Trudeau to get warm welcome in Washington

News 1130 Wed Mar 9 2016 By: Mike Lloyd

UBC political science PhD candidate David Moscrop was interviewed in a News 1130 article on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s U.S. visit. “It’s been a long term strategy of Canadian prime ministers to get close, but not too close,” said Moscrop. “In Canada people get a little bit concerned if you get too cozy with the American president.”

‘Drones are not a silver bullet’: Analysis

Toronto Star Tue Mar 8 2016 By: Olivia Ward

UBC aerial warfare expert Derek Gregory criticized Ottawa’s proposal to add drones to modernise Canada’s armed forces and said Canada should first make its policy clear. “First you need an ethically defined foreign policy,” Gregory told the Toronto Star. “Then you have to know what kind of interventions you expect that you can realistically make.” Gregory added that drone warfare is far from cheap, given drones’ limited range and high maintenance needs.

The Arctic front in the battle to contain Russia

Wall Street Journal Tue Mar 8 2016 By: Scott Borgerson and Michael Byers

U.S. and Canadian leaders should put a higher priority on addressing Russia’s growing interest in the Arctic, according to Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC. “This is an opportune time to address what has become a shared vulnerability to naval vessels from Russia and other unfriendly nations passing through the Northwest Passage, or terrorists and smugglers seeking to enter North America from there,” Byers said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed co-written by foreign policy expert Scott Borgerson. “Now is the time to negotiate a Canada-U.S. agreement on the Northwest Passage—before it is too late. The sea-ice is melting, foreign ships are coming, and there is little to stop an increasingly assertive Russia from sending a warship through.”

China cuts growth target for 2016

Global News Mon Mar 7 2016

The Chinese Premier has announced revised growth targets for the year, admitting that growth won’t be as high as previously forecast. Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, told Global News that the 6.5 per cent is a little optimistic. However, the main news is mostly good, Tiberghien said, with a lot of infrastructure being planned to stimulate the economy.

Babies aware of social dominance in relationships: study

Tech Times Mon Mar 7 2016 By: Alyssa Navarro

A UBC study shows that babies understand the idea that people who are part of larger social groups are socially stronger than those in smaller groups, reports Tech Times.

“We really were motivated by this evolutionary history to explore whether babies are born into the world with some sort of concept of number and whether they are able to use that information to understand that being part of a larger group may be advantageous to you,” said lead author Anthea Pun.

Liberal arts degrees are a good investment

Universities Canada Wed Mar 8 2016

A study by the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) using the tax records of University of Ottawa graduates found that social sciences and humanities graduates enjoy steady increases in earnings, starting at an average of $40,000 right after graduation and up to $80,000 only 13 years later — similar to the average earnings of math and science grads. “Early indications are that the University of Ottawa findings are not an anomaly in terms of strong earnings among social sciences and humanities graduates,” said Dr. Finnie. Liberal arts – quick facts

Is this the next botox?

The Province Sun Mar 6 2016 By: Cheryl Chan

The Province highlighted a new cosmetic treatment for double chins offered in Vancouver.

UBC sociology instructor Andrea Polonijo was quoted as saying that there is less stigma around cosmetic procedures nowadays.

“It’s no longer this person with high body dissatisfaction that surgery promises to help,” said Polonijo. “It’s also for people who want to enhance their appearance to its highest potential.”

Similar articles appeared in the Ottawa Citizen and Times Colonist.

The secret to happiness? Stop trying to be happy.

Macleans Sat Mar 5 2016 By: Cathy Gulli

UBC psychology professor Paul Hewitt is quoted in a Macleans article on the pursuit of happiness. Hewitt believes people are looking outward instead of inward to capture happiness as society becomes ever more secular and consumeristic.

“There’s a notion that you can expect to be happy,” said Hewitt. “There’s a sense of entitlement that goes along with that, too: I’m supposed to be happy. If the world were fair, I would be happy.”

Putting a price on carbon

Global News Thu Mar 3 2016

UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison was interviewed in a Global News segment about setting a national price on carbon.

Harrison spoke about B.C.’s carbon tax, started eight years ago, which added about seven cents a litre at the gas pump. “Over time, people realized that the sky didn’t fall, the economy continued to thrive, and it’s just one of many gradual measures to encourage us to change our behaviour, and we know now that it’s working,” said Harrison.

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5 reasons to flee the U.S. for Canada

MSN Fri Mar 4 2016 By: Quentin Fottrell

UBC sociology professor Wendy Roth is quoted in a MarketWatch (via MSN) article on Canada’s international reputation as a place to live and for business.

According to Roth, Canada offers more generous parental leave than the U.S., with Canada’s employment insurance plan providing 15 weeks of paid leave for moms, plus 35 additional weeks for either parent after a child is born or adopted, at 55 per cent pay.

Vancouver’s housing angst a fraught climate for newcomers

The Tyee Wed Mar 2 2016 By: Jackie Wong

UBC writing instructor Jackie Wong describes the challenges immigrants face in Vancouver in an article for The Tyee. Some of these include language issues and the complexities of gaining acceptance and ease in an unfamiliar culture. “Most everyone who lives here is painfully aware of the racist thinking that underscores everyday life,” Wong wrote. She also lamented the lack of connection amongst members of the community, saying: “We’re so fixated on each other’s purchasing potential (or lack thereof) that we’re losing sight of the humans behind each transaction.”

Paper makes the case for proportional voting system

iPolitics Wed Mar 2 2016 By: BJ Siekierski

iPolitics featured a Broadbent Institute paper by David Moscrop, a UBC PhD candidate in political science.

Moscrop recommended the adoption of a proportional voting system to ensure better representation for Canadian voters.

“During recent national elections in Canada, between seven and nine million votes in each contest were ‘wasted’ — cast for a candidate who didn’t win,” wrote Moscrop. “That’s more people than the populations of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island combined who ended up with a member of Parliament they didn’t vote for.”

These Canadians are helping to solve Wikipedia’s woman problem

CBC Arts Thu Mar 3 2016 By: Leah Collins

CBC Arts highlighted the marathon efforts to edit Wikipedia entries on women in time for International Women’s Day.

Says Christine D’Onofrio, a visual art instructor at UBC who is leading the editing effort in Vancouver: “Wikipedia has become a huge resource. A whole voice is missing because statistically [people who identify as female] are quite low….There’s a whole side that’s missing to tell their story.”

Q&A: James Jones talks unique style of dancing and what he learned from So You Think You Can Dance Canada

Global News Mon Feb 29 2016 By: Jon Azpiri

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, slated for March 1 to 6 at the Museum of Anthropology, is highlighted in a Vancouver Sun article. The lineup includes performer James Jones, who blends contemporary urban styles with traditional powwow and hoop dances.

Rounding at the Belkin teaches fine art appreciation to UBC medical students

CBC Early Edition Mon Feb 29 2016

Shelly Rosenblum, curator of academic programs at the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, discussed a new for-credit course for UBC medical students. “We’re interested in working on a process of slowing down and taking time to observe things that might be difficult to understand or provoke a whole range of affective and emotional responses, and to be open to finding ways to communicate better based on those experiences,” said Rosenblum. CBC Early Edition (segment begins at 1:02:56)