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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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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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Scholar Q & A

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

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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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Student Arts-based Competition on the theme of water

Water nourishes the body and the mind. Yet an estimated 80 percent of the world’s population face a high-level water security or water-related biodiversity risk. Water security is also a serious issue in Canada, with more than 2000 ‘boil water’ advisories across the country, notably in First Nations communities. During September…

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Professor designs gowns inspired by microscopic images of cancer

On first glance, it’s hard to believe the stunning ball gowns created by UBC costume design professor Jacqueline Firkins were inspired by cancer. Professor Firkins was struck by microscopic imagery of cancer cells and cellular systems after connecting with Dr. Christian Naus, a 2013-2014 Peter…

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Cast-off cedar logs used for more than just heating at UBC

On her regular runs through Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Dr. Heather Trajano doesn’t just see the trees: she sees a wealth of compounds contained in every branch. One tree in particular has caught her eye lately. It’s western red cedar, a tree that’s emblematic of British Columbia.

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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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Convicted women with children should be rehabilitated, say Roundtable delegates

When a woman is convicted of a crime, it is not only the woman who is sentenced, but also her children who are themselves innocent and yet who suffer the ultimate punishment, maternal separation, says Samantha Sarra, Co-Principal Investigator of a Peter Wall Institute International Research Roundtable held…

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