Awards & Milestones

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.

Soon after graduating from college, Tyler Bickford taught music for a year at a rural Vermont elementary school. Years later, the same school would serve as a rich laboratory for his Columbia dissertation about how kids consume digital media.

Each year, Columbia’s Presidential Teaching Awards spotlight the most dedicated and innovative instructors at the University. The awards are given at Commencement to both faculty members and graduate student instructors.

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