Awards & Milestones

The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Adjunct Damon Rich at our Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, each won a 2017 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant for their innovative work in urban design. Musician Tyshawn Sorey (GSAS’17) and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay (ENG’03), both Columbia alumni, were also named MacArthur Fellows.
Joachim Frank

Photo by Jorg Meyer

Columbia University congratulates Joachim Frank, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of biological sciences, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017.
A portrait shot of Andrew Millis
Columbia University Physics Professor Andrew Millis has been named the 2017 recipient of the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics for his groundbreaking research on the electronic properties of correlated materials.
David Dinkins in a navy blue suit standing at a podium and microphone, with a light blue background.

Photo by Diane Bondareff

David Dinkins, New York City’s 106th mayor and now a professor at Columbia University, celebrates his 90th birthday July 10 with a celebration at Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence where he once lived.

Guggenheim Fellows

Four Columbia professors whose research interests encompass celebrity culture, the sociology of knowledge, data analysis, and music, were named Guggenheim Fellows for 2017.

Columbia University chemist Xiaoyang Zhu has been named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

2017 Bancroft Prizes Winning Book Covers

Columbia University announced today that three acclaimed works will be awarded the 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy: The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: A Radical Fairy Realness Ritual by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray

A scene from Act III titled Puppets, Whitman and Civil War. Photo by Teddy Wolff

Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: A Radical Fairy Realness Ritual by Taylor Mac and

Columbia University Mathematician Mohammed Abouzaid
Professor Mohammed said a simplified example of his work is finding ways to measure objects, such as a coffee mug, with the techniques one would use to measure objects with a more geometric shape.
Sarah Stillman MacArthur Genius Grant Winner

Photo courtesy of John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A New Yorker staff writer, Stillman also teaches and directs the Global Migration Project at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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