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Arts scholars in the media

Selected media hits featuring Arts faculty members:

Homegrown Terrorism | Lorne Dawson (Sociology) on CTV News | October 20 2014

A tough day at the Supreme Court for supporters of a ban on assisted suicide | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) writes for Maclean's Canada | October 15 2014

"If yesterday’s hearing is any indication (and the scholar in me must again point out there’s always a chance it isn’t), the question is not whether this Court will rule that the absolute prohibition on assisted suicide is unconstitutional, but how."

The Supreme Court confronts assisted suicide, again | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) writes for Maclean's Canada | October 14 2014

"We should be extremely cautious about the constant appeal to the judiciary to solve our most pressing and controversial social and political problems. The Court’s role is particularly troubling in contexts where the justices are expected to balance competing rights, or to delve into complex policy matters, such as those relating to the design of the health care system or determining the distribution of scarce resources."

How a University of Waterloo prof helped find one of the Franklin expedition shipsRobert Park (Anthropology) on CBC Radio | October 9 2014

Target’s ‘sexist’ baby pyjamas spark social media outcryAimée Morrison (English) comments in The Globe and Mail | September 30 2014

"'Even for tiny babies, we seem to think of girls as gaining power and worth from whom they’re romantically linked to and boys get to become agents of action in their own right.'"

Caught in a Relationship Conflict You Can't Solve? Why 'Leaving' It Helps | Igor Grossmann (Psychology) comments in Huffington Post | September 29 2014

"The study author, Igor Grossmann of the University of Waterloo, says, 'These results are the first to demonstrate a new type of bias within ourselves when it comes to wise reasoning about an interpersonal relationship dilemma.'"

Future of Libraries | Christine McWebb (Stratford Campus) on CBC Radio | September 28 2014

Justin Trudeau's Sun Media boycott called short-sighted | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) comments in CBC | September 28 2014

"'Is a boycott the best response to that? I don't know,' Macfarlane told CBC News. 'But can we imagine a scenario where a lot of people would see a boycott as legitimate? I think so.'"

North-South Institute latest casualty of Ottawa’s war on evidence | John McLevey (Sociology & Legal Studies) writes for The Toronto Star | September 23 2014

"Canadians concerned about our country’s reputation and standing in the world should be deeply concerned about the North-South Institute closure. It will cause major damage to the quality and diversity of public debate in Canada on questions of international development, and is part of a larger trend toward breaking the already fragile links between science, social science and policy during the Harper years."

4 myths about mindfulness meditation | Jeff Wilson (Religious Studies) writes for CNN | September 14 2014

"Essentially, mindfulness is a technique of open awareness without judgment, which allows the meditator to observe their physical and mental actions and reactions without attachment or aversion."

The Star with the Franklin search: How the Franklin wreck was finally found | Robert Park (Anthropology) featured in The Toronto Star | September 9 2014

"He waved to Park to come over. Stenton followed. Stirling showed them the piece of iron which, as taught, he hadn’t touched.'As soon as I saw it, I knew it was different than anything we’d ever seen before in terms of its size and its very clear shape,' Stenton said."

Coolest Classes in Canada Will Make You Wish You Were Still a Student | Aimée Morrison's (English) class featured in Huffington Post | September 3 2014

"What it's all about: 'An examination of how digital communication technologies create and promote online identities and social spaces, as well as interpersonal and communal interactions.' And, according to the school, that includes LOLcat grammar, Facebook and selfies."

Valuing the public in science advice | Heather Douglas (Philosophy) writes for The Guardian | August 28 2014

"This means that science advice cannot be value-free, if it is to say anything advisory. Indeed, because value judgments (employed across the scientific community) also shape what problems scientists pursue and what we have evidence about, science is doubly inflected by values."

An Arab Boom | Bessma Momani (Political Science) appears on The Agenda with Steve Paikin | August 15 2014

ISIS uses gruesome social media posts to recruit more ‘blood-thirsty’ jihadis and instill terror in enemies | Lorne Dawson (Sociology) comments in the National Post | August 11 2014

"'Probably we’re seeing way more young Canadians entertaining going to Syria and fighting for ISIS or one of the other groups because it has this exotic adventure component to it, and it is easier for them to morally justify,' he said."

Baby talk: Bad for your toddler’s language development? | Katherine White (Psychology) comments in Today's Parent | August 12 2014

"Making consonants and vowels clearer helps babies hear the difference between them. By the age of two, that can translate into a vocabulary that’s bigger than that of kids whose moms and dads don’t use this technique."

Terror Recruits | Lorne Dawson (Sociology) on CBC Radio | July 29 2014

Brazen populism can’t kill the Senate | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) comments in Maclean's Canada | July 16 2014

"'I suspect, by the time the Senate itself starts to complain that its capacities and function have been damaged, that we have hit unconstitutional waters,' says Macfarlane."

New hospital ethicist focuses on what patient would want | Rosalind Abdool (Philosophy PhD candidate) featured in the Windsor Star | July 15 2014

"Opening up the floor for dialogue, seeing if everyone can come to a consensus about what the patient would want if he was capable of deciding, is the essential idea, said Abdool, who is finishing a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Waterloo."

Does Israel want to go to war? | Jasmin Habib (Political Science) on CTV News | July 9 2014

Professor believes Supreme Court will also strike down new prostitution law | Emmett Macfarlane (Political Science) on CBC Radio | July 9 2014

Hockey analytics: Why it makes sense to pick a forward first in NHL draft | Phil Curry (Economics) writes for The Toronto Star | July 3 2014

"Defencemen and goalies are obviously pretty important to a team’s success, so why do teams picking first predominantly take forwards? One possibility is that it is relatively easier to predict future performance for forwards. A team might not want to use a first overall pick on a player that has a high chance of not living up to the billing of first overall."

Bitcoin has a future, but maybe not as a currency | Jean-Paul Lam (Economics) comments in CBC News | June 24 2014

"The bitcoin community has decided to cap the number of available bitcoins at 21 million. (To date, just under 13 million bitcoins have been mined worldwide.) Lam says this 'inelastic money supply' is what creates the huge price volatility."

Fix the link where science and policy meet | Heather Douglas (Philosophy) and UWaterloo colleagues Thomas Homer-Dixon and Lucie Edwards write in The Globe and Mail | June 23 2014

"By rebuilding capacity and broadening and stabilizing channels for scientific advice, these changes would greatly improve the quality of that advice. They’d also improve democratic accountability. To judge whether the government’s decisions are grounded in scientific knowledge, the public needs access to the expertise and information decision-makers use. Restricting this access damages our democracy."

Professors and students give failing grade to Ontario parties | Kate Lawson (English) comments in The Toronto Star | May 28 2014

"'Universities really do add to the economy, so it’s baffling and disappointing the parties aren’t addressing education,' said Lawson. 'Not a single party has delivered a clear vision of the future for the postsecondary education sector.'"

John Lennon, Johnny Cash are our modern 'saints,' researcher says | Kathleen Riddell's (Religious Studies PhD candidate) research featured in CBC News | May 25 2014

"'It's not a replacement for traditional religion. It's more about ideals. We wrap our values into them, our ideals and our struggles,' she said. 'They are presentable because they are in a neat attractive package, a cultural product.'"

Department of Hockey Analytics: Possession is 3/4 of the playoffs | Phil Curry (Economics) writes for The Toronto Star | May 22 2014

"This year’s playoffs are also shaping up to be a lesson in the value of possession. Twelve of the top sixteen possession teams made the playoffs, and of the four teams left, three are who you would expect based on their possession stats in the regular season: L.A. was 1st overall in shot attempt differential, Chicago was 2nd, and the Rangers were 6th."

How Harper government funding cuts affect science research in Waterloo Region | Heather Douglas (Philosophy) on CBC Radio | May 7 2014

10 things you need to know about the global food system | Elizabeth Fraser (MAGG candidate) writes for The Guardian | May 1 2014

"The most important thing to know about the global food system is also one of the least appreciated: there is enough food for everyone on the planet to live a healthy and nutritious life."