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Social Sciences Media Spotlight | Feb. 6 to 21, 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.

Feb 22, 2017


The Globe and Mail reported on a research paper by Greig Mordue (Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing) and Kelly White (Automotive Policy Resource Centre) showing that auto-producers are concerned about the spiking price of Ontario electricity and the distraction of trying to adhere to its peak-hour conservation program.

The Globe and Mail and CBC TV's On the Money featured Greig Mordue (ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy) discussing a report he had written on the impact of Ontario's electricity pricing and policies on the auto industry. CHCH TV also covered the report. 

The Hamilton Spectator reported on the issue of helping seniors connect to services and peers, which is the topic of research by Margaret Denton (Health, Aging and Society) and Jenny Ploeg (Nursing). 


Expert commentary: 

Three McMaster experts commented on the release of census data on growth and trends in Canada's population:  Bruce Newbold (Geography and Earth Sciences) spoke to Global National News; Vic Satzewich (Sociology) spoke to The Hamilton SpectatorCFAX News (Victoria) and CHML radio; and Richard Harris (Geography and Earth Sciences) spoke to CHCH News.

CHCH News, CFAX radio (Victoria) and CHML radio interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) about PM Justin Trudeau's visit to Washington to meet with Donald Trump. CTV News Channel interviewed Peter Graefe (Political Science) about federal cabinet members visiting their US counterparts in advance of the prime minister's visit. 

Scientific American interviewed Hendrik Poinar (Ancient DNA Centre) about findings by other researchers linking the collapse of Aztec society to a massive outbreak of a strain of salmonella believed to have been imported by the Conquistadors. Mashable cited a previous interview with Poinar on the subject of reviving the woolly mammoth.

CTV News ChannelCHML radio and CFAX radio (Victoria) interviewed Henry Jacek (Political Science) about Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's meeting with US President Donald Trump.

CTV News Channel and CHML radio interviewed Russian language and culture expert and former advisor to the US government John Colarusso (Anthropology, Linguistics) on the resignation of US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over concerns that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail.


Community engagement:

The Hamilton Spectator covered a campus panel discussion on the importance and challenge of fostering cultural abundance. Speakers at the event included McMaster President Patrick Deane and Indigenous Studies Director Vanessa Watts.

The Hamilton Spectator published a story and photo and posted a video covering Locks for Love, a student-organized event where students donated their hair to make wigs for children who lose their hair due to medical conditions. Social Sciences student Priya Moraes was featured.

The Hamilton Spectator published a commentary piece by Niko Yiannakoulias (Geography and Earth Sciences) about why perceived cancer clusters are typically simple statistical anomalies. 



The Hamilton Spectator published a story about Marauders football receiver (and Social Sciences student) Danny Vandervoort being invited to showcase his skills at NFL and CFL combines.