Pipeline protesters predict number of arrests over Trans Mountain will eclipse War in the Woods

CBC Mon July 16 2018 By: Chad Pawson

CBC interviewed David Tindall, a UBC professor of sociology who has studied civil disobedience, for a story about arrests related to Trans Mountain pipeline protests. “Some people think that they don’t have any choice if they want to be moral beings, that this is their moral duty to engage in these types of activities,” Tindall said.

People prefer a good story, no matter what their DNA says

CBC Sat July 14 2018 By: Showwei Chu

CBC featured a UBC sociology study that found some white people who do DNA tests choose new racial identities for themselves if they feel it will be believable to others. Wendy Roth, the study lead researcher, said race does not have the same consequences for white people. The research was also mentioned in a Flare Magazine article.

Billboard campaign puts spotlight on Indigenous artists in Canada

Smithsonian Magazine Fri July 13 2018 By: Brigit Katz

Michelle McGeough, a UBC historian of indigenous art, spoke to Smithsonian Magazine about a campaign highlighting Indigenous Canadian artists. She discussed how the artists are “taking on issues of appropriation.”

Why does every soccer player do this?

New York Times Tue July 10 2018 By: David Gendelman

Jessica Tracy, a UBC professor of psychology, was interviewed for a New York Times article about the gesture that soccer players make when they make a mistake during a game. She discussed how the “hands on head” gesture signifies that the player acknowledges they messed up.

Can we talk about housing without getting so angry?

The Tyee Mon July 9 2018 By: Christopher Cheung

The Tyee interviewed UBC sociologist Nathanael Lauster for a story on the controversy around housing supply in Vancouver. Lauster said emotions are fuelled because those who grew up in homes owned by their parents expect to also be able to buy a home of their own, as part of being an adult.

Design and makeup of ‘Little Syria’ ideal for resettlement

CBC Fri July 6 2018 By: Colleen Underwood

CBC highlighted work by UBC urban geography graduate student Bronwyn Bragg, who is studying the settlement of Syrian refugees living in “Little Syria” in southeast Calgary. Among other things, she found that the diversity of the community fostered broader social connections for the refugees. The story also appeared on Yahoo.

Could basic income work in B.C.?

Canadian Press Tue July 3 2018

Various media outlets reported that David Green, a professor at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, will chair an expert committee to explore the feasibility of a basic-income pilot in B.C. The CP story appeared on CTV, Star Vancouver, and in the Times Colonist and similar stories appeared on Global, Business in Vancouver, and Indo-Canadian Voice.

Mastering the Art of Caring Less

The Cut Tue July 3 2018 By: Jamie Friedlander

Edward Slingerland, a professor of Asian studies at UBC, was quoted in a story on The Cut about the concept of “wu wei.” Slingerland discussed how the concept could be described as “effortless action.”

If Congress changes food stamp requirements, kids will go hungry

New York Times Sun July 1 2018 By: Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Annie Hardison-Moody

The New York Times published an op-ed about potential changes to food stamp requirements in the United States co-written by Sinikka Elliott, a UBC professor of sociology.

“The House proposal puts us in jeopardy of losing even this modicum of decency. Although the new rule technically targets adults, children will suffer as a result of it,” wrote Elliott, Sarah Bowen from North Carolina State University and Annie Hardison-Moody at North Carolina State University.

Users of home DNA tests ‘cherry pick’ results based on race biases: Study

The Guardian Sun July 1 2018 By: Ashifa Kassam

Various media outlets reported on a UBC study that found most people did not change their views of their identity after receiving new DNA information about themselves. “I was surprised to find that, for most people, they didn’t adopt the ancestries suggested by the test,” said Wendy Roth, a sociologist and lead study author.

Stories appeared on The GuardianU.S. News & World ReportRadio Canada, and CBC Radio’s On the Coast (segment at 39:40, also on CBC Online).

The millionaire homeowner revolt has become embarrassing

Pique Magazine Thu June 28 2018 By: Joel Barde

Pique Magazine mentioned an editorial by UBC economists Joshua Gottlieb and David Green, about the “school tax”. “The school tax captures returns to pure luck,” they wrote. “Owning land when demand increases is like holding a winning lottery ticket—it generates a return without doing anything productive.”

More than 1 in 10 homes owned by non-residents in one part of Metro Van: Data

Global Wed June 27 2018 By: Jesse Ferreras and Ted Chernecki

Global interviewed Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociologist and housing expert about Statistics Canada data on non-resident home owners in Metro Vancouver. “UBC has a lot of international students, it’s not too surprising that a lot of them may have parents who buy them places to live while they’re studying at UBC,” he said.

Former B.C. premier warns against change to proportional representation

Canadian Press Thu June 28 2018

The Canadian Press interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, for an article about the changing voting system in B.C. He said most established high-income democracies around the world use some type of proportional representation. The CP story appeared on CTV and in the National PostOttawa Citizen and Times Colonist.

Shakesqueer in love: Exploring the Bard’s queer themes

The Conversation Wed June 27 2018 By: Sky Gilbert

Stephen Guy-Bray, a UBC English professor, was quoted in an article on The Conversation about Shakespeare’s queer themes. He suggests that any queer person can find a “space” for themselves in a text. The story also appeared in the National Post.

Twitter isn’t the voice of the people, media shouldn’t say it is

CBC Wed June 27 2018

CBC Radio mentioned an essay by Heidi Tworek, who teaches the history of information at UBC. Her essay detailed how dependent journalists have become on Twitter.