March 3, 2023 by A&S News
From the risks of lithium mining to boosting diversity in the real estate sector, 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.
February 24, 2023
- Department of Psychology Professor Paul Bloom writes in The Wall Street Journal (paywall) that Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, had powerful insights into the way our minds work.
- Exchange students from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy talk to CBC: Here & Now and the National Observer about their exhibition Unissued Diplomas that honours the memory of Ukrainian students and marks the one-year anniversary of the invasion.
- Department of History Professor Emeritus Margaret MacMillan talks to CBC: The Current about the Russia-Ukraine war’s long-term geopolitics.
- Department of Economics Assistant Professor Michael Stepner comments for Bloomberg News (paywall) on why there are millions of workers still missing from the United States labour force three years into the pandemic.
- Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy Fellow Mark Kersten comments for CBC online on war crimes in Ukraine and says that Canada tends to deal with war criminals through deportation.
- School of Cities Director and Department of Geography & Planning Professor Karen Chapple’s research highlighted in the Wall St. Journal (paywall) finds that downtown San Francisco ranks last in economic recovery among 62 major cities in the U.S. and Canada.
- Department of Geography & Planning Professor and Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities Director Matti Siemiatycki comments for CityNews online on the partial closure of a Toronto streetcar route.
February 25, 2023
- Department of English Professor Ian Williams discusses with The Pointer his book Disorientation: Being Black in the World.
- Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy Senior Fellow Kofi Hope and University of Toronto Scarborough Department of Human Geography instructor Zahra Ebrahim, both Urbanists in Residence at the School of Cities, talk to The Globe and Mail (paywall) about their real estate development incubator that aims to increase industry diversity.
- Beatrice Magistro, postdoctoral researcher at the Policy, Elections & Representation Lab (PEARL) of the Munk School, shares with The Guardian her research that found referees in Italy’s top football league demonstrate racial bias.
- CBC News online highlights Department of Political Science Associate Professor Robert Schertzer’s research on irregular border crossings.
- School of the Environment Assistant Professor Teresa Kramarz tells CBC: What on Earth that the mining of lithium is destroying ecosystems.
- Department of Linguistics Professor Emeritus Jack Chambers tells Narcity that the use of “eh” by Canadians is a means of showing politeness.
February 27, 2023
- Department of Political Science Professor Nelson Wiseman argues in the National Post (paywall) that gamesmanship between China and the U.S. is at play in the “spy balloon” situation.
February 28, 2023
- Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology Assistant Professor Elise Burton is noted in the Associated Press for winning the prestigious Dan David Prize.
- CP24 online highlights the books shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize, which is administered by the Munk School.
- Munk School Distinguished Fellow and Temerty Faculty of Medicine Professor Emeritus Alan Bernstein argues in The Globe and Mail (paywall) that Canada’s challenge with China is primarily scientific and economic.
- Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources Director and Professor Rafael Gomez tells CBC North: Trailbreaker that employers are being forced to hire inexperienced workers due to the wage increase for skilled labour.
- Department of Physics Professor Emeritus Stephen Morris explains in the Montreal Gazette how melting snow prevents the development of icicles.
- Department of History Assistant Professor and Director of the International Relations Program at Trinity College Timothy Andrews Sayle comments for Global News online on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence investigation of a COVID-19 lab leak hypothesis.
March 1, 2023
- Kathleen Wynne, professor of public policy at Trinity and Victoria colleges, discusses on CTV: Power Play the investigation of Chinese intervention in Canada’s 2021 election.
- Department of Computer Science University Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton is highlighted in Global online as a Canadian AI pioneer who paved the way for technology like ChatGPT.
- Department of Earth Sciences University Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar’s new research highlighted in UPI will help locate untapped underground reservoirs of helium.
- The Citizen Lab’s efforts to track NSO Group spyware is noted in the Guardian.
- BBC News online, CBC News online and the Financial Post (paywall) cite a Citizen Lab report on data-sharing practices at TikTok.
March 2, 2023
- Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Director and Faculty of Law Professor Gillian Hadfield writes in Wired (paywall) about her research to improve Facebook’s feed.
- Paul Bloom discusses on CBC: The Current concepts from his book Psych: The Story of the Human Mind.
- Department of Computer Science student Daniel Hocevar, Department of Statistical Sciences’ Aaron White and Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering student Hassaan Inayatali share with the Toronto Sun (paywall) how they won this year’s Big Data Bowl championship, the NFL’s sports-analytics “Super Bowl.” Earlier in the week, the Toronto Sun (paywall) highlighted the team’s finalist status.