BIV 2015 Year in Review

Business in Vancouver Mon Dec 21 2015 By: Jen St. Denis and Timothy Renshaw

UBC professors comment on the big news stories of the year in Business in Vancouver‘s Year in Review.

In a story about Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan discusses income inequality and the Liberal leader’s economic plans for the country.

Tsur Somerville, a professor at the Sauder School of Business, weighs in on a story from March about high house prices in Vancouver and home ownership for residents under the age of 40.

John Innes, dean of the Faculty of Forestry, speaks about the economic impact of the forest fires that swept through the province in July.

Who is buying homes on Vancouver’s Angus Drive?

BC Business Mon Dec 21 2015 By: Jacob Parry

A BCBusiness investigation into property transactions in Vancouver quotes David Ley, a UBC professor of geography.

The story delves into the factors driving Vancouver’s luxury property market by investigating transactions along Angus Drive, on the city’s westside.

Canada and Denmark keep relations warm in Arctic island dispute

Toronto Star Mon Dec 21 2015 By: Jim Coyle

UBC political science professor and Arctic expert Michael Byers and a colleague from Denmark have proposed a solution to a dispute between Canada and Denmark, writes the Toronto Star.

Hans Island, a 1.2-square-km rock, has been a point of dispute in the boundary markings between Canada and Denmark’s Greenland since the boundaries were established in a treaty in 1973.

Byers and his Danish colleague, Michael Boss, have put forward the Aarhus Declaration, which proposes that the dispute over Hans Island be resolved by “creating a condominium of shared authority.”

The year in photos

The Globe and Mail Tue Dec 22 2015

John Lehman’s best photos from the past year are featured in the Globe and Mail including a photo of a B.C. ballet dancer behind the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Study shows material things can bring happiness

Gizmodo Mon Dec 21 2015 By: Esther Inglis-Arkell

Gizmodo reports on a new study by UBC psychologists that examined whether receiving a gift can bring as much happiness as participating in an experience. By tracking the happiness of the participants over two weeks, researchers found that experiential gifts gave more intense happiness during the experience but material gifts made people happier more frequently over the time.

New course in public policy and global affairs

The Hindu Mon Dec 21 2015

A new two-year master’s program in public policy and global affairs at UBC is highlighted in a new article in The Hindu.

These dogs have a good sense of humour

Tech Times Fri Dec 18 2015 By: Alyssa Navarro

UBC psychology professor and canine expert Stanley Coren believes some dogs actually have a good sense of humour, while some do not. In a Tech Times article, Coren also recommended that people hoping to adopt a dog should look for one that matches their temperament.

China cracks down on politically incorrect maps

The Atlantic-CityLab Thu Dec 17 2015 By: Linda Poon

A new article in CityLab reported on China’s stricter rules regarding maps, both print and online.

The article included a quote from Tim Brook, a professor of Chinese history at UBC.

“Regimes that are anxious about their legitimacy fetishize the signs of legitimacy,” Brook said.”So one of the signs of legitimacy is a map–there you are one color, your borders are all drawn properly and you look like a proper state.”

Lower blood pressure linked to spending money on others

Huffington Post Wed Dec 16 2015 By: Brian Vinh Tien Trinh

Huffington Post highlighted a recent study linking charitable spending to lower blood pressure.

“What we’ve found is some of the strongest evidence to date that spending money on others can lead to significant improvements in physical health,” said study author Ashley Whillans.

Knowledge work has had its day

Bloomberg Thu Dec 17 2015 By: Justin Fox

A Bloomberg article explored the passing of the era of the knowledge worker and the dawn of the “relationship worker” in light of the growing computerization of the economy.

The article cited a paper published in 2013 by UBC economists Paul Beaudry and David A. Green and Benjamin M. Sand of York University.  Beaudry, Green and Sand had noted the decline of jobs focused on cognitive tasks after two decades of growth.

Mixed-faith families need nurturing

Indo Canadian Voice Tue Dec 15 2015 By: Rattan Mall

A new article in Indo Canadian Voice featured UBC psychology professor Ara Norenzayan’s observations on interreligious marriages. Such marriages face a number of challenges and need to be nurtured, Norenzayan said. Many people still frown upon mixed-faith couples when one of the partners comes from a religion other than Christianity. A second issue is the conflicts that come up when raising children in mixed-faith families.

Conservative politics, business and COP21

Vancouver Observer Wed Dec 16 2015 By: David Tindall

Business leaders at the Paris climate talks announced their commitment to dealing with climate change and appear to be ahead of politicians in this respect, noted UBC sociology professor David Tindall in a Vancouver Observer op-ed.

“Many corporations now see runaway climate change as very bad for business, entailing unpredictable costs,” wrote Tindall. “Not only that, some see the transition to a green, decarbonized economy as a business opportunity — or even, in some cases, as a part of their social responsibility.”

The Paris agreement and Canada’s involvement

Times Colonist Wed Dec 16 2015 By: David Tindall

UBC sociology professor David Tindall offered qualified praise for the Paris climate talks in an op-ed for the Victoria Times Colonist. Canada has succeeded in improving its image as a supporter of climate-change plans but now needs to buckle down and make those plans a reality, Tindall wrote.

“We have now found our geographical bearings. We know roughly, but not exactly, how to get to the meeting. But we are still late, and will have to figure out a way to increase our speed to our destination,” said Tindall.

5 questions for Dr. Wade Davis

Huffington Post Wed Dec 16 2015 By: Tim Ward

UBC anthropology professor Wade Davis highlighted the importance of listening to indigenous community concerns in drawing up climate change policies.

“The voices of indigenous people matter because they can still remind us that there are indeed alternatives, other ways of orienting human beings in social, spiritual, and ecological space,” said Davis in a Q&A with the Huffington Post. “This is not to suggest naively that we abandon everything and attempt to mimic the ways of non-industrial societies, or that any culture be asked to forfeit its right to benefit from the genius of technology.”

10 best university libraries in Canada

Huffington Post Wed Dec 16 2015

UBC’s libraries and study spaces are among the best in Canada, according to a Huffington Post list. The article mentioned the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Chapman Learning Commons, and the Law Library in particular.