Awards & Milestones

Tom Maniatis and Michael Sheetz

Two Columbia professors have won prestigious Lasker Foundation Awards for their work in biological sciences.

Columbia University today announced the 2012 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Physics Professor Igor Aleiner is one of 21 theoretical physicists, mathematicians and theoretical computer scientists from across the U.S.

When word came that Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School’s Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, had been chosen to receive the Max Planck Research Award for 2012, the comparative law expert was in a hotel room in Florence, Italy, preparing for a student’s dissertation defense.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Image credit: Alice Attie

The Inamori Foundation announced that Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been selected to receive the 28th annual Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy in the field of thought and ethics.

Daniel Hillel

Daniel Hillel, an adjunct senior scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has been awarded the World Food Prize for his work in conceiving and promoting water-saving methods that have increased crop production on arid lands in 30 countries.

Under, directed by Mark Raso ('12 SOA), written by Raso and Jake Crane (4th year Screenwriting) and produced by Jean-Marceau Sécheret ('11 SOA) won a Gold Medal in the Narrative category at this year's 39th Annual Student Academy Awards.

Five members of the Columbia community—including President Emeritus George Rupp—were elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.

Six Columbia professors—with expertise ranging from neuroscience and mathematics to journalism and visual arts—were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious and oldest honorary societies.

Ten Columbia faculty members have won 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in recognition of their “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

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