Wall Stories


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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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Diversity in Mathematics Summer School aims to tackle underrepresentation

By Clare Skillman This story was originally published in The Ubyssey.  Photo courtesy of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. When asked what she feels is the biggest obstacle to including women and minorities in STEM,…

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On the Environmental Impact of Academic Conferences

by Malabika Pramanik Conferences have been a lot on my mind lately. I am at one of them as I write this. Just a few minutes ago, I heard a presentation on a problem close to my heart. Yesterday, we participated in a vibrant problem session where ideas…

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Carl Hart Wall Exchange Q&A Follow-Up

At our most recent Wall Exchange lecture, Carl Hart (Columbia University) drew upon his more than 25 years of experience as a neuropsychopharmacologist to explore the myths and social forces that shape our views on drugs and drug policy.  We followed up with Professor Hart, as well…

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Scholars offer recommendations for your summer reading list

By Katie Stannard As the school year wraps up, we asked scholars in residence and staff at the Peter Wall Institute to recommend books to read this summer. From a trilogy of thrillers, to Catalan literature, to thought-provoking non-fiction, the scholars offer a wide range of books to add to…

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Q&A with Ophélie Ronce

By Katie Stannard Organisms are already responding to our changing climate. Changes in the abundance and geographical distribution of many species have already been documented, and are predicted to intensify in the future, which may lead to extinction and contribute to the global biodiversity crisis. However, the scenarios forecasting biodiversity change in…

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Carl Hart’s radically different approach to drug policy

Upcoming Wall Exchange speaker on why drug policy should be informed by empirical evidence, not misconception.   By Jesse Donaldson Nearly 30 years ago, Columbia University neuropsychopharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart set out to find the mechanisms in the brain responsible for cocaine addiction. He couldn’t. “After 20 years of…

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