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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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Associate uses eco-conscious engineering to develop prostheses

Dr. Frank Ko, a Faculty Associate with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, sees endless possibilities in mimicking nature’s extensive use of fibres. He points to his favourite example from the animal kingdom: a spider digests an insect off its web and in order to produce more protein to…

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UBC professors devise water plan for future urban gardens in Vancouver

In January 2013, the City of Vancouver unanimously passed the Vancouver Food Strategy, an official roadmap calling for Vancouver to become a global leader in urban food systems, with the target of increasing city and neighbourhood food resources by 50 per cent by the year 2020. Already known as a…

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Bonding through bars: New guidelines for mother-child prison units put interests of child first

Dr. Ruth Martin says babies have the right to stay in prison and the Supreme Court of British Columbia agrees with her. While the thought of babies behind bars is shocking to many, research shows it’s a far better alternative to separation and foster care. Martin, a professor at…

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Value given to Aboriginal art masks colonial experiences and contemporary realities for First Nations, says Associate

From towering totems to sacred masks, First Nations material culture has become high-valued and recognizable in the world of contemporary arts and culture. However, according to one Institute Associate, these views do not necessarily reflect– and often distract from– current and historical behaviour towards First Peoples. “We celebrate the spectacle…

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Talking Circles used for healing and HIV research in Downtown Eastside

A peer-led community-based research project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, supported by the Wall Solutions Initiative, is working to address the health needs of Aboriginal people who use illicit alcohol and drugs. A 2013 report by the British Columbia Ministry of Health indicates that Aboriginal people, who represent…

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Science behind ice sheet melt off provides insight into climate change

Crampons underfoot, ice axe in tow, Peter Wall 2013-2014 Early Career Scholar Dr. Christian Schoof looks comfortably in his element drilling holes for water pressure sensors amongst a backdrop of glaciers on Canada’s North Pacific coast. There are just four weeks a year when conditions permit productive…

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