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Chromatic - The Book

Read excerpts and other stories related to “Chromatic”, a new collaborative art book produced by the 2020 Wall Scholars.

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PWIAS Impact

Learn more about how the interdisciplinary environment at PWIAS enriches UBC and impacts society through ground-breaking research, influential public policy, artistic collaborations and award-winning publications.

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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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UBC professors devise water plan for future urban gardens in Vancouver

In January 2013, the City of Vancouver unanimously passed the Vancouver Food Strategy, an official roadmap calling for Vancouver to become a global leader in urban food systems, with the target of increasing city and neighbourhood food resources by 50 per cent by the year 2020. Already known as a…

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Bonding through bars: New guidelines for mother-child prison units put interests of child first

Dr. Ruth Martin says babies have the right to stay in prison and the Supreme Court of British Columbia agrees with her. While the thought of babies behind bars is shocking to many, research shows it’s a far better alternative to separation and foster care. Martin, a professor at…

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Potential treatment could help preserve brain function for stroke patients

When a person suffers a stroke, he or she has approximately a three-hour window during which the affected parts of the brain are drawing on reserve oxygen and nutrients. As those supplies run out, the cells start to die, causing the permanent brain damage associated with a stroke. The current…

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Scholar raises red flags over expert forensic evidence

There’s a problem lurking in the modern courtroom. From Canada and the US, to Australia and countries the world over, judges and juries are relying on forensic evidence that one Peter Wall Visiting Research Scholar says hasn’t undergone enough formal evaluation and testing of the kind seen in the mainstream…

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Is methane the new climate change culprit?

Methane has been turning a lot of heads recently. With headlines like The Methane Monster Roars and Abrupt Climate Change is Here, it would appear that carbon dioxide has met its match. The gas, after all, is known to be 20 to 40 times more potent than CO2 in terms of…

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I Hear You Say

As part of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS) conference held in mid-September 2013, the Peter Wall Institute was proud to unveil an art installation that translates sound waves into furniture. Made from postconsumer recycled EPS (expanded polystyrene) with a painted polyurea coating, the installation is a large-scale visualization…

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