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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Q&A with Wall Scholar, Peter Klein

In 2014-2015, UBC journalism students, led by UBC Journalism Professor Peter Klein and two colleagues, travelled to the far reaches of Benin, India and Jordan to report on the untold stories around mental health crises and community-based treatments in these countries. In this Q&A, Wall Scholar Peter Klein, who is…

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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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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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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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