Awards & Milestones

Liza Knapp (GSAS’85), an associate professor of Slavic languages, focuses her teaching and research on 19th century Russian literature, in particular the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

A scene from Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3

A scene from Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3

Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is the 2015 winner of the Edward M.

Columbia University has been awarded a grant from the Amgen Foundation that will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program.
Photo by Philippe Cheng/Columbia College Today

While Columbia has long revered Prof. Wm. Theodore de Bary (CC’41, GSAS’53) as one of its own, America now regards him as a national treasure.

Thomas Jessell, PhD, the Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders in the Departments of Neuroscience and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2014 Neuroscience Prize of The Gruber Foundation.

Nobel Laureate Richard Axel, MD, University Professor, has been elected to the Royal Society as a foreign member.

Columbia campus

Three Columbia professors have been named members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to NAS, in recognition of "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," is considered one of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive.

Neuroscience at Columbia

Laurence Abbott, PhD, the William Bloor Professor of Neuroscience, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Several full-time and adjunct professors at Columbia and Barnard, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to writing, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2014, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

Columbia University will confer eight honorary degrees and recognize the alumni recipient of its University Medal for Excellence at commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 21. In alphabetical order, the recipients are:

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