Is the default mode of the brain to suffer?

New York Magazine Thu January 19 2017 By: Drake Baer

New York Magazine quoted Evan Thompson, a UBC philosophy professor, about the default-mode content of our brains and how it relates to our concept of self. Thompson said mental wanderings are the baseline state of a person as a cognitive system.

Patients with anxiety, depression after cancer diagnosis die sooner

Vancouver Sun Tue January 24 2017 By: Randy Shore

The Vancouver Sun reported on a UBC study that found anxiety and depression shorten the lives of people diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Andrea Vodermaier, a psychology post-doctoral research fellow and study lead author, said doctors must focus on tumours as well as the patient’s complete emotional experience. The story also appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.

Election builds momentum for inquiry into aboriginal women

Montreal Gazette Thu January 19 2017 By: Christopher Curtis

Deena Rymhs, a UBC English professor who teaches indigenous literature, spoke to the Montreal Gazette about the creation of a parliamentary inquiry into the high rates of violence against indigenous women. Rymhs said the victims of violence are often de-humanized but must have their voices heard in a collaborative process during an inquiry.

Why we expect the Girl Scouts to be progressive

Pacific Standard Fri January 20 2017 By: Francie Diep

Pacific Standard cited an essay by Barbara Arneil, a UBC political scientist, for a story about how the history of the Girl Scouts has influenced their behaviour, including the decision for 75 scouts to march in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.

In the 2010 essay, Arneil wrote that the Girl Scouts had a hint of rebellion that was forced upon them by Boy Scout leadership’s objections to the notion of girls scouting at all.

With globalism in retreat, have Davos elites gotten the message?

Yahoo Wed January 18 2017 By: Peter Ford

Yahoo published a Christian Science Monitor story about the World Economic Forum and quoted Yves Tiberghien, a UBC political science professor. Tiberghien said considering the increasing number of disillusioned citizens in the U.S. and Europe who are threatened by globalization, a collapse of the liberal global order is possible.

Could oilsands be phased out? Here are the possibilities

CBC Thu January 19 2017 By: Tracy Johnson & Kyle Bakx

CBC interviewed Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist, about the possibility that oilsands could be phased out. Harrison said Canada’s tarsands have few unique features and the country’s oil will not be competitive when other countries start to seriously reduce emissions and demand declines.

Canada’s Trump? ‘Shark Tank’s’ O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

CNN Thu January 19 2017 By: Joshua Berlinger

After celebrity investor Kevin O’Leary declared he would enter the federal Conservative leadership race, CNN quoted David Moscrop, a UBC political scientist, for a story comparing Donald Trump and O’Leary. Moscrop said both men are outspoken but have different policies.

Political donations cost B.C. taxpayers millions annually

Vancouver Sun Mon January 16 2017 By: Rob Shaw

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, spoke to the Vancouver Sun about the private donations to B.C.’s political parties that end up costing taxpayers millions. He said the tax credit, particularly the 75 per cent credit available for a $100 donation, is unparalleled. The story also appeared in The Province.

Experts weigh in on NY Times article on B.C. political cash

Global Sun January 15 2017 By: Sean Boynton

Global quoted Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, about American coverage of the annual, political donation-supplied $50,000 stipend given to Premier Christy Clark. Cameron said global discussion on the topic is “embarrassing.”

David Moscrop, a UBC political scientist, spoke to News 1130 on the same topic. He said the issue is further legitimized as worthy of media attention since it appeared in the New York Times.

Building relationships key to report on Indigenous communities

CBC Nova Scotia Sun January 15 2017 By: Anjuli Patil

CBC Nova Scotia interviewed Duncan McCue, an instructor at UBC’s journalism program, about the need for media outlets to go beyond stereotypes when reporting on Indigenous communities. McCue said covering a broader range of stories is a good first step to improving relations between journalists and Indigenous communities.

Pipeline politics: What’s next for B.C.?

Vancouver Sun Thu January 12 2017 By: Peter O’Neil

The Vancouver Sun interviewed Richard Johnston, a political scientist at UBC, and George Hoberg, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

Johnston said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark did a good job strategically giving their approval along with environmentally beneficial measures. Hoberg said completion of the pipeline is now more likely, but not a sure thing. The story also appeared in Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia outlets.

The man she loves is a financial train wreck

Globe and Mail Fri January 13 2017 By: Rob Carrick

The Globe and Mail cited research by Marina Adshade, a UBC economist, for a column on the role financial compatibility plays in a relationship. Adshade said people bring many personal elements in a relationship, from attractiveness to money.

Top 4 reasons professionals help students and postdocs

Inside Higher Education Mon January 9 2017 By: Thomas Magaldi

Inside Higher Education cited a UBC study about helping others in an article about the reasons students should ask for help from professionals in their network.

Psychology researchers at UBC and Harvard University found that participants who spent a small amount of money on another person reported a greater feeling of happiness than people who spent the same amount of money on themselves.

New Year’s resolution should be make more friends

Vancouver Magazine Fri January 6 2017 By: Stacey McLachlan

Vancouver Magazine featured an interview with Amori Yee Mikami, a UBC psychology professor, about the benefits of increased human interaction. She said research shows that even casual relationships can positively influence our health and well-being.

Why reunified Ireland offers best outcome for North’s future

Irish Times Wed December 28 2016 By: Kevin Meagher

A study on Irish reunification by Kurt Hübner, the director of the Institute for European Studies at UBC, was featured in the Irish Times. Hübner found that “borders matter” and that the economies of both jurisdictions are interdependent but not aligned.