Profs, U of G Research Making Headlines

May 20, 2014 - In the News

Political scientist Prof. Tamara Small was featured on television and in newspapers nationwide this weekend. She was interviewed by the Canadian Press about how social media affects Ontario elections. Small, who specializes in digital politics, said social media is especially changing how elected leaders interact and communicate with constituents.

The story was broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global news and reported by the Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, MSN and Yahoo! News, among others.

Research by Prof. Madhur Anand, School of Environmental Sciences, and her graduate students was featured in a May 16 CBC online news report and story on The Morning Edition. The researchers showed that Ontario parks and campgrounds could curb the spread of invasive insects by selling cheaper firewood.

Anand said this measure would discourage campers from bringing firewood from home and help prevent pests such as the emerald ash borer from spreading to new areas. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Ecological Change and studies the effects of climate change on ecosystems.

Prof. Ross McKitrick was featured in a May 17 article in the Calgary Herald on the credibility of global warming climate models. He spoke in Calgary on “The ‘Pause’ in Global Warming: Climate Policy Implications” at a gathering of the Friends of Science/Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

An expert in the economics of environmental policy, McKitrick has studied climate change and related policy issues for more than a decade. He has served as an environmental policy consultant for the Fraser Institute.

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