China’s economic overhaul could be good for Vancouver

Business in Vancouver Wed Jan 20 2016 By: Tyler Orton

There’s a silver lining in the current state of the Canadian dollar, UBC economics professor Paul Beaudry told Business in Vancouver.

Chinese firms looking to expand into North America could find Canada a more attractive destination, according to Beaudry.

The troubling shrinking of Canada’s space industry

Toronto Star Thu Jan 21 2016 By: Michael Byers

In a Toronto Star op-ed, UBC political science professor Michael Byers decried the possible sale of Canada’s second largest space company, Com Dev International, to an American conglomerate.

“In addition to the national security risk, the economic consequences of the sale could be significant,” Byers wrote. “For globally, the space industry is in a period of rapid technological change and truly massive opportunity.”

He noted that the Harper government successfully kept Macdonald Dettwiler in Canada.

UBC ‘rat casino’ provides insight into gambling addiction

Daily Mail Thu Jan 21 2016

A “rat casino” experiment at UBC has shed light on the nature of gambling addiction, news media reported today.

The study found that flashing lights, music and other sounds, such as the lights and tunes played after a win, encouraged risky behaviour among the rodents.

“Anyone who’s ever designed a casino game or played a gambling game will tell you that of course sound and light cues keep you more engaged, but now we can show it scientifically,” said researcher and UBC psychology professor Catherine Winstanley.

The researchers said understanding what makes animals choose risky options could provide new insight into potential therapies for gambling disorders.

The study was featured in the Daily Mail, United Press International, Wired UK, Tech Times, Global News, Vancouver Sun, The Province, News 1130 and other media outlets.

Blunt talk should accompany new ISIS mission

Toronto Star Tue Jan 19 2016 By: Bruce Campion-Smith

There should be more frank talk about the true role of Canadian troops in Iraq before a new mission is launched, UBC political science professor Michael Byers told the Toronto Star.

It should be made clear to the troops and to Canadians whether the new mission, which supposedly will see Canadian troops in Iraq training local Kurdish fighters, will involve frontline work, according to Byers and other analysts.

What economists are saying about Trudeau’s stimulus plan

The Globe and Mail Tue Jan 19 2016 By: Bill Curry

The Globe and Mail ran an article on impact of stimulus spending. One of the ideas being floated around is incurring a federal deficit of as much as $30 billion to stimulate the economy. But UBC economist and former Liberal adviser Kevin Milligan doubted that a national solution is needed to fix what is really a regional problem.

A similar article appeared on MSN.

5 ways to beat the winter blues

Global News Mon Jan 18 2016 By: Patricia Kozicka

Staying active and boosting vitamin D intake are two ways to beat the winter blues, according to Global News.

The story also suggests spending on others. A study done by UBC psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn a few years ago suggested that people are generally happier when they spend money on others rather than themselves.

Freeland joins Trans Pacific Partnership panel at UBC

Phoenix TV Thu Jan 14 2016

Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix TV covered the recent UBC visit of Canada’s Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland.

Freeland participated in a panel on the Trans Pacific Partnership, moderated by Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research (English summary).

Pet therapy: Exploring emotional benefits of dogs, cats

Detroit Free Press Sun Jan 17 2016 By: Nara Schoenberg

Pets can aid in healing depression, according to a recent article in Detroit Free Press.

The article mentions UBC psychologist Stanley Coren, who said that research suggests dogs do reduce stress levels and encourage people to be more active.

In one study, depressed people who received conventional treatment and also interacted with a pet saw their depression scores lift by 30 to 50 per cent, Coren said, compared to others who received just conventional treatment.

Trim your inbox fat

Huffington Post Mon Jan 18 2016 By: Alex Moore

Improving personal productivity in 2016 was the focus of a new article in the Huffington Post.

The article suggests checking email only at specific times, citing UBC research that showed limiting email time to three times a day could be highly effective at increasing your productivity.

Campus sexual assaults can’t just be left to the RCMP

The Vancouver Sun Fri Jan 15 2016 By: Jonathan Ichikawa

Jonathan Ichikawa, an associate professor of philosophy at UBC, writes about universities’ responsibility to maintain a sexual assault policy.

“[A] commitment to the safety and security of students and other university community members follows directly from a commitment to education,” Ichikawa wrote in a Vancouver Sun op-ed. “Universities have an obligation to take steps to protect their community members, based on what they know, even if it hasn’t been proven in court.”

The op-ed also ran in the Star Phoenix.

Exhibition captures spirit of journey to Ottawa

The Vancouver Sun Sun Jan 17 2016 By: Kevin Griffin

The Vancouver Sun and The Province featured Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity, an exhibition that opened Saturday and runs through April 17 at UBC’s Belkin Gallery.

The exhibition recreates a road trip by artist and Kwakwaka’wakw chief Beau Dick, with 21 companions and a number of indigenous regalia from UBC heading out to Ottawa. The trek was to call attention to global environmental challenges and the broken relationship between indigenous people and the federal government.

Study: women in academia get less credit than male co-authors

Toronto Star Fri Jan 15 2016 By: Robin Levinson King

A new paper by a Harvard PhD candidate found that women in academia who co-authored papers were less likely to win tenure than men, especially when they co-authored with men. The study, reported in the Toronto Star, sheds some light on why women have a harder time getting promoted.

UBC economist Nicole Fortin, commenting on the study, said the findings echo her own experiences.

“It’s consistent with my experience, where I had co-authored some papers and people looking at the paper had a tendency to ask the male co-authors more technical details of the paper than me,” Fortin said.

Rocket reusability launches new economy

The Globe and Mail Sat Jan 16 2016 By: Michael Byers

SpaceX’s reusable rockets have launched a new economy, says Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.

“Rocket reusability opens many other opportunities. SpaceX is already planning its own network of 4,000 satellites in low Earth orbit to provide worldwide high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet,” Byers said in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail. “Rocket reusability will drive down the cost of all satellite-based services, including imagery for farming, forestry, security, disaster relief and search and rescue.”

Uncosted spending vows lurk for Liberals

CTV News Sun Jan 17 2016 By: Andy Blatchford


A Canadian Press story on the Liberals’ election and post-election promises quoted UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan, a former Liberal party adviser. Milligan said implementing recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would increase the government’s costs.

The story appeared on CTV News, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Maclean’s, Edmonton Journal, Times Colonist and other publications.

Happy people tend to value time over money

Huffington Post Fri Jan 15 2016 By: Carla Herreria

The Huffington Post featured a UBC study that asked more than 4,600 participants whether they valued their time or their money more.

Lead author Ashley Whillans said the results showed that valuing time is linked to greater levels of happiness, but more research is needed to fully understand the relationship.