100 years after WWI, there is still much to learn: UBC professor

News 1130 Sun Nov 11 2018 By: Renee Bernard and Lauren Boothby

UBC assistant history professor Heidi Tworek was quoted in a News 1130 article about the First World War. Tworek said there is still a lot to learn about that period in history and talked about keeping history alive through memorials such as cenotaphs. “Canada has invested a lot more in terms of trying to promote that cultural memory or through education in school than, say, the United States,” she said.

The 19th-century origins of climate science

The Atlantic Sat Nov 10 2018 By: Ian P. Beacock

Ian Beacock, a sessional lecturer at UBC’s history department, wrote an article that appeared in The Atlantic about the origins of climate science. He writes that politics and azaleas both had a role in how modern understanding of the environment developed.

On ecological amnesia

The Tyee Thu Nov 8 2018 By: Wade Davis

The Tyee published work by Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor, that was included in a book about the importance of individual and collective memory. The collection of essays, called Memory, was published by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. A similar story appeared in the Georgia Straight.

It ended in 1767, yet this experiment is still linked to higher incomes and education levels today

Washington Post Fri Nov 9 2018 By: Andrew Van Dam

The Washington Post featured work by Felipe Valencia, a UBC economist, that showed how returns from education and vocational training span generations and even centuries. Valencia’s work studied the impact of Jesuit missions founded hundreds of years ago. “This paper is not saying missions are good,” Valencia said. “This paper is not saying Catholicism is good or didn’t have any negative effects. This paper is saying even though people were converting indigenous people to Catholicism, while they were doing that they were also teaching them skills.”

U.S. midterm election results

CBC Wed Nov 7 2018

Two UBC political science experts spoke to local media about the results of the American midterm election. Paul Quirk, a UBC professor and the Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation, spoke to CBC Radio’s Early Edition (at 2:19:48) and CBC Radio’s BC Today.
Eric Merkley, a PhD candidate, spoke to Breakfast Television.

How has pro rep worked for New Zealand’s Māori?

The Tyee Tue Nov 6 2018 By: Andrew MacLeod

The Tyee interviewed Sheryl Lightfoot, an Indigenous studies and political science professor at UBC, for an article about the proportional electoral system in New Zealand. She said the system has increased representation for Māori people in that country, but the way it’s done that has changed significantly over time.

China at the heart of concerns from the United States

Radio Canada Thu Nov 1 2018

Yves Tiberghien, director emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, was interviewed by Radio Canada about the trade war between China and the United States. He discussed the Trump administration’s view on China.

Brazil’s far-right election results become B.C. electoral reform fodder

Star Vancouver Fri Nov 2 2018 By: David P. Ball

Star Vancouver quoted Max Cameron, a UBC political scientist and an electoral reform advocate, for an article comparing political events in Brazil and B.C.

Electoral reform in B.C.

Star Vancouver Thu Nov 1 2018 By: Cherise Seucharan

Two UBC political science professors spoke to local media about electoral reform in B.C. Star Vancouver interviewed Max Cameron, director with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC.

“There’s no question if you look at some of the best-funded welfare states in the world, they tend to be northern European countries that have proportional representation, so there’s clearly some kind of correlation,” he said.

Cameron also spoke to Pique Magazine on the same topic. Richard Johnston told the Squamish Chief that several issues about proportional representation remain outstanding, including the exact district boundaries, the number of districts and regions, and whether to have open or closed lists of candidates.

Trump’s war on the media is driving students to journalism

Vice Thu Nov 1 2018 By: Anne Gaviola

Vice interviewed Alfred Hermida, the director of the school of journalism at UBC, for an article about how Donald Trump’s attitudes towards the media has led to an increase in journalism interest in the United States. “There’s no doubt that because of Trump there’s increased interest in journalism in the U.S. with more reader-funded media,” he said.

Cacao first cultivated in South America, not Mexico, Central America

Smithsonian Magazine Tue Oct 30 2018 By: Meilan Solly

Smithsonian Magazine reported on research into the history of chocolate by Michael Blake, a UBC anthropologist and archaeologist. Blake explained that discovering traces of cacao in fancy containers suggests it may have been an important part of feasting and ritual behaviour. A similar story appeared on Popular Science (also on MSN).

Dana Claxton: Self identity

MonteCristo Magazine Wed Oct 31 2018 By: Curranne Labercane

Dana Claxton, a UBC art history professor, was profiled in MonteCristo Magazine. Claxton, who has three decades of works in film, video, photography, and performance, will chair the university’s visual arts program starting in January 2019.

New UBC research suggests flashing casino lights promote problem gambling

Global Tue Oct 30 2018 By: Linda Aylesworth

Global reported on UBC research that found bright flashing lights and loud music in gambling halls play an important role in a casino’s success. Catharine Winstanley, a professor in UBC’s department of psychology, said researchers have received funding to scan brains of participants while they are gambling to learn what brain chemicals and regions are involved in the behaviour.

Mongolia’s changing economy

BBC Tue Oct 30 2018

Julian Dierkes, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, spoke to the BBC about Mongolia’s economy. The segment aired on NPR’s Marketplace and starts at the 4:20 mark.

Making more room to address Vancouver’s housing crisis

Vancouver Sun Mon Oct 22 2018 By: Leonora Angeles

The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed about the housing crisis by Leonora Angeles, a professor at UBC’s school of community and regional planning and Social Justice Institute. “We need a multi-pronged and multi-sectoral strategy to make any short- and long-term housing plan work,” Angeles wrote.