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May 24, 2022

Columbia Climate School Announces First Faculty Hire

Archaeologist and anthropologist Kristina G. Douglass will join faculty from across Columbia who are part of the Climate School’s first-in-the-nation graduate program focused on training the next generation of leaders addressing climate change. 

POLITICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

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The Lastest Episode of the Harriman Institute's Podcast, Voices of Ukraine

The Kyiv Independent‘s editor-in-chief Olga Rudenko discusses her reaction to the Pulitzer citation for Ukrainian journalists and what it’s like to cover a war unfolding in her own country.

 

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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.

 

 

Jacob Lew, SIPA visiting professor
Jacob Lew Elected To American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The former U.S. treasury secretary, one of 261 new members, joined the SIPA faculty in 2017.

 

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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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Wetlands Won’t Grow Fast Enough to Out Pace Sea-Level Rise

The benefits of higher CO2 levels on plants disappear under flooding, a three-decades long experiment by Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health reveals.

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The Magic of Building with Mushrooms

Fungus-based construction materials could be useful in remote settings or at the scenes of natural disasters, Columbia researcher show.


 

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In "Within These Walls," Wayne T. Lee and members of Lenora Lee Dance put on an improv dance performance on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, where waves of Chinese immigrants first landed in the United States. Photo: Robbie Sweeny
Making a Better World: One P-value at a Time

Statistics lecturer and amateur dancer Wayne Lee talks about his experience as a Taiwanese-American and explains why he left Silicon Valley to teach statistics and how this corner of mathematics can help us all learn to be more open minded.

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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.