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.

Campus & Community

Behrang Garakani
From Columbia GS Student, to Columbia School of the Arts Professor

Behrang Garakani (GS'24) on moving from a career in digital games to film studies at Columbia General Studies, and his excitement to transition from Columbia student to Columbia professor.

Three graduates at Commencement
Columbia Graduation Season Stories 2024

On this page, you'll find stories from graduates, photos from the season, trivia, and the latest updates on what to expect from this year's various graduation celebrations. 

Columbia college class day
15 Photos from Graduation Festivities Celebrating Columbia's Class of 2024

We are so proud of the accomplishments of Columbia's graduates and here are 15 photos to prove it.

National & Global Affairs

Yaeli Bloch-Elkon, Brigitte Nacos, and Robert Shapiro.
Will History Repeat Itself With the 2024 Presidential Election?

A new book traces how the Tea Party laid the groundwork for the rise of Trump.

Dialogue Across Difference
What’s at Stake in These Polarized Times

Students, faculty, and staff gathered in person and online to explore how the often binary conversations around current events inform our understanding of democracy, the elements that prevent us from coming together for civil discourse, and where we go from here.    

IGP, Columbia University. Photo credit: Nir Arieli
Institute of Global Politics, Columbia University. Photo credit: Nir Arieli.
IGP Kicks Off Women’s History Month with the Launch of Its New Women’s Initiative

The event convened leading policymakers, scholars, and advocates to discuss a range of issues, from reproductive rights to gender equity in the workplace to technology-facilitated gender-based violence.