Indigenous advocates excited by funding to preserve B.C.’s oldest languages

The Tyee Mon March 12 2018 By: Duncan Anderson

The Tyee interviewed Mark Turin, chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program at UBC, about funding to revitalize B.C.’s dozens of Indigenous languages. “One of the unique features of B.C.’s linguistic landscape is the rich and robust documentation that already exists for many of the First Nations languages that are spoken here,” Turin said.

Why Mongolia’s capital might be place for a Trump-Kim summit

The Diplomat Sat March 10 2018 By: Julian Dierkes and Mendee Jargaksaikha

Julian Dierkes, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and Mendee Jargaksaikhan, a PhD candidate in political science, wrote an op-ed for The Diplomat about the possible location of a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. “Nuclear non-proliferation is among the main issues surrounding a Trump-Kim meeting. Mongolia’s status as a nuclear-free zone was formally recognized in 2012,” wrote Dierkes and Jargaksaikhan.

On a hunt for regional accents

The Vancouver Sun Sun March 4 2018 By: Gordon McIntyre

The Vancouver Sun reported on research into B.C. accents conducted by Molly Babel, a UBC linguist, and Bob Pritchard, a UBC professor of music technology. The project, called DRAWL, stands for “determining regional accents with literature.”

Why some conservatives are blind to climate change

The Conversation Thu March 1 2018 By: Jiaying Zhao, Jennifer Whitman, and Rebecca M. Todd

The Conversation published an op-ed about climate change by UBC psychology professors Jiaying Zhao and Rebecca M. Todd, and Jennifer Whitman, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. “Communications about climate change must tailor the climate-related information to the audience, especially those who are conservative or unconcerned,” they wrote.

High-spending Canadian budget aims for equality and growth

Xinhua Thu March 1 2018

Xinhua and Metro News interviewed Marina Adshade, a UBC economist, about the federal budget. Adshade discussed the pros and cons of the new measures related to paternal leave and said the budget fails to help women in Canada who are single parents.

Can corporate sponsors make a difference?

CBC Wed February 28 2018 By: Malone Mullin

CBC interviewed David Tindall, a UBC sociology professor, for an article about how corporate sponsors are involved in activism. Tindall discussed how some may say a movement has “sold out” when activists cozy up to corporations.

Ottawa rules out banning, monitoring sexual relationships between MPs, staff members

Globe and Mail Mon February 26 2018 By: Laura Stone and Erin Anderssen

UBC professor Max Cameron was interviewed for a Globe and Mail story on the federal government’s decision not to monitor or ban sexual relationships between MPs and their staffers. Cameron, director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC, said an independent office to investigate complaints is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest and protect the integrity of the Parliament.

The politics of citation

CBC Unreserved Sun February 25 2018

Sarah Hunt, an assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous studies at UBC, was interviewed on CBC’s Unreserved about the difficulties Indigenous academics face in publishing their work. Hunt said Indigenous academics are often asked to cite the work of white male scholars, even if it is unrelated to the topic.

Distracted by interruptions? Science offers tips for focusing

CBC Spark Sun February 25 2018

UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn was cited in a recent CBC Spark episode on how to manage workplace interruptions. “When we’re constantly being buzzed by our phones and reminded of this Facebook update and that incoming message…it makes it hard for us to focus,” Dunn said.

How safe are Canada’s elections from fake news on Facebook?

CBC The Current Tue February 20 2018

Taylor Owen, assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at UBC, commented on Facebook’s new Canadian election integrity initiative to improve the security of its platform and fight misinformation. Speaking on CBC’s The Current, he said the initiative could shed light on how advertisers use the platform but it’s not transparent enough.

Land fight could grant thousands of indigenous Americans new rights in Canada

The Guardian Wed February 21 2018 By: Leyland Cecco

UBC experts were quoted in a Guardian story on a B.C. supreme court ruling that granted native Americans in the U.S. the right to hunt in Canada. Bruce Miller, an anthropologist at UBC who provided documentation for the case, said judges tend to write decisions so that the judgment is specific to the case at hand.

Stanley trial highlights colonialism of Canadian media

The Conversation Fri February 16 2018 By: Candis Callison and Mary-Lynn Young

The Conversation published an op-ed by two UBC journalism professors about the controversial trial of Gerald Stanley, who was on trial for killing Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man. “Indigenous scholars, activists and community members are largely doing the important work of situating Colten Boushie’s life and death within the colonial context, answering not if race was a factor, but how and why it matters,” wrote Candis Callison and Mary-Lynn Young.

The side effects of the decline of men

Bloomberg Wed February 14 2018 By: Tyler Cowen

Bloomberg cited a study co-authored by Henry E. Siu, a UBC economics professor, for an article about the decline of men in the high-skill labour market. Siu, Guido Matias Cortes, and Nir Jaimovich found that the percentage of college-educated men working in cognitive, high-wage occupations has been dropping.

Vancouver Chinatown’s history woven into other Chinatowns

Vancouver Sun Wed February 14 2018 By: Joanne Lee-Young

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, spoke to the Vancouver Sun for an article on the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown. He said there is awareness that Kaiping, in southern China, shows how Vancouver’s Chinatown is part of a much bigger international thread. The story also appeared in The Province.

Is it dishonest to seek professional help for online dating?

CBC Sun February 11 2018 By: Michelle Ghoussoub

CBC interviewed Marina Adshade, a UBC professor of economics, for an article about professional services for people looking for help with online dating. She said she’s not surprised this industry has emerged in a society with increased outsourcing of services.