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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What you eat may be endangered

By Katie Stannard It’s no secret that fish laundering happens frequently in the high sea, the open ocean that is not part of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or internal waters of any state. But lack of traceability in the supply chain can occur at multiple stages. Corporations and individuals…

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In space, no one wants to clean up

2016 Wall Scholar Aaron Boley wants to tidy up Earth’s orbit – and our future in space depends on it By Malone Mullin   For Aaron Boley, a 2016 Wall Scholar and an Associate Professor at UBC’s department of physics and astronomy, fascination with the universe began with a curious glimpse through…

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Q&A with Malebogo Ngoepe

By Katie Stannard Typically, aneurysms show no symptoms and aren’t dangerous. However, at their most severe stage, some can rupture, leading to life-threatening conditions. Malebogo Ngoepe, Iso Lomso Fellow and visiting scholar from the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), is looking at this complex problem from a unique perspective.

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Envisioning the future of biodiversity

By Alastair Spriggs  Imagine a world where the oceans and coastlines are full of life; rivers are awarded legal rights as living systems; and strong cultural institutions ensure the recognition of indigenous peoples’ sovereignty over territories, resources and knowledge.  A group of experts and scientists from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on…

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Q&A with Distinguished Visiting Professor and seismologist Dr. Barbara Romanowicz

  By Alec Blair In the Lower Mainland, the threat of a large subduction earthquake exists as a reminder of the massive scale and dynamism of our planet, as well as our potential vulnerabilities to such processes.   Distinguished Visiting Professor Barbara Romanowicz (Chair, Physics of the Earth’s interior at College…

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Q&A with Wall Scholar Ian Williams on writing Reproduction

Described as a hilarious, surprising and poignant love story about the way families are invented, Reproduction is not only Wall Scholar Ian Williams’ first novel, it is a literary feat that constantly “reproduces” itself as the plot moves forward. Williams launched Reproduction, on Thursday, January 24 at the Vancouver Film School. The following…

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