Recent News from Columbia


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Avril Haines Is Confirmed as Biden's Director of National Intelligence

Nicholas Lemann, director of Columbia World Projects, congratulates Avril Haines on her new role as director of national intelligence.


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Revamp Disaster Management

Jeff Schlegelmilch, the director of Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Insitute, suggests four ways the Biden administration can better handle future natural catastrophes.

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Amazon Web Services Supports Justice Through Code

Amazon Web Service will now provide financial support and devices to students in the Center for Justice's Justice Through Code program.

Research & Discovery Stories

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Could We Harness Energy From Black Holes?

A Columbia study indicates energy can be extracted from black holes through reconnection of magnetic field lines.

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Robot Displays a Glimmer of Empathy

Engineers created a robot that can visually predict how its partner robot will behave, as part of a broader effort to endow robots with the ability to understand and anticipate the goals of other robots.

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Viral Load in COVID-19 Linked to Outcomes

Early evidence that connects the amount of virus detected in a PCR nasal swabs with patient outcomes holds promise for improving survival rates from infection.

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Older Adults in Wealthier Countries Drink More Alcohol

A new global study also finds signs that alcohol consumption is increasing during the pandemic.

Arts & Humanities Stories

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Happy to Be Home in Brazil, Dreaming of New York

There are fresh mangoes in the garden, but this undergrad wants to meet her new online classmates in person.

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Betti-Sue Hertz, director and chief curator of the Wallach Art Gallery.
The Curator in a Time of Chaos

Through the pandemic, Wallach Art Gallery director Betti-Sue Hertz has kept her eyes on the big picture with two new exhibitions.


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Documenting the Pandemic

Through videos, oral histories, personal narratives, surveys and online platforms, Columbia has begun to record the stories and experiences of members of the Columbia community and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Columbia Students and Faculty Tutor Essential Workers’ Families

The University-wide volunteer program, which teaches K-12 children studying at home due to COVID-19, is expanding nationwide and will include more subjects and college prep.

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End-Of-Life Care During a Pandemic: How Do You Get It Right?

Columbia professor and palliative care specialist Shunichi Nakagawa is offering compassionate guidance to those seriously ill with COVID-19.

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Front and Center: A Nurse and a Physician Assistant Face Their New Realities

In the second installment of our video series of personal accounts from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, meet Rakiyah Jones and Stephanie Rosa.