Gillian Lester, Acting Dean of Berkeley Law, Appointed Next Dean of Columbia Law School

Gillian Lester

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger today announced his appointment of Gillian Lester, professor and acting dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, as the fifteenth dean of Columbia Law School, effective January 1, 2015.

“I’m delighted to announce that Gillian Lester will be the next dean of Columbia Law School,” said Bollinger. “Professor Lester brings accomplished scholarship, admired teaching and first-hand academic leadership experience at a great peer institution to her new role at Columbia."

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Ebony and Ivy: Slavery's Role at Early U.S. Universities, Including Our Own

Ebony and Ivy by Craig Stevens Wilder book cover

In his latest work MIT historian Craig Steven Wilder (GSAS’89,’93,’94) examines the tarnished relationship between the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of the American college. On April 1 Wilder returned to campus at the invitation of historian Eric Foner and President Lee C. Bollinger to discuss Ebony and Ivy at a University panel in Low Library.

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Columbia People: Mary Dooley, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Department of Public Safety

When there is an accident or a weather event or a prominent visitor, Dooley mobilizes the staff and makes sure everyone is where he or she is supposed to be. “It’s hard to describe a typical day,” she says. “You never know what’s going to happen.”More
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Milestones

Mathematics Professor Robert Friedman received the 2014 Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching to recognize his inspiring leadership.

National Science Foundation Career Awards were given to Roxana Geambasu, assistant professor of computer science, for a proposal to create new data protection methods for modern operating systems; and Javad Lavaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering, for research on electrical power networks.

Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies Rashid Khalidi, won the 2014 Lionel Trilling Book Award for Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.

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