A&S scholars sharing their expertise in the media this week

January 22, 2021 by A&S News

From the benefits of daily meditation during the COVID-19 pandemic to the resignation of Canada’s Governor General, scholars from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Arts & Science are sharing their expertise on a variety of issues in the media.

Here’s some of what they had to say this week.

January 16, 2021

January 17, 2021

January 18, 2021

January 19, 2021

  • Michael Smart writes an op-ed in Maclean’s magazine recommending a tax on capital gains as the ideal way for the Canadian government to recover more revenue from the country’s wealthiest citizens.
  • Department of Political Science professor Nelson Wiseman comments in Toronto’s CityNews on a call to expel Conservative Party of Canada MP Derek Sloan from the party.
  • Ron Pruessen comments in a CTV News story examining what Donald Trump’s legacy might be after leaving office, and in the Toronto Star on the prevalence of conspiracy theories in America throughout history.
  • John Kirton, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the director of the G7 and G20 Research Groups at the Munk School, comments in a CTV News story exploring the question of whether or not the president of the United States is considered the leader of the free world.

January 20, 2021

  • An op-ed by Department of Political Science and Munk School professor Wendy Wong discussing privacy concerns around facial recognition software and first published in The Conversation, is reprinted in the National Post.
  • Department of Computer Science University Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton comments in a Nature feature celebrating ten significant computer science achievements throughout history, on the inclusion of a 2012 advance in artificial intelligence programming made by graduate students on his research team.

January 21, 2021

  • Munk School associate professor Rajshri Jayaraman comments in the Toronto Star on how changes to farm laws in India might benefit Canada.
  • An extensive collection of icicle data created by Department of Physics professor Stephen Morris is cited in a Chicago Tribune story exploring the art of ice and frozen water in winter.
  • Department of Earth Sciences lecturer David Rudkin comments in CBC News on fossils recently  discovered in Taiwan of burrows made by ancient giant predatory worms.
  • Nelson Wiseman comments in the Washington Post (paywall) on the resignation of Canadian governor general Julie Payette.