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.”
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.
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