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Research & Discovery

The mile-wide crater of Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano hosts a steaming lake that occasionally explodes. Debris from past eruptions covers an area of 150 square miles around it.
Tapping Into the Breathing of a Volcanic Beast

In Costa Rica, Climate School scientists are installing geophysical instruments that can monitor the underground in real time.

A booklet of 15th-century liturgical music, known as an antiphonary, being examined with the Columbia Nano Initiative's Raman spectrometer. The manuscript's official name is UTS MS 114.
Using Nanotechnology to Uncover Details of a Medieval Manuscript

How Columbia conservators, Nano Initiative scientists, and a music scholar used state-of-the-art technology to examine a score.

Swirling hydrogen emissions and stars in an area of the night sky known as the cone nebula. The image was taken by the MDW Survey and shows a region included in a recent Columbia data release.
Columbia Releases New Data on Hydrogen Emissions Within the Orion Constellation

The data release kicks off an astronomy partnership with the Michele and David Mittelman Family Foundation.

Campus & Community

Jeffrey Wright takes a selfie with Columbia students
The Timeless Power of Ancient Tragedies

This February, Theater of War Productions and the Center for the Core Curriculum brought a specially curated performance to Miller Theatre. The cast included 2023 Oscar nominee Jeffrey Wright, Tony winner Lois Smith, and Obie winner Elizabeth Marvel, as well as a Greek chorus made up of students whose lives have been impacted by war.

Soccer Players
5 Questions With Soccer Players Lauren Rodriguez and Alexandra “Ola” Weber

Navigating the male-dominated fields of athletics and economics is no easy task, yet two of the Barnard's women’s soccer players — Lauren Rodriguez (BC’25) and Alexandra “Ola” Weber (BC’24) — welcome the challenge with an open heart.

Members of the Black and Asian Solidarity Collective
Teachers College’s Black and Asian Solidarity Collective Showcases the Power of Community

In early 2020, amidst a rising tide of anti-Asian violence following the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz along with her colleague, Judy W. Yu (TC’09), saw a need to foster racial solidarity and further racial literacy. 

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.