The Peter Wall Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Philippe Tortell as its new Director. Dr. Tortell is a Professor in the Departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and Botany at the University of British Columbia where his research is focused on understanding the potential climate effects on Arctic and Antarctic marine systems.
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Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ produces natural gas. It also produces controversy, but Dr. Karl Linden isn’t concerned with either. He’s focused on recycling the water that fracking currently eliminates from the hydrologic cycle. Read more>>
Since the decoding of the Human Genome, nearly three million genetic ancestry tests have been sold directly to the public. In this video, Sociology professor Wendy Roth argues that test-takers perceive the tests as reinforcing a variety of perspectives, including viewing race as biological, as socially constructed, and many things in between.
Watch all of our Wall Scholar Speaker Series, a fascinating glimpse into the cutting edge, interdisciplinary research being conducted by UBC faculty at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
The old Student Union Building (SUB) at the University of British Columbia is dark and semi-abandoned. At first glance, this seems like a poor place to conduct a research project on how people use interactive technology. But the SUB’s gloomy concourse was the perfect place for Dr. Sid Fels and Dr. Junia Anacleto to set up their WishBoard Installation, an interactive art project that invites people to share their hopes for the future in a public space. Read more>>