UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 06 | Mar.
Adjust your salaries
A market adjustment of $1 million will be applied to the salaries
of management and professional staff represented by the Association
of Administrative and Professional Staff at UBC.
The adjustment of 2.3 per cent to the overall salary grid and
to the base salaries of individual employees will be applied to
all job families except the seven job families that are at or near
the market median salary level.
The excluded job families are: Athletics; Bookstore Management;
Building Maintenance; Computer and Data Processing; Development
Office; Educational Programming; Residence Co-ordinator.
The adjustment resulted from independent market survey data on
more than 50 UBC job families.
The adjustment will appear on March 31 pay cheques and is retroactive
to Jan. 1.
The third annual Pacific Northwest Native Plant Sale will be held
April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UBC Botanical Garden. Admission
This year, threats of water shortages in the Lower Mainland are
expected to draw gardeners searching for plants that thrive in dry
The sale is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada or
Washington State and many of the more than 300 species of native
plants for sale are difficult to find say organizers.
The sale is co-sponsored by the university's Friends of the Garden
and the Native Plant Society.
Nominate for NSERC awards
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
is accepting nominations for the annual Michael Smith Awards and
the 2001 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.
The Michael Smith awards recognize individuals and organizations
who make an outstanding contribution to the promotion of science
in Canada through activities that encourage popular interest or
develop science abilities.
They honour Nobel Prize-winner and UBC Prof. Emeritus Michael
Smith. Up to five awards will be given.
The Herzberg Medal is NSERC's highest honour. It is awarded annually
in recognition of sustained excellence and influence in research
by an individual in Canada who has substantially advanced the natural
sciences or engineering fields.
In addition to the medal, the award winner will receive $1 million
over a five-year period for either the recipient's university-based
research or to be directed in some related way, such as the establishment
of research scholarships.
All researchers at Canadian universities and in government or
corporate research labs are eligible for the Herzberg Medal. Deadline
for nominations is April 15.
For details on the Herzberg awards visit www.nserc.ca/about/award_nomin_e.htm
or phone (613) 995-5829. For details on the Michael Smith awards
or call (613) 947-2524.
Joint biotechnology degree offered
UBC and the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT) have created a
new Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology that will be offered
jointly through the two institutions.
Developed with the support of B.C.'s biotechnology industry, the
degree is designed to meet the growing demands for skilled workers
in that sector.
After completing one year of pre-entry studies, students will
take two years at BCIT followed by two years at UBC. Four co-op
work terms as well as industry-sponsored projects form part of the
"This is a good example of the post-secondary sector, industry
and government coming together to create another leading-edge program
of benefit to students," says Neil Guppy, associate vice-president,
Courses begin in September and the program will graduate its first
students in 2004.