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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | March 13 to 27, 2017

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.

Mar 27, 2017


The Toronto Star highlighted research on the negative mental-health impacts of precarious work, led by Wayne Lewchuk (Labour Studies). 


Expert Commentary:

The New York Times asked Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre) to comment on a study about the origins of bison in North America.

CTV National News interviewed Katherine Boothe (Political Science) about a new cholesterol drug and the controversy over whether drug benefit plans should be compelled to fund it.

CTV's national morning news magazine show, Your Morning, interviewed Ameil Joseph (Social Work)from the campus studio, where he talked about alt-right racism. 

CTV News Channel interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) on the effort to expel Senator Don Meredith after revelations of his two-year affair with a teenager.

The Hamilton Spectator interviewed Meridith Griffin (Health, Aging and Society) about the health benefits of learning new skills. 

CBC Radio Syndication coordinated a series of day-after-budget interviews with Mike Veall (Economics) on Metro Morning (Toronto) and Ontario Morning, plus news shows on CBC affiliates in Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City and eight other markets

Global National News interviewed Julia Woodhall-Melnik (Health, Aging & Society) for a piece on millennials and "adulting" schools where they can learn essential life skills.


In the News:

The Hamilton Spectator also published an op-ed on the subject by Patrick Watson (Sociology) on the continued public discussion about free speech regarding Jordan Peterson's appearance at McMaster, where he was met with vocal protests. 


Community engagement:

The Hamilton Spectator published photos and posted a video from North American Indigenous Games day - a campus event organized to raise awareness about the games, for which McMaster is to serve as the western hub.

The Hamilton Spectator published a commentary piece by Janice Martell, previewing her public lecture at McMaster - a presentation of the School of Labour Studies - about the failure of the mining industry to protect miners from dubious health and safety practices.