What happened to hope, America?

iPolitics Mon October 31 2016 By: Tim Harper

Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, spoke to iPolitics for an article on the lack of hope in the United States.

He said that Donald Trump’s accusations that the American election is rigged may lead his supporters to believe a Clinton presidency is illegitimate. “If you’re in a room and you realize that others have the same view, you feel empowered, you feel better saying it out loud,” Johnston said.

Facebook users check in at pipeline protest to confuse police

CBC Mon October 31 2016 By: Jimmy Thomson

CBC quoted Alfred Hermida, the director of UBC’s journalism program, on the phenomenon of people posting on social media that they are at the South Dakota pipeline protests to confuse police.

It has been reported that the local sheriff’s department is tracking protesters by examining their Facebook activity. “This is a way of virtually bringing people together to a geographical area,” Hermida said. “Social media collapses those geographical boundaries so you can say, ‘I’m standing with you, at least virtually.'”

Canada, China at dawn of golden decade

Global Times Mon October 31 2016

The Chinese paper Global Times interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, about the expectations for Canadian-Chinese relations under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Under Trudeau, Canadians are acting like Canadians again. And under President Xi Jinping, on global issues, China is emerging as a global leader, not just a global player. So I think if it is not a golden era, it can be era of common commitment and common accomplishment on global issues,” Evans said.

Understanding mind-wandering could shed light on mental illness

Science Mon October 31 2016

Science Magazine quoted Kalina Christoff, a UBC psychology professor and the lead author of a review examining the implications of mind-wandering.

“Sometimes the mind moves freely from one idea to another, but at other times it keeps coming back to the same idea, drawn by some worry or emotion,” she said. “Understanding what makes thought free and what makes it constrained is crucial because it can help us understand how thoughts move in the minds of those diagnosed with mental illness.”

Similar articles appeared on Medical Xpress and Roundhouse Radio.

When will robots take all the jobs?

The Atlantic Mon October 31 2016 By: Derek Thompson

The Atlantic quoted Henry Siu, a UBC economist, for a story about the future of robots taking over human jobs in the workforce. The story’s premise is that it takes time before the impact of technology on the workplace is fully seen.

“Today you’ve got checkout screens and the promise of driverless cars, flying drones, and little warehouse robots,” Siu said. “We know that these tasks can be done by machines rather than people. But we may not see the effect until the next recession, or the recession after that.”

This week’s highlights from the U.S. campaign trail

Global Sat October 29 2016

Global News interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor about this week’s U.S. campaign trail events.

Cameron discussed the way news of an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails will affect the campaign. “This is really big news because it changes the momentum of the campaign,” he said. “It certainly is a stumbling block in the way of Hillary Clinton.

Extremism ‘motivated by jihadist beliefs’ top source of terrorism

MSN Sat October 29 2016 By: Stewart Bell

MSN published a National Post story featuring research by Daniel Hiebert, a UBC geography professor, on terrorism motivations. Religious extremism was found to be the top motive for Canadian terrorism, but Hiebert wrote that these results should be treated with caution because many cases had no identified motive.

“Rather than reflecting broader motivational trends, these distributions may reflect a tendency for some groups to advertise their motives more explicitly than others, or certain groups to have better success at evading detection following incidents,” he wrote.

The story also appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Regina Leader-Post, and The Province.

A wrong direction in the steppe

The Economist Sat October 29 2016

The Economist interviewed Julian Dierkes, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, about Mongolia’s emergency loan request from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He said it will be easier for the new Mongolian government to accept conditions imposed by the IMF early in its term, when it can still blame the previous leadership for the country’s troubles.

Canada could learn from Germany’s approach to climate change

The Vancouver Sun Thu October 27 2016 By: Josef Beck and Kurt Hübner

The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed co-written by Kurt Hübner, a European studies professor at UBC, detailing why Canada can model its climate change approach after the German approach.

“Rather than being altruistic, Germany is taking a long-term approach where short-term costs will be overcompensated by long-term gains due to first mover advantages that climate-friendly economic sectors can accrue over time. It is thus also driven by the opportunities offered by the world’s biggest growth market of green technologies,” wrote Hübner and Josef Beck, the consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Abandon the dream home to be happier

The Tyee Mon October 24 2016 By: Christopher Cheung

The Tyee featured research by Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor who studied the decline of the single-family home. “I’m not opposed to the house as part of a set of broader, diverse ways of living in the city,” Lauster said, “but I am opposed to regulations that set aside land for houses and houses alone.”

Historical exhibition explores Canada’s response to the Holocaust

CBC Thu October 20 2016

CBC featured an exhibition co-created by UBC history professor Richard Menkis that explores Canada’s response to the Holocaust.

Menkis and Ronnie Tesler’s exhibit aims to shed light on the physical and psychological effects endured by survivors that extend far beyond the end of World War II. “The story continues beyond the moment of ‘liberation.’ They were still dealing with illness, and still dealing with the [loss of family],” Menkis said. “The experiences of the war didn’t end at the end of the war.”

Trump, Napoleon III show up in book about development

Georgia Straight Wed October 19 2016 By: Carlito Pablo

The Georgia Straight featured a book co-written by Ira Nadel, a UBC English professor and Herb Auerbach, who teaches real-estate development at Simon Fraser University.

The book, called Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs—A Brief History of Real Estate Development, examines history through the lens of real-estate development.

“Real estate development has always been, and will always remain, a high-risk, creative process,” the authors wrote. “But we owe our built environment, the good and the bad, to those gutsy, imaginative entrepreneurs and placemakers who, throughout history, took the risks to make real estate development an essential, physical component of the social, cultural and economic texture of our cities.”

Housing conference to highlight changing definitions of home

Vancouver Sun Wed October 19 2016 By: Stephanie Ip

The Vancouver Sun interviewed Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor, who will speak at an upcoming housing affordability summit.

“Pretty much all across North America, you had these single-family homes pop up,” he said. “It’s really affected a lot of how people understand what they should be striving towards.”

‘Indigenous London’ re-imagines colonial telling of London’s past

Rabble Thu October 20 2016 By: Megan Devlin

Rabble published a review of Indigenous London, a book written by UBC history professor Coll Thrush.

The book examines London’s history through an Indigenous lens and includes walking tours of the city and Thrush’s own poetry. “Even if the city has forgotten its imperial past, Indigenous people haven’t,” Thrush said.

Several months ago UBC’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies program transformed the book into a place-based learning course.

Trudeau Liberals mark one year in power

MSN Wed October 19 2016

MSN published a Canadian Press story on the Liberal government’s popularity one year after the party came to power. The article reported that various opinion polls show support for the party steadily remains in the mid-40s to low 50s.

Philip Resnick, a UBC political science professor emeritus, suggested this continued support is partly because Liberal policies on infrastructure spending, climate change and international co-operation still resonate with many Canadians. Resnick was also quoted in a similar story published on BNN.