End of daylight saving time 2015: 6 eye-opening facts

CBC News Sat Oct 31 2015

The return to standard time in most parts of Canada this weekend was discussed in a CBC News article.

UBC sleep expert Stanley Coren is quoted in the story. Coren’s research found that although there is a five to seven per cent increase in accident fatalities during the three days following spring daylight saving time, overall the spring time change saves lives.

Canada said to consult Obama before opening fighter-jet bidding

Bloomberg Fri Oct 30 2015 By: Josh Wingrove

UBC professor Michael Byers is quoted in a Bloomberg story on Justin Trudeau’s plans to consult the U.S. president before launching a process to replace Canada’s combat jets.

Byers says Trudeau could save around $10 billion by buying a different plane and that in any case, Canada’s low dollar makes the F-35 unaffordable.

Academics put spotlight on Korean pop culture

The Wall Street Journal Sun Nov 1 2015 By: Jonathan Cheng

Korean-style karaoke establishments are featured in a Wall Street Journal article on the rise of Korean pop culture as a subject of serious academic study.

UBC anthropologist Millie Creighton says Korean-style karaoke generally involves a large room with central screen and large groups of customers.

End of China’s ‘one-child’ policy is no surprise, analysts say

The Vancouver Sun Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

China has announced it is ending its one-child policy and experts like Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, say they’re not surprised.

Tiberghien says China has a pension crisis and an aging crisis, and so ending the one-child policy will expand the working population and sustain China’s income growth. It’s also hoped that being allowed to have two children will eventually correct the gender imbalance in China–there are 20 million young men who cannot get married because there aren’t enough women.

CBC Early Edition also interviewed Tiberghien (segment starts 2:31:35). Aprodicio Laquian, a professor emeritus at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, spoke with Global News on the same subject.

You can now study ‘Game of Thrones’ in school because culture

Marie Claire Wed Oct 28 2015 By: Chelsea Peng

Students at UBC can earn credit for reading or watching Game of Thrones, thanks to a new course that will look at medieval culture through the lens of the popular series.

Similar articles appeared on CBC News, Metro News and other publications.

Insider Guide: Best of Vancouver

CNN Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Dana Lynch

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the skating rink at Robson Square are listed in CNN‘s insider guide to the best of Vancouver.

The benefits of paid leave for children are real

CNN Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Kelly Wallace, Jen Christensen

A CNN article on parental leave says it’s becoming a hot issue in the U.S., the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee paid parental leave.

The article mentions a Canadian study that found no significant benefits following the extension of maternity leave policies from six to 12 months in 2001.

UBC economist Kevin Milligan says he was a little surprised that the study found no significant difference in terms of when children learn to walk, talk or feed themselves, between parents who took extended leave and those who didn’t.

Similar articles appeared on Fox and CBS.

The great Liberal comeback

National Post Thu Oct 29 2015 By: Spencer McKay

Young people probably played a big part in the Liberals’ success at the polls, writes Spencer McKay, a PhD student in political science at UBC, in a National Post op-ed.

Trudeau’s willingness to engage voters and his relative youth might have resonated with young voters. Added McKay: “It seems like young people might have done more than help Trudeau win a majority government. They might have set the Liberals up for long-term success that seemed almost impossible when this campaign started.”

Arctic nations to sign ‘historic’ coast guard agreement

Radio Canada Wed Oct 28 2015 By: Levon Sevunts

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) Experts Meeting scheduled Wednesday in Connecticut was attended by representatives from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the U.S. and Russia.

UBC political science professor Michael Byers says the meeting will establish regular contact between the coast guards of all eight Arctic countries, and especially between Russia and Arctic NATO countries.

Out of the Shadows

Al Jazeera Thu Oct 29 2015

A new article in Al Jazeera describes the challenges of treating mental illness in developing regions in Asia, West Africa and the Middle East, a subject that was tackled in a UBC project titled “Out of the Shadows.”

Out of the Shadows was produced by students and faculty of the UBC journalism school’s International Reporting Program.

Babies need their tongues to tell sounds apart

Scientific American Wed Oct 28 2015 By: Christopher Intagliata

A Scientific American video highlights a UBC study that showed babies need to be able to move their tongues in order to tell sounds apart. The researchers say there’s no need to stop using teething toys and soothers but that their study could offer insights on how children with oral motor impairments or cleft palate perceive speech.

Kiribati’s dilemma: Before we drown we may die of thirst

Scientific American Wed Oct 28 2015 By: Kenneth R. Weiss, Nature magazine

The island nation Kiribati could lose much of its land if seawater levels continue to rise due to climate change. Ironically, its freshwater supply is also under threat from a naturally arid climate as well as pollution.

Experts also noted that the coral reefs in Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, are suffering. UBC climatologist Simon Donner says the coral cover is lower in Tarawa than around the island, largely due to pollution and frequent bleaching events in the past 20 years.

UBC alumnus wins 2015 Sobey Award

Sobey Art Foundation Thurs Oct 29 2015

Congratulations to UBC MFA graduate Abbas Akhavan, who won the prestigious 2015 Sobey Art Award for Canadian artists under the age of 40. Akhavan's practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. The direction of his research has been deeply influenced by the specificity of the sites where he works: the architectures that house them, the economies that surround them, and the people that frequent them.

The curatorial panel shared the following statement: “The jury wanted to underline the generosity and empathy at play in Abbas’ work. Through a fugitive practice that resists fixed meaning, Akhavan reasserts that power and engagement are always relevant subjects for artistic examination."

Akhavan's work will remain on display in the Sobey Art Award Shortlist Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Halifax location until January 3, 2016.

For more information on the Sobey Art Award and exhibition, visit

A Game of Thrones course exclusively for book readers

Time Tue Oct 27 2015 By: Megan McCluskey

UBC is offering a course focused on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series Game of Thrones starting spring 2016. Only those who have read all five books will be allowed to enroll in the class.

The course will be taught by associate professor Robert Rouse and will allow students to study medieval history by way of the novels.

Similar articles appeared in The Independent, Telegraph UK, Toronto Star, Vancity Buzz and other media outlets.

Dan Albas pitches for a sunnier Conservative Party

The Tyee Sun Oct 25 2015 By: Jeremy J. Nuttall

The Conservative party should follow the example set by Tory MP Dan Albas, says UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron.

Albas ran a high-minded, sunny campaign and kept his seat in the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding.

“I think Conservatives are often very angry and feel excluded,” Cameron said, noting that the country has become more liberal over the years. “If you feel the country has gone in a direction you don’t support, that leads to a sense of exclusion.”