In Other News from Columbia


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Living In and Learning From the Corona Crisis

The causes for this unprecedented crisis makes it clear that we will see more of these in the future. Sustainability expert Steve Cohen believes that we need to overcome divisions to combat a threat.

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Unpacking the Racist History of Pandemics

Historian Merlin Chowkwanyun, a core faculty member of the Center for History and Ethics of Public Health, lays out the historical context on anti-immigrant sentiment and pandemics.

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Coronavirus Has Shattered the Myth that the Economy Must Come First

We are deliberately inducing one of the most severe recessions ever seen, according to historian Adam Tooze, the author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

Research & Discovery

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Researchers Awarded $2 Million to Develop Drugs for New Coronavirus

Four research teams at Columbia University will share the grant to mount an aggressive effort to identify potential antiviral drugs and antibodies.

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Most Lyme Disease Cases Go Unreported. A New Model Could Change That.

An analysis of 17 years of data helps predict the areas where the tick-borne illness is likely to emerge.

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Gender Wage Gap in the Gig Economy
Study finds women’s hourly earnings were 10.5 percent lower than men’s in a job market experts thought was immune to pay differences.
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More Plastic on the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

With the fracking boom causing low gas prices, fossil fuel firms seeking ways to bolster profits are doubling down on plastic, with huge consequences for the environment.

Arts & Humanities

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Professor Marianne Hirsch, co-author of "School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference."
A New Book Looks at the History of School Photos

Professor Marianne Hirsch on the afterlife of student pictures, enduring memories and what she is reading now.

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English Professor, Inspired by Child with Down Syndrome, Pursues Science Degree at GS

Rachel Adams returns to the classroom to study biology, the first step in obtaining a master's degree in genetic counseling.

Free Speech & Press

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Update on Knight v. Trump

Second Circuit Court denies a full court review of the decision holding that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter. The Knight Institute says the decision was correct and well-reasoned.

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Year of Fear, Chapter Seven: Fear and Loathing in the Time of Coronavirus

The latest installment of Columbia Journalism Review and The Delacorte Review's essay series, The Year of Fear, talks about how a town in Western Pennsylvania is dealing with news of COVID-19.

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With Trump’s coronavirus briefings, an old debate takes on fresh urgency

CJR's Jon Allsop asks the question: should the networks carry Trump's COVID-19 briefings live?

Justice & Equity

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Recommendation for Youth Prisons During COVID-19 Crisis

Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice have issued a statement on how to safeguard the medically vulnerable populations in youth prisons.

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Low-Income Families with Children Need Cash During this Epidemic

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy conducted research showing that the economic consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be particularly severe for low-income households.

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How an Inmate-Run Newspaper Transformed a Notorious Prison

William Drummond, Columbia alumnus and current professor at UC Berkeley, talks about training inmates to be journalists at California's San Quentin State Prison.