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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, will be the featured speaker at SIPA’s graduation ceremonies on May 13, 2018, Dean Merit E. Janow announced today. “Ms. Mohammed has devoted her career to improving the health and well-being of people across the world and of the...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced his appointment of Alexander N. Halliday, a geochemistry professor at University of Oxford and vice president of the UK’s Royal Society, as the new Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute. Halliday’s groundbreaking work in isotope...
Friday, December 1, 2017
The people of Swaziland—a small, landlocked nation in southern Africa—have among the worst life expectancy measures in the world, a result of the twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis. While much has been done to confront HIV among pregnant Swazi women, fully 41 percent have the retrovirus. And...
Friday, November 17, 2017
What knowledge is most important now? How can we best pursue it? Is the university’s intellectual structure properly aligned with this endeavor? Bringing fresh thinking to these fundamental questions is the central purpose of the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, a new University-wide initiative...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
North Korea has accelerated its weapons-testing program, which includes intercontinental ballistic missiles that have the potential to reach U.S. territory. President Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country if it moves against the U.S. or its allies. As Trump began a trip to...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Redrawing the global map of crop distribution on existing farmland could help meet growing demand for food and biofuels in coming decades, while significantly reducing water stress in agricultural areas, according to a new study. Published today in Nature Geoscience, the study is the first to...
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The worldwide pattern of religious affiliation at the time of death is expected to change over the next 50 years, with distinct regional trends, according to researchers from the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. The findings are...
Monday, October 30, 2017
Anu Bradford discusses the state of the EU on European Council on Foreign Relations podcast. As the world’s largest single market, the European Union has both a stake in the future of the liberal international order and the capacity to influence it, contends Anu Bradford, the Henry L. Moses...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
In 2011, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution inspired the Arab Spring, a wave of protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa that held the promise of a new political future for the region. For all of its challenges, Tunisia today stands alone in its peaceful transition to a functioning...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Ancient humans migrated out of Africa to escape a drying climate, says a new study—a finding that contradicts previous suggestions that ancient people were able to leave because a then-wet climate allowed them to cross the generally arid Horn of Africa and Middle East. The study appears in the...