In Other News from Columbia

Research & Discovery

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Lead Fallout from Notre Dame Fire Was Likely Overlooked

A ton of lead dust may have been deposited near the cathedral, exposing more people than French authorities indicated.

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A Quantum Fluid Found to Be One of the Most Delicate Phases of Matter in a 2D Conductor

The discovery establishes the 2D conductors as a unique test platform for future applications in quantum computing. 

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Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A newly comprehensive continental drought atlas covers last 600 years.

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New COVID-19 Saliva Test Is Born in a Fertility Clinic

Columbia University Fertility Center researchers have developed a one-step diagnostic test that detects SARS-CoV-2 in saliva. Results are available in 30 minutes.


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Employees Cannot Be Fired For Being Gay or Transgender, Supreme Court Says

The Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender employees cannot be fired from their jobs solely based on their LGBT status, a case filed by Law professor Suzanne Goldberg.

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The Fall of the American Counterrevolution

Law Professor Bernard Harcourt writes that President Trump’s use of counterinsurgency practices to control the population has triggered the revolution he dreaded.

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Saltzman Institute Welcomes New Director

Keren Yarhi-Milo is the new director of the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies and the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies. 

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Visualizing COVID-19's Impact on Student Employment

Columbia student researchers published a COVID-19 employment study with several resources for job-hunting graduates.

Free Speech & Press

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The Brown Institute Announces Its 2020-2021 Magic Grants

This is the eighth cohort of grantees — each working on a project addressing an important contemporary question, be it political, cultural or technical.  

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Immigration Judges Challenge Justice Department Speech Policy

The Knight First Amendment Institute filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) challenging a government policy that imposes an unconstitutional prior restraint on immigration judges seeking to speak or write publicly in their personal capacities. 

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Maria Ressa’s Conviction, and the Philippines’ Dire Information Climate

Columbia Journalism Review's Jon Allsop writes about how journalist Maria Ressa's conviction is another troubling sign of the erosion of free speech in the Philippines.

Justice & Equity

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Research on Recent Incarcerations for Parole Violations

The Justice Lab's new research suggests that incarcerations for parole violations are on the rise and that could have consequences for the spread of COVID-19.

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School of Social Work's COVID-19 ACTION

The faculty of Columbia University’s School of Social Work have mobilized to form "COVID-19 ACTION" with the mission of monitoring developments and disseminating information that can be helpful to social workers and the clients they serve.

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The Justice Lab Welcomes Gladys Carrión

Gladys Carrión, a national leader in youth justice, has joined the Justice Lab as an adjunct research scholar.


Arts & Humanities

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Lessons Learned: Meeting My Students Where They Are

Issues of inequity in the classroom—such as access to the Internet and private spaces, as well as the demands of caring for family members, or, in the worst cases, grieving for them—were dramatically magnified during the COVID crisis.

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Orla Tinsley received her MFA in writing from the School of the Arts.
A Graduate Has Gratitude for the New Life that Columbia Gave Her

An MFA Writing student remembers the double lung transplant that saved her–and so much more.

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Richard Ford has received many accolades in his long career, including a Pulitzer and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Richard Ford Returns With a New Collection of Stories

Sorry for Your Trouble, his fourteenth work of fiction, is “a book of short stories about Irish Americans—or, Americans in Ireland.”