Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris

Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris were appointed divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Harris, professor of political science, is the new dean of social science, effective July 1. Cole, professor and chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, will become dean of humanities next January 1.

Malia Mason with short blonde hair resting her right arm on a rail, wearing an outfit by MM LaFleur.

Photo by Frances F. Denny for MM. LaFleur

Malia Mason studies how people regulate their attention—or don’t—and what implications that may have for students, managers and employees.
Amelia Wolf walking through a field of flowers and a mountain scenery behind her.

Amelia Wolf in the California field she used to study what effect diversity loss would have on the remaining plants.

Gardeners and nature lovers have noticed that plants are flowering earlier every year—a phenomenon generally attributed to climate change. New findings by Columbia researchers, however, are among the first to show that a decline in biodiversity may also play a role, magnifying the impact of climate change not just when plants flower, but on entire ecosystems.

Black and white photo of William Donovan in his service uniform sitting at a writing desk, writing a note.

William Donovan created and led the first centralized spy agency in the U.S. Columbia would play a pivotal role in his career. Image Courtesy of the CIA

William Donovan created and led the first centralized spy agency in the U.S. Columbia would play a pivotal role in his career.
Columbia University researchers have developed an extremely low-cost, low-maintenance, on-site dipstick test they hope will aid in the surveillance and early detection of fungal pathogens responsible for major human disease, agricultural damage and food spoilage worldwide.
Frances Champagne smiling, with short brown hair, and a purple shirt.

Forget nature vs. nurture. Scientists now know that maternal behavior can change offspring in ways that may be passed on to future generations.

Dr. Sylvia Preston, with short white hair, wearing her white doctor's coat and glasses, standing in front of green landscape.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

Each Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Sylvia Preston Griffiths arrives at the pediatric cardiology outpatient clinic at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She dons a long white coat with her full name embroidered on it in blue and places her stethoscope in her pocket.

An African American woman in 1943 with a red bandana on her head uses a hand drill to add screws to a metal sheet.

“Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, a woman is working on a ‘Vengeance’ dive bomber,” Nashville, Tennessee, 1943.

One of the founders of the field of women’s history, Alice Kessler-Harris earned her Ph.D. in the late 1960s and then realized that history books had omitted the entire gender from their pages. It was the dawn of the women’s movement, and she was one of many like-minded young women who set about amplifying the historical record through new methods of research.

In this cover drawing for Cell Reports, Columbia researchers illustrate the concept that neurons fire in a consistent pattern during a seizure no matter how quickly the seizure spreads. The above string pattern stays the same regardless of whether both hands move closer or farther apart. (Michael Wenzel) 

Of the 50 million people who suffer from epilepsy worldwide, a third fail to respond to medication. As the search for better drugs continues, researchers are still trying to make sense of how seizures start and spread.

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