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New York Times Wed April 27 2016 By: Christine HauserGiving your hug a hug may actually be making him miserable or anxious, according to UBC psychology professor emeritus and canine expert Stanley Coren, reports the New York Times.
Coren drew his conclusions from a study of 250 random images of people hugging their dogs, where the dogs showed signs of discomfort or stress such as bared teeth, head turned away and a raised paw. Another article in the Washington Post cautioned against taking the finding too literally and urged for more rigorous testing of the concept.
The story also appeared on Yahoo, Discover Magazine, Vice, Huffington Post, Mother Nature Network, Tech Times, National Post, Vancouver’s Metro News, and Vancity Buzz.
Globe and Mail Mon April 25 2016 By: Carrie Tait, Nathan VanderklippeUBC experts commented on the killing of John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September in the Philippines.
The militant group Abu Sayyaf that allegedly killed Mr. Ridsdel came out of an ethnic conflict in the Philippines, according to Will Plowright, a PhD candidate in political studies at UBC. While the group has publicly announced allegiance to the Islamic State, Plowright said there’s no real connection between the two organizations.
Both Plowright and UBC political scientist Arjun Chowdhury said the execution puts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a difficult situation. Trudeau can’t abandon the government’s no-ransom policy. “In this context, it becomes very difficult because the feelers from intelligence and diplomatic channels would already have already been tried,” said Chowdhury. The articles appeared in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.
Radio Canada Mon April 25 2016 By: Marc MontgomeryMake recycling more convenient and more people will comply, a UBC expert told CBC’s B.C. Almanac and Radio Canada.
“Awareness alone is not enough to change behaviour, we actually need to provide solutions, suggestions, alternatives to current practice so that people can actually change,” said Jiaying Zhao, an assistant professor at UBC’s Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the department of psychology. One of Zhao’s suggestions is to move bins closer to people’s homes or offices, which could increase recycling and composting by at least 130 per cent.
Daily Mail Tue April 26 2016 By: Dan BatesHugs and overly close physical contact stresses dogs out, according to a new article published in Psychology Today by UBC psychologist Stanley Coren.
Coren, a canine behaviour expert, said an embrace can annoy or frighten a dog. “Behaviourists believe that depriving a dog of [their natural instinct to run away in times of stress] by immobilizing him with a hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite,” wrote Coren.
The story appeared in Daily Mail, New York Magazine, SFGate,Refinery 29, Seattle PI and News.com.au.
Globe and Mail Sun April 24 2016 By: Mike HagerThe B.C. government said there are no plans to ban municipal political donations from corporations or unions, reports the Globe and Mail.
UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron believes the provincial Liberals’ reluctance to enforce strict municipal campaign finance rules stems from political caution.
“They know that if we were to have exemplary legislation at the local level, it would highlight the fact that we have nothing at the provincial level,” said Cameron.
Vancouver Sun Sun April 24 2016 By: Hélène Frohard-DourlentUBC sociology instructor Hélène Frohard-Dourlent criticized the proposal to shed diversity mentor positions in the Vancouver School District in light of a budget shortfall for 2016-17.
“The anti-homophobia diversity mentor is so key precisely because it is a staff position that ensures that policy changes are understood well and consistently, that educators and school staff are supported in their efforts to change practices,” Frohard-Dourlent said in an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun. “The provincial government must step up and provide adequate and stable funding for public education to ensure that this commitment can continue, for the benefits of all students in our district.”
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