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                                                                                     CL ASS OF                                 2005

                                    From May 25 to June 1 more than 5,000                                            distinguished guests that include Nobel prize-winner Anthony
                                    undergraduate and graduate students from UBC's 12                                J. Leggett and singer Raffi Cavoukian. The 2005 graduating
                                    faculties and schools will receive their hard-earned degrees                     class will join UBC's global alumni community of more than
                                    in ceremonies at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.                        200,000. For more information, and to view ceremonies live
                                    In addition, 10 honorary degrees will be conferred to                            via webcast, visit www.graduation.ubc.ca

                                                                                                                     UBC “Births” First
                                                                                                                     Midwifery Class                                                 BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

                                                                                                                     Seven UBC students will be picking up a        baby themselves. Graduates must have
                                                                                                                     BMW at Spring Congregation, but they           attended a minimum of 60 births to earn
                                                                                                                     won’t be driving away in a luxury import.      their degree.
                                                                                                                        The grads will be getting a Bachelor of       A midwife — the term means “with
                                                                                                                     Midwifery degree, the first ever conferred     woman” — works with a mother
                                                                                                                     at UBC.                                        throughout the pregnancy. Midwives offer
                                                                                                                        “It’s very exciting to birth our first      care and education in 45-minute visits,
                                                                                                                     graduating class,” says Elaine Carty,          do all the supportive care at home or
                                                                                                                     director of the program, which is part of      hospital up to the birth, deliver the baby,
                                                                                                                     the Faculty of Medicine’s Dept. of Family      and visit mother and baby at home at
                                                                                                                     Practice. “These are fabulous, motivat-               least 4-5 times.
                                                                                                                     ed students and are UBC’s first                             Informed choice is an impor-
                                                                                                                     wave of what we know will be                                 tant principle of midwifery
                                                                                                                     a valued part of maternity                                      care and mothers can
                                                                                                                     care in B.C.”                                                      choose birthing location.
                                                                                                                        B.C. is the third                                                 B.C.’s 120 registered
                                                                                                                     province in Canada —                                                 midwives attend about
                                                                                                                     after Ontario and                                                    70 per cent of deliver-
                                                                                                                     Quebec — to offer                                                    ies in hospital and 30
                                                                                                                     such a program.                                                      per cent in the home.
                                                                                                                     About 2,300 births                                                      After graduation,
                                                                                                                     are attended by mid-                                                midwives must
                                                                                                                     wives in B.C. each year.                                         complete six months in an
                                                                                                                        Carty, trained as a midwife                               established practice before
                                                                                                                     in the U.S., receives about 100                          setting up their own private
                                                                                                                     applications annually for the class,                  practice. Midwifery services are

                                                                                                                     which is currently funded for a maximum        covered under the provincial health plan
                                                                                                                     of 10 students. About 80 per cent of           and midwives can expect to earn, after
                                                                                                                     applicants have previous degrees, in both      deducting business expenses, approxi-
                                                                                                                     arts and sciences. The graduating class        mately $70,000 per annum, similar pay
                                                                                                                     ranges in age from mid-20s to mid-40s          to advanced-skilled nurses.
                                                                                                                     and includes single and married women,           “I see midwifery as a perfect opportuni-
                                                                                                                     mothers and a grandmother.                     ty to be a supportive, positive and helpful
                                                                                                                        Carty describes the program as tradi-       influence at a momentous time in a
                                                                                                                     tional curriculum mixed with apprentice-       family’s life,” says Lindsay Brimblecombe,
                                                                                                                     ship. In addition to classes, all grads com-   a 35-year-old grad whose background
                                                                                                                     plete substantial practical placements —       includes work with a variety of non-profit
                                                                                                                     or preceptorships — in locations ranging       groups. “I was delighted to be trained in
                                                                                                                     from Cranbrook to Prince George. In            B.C. and to have practicums in such a
                                                                                                                     their first nine-week placement in second      variety of areas.” Brimblecombe’s
                                                                                                                     year, they will attend 8-10 births and will    placements included Prince George,
                                    Midwifery grads must attend at least 60 births as part of degree requirements.   have “caught” (delivered) at least one                                 continued on page 10
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             Retiring Within 5 Years?
                                                                                                                                                                   IN THE NEWS
                                                                                                                                       Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in April 2005. C O M P I L E D                        BY B R I A N L I N

 Don Proteau
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                              “I am completely satisfied with the service I am receiving from Don.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    because these are people who are
                              M. Dale Kinkade,                                                                                                                                                                      known to be heavy users of anti-
                              Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, UBC                                                                                                                                                inflammatory agents and they’re
                              “Frank and Don made me feel very comfortable with their advice and                                                                                                                    generally on them prior to the
                              long range planning. Their knowledge of the faculty pension plan is
                              also a plus for UBC professors.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    age of risk for macular degenera-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “We’re talking about illnesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that affect a very significant
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smith told Maclean’s Magazine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “One in five children and teens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    probably has a mental illness of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    some sort.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are about 375 child
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    psychiatrists in Canada, based
                                                                                                                             UBC Prof. Patrick McGeer has found that painkillers may prevent vision loss.           on the membership of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canadian Academy of Child and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adolescent Psychiatry. Currently,
                                                                                                                             Fish Farm Study Sparks                      medication is actually a wise use          the waiting list to see a child psy-
                                                                                                                             Opposing Views                              of limited health-care dollars.            chiatrist in Toronto for a first
                                                                                                                             A new study by University of                   Canadians spent a staggering            assessment is about nine months.
                                                                                                                             Alberta and University of                   $21.8-billion on prescription and
                                                                                                                             Victoria researchers suggests               non-prescription drugs last year.          Canada’s Frayed Welcome
                                                                                                                             fish farms are such prodigious                 “We’re spending a lot of                Mat
                                                                                                                             producers of parasites that                 money on drugs, and prescrip-              UBC Canada Research Chair in
                                                                                                                             juvenile fish become very                   tion drugs in particular, but              migration law Catherine
                                                                                                                             heavily infested just by                    we’re not investing in systems to          Dauvergne says the two funda-
                                                                                                                             swimming near them.                         monitor drug use so we can’t say           mental weaknesses of Canada’s
                                                                                                                                UBC fisheries expert Scott               we’re getting value for money,”            immigration laws are failure to
                                                                                                                             McKinley says the study,                    Morgan told The Globe and                  enforce removal orders, and
                                                                                                                             published in the British journal            Mail.                                      misuse of the humanitarian and
                                                                                                                             Proceedings of the Royal Society               While prescription drug mak-            compassionate review.
                                                                                                                             B, fails to establish cause-                ers claim that many treatments                “What allows people to stay so
                                                                                                                             and-effect. “They would have                are cost-effective because they            long in Canada isn’t their legal
                                                                                                                             to show that the lice that are              keep patients out of hospital,             rights conferred by the 1985
                                                                                                                             on the fish originated on the               there is no way of determining             Singh decision,” Dauvergne told
                                                                                                                             farms,” McKinley told The New               if that is actually true in the real       The Globe and Mail, referring
                                                                                                                             York Times.                                 world, he said.                            to Harjit Singh, whose bid to
                                                                                                                                Meanwhile, Daniel Pauly,                                                            stay in Canada was repeatedly
                                                                                                                             another fisheries researcher at             Painkillers may Slow Vision                spurned but appealed his way
                                                                                                                             UBC, said evidence so far was               Loss                                       through more than a decade.
                                                                                                                             consistent with the hypothesis              A new Canadian study suggests                 “It’s the fact that we don’t
                                                                                                                             that wild fish near fish farms              that common painkillers may                make them leave.” Dauvergne
                                                                                                                             were affected by sea lice.                  prevent or slow the progression            adds that the criteria for humani-
                                                                                                                                                                         of macular degeneration, the               tarian and compassionate
                                                                                                                             Rising Drug Cost in Canada                  most common form of age-relat-             reviews are too “loose and
                                                                                                                             Leading health economist and                ed blindness in North America.             fluid,” but believes Canada
                                                                                                                             UBC professor Steve Morgan                    Authors Patrick McGeer of                should retain the positive
                                                                                                                             says it is unclear whether                  UBC and John Sibley of the                 elements in its system — a fair
                                                                                                                             Canada’s massive investment in              University of Saskatchewan                 adjudication process. ■

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                                                                     Tapping Ancient
                                                                     Wisdom for a
                                                                     Sustainable Future
                                                                      Cree grad combines science with ancient ecological
                                                                      knowledge. BY B R I A N L I N

                                                                     When Zane Young finished high            “Those practices are becom-
                                                                     school, his parents gave him a        ing more relevant than ever in
                                                                     plane ticket and luggage as           today’s world,” says Young,
                                                                     graduation presents. They then        who credits his parents for
                                                                     told him to either get a job or       inspiring him to dream and
                                                                     go to university.                     reach high.
                                                                       The avid surfer chose the lat-         “They insisted on making
                                                                     ter — encouraged by his family        education their means to ‘make
                                                                     and lured by the mountains, the       it’ in the world, despite the
                                                                     coast, the city, and UBC.             excruciating effects of residen-
                                                                       So began an educational             tial school,” Young says. “They
                                                                     journey that would bring him          supported each other through
                                                                     back to his roots.                    their master’s degrees and my
                                                                       Graduating this spring from         mother supported my dad
                                                                     the Department of Global              through medical school.”
                                                                     Resource Systems in the Faculty          Already accepted for graduate
                                                                     of Agricultural Sciences, Young       studies at UBC, Young is
                                                                     says the experience solidified        spending this summer at the

                                                                     First Peoples have always managed the land in
                                                                     ways that ensured sustainability, and their
                                                                     knowledge is embodied in the language.

                                                                     his conviction to work with           University of California, Santa
                                                                     indigenous communities around         Cruz, to complete an appren-
                                                                     the world in creating sustain-        ticeship in ecological horticul-
                                                                     able food systems by combining        ture, and realizes that he, too,
                                                                     traditional                           has become a role model.
                                                                     ecological knowledge and                 “I helped organize the second
                                                                     Western science.                      UBC Summer Forestry Camp
                                                                       “First Peoples have always          for First Nations Youth last
                                                                     managed the land in ways that         year and spent a week with
                                                                     ensured sustainability, and their     young First Nations students
                                                                     knowledge is embodied in the          from across British Columbia
                                                                     language,” says Young. “In my         who are considering post-sec-
                                                                     tradition, as the Cree language       ondary education,” says Young.
                                                                     got passed on orally from                “I told them honestly what
                                                                     generation to generation, so          challenges await them in
                                                                     did the knowledge of how our          university, but I also told them
                                                                     ancestors integrated plants,          how rewarding the experience
                                                                     animals, peoples, places and          would ultimately be — it’s
                                                                     values into their daily lives.        life-changing.” ■

                                                                     Zane Young is convinced traditional knowledge of Aboriginal people
                                                                     is becoming more relevant today.

                                T I M E P I E C E – G R A D UAT I O N

                                                   The signature ceiling in Hut B-8 carries more than 30 years of grad good-byes.

                                                   Then and Now                                BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

                                                   Cartoons of sharks, elephants, birds and the signatures of hundreds of graduating
                                                   zoology students cover the ceiling in HutB8 on Main Mall. The knowledgeable
                                                   autograph hound can spot names of grads who are now eminent scientists at UBC
                                                   and around the world. The ceiling will be preserved and re-installed in the new Beaty
                                                   Biodiversity Research Centre, expected to open in November 2007.
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                                                                                                                                             Agnes Huang, activist, volunteer
                                                                                                                                             and passionist advocate for justice.

Law School Equips Community Advocate                                                                                                                         BY B R E N DA AU S T I N

What makes Agnes Huang so            Huang initiated a monthly            came to law school and I was        effective advocate and it totally    practice focusing on refugee law
special, her professors say, is      newspaper, The Legal Eye,            already a volunteer, an activist    expanded my knowledge of             and criminal law, although she is
the energy she has invested in       organized the annual lecture         and an advocate for various         where to look for information        also drawn to constitutional law
her law studies and those            series of the Centre for Feminist    issues in the larger community,”    and how things in law are            issues, family law and legal
around her. They agree many          Legal Studies, and worked as a       Huang says.                         connected.”                          reform.
extracurricular activities reflect   researcher on legal projects.           “Law school did not change         Huang is looking forward to           Some have told her she should
her spirit, character and dedica-    All this reflects a passion for      my political views, but it helped   a one-year Federal Court             be a judge, but she shakes her
tion, and have enhanced the          community involvement, which         me better understand and            clerkship in Ottawa and then         head. Her interests will likely
quality of life within the Faculty   she says she learned from the        analyze how laws and judicial       completion of her articles in        keep her on the other side of the
of Law.                              example set by her parents.          decisions are made. It provided     Vancouver. In the long term,         bench — a passionate advocate
   Among other activities,             “I was in my 30s when I            an opportunity to be a more         she sees herself in private          for justice. ■

Pharmacy a “Piping” Hot
Career Choice                                           BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

After eight years of post-           skiied and blew off steam with          Canada’s aging population,
secondary education, Craig           his music. A virtual one-man         retirement of “baby boomer”
Plain figures he’s finally found     band, Plain plays classical,         pharmacists and the introduc-
the prescription for success.        blues and jazz piano and has         tion of a multitude of new
   The 25-year-old picks up a        been known to do a mean Jerry        medications have turned a
Bachelor of Science in               Lee Lewis imitation.                 pharmacy degree into a hot
Pharmacy degree this month,            In addition, he was inspired       ticket. Plain and his classmates
capping a previous four years        by SFU’s famous pipe band to         have been courted by major
studying kinesiology and             learn how to play the bagpipes       employers offering big salaries
human health at Simon Fraser         and has played professionally        and signing bonuses. He prefers
University.                          at a variety of high-profile         to keep his options open,
   Pursuing pharmacy started as      events. He also plays guitar         however, and plans to work
a light-hearted suggestion from      and has recently added the           in a community pharmacy in
his father, a practicing pharma-     harmonica to his repertoire.         Vancouver until the right
cist and UBC alumnus. Once           He admits his apartments have        opportunity comes along.
Plain researched the pharma-         often resembled a music store           And what about some
ceutical sciences program, he        warehouse.                           vacation time after all these
realized it would be a good fit.       He believes his previous           years in academia?
   A veteran at hitting the          education and understanding             “I’ll take a couple of weeks
books, he says his third year in     of body mechanics will help          off, but I’m eager to use my
Pharmacy, “where they throw          him because pharmacists also         knowledge and get started,” he
everything at you” was the           counsel patients on how to use       says. “But I did give myself a
toughest.                            medical appliances such as           great graduation present — a
   To keep life balanced, he         neck braces and crutches.            new car to take me to work.” ■      Medication expert Craig Plain is also a pro bagpiper.
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                                                                                                            X-ray Vision:
                                                                                                            Uses Math to See
                                                                                                            Through Ice
                                                                                                            BY B R I A N L I N

                                                                                                            Nicolas Lhomme knows                known for his high critical
                                                                                                            Antarctica and Greenland inside     standards, examined the find-
                                                                                                            out, literally.                     ings and called it “one of the
                                                                                                               He has found a way to            most important contributions
                                                                                                            predict the composition of ice      to glaciology in the past five
                                                                                                            anywhere within the massive         years.”
                                                                                                            ice-sealed areas using a secret       This spring, Lhomme will
                                                                                                            weapon – math.                      receive a PhD from both UBC
                                                                                                               Lhomme, who came to UBC          and UJF and to celebrate, he
                                                                                                            from the University of Joseph       got up close and personal with
                                                                                                            Fourier (UJF) in the French Alps    the land that he’s spent years
                                                                                                            city of Grenoble, has devised a     studying. He travelled from
                                                                                                            computer model that predicts,       Ushuaia, Southern Argentina,
                                                                                                            with amazing accuracy, the          to Antarctica on a 47-foot
                                                                                                            evolution of Antarctica and         sailboat. It was place that was
                                                                                                            Greenland, without even             easier going to, than returning
                                                                                                            putting on his snow boots.          from.
                                                                                                               “Polar ice sheets contain the      “On the way out, you can
                                                                                                            earth’s environmental secrets,”     take the beating of crossing the
                                                                                                            says Lhomme. “From the              Drake Passage because you’re
                                                                                                            composition of the ice sheets we    so thrilled to go to Antarctica,”
                                                                                                            can learn about the climate and     says Lhomme. “On the way
                                                                                                            atmospheric details going back      back, the crew and the novelty
                                                                                                            hundreds of thousands of            were worn out, and strong head
                                                                                                            years.”                             winds and rough seas made the
                                                                                                               “I was able to learn, for        crossing longer and harder.”
                                                                                                            example, that two-thirds of           Lhomme’s next project will
                                                                                                            Greenland melted 125,000            save lives. He’s developing
                                                                                                            years ago when the climate          mathematical methods to locate
                                                                                                            became particularly warm,           unexploded bombs and land-
                                                                                                            raising the global sea level        mines based on electro-magnetic
                                                                                                            from 3.5 to 4.5 metres,” he         images taken in former war
                                                                                                            says. “And that a similar rise      zones.
                                                                                                            of sea level could happen over        “It’s called inversion in
                                                                                                            the next centuries if the climate   mathematical language,” he
                                                                                                            warming trend persists.”            explains. “And it allows me to
                                                                                                               Lhomme’s work has already        take 2D measurements and turn
                                                                                                            received international recogni-     them into 3D models, so we
                                                                                                            tion. University of California,     would know exactly how big a
                                                                                                            Berkeley professor Kurt Cuffey,     landmine is and how deep it is
                                                                                                            a world leader in the field         buried underground.” ■

                                                                                                            Nicolas Lhomme got to see Antarctic up close
                                                                                                            in a recent sailing adventure.

Nursing Degree Caps Family’s Long Journey                                                                                                            BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

Sergey Volchkov’s nursing degree   arrival, he became a distress        home, taking the graveyard shift
marks a major milestone in an      line volunteer at the Vancouver      while his wife, Natasha, worked
academic journey that has          Crisis Centre, where he gained       full-time as a chemist.
spanned continents, cultures and   a passion for communication            “It’s been tough and I’m
careers.                           and a keen interest in mental        proud I got through,” he says.
  Originally from Latvia,          health.                              “I’ve had so much support —
Volchkov earned a degree in           “I was amazed at how much         this is really a family accom-
mechanical engineering and         I could help, even with my           plishment.” He is also grateful

“It’s been tough and I’m proud I got through,” he says. “I’ve had so
much support — this is really a family accomplishment.”

                                   limited skills,” says the 34-year-
worked as an engineer until        old. “I saw how powerful             for the encouragement shown by
1999. Then he decided to           communication can be and             his classmates and School of
change his life.                   what might be possible if I          Nursing faculty.
   In what he calls “our best      were more qualified.”                  Volchkov is receiving a special
decision,” he, his wife, then        His search for a health-care       graduation present — he and his
five-year-old son Pavel and        career that would also allow         brother recently sponsored their
one-year-old daughter Sasha,       a balanced life led him to           parents to immigrate to Canada.
immigrated to Canada to escape     nursing. After a year at Douglas     The couple arrives the week
Latvia’s political uncertainty     College, he enrolled at a            before Congregation and will
following the breakup of the       third-year level in the School of    be part of the family cheering
Soviet Union. At the same time,    Nursing, one of six men in his       section at the ceremonies.
he realized that he was “more      class.                                 After graduation, he hopes to
interested in people than            In addition to his studies and     work at a hospital mental health
mechanical units” and set out to   family activities, he also had a     emergency service department,
establish a new career.            part-time job as a community         or with a community mental          Sergey Volchkov’s volunteer work sparked a switch from engineering
   Just three months after his     support worker at a group            health team. ■                      to mental health nursing.
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MBA Grad Embraces his Passions                                                                                                BY B R E N DA AU S T I N

The Sauder School of Business         Chris McNally, who graduated        portation projects in Canada,       agement, real estate and                “I analyze potential station
prepares students for the type        this year with an MBA. He           the Richmond-Airport-               finance helped me get a job          sites from a developer’s point
of intense environment and            should know — the energetic         Vancouver (RAV) rapid tran-         with a small firm consulting         of view, to determine their
group projects they will likely       grad now works on one of the        sit line.                           on real estate development           economic viability as a devel-
face at work, according to            most complex urban trans-              “Courses in strategic man-       for the RAV project,”                opment site complementary to
                                                                                                              McNally says.                        the station node,” he
                                                                                                                He was recommended for             explains.
                                                                                                              this by his professors, not             In his “spare” time,
                                                                                                              only because he came to the          McNally runs a sports league
                                                                                                              MBA program with a degree            and event planning company.
                                                                                                              in environmental/geotechni-          Until recently, when he
                                                                                                              cal engineering, but because         merged with a competitor, he
                                                                                                              he was a dynamic force at            did everything himself.
                                                                                                              the business school. He was             “We arrange sports leagues

                                                                                                              My driving force is entrepreneurial —
                                                                                                              passionate and positive energy for things I
                                                                                                              think should be done.
                                                                                                              class president, and spent           and events for the 20–35
                                                                                                              much time helping to                 year-old demographic,” says
                                                                                                              improve the program and the          McNally. “It’s a large part of
                                                                                                              student experience. He also          my life. I love to play in the
                                                                                                              ran his own business                 games and my fiancée is also
                                                                                                              simultaneously with his              involved. The emphasis is on
                                                                                                              studies.                             the social side.”
                                                                                                                Now, he works for                     “That’s a marriage of who
                                                                                                              consulting firm, Equitas,            I am — business and sports,”
                                                                                                              and is constantly on the             he says. “My driving force is
                                                                                                              move between his office              entrepreneurial — passionate
                                                                                                              and various proposed RAV             and positive energy for things
                                                                                                              project locations.                   I think should be done.” ■

                                                                                                              Business and sports – that’s Chris McNally.

Global Experiences Shape New Doc’s Vision
BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N             Carly Peterson is prepped for an anaesthesiology residency at UBC.

Even as a high school student in
a small B.C. town, Faculty of
Medicine graduate Carly
Peterson was looking for inter-
national opportunities.
   She left Merritt to spend a
year in Japan as an exchange
student, living with Japanese
families while going to school.
She became fluent after a few
lonely months learning the
language. And, at 6 ft. 2 in. tall,
she was a welcome addition to
the school’s basketball team.
   After completing undergrad
studies at UBC, Peterson entered
med school, partly influenced by
her mother’s career as a nurse.
Putting her personal life on hold
and confronting the suffering of
patients and their families have
been tough parts of the last four
years, she says. Meeting some
“amazing” friends and mentors,
and running, have helped to
keep her focused.
   She was surprised by her
interest in anaesthesiology.
   “I always thought I’d be
heading toward surgery,” says
the 28-year-old. “But it was
anaesthesia that fired my enthu-
siasm. There’s a deep satisfac-
tion in manipulating the com-
plex interactions of physiology
and pharmacology.
Anaesthesiology is really the
application of medicine in its
purest form.”                         reinforced earlier this year when   capital, Peterson saw antiquated    her view that doctors have a         sewing, pottery and running with
   The diversity of care and          she accompanied a UBC group to      equipment and health problems       social responsibility to share       her dogs, Jack and Diane,
patients influenced her choice to     Uganda to help promote the          rarely seen in North America,       their skills where they are most     Peterson is eager to get started
work as a perioperative physi-        study and practice of anaesthesi-   such as untreated birth defects,    needed.                              on her five-year anaesthesiology
cian, a doctor who provides care      ology.                              but also patients who were            “You can give so much as a         residency at UBC and a career
before, during, and after surgery.      Working at a teaching hospital    “so stoic.”                         doctor.”                             that is sure to include interna-
   Her international outlook was      in Kampala, the country’s             The experience strengthened         Balancing her life with            tional service. ■
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Disability No Disadvantage, Says Poli Sci Grad                                                                                                                                           BY B R E N DA AU S T I N

An internship at the B.C.           will spend half his time                      science program is due partly         “I want to do something                 me to speak, but I find people
Legislature next January will       working for an MLA and the                    to his positive attitude and        good in life and I have to take           listen more closely then. I’m
                                                                                  partly to the excellent practical   the initiative,” he says. “I              grateful for research into
                                                                                  arrangements made for him by        haven’t found a disabilitiy to            disabilities and for the accom-
Cheng will spend half his time working for                                        UBC’s Access and Diversity          be a disadvantage. I do talk a            modations made at UBC.”
an MLA and the other half working within                                          Centre.                             bit slower and it’s harder for               Cheng has mild cerebral palsy
                                                                                                                                                                which affects how he walks and
a government ministry.                                                                                                                                          talks. He recommends other
                                                                                                                                                                students with a disability get in
provide Justin Cheng invalu-        other half working within a                                                                                                 touch with the Access and
able experience. An honours         government ministry.                                                                                                        Diversity Centre as soon as
graduate in political science, he     His success in the political                                                                                              they know they want to study
                                                                                                                                                                at UBC.
                                                                                                                                                                   “Get it over with,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                “Provide the documentation
                                                                                                                                                                necessary from your doctor,
                                                                                                                                                                speech pathologist and
                                                                                                                                                                psychiatrist and you will find
                                                                                                                                                                the centre is able to arrange
                                                                                                                                                                accommodations for you.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Cheng used a computer for
                                                                                                                                                                exams, was allowed to sit for
                                                                                                                                                                them outside the classroom and
                                                                                                                                                                was given time and a half to
                                                                                                                                                                finish. He found his undergrad-
                                                                                                                                                                uate years manageable with this
                                                                                                                                                                kind of support and very
                                                                                                                                                                fulfilling because of his long-
                                                                                                                                                                time interest in political issues
                                                                                                                                                                and democratic participation.
                                                                                                                                                                   Russian literature and
                                                                                                                                                                non-fiction books on the moral
                                                                                                                                                                history of the 20th century are
                                                                                                                                                                favourites with Cheng in his
                                                                                                                                                                spare time. His other hobby is
                                                                                                                                                                debating, which over the past
                                                                                                                                                                three years has taught him how
                                                                                                                                                                to articulate his arguments.
                                                                                                                                                                   He will take an MA in
                                                                                                                                                                political science at UBC after
                                                                                 Positive attitude and practical arrangements of UBC’s Access and               his internship and foresees a
                                                                                 Diversity Centre help Justin Cheng succeed.                                    potential career in academia. ■

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Carpenter Picks up Dentist’s Drill                                                                                                 BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

Same skills, different drills — for   mer carpenter who graduates            Wessels has worked as a         third-generation carpenter, he       aesthetics.”
Gary Wessels, the shift from car-     with a Doctor of Dental              welder and machinist, building    operated his own building com-          Wessels was accepted to
pentry to dentistry was a natural     Medicine degree this month.          mountain bike frames, following   pany in Vancouver for three          UBC’s dental program in 2001
transition.                           “Working in reverse using a mir-     his graduation from the           years.                               — in the same week that he and
  “I’ve worked with tools my          ror took a bit of practice,          University of Texas at Austin,       When he wasn’t building or        his wife had their first child,
whole life,” says Wessels, a for-     though.”                             where he majored in zoology. A    studying, he traveled north to       Abby. Two years ago, they had
                                                                                                             work as a mountain guide in          twin boys, Noah and Cody.
                                                                                                             the Princess Louisa Inlet area of       “Without my wife’s support, I
                                                                                                             B.C.’s west coast. That’s where      couldn’t have made it through
                                                                                                             he met his wife, Robyn, a            school,” he says. “This has been
                                                                                                             Canadian and UBC alumna.             a joint effort.”
                                                                                                                The couple was married in            Having spent so much time
                                                                                                             1998 and Wessels immigrated          out of doors, both recreationally
                                                                                                             to Canada. He started thinking       and professionally, one of the
                                                                                                             about another career where he        toughest parts of the last four
                                                                                                             could use his hands, work with       years has been feeling “cooped
                                                                                                             and help people and run his          up,” he says. So even with a
                                                                                                             own business. When Robyn’s           hectic schedule, he tries to find
                                                                                                             dentist suggested a career in        time for running and biking.
                                                                                                             dentistry, he realized it would         Following graduation, the
                                                                                                             be a perfect fit.                    couple plans to move to one of
                                                                                                                “Dentistry represents a union     B.C.’s small towns where
                                                                                                             of science and art, a unique         Wessels will join a practice.
                                                                                                             intersection of the classic and      Once settled, he plans to realize
                                                                                                             the romantic,” says the 30-year-     a life’s dream.
                                                                                                             old. “Dentists address concrete         “I’m going to pick up my
                                                                                                             clinical problems but also need      tools again and build my family
                                                                                                             to understand form, light and        a home.” ■

                                                                                                             Dentistry was a smooth switch for Gary Wessels, who has worked
                                                                                                             as a carpenter, welder and machinist.

Forestry Grad Hears
Call of the Wild

Yulia Stange had never heard          heard my father discussing his
of the Faculty of Forestry. She       difficulties as a land developer,
was studying science at UBC           [when he was] required to
when the student across the           leave a stream buffer, and so
hall in her residence noticed         on,” she says. “Now my
Stange had a passion for the          dream job is protecting and
outdoors, and suggested she           saving the natural environ-
take a forestry course. Stange        ment, to somehow make a
did so, and has never looked          difference in how we live.”
back.                                   Stange has obtained a
  “There are four possible            certificate in conflict
programs to follow in                 resolution and leadership and
Forestry and I am in the              served as a volunteer in a First
Natural Resources                     Nations’ witness project in the

Stange laughs at the irony of her
direction. Her father worked as a
developer, and was often frustrated by
environmental regulations.

Conservation program,” says           Elaho Valley. She has also
Stange. “It’s a broad integra-        been an assistant leader with
tive program needing a                an outdoor school for youth
background of sciences, but           at risk.
including studies in areas such         Stange is also co-authoring
as the social sciences, forest        two scientific papers from
biology and ecology, fisheries        botanical and ecological
science, and many more.”              research projects, undertaken
   Stange’s bent toward con-          during one of her summer
servation stems from her love         positions as a forestry faculty
of many outdoor activities —          research assistant. In 2005, she
she competes with her horse,          earned the Canadian Institute
Pete, in dressage when not            of Forestry Gold Medal for
studying or serving as a              scholarship, sportsmanship
research assistant. Yet she           and citizenship. ■
laughs at the irony of her
direction. Her father worked
as a developer, and was often
frustrated by environmental
   “I grew up camping, rafting        Forestry is a good fit for outdoor
and kayaking, but I also often        enthusiast Yulia Stange.
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                                                                              UBC “Births” First Midwifery Grads
                                                                                                                                                                                              continued from page 1

                                                                                           Campbell River and           worked with health-care col-             greater need for more maternity
                                                                                           Vancouver. Carty was         leagues to create interprofessional      care resources in rural and under-
                                                                                           impressed with sup-          opportunities where midwifery,           served areas.
                                                                                         port shown by UBC              medical and nursing students can           UBC midwifery grads will soon
                                                                                 administrators during the launch       learn together.                          have the opportunity to provide
                                                                                 of the program, which borrows             “We’re finding a real appetite        maternity care right on campus,
                                                                                 most of its curriculum from a          for interprofessional work now           with the opening of a new family
                                                                                 similar program in Ontario.            and doctors are asking for mid-          practice clinic planned as part
                                                                                 Special to the UBC program this        wives to work with them — that           of the University Town
                                                                                 year are international place-          wasn’t happening five years ago,”        development.
                                                                                 ments in Zambia, Mexico and            says Carty, adding that numerous           For more information on
                                                                                 Pakistan.                              smaller hospital closures in the         UBC’s midwifery program, visit
                                                                                   In addition, Carty has also          last five years have created a           http://www.midwifery.ubc.ca. ■

                                                                                A New Breed of Health-Care Providers                                                                 BY H I L A R Y T H O M S O N

                                                                                UBC will celebrate B.C.’s newest        UBC associate professor of               says grad Janet Baillies, a nurse
                                                                                providers of health-care services       Nursing and program director.            with 28 years’ experience as a
                                                                                when the first graduates of the         “They’re a dedicated group —             manager and director who
                                                                                nurse practitioner program pick         many have given up full-time             wanted to return to clinical
                                                                                up their Master of Science in           jobs to be part of this program.”        practice. “I was able to broaden
                                                                                Nursing degrees this month.               Students entering the program          my clinical experience learning
                                                                                  The two-year program can              hold bachelor or master degrees          from patients and expert
                                                                                qualify a maximum of 15 nurses          in nursing. They study topics            physicians. I’ve been offered a
                                                                                to provide primary care such as         such as advanced health assess-          job in a dynamic clinic and look
                                                                                diagnosing, prescribing, and            ment and pharmacology and                forward to making a difference
                                                                                referring to specialists. Nurse         complete more than 700 hours             in how people cope with health
                                                                                practitioners will work inde-           of practical experience. This            issues.”
                                                                                pendently or in collaboration           hands-on clinical learning is a             Students have completed
                                                                                with other health professionals         key difference between nurse             practicums at clinics, hospitals
                                                                                in the community.                       practitioners’ education and             and private practices in the
                                                                                  “These students are willing to        other graduate nursing degrees.          Lower Mainland, the Fraser
                                                                                push the boundaries of their              “The blend of medicine and             Valley and in Bella Bella, on
                                                                                skills,” says Gloria Joachim, a         nursing really attracted me,”                         continued on page 11

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                                                                                                             Writing Centre
                                                                                                             Offering non-credit courses and services to the
                                                                                                             university community and the general public

                                                                                                             Academic Development Courses
                                                                                                              • Preparation for University Writing and the LPI
                                                                                                              • Advanced   Composition
                                                                                                              • Getting Ahead with Grammar
                                                                                                              • Writing for Graduate Students

                                                                                                             Professional Development Courses
                                                                                                              • Reportand Business Writing
Reg D’Silva believes technology can enrich literacy and language education.                                             Article Writing
                                                                                                              • Freelance
                                                                                                              • Media Writing Week

Education Grad uses                                                                                          Personal and Creative Writing
                                                                                                              • Short
                                                                                                              • Poetry
                                                                                                                       Fiction Workshop

Engineer’s Mind                                                   BY B R E N DA AU S T I N
                                                                                                              • Life Into Fiction

Reg D’Silva grew up in India         Dubai. He worked as a market-        changing world.”                               604-822-9564
and speaks at least five             ing engineer there and taught          D’Silva plans to develop a
languages. He learned two or         English as well, before deciding     computer-based reading tutor                   www.writingcentre.ubc.ca
three from his parents, as well      to settle in Vancouver.              for students in Vancouver’s
as English, which was also             While earning a computer           Downtown Eastside when he
spoken at home.                      diploma at the British Columbia      begins his doctoral work, imme-
  “I was raised with seven           Institute of Technology, he was      diately after graduating with an

D’Silva plans to develop a computer-based reading tutor for students
in Vancouver’s downtown east side when he begins his doctoral work.
siblings in an international and     asked to teach a course. It was      MA. He has already worked on
bilingual environment, as            there he discovered his passion      a Vancouver School Board
my father traveled with the          for education and technology,        voice-recognition project with
military,” says D’Silva, who first   which led him to the UBC             the Faculty of Education to help
studied mechanical design            Faculty of Education for an MA       ESL and Aboriginal students
engineering at the University of     in the Department of Language        acquire more language skills.
Mangalore, south of Bombay.          and Literacy Education.                D’Silva believes his engineer-
   Later, he learned German             “My vision is to be a             ing mind will be put to good
while working for the Siemens        researcher in education or allied    use as technology becomes more
corporation in India, then           fields,” D’Silva says, “to help      advanced. By combining
moved to the Middle East in          bring technology and education       technology, literacy and
                                     together, to find the common         language education, he hopes to
                                     ground. This is about people         enrich the learning experiences
                                     and education techniques for a       of students at all levels. ■
Health Care
continued from page 10

B.C.’s west coast.

                                                        Summer Institutes
   “We know that professionals
tend to work where they are
trained,” says Joachim, who
will soon be qualified as a nurse
practitioner herself. “I antici-
                                                        One-week immersion programs
pate our grads will stay and                            in French, Spanish and Italian
work in B.C., as one component                            June 13-17 – French
in addressing the crisis in                               June 20-24 – Spanish and Italian
primary care.”                         ITALIAN
                                                        One- to three-week immersion programs
   Joachim has been very
impressed with how govern-
                                                        in French, Spanish, Italian, German,
ment, the Registered Nurses                             Japanese and Mandarin
Association of B.C., the Chief                            July 4-21
Nursing Officers and post-sec-         GERMAN
                                                        French Immersion in Bordeaux, France
ondary institutions have worked
together in what she calls “a                             July 24-Aug 7
wonderful collaboration” to get                         Spanish Immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico
the program off the ground.                               July 3-16
   “These grads will be excellent      MANDARIN
providers who know their limi-
tations and will help shape pub-
lic perception about this new
way of delivering primary care.”
   For more information on             JAPANESE                  604-822-0800
nurse practitioners, visit                                       www.languages.ubc.ca
www.nursing.ubc.ca. ■
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The ABCs of Children’s Literature
Program feeds illustrator’s passion.


There are very few Master of            this fall.
Arts programs in children’s liter-        Shoemaker was born in
ature. For illustrator Kathryn          Vancouver but moved to
Shoemaker, UBC’s program                California as a child. After
offered the perfect meld of             attending Occidental College
library science, English, creative      and Otis Art Institute, she
writing, language and literacy.         completed a fine arts major at
   To Shoemaker’s delight, the          Immaculate Heart College in Los
UBC School of Library Archival          Angeles, then worked for a large
and Information Studies devel-          school district as a learning and
oped the new interdisciplinary          art consultant while creating a

 For her thesis, she created the illustrations
 and wrote a children’s graphic novel called
 Crowgirl’s Amazing Adventure Scrapbook.

program in children’s literature        freelance career in illustration.
with the Faculty of Arts in                Returning to Canada, she
January 2001.                           developed her career and started
   “I thought it would be               her MA in 2001. For her thesis,
wonderful to continue my own            she created the illustrations and
illustration work and teaching,         wrote a children’s graphic novel
yet take time to focus on               called Crowgirl’s Amazing
different aspects of children’s         Adventure Scrapbook. Now, she
literature amidst a group of            looks forward to starting a
like-minded people.”                    doctoral program in children’s
   Shoemaker is a mother of two         literature at UBC in the fall.
grown children, an exhibitor of            Says Shoemaker, “I love the
book illustrations, an organizer        experience of being at UBC with
of book camps and literacy              the range of ages in the classes.
drives, a presenter at academic         It keeps learning a great joy.” ■
conferences, and a committee
member for various book prizes
and awards. She has taught at
the Shadbolt Art Centre,
Kwantlen University College
and Langara Community
   To this
curriculum vitae, she
will add a Master of
Arts in Children’s
Literature from UBC,                                                                                                       Learning is a great joy for multi-talented Kathryn Shoemaker.
after she defends her thesis

Staff Members Receive President’s
Service Award for Excellence
Five staff members have received        their dream of The Meekison
the 2005 President’s Service Award      Lounge become a reality.
for Excellence in recognition of           As a building service worker,
their tireless work and ongoing         Kris Reddy has worked for UBC
commitment to the University.           since 1969. For the past 25 years,
   Anne-Marie Fenger has been           he has been responsible for clean-
assistant dean in the Faculty of Arts   ing and maintaining the Mather
since 1997, although she has            Building and, for the past eight
worked for her alma mater for 34        years, Reddy has managed it on
years. With responsibility over 200     his own.
administrative staff and 30                Reddy has a great rapport with      Their colleagues say these UBC staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
buildings, she is known for her         faculty, staff, and students, and is   Left to right: Kris Reddy, Tammy Brimner, Bridget Byrne, Ann-Marie Fenger and Darlene Crowe (below).
professional expertise, wise per-       known for greeting everyone with
spective and commitment to UBC.         a smile. Despite his increased         (FMIS) system, which users depend-      earned a BA in English literature.     faculty
She is recognized in particular for     workload and the increase in facul-    ed upon until the system was            A member of various committees,        representa-
the substantial time she has dedi-      ty, staff, and students who use the    replaced last year. Crowe was also      Byrne is an integral part of the       tives.
cated to advancing her colleagues,      Mather Building, Kris is recognized    the major force behind moving the       Committee of Faculty Business             This
for example, serving as an internal     for diligently and happily keeps the   faculty, students, postdoctorate fel-   Administrators.                        year,
coach, in various roles in the          facilities clean, operational, and     lows, and staff of the Michael             Working at UBC since 1992,          Tammy is
Association of Administrative and       safe.                                  Smith Laboratories into its new         and as senior manager of Faculty       recognized
Professional Staff, as a United Way        Darlene Crowe has worked at         facility.                               Relations for the past eight years,    as having
campus representative and a myri-       UBC for the past 28 years, includ-        As the faculty administrator in      Tammy Brimner has developed an         provided
ad of other campus committees.          ing the last 18 years as senior        the Faculty of Science for almost       encyclopedic knowledge of policies,    extraordi-
   Fenger is the champion of space,     administrator of the Michael Smith     five years, Bridget Byrne has been      procedures, and guidelines and she     nary leadership to faculty relations
transforming broom closets into         Laboratories.                          described as a pillar of administra-    is acknowledged by colleagues for      matters arising from UBC’s new
faculty offices and army huts into         Crowe spent many years manag-       tive prowess. She is an expert          her wisdom and personal charm.         Okanagan campus. She has made
functional space. She is the dean’s     ing the laboratory since it was        organizer and manager. And she          Colleagues have sited her phenom-      a significant contribution to
representative on several multi-        established under the leadership of    has been the one constant in the        enal contributions in her role         redesigning the University’s faculty
million dollar projects such as the     the late Nobel laureate Michael        midst of numerous Faculty transi-       advising on best employment            recruitment practices. She also
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.       Smith. In 1997, Crowe wrote the        tions and turnovers. Byrne has          practices, responding to important     serves on a task force evaluating
And she received the Just Desserts      manual for the UBC Financial           served the University for almost        workplace issues and maintaining       how the University can serve better
Award from students for helping         Management Information System          40 years, during which time she         effective working relationships with   its postdoctoral fellows. ■

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