Prof sees minimal impact of randomized ballot on election

Georgia Straight Wed August 8 2018 By: Carlito Pablo

The Georgia Straight interviewed Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, about the impact of a randomized ballot for the Vancouver election. He doubts whether the new system of listing candidates is going to affect the election’s outcome.

Evolution study shows why pride is key to human survival

Inverse Tue August 7 2018 By: Sarah Sloat

Inverse interviewed Jessica Tracy, a UBC professor of psychology, for an article about the evolutionary significance of pride. “In all my work, I’ve argued for (and found support for) the evolutionary adaptiveness of pride,” she said. The story also appeared on Yahoo.

UBC lawyer named new UN watchdog for human rights and environment

Star Vancouver Wed Aug 1 2018 By: Ainslie Cruickshank

David Boyd, a professor on in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs , was named the new United Nations watchdog for human rights and environment, Star Vancouver reported. He said he’s “frustrated” that Canada has yet to recognize the human right to a healthy environment.

UBC prof behind boot camp where people learn to be politicians

CKNW Wed Aug 1 2018

CKNW featured an interview with Max Cameron, a UBC political science professor, about a political boot camp at UBC that can teach people how to become politicians.

How well can other people read you?

BBC Mon July 30 2018 By: Christian Jarrett

BBC highlighted a new UBC psychology paper that offers new evidence that good judges do exist — people who can read people’s personalities and emotions like a book.  

Ethnic diversity matters for decentralisation and development

East Asia Forum Wed July 25 2018

East Asia Forum published an op-ed about the importance of ethnic diversity co-written by Kai Ostwald, a professor at UBC’s school of public policy and global affairs and the department of political science. “New research shows that patterns of ethnic segregation significantly affect the relationship between diversity and public goods provision,” wrote Ostwald, Krislert Samphantharak and Yuhki Tajima.

Extremism should ease with electoral reform

Vancouver Sun Fri July 20 2018 By: Douglas Todd

The Vancouver Sun published a review of Maxwell Cameron’s book Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom. Cameron is a political science professor at UBC and the head of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. A video interview also appeared here.

To close America’s diet gap, we must recognize food as a human right

The Guardian Sat July 21 2018 By: Sinikka Elliott, Sarah Bowen and Joslyn Brenton

The Guardian published an op-ed co-written by Sinikka Elliott, a UBC sociology professor, about food insecurity in the United States. “The gap in the quality of rich and poor Americans’ diets has grown over the past two decades,” wrote Elliot, Sarah Bowen and Joslyn Brenton.

Vancouver team finds Russian sunken ship possibly filled with gold

Globe and Mail Fri July 20 2018 By: Nadine Yousif

The Globe and Mail interviewed Alexei Kojevnikov, a UBC history professor, about a Russian naval ship that may be filled with gold. Kojevnikov said he is skeptical there will be gold found on the vessel since ships entering major battle don’t need to carry gold.

Anti-developer rhetoric shapes campaigns ahead of election

Globe and Mail Sun July 22 2018 By: Frances Bula

The Globe and Mail interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political scientist, about anti-developer rhetoric in Vancouver. “There’s a sense everywhere that inequity has grown,” Cameron said. “Many feel we’re living in an oligarchy.”

Pipeline protesters predict number of arrests over Trans Mountain will eclipse War in the Woods

CBC Mon July 16 2018 By: Chad Pawson

CBC interviewed David Tindall, a UBC professor of sociology who has studied civil disobedience, for a story about arrests related to Trans Mountain pipeline protests. “Some people think that they don’t have any choice if they want to be moral beings, that this is their moral duty to engage in these types of activities,” Tindall said.

People prefer a good story, no matter what their DNA says

CBC Sat July 14 2018 By: Showwei Chu

CBC featured a UBC sociology study that found some white people who do DNA tests choose new racial identities for themselves if they feel it will be believable to others. Wendy Roth, the study lead researcher, said race does not have the same consequences for white people. The research was also mentioned in a Flare Magazine article.

Billboard campaign puts spotlight on Indigenous artists in Canada

Smithsonian Magazine Fri July 13 2018 By: Brigit Katz

Michelle McGeough, a UBC historian of indigenous art, spoke to Smithsonian Magazine about a campaign highlighting Indigenous Canadian artists. She discussed how the artists are “taking on issues of appropriation.”

Why does every soccer player do this?

New York Times Tue July 10 2018 By: David Gendelman

Jessica Tracy, a UBC professor of psychology, was interviewed for a New York Times article about the gesture that soccer players make when they make a mistake during a game. She discussed how the “hands on head” gesture signifies that the player acknowledges they messed up.

Can we talk about housing without getting so angry?

The Tyee Mon July 9 2018 By: Christopher Cheung

The Tyee interviewed UBC sociologist Nathanael Lauster for a story on the controversy around housing supply in Vancouver. Lauster said emotions are fuelled because those who grew up in homes owned by their parents expect to also be able to buy a home of their own, as part of being an adult.