UBC political scientist decorated in France

CBC Radio Canada Wed November 22 2017

Yves Tiberghien, a UBC political science professor, will be awarded the National Order of Merit in France, CBC Radio-Canada reported. Tiberghien said the honour is a reminder of his French roots.

The Justin Trudeau lovefest gets a reality check

Bloomberg Tue November 21 2017 By: Josh Wingrove

Bloomberg interviewed David Green, a UBC economist, in a story about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first term. Green found that Canadian wage growth, driven largely by oil, has helped avoid U.S.-style anxiety and antiglobalization sentiment.

Black men sentenced to more time for same crime as white person

Washington Post Thu November 16 2017 By: Christopher Ingraham

The Washington Post featured work by Marit Rehavi, a UBC economics professor, that examined the role of race in sentencing criminals. Rehavi and Sonja Starr found that prosecutors “have a huge impact on sentences,” as they have broad discretion in how to charge an offender or whether to offer a plea-bargain. Similar stories appeared on Huffington Post and Vox.

Compassion is the key to solving our problems

The Tyee Thu November 16 2017 By: Pauline Le Bel

Chris Erickson, a UBC political science professor, was interviewed for an article in The Tyee. In his book The Poetics of Fear, he examines fear as a political tool.

Rise of the robots

The Walrus Tue November 14 2017 By: Sharon J. Riley

The Walrus interviewed Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor who studies the decline of routine jobs, for a story about the role of robots in the workforce.

“Of course [robots] take our jobs,” he said. “But they create new jobs….The issue is that if it happens to be your job that’s taken, you need to have the flexibility and skills to adapt."

What dreams will die because of Quebec’s Bill 62?

Toronto Star Tue November 14 2017 By: Ayesha S. Chaudhry

The Toronto Star published an op-ed by Ayesha Chaudhry, the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice at UBC, about a piece of legislation in Quebec. “There is nothing good in Bill 62 — it is xenophobia and hatred that cannot tolerate difference,” she wrote.

Jobs with the highest and lowest wage growth in Canada

Global Fri November 10 2017 By: Erica Alini

Global cited research by David Green, a UBC economist, in a story about wage growth in various jobs Canada. Research by Green and his co-authors found that the resource boom in Canada created well-paying jobs that didn’t require a university degree as the manufacturing sector kept shedding good jobs.

B.C. grapples with future of Site C, Horgan sends ministers north

Canadian Press Sun November 12 2017 By: Dirk Meissner

The Canadian Press interviewed Karen Bakker, the director of UBC’s Program on Water Governance and environmental studies expert, about the future of the Site C dam project. She said the B.C. Utilities Commission’s recent report shows the project’s cost could increase to $12 billion in order to provide energy that isn’t required. The CP story appeared in the Financial PostCBC, the Montreal Gazette, and The Province.

How blockchain technology has medieval roots

The Conversation Thu November 9 2017 By: Victoria Lemieux

Victoria Lemieux, a professor in UBC’s, school of library, archival and information studies, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation about blockchain technology, which chains together records of transactions. “In a tokenized, blockchain record-keeping system, literally everything potentially becomes a record,” she wrote.

Chinese-Canadian veterans fought in secret WWII unit, helped changed laws

Canadian Press Fri November 10 2017 By: Camille Bains

The Canadian Press interviewed Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, for a story about Chinese-Canadians in Canada’s armed forces. Yu said the federal government did not want Chinese-Canadians fighting in the war because of fears they would demand the right to vote. The CP story appeared in the Globe and MailMetro NewsCTV and National Post.

Building community through little free libraries

The Tyee Wed November 8 2017 By: Katie Hyslop

The Tyee mentioned research on book exchange boxes conducted by three UBC graduate students from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. The research found the average number of transactions per week, leaving or taking a book, ranged from 12 to 139 from mid-June to mid-October in 2013.

Times Higher Education world university rankings

Times Higher Education Wed November 8 2017 By: Ellie Bothwell

UBC’s psychology department was ranked 10th in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s best universities for psychology. Stanford University took the top spot and other U.S. schools dominated the top 10.

Playwright Marcus Youssef wins $100K Siminovitch Prize

CBC Mon November 6 2017

CBC featured Marcus Youssef, a UBC adjunct creative writing professor, who won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, the biggest honour in Canada’s theatre world. The Vancouver playwright and actor explores themes of otherness and diversity in his work. A similar story appeared in the Globe and Mail.

Vancouver to apply for heritage site designation for Chinatown

Vancouver Sun Thu November 2 2017 By: John Mackie

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, was quoted in the Vancouver Sun about the possibility of the city’s Chinatown becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “There are literally hundreds and hundreds of these designated sites all over the world,” Yu said. “In essence the designation recognizes that this spot is important and significant.” The story also appeared in The Province.

Student calls for return of Louis Riel’s walking stick to Métis

Vancouver Sun Thu November 2 2017 By: Jen Gerson

Susan Rowley, a UBC professor and curator at the Museum of Anthropology, spoke to the Vancouver Sun after an online petition demanded that a walking stick in the Manitoba Museum be returned to the Métis. “More and more people are understanding that these pieces are not items or objects, but they’re belongings,” she said.