ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
North Shore News Fri Feb 5 2016 By: Christine Lyon
North Shore News highlighted UBC Theatre’s production of Eurydice, calling it a “contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth.”
The Vancouver Sun Sat Feb 6 2016 By: Douglas Todd
A Vancouver Sun article on migration trends in Canada touches on the “misuse” of the term racism by many Canadians, who believe that it means failure to recognize that everyone is the same. The article quotes UBC psychologist Ara Norenzayan, who says people are different because of their ethnic and cultural heritage. Canadians should be “culturally curious”, not “culture blind,” according to Norenzayan.
CBC News Mon Feb 8 2016
CBC News featured UBC pianist Corey Hamm and erhu player Nicole Ge Li, who will present their contemporary take on the classic combination of piano and erhu in their tour of China in May.
The Globe and Mail Fri Feb 5 2016 By: Stanley Coren
Stanley Coren, a dog expert and an emeritus professor at UBC, is calling for legal recognition of the sentience of dogs.
Coren wrote in a Globe and Mail op-ed: “In recent years, science has been able to demonstrate that the mind of a dog is roughly equivalent to that of a human child two to three years of age. Like a toddler, the dog has all of the basic emotions: fear, anger, joy, disgust, surprise and love.”
Quartz Sat Feb 6 2016 By: Olivia Goldhill
The cost of instituting a universal basic income (UBI)–an idea that’s attracting advocates in Canada–far outweighs the benefit, UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan told Quartz.
“UBI is great at reducing bureaucracy–but we’re talking pennies on the dollar of what it would cost to run these schemes,” said Milligan. “I’ve run the numbers for Canada and we’re talking well over hundreds of billions of dollars to run such a program and the bureaucracy involved is not even close to covering that cost.”
Accuweather Mon Feb 8 2016 By: Heather Janssen
Nearly a tenth of cereal crops were wiped out by droughts and heat waves between 1964 and 2007, according to a UBC study featured on Accuweather.
The researchers studied crop data and weather disaster reports and estimated that more than three billion tons of cereal crops were lost between 1964 and 2007 due to droughts and heat waves.
“Our estimate is that every drought or extreme heat event reduces current cereal production by roughly 9-10 percent,” said author and UBC professor Navin Ramankutty. “In the future, it is anticipated that, with climate change, we will have more extreme heat events and potentially more droughts as well [although the latter is a bit more controversial].”
Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Rumee Ahmed
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