Recent News from Columbia

Research & Discovery

tracking rising heat in cities globally
Urban Heat Exposure Is on the Rise Due to Climate Change
Population Growth, Climate Change, and Urban Heat Islands Are Combining to Put More People at Risk

The number of people exposed to potentially health threatening heat extremes has been growing for decades, says a new study, due to urbanization, warmer temperatures, and the urban heat island effect.

light curve data used by astronomers to estimate the ages of stars
Researchers track the changing brightness of stars to infer their rotation periods, and thus, their age.
Age-Dating the Stars to Crack the Origins of Our Universe

For two years, Columbia astronomer Jason Curtis has worked with NYC high school students to build a model for age-dating the stars to understand how our galaxy evolved. They’ve made their work available as web-based tutorials to allow others to follow along and learn.

vaccine to treat opioid addiction being tested at Columbia
The first experimental vaccine to be tested in the United States for treatment of opioid use disorder is being studied in a phase 1a/1b clinical trial(link is external and opens in a new window) led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Experimental Opioid Vaccine Being Tested at Columbia

The first experimental vaccine to be tested in the US for treating opioid addiction is being studied in a phase 1 clinical trial, led by Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Here's how it would work and why it matters.

Arts & Humanities

Tony Awards, Columbia University
Students, Alumni, and Faculty Shine at the 74th Tony Awards

Many members of the Columbia community worked on productions that were honored.

Bayete Ross Smith, Columbia University Law School
Bayete Ross Smith, Columbia University Law School's First Artist-in-Residence. Photo by Aleph Media.
Bayeté Ross Smith Named First Artist-in-Residence at Columbia Law School

The Harlem-based artist hopes to spur students and lawyers to question assumptions and reimagine solutions to society’s most pressing challenges.



Facebook, Knight First Amendment Institute
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Facebook?

Ramya Krishnan and Alex Adbo from the Knight First Amendment Institute say to start with Congress enabling more research and journalism focused on social media platforms.


Asian American discrimination
The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Intensified Discrimination Against East Asians, South Asians, and Hispanics in the U.S., Says New Study

Looking beyond the recent violent acts against Asian Americans, the researchers examined less apparent forms of prejudice against minority groups over the last two years. 

Celebrating climate change expertise at SIPA, Columbia University
Celebrating a Rich History of Climate Change Expertise

A look at SIPA’s past, and future, at the intersection of policy and the environment.



Racial attention deficit study, Columbia University
White Americans Pay Less Attention to Black Peers, Says a New Study

The researchers also found the bias could be reversed if study participants were given the chance to observe the competency of their peers firsthand.