Best Places to Kiss on Campus by ghkgkyyt


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                                                                                                                   Best Places to Kiss on Campus
                                                                                                                   Your choices for the most romantic setting.                        BY B R I A N L I N

                                                                                                                   From the romantic to the risqué, Valentine’s Day often takes       many quiet nooks to sit with someone special and contemplate
                                                                                                                   the blame for a surge in public displays of affection – or PDAs    all that life has to offer.”
                                                                                                                   – among lovers who can’t keep their lips off each other.              Community Affairs director Sid Katz has been in love with
                                                                                                                      We surveyed the campus for the best location to lock lips.      a spot right outside Cecil Green Coach House for more than
                                                                                                                   Kisser discretion is advised.                                      25 years.
                                                                                                                      Both the Rose Garden and the top of the Clock Tower seem           “It’s without a doubt the best place to kiss, especially since
                                                                                                                   to be big hits with students.                                      the recent addition of a park bench,” says Katz, who recalls
                                                                                                                      “Sitting on the wall at the edge of the Rose Garden, watch-     daily walks there from the Dept. of Pharmacy when he first
                                                                                                                   ing the sail boats cruise by with the backdrop of a perfect sum-   arrived at UBC in 1975.
                                                                                                                   mer sunset,” says Megan Thomas, news editor of The                    “I was probably a lot more romantic then,” says Katz. “But
                                                                                                                   Ubyssey. “But who you are kissing is really more important         who can resist the view overlooking Howe Sound, especially
                                                                                                                   than the venue!”                                                   on an August evening when the sun is setting?”
                                                                                                                      Not citing any personal experience – nor that of his friends,      For indoor lip-locks, Herbert Rosengarten, executive direc-
                                                                                                                   for that matter – AMS VP External Affairs Sam Saini says the       tor of the President’s Office, says you can’t beat the old dining
                                                                                                                   Rose Garden would be his pick for a romantic kiss, while the       room on the lower floor of the University Centre.
                                                                                                                   top of the Clock Tower “seems like a pretty wild place for that       “This is where my wife Amanda – a UBC grad – and I were
                                                                                                                   sort of stuff.”                                                    married many years ago, and where we exchanged our first
                                                                                                                      For a “highly artistic” kiss, AMS President Oana Chirila        marital kiss – in public, of course!” ■
                                                                                                                   suggests the top of the Buchanan Tower, but warns that it’s not
                                                                                                                   for the weak of heart.
                                                                                                                      The middle of the Pit dance floor and backstage at Chan
                                                                                                                   Centre during a concert were among her top picks, followed
                                                                                                                   by the backyard of the Cecil Green Park House.
                                                                                                                      Sauder School of Business Marketing professor Kathleen
                                                                                                                   Vohs agrees.
                                                                                                                      “I attended a beautiful wedding at Cecil Green Park House
                                                                                                                   last fall,” says Vohs, who was recently chosen one of 10 Most
                                                                                                                   Eligible Bachelorettes by The Vancouver Sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PHOTO: BRIAN LIN
                                                                                                                      “It just made me want to get married there as soon as I
                                                                                                                      For more private displays of affection, Science student Sarah
                                                                                                                   Kittle recommends the stacks in the bottom floor of the Main
                                                                                                                   Library and “the cage” in the West Storage of the Student
                                                                                                                                                                                       Sid Katz's quarter-century love affair with the Cecil
                                                                                                                   Recreation Centre.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Green cliff has been made easier with a new park bench.
                                                                                                                      “My friends and I were just talking about it the other day,”
                                                                                                                   says Kittle of the secured structure for athletic equipment. “We
                                                                                                                   thought it’d be a great place to make out.”                         10 favourite spots to kiss on campus:
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Cecil Green Park House             •   Rose Garden

                                                                                                                      Korean exchange students and valentines Yeohoon
                                                                                                                   Park and Myung Suk Cha prefer Wreck Beach and the                   •   Cecil Green Coach House            •   Clock Tower
                                                                                                                   Rose Garden for smooches.                                           •   Student Recreation Centre          •   Buchanan Tower
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   Nitobe Garden                      •   Chan Centre
                                                                                                                      University Counsel Hubert Lai can’t resist the beauty and
                                                                                                                                                                                       •   University Centre                  •   Main Library
                                                                                                                   tranquility of the Nitobe Garden.
                                                                                                                      “It’s one of the undiscovered gems of the UBC campus, with

             Workshop Helps to Separate Fact from Fiction in Real Life Stories
                    Finding the truth is not easy.               BY C R I S T I N A C A L B O R E A N U

                    What do we read when we read                     The workshop, titled “Putting a Life             For the students, this is an opportunity      The workshop runs February
                    auto/biography? And what exactly are         on Stage”, will explore the challenges of         and also a challenge. “The manipulators       18-22. For more information, visit
                    we watching when we watch auto/biog-         staging and performing auto/biography.            are walking, listening apparati,” explains ■
                    raphical plays?                              It includes keynote lectures, panel ses-          More. “They must be an open channel to
                       We commonly expect to find the truth      sions, and roundtable discussions featur-         serve the mask and the script. All the
                    in auto/biographical narratives and          ing a stellar cast of scholars from around        acting dials must be dimmed down
                    plays. But, as one of UBC’s experts in       the world and some of Canada’s most               and the emotions released into the
                    auto/biography studies explains, that        respected playwrights, including Sharon           mask, so that the audience can
                    expectation may not be entirely realistic.   Pollock, Joy Coghill, Mavor Moore and             believe the mask is a living breath-
                       “Auto/biography is something com-         Linda Griffiths.                                  ing being.”
                    piled, written, or produced, by another          The focal point of the workshop is a             And that’s not easy. Says
                    human being, so it’s a form of art in its    performance of Song of This Place, by             More, “I can bring them tech-
                    own right,” explains English professor       renowned UBC alumna Joy Coghill. The              nique, but that isn’t going to
                    Sherrill Grace. “And that is manifestly      play, which explores a storyteller’s strug-       make you go, ‘God, that’s
                    the case when we’re talking about the-       gle to portray B.C. artist Emily Carr on          Emily Carr,’ and be astonished.
                    atre, because there are all these other      stage, is, according to director Robert           They have to listen to the mask
                    players who come in: playwright, direc-      More, “unique” in its approach and its            and respond, listen to the text and
                    tor, actors, script, stage manager, lights   courage to examine “the creative process          to their fellow actors, and be empa-
                    and stage designer.”                         and the artistic vision in itself.” It contains   thetic to everything around them.
                       According to Grace, auto/biographi-       both biographical and autobiographical            Learning to be that open and con-
                    cal plays have become more and more          elements, which are explored through the          fident could take 20 years of act-
                    common in 20th century literature, but       use of Bunraku-style puppets, or animat-          ing.”
                    the interplay between theatre and            ed masks, held by manipulators visible to            For Grace, this production of
                    auto/biography, and the reasons for the      the audience. Four UBC students will give         Song of This Place is an experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          PHOTO: CRISTINA CALBOREANU

                    prevalence of the genre have still to be     life to the 19 puppets.                           ment, but also a way of bringing
                    investigated. That is what an innovative         “We’re moving across a divide here, by        together two worlds. “This event
                    exploratory workshop organized by            involving students in a live play produc-         doesn’t fit into the academic mode and it
                    UBC’s English and Theatre departments        tion,” says Grace. “Working with Robert           bursts beyond the theatre production to
                    with support from the Peter Wall             More, who is Canada’s leading expert on           bring the two together,” she explains.
                    Institute for Advanced Studies, the UBC      puppets, they’re getting a course in a very       “We tend to live in disciplinary solitudes,
                    Hampton Fund and the McLean Chair            specialized area which is not part of the         but it is exciting and mutually beneficial                              Robert More, Canada’s leading expert on puppets.
                    for Canadian Studies, has set out to do.     regular curriculum.”                              when academia and theatre meet.”
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                                                                                  IN THE NEWS
                                                    Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in January 2004.                            C O M P I L E D BY B R I A N L I N

                                             Bounce at The Bell                                                                     with anorexia nervosa,”Coxson told
                                             UBC professor Heather McKay has                                                        CBS News.
                                             conducted a pilot study that fol-                                                        “It is unclear whether these struc-
                                             lowed almost 100 students who had                                                      tural changes are permanent, but if
                                             similar eating habits and physical                                                     they are, early therapy is important
                                             activity     levels.     The    only                                                   in patients who have anorexia,”
                                             difference was that half of them                                                       Coxson says.
                                             jumped at the bell (just five jumps,
                                             three times a day) and half of them                                                    Man bites dog? No, Planet
                                             did not jump.                                                                          Heats Sun
                                                McKay found that those who had                                                      UBC astronomer Evgenya Shkolnik
                                             jumped actually built 3.2 per cent                                                     has found a planet that is actually
                                             more bone mass in the hip region of                                                    heating up its sun.
                                             the body than the other children.                                                         Shkolnik’s study of a large planet
                                             That could be enough to postpone,                                                      orbiting a star 90 light-years away
                                             or     perhaps     event     prevent,                                                  shows that the magnetic field of the
                                             osteoporosis later in life.                                                            planet is producing hot spots on its
                                                “We’re talking about these                                                          parent sun, a reversal of the effect
                                             children gaining in eight months                                                       the sun has on planets such as the
                                             what we would see women lose in                                                        Earth.
                                             three years around menopause,”                                                            “The hotspot moves across the
                                             McKay told ABC News.                                                                   surface of the star keeping pace with
                                                “It takes no money to run the           Hush little baby: Fay Warnock’s             the planet, but just a little bit
                                             program,” said McKay. “It takes no         study focuses on circumcision               ahead,” Shkolnik told USA Today.
                                             special training, and we’re talking        because it is “an intense form of           She said measurements of more than
                                             about an investment of about a             newborn acute pain.”                        100 orbits showed that the
                                             minute and a half a day.”                                                              hot spot on the face of the star exact-
                                                                                                                                    ly matches the motion of the planet.
                                             Researchers Study                          expression.”
                                             Newborns’ Pain at Being                       She says the study focused on cir-       Use the ‘Force’
                                             Circumcised                                cumcision because it is “an intense         For the many who sometimes walk
                                             UBC Nursing professor Fay                  form of newborn acute pain,” but            into a room and feel that something
                                             Warnock is leading a research study        stressed that further research in this      is not quite right, the answer may lie
                                             on the pain babies sustain from cir-       area requires ongoing descriptions          in a sub-system of our visual
                                             cumcisions. The researchers system-        of other kinds of acute pain.               experience, according to a new study
                                             atically note and itemize the behav-                                                   on visual perception by UBC psy-
                                             iour of 10 baby boys during circum-        Anorexia May Cause                          chology          and         computer
                                             cision, recording each head twitch,        Emphysema                                   science professor Ronald Rensink.
                                             each leg kick, each eye squeezing.         The malnutrition that results from             “Basically visual perception then
                                                Warnock told the National Post          the eating disorder anorexia ner-           is two parts. It’s got the sort of pic-
                                             that this kind of detailed data col-       vosa may cause emphysema,                   tures we all know and love, and then
                                             lection meant exhaustive and suc-          according to a study lead by UBC            we’ve got this other thing, this feel-
                                             cessive viewing of each of these 90-       radiology professor Harvey O.               ing, this using the force, this sensing
                                             minute tapes on a second-by-second         Coxson, also a VCHRI member.                stream, and they work in parallel, I
                                             basis.                                       Researchers used a new method             think. They both operate at the same
                                                Warnock says her work “is very          of assessing computed tomography            time,” Rensink told the National
                                             basic in that it is focused on detail-     (CT) scans to analyze the lungs of          Post.
                                             ing normally occurring newborn             14 anorexia patients and found the             While you may not see anything,
                                             pain-related distress behaviours...        malnutrition in these patients              Rensink says the “sixth sense” or as
                                             Its usefulness is conceptual and,          changed the physical structure of           he calls it, “mindsight,” is basically
                                             hopefully, will result in a deeper and     their lungs.                                another kind of vision where people
                                             more comprehensive descriptive               “There is a reduction in the              can sense a change and have a
                                             understanding of newborn pain              amount of lung tissue in patients           visual experience of it. ■

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                   Protecting Young Workers from Crippling
                   Injuries UBC researcher searches for solutions.                                          BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

                   An 18-year-old sawmill worker was                “Young people have higher claim         industries for 15-19-year olds, and for
                   fatally crushed when a log he was             rates mainly due to inexperience,”         workers 20-24 years old the majority
                   attempting to straighten rolled off the       says Koehoorn, who is a Michael            of claims come from the retail, manu-
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                   to his foot resulting in five severed toes.   to prove themselves on the job that        standing of the impact of work-related           offer convenience and comfort for visiting lecturers, professors, family,
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UBC Engineering Students Raise the
Quality of Life in East Timor Village
Engineers Without Borders is making a difference.                                 BY C R I S T I N A C A L B O R E A N U

Villagers in Usu’un, East Timor live off       and then package them, then they’re          commerce or political science) who
the land. They farm and they fish. It is       worth much more on the local, national       would be interested in putting their
not easy being a farmer in a place like        and international market,” explains          knowledge and experience to work.
this, what with rugged terrain, poor           Baker.                                          “International development is multi-
soils, and unpredictable rainfall. And it’s       The UBC chapter of EWB was                disciplinary,” says Rucki. “To develop
even harder when you live in a country         founded in 2001 and is already one of        new ideas, you need to involve people
where 70 per cent of the physical infra-       the fastest growing and most active in       with different backgrounds, different
structure was destroyed in an armed            the country.                                 educations, and different experiences.”
conflict in which nearly three quarters of        “We focus on promoting awareness             Of course, you also need awareness
the population was displaced.                  of international development and global      of international development and glob-
   Seemingly small things can easily           issues among students and the                al issues, which, they say, is conspicu-
throw off the delicate balance of this life.   Vancouver community,” says Rucki,            ously absent from the academic curricu-
Things like how long it takes to dry the       co-president of the UBC chapter. “We         lum – at least when it comes to engi-
food that needs to be preserved.               do that through our internships abroad,      neering.
   It usually takes more than five days,       through our local projects, and our             “There is often a complete lack of
during which time large amounts of fruit       Speaker Series here on campus.”              study of the social and environmental
and fish are wasted due to parasitic con-         The UBC chapter is involved in a          issues surrounding what we do as engi-
tamination. That means there will be           variety of overseas projects, such as        neers,” says Baker, the director of cur-
less to eat.                                   Scala, an EWB-owned Information and          riculum change for the UBC chapter.
   And that is what UBC third-year             Communications Technology (ICT)              “UBC is very good technically, but these
Integrated Engineering student Monica          project developed in partnership with        aspects are often neglected to the detri-
Rucki was trying to prevent during her         the Filipino government. The UBC             ment of some of the broader and more
four-month internship with Engineers           Chapter is trying to raise 40 computers      complicated issues.” That is why EWB
Without Borders last summer. Rucki             and $15,000 that will go towards setting     is aiming to implement a student-direct-
worked to build solar dryers that would        up ICT training centres in the               ed seminar on international develop-
cut the drying time for fish and fruit to      Philippines, helping Filipino youth devel-   ment, based on their experience in
less than two days. Prototypes were built      op computer literacy skills and increase     developing countries and provided as a
from locally available, inexpensive mate-      their employability. They are hoping         full-credit science and technology course
rials, and locals were trained how to          some of these youth will in turn become      for second-year engineering students.
build and maintain the dryers.                 computer teachers able to keep the ICT       They’re hoping to promote awareness
   Rucki’s experience in East Timor was        training centres alive. “The long-term       of global issues and to educate engineer-
just one example of the work done by           hope is that the centres are able to self-   ing students to recognize that interna-
Engineers Without Borders (EWB),               sustain,” explains project leader Jordan     tional development is “a two-way
whose 3,700 members are working on             Marr.                                        street.”
30 projects in 20 countries to promote            As part of the UBC chapter’s local           “Often there is a perception that
human development through access to            projects, volunteers with the Scala proj-    we’re sending people over there to teach
technology and a focus on building             ect have partnered with the Learning         and to impart our knowledge to the                                              Living and working in East Timor
capacity in the local communities.             Exchange to offer free IT classes in shel-   local people, and that’s not true,” says                                        (clockwise from top): Inspecting the
   “It’s an attempt at finding sustainable     ters in the Downtown Eastside. EWB-          Baker. “In fact, it may be even more so                                         irrigation system in a rice field; a
solutions, as opposed to giving some-          UBC also organizes a High School             that you’re learning how things are                                             traditional “lulik” or magic hut; a
thing away and then leaving, which is          Outreach program aimed at educating          done and how the world works, and                                               bamboo fence weaving workshop;
not particularly useful,” says Brendan         high school students about engineering,      you can bring that back and use it here.                                        teaching locals how to make fertile soil
Baker, a recent Metals and Materials           appropriate technology and internation-      We hope to see a huge difference in the                                         from manure, legumes and compost.
Engineering graduate who will be trav-         al development. The program is sup-          way things are done here, in terms of
eling to Senegal later this year for an        ported by Aeroplan members donating          addressing issues overseas and even in
eight-month internship. He will help           their Aeroplan miles through the Miles       terms of how we address issues here in
develop and implement technologies             Without Borders donation program.            Canada.”
that will allow locals to process the             Being involved in so many different          “One of the greatest things I brought
peanuts and cashew nuts they grow,             projects, locally and across the world,      back was just humility,” adds Rucki.
thus increasing their value. “They found       has helped EWB-UBC move beyond the           “You gain an immense appreciation for
that the nuts are worth next to nothing        confinements of an engineering club.         the fact that there are other ways to live
if sold as grown, in shells – but if they      They are now actively trying to recruit      than just the way we live, that really
can shell them, skin them, roast them          students from different fields (such as      work and that make people happy.” ■
                                                                                                                                         PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MONICA RUCKI

                                FACULTY OF MEDICINE
                          UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

               The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites applications and
               nominations for the position of Associate Dean, Clinical Faculty Affairs. This is a
               part time position expected to be filled by an internal candidate and is available
               January 1st, 2004.

               The incumbent will be a part of the senior management team of the Faculty
               of Medicine and report to the Dean. The senior management team provides
               support to the Departments, Schools, Centres and faculty members. The Associate
               Dean will provide leadership to the clinical activities of the Faculty of Medicine.
               This would include but not be limited to representing the issues of medical
               practice within the Faculty, ensuring that clinical faculty members have
               appropriate mechanisms for support and recognition of their key contributions
               to the Faculty, supporting the wellness of clinical faculty members and providing
               leadership for the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs. The Associate Dean would
               provide a key interface with other organizations related to medical affairs. The
               role would also include consideration of the broader group of Faculty members
               engaged in clinical practice within the distributed model of medical education
               in British Columbia and specifically, the Island Medical Program and the Northern
               Medical Program.

               The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed
               to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.

               Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three
               references, should be directed by February 29, 2004 to: Gavin C.E. Stuart, MD,
               Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room 317,
               Instructional Resources Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3.

                        THE UNIVERSITY OF                                    BRITISH COLUMBIA
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                                            UBC Project Makes
                                            Life Easier for Those
                                            Suffering from Aphasia
                                            Team designs communication aids
                                            BY M I C H E L L E C O O K
                                            (with files from Gayle Mavor, Computer Science Dept.)

                                            Anita Borg, founder of the Institute for       work for a broad range of users, and
                                            Women in Technology in Palo Alto,              one group that hasn’t received much
                                            California, was passionate about using         attention are people with disabilities,

                                                                                                                                       PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANITA BORG INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY
                                            technology to better people’s lives.           particularly people with speech and lan-
                                            Those who knew her say she was a bril-         guage cognitive disabilities,” explains
                                            liant engineer with a compelling vision        McGrenere. “The reason this group
                                            and a way of presenting it that would          doesn’t get the same coverage in HCI is
                                            make people sit up and listen.                 because it’s difficult working with par-
                                               When Borg was diagnosed with                ticipants who have difficulty speaking
                                            advanced brain cancer in May 2000, her         and articulating their needs. It just
                                            long-time friend Maria Klawe, UBC’s            makes the job of designing technologies
                                            former science dean, says, “It felt like the   for them that much more challenging.”
                                            sun had gone behind a huge cloud.”                 From the start, it was clear to
                                               Borg survived the cancer for much           McGrenere and Moffatt that, if they
                                            longer than expected but, by 2002, had         were going to help Borg, they would
                                            developed aphasia, a condition that            need a multidisciplinary team of
                                            affects a person’s ability to process and      experts. They brought in several other
                                            use language while leaving their mental        UBC computer science students, along
                                            faculties intact. It most often occurs after   with psychology professor Peter Graf,
                                            a stroke but it can also result from a         and Barbara Purves, a clinical professor
                                            brain tumour or brain injury.                  at the UBC School of Audiology and
                                               But cancer and aphasia could not            Speech Sciences with more than 30
                                            defeat Borg’s vitality and enthusiasm.         years of experience helping people with
                                            She was determined to use her expertise        aphasia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anita Borg inspired a group of UBC researchers to use technology to help people with aphasia.
                                            in technology to find ways to overcome             The group wanted to understand the
                                            her difficulties communicating. She and        specific effects the condition had on
                                            Klawe began brainstorming. Their dis-          Borg’s ability to function. McGrenere,                                                                         aphasia maintain their independence in          their ability to recognize words or write     The team has recruited help from
                                            cussion laid the groundwork for a              Moffatt and Purves flew to San                                                                                 carrying out small daily life tasks.            them down can record meetings                 other collaborators, including Jeff
                                            remarkable initiative now underway at          Francisco to meet Borg and began                                                                                  Purves estimates that there are              and appointments using a combination          Riley, an expert in assistive technology
                                            UBC called the Aphasia Project.                investigating preliminary designs and                                                                          approximately 100,000 Canadians                 of images and sounds and some text.           at Vancouver’s G.F. Strong Rehab
                                               “Anita was having increasing difficul-      potential applications.                                                                                        with aphasia – about the same number               One of the team’s big challenges has       Centre, and they plan to continue
                                            ty with speech, reading and writing,”              Despite her failing health, Borg                                                                           as suffer from Parkinson’s disease. She         been to understand if people with apha-       working with B.C.’s aphasia
                                            recalls Klawe, now Dean of Engineering         showed an enthusiasm for the project                                                                           says the biggest frustration for those          sia will be able to use the planner           community on new prototype tech-
                                            at Princeton University. “[But] after real-    that all three women remember fondly.                                                                          affected is the impairment of their abil-       they’ve designed. Through the BC              nologies.
                                            izing that her ability to recognize images         “Anita was really inspired to use her                                                                      ity to communicate with words and               Aphasia Centre and local stroke clubs            McGrenere thinks the project could
                                            was still completely intact, we decided to     condition in a way that could help other                                                                       writing and to some extent, with ges-           in Vancouver, as well as the Life             continue for up to 10 years.
                                            see if computing technology could              people, even knowing that she probably                                                                         ture and drawing, and with it the               Enhancement Aphasia Program in                   “We’re definitely in the foothills,”
                                            enhance her ability to function in a vari-     wasn’t going to see the benefits of most                                                                       impairment of their ability to commu-           Victoria, they have enlisted the help of a    she says. “It’s a matter of trying to
                                            ety of ways.”                                  of this work,” McGrenere says.                                                                                 nicate who they are and what they are           group of people living with the condi-        uncover what the best platforms are
                                               Klawe shared the pair’s initial ideas           But Borg also had specific needs that                                                                      feeling.                                        tion to assess the prototype and incor-       for this kind of work. [There are] vari-
                                            with Karyn Moffatt, a UBC graduate             she managed to vocalize for the                                                                                   “Aphasia affects people in different         porate their ideas on how to improve it.      ous PDAs, cell phones that can send
                                            student, and convinced her to take on          research team.                                                                                                 ways but the thing that is common is            Moffatt says the support and enthusi-         images back and forth, tablets and a
                                            the task of designing a computer-based             “Anita wanted to maintain an active                                                                        that they’re not unable to think, they          asm from the local aphasia community          fair amount of mobile technology
                                            aid for people with aphasia as her mas-        schedule and she increasingly had to                                                                           just can’t get their thoughts out, and          has been overwhelming.                        now.
                                            ter’s thesis project. Klawe also               rely on family members to help manage                                                                          they also have difficulty taking infor-            Sadly, Anita Borg passed away on              What is clear is that Borg’s vision of
                                            approached Joanna McGrenere, an                her schedule and that’s not what she                                                                           mation in,” Purves explains. This               April 6, 2003 from brain cancer at the        technology’s potential to help people
                                            assistant professor of computer science        wanted,” says Moffatt. “She had very                                                                           makes simple activities like jotting            age of 54. The institute she founded has      lives on in an energetic, imaginative
                                            at UBC and a specialist in human-com-          real needs so it was easy to envision                                                                          down a doctor’s appointment or                  since been renamed the Anita Borg             group of researchers who were moti-
                                            puter interaction, to work with Moffatt        how the technology could fit in – how                                                                          remembering where to meet a friend for          Institute for Women in Technology.            vated by a remarkable woman.
                                            on her project in addition to exploring        it could help.”                                                                                                dinner very difficult.                             But the UBC Aphasia Project is real-          Klawe says her friend would be
                                            other possibilities.                               Back in Vancouver, the team began                                                                             With help from other team members,           ly just getting started. While Moffatt’s      thrilled at what the UBC aphasia team
                                               McGrenere remembers being slightly          working with existing technology in the                                                                        Moffatt and McGrenere have devel-               master’s thesis – the genesis of the proj-    has accomplished in its first year.
                                            daunted by the scope of the challenge.         form of an IPAQ pocket PC running                                                                              oped a prototype for a daily planner            ect – is almost complete, there is still         “Her family members and doctor
                                               “Human-computer interaction (HCI)           with the Windows CE operating sys-                                                                             program that runs on a hand-held com-           much work to be done on the proto-            told me that the project brought her
                                            is a relatively young field. In HCI, where     tem. Their goal was to develop a device                                                                        puter (much like a Palm Pilot). It is           type. There are also several other spin-      more joy than anything else in the last
                                            we’re trying to design technology to           that would help Borg and others with                                                                           designed so that people who have lost           off projects and case studies in progress.    few months of her life.” ■

                                            Old Skill Provides Modern Solution to Heart Valve Replacement
                                            New technique may mean no more broken                                                                                                                         A traditional sailors’ craft was the inspiration for a new                 If the technique can be perfected, it would mean huge
                                            breastbones. BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N                                                                                                                     technique to replace heart valves without major surgery.               health-care savings compared to current methods requiring
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Much like a ship in a bottle, the procedure involves               an operating room and long hospital stays. Most important-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          inserting a foldable valve through a small incision and                ly, it would mean that individuals who are too weak for sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          running the valve along a blood vessel into the heart where it         gery and unlikely to survive might be saved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          is ‘unfurled’ and attached remotely – a virtually non-surgical             Also, patients would be able to avoid the significant pain
                                                                                                                                                                                                          intervention.                                                          and discomfort of heart valve replacement surgery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Valve replacement surgery currently requires breaking ribs             “When they broke my breast bone and ribs to get at my
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and breastbone to access the heart, a minimum of a week’s              heart it really hurt,” says 86-year-old Eleanor Wetherly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          hospitalization and considerable recuperation time.                    “I was in the hospital for a long time. It was two or three
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Called Percutaneous Valve Replacement, the new                     months before I felt better.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          procedure is being developed by Dr. John Webb, director of                 Four valves direct blood to and from the body through the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the cardiac catheterization laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital in       heart: the aortic valve, the pulmonic valve, the tricuspid valve,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vancouver. Still in the experimental stages, the technique             and the mitral valve. Any of these valves may malfunction
                                                                                                                                                                                                          offers promise for patients who are too ill to survive                 because of a birth defect, infection, disease, or trauma. When
                                                                                                                                                                                                          traditional valve replacement surgery.                                 the malfunction is so severe that it interferes with blood flow,

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new method involves a small incision made in the               an individual will have heart palpitations, fainting spells,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          thigh to allow a tube the size of a pencil to be inserted. The         and/or difficulty breathing. These symptoms will progressive-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tube is threaded along the veins up to the heart. Once the             ly worsen and cause death unless the damaged valve is
                                                                                                                                                                                                          folded valve has been opened and attached in the heart, the            replaced surgically.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tube is withdrawn. After a couple of stitches for the incision             Webb expects it will be at least two years before patients
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and a day’s rest, the patient would be able to go home.                can benefit from the procedure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sound simple? Not quite, says Webb, who is also a UBC                  About 80 per cent of Canadians have at least one risk
                                                                                                                                                                                                          associate clinical professor of cardiology.                            factor for cardiovascular disease and 11 per cent have three
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The new remote procedure is still highly experimental.            risk factors or more, according to the Heart and Stroke
                                                                                                                                                                                                          We haven’t yet tried it on a patient. The tube is about three          Foundation of Canada. Risk factors for cardiovascular
                                                                                                                                                                                                          feet long and the placement of the valve within the complex            disease include smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          structure of the heart is critical. A few hair widths out of place     and high blood pressure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and the whole thing is wrong. We have to get it exactly right              For more information on heart disease and treatment, visit
                                            Sailors’ art goes hi-tech with new non-surgical cardiac procedure.                                                                                            every time.”                                                  ■
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                                                                                                            UBC ALUMNI

                                                                                                           For the Love of Money
                                                                                                           A financial planning workshop for recent grads
                                                                                                           just in time for tax season!
                                                                                                           BY VA N E S S A C L A R K E

                                                                                                           A lot of us love money, but not many of us relish the annual
                                                                                                           chore of working out our taxes – especially when our efforts don’t
                                                                                                           result in a nice fat return. The Young Alumni Network is offering
                                                                                                           recent graduates a workshop that will teach them how to manage
                                                                                                           their money efficiently and invest it wisely.
                                                                                                              Just in time for the March 1 RRSP deadline, Jonathan
                                                                                                           Pagtakhan, BA’98, a financial advisor with CIBC, will teach
                                                                                                           workshop participants new investment strategies and ways to
                                                                                                           keep the taxman at bay. He’ll talk about goal setting, borrowing,
                                                                                                           cash flow management, RRSPs, investment planning and asset
                                                                                                           allocation. A representative from London Life will also be on
                                                                                                           hand to talk about different types of insurance.

                                                                                                                      Thursday, February 12th
                                                                                                                      HSBC Hall UBC Robson Square
                                                                                                                      6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
                                                                                                                      Cost: $15
                                                                                                                      For tickets, please contact Sandra:
                                                                                                             or 604-822-3313

                                                                                                              Jonathan Pagtakhan is a volunteer on the Young Alumni
                                                                                                           Network committee, helping to organize events that will be use-
                                                                                                           ful to recent graduates in their professional development (there
                                                                                                           are also plenty of opportunities for socializing).
                                                                                                              One of Jonathan’s favourite memories of UBC is of the couch-
                                                                                                           es at Sedgewick Library — perhaps a contender for the best
                                                                                                           place to kiss on campus?
                                                                                                              For more information about the Young Alumni Network, a
                                                                                                           program offered by the UBC Alumni Association, please contact
                               UBC Public Affairs has opened both a radio and TV studio on campus          Dianna DeBlaere at or 604-822-8917
                               where you can do live interviews with local, national and international     or visit the website:
                                                                                                           galumni/index.html ■
         NEWS TV | RADIO       media outlets.
                               To learn more about being a UBC expert, call us at 604.822.2064 and
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needle misses its mark, excruciating             He says the main challenge for doc-        time needed to perform it.
pain.                                         tors is having to imagine where to direct        Rohling adds that while the cost of
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   “I have heard others scream when           the needle, without actually being able       the system is still more than a regular,
this happens and I’ve wanted to scream        to see where it’s going. It’s a skill that    disposable needle, the health-care sav-
myself. One time it felt like molten lava     comes only with experience. The poten-        ings will be in the reduction of time it
coursing down my leg,” Driscoll says.         tial dangers are numerous: a misplaced        takes doctors to perform a procedure.
“It is also very stressful for the person     needle can cause bleeding, pain, or seed         The researchers’ next step is to pre-
inserting the needle. Once after many         healthy cells with cancerous ones.            pare the prototype for clinical trials.
painful failed attempts, a resident actu-        “There’s a certain anxiety when you           The steerable needle hasn’t been
ally asked my supervising doctor to put       insert a big needle into someone and          used on humans – yet. Instead,

“There’s a certain anxiety when you insert a big needle into someone and you
don’t know whether you’re going to get results or not.”
on his gloves and take over my                you don’t know whether you’re going           researchers have been trying it out on
treatment.”                                   to get results or not,” Qayumi says. “If      tissue phantoms – simulated pieces of
    Needle insertion is one of the most       the biopsy is in a remote place, even         tissue that Okazawa cooked up in his
common medical procedures. It can             experienced doctors can have difficul-        own kitchen using agar, a gelatinous
also be one of the most nerve-racking         ties. They’ve got to get to the target area   substance obtained from seaweed, and
for both medical practitioners and            without damaging tissue or causing            then embedded with peas and grapes
patients – especially when it involves        complications.”                               for target practice.
the 15-cm-long needles used to reach             Although he has not used the steer-           Even before doctors get their hands
regions deep inside the human body.           able needle, Qayumi welcomes                  on the first prototype, its inventors are
    Now, a group of UBC engineers has         Rohling’s research, with fellow inven-        already thinking about how to improve
developed a steerable needle to help          tors Tim Salcudean, an engineering pro-       the steerable needle’s capabilities.
doctors hit their target on the first         fessor, and master’s engineering students        “We look at these types of applica-
try – and save their patients the stress      Richelle Ebrahimi and Stephen                 tions and think ahead to even more
and pain of multiple insertions.              Okazawa, to improve the technique of          advanced systems where we have com-
    “What’s interesting about this needle     needle insertion.                             puter-aided control,” Rohling says.
is that instead of putting a straight nee-       Okazawa says the biggest hurdle in         “The first iteration has a little joystick
dle into the body and hoping it goes          designing the steerable needle prototype      and the control is all in the operator’s
towards its target, we have a needle          was getting the mechanical and electri-       [doctor’s] hand. The second may be to
that can steer itself from the tip. It can    cal parts to work together with the com-      let the computer handle the joystick
guide itself. It’s a very smart needle,”      puter software designed to run the nee-       and monitor the needle’s progress and
says Prof. Robert Rohling, a professor        dle. But the result is a one-of-a-kind        provide the corrections. Eventually, a
jointly appointed to the departments of       device that the research team hopes will      robotics system may take care of both
mechanical engineering and electrical         take some of the discomfort out of a          pushing the needle and steering
and computer engineering and one of           painful procedure, and cut down on the        the tip.” ■
the needle’s inventors.
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    The steerable needle prototype looks
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with a 15-cm hypodermic needle
attached to it. What makes it unique is
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that within its barrel, there is a second,
flexible needle with a curved tip. The                                                                                                                                                                     Lamination
second needle can be steered by a joy-
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    Rohling says the steerable needle
won’t change the basic aspects of the
biopsy procedure. Like a conventional
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puncturing the skin at the best access
point, and pushed in until the tip reach-
es the desired target. The big difference
is that, once inserted, the doctor can use
the thumb-controlled joystick to steer it
along straight or curved paths.
    He envisions doctors using the
device in conjunction with ultrasound –
another medical technique he is work-
ing to improve.
    “The steerable needle will give doc-
tors an extra degree of control,”
Rohling says. “We expect the first
applications will be the more difficult,
deeper insertions [but] it is also possible
that the steerable needle will help a                While there may be many popular places to kiss on campus,
novice reach their target on the first               in 1951 UBC engineers were concerned with the quality of the
attempt – without trial and error.”                  kiss not the location. That year, at the annual Engineer's Ball,
    As the director of Surgical                      the most popular attraction was the Kissometer. Engineers
Techniques Training Programs for                     claimed it registered the intensity, heat, and pressure of the
UBC’s medical undergraduates, Karim                  kiss, and then transformed them to a numerical rating on the
Qayumi has guided many residents                     needle graph. When the needle hit ten, a large red neon sign
                                                     with the letters "STOP" lit up. It was reported in the 1951
through the needle insertion procedure.
                                                     UBC yearbook that few patrons of the ball missed out on a
He’s also performed countless needle
                                                     trip to the Kissometer. ■
insertions himself. He says it’s not an
easy experience.
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                                                                              Teenager Sean Carleton’s artwork is basis for look of site, developed by Cossette Interactive Vancouver.

 The STEPS-Forward Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society
 advocates for, and facilitates, the inclusion of students with
                                                                              For Teens in Crisis, Help can be a Click Away
 intellectual disabilities in post-secondary institutions in British          UBC Education professor pilots web-based crisis hotline for youth
 Columbia. The goals of the society are to advance the values of
 inclusion, active citizenship, and diversity in all communities. In          BY E R I C A S M I S H E K
 September 2003, with the financial support of the Vancouver                  Youth in crisis in the Lower Mainland          the Lower Mainland. It features a one-      National Crime Prevention Canada’s
 Foundation, and the support and cooperation of UBC and Emily Carr            can now turn to their computers for help.      on-one free and confidential link           Community Mobilization Program.
 Institute of Art and Design, STEPS-Forward began assisting students             UBC Education professor Shelley             enabling youth to talk to someone           Critical to the success of this unique
 with intellectual disabilities to audit regular classes and participate in   Hymel is piloting Canada’s first web-          online, in real time (limited number of     online resource was the support of At
 campus life. In May 2004, STEPS Co-op will begin placing students            based “hotline” for youth in collabora-        hours); an e-mail address for youth to      Large Media and Cossette Interactive
 in summer jobs with the cooperation of local Rotary clubs and the            tion with the Crisis Intervention &            write about their problems and receive      Vancouver.
 support of the Vancouver Foundation.                                         Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. (Crisis      a guaranteed response in 24 to 48              “We jumped in,” says Ian Ross, exec-
                                                                              Centre in Vancouver) and SAFER                 hours; the 24-hour Distress Line phone      utive director of the Crisis Centre in
                                                                              (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education          number to the Crisis Centre in              Vancouver, a registered non-profit
                                                                              and Research) Counselling Service.             Vancouver as well as links to other cri-    organization that has provided free pro-
                                                                                 “Young people are increasingly com-         sis centres in B.C.; a list of youth-pre-   grams and services, including a 24-hour,
                                                                              fortable with computers and may use the        ferred resources available in the Lower     7-days a week Distress Line, to people of
                                                                              web to seek support in a time of crisis,”      Mainland; and information and facts         all ages and walks of life since 1969.
                                                                              says Hymel, an expert on bullying and          about common problems that youth            “We were on the same wavelength with
                                                                              youth in crisis. “We want to find an effec-    face, including bullying and harass-        Shelley and SAFER. It was really natural
                                                                              tive way to reach them.                        ment, stress, suicidal feelings and         for us to move into an online service.”
                                                                                 “Kids need to talk. If they’re talking on   teenage pregnancy.                             Distress Line volunteers receive 60

                                                                              “We don’t do therapy online. We focus on providing non-judgmental support to callers
                                                                              through the ‘art of listening’ and then if appropriate provide options and resources.”
                                                                              the web, then that’s where we need to             “We did a lot of brainstorming with      hours of crisis intervention training and
                                                                              go.”                                           kids about what would work,” says           on-going support from professionals
                                                                                  The web-based hotline is a place where     Hymel. “One of our graduate students,       from the Crisis Centre in Vancouver
                                                                              youth can comfortably talk about issues        Rina Bonanno, conducted focus groups           “We’re looking for people with the
                                                                              they are facing at school, at home and in      with secondary students and asked           potential to be good listeners,” Ross says
                                                                              the community, such as relationship or         them what they wanted on the site.          of volunteers. “We don’t do therapy
                                                                              family problems, bullying, racial discrim-     They said, ‘give us a professional site     online. We focus on providing non-judg-
                                                                              ination, mental health issues, victimiza-      that says you mean it, that you really      mental support to callers through the
                                                                              tion, addictions and more. The site allows     care.’”                                     ‘art of listening’ and then if appropriate
                                                                              youth to connect with volunteers aged 19          Youth were brought in as consultants     provide options and resources.”
                                                                              to 25 who have been specially trained to       on content and design – Sean Carleton,         Kaylie, a 23-year-old UBC psycholo-
                                                                              provide crisis intervention, psychological     for example, provided original artwork      gy graduate, volunteered in order to get
                                                                              first aid, support and resource informa-       that would become the basis for the         experience helping others with similar
                                                                              tion.                                          look of the site; a young person who        situations in which she has found herself.
                                                                                  The site went live in January and is       lost a teenaged brother to suicide last     According to her site profile, “The stress
                                                                              being promoted in Burnaby secondary            year, shared her experience and ideas.      of school, a major break-up, and deaths
                                                                              schools through the 2003/04 school year,          The initiative began more than a year    in my family have made this year a
                                                                              with the potential to expand throughout        ago following a talk on bullying Hymel      tough one for me. Also back when I was
                                                                                                                             gave at a local Vancouver community         16, I found out I was pregnant. I had a
                                                                                                                             centre shortly after a young male victim    lot of friends to talk to but I really wish
                                                                                                                             of bullying committed suicide by jump-      I had someone like the Crisis Centre to
                                                                                                                             ing from the Patullo Bridge. She was        help me through it. There are so many
                                                                                                                             approached by a local businessman           times when you just need someone to
                                                                                                                             who wanted to help victimized kids and      talk to; someone who won’t judge you
                                                                                                                             kept after her to do something.             and can’t tell anyone else what you tell
                                                                                                                                An inspired Hymel came up with the       them because they don’t know you.”
                                                                                                                             idea for an online hotline. The business-      Researchers will monitor use of the
                                                                                                                             man provided $4,500 in seed money for       site through June to determine the effi-
                                                                                                                             the initiative, and stepped away, never     cacy of the online hotline. If the web-
                                                                                                                             to be heard from again. She persevered      based focus proves successful, they hope
                                                                                                                             and, through various serendipitous con-     to secure more funding to keep the site
                                                                                                                             nections, including partnerships with       live after June and eventually expand
                                                                                                                             the Crisis Intervention & Suicide           this form of crisis assistance provincially
                                                                                                                             Prevention Centre of B.C. and SAFER         and nationally.
                                                                                                                             (part of the Vancouver Coastal Health          For more information, visit
                                                                                                                             Authority), received $45,000 from  ■

                       LIVING AT UBC                                                                                                                  kudos
                                                                                                                               Anne Martin-Matthews has
                 ON HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES                                                                                      been appointed scientific director of
                                                                                                                               the Canadian Institutes of Health
                                                                                                                               Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging.
         If you’re like most faculty and staff, your day starts in traffic. Fortunately, there are other                          The appointment is effective for
         options. UBC is creating residential neighbourhoods around the academic core that offer                               the term Jan. 1 to July 1, 2004.
         urban living, recreational and cultural amenities in a spectacular physical setting.                                     Martin-Matthews joined UBC in
                                                                                                                               1998 and is a professor of family
             Faculty and staff could be among the first to have the opportunity to rent or own.                                studies in the School of Social Work
         For example, through the innovative co-development housing program, you could join a                                  and Family Studies. Her research
         group to purchase and develop your own home. To register for an information session,                                  interests include families and aging,
                                                                                                                               intergenerational       relationships,
         call 604.731.3103 or email                                                                 widowhood and health.
                                                                                                                                  A fellow of the Gerontological
                                                                                                                               Society of America, Martin-
                                                                                                                               Matthews most recently served as
                                                                                                                               vice-chair of the advisory board of       researchers located in university,
                                                                                                                               the Institute of Aging.                   hospital and other research centres
                                                                                                                                  One of CIHR’s 13 institutes, the       across Canada.
                                           UNIVERSITY TOWN
                                                                                                                               Institute of Aging is dedicated to           CIHR is the Government of
                                                                                                                               supporting research that promotes         Canada’s premier agency for health
         For more information visit, or call 604.731.3103 to register.                               healthy aging. The institute links        research. ■

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