Analyzing the body language from the leaders’ debate

Global Thu April 27 2017

Zachary Witkower, a UBC psychology master’s candidate and body language expert, was interviewed on Global about the leaders’ debate. He explained some of the emotions conveyed by Christy Clark, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver.

U.S. child poverty a disgrace. Experts embrace plan to cut it

Vox Thu April 27 2017 By: Dylan Matthews

Vox cited research by Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, in an article about child poverty in the United States. Milligan and Mark Stabile from the University of Toronto found that Canada’s child benefit expansions improved test scores and health outcomes.

Lumber, child poverty: Were Clark’s debate claims accurate?

CBC Thu April 27 2017 By: Natalie Clancy

CBC quoted Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, in a story that fact-checked a claim about child poverty made by Christy Clark during the election debate. Milligan said Clark chose to cite only one of three measures of poverty that describe the situation in Canada.

Ontario’s ‘basic income’ pilot sends most money to grown kids

National Post Thu April 27 2017 By: Kevin Milligan

The National Post published an op-ed by Kevin Milligan, a UBC economics professor, about Ontario’s basic income plan. He wrote that the plan targets a wide range of adults who may not require the benefits.

Trade minister courts China for softwood, U.S. announces duties

Canadian Press Tue April 25 2017 By: Mike Blanchfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, in a story about Canada courting China as a buyer for softwood lumber.

Evans said China’s current curiosity about Canada goes beyond the topic of softwood lumber.

The story appeared on CBC, CP 24, Yahoo, Maclean’s and the Calgary Herald.

Shortchanged junior hockey players look to even the score

BC Business Mon April 24 2017

Thomas Lemieux, director of UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, was quoted in a BC Business story about the business of major junior hockey in Canada. Lemieux said it is difficult to determine how major junior athletes should be categorized as employees.

When actors mixed politics and comedy in ancient Rome

Smithsonian Magazine Mon April 24 2017 By: Lorraine Boissoneault

C.W. Marshall, a professor in UBC’s department of classical, Near Eastern and religious studies, was quoted in a Smithsonian Magazine article about comedy among the Romans. Marshall said men, citizen men and literate citizen men in Rome were most likely to have created and consumed comedy.

Can we still trust polls?

The Tyee Mon April 24 2017 By: Brent Holmes

Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, was quoted in a story about election polls in The Tyee. Johnston said the electorate is in a very similar position to 1991, meaning that Andrew Weaver and the Green Party might surprise people by affecting the shape of the legislature.

Kids can’t vote, but child care a critical election issue

Vancouver Sun Sun April 23 2017 By: Lori Culbert

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, spoke to the Vancouver Sun about the BC Liberals’ child-care plan. He said the Liberal goal to create 8,700 more child-care spaces before 2020 will not be enough to meet the demand. The story also appeared in The Province.

Opinion: Can Carrie Lam heal a deeply divided Hong Kong?

Vancouver Sun Mon April 24 2017 By: Leo K. Shin

Leo K. Shin, a UBC associate professor of history and Asian studies, wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun about the next chief executive of Hong Kong. Shin wrote that Carrie Lam was selected for the role because she was the candidate who was “least likely to rock the boat.”

Will Islam inherit the earth?

Daily Beast Sat April 22 2017 By: Brandon Withrow

Ara Norenzayan, a UBC psychology professor and director of UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture, was quoted in a Daily Beast article about the increasing number of children born to Muslims. Norenzayan said it’s obvious that religions with pronatalist traditions are more likely to increase in population.

Brain remembers languages you think you forgot

Scientific American April 2017 By: Jane C. Hu

Janet Werker, a UBC professor of psychology, commented on a study that found language learning can be retained subconsciously.

Werker, who was not involved in the study, told Scientific American that it’s exciting that the effects were seen among adults who were only exposed to the Korean language up to six months of age.

B.C. could save $1.6-billion by cancelling Site C: UBC report

Globe and Mail Wed April 19 2017 By: Michael Ruffolo

Various media outlets highlighted a report by UBC geography professor Karen Bakker that found the Site C dam no longer makes economic sense. Bakker said there is a strong case for the project to be paused. Stories appeared on Globe and MailDeSmog Canada, National ObserverYahoo, CBC, Global, Business in Vancouver, and Indo-Canadian Voice.

David and Goliath: Vancouver academic retires, after 45 years

South China Morning Post Thu April 20 2017 By: Ian Young

The South China Morning Post profiled UBC geography professor David Ley who will officially retire at the end of the year. Ley spent decades studying Vancouver’s housing market.

Industry belief regarding female filmmakers

Georgia Straight Mon April 17 2017 By: Craig Takeuchi

Sharon McGowan, a UBC film professor, spoke at an event about women in film on International Women’s Day, the Georgia Straight reported. McGowan said we are still far from gender equity in screen industries, according to Women in View’s annual report.