2, 1999, Gazette)
research pays back province: report
The dividends economic and social of the $62.8
million the University of British Columbias Faculty of
Medicine and the affiliated teaching hospitals succeeded in getting
for research this year have been outlined in a report recently
released by the faculty.
commissioned this report to document the value of what we do
here our aim is to secure more provincial government funding
for research, Dean of Medicine John Cairns told UBC Reports.
Without this support, the quality of B.C. health care suffers
and so does our goal of a knowledge-based economy in this province.
faculty is part of the Coalition for Health Research in B.C.
that is asking the government to set aside $50 million annually
for health research.
requested new funds would be used to recruit and train researchers
in B.C. and to cover operating costs such as research scholar
grants, matching operating grants and project support and for
the commercialization of technologies developed here.
38-page report, prepared by management consulting firm KPMG,
describes how medical research contributes to the economy, to
science and to society.
the model, it is estimated that the $62.8 million invested yields
output in the B.C. economy of $94 to $118 million due to employment
and activities such as the manufacture and sale of medical instruments
and laboratory equipment.
will represent non-union staff
A new association has been formed to represent professionals,
managers and staff at the University of Toronto who deal with
confidential information and are excluded from membership in
a campus union, reports the U of T Bulletin.
100 staff from what is known as the professional, managerial
and confidential (PMC) group met Nov. 4 and agreed to form an
association to represent their interests with university administration.
These employees had been left without formal representation after
some 2,500 other administrative staff members joined the Steelworkers
We must now approach the university, thats our next
step, said Ursula Cattelan, an appointed officer with the
new association. We now have a mandate and we will bring
that forward. Obtaining recognition by the university is the
next course of action.
association will represent its members on policy and policy development
matters, salaries and benefits and dispute resolution, among
other areas. Over the next year, however, the group will focus
on obtaining official university recognition and recruiting more
members. Membership is voluntary and open to all U of T employees
with staff appointments and whose terms and conditions of employment
are not covered by a collective agreement with Governing Council
and the university.
selects next president
The University of Victoria has selected its next president
Dr. David Turpin, currently vice-principal (academic) at Queens
University in Ontario. The announcement was made Nov. 18 by UVic
board of governors chair Brian Lamb.
Turpin, 43, was selected from among 46 candidates after an extensive
eight-and-a- half- month national search. Hell start his
five-year term on Sept. 1, 2000. He has earned wide recognition
as one of Canadas pre-eminent scientists, an accomplished
teacher and one of the countrys most outstanding academic
leaders, the UVic Ring reports.
Were tremendously excited about the appointment,
says Mr. Lamb. David Turpin is a brilliant teacher and
researcher with an exceptional track record of accomplishment
in administrative leadership.
Turpin has served as vice-principal (academic) at Queens
for the past five years, and was dean of arts and science from
19931995. He obtained his PhD in botany/oceanography from
UBC in 1980 and served as head of the department of botany at
UBC from 19911993.
Turpin succeeds current UVic President Dr. David Strong, who
will finish his second five-year term on June 30, 2000. Vice
president academic and provost Dr. Penny Codding will serve as
president pro tem from July 1 Aug. 31, 2000.