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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Q&A with Hannah Wittman on how COVID-19 is affecting food systems

Since long before restaurants began shutting down due to social distancing measures around the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Wall Institute Associate Hannah Wittman has been researching better ways to put food on tables in British Columbia and around the world. Wittman is a professor in UBC’s…

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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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The Impact of COVID-19 on NYC’s Multilingual Immigrant Communities

Since late March, New York City has been the global epicenter of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, with over 12,000 confirmed deaths as of April 30. Nearly every New Yorker has been affected, but the effects have not been evenly distributed. While there is emerging evidence in city data of serious disparities …

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Q&A with Brett Finlay on vaccine development

Back in 2002, in the midst of the SARS pandemic, B.C. researchers like Peter Wall Distinguished Professor Brett Finlay were among the first to sequence the SARS genome and develop containment strategies. Finlay, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and in the Departments…

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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 Michelle Stack

Michelle Stack is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Her book Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education was published in 2015 and formed the basis for an International Research Roundtable that was recently held at the Peter Wall…

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