Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Speaks About U.S. Strategy and Enhancing Support for Veterans
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, kicked off a year-long series of “Conversations with the Country” at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum on April 18. In his address, he emphasized both the proper strategic role of military power in U.S. foreign policy and the importance of investing in the nation’s military veterans through higher education, career opportunities and support services.
“This is the beginning of an effort to connect with communities throughout the country about the challenges [the military and veterans] face to connect with America,” Mullen said during an hour-long conversation moderated by University President Lee C. Bollinger. “I believe that investment on the part of America and Columbia will be paid back tenfold over the course of the next decade.”
Columbia University mourns the death of Robert Belknap, professor emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages, who died March 17. An expert in Russian literature, particularly Dostoyevsky, he also taught Literature Humanities in the Core Curriculum for 50 years and influenced generations of Columbia students. For more information, please visit this page.
Mary Bassett, associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, was named New York City’s commissioner of health.
University Professor Ronald Breslow won the 2014 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal, the AIC’s highest award.