Wall Stories

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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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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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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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Research beyond borders

It’s not every day that an American neuroscientist, a quantum physicist from Italy and a Canadian expert in drone warfare get to meet and share ideas. The opportunity to investigate what can be gained from collaboration between disciplines and across borders– be it a fresh perspective or insight on new…

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