Columbia Commencement in Morningside Heights
The Class of 2018, a diverse group of some 16,000 men and women, receives degrees on May 16. They come from more than 100 different countries, and they range in age from 16 to 69.
Alondra Nelson Columbia Dean of Social Sciences

Photo by Jörg Meyer

Alondra Nelson was an eight-year-old when the television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots aired in 1977 to an audience of 130 million people. “We knew it was very important,” she said. “My parents were fairly strict about bedtimes and television time, but allowed us to stay up until 11 pm for eight nights.”

the 2018 diverse graduating class from the Community Healthcare Workers program at Columbia University
The Institute for Training Outreach and Community Health (InTOuCH) based at Columbia's Community Wellness Center celebrated its inaugural class of 38 graduates.
An artistic photograph by Omar Z. Robles of a ballerina in pointe shoes dancing in a street devastated by hurricanes and floods in Puerto Rico
If you need a break from the heat, there are several exhibitions around Columbia that you can enjoy while cooling off indoors.
EEG experiment led by Andrew Goldman

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, says a new study led by Andrew Goldman, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University (pictured). 

Skilled improvisers were better than musicians with limited improvisational experience at distinguishing between chords that can be used interchangeably in a piece of music and those that cannot, a new study by Columbia researchers finds. The results suggest that musical improvisation, like so many other skills, improves with practice as the brain learns to categorize musical structures in a new way.


Top Row: Gabriela Gailea, Ndansi Elvis Nukam, Pavel Kounchev, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Forero, Oluseun Onigbinde, Omezzine Khelifa
Bottom Row: Alice Barbe, Peter Ndayihereje, Rumbidzai Chisenga, Hong Hoang, Vanessa Paranjothy, Trisha Shetty

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