Wall Stories


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Catalyst Program

Read about the collaborative projects and initiatives of the 2022 Wall Catalyst Scholars aimed at addressing the Climate and Nature Emergency

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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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Wastewater Surveillance and The Law: A Grey Area

Over the past two years, wastewater-based epidemiology—or what is more commonly known as wastewater surveillance—has emerged from the shadows. Once a field criticized for its imprecision, today the field is touted by biomedical researchers and public health officials as an essential tool for predicting and managing disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19. While scientists have…

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Humans and the Environment

Humans have interacted and exploited their environment in beneficial ways, including food, water, medicines and building materials, but in so doing, have also caused environmental damage, with significant impact on all human activities, including health and socio-economic development.   Humans and the Environment, a 3-day exploratory workshop on Galiano Island, BC,…

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Child Health and Development

This PWIAS international research roundtable was held on May 2-4, 2022, organized by the UBC Social Exposome Cluster and led by Dr. Michael Kobor, Social Exposome Cluster Lead and the Edwin. S.H. Leong UBC Chair in Healthy Aging; and Dr. Danielle van Jaarsveld, Professor in the Sauder School of Business.

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Guided Visit of Stó-lō Unceded Lands

PWIAS staff, scholars and guests recently participated in an Indigenous-led tour of Stó-lō unceded lands, guided by Sonny McHalsie, a traditional knowledge keeper. Sonny generously shared many stories, histories, traditions and place names as he led our group up-river to Hope, through Chilliwack and the Sumas Valley, and…

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Wall Scholar Q&A: Rika Preiser

In 2021 PWIAS expanded the Wall Scholars program to include scholars from outside UBC. For the first time in the program’s history we welcomed Wall Scholars from Toronto, South Africa, and Spain. About 2021 Wall Scholar Rika Preiser Rika Preiser is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions,…

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Theatre Illuminates Systemic Barriers Faced by Indigenous in BC Human Rights Tribunal Process

Very early in their time together at PWIAS, Wall Scholars Bethany Hastie and Tom Scholte saw the potential for a collaborative project that would apply some of the Systems Theatre tools Tom has been developing to Bethany’s on-going work with the Expanding Our Vision Committee of…

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