Recent News from Columbia

Research & Discovery

Illustration of a fruit fly perceiving a field of flowers as colorful.
How Does the Brain Turn Waves of Light Into Experiences of Color?

A new fruit fly study reveals the brain-cell circuitry that converts raw sensory signals into perceptions of color.

Illustration of a doctor inside a patient mind
A Physician’s Journey Into the Minds of Coma Patients

A Columbia neurologist hopes to better identify which patients with severe brain injuries are likely to regain consciousness.

Geologists Folarin Kolawole and Zachary Foster-Baril of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory prepare to analyze a rock outcrop next to the Lake Solitude Dam in High Bridge, N.J., near the epicenter of a sizable earthquake the previous week.
Hunting for Clues to an Earthquake

Just after an earthquake shook the New York area, Columbia scientists headed to the field to better understand what had happened.

Arts & Humanities

6 books by Columbia alumni
6 New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

All by Columbia alumni authors.

Alice Guy-Blaché (Wikimedia Commons)
Alice Guy-Blaché (Wikimedia Commons)
Uncovering the History of Women in Silent Film

With the Women Film Pioneers Project, School of the Arts Film Professor Jane Gaines highlights the women who helped shape the early film industry.

Le Fil Rouge Exhibition, Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Photo by Michel Denancé.
Le Fil Rouge Exhibition, Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Photo by Michel Denancé.
An Exhibition of Renzo Piano Building Workshop Opens at the Lenfest Center for the Arts

The three buildings RPBW designed for the Manhattanville campus—Lenfest, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, and the Forum—are the focus.

Campus & Community

People gather at Manhattanville Community Day 2024.
12 Photos From a Vibrant Manhattanville Community Day This June

Sunny skies, a cool breeze, and wonderful people were a recipe for a great neighborhood event on Columbia's Manhattanville campus on June 8.

Juneteenth event at Good Vibes in the Park
12+ Uptown NYC Events Celebrating Juneteenth 2024

Here are a few local events you can take part in to honor the holiday this year.

Six Columbia athletes headed to the Olympics 2024.
Here Are All the Paris Olympics-Bound Columbia Athletes That We Know So Far

We're keeping track of the Columbia Lions who are headed to the Paris Olympics to compete this summer. Here's who to watch out for. 

National & Global Affairs

illustration of megaphones spouting the words "facts" and "fake news"
The Surprising Factors That Make Readers (and Voters) Susceptible to Misinformation

Andrea Prat investigates how well Americans can detect false information compared to their ability to recognize true facts.

pumping gas
Don’t Slam the Door on Inexpensive Chinese Electric Vehicles

EVs shouldn’t be a luxury item, but Biden’s tariffs mean they may remain so.

Lipman Center, Columbia Journalism School
Lipman Center Grants Nearly $190K For Reporting on Inequality and Human Rights

The 5 grants are for journalists and newsrooms reporting on inequalities and misconduct in the American criminal justice system.