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May 13, 2022

Jelani Cobb: ‘Everything is on the table’

Kyle Pope interviews Jelani Cobb about the role of journalism at a politically fraught time, diversity efforts at the Columbia Journalism School, and the cost of degrees from institutions like Columbia. Today, he was appointed dean of the school.

POLITICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

"What Does Putin Want" panel at SIPA
Russia and Ukraine: What Does Putin Want?

Watch the School of International and Public Affairs expert panel discussion about what the impacts of Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

 

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Columbia World Projects Announces New Criminal Justice Initiative

Measuring the Impact of Youth Justice Initiatives is a new project that will support New York City youth who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

 

 

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Lawsuits Challenge Social Media Laws

The Knight First Amendment Institute has filed amicus briefs in two cases challenging recently enacted regulations of the social media platforms.

 

Ketanji Brown Jackson smiling and standing with Kerrel Murray, Columbia Law School
Five Questions for Professor Kerrel Murray on U.S. Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

The newly appointed Supreme Court Justice has experience in the knottiest areas of law and a strong work ethic, a former law clerk says. 

Research & Discovery

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In a Pair of Merging Supermassive Black Holes, a New Method for Measuring the Void

Columbia researchers have discovered a way of sizing up the ‘shadows’ of two supermassive black holes in the process of colliding, giving astronomers a potentially new tool to measure black holes in distant galaxies and test alternative theories of gravity.


 

Lead author Chloe Gustafson and mountaineer Meghan Seifert install geophysical instruments to measure groundwater below West Antarctica’s Whillans Ice Stream. (Kerry Key/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
Researchers Discover Extensive Groundwater System Beneath Antarctica’s Ice

The previously unmapped reservoirs, reported in the journal Science, could speed the flow of glaciers to the sea and release additional carbon into the atmosphere.

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A Hunger for Specific Information Could Trigger Greater Curiosity

When motivated to seek specific information, say, about a newly arrived infectious virus, people tend to also become receptive to a much wider range of information types, a new Zuckerman Institute study suggests.


 

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An AI that Blocks Your Phone from Eavesdropping

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed an algorithm that generates a soft whisper to block smart devices from listening in on conversations.