Awards & Milestones

Columbia University announced today that three acclaimed works: a highly original history of the American West, a new perspective on the transformation of ideas from the end of the twentieth century, and a startling new perspective on the Civil Rights movement, will be awarded the 2012 Ban

Great teachers engage, challenge, inspire and empower their students. And they draw inspiration from the teachers who taught them. So say the nine winners of this year’s Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards, who won for their teaching and mentoring skills.

Professor Delbanco with President Obama at the award ceremony, held at the White House on Feb. 13 Image credit: Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Andrew Delbanco, who has been called “America’s best social critic,” was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama (CC’83) yesterday.

Columbia University School of the Arts is pleased to announce that Timothy Donnelly, associate professor of writing, has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Cloud Corporation (Wave, Picador).

Stuart Firestein, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, and William Zajc, chair of the Department of Physics, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious scientific society established in 1848.

Electrical engineer Dirk Englund works on processing and transmission of data in the form of photons, the tiniest particles of light. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Englund, an assistant professor of electrical engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, works in quantum photonics, the transmission and processing of data in the form of photons, the smallest particles of light. This line of research has potential real-world applications for any agency or company dealing with confidential information, including banks, hospitals and the government.

An investigative reporter whose work has revealed how secret profit schemes cheated the families of fallen U.S.

President Bollinger with T.D. Lee at the Sept. 13 reception held in Professor Lee's honor. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

When T.D. Lee was hired by Columbia as an assistant professor in 1953, he joined what was arguably one of the greatest physics departments ever assembled.

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