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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Feb. 27 to Mar. 6 , 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 15, 2017


The Toronto Star and 680 News highlighted research by Wayne Lewchuk (Labour Studies) looking at the issue of precarious employment.

CITY News reported on federal Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch persisting in using research by McMaster's Victor Satzewich (Sociology) to support her anti-immigration platform, despite Satzewich's protests. 


Expert Commentary:

The New York Times asked Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre) to comment on a research paper showing that genomic decay had sped the decline of the last, isolated population of woolly mammoths, trapped on an island between modern-day Russia and Alaska. Among the other outlets to pick up the story were The Christian Science Monitor and The National Post.

Global National News and CHCH News interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) about the Ontario government's plan to reduce electricity rates.

CTV News Channel interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) about the federal NDP leadership debate.

CHML Radio interviewed Russian culture expert John Colarusso (Anthropology, Languages and Linguistics) about developments with respect to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.


Community engagement:

The Hamilton Spectator, in its International Women's Day edition, featured a major front-page photo of student Sarah Jama of the McMaster Womanists group. The photo introduced a double-page feature inside that featured photos of other women from different corners of the community, offering advice for other women. The feature included McMaster women's basketball coach Theresa Burns.

The Hamilton Spectator reported on Richard Harris (Geography and Earth Sciences) speaking about urban intensification at a standing-room-only public event held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton Annex.

The Hamilton Spectator, in its reporting on Hamilton City Council's consideration of a new transgender policy quoted delegate Tai Jacob of the McMaster Students Union's Gender and Equity NetworkSocial Work Student Kaiden Penney was featured.