, in some
cases tripling last year's numbers, which are shown in brackets.
• total # of files transmitted from April 1998 to March 1999: 785,077  (205,995)
• average # of files transmitted daily: 1898 (570)
• total # of requests for Fact and Figures: 10,066 (6,106)
• total # of requests for Media Releases homepage: 5,428 (2,452)
• total # of requests for UBC Reports homepage: 6,136
• average # of requests/month from people at UBC: more than 10,000
• total # of requests for UBC's Annual Report since it went live late October: 977
(Please note, the number of requests for UBC Reports and media releases reflects access to
homepages only. A doubling of the number would more accurately reflect actual requests.)
Building on the successes of UBC's relationships with the community will be a focal point
of our work in the coming year. UBC's new communications strategy, to be drafted in the
summer of 1999, will define precise messages and means to communicate with, and
receive input from, its many diverse constituents. Key UBC initiatives that will be
supported through strategic communications in the next year include:
• Advertising of UBC's unique and distinctive features as a leading Canadian university
• Development of a branded identity for UBC communications materials
• Creation of a UBC 'Viewpiece' as a general university brochure
• Redesign of UBC Reports
• Proposal for redesigned university-wide Web site
• Update media training brochure and workshop for faculty and staff
• Operating the UBC Speakers Bureau
The Public Affairs Office offers a range of communications services to campus, including:
UBC Reports — tabloid newspaper published 21 times annually; circulation 12,000
Phone contact - 1,300 calls per month to UBC-INFO
Placement of UBC's people and stories — hundreds annually in TV, radio and print media,
both in the Dower Mainland and across Canada
News Conferences
Media Monitoring Service — 200 packages annually, more than 1,000 items
Facts & Figures university brochure
World Wide Web site
Public consultation/public process
Annual Report
Annual General Meeting
Report to the Community
President's tours
Contributions to faculty/departmental newsletters
Speakers Bureau
Alumni Chronicle contributions
Media training services
Communications consultation
UBC experts contact service
Brochures and other publications
Editing services
Donor publications
Personal contact/one-on-one meetings
Video productions
June 13 through July 10
Sunday, June 13
Art Exhibit
The Art Of Judy Tong, A Tribute
To Nature. Asian Centre Aud. from
llam-6pm. Continues to June
20. Call 822-3114.
Native Youth Reunion
Native Youth Program 20th Anniversary. MOA from 3-7pm. RSVP
e-mail: jilbaird@unixg.ubc.ca or
call Jill Baird 822-5978.	
Monday, June 14
Under The Green Roof
"Is He Saved?" And Other Questions Christians Shouldn't Ask.
Prof. John G. Stackhouse. Theology. Regent College Chapel from
8-9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
Wednesday, June 16
Peter Wall Institute
Toward A New Understanding Of
Space, Time And Matter. Various
speakers. University Centre from
9am-4:30pm. Web page: http://
axion. physics, ubc.ca /Workshop/ or call 822-4939.
Engineering And
Architecture Continuing
Module 1: Creative Entrepreneur-
ship. Paul D. Tinari. Forestry Sciences Centre 1001 from 9am-5pm.
Continues to June 17. $440 incl.
materials, lunches, refreshments,
certificate.To register call 822-1884.
Health Services Seminar
Community Effects OfThe Gambling Expansion. Dr. Richard
Mathias. Health Care and Epidemiology; Dr. John Blatherwicjc,
Vancouver/Richmond Health Region. IRC Sherrington Room from
12noon-Ipm. Call 822-4969.
Thursday, June 17
Occupational First Aid
Level I. Vancouver Fire Hall #10.
2992   Wesbrook   Mall   from
8:30am-4:30pm. $90. To register
call Pamela Rydings 822-2029.
Friday, June 18
Engineering And
Architecture Continuing
Module 2: Doing Real Business On
The Internet. Paul D. Tinari. Forestry Sciences Centre 1404 from
9am-5pm. $290 incl. materials,
lunches, refreshments, certificate.
To register call 822-1884.
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Influenza Outbreaks And The Use
Of Amantadine. Dr. Danuta
Skowronski, B.C. Disease Central
Control; Dr. Rob Parker, Simon
Fraser Health Board. Mather 253
from 9-10am. Paid parking available in Lot B. Call 822-2772.
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Centre For Complementary Medicine Research: Current Research
Projects. Dr. W.J. Tze; Dr. A.
Ferguson; Dr. J. Tai, B.C.'s Children's and Women's Health Centre. GF Strong Aud. from 9-10am.
Call 875-2307.
Sunday, June 20
National Aboriginal Day
Unveiling Of Newly-Commissioned
Weaving. Debra Sparrow; Robyn
Sparrow, Musqueam artists. MOA
from 12noon-5pm. Reception at
2pm. Call 822-5087.
Tuesday, June 22
MOA Lecture
Oceanic Art. Nicholas Thomas,
head of Anthropology, Goldsmith's
College, U of London. MOA Theatre Gallery at 3pm. Call 822-5087.
Wednesday, June 23
Skin Screening
Mole Patrol By A Dermatologist.
Bring your sunglasses to check
UV protection. UBC Hosp./Student Health Services M334 from
9-1 lam. Call 822-7011.
Thursday, June 24
Chemoprevention Group
Lung Cancer Chemoprevention:
Past, Present And Future. Gary
Goodman, medical oncologist,
Swedish Medical Centre, Tumor
Institute. B.C. Cancer Agency John
Jambor Room from 4:30-5:30pm.
Call Dr. Klrsten Skov 877-6098
ext. 3021.
Friday, June 25
Health Care And
Epidemiology Rounds
Multidimensional Preference-
Based Measures Of Health Status: Advantages And Disadvantages. Jacek Kopec, U of Toronto.
Mather 253 from 9-10am. Paid
parking available in Lot B. Call
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Quantifying Blood Flow: Development And Application. Kenneth J.
Poskitt, pediatric neuroradiologist,
B.C.'s Children's Hosp. GF Strong
Aud. from 9-10am. Refreshments
at 8:30am. Call 875-2307.
Contemporary Art Exhibition
Sixteen Hundred Miles North Of
Denver; Rodney Graham: Vexation Island; Golden Boys: Naturalism And Artifice In Homoerotic
Photography, 1870-1970. Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm. Sat.-
Sun. from 12noon-5pm. Continues to Aug. 15. $2 Adults; $1
Seniors; Students. UBC faculty
and staff free with valid ID. Call
Monday, June 28
Under The Green Roof
All Things Made New: The Failure
Of Secular Hope And The Future
Of God For The World. Richard
Bauckham; Trevor Har. Regent
College Chapel from 8-9:30pm.
Call 224-3245.
Tuesday, June 29
Green College Special
Rural England: An Invention Of
The Motor Industry. Stephan Kohl,
English, U of Wurzburg. Green
College at 5:30pm. Call 822-1878.
Wednesday, June 30
Under The Green Roof
Christianity In The Global Village.
Vinoth Ramachandra. Regent College Chapel from 8-9:30pm. Call
Thursday, July 1
Family Day
Museum Of Anthropology's First
Annual Family Day. MOA grounds
from 12noon-5pm. Entertainment,
food, children's activities. Children
12 and under free with adult (max.
4 children/adult); UBC staff, students, faculty free with ID. Call
822-4604; 822-5087.
Monday, July 5
Engineering Camp For Kids
GEERing Up! CEME 2206 from
9am-4pm. One week camps. Call
Under The Green Roof
The Bible Without Chapters And
Verses: Distinguishing Scripture
From Tradition And Experience.
Christopher Smith. Regent College Chapel from 8-9:30pm. Call
Wednesday, July 7
Education Noted Scholars
The Biology Of Writing. Janet
Emig. Rutgers U. Scarfe 310 from
12noon-lpm. Call 822-9136.
Under The Green Roof
Stories Evangelicals Tell: The
Gospel And Narrative Identity.
Prof. Bruce Hindmarsh,
Briercrest Biblical Seminary. Regent College Chapel from 8-
9:30pm. Call 224-3245.
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: UBC-INFO
(822-4636). Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available 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 July 8 issue of UBC Reports — which
covers the period July 11 to Aug. 14 — is noon, June
28. 6 UBC Reports • June 10, 1999
News Digest
A wide range of children's activities, cultural performances and
international food will be featured as the Museum of Anthropology
stages its first annual Family Day July 1 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Performers include children's songwriter and long-time B.C. folk
artist Rick Scott, the Nisga'a Ts'amiks Dancers, the Tsimshian
Dancers, the Punjabi Artists Association of Richmond and stilt
walkers "Spiral Kiss."
Regular admission applies, but children under 12 are free if
accompanied by an adult (maximum four children per adult). All UBC
staff, students and faculty with identification will be admitted free.
For a detailed schedule of events, contact Manuela Niemetscheck
at (604) 822-4604, or the museums main line at (604) 822-5087.
The UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden are
hosting "A Century of Plants," the annual conference ofthe American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), June
30 to July 3 in the Vancouver area.
Renowned plantsman and explorer Roy Lancaster is among the
speakers. Keynote speaker is Moura Quayle, dean of UBC's Faculty
of Agricultural Sciences.
The program is packed with tours, workshops and sessions for
everyone interested in plants and public gardens. Prices range from
$273 for one day to $777 for the complete conference, including
refreshments and a buffet lunch. Call (604) 822-4779 for more
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery recently won a Governor
General's Medal for Architecture for its architect, Vancouver-based
Peter Cardew Architects.
The awards, presented every two years by the Royal Architecture
Institute of Canada and the Canada Council, recognize the best in
Canadian architecture.
The largest public gallery in the city after the Vancouver Art
Gallery, the Belkin is the centrepiece of the campus' Fine Arts
quarter. It opened in June 1995.
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The Medical Research Council
of Canada
Public Forum on Research
Monday, June 14, 1999
1:30 PM
Canadian Institutes for Health Research:
A Debate
Buchanan A205
Presentations from MRC, UBC Researchers and replies
by MRC Council
Question period to follow
3:30 PM
MRC-sponsored research at UBC: A
Koerner Graduate Centre Ballroom
Over 60 research posters presented by UBC investigators
and trainees
Refreshments available
All members ofthe research community are welcome!
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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
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area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes. Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax:222-9279.
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $54
plus $ 14/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
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BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
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Clean,comfortable. Useofliving
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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. 1999 rates $85-$ 121
per night. Call 822-1010.	
6th. 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 739-
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.
CAMILLA   HOUSE    Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week, Competitive
rates. Call for information and
availability 822-8788,
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
ensuite in elegant, spacious
home. Two blocks to Jericho
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Gourmet breakfast. Central
location to downtown/UBC. N/S,
Call 221-1950,
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
to UBC or downtown by bus.
Close to restaurants and shops.
Daily rates form $50 to $100.
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Avail. July 31 '99-Jan. 2 '00. East
Vancouver. 10 min. downtown and
30 min. UBC, BR, guest room and
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and bus routes. 3466 W. 15th Ave.
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lease. $1150/mo. Call 228-0887,
FOR RENT 1 BR condo (recently
painted) good layout, f/p, balcony,
secure parking and free laundry.
Spectacular view. Wall-to-wall
windows. Quiet building. On UBC
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avail, for the summer months, Near
UBC gates, with easy access to
parks, beaches, shops and public
transit. Call 224-8080.      	
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Historians probe challenges
ahead for the new Germany
It has been 10 years since the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the
vivid symbol of communism is
now only a crumbled mass of
dust and pebbles. The memories
of Germany's legacy however,
cannot be so easily discarded.
"Germany's experience earlier in the century was so horrific
that they've had to think a lot
about principles. The new century will bring new challenges
for Germany," says Prof. Emeritus of History John Conway.
Attacking these challenges
from an ethical standpoint was
the main focus of the Fourth
International Research Colloquium on German History held
at UBC last week. The confer-
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ence, organized by Conway, attracted German history scholars from Berlin, Geneva, Oxford,
England, Seattle, Victoria,
Kelowna, Calgary and
Many difficult issues lie ahead
for the new Germany, Conway
says. The optimism that surrounded the integration of East
and West Germany has largely
faded under the intensity of the
economic and psychological differences that continue to separate the two societies, he says.
The possible emergence of a
new German nationalism, the
impact of the recently elected
Socialist government and the
implications of Germany's rise
as an economic power in central
Europe were among the issues
discussed at the colloquium,
which was open to graduate students and the public.
The colloquium was sponsored by the departments of History and Germanic Studies and
was made possible by an $8,000
grant from the German Academic
Exchange Service in New York.
Do you read/write
another language?
Earn $30 per translation.
The Youth Millennium
Program, based at the Liu
Centre for the Study of Global
Issues at UBC, seeks to initiate a
process whereby children in
classrooms around the globe
envisage ways they want to
improve the world for the next
We welcome voluntary offers of
translation, or alternatively, we
can offer $30/translation.
Document: Letter instructing
teachers how to participate (4.5
Languages: The more than 60
official country languages and
others. Creoles, dialects, rare languages encouraged.
Please call 822-1592.
by staff writers
Former Ubyssey reporter Chris Nuttall-Smith has won
the Canadian Association of Journalists/Canada
Newswire Student Award of Journalistic Excellence.
Nuttall-Smith received a plaque and a $1,000 prize for "He
Said, She Said," a report on sexual harassment published in
The Ubyssey.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts last year and
has just completed a master's degree at the Columbia School
of Journalism.
ail Bellward, associate dean. Research and Graduate
Studies in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been appointed to
the Science Management
Committee of the new federal
Toxic Substances Research
Initiative (TSRI).
The committee of 20 senior
scientists will decide how to
invest $40 million over four
years to support research into
the effects of persistent organic
pollutants — chemicals that
disrupt sex hormones, air
pollutants and toxic forms of
Bellward, a faculty member
since 1969, specializes in
Her appointment with TSRI extends to April 2002.
Two distinguished UBC engineers — Electrical Engineering Prof. Guy Dumont and Electrical and Computer Engineering Prof. Rabab Kreidieh Ward — have
been elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical Engineers
Dumont, an NSERC Industrial Research Chair at the
Pulp and Paper Centre, was cited for "contributions to the
theory and practice of adaptive control and its applications
to process industries."
Ward, director ofthe Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research, was singled out for "contributions to digital
signal processing applications in television and medical
The honour recognizes worldwide achievements in electro-
and information technology. In 1999, only 239 new fellows
were elected from a global IEEE membership of more than
Civil Engineering Prof. Nemkumar Banthia has been
chosen for the coveted position of Visiting Scientist of
the Japan Science and Technology Agency for 1999.
Banthia specializes in the study of cement-based composite materials.
Banthia recently earned the Wason Medal of the American Concrete Institute for his research.
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Bruce Mason photo
Summertime And The Touring
Is Easy
Taking a time out in UBC's spectacular Rose Garden are summer
campus tour guides Kristina Osborne and Kevin Neilson, on either side
of Lavana Lee, information clerk for the busy UBC-INFO line. Osborne,
a second-year Arts student, and Neilson, a third-year Economics
student, will conduct regularly scheduled free tours weekdays at 10
a.m. and 1 p.m. until Friday, Aug. 27. Tours start from the tour office
located on the main floor of the Student Union Building. Custom tours
focused on such subjects as architecture or fine arts, as well as tours
for local ESL classes are also available. Call UBC-TOUR (822-8687). Lea,
who fields 1,300 calls a month, is the best source of information for
campus events and attractions. Call UBC-INFO (822-4636).
Global leaders counsel
Liu Centre on key issues
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Former World Bank president Robert
McNamara and former United Nations
environmental official Maurice Strong are
among the distinguished advisers who
recently attended the inaugural meeting
of the International Advisory Council of
UBC's Liu Centre     ^^bbbhi.
research agenda of Liu Centre scholars.
Strong will chair the council.
Other members of the council who
will participate in the meeting are: Philip
Boname. president of Urbanics Consultants Ltd., Vancouver; Roderick Bryden,
chairman and CEO, World Heart Corporation, Ottawa; former University of Toronto president John Evans, chair,
^^m^mm^^^^^m^m       Torstar Corpo-
for the Study of
Global Issues in
"Members of our
International Advisory Council are
aware that it is imperative that humankind understands the novel
global phenomena
now of a magnitude
to threaten the
well-being of the
species," says UBC Law Prof. Ivan Head,
director of the centre. Head previously
served as senior policy adviser to former
prime minister Pierre Trudeau and as
president of the International Development Research Centre.
The Liu Centre is designed to focus on
the new generation of global issues now
challenging societies and their governments worldwide, and to generate policy-
relevant knowledge required by decision
"The people who make up the council
have first-hand global experience," says
Head. "At the turn of the century, they
understand the single most common characteristic of governments is uncertainty.
Current human activity is now of such a
volume and intensity that consequences
are no longer predictable and policy alternatives are no longer so evident."
The role ofthe council is to inform the
It is imperative that
humankind understands
the novel global
phenomena now of a
magnitude to threaten the
well-being ofthe species."
— Prof. Ivan Head
ration; former
minister of Finance Marc
Lalonde, barrister and solicitor. Montreal; John
Dettwiler Corporation, Vancouver; former
ambassador for
Multilateral Trade Sylvia Ostry, chair.
Institute for International Studies, University of Toronto; and former Science
Council chair Stuart Smith, chair, National Round Table on the Environment
and Economy.
"The Liu Centre draws on the university's strength in multidisciplinary studies and brings together faculty, distinguished visitors and students from around
the world to examine urgent and complex
global issues," says UBC President Martha
Piper. "We look forward to the deliberations of the advisory council and the
advice they will provide to us and to the
community at large on these worldwide
"We also wish to recognize the outstanding support of Dr. Liou Jieh Jow
and the Liu Foundation for providing the
funds to establish the Liu Centre for the
Study of Global Issues," says Piper.
Dental detective, coach
earn alumni awards
UBC's Alumni Association has named
nine outstanding academics, athletes and
business and community leaders as winners of its annual alumni awards.
Erminia Russo (BPE'89) has earned
the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
and Dr. David Sweet (DMD'78). the Faculty Citation Award.
Russo brought acclaim to UBC's volleyball program
as head
coach of the
Thu nder-
birds and
was CIAU
Coach of the
Year in 1998.
of the 1996
Olympic volleyball team,
she is currently training with
Beach Volleyball Team for the 2000 Olympics.
Sweet, who helps solve crimes using
DNA technology and bite mark analysis,
is founder and director of the Bureau of
Legal Dentistry at UBC, the first research lab in North America dedicated to
forensic dentistry.
Bob Carkner (BPE'58), chair of UBC's
Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee, is being honoured with the Alumni
Award of Distinction. Carkner created
the Steveston salmon hatchery and has
worked to improve the lives of orphans in
Guatemala and Vietnam.
This year's Outstanding Student
Award winner is John Davies, a fourth-
year Forestry student. A member of UBC's
varsity rowing team, Davies is also a
volunteer with the Fraser Valley Search
and Rescue Team and fights fires with
the B.C. Forest Service Rapattack Team.
Former UBC chancellor, Robert H. Lee
(BCom'56, LLD'96) has earned the Blythe
Eagles Volunteer Service Award for out
standing contributions to the Alumni Association. The chair of Prospero International Realty Inc., Lee was UBC chancellor
from 1993-96, and served on UBC's Board
of Governors from 1984-90.
Another longtime leader in the UBC
community. Dr. Pat McGeer (BA'48,
MD'58) receives the Alumni Award for
Research. A UBC neuroscientist who is
well known for his research of Alzheimer's and other diseases, McGeer was also
a MLA from 1962-86 and held various
senior cabinet positions.
David Neustaedter (PhD'97), a postdoctoral fellow at the
Mount Sinai
School of
Medicine, receives the
Branch Service Award for
the New York
chapter ofthe
Alumni Association.
Awards go to
and Norman
Norman  Watt   (BPE'49)
Young, (BA'52).
Watt, an associate professor emeritus
of Physical Education, originated UBC's
popular seniors' program, the Third Age
Spring Lectures. He also coached Canada's first wheelchair basketball team.
Young, an assistant professor emeritus of Theatre, played a major role in the
creation of the Frederic Wood Theatre.
He is co-founder of the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and was a driving
force behind the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards program.
The Alumni Association awards will
be presented along with UBC Athletics'
Hall of Fame inductees at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel, Oct. 14. For more information call (604) 822-3313 or visit the
Web site at www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Research agreement
breaks new ground
Leaders of the genetic medicine research communities in Canada and Singapore will be collaborating on a new
joint research and development partnership, according to an agreement
signed recently in Singapore.
"A key goal of Trek 2000 is to advance
international scholarship and research.
We are pleased to participate in this
initiative which strengthens our linkages with the Asia Pacific," says UBC
President Martha Piper, who was a signatory to the agreement.
The joint agreement between the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and Singapore's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
results from a Canada-wide search by
IMCB to find a research and development (R&D) collaborator.
CMMT is a joint initiative of UBC,
Children's and Women's Health Centre
of British Columbia in association with
Merck Frosst Canada.
Under the partnership, a joint team
of IMCB and CMMT scientists located in
Vancouver will investigate gene function and look at how changes in specific
genes can lead to specific diseases.
The team will also focus on cloning
the genes which contribute to disease.
In particular, the team will study genes
that affect the central nervous system
and will later concentrate on the treatment of cancer and hepatitis.
'The CMMT will act as the gateway
to the excellence of Canadian research
and genomics programs which are being carried out by both the CMMT and
the Canadian Genetics Diseases Network (CGDN)," says Dr. Michael
Hayden, CMMT's director.
It is anticipated that the research
under the partnership agreement will
lead to new intellectual property and
new targets for developing effective compounds against numerous diseases.
The parties to the agreement are committed to transferring the intellectual
property into commercial entities in both
"The new Canada-Singapore agreement signifies the willingness of the
two countries to maximize the best of
their R&D resources to build an intellectual property pipeline between discovery and economic and health-care
benefit," says Dr. Chris Tan, director of
the IMCB, which is affiliated with the
National University of Singapore.
CGDN is a federal Network of Centres of Excellence which links 50 scientists and their teams in 18 research
institutions across the country.
UBC and Children's and Women's
Health Centre of British Columbia,
under the direction of Dr. Aubrey Tingle, vice-president. Research and Education, will contribute laboratory and
administrative space.


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