ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
CBC Fri September 30 2016 By: Laura WrightCBC quoted Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political science professor, for a story on the unprecedented continuous level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. She noted that governments will need to be courageous to address the problem.
“Climate change is a more difficult policy problem than anything we’ve ever faced before,” Harrison said. “The option of staying the way things are now — it isn’t available to us,” she said. “The status quo isn’t on the table, and I think that’s a message that hasn’t come through loud and clear.” The story also appeared in Yahoo News.
Georgia Straight Wed September 28 2016 By: Carlito PabloAn electoral reform submission written by Maxwell A. Cameron, a UBC political science professor, was featured in the Georgia Straight. Cameron argued for proportional representation, which would lead to fewer “false majority governments.”
“Party leaders would have to learn to work together, as competition among parties would be tempered by the recognition of the need for cooperation between elections,” he wrote in his paper to the House of Commons committee. “This would reduce the incentives for permanent campaigning and the use of wedge issues.”
BBC Wed September 28 2016 By: Thomas RogersBBC featured UBC alumnus Pierre Berton a historian who has been credited with helping to shape Canadian identity.
Berton, an author and journalist, wrote many historical books including the popular story Klondike, and once had three books on the bestseller list simultaneously.
CBC Thu September 29 2016 By: John Paul TaskerTwo UBC professors weighed in on the recently approved liquefied natural-gas mega-project in B.C. CBC quoted George Hoberg, a professor of environmental and natural resource policy at UBC’s Institute for Global Issues. “The Liberal government keeps making decisions that are adding new pulses of GHGs to Canada’s emissions,” he said. “It makes it harder to meet our 2030 climate targets.” The story also appeared in Yahoo Finance.
MSN Canada published a Vancouver Sun story that also quoted Hoberg. The approval is “a major step backward for the Trudeau government’s commitment to meet its Paris climate target,” Hoberg said. Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at UBC, spoke toCBC’s Early Edition (at 02:11:15) about the project. “The Trudeau government has been presenting inconsistent messages for a long time,” she said. “This approval was quite telling that they’re going to lean on the side of more nice rhetoric but business as usual in other respects.”
Radio Praha Sat September 24 2016 By: David VaughnRadio Praha featured UBC professor emeritus Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz who won the George Theiner Prize, which honours people who have helped promote Czech literature around the world.
Goetz-Stankiewicz was the former head of UBC’s Germanic Studies department.
Global BC Mon September 26 2016 By: Nick LoganGlobal BC interviewed Paul Quirk, the Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at UBC, for a breakdown of the U.S. presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Quirk said both the Republican and Democratic parties will likely view the debate as a win for themselves, but practice was the key.
“It was clear that preparation obviously paid [off],” Quirk told Global News. “[Clinton] was able to make points in a much more organized and effective way…Trump appeared to be repetitive and rambling.”
Boosting Language Learning through Ultrasound. Linguistics professor Dr. Bryan Gick, postdoctoral fellow Heather Bliss and their colleagues worked on the eNunciate project - a web-based biovisual tool that uses ultrasound layering to let language learners see, feel and compare pronunciations.