Data void hampers B.C.’s ability to tackle heated market

The Globe and Mail Fri Feb 12 2016 By: Kerry Gold

A Globe and Mail article highlighted the need for swift action to regulate Vancouver’s overheated housing market. The article quoted UBC geography professor David Ley.

“I would say no one is looking after the citizen,” said Ley. “A market such as this leaves itself open to incredible opportunism, and on occasion that is going to cross over into criminal behaviour. Why should we expect anything different?”

In a related Globe and Mail article, Ley argued for a well-calibrated tax to cool speculation, similar to Singapore’s 16-per-cent tax on buyers who sell within the first year of purchase.

B.C. teen excluded from basketball tourney

The Globe and Mail Fri Feb 12 2016 By: Tamsyn Burgmann

A B.C. teen who is African by race but legally and culturally a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation has been expelled from a First Nations basketball tourney apparently on the basis of race.

UBC sociology professor Wendy Roth said the teen may have been expelled for a different reason.

“My guess is somebody wants to exclude him because he’s good,” Roth said. “And it has absolutely nothing to do with how he was raised or his ethnicity.”

This Canadian Press story appeared in the Globe and Mail, CTV News, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and The Province

Does the colour red hold the secret to attraction?

Psychology Today Sun Feb 14 2016 By: Raj Persaud, Peter Bruggen

A UBC study is mentioned in a Psychology Today article on the effects of the colour red.

The UBC researchers studied an isolated, traditional small community in Burkina Faso and found that there was a link between red and sexual attraction among the community members , suggesting that red might be a common language in the human mating game.

15 ways to spice up your sex life

Irish Examiner Sat Feb 13 2016 By: Áilín Quinlan

An Irish Examiner article on rekindling passion with your partner highlights a 1974 UBC study that showed being in a fear-inducing situation–something that produces an adrenaline rush–can result in couples being much more attracted to each other.

Do dogs fall in love

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sun Feb 14 2016 By: Linda Wilson Fuoco

Neuropsychologist and UBC emeritus professor Stanley Coren was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on dogs’ ability to feel love. According to Coren, dogs are capable of feeling “family love” for other dogs.

Single women outnumber men in Winnipeg’s dating pool

CBC News Fri Feb 12 2016 By: Teghan Beaudette

A CBC Manitoba story on Winnipeg’s dating scene mentions UBC economics professor Marina Adshade.

Adshade said educated women are particularly disadvantaged in Winnipeg’s dating scene–a scenario that plays out across Canada as well.

“In Canada, if you look at women you know say between the ages of 25 and 35, for every 100 men that have a university degree, there’s 135 women,” Adshade said.

Abstract painter stood out in ’60s West Coast art scene

The Globe and Mail Thu Feb 11 2016 By: Adele Weder

Scott Watson, head of UBC’s visual arts department, in quoted in a Globe and Mail article on 1960s abstract painter Joan Balzar.

Watson paid tribute to Balzar’s accomplishments and forceful personality.

3 Valentine’s Day gift giving scenarios in the game of love

23ABC Wed Feb 10 2016 By: Jimmy Rhoades

UBC economist Marina Adshade outlined three gift-giving scenarios for couples on Valentine’s Day on ABC TV. If both “players” buy gifts, everybody’s happy. If only one person buys a gift, there could be negative consequences. The best scenario might be for neither player to buy a gift, Adshade says.

Yahoo also posted the clip.

Prioritize time over money and you’ll be happier Thu Feb 11 2016 By: Jessica Stillman

Wealth has its limits as a happiness booster, according to a new Inc. article. The article mentioned UBC research which asked students and members of the public in Canada and the U.S. which they prioritized: having more time or having more money. The answer was resoundingly the former.

Why you can’t get that top 40 song out of your head

Huffington Post Thu Feb 11 2016 By: Maddie Crum

In an interview with Huffington Post, UBC music professor David Metzer says certain songs like Adele’s Hello are so catchy because they employ the power ballad formula. The song starts with a slow build and then switches to intense release about three quarters of the way through. The formula goes all the way back to Barry Manilow tunes that peaked in the ’70s and early ’80s, says Metzer.

31 UBC professors appointed Canada Research Chairs

UBC News Wed Feb 10 2016

Eighteen UBC professors were named Canada Research Chairs while 13 were renewed, representing $27.2 million in federal investment, reports the Vancouver Sun.

Congratulations to all Canada Research Chairs from the Faculty of Arts:

UBC’s new Canada Research Chair: 

Francesco Trebbi, Canada Research Chair in Economics, Faculty of Arts Trebbi studies the balance of power across ethnic groups within African political systems. His research will provide insight on the issues of power sharing, ethnic exclusion, and conflict risk within these countries.

UBC’s renewed Canada Research Chairs: 

Karen Bakker, Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, Faculty of Arts Bakker conducts research on sustainable water management in Canada and around the world, increasing our knowledge of the threats to fresh water, and developing strategies and techniques for improving water security.

Carla Hudson Kam, Canada Research Chair in Language Acquisition, Faculty of Arts   Hudson Kam examines how we learn language to better understand what is hard to learn and why. Her studies have applications for the treatment of language disorders and improved language instructions for adult learners.

Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy, Faculty of Arts   Peck’s research focuses on policies around employment, welfare, and urban economic development with the goal of better understand transformative changes in society.

RRSP season: ‘CPP reform is needed’

CBC News Wed Feb 10 2016

A CBC News article on pension reform mentions Generation Squeeze, a campaign founded by UBC policy professor Paul Kershaw to advocate for Canadians in their 20s to 40s.

The group supports a proposal from economists Kevin Milligan and Tammy Schirle to double the yearly maximum pensionable earnings, set at $54,900 for 2016.

UBC Theatre production flips Orpheus myth on its head

North Shore News Fri Feb 5 2016 By: Christine Lyon

North Shore News highlighted UBC Theatre’s production of Eurydice, calling it a “contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth.”

Migration trends can be surprising

The Vancouver Sun Sat Feb 6 2016 By: Douglas Todd

A Vancouver Sun article on migration trends in Canada touches on the “misuse” of the term racism by many Canadians, who believe that it means failure to recognize that everyone is the same. The article quotes UBC psychologist Ara Norenzayan, who says people are different because of their ethnic and cultural heritage. Canadians should be “culturally curious”, not “culture blind,” according to Norenzayan.

Piano and erhu duo make contemporary music

CBC News Mon Feb 8 2016

CBC News featured UBC pianist Corey Hamm and erhu player Nicole Ge Li, who will present their contemporary take on the classic combination of piano and erhu in their tour of China in May.