Recent News from Columbia


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Columbia Law Goes to Washington

Alumni, faculty, and scholars take on pivotal positions in the Biden administration.


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How Can Columbia Effect Real Change With Community Partners?

In an online GSAPP event, Malo Hutson, Flores Forbes, and Akilah King discuss best practices and problems in partnerships.

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Enact Fundamental Change to Address Poverty

The COVID pandemic exacerbated poverty in the United States, and the Biden administration should take significant steps to support those in need.

Research & Discovery

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Oral Symptoms Common in Children With COVID-Linked Inflammatory Disorder

A small percentage of pediatric patients have developed a condition known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS, serious enough to warrant hospitalization.

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New ‘Home-Grown’ Coronavirus Variant Found in NYC Region

So far, more than 80 cases of the variant have been identified in the tri-state area.

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Incarceration Is Strongly Linked with Premature Death in U.S.

The most common causes of death in prison population include Infectious diseases, chronic respiratory disease, drug use, and suicide.

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How Climate Change Helped Dinosaurs Migrate from South America to Greenland

A drop in atmospheric CO2 levels aided massive plant eaters on their 6,500-mile trek across North America.

Arts & Humanities

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Adarsh Gourav plays Balram in "The White Tiger." Image courtesy of Neflix.
A Filmmaker’s Faithful Adaptation of His Friend’s Novel

School of the Arts Professor Ramin Bahrani discusses the making of his Netflix adaptation of “The White Tiger.”

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Khatchig Mouradian's new book, "The Resistance Network," focuses on the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Syria.
Reckoning With the Armenian Genocide

In his new book, Khatchig Mouradian discusses the key role Armenians played in organizing a humanitarian resistance against the destruction of their people.


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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.