Burnaby Village Museum partners with UBC to share history

Burnaby Now Fri June 1 2018

Burnaby Now highlighted a joint partnership between the Burnaby Village Museum and UBC that will allow students to turn their research into interpretive material. The museum will collaborate with the UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program, among others.

Potential tenants asked to fill out a personality test for Vancouver building

Global Fri June 1 2018 By: Paul Johnson

Delroy Paulhus, a UBC psychology professor who specializes in survey research, spoke to Global about a personality test for potential tenants of a Vancouver building.

Federal decision to buy Trans Mountain pipeline

National Post Tue May 29 2018

Various UBC experts weighed in after the federal government decided to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline. George Hoberg, a professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs, spoke to the BBC (at 34:30) about the implications of the pipeline expansion. He also spoke with CBC Radio’s The Current.

Political scientist Kathryn Harrison and sociology professor David Tindall spoke to the Canadian Press. Harrison said this could backfire politically in B.C. and globally on the environmental stage. Tindall discussed how Premier John Horgan has gained support in B.C. for his approach to the pipeline debate. The CP story appeared in the National PostFinancial Post, City NewsThe ProvinceCalgary Sun, Alaska Highway News and New West Record.

Harrison also spoke to the Globe and Mail on the same topic and Tindall spoke to CBC Vancouver (from 43:32 to 50:50) and CBC Radio’s Early Edition as well as CBC Radio across Canada. Political science professor Richard Johnston discussed with Business in Vancouver about how Alberta’s premier Rachel Notley had the most to lose of all political leaders involved.

Geography professor Simon Donner’s analysis of the environmental impact of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion was mentioned in a Georgia Straight article.

Justin Trudeau’s risky gamble on the Trans Mountain pipeline

The Conversation Wed May 30 2018 By: David Tindall

David Tindall, a UBC sociology professor, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation after the federal government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline. “The decision poses real risks to the federal Liberals including harm to its reconciliation efforts with First Nations,” he wrote. The article also appeared in the National PostThe Weather Network, and DeSmog.

B.C. unveils its proposed question for voters in electoral-reform referendum

Globe and Mail Wed May 30 2018 By: Sunny Dhillon

Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, spoke to the Globe and Mail about the B.C. electoral-reform referendum this fall. Cameron said he was pleased with the referendum questions and the plan for a subsequent referendum. Cameron was also quoted in The Province and The Tyee on the same topic.

Free-trade talks with China were stalled before Aecon rejection

Globe and Mail Fri May 25 2018 By: Robert Fife and Steven Chase

Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story about Ottawa blocking a Chinese company from taking over one of Canada’s largest construction companies.

Plunging response rates to household surveys worry policymakers

The Economist Thu May 24 2018 By: Leslie Nemo

The Economist cited research on household surveys by Kevin Milligan, a UBC economics professor, and colleagues. Milligan, Garry Barrett of the University of Sydney, and Peter Levell of the Institute for Fiscal Studies studied household data in America, Britain, Canada and Australia.

Two of Canada’s biggest provinces feud over pipeline, Trudeau caught in middle

Washington Post Fri May 25 2018 By: Alan Freeman

The Washington Post interviewed George Hoberg, a professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs, about the pipeline dispute between B.C. and Alberta. He said even if the project is approved by the courts, the opposition will remain.

UBC prof nabs 100k prize for toddler language research

Vancouver Courier Mon May 21 2018 By: Jessica Kerr

Janet Werker, a UBC psychology professor, was awarded the Killam Prize in social sciences for her research on how babies and toddlers come to understand spoken language, Vancouver Courier reported. The story also appeared in Richmond News.

Trading tax info with China will allow Canada to monitor tax evasion among foreign-property owners

Globe and Mail Mon May 21 2018 By: Xiao Xu

David Ley, a UBC geography professor emeritus and expert in immigration and housing markets, was quoted in a Globe and Mail article about China and Canada exchanging tax and financial information. Ley said people who have difficulties with the Chinese government may be more exposed.

2,300-year-old Chinese philosophy shows why we should try to be a mess

Quartz Sun May 20 2018 By: Olivia Goldhill

Edward Slingerland, a professor of Asian studies at UBC, was quoted in a Quartz article about letting go of complete order in our lives. Slingerland explained how Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi wrote about the benefits of releasing the tendency to control everything.

People who live in small towns are happier than everyone else: Researchers

Washington Post Thu May 17 2018 By: Christopher Ingraham

The Washington Post highlighted happiness research from UBC and McGill University. The working paper on the geography of well-being in Canada found an association between population density and happiness. The story also appeared in the Toronto Star.

Baloney Meter: Is voter information card a doorway to electoral fraud?

Canadian Press Thu May 17 2018 By: Jim Bronskill

The Canadian Press interviewed Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections and representation at UBC, after members of the Conservative Party made claims of possible voter fraud in the 2015 election. “The question of electoral fraud just was not an issue,” he said. The CP story appeared on CTV and in the National Post and Times Colonist.

Earliest version of our alphabet possibly discovered

Live Sciencer Wed May 16 2018 By: Owen Jarus

Live Science reported that Thomas Schneider, a UBC professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern studies, found what could be the earliest example of our alphabet on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of Egyptian pottery. Schneider said the discovery “would be the first historical attestation of ‘our’ alphabet sequence.”

How income affects the brain

The Atlantic Tue May 15 2018 By: Olga Khazan

The Atlantic quoted Jiaying Zhao, a UBC psychology professor, for an article about a new study from the University of Texas at Dallas connecting lower socioeconomic status to detrimental brain changes. Zhao, who was not involved in the study, explained how research shows “chronic poverty can influence brain anatomy.”