UBC Reports
October 31, 1996


For the fifth consecutive year, UBC students will be trick or treating at Halloween for non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks.

Students are asked to meet today in Room 205 of the Student Union Building between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. to be organized into teams and assigned an area. Canvassing will take place in Point Grey and Kitsilano neighbourhoods until 9 p.m.

Last year, student volunteers collected 2,700 kilograms of food. For more information, call 221-9888.

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is seeking proposals for visible, innovative projects that will directly benefit UBC students.

A total of $150,000 is available through the AMS Innovative Projects Fund for the 1996/97 academic year. Support for each project will be limited to $35,000 annually.

Applications are available in Room 238 in the Student Union Building and Room 123 in the Old Administration Building. Deadline for applications is Nov. 15.

For more information, call 822-3972, fax 822-9019 or e-mail president@ams.ubc.ca

Parking and Security Services has changed its name to reflect its participation in helping to promote the use of alternative forms of transportation.

Now called Parking and Transportation, the office has established a committee to consider transportation issues, an important part of the university's Official Community Plan.

Responsibility for providing campus security services remains with the office.

Faculty and staff are invited to drop by Student Health Services on Tuesday, Nov. 5, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 14, noon to 3:30 p.m. to receive a flu vaccination.

"Influenza is a debilitating disease and everyone should consider being vaccinated," said Dr. John Allingham of Student Health Services. "High risk groups include the elderly over age 65 and people suffering from respiratory and heart diseases."

December to March are peak months for flu. Nurses at Student Health Services, located on the main floor of the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, UBC Pavilion, will be on hand to administer the shots. A $10 fee will be applied to cover the cost of the vaccine. For more information, call 822-7011.

UBC and one of its spin-off companies, QLT PhotoTherapeutics Inc., have won a national award for research and development collaboration.

University and company representatives received their University-Industry Synergy Partnership Award earlier this month in Montreal at a symposium sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Conference Board of Canada.

The awards--given this year to seven universities, 13 companies and a university-industry consortium--recognize excellence in university research, superior management skills, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

QLT PhotoTherapeutics, co-founded by UBC microbiologist Julia Levy, specializes in the development of light-activated drugs to treat cancer and age-related vision loss.