Comics Exhibition Carries a Wallop

Columbia has surprising, even eye-popping, connections to comic book superheroes. This and much else are evident in a show at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library called “Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future,” running through January 23, which shines a spotlight on Columbia’s acquisition of cartoonists’ archives, illustrations, manuscripts and comics. It features items ranging from recent graphic novels to a cartoon penned in 1766, when Columbia was still King’s College.


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Rupp Returns: Former President Comes Back to University to Teach Religion

President of the University from 1993 to 2002, George Rupp has returned to campus as a professor to teach two seminars for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students: Religion and International Development the fall semester and Religion and Modern Western Individualism in the spring.


Alondra Nelson and Sharon Marcus Take Leadership Roles in Social Sciences and the Humanities

They supervise academic departments and research centers. They oversee faculty searches and hires. They help set budget priorities and research funding. They manage allegations of conflicts of interest. They even get involved in renovations and space requests. They are the divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Alondra Nelson and Sharon Marcus.

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Five Columbia faculty members have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. They are James J. Cimino, adjunct professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics; Quarraisha Abdool Karim, associate professor of epidemiology; Gerard Karsenty, Paul A. Marks Professor of Genetics & Development; Michael Shadlen, professor of neuroscience; and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Herb Gans, the Robert S. Lynd Professor Emeritus of Sociology and special lecturer in sociology, was awarded the 2014 William Foote Whyte Career Achievement Award for sociological practice and public sociology

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