Dr. Jill Biden Visits Columbia Military Veterans
Dr. Jill Biden today met with student military veterans at Columbia University in New York to learn more about their programs that serve veterans and military families. Dr. Biden announced earlier this week that she would be visiting campus programs that support veterans and military families as part of Joining Forces, the initiative she started with First Lady Michelle Obama to encourage all Americans to find ways to support and honor military families.
Columbia has distinguished itself as a military-friendly university, with more than 550 veterans currently enrolled in its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. Some 300 of those are earning their Bachelor’s degrees, following their military service, at Columbia’s School of General Studies, which was founded after World War II largely to accommodate the unique needs of veterans and other students returning to college after varied lives and careers. Columbia has continued to actively recruit and welcome Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans as essential members of its diverse university community.
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.