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. Does Edmund Phelps believe that Europe and America still have what it takes to create “mass flourishing,” that unique combination of wealth and creativity that gave rise to one of the most dynamic periods in human history?

When Farah Griffin asked her mother what she remembered about World War II, her response was, “All the handsome soldiers who drove the buses in Philadelphia.” Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African American Studies, was perplexed. Then she thought, of course, she was a teenager, she remembers handsome young men!

Who’s on the Ballot, a new website that explains just that, was born out of a friendly conversation between SIPA Professor Ester Fuchs and her former student, William von Mueffling (CC’90, BUS’95). “William was complaining about the lack of information on the candidates, and I told him, ‘That’s ridiculous. Just look on the web,’” said Fuchs. “But I quickly realized it’s not that easy.”

University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed Professor David Madigan as Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Madigan has been the interim dean since March. He joined Columbia’s faculty in 2007 as a professor of statistics, and became the department's chair the following year.

You probably think you know how to wash your hands, but Elaine Larson could tell you for sure.

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Bergdoll returns to the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Edith Piaf singing at the Maison Française, November 16, 1947.

A century ago, when Paris was the center of Western culture, Columbia President Nicholas Murray Butler could boast of knowing just about every important person in France.

The researchers have identified a protein—RbAp48—that, when increased in aged wild-type mice, improves memory back to that of young wild-type mice. In the image, yellow shows the increased RbAp48 in the dentate gyrus. Image credit: Elias Pavlopoulos, PhD/Columbia University Medical Cente

Study points to possible treatments and confirms distinction between memory loss due to aging and that of Alzheimer's

Mark Hansen in the space that will house the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

Statistician. Technologist. Artistic collaborator. And now, journalism professor.

Having spent virtually all his career working with numbers, Mark Hansen finds himself joining forces with the wordsmiths at Columbia Journalism School. “I feel like a spy in the house of Pulitzer,” he jokes.

The schematic above, dated 1917, illustrates a top-secret method to smuggle information by rolling tissue-thin paper and slipping it into the barrel of the key. Such Mata Hari-era spy craft has long been obsolete, yet it remained classified until 1992.

When the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation was established at Columbia and Stanford in 2012, part of its $30 million endowment was earmarked for what founder Helen Gurley Brown called “Magic Grants.”

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