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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Sept. 18 to Oct. 18, 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 23, 2017


The Globe and Mail published a front-page story featuring research by the Anthropology Department's Anna Duggan and Hendrik Poinar of McMaster's Ancient DNA Centre, tracing the rise and fall of several Indigenous peoples in territory now known as Newfoundland and Labrador. The research was also covered by Global News, Breitbart News, The Vancouver Province, Regina Leader-Post, CBC's Radio-Canada International and Science Daily.

Globe and Mail on Duggan-Poinar research

Globe and Mail - October 16, 2017


Bloomberg News highlighted research from McMaster's Automotive Policy Research Centre in its coverage of a strike at GM Canada.

GM Reaches Agreement to End Canada Strike and Resume Production

Bloomberg - October 14, 2017


The Toronto Star highlighted McMaster's role in researching the impact of the provincial government's basic income pilot project. The three-year pilot will be independently assessed by researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital and McMaster University' Department of Health, Aging and Society.

Ontario’s basic income pilot project enrols 400 people, so far - October 4, 2017


A Bloomberg wire story, which referenced research at the Automotive Policy Research Centre, was carried in several outlets, including The Toronto Star.

Striking CAMI workers look to NAFTA talks to level playing field - September 25, 2017



Expert Commentary

CTV News Channel interviewed Atif Kubursi (Economics) about challenges in negotiating a new NAFTA agreement.

CTV News Channel at October 13th 2017 9:35 AM

CTV News Channel - October 13, 2017


CHML Radio interviewed George Breckenridge (Political Science) about developments in US politics.

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) at October 14th 2017 11:30 AM

AM 900 Hamilton's News Talk Leader (CHML) - October 14, 2017 talked to Jim Stanford (Harold Innes Industry Professor, Economics) about Australia's negative experience with its LNG project.

Canadians lucky to dodge Pacific Northwest LNG project, just ask Australia - September 27, 2017


CBC Radio interviewed DNA expert Hendrik Poinar (Anthropology, Ancient DNA Centre).

CBC Radio One 90.5FM (CBCV) at October 2nd 2017 4:26 AM

CBC Radio One 90.5FM (CBCV) - October 2, 2017


CBC online turned to Atif Kubursi (Economics) for his analysis on the likelihood that orange juice prices will rise due to massive crop damage in Florida by hurricane Irma.

Higher orange juice prices on the way in wake of Irma's damage to Florida groves - September 25, 2017


The Canadian Press turned to Brendan Sweeney (Automotive Policy Research Centre) for his analysis of an ongoing strike by GM workers in Ingersoll.

GM workers in Ingersoll, Ont., on strike

News - MSN CA - September 19, 2017


Community Engagement

Toronto's NOW magazine highlighted the influence of the McMaster Museum of Art and the Indigenous Studies program in leading the way toward a wider recognition of the need for Indigenous art curators at major institutions. The article quoted MMA director Carol Podedworny and Indigenous art curator Rhéanne Chartrand.

AGO boosts Indigenous focus in Canadian art department

Now Toronto - October 7, 2017


Sourcing local food on campus was highlighted in a recent Raise the Hammer article by McMaster's Adam Chiaravalle (Political Science).

Food for Thought: Bringing Farms into Canadian Universities

Raise the Hammer - September 28, 2017



Teaching, learning and student success

CBC Windsor highlighted the survival story of Theresa Sims, an Indigenous woman who as a teenager had been sexually assaulted, strangled and left for dead, but who later found the strength to finish high school and study at McMaster.

Survivor shares her story at vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women - October 5, 2017