ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
CBC Tue August 23 2016Gregory Mackie, a UBC English professor, was interviewed for CBC’s As It Happens about the university’s acquisition of the Kelmscott Chaucer book.
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer was printed in 1896 and was purchased for $202,000 in U.S. dollars. “It is one of the most famous books in the world,” Mackie said. “It’s been called ‘the most beautiful of all books. It is pretty much the preeminent masterpiece of 19th century book design in fine press printing.” The segment starts at 16:50. Similar stories appeared in the Vancouver Sun and The Province.
Vancouver Sun Wed August 24 2016 By: David Gordon DukeThe Vancouver Sun featured UBC’s Opera Ensemble, which made its annual showcases at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach.
Soprano Kallie Clayton and Nicole Brooks share the female lead while Spencer Britten and Matthew Gaskin share the male lead in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute.’ The UBC Opera is led by Nancy Hermiston.
Forbes Wed August 24 2016 By: CJ ArlottaForbes featured UBC research that found THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, makes rats less likely to exert the cognitive effort needed for difficult tasks.
Lead researcher Mason Silveira, a psychology PhD candidate at UBC, said the rats were less likely to do more difficult tasks though they still had the ability to complete them. The difference was their willingness to use their cognitive abilities.
“Previous work has shown that THC can affect executive abilities, but no one has looked at how the drug may influence how you choose to allocate your cognitive resources,” he said. “We think this is an important question to consider, given that big decisions humans face often involve deciding how much mental energy you are willing to invest for a particular outcome,” Silveira said.
Similar stories appeared in the Daily Mail, New York Daily News, Mashable, Medical Xpress, CBC, CTV, Global, Toronto Star,Globe and Mail, National Observer, iPolitics, Winnipeg Free Press,Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, News 1130, Metro News, Daily Hive, Castanet and 24 Hours Vancouver. Catharine Winstanley, a UBC psychology professor, was interviewed about the same study on CBC (51:43 mark) and Global (17:12 mark).
Globe and Mail Mon August 22 2016 By: Ellen BraitThe Globe and Mail featured author and UBC alumnus Andrew Westoll who worked as a scientist before turning to a career in writing.
Westoll’s first novel, which has been described as magical realism, is set to be published in the fall. He worked as a biologist before going on to study creative writing at UBC.
Castanet Mon August 22 2016Castanet featured UBC Okanagan’s newly introduced Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) which will start accepting applications this month for entry in September of next year.
“Kelowna’s tech industry is flourishing, with start-ups alongside established companies like Disney and Bardel Entertainment having offices in the valley,” said Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. “The industry needs graduates with tech talent as well as creative and managerial skills and entrepreneurial spirit. Our new BMS program will provide the bridge from academic study to industry success.”
Ottawa Citizen Mon August 22 2016 By: William WatsonThe Ottawa Citizen highlighted a World Bank study co-authored by John Helliwell, a UBC economics professor.
The study estimates that Canada’s capital assets – produced, natural, human and social – are valued at $923,580 per person in U.S. dollars, or more than $1 million in Canadian dollars.
The story also appeared in the Regina Leader-Post.
Dr. Jonathan Girard - Director, UBC Symphony Orchestra