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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Oct. 18 to 31, 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.

Oct 31, 2017

McMaster News

The Socrates Project will showcase and help to foster the critical thinking, communication, creativity, imagination and collaboration critical to developing deeply engaged citizens and leaders.

Chancellor Emeritus Wilson’s $2M gift launches McMaster’s Socrates Project

 The McMaster Daily News - October 30, 2017 



Contrary to the cultural meme, Canadian graduates in all subjects earn far more, on average, than coffee shop workers, say Ross Finnie, Richard Mueller and Arthur Sweetman (Economics).

Canadian graduates all pass the barista bar - Times Higher Education (THE) - October 18, 2017

Debunking the Barista Fallacy: A New Way of Measuring Earnings of University Graduates - CD. Howe - October 27, 2017


LiveScience (reaching (6 million online users), CBC Radio, India Today,The New York Times, The Guardian (UK),  United Press and The Smithsonian were among the outlets to continue previous reporting on research led by Debi Poinar and Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre) who are working to determine whether Chilean poet and political activist Pablo Neruda was murdered, despite his official cause of death being named as cancer.

Was Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Murdered? -LiveScience - October 25, 2017

Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer: experts - - October 26, 2017

Business Standard  - October 26, 2017  

Pablo Neruda Did Not Die of Cancer, Raising the Possibility He Was Murdered - Smithsonian - October 25, 2017

Poet Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer: Experts

New evidence gives weight to rumors Pablo Neruda was murdered - - October 23, 2017


The Detroit News highlighted research by the McMaster-based Automotive Policy Research Centre, in a story about the GM strike.

Striking GM workers in Canada OK contract

The Detroit News - October 16, 2017


The Edmonton Journal highlighted research by Karen Bird (Political Science) in a report on the challenges of improving ethnic diversity in politics.

Ethnic diversity remains tough challenge for Edmonton council

Edmonton Journal - October 25, 2017


Expert Commentary

Global National News and The Hamilton Spectator interviewed immigration expert Vic Satzewich (Sociology) about a new Statistics Canada report on immigration in Canada.

Global National News - October 26, 2017

Hamilton’s new reality: About 24 per cent of residents foreign-born - Hamilton Community News (Metroland Media Group) - October 25, 2017


Community Engagement

The Conversation Canada's best read piece last week was by McMaster's John Colarusso (Anthropology, Linguistics) who wrote sarcastically about the lessons Donald Trump has taught during his time in office. The piece also appeared on The Conversation USA, the New Zealand Herald and in India's Business Standard.

All the lessons Donald Trump has taught us - Raw Story - October 17, 2017

The top 5 lessons Donald Trump has taught us - The New Zealand Herald - October 22, 2017

Business Standard    BuzzBry    


The Conversation Canada, The Conversation US and The National Post all carried a commentary by Andrew Roddick (Anthropology) discussing the damage to important archaeological resources that would be caused by building a border wall between the US and Mexico.

An archaeologist explains how walls like Trump’s destroy the past and threaten the future - Raw Story - October 25, 2017

How walls like Trump’s destroy the past and threaten the future - The Conversation Canada - October 24, 2017

How walls like Trump's destroy the past and threaten the future - National Post - October 25, 2017

An archaeologist explains how walls like Trump’s destroy the previous and threaten the longer term - BuzzBry - October 25, 2017


University Affairs published an opinion piece by Political Science PhD candidate Oldrich Bubak on ways to improve the quality and consistency of post-secondary teaching.

University Affairs - October 27, 2017