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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Facebook Oversight Board Should Delay Ruling on Suspension of Trump

The Knight First Amendment Institute calls for an independent investigation to assess how Facebook’s platform may have contributed to events of January 6th.

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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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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

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Interactive COVID Vaccine Allocation Map Launches

GSAPP's Center for Spatial Research and Yale's Global Health Justice Partnership announce the next phase of their collaborative project, Mapping the Politics of Care, with this latest effort focused on vaccine allocation.


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Looking for a good book to read? Try Lynn Nottage, Saidiya Hartman, Hilton Als, to name a few.
What to Read for Black History Month

From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement, fiction to nonfiction, music to medicine, this collection of books by Columbia authors will keep you busy this February.


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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.