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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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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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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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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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Roundtable debrief

In fall 2013 the Institute was pleased to host the second half of its 2013-2013 International Research Roundtables. The Roundtable program allows scholars from UBC, Canada and the international community to advance excellence in knowledge development in an interdisciplinary environment. The themes or topics must be broad-ranging. International…

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Field notes from Kenya’s Mpala Research Centre with Dr. Gregory M. Crutsinger

Dr. Gregory M. Crutsinger is part of the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, 4200-6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Author for correspondence, email: crutsinger@zoology.ubc.ca My excitement grew as I stood in the customs and immigration line in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, bleary-eyed…

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The 19th Birthday Party

In March 2014, the Institute hosted The 19th Birthday Party, a media art installation that explores issues relating to youth transitioning out of government care at age 19 and youth homelessness. Former youth in care currently comprise 40 per cent of homeless youth in British Columbia. Many young adults transitioning out…

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