In her book The Memory Illusion, forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr. Julia Shaw, PhD’13, draws on the latest research to show why our memories so often play tricks on us – and how, if we understand their fallibility, we can actually improve their accuracy. The result is an exploration of our minds that both fascinating and unnerving, and that will make you question how much you can ever truly know about yourself. Think you have a good memory? Think again.

Cameron Johnston

Cameron Johnston, BASc’14, recently took four months off work to cycle solo across Canada, crossing 10,858km from the Pacific to the Atlantic. He documented his travels on his website, CameronJohnston.org, which was so popular that he’s decided to publish its contents as a book, due out in 2018.

Cameron is the fourth generation of his family to attend UBC. His great grandmother, Ada Irene Lucille Menzies (née Vermilyea), BA’1916, was in the first graduating class; her son, Dr. M. Albert Menzies, was a child psychiatrist who had a teaching affiliation with UBC Medical School.


Otolith – the ear stone – is a series of bones that help us to orient ourselves in space. In her book Otolith, Emily Nilsen, MFA’15, attempts a similar feat in poetry: to turn the reader’s attention to their relationship to the world, revealing an intertidal state between the rootedness of place and the uncertainty and tenuousness of human connection.


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