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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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Is methane the new climate change culprit?

Methane has been turning a lot of heads recently. With headlines like The Methane Monster Roars and Abrupt Climate Change is Here, it would appear that carbon dioxide has met its match. The gas, after all, is known to be 20 to 40 times more potent than CO2 in terms of…

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Digital era ushers in “new art history”

The world of art has been dramatically altered by the rise of photography and digital media, and while this transformation has opened many new artistic possibilities, it has also left some critics and scholars grasping at how to make sense of it from an academic standpoint.  Dr.

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New app tested in Vancouver schools tackles childhood obesity

With a limitless stream of apps to download and an online world of distractions, kids are spending more time in front of screens and less time being active. The result, says one UBC professor, may partly explain the increasing percentage of children being overweight or obese. UBC professor and Peter…

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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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WishBoard looks at public space

The old Student Union Building (SUB) at the University of British Columbia is dark and semi-abandoned. At first glance, this seems like a poor place to conduct a research project on how people use interactive technology. But the SUB’s gloomy concourse was the perfect place for Dr.

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Peter Wall Institute Centennial Events

The Peter Wall Institute is very pleased to have played a prominent role in commemorating UBC’s Centennial. Between September 2015 and May 2016, we produced and/or co-sponsored the following events and celebrations. Distinguished Visitor September 25, 2015 Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate, economist and a professor at Columbia University, participated in…

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