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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Jan. 9 to 30, 2016

The McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences is known for making a positive impact on the local, national and international stages. Here are some highlights of the many McMaster Soc Sci stories making news over the last two weeks.

Jan 31, 2017

The Canadian Press interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) about federal Conservative candidate Kevin O'Leary's war of words with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of her cabinet. Among the outlets to pick up the CP story were The Toronto Star, CITY News, The Hamilton Spectator and Metroland Media.

CBC News interviewed international trade specialist Pau Pujolas (Economics) about the implications of Donald Trump's vow to scrap NAFTA.

TV National News, CTV News Network, CBC's The National and The London Free Press interviewed auto-industry expert Brendan Sweeney (Labour Studies & Automotive Policy Research Centre) about GM laying off 600 workers at its Ingersoll plant, while CHCH News interviewed Greig Mordue (ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy) on the same subject.

CBC Radio's World Report (Toronto), CBC Radio St. John's and CBC News online interviewed Ana Duggan (Ancient DNA Centre) about a controversy over a private genetic-testing company's assertion that a client was descended from the Beothuk nation, an Indigenous people from Newfoundland whose last known member died in 1829.

CHML Radio interviewed Allison Sekuler (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) about US scientists being muzzled under the regime of Donald Trump.

 The Hamilton Spectator published a commentary piece by post-doctoral fellow Lauren Wallace (Health, Aging and Society) on US President Donald Trump's executive order to stop funding international NGOs that counsel abortion.

The Globe and Mail cited Wayne Lewchuk (Labour Studies, Economics) in its report on research by the McMaster-based Automotive Policy Research Centre that looked at the reasons why Toyota elected to build a new assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario.

Yahoo News continued earlier coverage of research led by Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre), which identified two forms of bacteria that killed a pregnant woman who died 800 years ago in Troy.

Metroland Media quoted Jeff Denis (Sociology) who appears in a film about "colonization roads" that run through Muskoka and Parry Sound, and are the focus of a CBC documentary to be aired later this week. 

CHCH News interviewed George Breckenridge (Political Science) about Donald Trump's inauguration. 

The Hamilton Spectator reported on the nominees for the 2017 Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards, a group that features some 13 members of the McMaster community including Social Sciences students and alumni.