Trudeau vows to find killers of Canadian hostage in Philippines

Toronto Star Mon June 13 2016 By: Jim Coule and Tonda MacCharles

The Toronto Star reported on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s affirmation that Canada will not paying ransoms to terrorists.

Arjun Chowdhury, an assistant professor of political science at UBC, weighed in on the issue. “When country A pays a ransom and country B does not, you have an incentive to kidnap somebody from country B and execute them to send a signal to the government and citizens of country A, ‘Look, we’re serious,” he said.

The story also appeared on MSN.

The 10 smartest dog breeds

Charlotte Observer Mon June 13 2016

The Charlotte Observer included research from UBC psychology professor Stanley Coren for a story on the most intelligent dog breeds.

Coren writes that the 10 smartest dogs need less than five repetitions to understand a new command, and obey the first command at least 95 per cent of the time. According to the article, the Shetland Sheepdog is number one and the Rottweiler is second in smarts.

Teasing out the story of burlesque legend Tempest Storm

Toronto Star Sun June 12 2016 By: Patty Winsa

The Toronto Star featured director Nimisha Mukerji who graduated with a double major in English literature and film production from UBC.

Her film Tempest Storm will make its world premiere at Hot Docs. Mukerji discussed the impact of her documentary work.

“These are all real people, they’re real lives,” she said. “You might stop filming but that doesn’t mean their life stops. You have a responsibility and accountability to these people on such a profoundly deep level.”

Trudeau can now get at war crimes truth

Toronto Star Mon June 13 2016 By: Michael Byers and William Schabas

The Toronto Star published an op-ed co-written by Michael Byers, UBC law professor and Canada research chair in global politics and international law, about Prime Minister Trudeau’s role in investigating war crimes.

“Nothing would do more to strengthen Canada’s reputation as a progressive and principled country than investigating possible war crimes by our own soldiers and officials. Nothing would do more to help Canada win a UN Security Council seat,” the authors wrote.

The psychology of buying and selling a house

Wall Street Journal Sun June 12 2016 By: Matthew Kassel

Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the psychological weight of our homes.

“It’s so easy to get caught up in comparing the physical features of the places you’re looking at,” Dunn said, “But you should really stop to consider how the places you’re considering will shape your social relationships.”

Renters losing homes as owners cash in on hot market

Vancouver Sun Sat June 11 2016 By: Jennifer Saltman

Joshua Gottlieb, UBC professor of economics, was interviewed for a Vancouver Sun article on renters losing homes in Metro Vancouver.

Gottlieb said though there are many reasons why properties turn over, high selling prices are “a force that could be pushing people to not want to rent something out.”

The story also appeared in The Province.

Pit bull owners, dog behaviourist defend breed

CBC News Sat June 11 2016 By: Chad Pawson

CBC News interviewed Stanley Coren, professor emeritus of psychology at UBC, following an incident involving pit bulls that sent several people to the hospital when they broke up a dog fight.

“People are going to turn this into a pit bull issue and it’s not a pit bull issue,” said Coren. “If you yell at them and rush, they are going to no longer think of you as owner — you are just another member of the fight.”

The story also appeared on Yahoo Canada News.

Ransomware is malicious tech, but it’s also a business model

Globe and Mail Sat June 11 2016 By: Ashley Dawson

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed on ransomware by former UBC political science Master’s student Ashley Dawson.

Ransomware is a form of malware that blocks computer access through encryption of files. “The best response is prevention. Back up your files in a secondary location, use spam blockers on your e-mail and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know,” Dawson wrote.

Researchers offer a blueprint for governing Mars

Quartz Fri June 10 2016 By: Michael J. Coren

Quartz included research by UBC political scientist Michael Byers in a story about plans to govern Mars after it is colonized.

The goal for NASA is to have human on Mars by the 2030s. Elon Musk believes people should vote directly on issues in a new form of governance he calls “direct democracy.”

Byers wrote that a society on Mars should be entitled to independence. “Human rights are universal,” Byers wrote. “They apply to every human being, on this planet and elsewhere.”

Remembering D-Day 72 years later

News 1130 Mon June 6 2016 By: Kenny Mason

News 1130 interviewed UBC history professor David Borys on the anniversary of D-Day.

Borys said the soldiers were regular people tasked with a monumental mission. “They were afraid, but they went ahead with it because that is what they were supposed to do. And many of them, on some level, understood the significance of what they were doing, but at the end of the day, these were just regular kids being asked to do extraordinary things,” Borys said.

Trudeau honeymoon shaken by missed deadline

Financial Times Fri June 10 2016 By: Anna Nicolaou and Simon Doyle

The Financial Times quoted UBC political scientist Max Cameron after the federal Liberals failed to meet a Supreme Court deadline over an assisted death legislation bill.

“Reality is biting back, to some extent,” Cameron said. “It is harder to govern differently than they perhaps anticipated.”

The article says Prime Minister Trudeau’s critics have been swift to criticize the fact that the bill is still “in limbo.”

Sometimes half a brain better than whole

Kelowna Capital News Wed June 8 2016

Kelowna Capital News reported on UBC research that delves into how the human brains completes tasks.

UBC psychology professor Barbara Rutherford said the findings seem to be counterintuitive. “Research has shown that some tasks are better performed by one half of the brain than the other,” Rutherford said. “Our study reveals that when the task is simple, performance is best if the half of the brain that is better at the task completes it alone.”

A similar article appeared on Castanet.

Researchers use ultrasound technology to teach Cantonese

Metro News Thu June 9 2016 By: Wanyee Lee

Metro News reported on UBC’s speech research lab eNunciate’s partnership with the new Cantonese-language program.

Thanks to ultrasound imagery and video clips, students can to see the placement and shape of the tongue as different sounds are pronounced. Researchers hope students will be able to mimic the exact sounds themselves.

Free income is a great idea but it doesn’t work

Yahoo Finance Tue June 7 2016 By: Melody Hahm

Yahoo Finance interviewed UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan for a story on a Swiss universal basic income (UBI) plan.

The policy would use taxes to redistribute wealth to those in need but is unclear about where the money would come from.

“The bad news is UBI is a horrible idea but the good news is that it’s never going to happen. And, there was no actual plan on the ballot and the group advocating for UBI had to fill it in, so it was unclear what people are actually voting on,” Milligan said.

Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete in the world

Daily Maverick Wed June 8 2016 By: Antoinette Muller

A Daily Maverick article on the recent financial success of tennis pro Serena Williams quoted UBC professor Delia Douglas, an instructor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

Douglas described the sexism and racism that Williams has faced as “anti-black racism in a gender-specific form”.