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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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Think tanks act as ‘ideological first responders’ in US policy landscape

When the financial crisis hit in Detroit in 2008, Michigan-based think tanks were already hard at work on anti-union legislation. In California, as the drum beat of public-sector reform was intensifying, a satellite of the New York-based Manhattan Institute, the California Public Policy Center, was stepping up its campaign for…

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Predicting changes in the Arctic with The Geotraces Project

Sitting on the patio outside the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies building at UBC, Dr. Philippe Tortell points at a nearby plant.  “Imagine we put a big, gas-tight glass jar over it,” he says. Shining a light on the plant, an observer could measure an…

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Scholar examines effects of climate change on international ocean conflict

Growing up near the ocean in Hong Kong, Dr. William Cheung was naturally drawn to questions about the health of the sea while he watched those around him enjoy its bounty. When his uncles and older friends gradually stopped fishing from the nearby bay as its fish…

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Institute academics perform evening of wind music

On April 10, 2013 the Peter Wall Institute Woodwind Quintet WW5 presented An Evening of Wind Music, performing a selection of pieces by Berger, Muller and Piazzolla that showcased the versatility of the group. Members of the quintet also introduced their instruments and provided a brief historical background or piece of…

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Q&A with Wall Scholar, Peter Klein

In 2014-2015, UBC journalism students, led by UBC Journalism Professor Peter Klein and two colleagues, travelled to the far reaches of Benin, India and Jordan to report on the untold stories around mental health crises and community-based treatments in these countries. In this Q&A, Wall Scholar Peter Klein, who is…

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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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