Colleges whose graduates say they make the world better

Time Tue September 20 2016 By: Kim Clark

Time quoted John Helliwell, a UBC professor emeritus of economics and co-editor of the World Happiness Report, for a story on the value of jobs where the goal is helping people.

He said that research confirms the idea that money does not buy happiness. “People may think they are after a paycheck and title. But what really turns their crank at the end of the day is the feeling that they’ve been working together with other people to help other people,” he said.

West End sex workers honoured with memorial

Vancouver Sun Fri September 16 2016 By: Glen Schaefer

The Vancouver Sun featured a speech by Becki Ross, a UBC sociology professor, who spoke at the unveiling of a memorial honouring sex workers expelled from the West End in 1984.

“The early 1980s marked the full-fledged anti-prostitution crusade to purge sex workers from the West End,” Ross said. “Davie sex workers built the foundation of what would become this city’s first Gay-bourhood, and yet hookers on Davie have never been honoured as the former fighters for gender, sexual and racial minorities.”

The article also appeared in The Province and a similar story appeared on Daily Xtra.

Don’t fear the leapers says NDP’s new national director

iPolitics Fri September 16 2016 By: Jeremy J. Nuttall

UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron discussed the national NDP party in a story for the Tyee published on iPolitics.

Robert Fox took the top administrative job last week, coming to the political party after a decade as the executive director of Oxfam Canada, and said his goal is to “do things differently.”

“The NDP has to go back to a more left-wing orientation,” Cameron said. “There’s no point in trying to persist at being a centrist party at this point.”

Can an app save an ancient language?

Scientific American Sun September 18 2016 By: Carrie Arnold

Scientific American interviewed UBC anthropologist Mark Turin for a story on an indigenous tribe that used a new smartphone app to preserve their ancient language.

“These things help leverage and engage people,” Turin said. “They provide new domains of use and help to bring people together around a common language, even those who don’t live together.”

Arctic nations square up as clamour for resources grows

The Guardian Sun September 18 2016 By: Robin McKie

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, spoke to The Guardian for a story on how nations are increasingly exploiting the Arctic.

“Arctic environmental protection is currently determined by individual nations, by politicians who often meet far from its borders: in Moscow, Copenhagen and Washington,” Byers said. “They have very different levels of commitment to protecting the environment – with Russia at the bottom and the Nordic nations at the top.”

Tips on getting Canadians engaged in electoral reform

Ottawa Citizen Tue September 13 2016 By: Megan Dias

Megan Dias, a master’s student in political science at UBC, believes townhalls and similar methods of engagement aren’t working and that the Liberals need to come up with a better way to engage Canadians in electoral reform.

In an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen, Dias suggested: “Part of the answer is to highlight why we’re doing this, what problems we’re trying to solve, and why electoral reform is the way to solve them. And, to give Canadians a sense of the next steps, and how their opinions will matter as the Autumn of Electoral Reform looms.”

Journalists share their stories from the frontlines

Metro News Thu September 15 2016 By: David P. Ball

Metro News interviewed Peter Klein, a UBC journalism instructor, for an article on War Stories, a multimedia event featuring work by journalists on the frontlines of war.

“We wanted a forum to share different kinds of stories about war,” he said. “There are civilian stories, the stories of soldiers, of journalists, and of politicians — so many layers and characters involved.

B.C. Liberal MPs poised for potential pipeline peril

Vancouver Sun Thu September 15 2016 By: Peter O’Neil

Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, spoke to the Vancouver Sun for an article on the consequences that could follow a decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Johnston said he supports Mayor Gregor Robertson’s argument that a pipeline through the city could hurt Vancouver’s “brand” as a major tourism hub and one of the greenest cities in the world.

The story also appeared in the Regina Leader-Post.

Do stuff by appealing to your sense of pride

New York Magazine Thu September 15 2016 By: Melissa Dahl

New York Magazine featured an upcoming book called Take Pride by UBC psychologist Jessica Tracy.

Tracy, the director of UBC’s Emotion and Self Lab, studies various emotions including pride. “When we’re not feeling pride, and we’re aware of it, that pushes us to do something different — to change our behavior, so that we will feel pride,” she said.

How can college students future-proof their careers?

The Atlantic Mon September 12 2016 By: Joe Pinsker

The Atlantic interviewed Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor, for a story on how college students can ensure their career paths lead to success.

“Rapid advances in machine learning mean we will be able to answer many more challenging problems than in the past,” Siu said. “But deciding what questions to ask and how to approach and tackle them is a fundamentally human task. This means heightened returns to being a ‘problem solver.’”

UBC centre to honour residential school survivors

Toronto Star Sun September 11 2016 By: Linda Givetash

Construction for a centre to honour survivors of residential schools will begin Monday at UBC, reports the Canadian Press.  The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre will feature interactive displays for visitors. Linc Kesler, director of UBC’s First Nations House of Learning said the centre’s goals include educating Canadians to improve relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.

This story appeared in the Toronto Star, CTV News, Yahoo, CBC,Winnipeg Free Press, Vancouver Sun, Times Colonist, Metro News, Kelowna Capital News and other media outlets.

A sense of belonging: Surrey Central ranked lowest

Vancouver Sun Sun September 11 2016 By: Matt Robinson

UBC sociologist Richard Carpiano was interviewed in a Vancouver Sun story on community spirit in Metro Vancouver. The article discussed the results of the My Health My Community survey which showed that residents of Surrey Central and Burnaby Mountain ranked lowest in having a sense of belonging. Carpiano attributed the result to the relatively transient nature of Surrey Central, as well as to higher rates of crime.

Feeling connected “is an incredibly important but very, I think, under-appreciated aspect of people’s health and well-being,” said Carpiano.

Both men and women can be perpetrators of domestic violence

Vancouver Sun Fri September 9 2016 By: Don Dutton

UBC psychology professor Don Dutton believes it’s time to rethink the notion that men are the only perpetrators of domestic violence. In a Vancouver Sun op-ed, Dutton said the fact that men are less likely to report victimization and Canadian police have been trained to arrest only men in domestic conflict cases could contribute to under-reporting of male victims. Dutton called out the women’s movement for being unwilling “to view women as agents capable of contributing to conflict and viewing them instead as hapless victims.” He advocated for “a major role for marital counsellors and couple therapists in our approach to domestic assault.”

Sanctions busters are bad for business

Globe and Mail Sat September 10 2016 By: Michael Byers

Canadian armoured vehicle manufacturer Streit Group is being investigated for allegedly violating arms embargoes in Libya and Sudan. Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, commented in the Globe and Mail that the embargoes are clear-cut and that they actually benefit Canadian business.

“The reputation of our exports is derived, in large part, from their origin in a developed country with high standards, an advanced legal system and reliable enforcement mechanisms,” Byers wrote in an op-ed. “Streit Group’s alleged violations of arms embargoes in Libya and Sudan test the Canadian government’s commitment to the UN, the rule of law and good business practices. The RCMP must investigate and, if the allegations hold up, charges must be laid.”

Research and beauty mix on the Marshall Islands

CBC Quirks & Quarks Sat September 10 2016

Sara Cannon, a geography graduate student at UBC, talked about her summer doing research on the Marshall Islands, a chain of volcanic atolls and coral islands in the Central Pacific.

Although reefs closer to the equator are more adaptable and resilient than others, they could still be harmed by human activity within the Islands, Cannon told CBC Quirks & Quarks.