Great schools defend faculty. What’s McGill’s excuse?

Globe and Mail Thu March 23 2017 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at UBC, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mailafter the director of McGill Institute for the Study of Canada resigned. The resignation followed criticism of an op-ed the director wrote about Quebec. Inside Higher Ed also cited Byers’ op-ed.

Why Morneau got cold feet over ridding Canada of tax credits

Globe and Mail Thu March 23 2017 By: Kevin Milligan

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed about tax credits by Kevin Milligan, a professor at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics. He suggested several structural solutions involving tax measures.

Attack ads get the job done — but at what price?

CBC Wed March 22 2017

Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, spoke to CBC about the toxic effect of political attack ads. He said extremely negative campaigns can discourage people from engaging in politics.

Why women are getting more high-paying jobs

Fortune Wed March 22 2017 By: Madeline Farber

Fortune highlighted a study that found interpersonal skills are helping women move up in historically male-dominated fields.

Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor and one of the study’s authors, said skills like empathy and collaboration have been favouring women in high-paying jobs. The story also appeared on Yahoo.

How Canada’s immigration system really works

Maclean's Fri March 17 2017 By: Sadiya Ansari

Maclean’s published a Chatelaine story on the Canadian immigration system that featured an interview with Daniel Hiebert, a UBC professor of geography.

He said the current immigrant screening measures are sufficient and it would be obvious if there were a large number of first-generation immigrants committing crimes in Canada.

Why trolls love to pick on women

Globe and Mail Sat March 18 2017 By: Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail mentioned research about the psychology of online trolls by Erin Buckels, a UBC PhD candidate. In a paper called “Trolls just want to have fun,” Buckels found that the more the victims of online trolling suffer, the more fun the perpetrators have.

The Norse, of course, are the happiest people on Earth

USA Today Mon March 20 2017 By: Jessica Durando

Various media outlets featured a United Nations report co-authored by John Helliwell, a UBC economics professor emeritus, that found Norway is the happiest of 155 ranked countries. Helliwell said that by choosing to invest the proceeds of oil for the benefit of future generations, Norway is protected from the unpredictable ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies.

Stories appeared in USA Today, CNN, Washington, Seattle Times, Deutsche, South China Morning Post, MSNEdmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun, National Post, Montreal Gazette and other outlets.

What’s a bunnyhug? New edition of Dictionary of Canadianisms

CKNW Wed March 15 2017 By: Simon Little

Margery Fee, a UBC English professor, was interviewed on CKNW’s Simi Sara Show about the new Dictionary of Canadianisms. Fee, an associate editor on the dictionary, said this is the first time it has been updated in 50 years. The story also appeared on AM 730.

Religious belief, analytical thinking don’t necessarily cancel out

New York Magazine Wed March 15 2017 By: Dalmeet Singh Chawla

A 2012 UBC study on the connection between religious belief and analytical thinking was featured in a New York Magazine article.

Psychology researchers Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan attempted to influence people’s level of religious belief by altering how analytically they were thinking.

Sunera Thobani honoured for standing up against Islamophobia

Georgia Straight Sun March 12 2017 By: Gurpreet Singh

Sunera Thobani, a professor in UBC’s department of Asian studies and the institute for gender, race, sexuality and social justice, was honoured at the Hands Up Against Racism campaign, the Georgia Straight reported. Thobani was formerly the head of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Dictionary of Canadianisms is ‘tabled’ and ‘all-dressed’

Globe and Mail Friday March 10 2017 By: Michael Valpy

The Globe and Mail highlighted the second edition of the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. The 10-year project was led by linguists and lexicographers and student helpers centred in UBC’s Canadian English Lab.

Discussing eco psychology

Roundhouse Radio Mon March 6 2017

Jiaying Zhao, a UBC professor in the departments of psychology, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Sustainability, was interviewed about eco psychology on Roundhouse Radio. Zhao explained what factors shape our behaviours around climate change.

BC Liberals accept foreign donations, despite ban

Globe and Mail Thu March 9 2017 By: Justine Hunter and Kathy Tomlinson

Francesco Trebbi, a UBC professor of economics, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story about B.C.’s governing Liberal Party that accepts significant donations from foreign interests.

Trebbi said jurisdictions in Canada and around the world ban foreign donations to limit outside influence of domestic policy.

They fled Syrian war, now they make emergency equipment

National Observer Thu March 9 2017 By: Jenny Uechi

Research by Dan Hiebert, a UBC geography professor, was mentioned in a National Observer story on Syrian refugees in Canada. Hiebert found that refugee employment is at the same or higher level than that of Canadians after the refugees settle.

Arthur J. Ray wins 2017 Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize

Quill and Quire Wed March 8 2017

Arthur J. Ray, a UBC history professor emeritus was named the 2017 winner of the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize, Quill and Quire reported. Ray’s book, Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History, studies litigation between Indigenous people and settler societies around the world.