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									GE O G R A M ME
A Newsletter for Friends of UBC Geography                                                                                              Summer, 2007

Best Laid Plans...
Graeme Wynn Professor & Head, Department of Geography
                                                      ment at age 65.                                     ing needs next year, and their presence will add
                                                         In the middle of all this, I am happy to         a great deal to the intellectual vibrancy of the
                                                      report that the department has fared rather well.   department. Both these young women strike me
                                                      Although we lost one of three faculty positions     as wonderful additions to our community. They
                                                      advertised in the fall to budget cuts, we expect    are significant young scholars in their own right
                                                      to make two promising appointments to begin         and I trust that we will collectively do our very
                                                      in 2008. One of these is a mid-career scholar       best to assist them in making propitious starts to
                                                      of world-renown for whom we hope to secure          their careers.
                                                      a Canada Research Chair in human geography             The success of our hiring surge that began less
                                                      and the second is a highly promising physical       than a decade ago is being reflected in the grant-
                                                      geographer with expertise in biogeochemical         ing of tenured appointments to Juanita Sund-
                                                      cycling, climate change issues and human-envi-      berg, Karen Bakker, Jim Glassman and Marwan
                                                      ronment interactions.                               Hassan (all effective July 2006) and Matthew
                                                         We were also happy to welcome Dr. Andreas        Evenden (July 2007). Karen, Jim, Marwan and
                                                      Christen and his family to the department in        Matthew have also been promoted to associate
                                                      July 2006. Dr. Christen comes to us from the        professor.
                                                      Berlin University of Technology with a PhD             Department members continue to garner an
                                                      from the University of Basel on Atmospheric         impressive harvest of awards and accolades. Michael
Graeme Wynn                                           turbulence and surface energy exchange in urban     Church and Simon Dadson (M.Sc. 2000) received
                                                      environments. He is a fine researcher who is

         little more than two years ago, when I       already involved in a number of international                                        cont. overleaf...
         was the sole candidate for the depart-       field experiments in boundary layer meteorology

         ment headship, I was asked to give a         and climatology. He is stepping into Tim Oke’s
talk outlining my plans for the next four or five     large shoes (vacated by retirement in December
years. In response I said that my experience, and     2006) and contributes to our teaching program
Robbie Burn’s wisdom, indicated that the best         in climatology.                                                   Summer, 2007
laid plans gang aft a-gley. Little did I know how        On his inauguration in September 2006,             Tim Oke Retires _____________________ 3
prophetic those words would prove to be.              President Toope announced a program to bring          New Course: Urban Field Studies ____ 3
                                                                                                            McClung’s Mountain Adventure ______ 4
   The last year has been a fairly tumultuous         approximately eighteen post-doctoral teaching         Grad Student Report ________________ 4
one for UBC as the bright promise inspired by a       fellows to UBC. As a result, two outstanding          Tri-Mentoring Program ______________ 4
new university president evaporated into anxiety      young teachers, Michele Koppes, a quaternary          GSA Report _________________________ 5
                                                                                                            Alumni Night _______________________ 5
over the discovery of a significant budget deficit.   geomorphologist from the University of Wash-
                                                                                                            Sustainable Farming in Italy _________ 6
Some $36 million later (and the adjustments and       ington, and Dawn Biehler, an environmental            Books ______________________________ 5
claw-backs continue to be made and discussed)         historical geographer from the University of Wis-     Where are They Now? _______________ 7
we contemplate a significant recalibration of         consin, will join the department for 2007-2008.
                                                                                                            Editor: Sally Hermansen
plans for the future – a recalibration that will be   Each will teach nine credits “in conjunction          Produced by UBC Alumni Affairs
even greater as the institution is forced to adjust   with” a senior faculty colleague (or colleagues)      and Friends of UBC Geography.
                                                                                                            Direct comments to Sally
(especially in the next five years) to impacts        who will serve as mentor(s). Michele and Dawn’s       Hermansen, 604.822.5970 or
produced by the abolition of mandatory retire-        contributions will help to meet important teach-

                                                                                                             GEOGRAMME                 Summer, 2007        
Cont. from previous page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Course:
the Wiley Award of the British Geomorphologi-                                                                                                                       A Reflection on Professor Tim Oke                                                                               Urban Field Study
cal Research Group for best paper published                                                                                                                          By Iain D. Stewart, PhD graduate student
in 2005 ... Professor David McClung has been                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By Dr. Katherine Richardson
awarded a 2007 UBC Killam Research Prize, in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sessional Lecturer
recognition of his very highly reputed contri-

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butions to avalanche science ... Dr. Tim Oke                                                                                                                                 n the occasion of Professor Tim Oke’s        they spread like seedlings in a forest, gathering on                   eography 447 – Urban Field Study was
received the Helmut E. Landsberg Award, for                                                                                                                                  retirement, we have opportunity to           occasion as they did last summer at the International                  an experimental pilot course that ran
exemplary contributions to the fields of Urban                                                                                                                               ponder and appreciate an extraordinary       Conference on Urban Climate.                                           this spring. It was a blend of seminar,
Meteorology, Climatology, or Hydrology ... The                                                                                                                  career. It would be an impossible task to condense all        This conference—my first as a student—was             workshop, and field study, and topic areas covered a
University of Wales bestowed the honorary                                                                                                                       that Tim has done over thirty-five years as a profes-     reminiscent of a family reunion. I listened with          wide variety of urban issues from the perspectives of
degree of Doctor of Science upon our friend and                                                                                                                 sor of Geography into a single page, but it would be      fascination to everyone who spoke of a cherished          Geography, planning, and public policy.
colleague Olav Slaymaker at a special congrega-                                                                                                                 a disservice not to try.                                  connection, however remote, to Professor Oke.                To provide some background, Geography 447 was
tion in Carmarthen in March 2007 in recogni-                                                                                                                       Here in our department, in office 234, Tim Oke         And bonding before me like brothers and sisters,          broadly a continuation of Geography 450 (Urban
tion of his stature as one of the world’s leading                                                                                                               has become a marvel in his field. For nearly four de-     his students from years gone by told fond stories of      Analysis) from winter term 2006. In addition to
geographers and geomorphologists. Olav has                                                                                                                      cades, he has taught courses in Atmospheric Science,      different journeys, but of a common origin. This          individual assignments, Geography 450 required that
had a remarkable career (including a term as                                                                                                                    Micrometeorology, Agriculture and forest Climatol-        origin, I am told, is the “Oke” tree, its canopy fruit-   the students conduct a major field based group study
president of the UBC Faculty Association, some                                                                                                                  ogy, Urban Ecology, and Urban Meteorology. He is          ful and steady, its persona gracious and wise. Indeed,    on an urban topic of their choice. Thus, seven group
nine years as head of Geography and three more                                                                                                                  founder of the UBC Atmospheric Science Program            the legacy to be found in Professor Oke’s career is       projects emerged. Three of them were dedicated to the
as associate vice-president, Research ... Professor                                                                                                             and of the International Association for Urban            a figurative one. If you haven’t discovered it yet, go    development of City of Vancouver urban agricultural
Derek Gregory is to receive an honorary degree                                                                                                                  Climate, and he served as head of the Geography           and find it for yourself—down the hall, in office         initiatives in partnership with the non profit, Society
from the University of Heidelberg (or, more                                                                                                                     Department from 1991 to 1996. He is an honoured           234. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you             Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC). The
formally, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidel-                                                                                                                   Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal          get there. Best wishes, Tim, for a happy and healthy      other four were an organizational study of Quest Food
berg) in October 2007 ... Dr. Lori Daniels has        (L-R) Ian McKendry, Trevor Barnes and Graeme Wynn at the GIC Christmas party                              Canadian Geographic Society, the American Meteo-          retirement.                                               Exchange; a critique of the City of Vancouver’s 2006
been selected as one of the Faculty of Arts Killam                                                                                                              rological Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation                                                                    Downtown Eastside Housing Plan; a policy analysis
Teaching Prize Winners for 2006-07. This is a         Christen on the arrival of Noemi, a sister for         Our undergraduate programs continue to thrive.     of New York.                                                                                                        of affordable and social housing in Coal Harbour; and
splendid feather in Lori’s cap and richly deserved    Valentin. Congratulations also go to Mariko Si-    Course enrolments total approximately 4750, and           A domain dear to Tim, Urban Climatology has                                                                      a critique and assessment of “Green Buildings” on the
recognition of her strong and effective dedica-       monds, a valued member of our secretarial staff,   we expect to graduate approximately 125 majors         seen no greater impact across more than a century                                                                   UBC campus.
tion to teaching ... Professors David Ley and         and her husband Fraser on the arrival of Naima     and honours students in 2006-07. Seven of our          of discovery than the two hundred scientific papers                                                                    By the end of the winter semester, the students
Brett Eaton were recognized by the Geography          Miyoko Josette.                                    students were among the 100 Arts graduates             and eight books he has authored on the subject.                                                                     realized that they had just begun to scratch the
Students’ Association, as Human and Physical             Tim Oke retired after an illustrious career,    acknowledged by the Dean at a reception held to        For this remarkable contribution, the International                                                                 surface. The final group projects from Geography
Geography professors of the year (respectively).      most of which was spent at UBC, on 31 De-          honour those who had made special and effec-           Association for Urban Climate honoured Tim with                                                                     450 garnered attention and interest from the City of
These tributes are organized and awarded by the       cember 2006. A former head of the department       tive contributions to the Faculty community. The       the 2004 Luke Howard Award. That Tim should be                                                                      Vancouver and local nonprofits such as SPEC and
GSA which polls students in order to identify         (1991-96) he has received numerous awards for      Geography Students Association remains one of          the inaugural winner of this prestigious award—its                                                                  Quest, who were willing to continue partnering with
outstanding undergraduate teachers ... Dr. Karen      his fundamental and foundational contributions     the liveliest and most effective student groups on     namesake the nineteenth-century founding father of                                                                  the class beyond the winter term in order to “polish
Bakker is a 2007 Distinguished Scholar in Resi-       to the fields of urban and boundary layer clima-   campus and this year achieved a notable first, the     Urban Climatology—could not be more fitting.                                                                        up” the students’ materials into professional quality
dence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced        tology. These include The Massey Medal of the      publication of Trail Six, a journal of undergraduate      But perhaps more telling than any prize, tribute,                                                                documents.
Studies (UBC) ... Dr. Marwan Hassan has been          Royal Canadian Geographical Society.               research papers. I congratulate them on this worth-    or publication is Tim’s devotion to his students. Two                                                                  Hearing this, Dr. Graeme Wynn saw a wonderful
selected as one of the Institute’s “Senior Early         On the graduate front, we admitted another      while initiative and wish those of the GSA who are     years ago, on a spectacular September afternoon, I                                                                  opportunity to create a new pilot course that would
Career Scholars” for next year ... Continuing         impressive cohort of students in September         moving on every success. They have contributed         met Tim for the first time. I was a nervous graduate                                                                be dedicated to undergraduate field based community
through the ranks, graduate student Sara Koop-        2006. Our graduate enrolment now exceeds 100       much and learned a great deal, and they are well       student standing before this giant of geographers.        Tim Oke                                                   learning. Thus, Geography 447 – Urban Field Study
man has been selected for the 2007 Faculty of         and we feel we have the best and most produc-      fitted to follow our strong group of alumni into the   As I stepped into office 234, I was overcome by a                                                                   was born!
Arts Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. This is       tive graduate program in Geography in the          world.                                                 sense of calm and repose: curiously, I felt neither                                                                    The course focuses on planning with group projects
a very significant achievement and well-deserved      country. Three of our students hold the highly         We hope that you enjoy this annual newsletter.     dwarfed nor intimidated by this giant, or by his den                      Donations                                 being the primary thrust of the class. This being said,
recognition of Sara’s thoughtfulness, dedication,     prestigious Trudeau Graduate Fellowship and        Please visit our website to read our monthly news-     of scholarly works stacked high above us.                       Since the last newsletter, we’ve received:          the course also spends considerable time examin-
effectiveness, creativity and considerable talents    many others are recipients of major awards from    letter (September-May) and remember that you are          Tim had made me feel this way. His enthusiasm,                       Endowment Fund: $500                        ing some of the new ideas and theories emerging
as a teacher.                                         the Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social       always welcome to visit the department in person.      his humility, and his passion were unmistakable                         Scholarship Fund: $9974                     in Geography and planning disciplines; exploring
   In addition to being impressive scholars and       Sciences and Humanities granting councils, and     If you are in or near the Vancouver area, keep an      from the moment we shook hands. It made perfect                   Newsletter Operating Account: $415                (and using) new and more traditional qualitative and
busy teachers, some of our colleagues have as-        University Graduate Fellowships. We also grate-    eye on the website for special alumni events in the    sense that so many students before me—more than                                                                     quantitative methods used in these fields, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (The last issue cost $,58. Geography’s operating
sumed new parental duties in the course of the        fully acknowledge the generosity of Mr and Mrs     fall and beyond.                                       I can imagine—had similar September experi-                                                                         the social sciences in general; and from a practitioner’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             budget covered the difference. Donations to this
year. We congratulate Kirsty Johnston and Mat-        Knigge, benefactors who have funded two UBC                                                               ences with Tim in office 234. And it made perfect                                                                   perspective, it considers group and team work, the cli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            account are tax deductible and we provide receipts.)
thew Evenden on the birth of Margaret (Maggie)        Special Graduate Fellowships for Geography                                                                sense that so many of his students had developed                                                                    ent-consultant relationship, project management, and
Clyde (their first), and also Tanya and Andreas                                                                                                                                                                               Thanks so very much to all who contributed.
                                                      students this year.                                                                                       successful careers: one after another, year after year,                                                             the student as his/her own unique person.

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Dave McClung’s High Mountain Adventures                                                                           By Dr. Dave McClung
                                                                                                                                                                             Geography Student Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alumni Night:
                                                                                                                       n July and August, 2006, I visited Mongo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awards, Lecture & Reception
                                                                                                                       lia. The first part of the trip involved moun-
                                                                                                                       taineering in NW Mongolia in the heavily
                                                                                                                                                                             Report By Jessica Klug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By Jennifer Hamilton
                                                                                                                  glaciated Altai Range. Here, I climbed the high-

                                                                                                                                                                          T                                                                                                         O
                                                                                                                  est peak in Mongolia and three other high peaks                    his year the Geography Students’ Asso-   their next steps. Unfortunately, too few members                  n October 12, 2006, the Depart-
                                                                                                                  including Narimdal on the border of Mongolia,                      ciation was composed of a small group    meant we were unable to hold ski or field trips                   ment hosted an alumni night
                                                                                                                  China and Russia. I also visited a valley with                     of dedicated students. In September,     this year. But the GSA executive made other                       awards presentation, lecture and
                                                                                                                  10,000 Bronze Age petroglyphs. The second               we put in a lot of effort to boost our member-      positive steps by holding a bake sale fundraiser      reception. The alumni awards recognized
                                                                                                                  part of the trip was 2400 km across the steppes         ship numbers and were quite successful with the     towards the end of the first term that raised $150    third year Geography major or honours stu-
                                                                                                                  and Gobi desert by Bactrian camel, horse, foot          GSA booth that we set-up during AMS Clubs           for the Vancouver Food Bank.                          dents with the highest GPAs across a mini-
                                                                                                                  and a 4WD vehicle. A highlight was visiting the         Days. We excelled in our social events and were        We are proud we revived the idea of having         mum of 27 credits for 2005 winter term
                                                                                                                  dinosaur digs where Roy Chapman Andrews                 finally able to jumpstart a wonderful initiative—   an undergraduate journal this year. We received       courses. The winners were: Wesley Attewell,
                                                                                                                  found the first dinosaur eggs in the 1920’s. I          a journal of works by geography undergraduates.     paper submissions for it throughout the year          Cameron Balfour, Gehron Burkholder,
                                                                                                                  believe this is called “Old School Geography”! I           In an attempt to reinforce the Geography         and anonymous versions were read by a group           Kenneth Leung and Cindy Weger.
                                                                                                                  will give an invited lecture on Mongolia at the         community and encourage greater interaction,        of volunteers who then chose the best pieces for         The presentation took place in room 100
Dave McClung (right) and ropemate Helen Sovdat (ACMG guide) on top of                                                                                                     the GSA held popular monthly social events in       publication. We called the journal Trail Six in
                                                                                                                  Institute of Asian Research this fall.                                                                                                                            and followed an excellent, thought-provok-
Mongolia’s highest peak in the Altai Range last July
                                                                                                                                                                          the geography lounge. Each of the beer gardens      honour of the nearby path to the beach, and we        ing lecture on strategies for developing
                                                                                                                                                                          was special in its own way, including September’s   were excited to hold a release party on April 5.      sustainability within universities, given by

    Graduate Student Report                                                                                        Tri-mentoring Program
                                                                                                                                                                          Back to School BBQ, the Halloween Movie
                                                                                                                                                                          Spooktacular, February’s Trivia Night, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Print copies will be in limited supply, but we will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              post an online version for all to enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Michael M’Gonigle, from the School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Environmental Studies at the University
    By Derek van der Kamp, Josh Josh Caulkins, Roza Tchoukaleyska                                                   By Sally Hermansen                                    March Mass-Wasting basketball tournament.              The school year has flown by. We celebrated        of Victoria. Dr. M’Gonigle’s new book

                                                                                                                                                                          We were a hotspot for undergrad, graduate, and      our achievements at this year’s Geo Gala in           (with Justine Starke) Planet U: Sustaining
                                                                                                                              eography participated for a second

                                                                                                                                                                          post-grad students, as well as faculty and alumni   March and once more at the April 5 BBQ, beer          the World, Reinventing the University (New
           he past academic year began with a trio of     perspective of glacier dynamics, land-use practices                 year in the UBC Mentorship
                                                                                                                                                                          (including a rowdy bachelor party coming back       garden, and Journal Release Party! We always          Society Publishers, 2006) can be found in
           social events in September. First was the      and eco-system conservation.                                        program sponsored by the Faculty
                                                                                                                                                                          to relive the glory days)!                          love to hear from fellow geographers, and if any      the GIC book stacks.
           meet-and-greet at Thea’s Lounge in the            By the time the record-setting snow, wind and         of Arts and Career Services. Twenty alumni
                                                                                                                                                                             In the fall, we invited faculty to facilitate    questions or suggestions ever come to mind               The lecture was followed by a reception
Graduate Student Centre. Next came the Graduate           rain arrived in November, the graduate students          were matched with forty 3rd and 4th year
                                                                                                                                                                          information sessions about graduate schools for     please contact us at or            in the GIC, where wine and hors d’ouvres
Student Potluck, organized by the social committee        were hard at work. This year saw the continua-           students. One of the alumni mentors, Kate
                                                                                                                                                                          human and physical Geography, as well as plan-      keep up with us at:                                   were served.
and held within the rustic setting of the UBC farm.       tion of the Human Methods seminar which was              Eliot (BA ’80), writes: “Both of the students I
                                                                                                                                                                          ning programs, in order to help graduating stu-
Frisbees were thrown and good food was had, but           introduced the previous year. These seminars cover       mentored were very keen to pursue graduate
                                                                                                                                                                          dents (and other interested students) decide on
this event was also a chance for the dedication and       a variety of topics such as interviewing techniques,     studies in environmental sustainability. I’d en-
hard work of our top teaching assistants to be ac-        the use of archival material, and social statistics.     courage other alumni to respond positively if
knowledged with the department’s TA awards. Sara             At the departmental level, graduate students          contacted for this program. It’s very helpful to
Koopman received the Human Geography award,               were involved in the search process for a new Cli-       young geographers to have the benefit of our                                                                                                                         Hire Education
while Nira Salant received the Physical Geography-        matology professor. This involved lunch-time meet-       experience and contacts.” The tri-mentoring                                                                                                                         Arts Co-op Program
award. Sara was also recognized as one of the top         ings with the candidates, who were all interesting       program will continue next year; if you live
TAs within the university and received an award           and accomplished scientists. This year also marked       in the Lower Mainland and would like more                                                                                                                        Why Hire Geography Co-op Students?
from the Faculty of Arts. Congratulations, Sara!          the retirement of Dr. Oke (December). As graduate        information on the program, please contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •They offer you a low-risk, cost-effective way to
   Finally, as a last hurrah before the work really set   students we feel lucky to have had the chance to be      Sally Hermansen:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    complete special projects, fill short-term posi-
in, the graduate students headed up to Whistler for       taught and inspired by a man who contributes so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tions and try out potential permanent hires
an overnight retreat. This event included a choice        significantly to his field.
of hikes through the gorgeous Garibaldi Provincial           The Graduate Forum was also active in campus-        ley Memorial Mountain Safety Lecture, held in                                                                                                                     •They are pre-selected based on their academic
Park, more lasagna then you could shake a stick at,       wide issues, sending an open letter to the University   December. Jared Stanley was a graduate student in                                                                                                                 excellence and personal strengths
the entire UBC Whistler Lodge to ourselves, and a         administration asking for clarification on the          the department who died two years ago in a tragic                                                                                                                 •They quickly become productive, highly
terrific time for all.                                    proposed removal of the Ph.D. tuition award             skiing accident while traveling in the local back-                                                                                                                motivated workers.
   And then it was time to study. This year’s home        and questioning how the university planned to           country. The purpose of the lecture is to increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As an Employer, you become co-educators with
seminar series, which provides an opportunity for         adequately fund graduate students at UBC without        awareness of back-country and avalanche safety as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UBC, helping to shape tomorrow’s leaders. For
students to present their work in a relaxed and           the award. VP Research, Dr. John Hepburn,               well as to raise money for the Jared Stanley Scholar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    more information, contact Sally Hermansen
social atmosphere, kicked off with the first-ever         thanked us for our initiative and assured us that the   ship Fund. The event was extremely successful with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ( or visit the UBC Arts Co-
joint human-physical home seminar. The event              university was working on a new guaranteed fund-        more than 100 people in attendance and hundreds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    op web site (
featured the research of Joe Shea and Joanna Reid         ing package for all graduate students.                  of dollars raised.
and focused on the Fraser River Basin from the               Of note this year was the annual Jared Stan-                                                                 GSA students enjoying themselves at a bzzr garden

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Living Sustainably                                     Books
                                                               Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History

                                                                                                                                                                                       Where are They Now?
                                                               By Graeme Wynn

in Spannocchia,                                                Graeme Wynn’s beautifully written book considers the story of human-
                                                               environment interactions across thousands of years and millions of square

Italy                                                          miles of Canada and Alaska. Beginning with the Wisconsinan Ice Age
                                                               and ending in the present, it encompasses themes such as trade, human         1940’s                                                 four kids, three of whom are now in post-second-      middle school (Gr. 6/7) in Coquitlam. In May she
                                                               settlement, climate change, logging and mining as well as the impacts of      Gordon Taylor BA’49 MA’50 retired from Tour-           ary education programs (none with the Geogra-         graduated from UBC with an MEd in Curricu-
By Tenny Bache, MA ‘06                                         economic development on northern communities. The book is organized           ism Canada and has been keeping active research-       phy bug so far) ... Bob Warner BA’75 is manager       lum Studies ... Lauren Banerd BA’86 is a senior
                                                               into five major sections, each marking a significant set of environmental     ing family history. He hopes that Geography            of CRSA Logistics, Port Coquitlam, who supply         technical writer and trainer for Offshore Systems,

      ’m very thankful for the three months I                  transformations: ice ecology and people; contact and its consequences;        does not lose its central strength of an intimate      exclusive services for a group of primarily Cana-     a local North Vancouver company specializing in
      spent this spring as an intern on an 1100-               settlers in a wooden world; nature subdued; and industrial nature. It         relationship with the total picture.                   dian retailers that pool their import traffic under   electronic chart display and navigation software
      acre pastoral farm called Spannocchia, in                draws on the work of historians, geographers, anthropologists, archeolo-      1960’s                                                 an association called the Canadian Retail Shippers    for large ships ... Sean Love BA’88 is a minister in
the Chianti region of Tuscany. I worked with                   gists, earth scientists and others. Accompanying the text are seventeen       Rick Beardsley BA’68, MEd(Curriculum Studies)          Association. Bob works at the head office in Port     an independent Anglican church in Richmond ...
seven other interns, learning about sustainable                maps by the departmental cartographer, Eric Leinberger, and numerous          taught in Richmond for 33 years covering second-       Coquitlam managing traffic that start at ports        Bruce Martin MA’89 is a minister at First Baptist
agriculture techniques and participating in an                 photographs which document the patterns and processes of environmental        ary social studies, geography, and economics;          in countries from South Korea to Karachi and          Church in Lethbridge.
Italian language and culture immersion program.                transformation in Northern North America. The 525 page work is the first      he served as district social studies coordinator,      enters Canada only in the ports of Vancouver and      1990’s
   The farm grows strictly organic fruit, veg-                 comprehensive interdisciplinary environmental history of Canada.              adjunct professor in Curriculum Studies at UBC,        Halifax as ocean shipments ... Hu Wallis BSC’77       Andrew Gay BA’92, LLB is a partner at the law
etables, grains, olives, and wine grapes, and has                                                                                            and spent five years as an assistant director in the   is director of the Environment Quality Branch at      firm Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP in Vancouver
a large number of free-range, rare-breed animals:              Eau Canada: The Future of Canada’s Water                                      Professional Development Division of the BC            the BC Ministry of Environment ... Joe Rogers         practicing civil and commercial litigation. He was
chickens, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, and donkeys.              Edited by Karen Bakker                                                        Teachers’ Federation. He has won many accolades        BA’79 is owner, president & CEO of Strategic          co-counsel to the Province of British Columbia
   The estate is mostly forested with oaks and                 As the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned,    including his selection as BC Social Studies           Real Estate Ltd., one of Canada’s leading tenant      at the BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of
chestnut trees, with deer and wild boar roaming                Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our           Teacher of the Year, 2001.                             mandate retail real estate brokerages. It special-    Appeal in Her Majesty the Queen v. Canadian
the property daily. There are a number of ancient              water. Mounting evidence suggests, however, that Canadian water is under      1970’s                                                 izes in market development planning and site          Forest Products, a case which ultimately went to
ruins on Spannocchia, including a beautiful                    threat. Eau Canada is a collection of essays from geographers, environmen-    In June, Bill Rapanos BA’70, MA’74(Planning)           acquisition for multi-unit retailers across Canada    the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of civil
bridge apparently mentioned in Dante’s divine                  tal lawyers, former government officials, aquatic and political scientists,   retired from his position as a planner for the City    who wish to plan and execute expansion strategies     damages for environmental harm (destruction by
comedy, and a long-abandoned 11th century                      and economists who argue that weak governance is at the heart of Canada’s     of Burnaby, where he got to apply many of those        in broad geographic areas. Joe feels that the back-   fire of trees set aside in Environmentally Sensitive
monastery covered in vines.                                    water problems. The book seeks to have a policy impact; for example, with     lessons he learned in Geography. He wishes to          ground obtained from his degree in Geography,         Areas) ... Kate Boyer MA’94 was married this
   All of our heat and hot water came from a low               the support of the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation a free copy of           thank his many mentors in Geography, in particu-       combined with business and negotiating training       winter and will be starting as a lecturer in the
emissions wood burning furnace, fuelled by the                 the book was sent to every Member of Parliament. It is even being carried     lar Dr. J. L. Robinson for stimulating his interest    and experience, has been fundamental to building      School of Geography at Southampton (UK) in
carefully managed forests on the property. The                 in Chapters! So the book speaks well to the ‘Geography and public policy’     in a field that has provided him with 31 years         and maintaining Strategic Real Estate Ltd. as a       July ... Andrew Telfer BA’94 is living in Halton
water we used is conserved with grey and black                 debates that have occurred in the discipline recently.                        of interesting and challenging work. Bill is now       successful business venture.                          Hills (Ont) with wife Sylvie and one young son,
water systems, and due to complicated recycling                                                                                              working on his list of places to see ... David Mark    1980’s                                                Jesse. He is working for Wal-Mart Canada as
and composting systems we produced virtually                   Violent Geographies: Fear, Terror and Political Violence                      MSc’74 has been promoted to Distinguished              Kate Eliot BA’80 just completed a UBC mentor-         National Pricing Manager, Consumables ... Mike
no waste and lingered over five-course organic                 Edited by Derek Gregory and Allan Pred                                        University Professor at the University of Buffalo      ship with 3rd and 4th year Geography students ...     Smith MSc’95 is a senior lecturer at Kingston
meals every night—authentic Tuscan fare, com-                  This collection of essays explores the complicity of political violence in    where he researches machine intelligence and           Colin Wolfe MA’81 heads INTERREG (Euro-               University in England ... Richard Koo BA’96
plete with wine and dessert.                                   diverse locations across five continents. It seeks to reveal how the criti-   cognitive related issues in the Dept. of Geography     pean regional cooperation), Directorate General       MSc.Pl 98 (UofT) is based in Toronto, working at
   I worked as a shepherd (pastorella, in Italian).            cal geographical imagination can illuminate the spaces through which          ... Ian Thomson BA’75 is still teaching Geology        for Regional Policy, at the European Commission       the Canadian Television Fund as a senior research
I started my morning by biking across the prop-                terror, fear and political violence are abroad in the world. Contributors     12 and Social Studies at Elphinstone Secondary in      in Brussels, Belgium. He is working for the “new      analyst. He is also the senior editor and associ-
erty to where the sheep are stabled, and then                  include colleagues Jim Glassman (Imperialism Imposed and Invited);            Gibsons and also chairs his local water board and      Europe” and regional development programs that        ate producer with Reach For The Top. Richard
using my staff, a bucket of grain, and my allur-               Philippe Le Billon (Fatal Transactions); Derek Gregory (Vanishing             is on the board for the local museum. His wife         tackle borders (cross-border transport, environ-      was planning to run in the London Marathon in
ing call of “andiame, peccore” (let’s go, sheep!) to           Points); and Mitchell Gray and Elvin Wyly (The Terror City Hypoth-            thinks he should be “in” the museum ... Mike           ment problems). A Geography degree is very            April – he has been appointed by the Canadian
entice the herd to follow me. I would lead them                esis). Contributions by former graduate students in the department            Thorne BA’75 is a Certified Financial Planner          relevant to understanding many of the issues          Olympic Committee as male Canadian delegate
to pasture in one of many different vineyards or               include Eric N. Olund (Cosmopolitanism’s Collateral Damage)                   with Worldsource Financial Management in               ... Sabrina Chen BA’82 is working in property         to the International Olympic Academy in Olym-
fields. At night my job was to bring them inside,              Jennifer Hyndman and Alison Mountz (Refuge or Refusal) and Mat-               North Vancouver and invites all Geography grads        management in downtown Vancouver ... Denise           pia, Greece ... Kimi Sekhon BA’96 is completing
feed them, complete health checks, and make                    thew Farish (Targeting the Inner Landscape).                                  to call for a free analysis. He also encourages any-   Mills (Nadler) MSc’84 is currently working for        an MA in Conflict Studies at the University of
sure that the mothers were feeding their babies                                                                                              one interested to Jericho Sailing Centre during the    the Washington Dept. of Ecology in Yakima as          Ottawa ... Simon Wong BA’96 is VP of security
properly. I also learnt about using homeopathic                The Avalanche Handbook                                                        summer to work with the Disability Sailing As-         the water quality manager in central Washing-         and planning InterVISTAS, a transportation
remedies to cure the sheep if they had prob-                   By Dave McClung (with Peter Schaerer)                                         sociation ... Eric Vance BC’75, MA’81 has owned        ton. She oversees permits for wastewater and          and tourism consulting firm. He volunteers with
lems—no antibiotics allowed here!                              This new edition (the previous edition sold 40,000 copies) includes new       a planning and management consulting firm since        stormwater discharges into surface water and          leadership development in Volunteer Vancouver
   In addition to my shepherding duties, I                     chapters: The Elements of Applied Avalanche Forecasting (which Dr. Mc-        1995, focused primarily on land use planning and       groundwater, and a range of watershed plan-           ... Jessie Barkley BA’97, MA (Urban Planning,
pruned olive and grape vines, and learned how                  Clung says was the result of 15 years spent teaching about human factors      economic analysis for all three levels of govern-      ning and nonpoint source pollution assessment         University of California) is employed at a private
to make proscuitto, which was lesson in anatomy                in The Geography of Natural Hazards - Geog 316), and The ABCs for             ment and major resource companies around BC.           activities. She continues to work toward a PhD in     consulting firm in Los Angeles and working on
and alchemy.                                                   Backcountry Avalanche Forecasting and Decisions. McClung also notes that      He has been an adjunct professor at SCARP since        Geography at the university of Hawaii in Manoa
                                                               Chapter 1, Character and Effects of Avalanches, comprises new material.       1998. He has been married for 26 years and has         ... Cynthia Clerc (Crockett) BA’85 is teaching
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a light rail project in Santa Monica ... Susanne       Planning, University College London) is work-        an MS in Real Estate at Johns Hopkins University
Ignatzi BA’97 MEd’05 acquired a teaching degree        ing with the London Borough of Newham as a           ... Ying Yuan BA’04 is working towards an MDiv
and for the last 6 years has been working in           transport planner. He is engaged to Haley, BA’04     (Masters of Divinity) degree while working as a
the public school system as a high school social       (Geography), and enjoys London football matches      pastoral apprentice at South Vancouver Pacific
studies teacher with the Surrey School District.       ... Jonathan Ho BA’02, BSc(Earth & Ocean             Grace MB Church ... Tiffany Lunday BA’05 is
This year she took some personal leave and joined      Sciences)’06 is working at NAVTEQ, producers         studying for a masters degree in Glaciology at
Utopia Academy’s Vancouver Campus as associ-           of digital map data for car navigation systems.      the University of Cambridge, England ... Ashley
ate dean of education for the Facuty of Massage        He is still involved with Friends of Wetlands. See   Perkins (Horne) BSc’05 married Toby Perkins
Therapy program ... Van Le BA’97 MSES’03               his website and maps at ... Julie       in September, whom she met in geog405, and
(Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage) is an asso-   Robinson BA’02 is a GIS technician with Equity       is working on her MSc with Mike Church ...
ciate planner with the Municipality of Anchorage       Engineering. She is going to Yukon for a project,    Angela Hutton BA’06 is completing an intern-
working on long range community plans in the           and in January was in Argentina as GIS database      ship at the WorldFish Center, Malaysia. She is
Physical Planning Division. She is married and         administrator for Viceroy Exploration ... Jolene     involved in a project developing GIS maps that
has a one-year-old baby named Jack ... Alexandra       Bales BA’03, BEd’06(Minor in Curriculum De-          relate socio-economic indicators to the status and
Philbrook (Bertram) BA’97 has a 10-month-old           velopment and Instruction) is an SFU Elementary      health of coral reef areas. The goal is to develop a
daughter, Poppy Adeleine, and enjoys being a stay      School Teacher with the Vancouver School Board       Livelihood Index for coral reef dependent coastal
at home Mom ... David Campbell BSc’99 MSc’05           ... Lilina Lysenko BA’03, LLB’06(Program for         communities ... Rey Smith BA’06 is the labour
recently had a baby girl, Nemiah, and has moved        Natural Resources Law and Policy) is practicing      relations coordinator for Providence Health Care.
to Nanaimo to work for the Ministry of Forests as      law in the Kootenays. She is working on land use
a Research Hydrologist Geomorphologist.                planning issues with the Legal and Lands depart-
Kelvin Chiu BA’00 is studying Medical Dosim-
                                                       ment of Teck Cominco Metals Ltd ...
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