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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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The Geotraces Arctic Expedition

Wall Scholar and UBC Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Philippe Tortell, along with 44 other scientists, set sail aboard the CCGS Amundsen on a summer-long research expedition to the Canadian Arctic. The expedition is part of the GEOTRACES program, which aims to better understand…

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Machine learning could help increase reliability of cancer diagnosis

After years of research and persisting issues with the reliability of cancer imaging techniques, accurate and confident cancer diagnosis is still a significant hurdle for clinicians and patients. This challenge leads to a large number of painful, invasive and often unnecessary biopsies, according to Dr. Mehdi Moradi,…

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Tidal trouble? Warming and salinity in the Strait of Georgia

In the midst of the heat wave experienced across British Columbia, The Wall Papers had the opportunity to ask Chris Harley, incoming Wall Scholar, a few questions about the impact of low rainfall, a small snow pack and unusually high temperatures on marine life in the Strait…

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New partnership explores arts and resilience in Sikh communities

Professor Michelle LeBaron, a 2013-2014 Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and University of British Columbia (UBC) Professor of Law, has worked as a conflict transformation practitioner for several decades, putting her skills to use in areas spanning family, international and commercial…

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED: a poem by Beau Dick, shared with the Spaceship Earth International Research Roundtable at the Peter Wall Institute, spring 2014.  We have endured as First Nation people near annihilation. We have been subject to poverty, diseases infected on us, homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction.

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Potential treatment could help preserve brain function for stroke patients

When a person suffers a stroke, he or she has approximately a three-hour window during which the affected parts of the brain are drawing on reserve oxygen and nutrients. As those supplies run out, the cells start to die, causing the permanent brain damage associated with a stroke. The current…

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