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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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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Marrying medicine and meteorology: The impact of diesel pollution on human health

Trips to Canada usually evoke visions of thick green forests, wide-open prairies and mountains set against blue skies. But when William Brune, a Peter Wall International Visiting Research scholar from Pennsylvania State University, arrived at UBC he didn’t come for the nice views or nature– he came…

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Then and now: Comparisons of sex slavery in Cambodia and ancient comedies

For Dr. C.W. Marshall, 2013-2014 Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute and UBC Professor of Ancient Performance Traditions and Greek Poetry, what started as a volunteer trip to Cambodia ended up changing the direction of his professional research. Dr. Marshall, a scholar of ancient…

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Architecture not a peaceful practice, says Wall Exchange speaker

While architects usually focus on construction, Eyal Weizman studies destruction.  Weizman is the lead investigator for the Forensic Architecture research project, a multidisciplinary project that’s used architectural principles to investigate the spatial pattern of drone strikes, analyze footage of deadly shootings and provide environmental evidence for the prosecution of war…

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