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Irving Boyer, Prospect Park, ca. 1942–1944. Oil on academy board. Image credit: New-York Historical Society, Gift of Selwyn L. Boyer, from the Boyer Family Collection

New York City played a critical role in the national war effort during World War II, with the city’s workers doing everything from building ships at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to manufacturing uniforms at Brooks Brothers.

Shattered boardwalk lining Rockaway Beach Boulevard Image credit: Maura R. O'Connor/The New York World

Researchers at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have been explaining to the media and public how weather systems converged to make Sandy so powerful, and how the rising sea levels caused by climate change have sharply increased the destructive potential from such storms on the New York region.

As an intern in Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML), Jean-Christophe Cloutier was used to the silence. But he could barely contain himself the day he stumbled on what appeared to be a previously unknown manuscript by Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay in the archives of another writer.

Principal Jeanene Worrell-Breeden welcomed an audience of more than 300 parents, teachers, neighborhood residents and university community members—along with local and state dignitaries—to celebrate Teachers College Community School’s move into its permanent new home.

Principal Jeanene Worrell-Breeden welcomed an audience of more than 300 parents, teachers, neighborhood residents and university community members—along with local and state dignitaries—to celebrate Teachers College Community School’s move into its permanent new home.

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger issued the following statement today celebrating the life of Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger:

"The entire Columbia community mourns the loss of Arthur Ochs 'Punch' Sulzberger. He was a loyal and devoted College alumnus and trustee, the son of a great Columbia family whose name and generosity graces programs, structures and scholarships across the entire University.

Richard Peña has been enthralled with film for as long as he can remember. As a 9-year-old perusing the shelves of the 96th Street branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan, the young Peña gravitated towards the section on cinema. “It seemed odd to me that there were books on film. I just never imagined that such a thing existed,” he said. Peña checked out a book called "The Liveliest Art," a history of cinema that is still widely used as a college textbook.

(Editor's note: The Columbia University community joins our fellow New Yorkers and people around the world in remembering those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Below is a story from last year that highlights the Columbia Center for Oral History’s ongoing role in preserving accounts of 9/11 and its effects.)

The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a July 30 news conference announcing the new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, which is partly funded by the city Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his economic development team and a host of local elected officials came to the Northwest Corner Building on July 30 to announce their support for Columbia's new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. The endeavor will involve eight schools on the Morningside and Medical Center campuses and lead to a significant expansion of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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