ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS

14 ways to squeeze more joy out of every day

Time Magazine Mon August 7 2017 By: Ellen Seidman

Time Magazine cited a study co-authored by Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor. Dunn’s research found people consistently felt happier on days when they interacted with others.

More Mandarin than Cantonese speakers in Metro Vancouver

Metro News Thu August 3 2017 By: Wanyee Li

Metro News interviewed Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, after the 2016 census showed the number of Mandarin speakers in Canada has surpassed the number of Cantonese speakers for the first time in the country’s history. He said the concentrations of Cantonese-speaking people are the direct result of where Hong Kong immigrants settled in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

UBC experts discuss census results

New York Magazine Thu August 3 2017 By: Caroline Beaton

CBC Radio’s BC Almanac interviewed two UBC professors about the latest Canadian census results. Marina Adshade, who teaches economics and public policy at both UBC and SFU, and UBC sociology professor Amin Ghaziani weighed in on the latest census findings and what they say about families, households and couples.

After the rise of Trump, the rise of Trump studies

Times Higher Education Thu August 3 2017 By: Matthew Reisz

Times Higher Education cited research by Delroy L. Paulhus, a UBC professor of psychology, in a story about the increase in academic examination of Donald Trump. Paulhus co-wrote a paper called “Explaining Donald Trump via communication style: grandiosity, informality and dynamism.”

Why you feel richer or poorer than you really are

New York Magazine Thu August 3 2017 By: Caroline Beaton

New York Magazine quoted Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor, about how wealth can be an emotional topic. She said “the extent to which we’re frequently reminded of our wealth really matters.” The article also cited work by UBC psychologist Jiaying Zhao, who found if people feel like they have less, they may also feel like they have less to lose. Research on happiness by Dunn and Ashley Whillans, now with Harvard Business School, also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

UBC experts comment on census results

Hidustan Times Thu August 3 2017 By: Anirudh Bhattacharyya

Various UBC experts weighed in on the latest Canadian census results.

Bonny Norton, a UBC professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the department of language and literacy education, spoke to the Hindustan Times about the immigrant languages spoken in Canada. She described the rise in the Hindi-speaking population as “particularly notable.”

The Canadian Press interviewed John Paul Catungal, an instructor at UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, about same-sex marriage statistics. Catungal said although same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for more than a decade it’s still relatively new, which may partly explain its recent growth. The CP story appeared in the Globe and MailCTVEdmonton Journal and other Postmedia outlets.

Amin Ghaziani, the Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies, spoke to Surrey Now-Leader about how the increase in reported same-sex couples could be due to attitudes liberalizing dramatically since gay marriage was approved.

The Vancouver Sun quoted Marina Adshade, an economics and public policy professor at both UBC and SFU, and Yue Qian, a sociology professor about the rise in one-person households. The story also appeared in The Province.

Metro News quoted Nathanael Lauster, a sociology professor, about the difficulty of finding housing. Lauster also spoke to the Vancouver Courier.

After Saudi video, Canada has a choice to make on human rights

Globe and Mail Mon July 31 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 videos apparently showing Canadian-made armoured vehicles being used to crush civilian protests in Saudi Arabia.

He wrote that “more hypocrisy is becoming evident as the government prepares to join the Arms Trade Treaty, which is designed to protect civilians against precisely the kinds of violations shown in the recent videos.”

B.C. Liberals need to move fast to replace Clark: Experts

National Post Mon July 31 2017 By: Jack Hauen

Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political science professor, was quoted in a National Post article about Christy Clark’s resignation. She said “it speaks volumes to Christy Clark’s feistiness and never-say-die attitude as a politician that we would even ask (why she resigned).”

Real history behind greyscale treatment on Game of Thrones

Time Magazine Mon July 31 2017 By: Lily Rothman

Robert Rouse, a UBC professor of medieval English literature, spoke to Time Magazine  about the fictional disease greyscale in the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. The disease has been compared to leprosy. Rouse said that leprosy is a disease with heavy connotations, including a link to sin.

Former Premier Christy Clark to resign as leader of B.C. Liberals

Metro News Fri July 28 2017 By: Nelson Bennett

Two UBC political scientists weighed in after former premier Christy Clark resigned at the leader of the BC Liberal party.

Maxwell Cameron told Metro News Clark was not in a strong position to be the opposition leader. Cameron also spoke to News 1130 and Business in Vancouver.

Kathryn Harrison told The Tyee that Clark did not have much of a choice but to resign.

The real consequences of fake news

The Conversation Thu July 26 2017 By: Dominik Stecula

Dominik Stecula, a political science PhD candidate at UBC, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation about his research on how consumers judge the legitimacy of a news story. He wrote that “even though we have been fairly lucky in Canada to avoid the spread of fake news which has plagued recent elections in other developed nations, it doesn’t mean we’re immune to the phenomenon.”

The gaybourhood in a post-gay, post-Orlando world

Mel Magazine Wed July 26 2017 By: C. Brian Smith

Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor, was interviewed for a Mel Magazine article on the concept of a “gaybourhood.” He said gay districts for LGBTQ people “incubate unique cultures, political perspectives, organizations and businesses, family forms, rituals and styles of socialization.”

Want to be happy? Buy more takeout, hire a maid, study says

New York Times Thu July 27 2017 By: Niraj Chokshi

The New York Times reported on UBC research that found people reported higher daily wellbeing and life satisfaction if they spend their money on time-saving purchases.

Lead author Ashley Whillans, now with Harvard Business School, and senior author and UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn, found people reported feeling happier when they paid someone to do tasks they preferred not to do themselves. Similar stories appeared in NewsweekCNBCEsquire U.K.Travel and LeisureEconomic Times IndiaL.A. TimesPopular ScienceHuffington Post CanadaVice, and BC Business.

No rush to sign ‘bad’ NAFTA deal: Canada’s U.S. ambassador

CBC Tue July 18 2017 By: Kathleen Harris

CBC interviewed Gerry Baier, a UBC political scientist, for a story about the future of NAFTA. He said Prime Minister Trudeau will likely be able to deflect criticism of NAFTA by pointing the finger at Donald Trump.

How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart

Globe and Mail Wed July 19 2017 By: Nathan VanderKlippe

The Globe and Mail featured UBC research on the hukou system in China that impacts marriages. Yue Qian, a UBC sociology professor and study lead author, said “marriage and China’s hukou system can work together to contribute to the growing socio-economic disparities between migrants and locals.”