Awards & Milestones

Three Columbia professors were among the 78 recipients of awards in the National Institutes of Health High Risk-High Reward program.

With a nod to his “tightly crafted works of fiction and nonfiction,” the MacArthur Foundation today announced that Donald Antrim, associate professor in the Writing Program at the School of the Arts, will be among the 24 “genius” fellows it named for 2013.

Edmund Phelps

The title is optimistic and uplifting: Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change. But the message is more nuanced, as befits a Nobel laureate in economics.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, has won the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for social science for her contribution to urban sociology and to the analysis of the social, economic and political dimensions of globalization, according to the prize jury.

Six Columbia professors have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts in one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

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Several Columbia professors, in disciplines ranging from dance to history to psychiatry, were awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2013, based on their distinguished achievement and exceptional future promise.

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Columbia University will confer seven honorary degrees and recognize the recipient of its University Medal for Excellence at commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 22. The recipients are:

From left: Tony Kushner, Robert Schenkkan, Jean Kennedy Smith and Dan O’Brien at the Kennedy award ceremony. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

When Jean Kennedy Smith decided to create a drama award to commemorate her late brother Sen. Ted Kennedy and his love of history and the arts, she realized she would need a theater veteran’s help.

Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works will be awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize: a gripping and eloquent history of the human impact on the ocean, and a persuasively argued history of the idea that conflict among nations can be regulated by law.

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Continuing their family’s multigenerational connection to Columbia and support of its leadership in medicine, Philip (CC ‘71) and Cheryl Milstein (Barnard ‘82) have made a $20 million commitment to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

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