Wall Stories


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Scholar Q & A

A series of thought-provoking and inspiring short interviews with our Wall Scholars and PWIAS community members.

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On the Front Lines of COVID-19 with Wall Scholar Steve Reynolds

This last year has been tough. At the beginning of the year in August 2020 I was so excited to connect with the other members of the 2020 Wall Scholars cohort. The open conversations with brilliant, inquisitive folks from many different disciplines was invigorating, fascinating and…

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Helping hands, thriving families

When it comes to supporting maternal health, Dr. Patricia Janssen, a Peter Wall Institute Early Career Scholar and Wall Solutions awardee, believes it takes a village. In the fifteen years since she first worked with the Institute, she has collaborated with scholars in…

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Witness Webinar: Can Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Still Respect Personal Privacy?

This story was originally published by Blockchain@UBC On May 5th, 2020, as one of the projects under the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies’ COVID-19 Rapid Publication Working Groups, Victoria Lemieux, co-lead of the ICICS research cluster Blockchain@UBC, hosted a “Witness Webinar” that explored the…

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Q&A with Wall Scholar Sima Godfrey

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) sat down with 2019 Wall Scholar Sima Godfrey (French, Hispanic and Italian Studies) to talk about the Crimean War and her research on why, despite thousands of deaths and inescapable coverage in the French press at the time, this…

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Impact Now: Improving maternal, newborn and child health in Africa through innovative solutions

By Maggie Woo-Kinshella and Stefanie Novakowski   “Any problem can be solved with a little ingenuity”– Elizabeth Molyneyx, University of Malawi College of Medicine   Back in November 2019, 100 researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, and educators gathered at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa for Impact Now, a three-day conference to…

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Q&A with Wall Scholar Mark Turin

Communities and scholars around the world are working hard to reclaim and revitalize endangered languages, as these hold important cultural and ecological knowledge. The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) sat down with anthropologist and linguist Mark Turin, a 2019 Wall Scholar and Wall Solutions Initiative…

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