UBC Reports
October 17, 1996


Michael Lesk, who helped create the Unix computer operating system, will deliver the 1996 UBC Library Lecture.

Focusing on the future of the digital library, Lesk, head of the Computer Science Research Dept., Bellcore, Morristown, N.J., will discuss how to develop practical digital libraries, their economic advantages and whether or not Net surfing will replace reading books.

He will also address issues concerning searching and navigating the Net, the future of publishing and scholarly communication, royalties, student access to education through digital communications and how universities can prepare to meet the challenges presented by the Web.

Digital Libraries and their Future, or, Outsourcing the University: Threat or Boon? takes place on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in room 110 of the Henry Angus Building. For more information, call 822-3310.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) recently announced the post-doctoral and doctoral fellowships for 1996/97.

Of 419 doctoral fellowships across Canada, UBC awarded 41 fellowships.

In the post doctoral category, seven out of 100 fellowship holders will pursue their studies at UBC.

This year the SSHRC will invest approximately $79 million in basic and strategic research, graduate student training, and the communication of research findings in the human sciences.

Political Science student Stanley Tromp and Science student Shirley Chin are the winners of the first annual Use of Freedom Essay Contest.

Tromp, whose essay explored answers to philosophical questions about the nature of freedom, took first prize. Chin's analysis of how Canadians use their freedom garnered second prize.

All UBC third- and fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to enter the contest which awards a cash prize to the winner. The 1997 submission deadline is May 30. For details and application forms, write to M.C. Harrison, 1509-1450 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 3K3. Applications are also available on campus at St. Mark's College, 5939 Iona Drive.