Hummingbirds process the world differently, UBC study finds | Douglas Altshuler

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Global Reporting Centre, a new nonprofit, wants to tell the world's biggest untold stories | Peter Klein

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Death toll climbs in Istanbul airport bombings, now 41 dead | Peter Klein

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Why your kids should eat dirt | Brett Finlay

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UBC Opera Ensemble Roundtable Discussions
Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Singer Behind the Song with Ben Heppner

"So... You have a big voice..."

An inspiring evening of insight into the dramatic voice with special guest Ben Heppner and members of the UBC Opera Ensemble. Ben Heppner gives us a rare opportunity to look into the training, careers and life of ...

Fall 2016 Wall Exchange
Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Wall Exchange with Gabriella Coleman

UBC Opera Ensemble Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Singer Behind the Song with Sondra Radvanovsky

Opera and Conversation

An afternoon with Sondra Radvanovsky - one of today's greatest opera starts and Members of the UBC opera Ensemble.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Music and Conversation
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Refreshments
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Masterclass


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Dr. Philippe Tortell appointed Director of Wall Institute

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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Giving fracked water a new life

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>>


Genetic Ancestry Testing and the Meaning of Race

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.

Arts Based Initiative

WishBoard looks at public space

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>>

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