From left to right, the Columbia physicists working on LIGO: Zsuzsa Márka, Szabi Márka, and Imre Bartos.

Three Columbia astrophysicists are celebrating a major scientific discovery – the detection of gravitational waves. The finding, made by the LIGO Observatory in which the Columbia team plays an integral role, confirms a major prediction in Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, published a century ago.

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Alhelí Alvarado-Díaz Core Curriculum Columbia University

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Alhelí Alvarado-Díaz (GSAS’02,’09) is looking at the Core Curriculum through a new lens. An adjunct professor in Contemporary Civilization, she has added a component of filmmaking to her course.

David Stark Columbia University Video Game innovation

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What spurs creativity? A Columbia sociologist studied the teams behind 12,422 video games released worldwide from 1979, when the gaming industry started, to 2009, and found the most innovative teams were built around diverse experiences and knowledge.

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded at Columbia University
The Pulitzer Prize Board is launching a series of events all across the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the prizes. Grassroots Pulitzer-themed programs are scheduled throughout 2016. Larger marquee events will be held in four major U.S. cities:
Cybersecurity Experts Columbia University

From left to right: Senior Research Scholar Jason Healey , Computer Scientist Steven Bellovin, and Law Professor Matthew Waxman.

Police say the terrorists who killed 130 people in coordinated attacks in Paris in November used cell phones to communicate. And the couple who attacked a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., killing 14, may have discussed jihad and martyrdom online.