UBC Reports
November 14, 1996


Geoff Atkins has been named associate vice-presi dent, Land and Building Services. Atkins, who assumed his new position Oct. 28, will report to the vice-president, Administration and Finance. His responsibilities will include Campus Planning and Development, Utilities and Plant Operations. Atkins comes to UBC from Saskatchewan where he was manager of buildings and facilities operations and maintenance for the City of Saskatoon. Prior to that he managed Edmonton Transit in Alberta.

Dr. Kevin Wade, an ophthalmologist at the UBC Eye Care Centre, has been awarded the Ross C. Nurse Doctoral Fellowship for the support of theoretical and practical research and studies in blindness and visual impairment.

Wade will be looking at the importance of a combined approach to the medical and social impact of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This condition, which affects 25,000 children in Canada, can result in severe vision loss.

This combined epidemiological, medical and social study will be unique in Canada.

Ivan Head, professor in the Faculty of Law and Chair in South-North Studies, gave the keynote address on Oct. 25 at United Nations headquarters to mark World Food Day.

World Food Day has been observed at the UN since 1984. Previous keynote speakers at ceremonies marking World Food Day have included John Kenneth Galbraith and Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Prof. Head will deliver the Convocation address on Nov. 17 at Carleton University where he will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.