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Research & Discovery

Hundreds of huge stone statues known as moai built by earlier residents are taken by some as evidence of a onetime much larger population. (Photo by Stephanie Morcinek via Unsplash)
Study Challenges Popular Idea That Easter Islanders Committed ‘Ecocide’

New evidence suggests that the island's population did not rapidly expand to unsustainable levels and then collapse.

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.

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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.

Arts & Humanities

Mabel O. Wilson
Mabel O. Wilson Named Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

Wilson will lead the department which explores the historical, cultural, social, and intellectual contours of the development of people of African descent.

Barnard Professor Anne Higonnet
Anne Higonnet's research focuses on art since 1650, childhood, and collecting.
What They Wore to the Revolution

Anne Higonnet’s new book profiles three historic French women who led a fashion upheaval.

Campus & Community

CCS grantees
Columbia Community Service Celebrates the Grantees of the 77th Annual Appeal

In its 77th year, donations from 570 Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College faculty, staff, and retirees supported grant awards totaling nearly $300,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Harlem and Morningside Heights.

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. 

Emily MacDonald
Meet the Columbia Swimmer Whose Jamaican Roots Guide Her Across Uptown NYC and the World

This Caribbean American Heritage Month, meet Emily MacDonald, a Columbia junior and competitive swimmer, as she navigates life as a student-athlete.

National & Global Affairs

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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.